These are the top three reasons I have yet to find a job. I am positive that a lot of you are also in the same situation. I always wonder why recruiters or hiring managers even post a job if they have an internal candidate in mind.
Also, I almost wish that I did horribly in interviews because at least I could point at that and say that that is the reason I did not get hired or called back. However, I’ve always heard that I’ve done great and I’ve even had hiring managers refer me to another job within the company and other interviewers have recommended me for positions at a friends company. So what’s going on? If I’m good in interviews and am liked by hiring managers, why am I not employed yet? I am VERY ready to put my previously acquired and newly learned marketing skills to work!
As the article I came across writes, “…if you’re vastly under- or overqualified for a particular position, it’s probably not worth your time to apply for it. But if you, like the majority of your fellow job seekers, fall into the grey middle area of the qualification matrix, it may be well worth it to take a risk and apply anyway. Maybe the help-wanted ad calls for 3 years of experience and you only have 2, but you also earned straight A’s in related college coursework. Or perhaps you’ve got an advanced degree when the job posting calls for an associate’s.
These are the type of qualification discrepancies that can easily be overcome with a bit of planning and strategic thinking.”
Here are the two points, in the article, I found very interesting.
1. Make Your Salary Expectations Part of the Discussion from the Onset: “In many cases, the labels “underqualified” and “overqualified” have to do with the employer’s concerns about compensation. If you don’t have the experience to completely fit the qualifications for a position, make it known that you’re willing to pay your dues and start out with a salary commensurate with your experience. On the other hand, if you have a great deal of experience, but want to change careers or enter a new area of specialization, clearly define your level of salary flexibility at the beginning of the discussion. If the hiring manager’s salary concerns can be satisfied, the importance of qualification concerns will likely diminish.”
2. Emphasize Your Unique Potential: “Whether you’re underqualified or overqualified for a position, be sure to underscore the fact that you’re in it for the long haul and that you offer great long-term potential to the organization. What you lack in experience with other employers, you can make up for in on-the-job training, growing into the role over time. If you have a lot of prior experience, point out the ways that you will be able to leverage your accumulated skills and abilities in the new role, improving the organization as a whole in the process.”
Let’s hope these tips helps us and…what did you do today?
P.S. Here is the article I referenced today, Underqualified? Overqualified? How to Sidestep and Rise Above Credential Problems in Your Job Search.