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Finding a Job When You're Overqualified

When you relocate, you may need to find a job as soon as possible and be willing to take a position for which you're overqualified. Learn how to market your skills and experience appropriately to potential employers for this situation.

Strategies to get the job

Some employers may hesitate to hire an overqualified candidate; however, you can land the job if you take the right approach, which may include the following:

  • Tailor your resume to the position you are interested in. Focus on your experiences relevant to the job.
  • Focus on what you can contribute to the company, making a strong case for why you are a good fit. Emphasizing your enthusiasm and showing excitement for the position may offset the employer's concern that you might be overqualified for the position.
  • Discuss salary requirements only if the employer includes it in the interview. If it comes up, ask about the salary range for the position. Use the Research Occupations tool on MySECO to determine the position's market value before you interview. Then, let the employer know you require a salary equal to market value.

Make your skills and experience work for you by focusing on what you can bring to the company. Tailoring your resume, showing your enthusiasm for the position and making a time commitment can help ease an employer's concerns about your qualifications. Speak with a career coach at 800-342-9647 before you apply for the job to ensure you've taken the appropriate steps to prepare.

For more job search resources, visit the Job Search section of the Employment Readiness lifecycle stage of MySECO. For job search assistance at the local level, visit MilitaryINSTALLATIONS to search for spouse education, training and career services at your local installation. Select 'Spouse Education, Training and Careers' under the 'Select a program or service' drop-down menu, enter the postal code and radius you would like to search within and click 'Go.'

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