Being overqualified simply means that you are just too good for the job you are applying for. It means that you have received a lot of education and you also have a huge amount of previous work experience related to the job you are applying for.
I know this may sound like a compliment, but – unfortunately – this is not an impression you want to give through your CV!
Here is the reason: being overqualified rings alarm bells with potential employers because it shows that you are really desperate.
You may have the best reasons in the world – and many people have – but an employer will think that you have such low self-esteem and personal value that you move down your career ladder rather than going up. Their immediate thought might be; ‘Gosh, what is wrong with this person? Something is not right.’
The good news is you can do something about this!
You may not have control over your past education and work experiences, but you sure have control over what you write – or do not write – on your CV.
Here are some useful tips to avoid being seen as overqualified on your CV:
Once you have applied the above-mentioned tips in your CV, you should stand a pretty good chance of reaching the interview stage without your CV being thrown into the rejection pile because of being ‘overqualified.’
All the best!