When a job market is challenging, like it is today, it can be hard to find job listings that are a good match for your skills. In fact, they may be few and far between.
When that's the case, it may be time to expand your job search and apply for positions that you might be considered overqualified for by an employer.
Or, you might want to downsize your career and look for a job that involves less stress or fewer hours at work.
In both cases, it can be hard to get your job application noticed. Many employers automatically exclude candidates who appear to be overqualified because they don't think they'll stay. However, there are strategies you can use to get noticed and to handle questions about being overqualified in a job interview.
Here's how to write a cover letter when you're overqualified and how to answer interview questions about being overqualified for the job you are seeking.
Do keep in mind that, unfortunately, regardless of what you say, being overqualified can still count as a strike against you. Here are some stories of what has happened to overqualified job seekers shared by About.com readers:
Being considered overqualified can be especially hard for older job seekers, but even though it can be a challenge to get hired, it doesn't mean it can't be done. Here are some tips for job searching that will help you get your application considered, regardless of how old you are.
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