When applying for any jobs, the number one thing to keep in mind is selling to the employer’s need. This is also the case when applying for a job when overqualified. There are many reasons why a person may be applying for jobs when they are overqualified, including:
– Changing careers
– After a lay-off
– After completing a contract position
In these situations, jobseekers may be fearful that they are taking a step down in their career path, earning less money, and could be bored with reduced responsibilities. While these are genuine concerns, there are some positive aspects to applying for positions when overqualified:
Should you apply anyway? This is a question many job seekers face, but not one that you should stress over. Applying when you’re underqualified is totally acceptable as long as you have read the job description and know that this is something that you have a chance at.
Ask yourself these questions first: How underqualified are you? Can you do the job? There are times when you certainly won’t, and you must be honest with yourself from reading the job description. If the job requires a doctorate degree and you only have a Bachelor’s, you’ll probably just be wasting your and the company’s time.
Other criteria might include years of experience and specific skill sets. This is where things are a bit more flexible. If you meet some but not all of the requirements and you read the job description and you know you can do the job, then go for it! But you’ll need to do a few extra steps to ensure that you indeed leave an impression even if underqualified:
Evaluations of resume writing can be very subjective, influenced by personal taste and feelings. Potential employers may have an opinion on your font style, design, or whether or not you should use a summary or personal statement, to name just a few. But even though your resume is subject to this type of evaluation, it is important to not dismiss objective, measurable facts from your resume.
There are some key resume writing tips that hiring managers can agree on:
• Spell check, read and re-read. Have a friend check your resume. Misspellings and grammatical errors show a lack of attention to detail. This may seem obvious, but it happens frequently! These mistakes can often be fatal to your job search prospects and automatically send your resume to the “no” pile.
It’s incredibly important to maintain discretion during your job search. Unless there has been a mutually agreeable conversation between yourself and your manager regarding your wishes to move on, it’s in your best interest to keep your intentions secret until you’re at the point of providing references. Many employers see departing employees to have lost loyalty and no longer have their company’s best interests in mind. Employers often consider currently employed candidates to be more valuable than those who are unemployed for unknown reasons. But how do you go about a secret job search when you have an existing full-time job?
There is still a valuable place for you in the work world even if you weren’t class president, didn’t lead a committee to record fundraising, haven’t worked in management at a global corporation, or weren’t a star athlete or had the lead role in a play.
Does it really matter what you tweet, photos you are tagged in on Facebook, or comments you make online? Career-wise, yes! Employers are checking out your “digital footprint” or online presence, many before making a hiring decision.
Employers are judging you based on your digital footprint. Recruiters will look at your online presence and this can impact their hiring decisions. The recent Jobvite Recruiter Nation Report 2016 found that recruiters find LinkedIn the most effective when vetting candidates during the hiring process, followed by Facebook and Twitter.
Looking specifically at agriculture, employers report high usage of social media to support their recruitment efforts; 72% of U.S. agribusinesses said they currently use social networks in recruiting, with another 14% indicating they plan to begin using them (2016-2017 U.S. AgCareers.com Agribusiness HR Review).
Navigating the do’s and don’ts of resume writing can be a daunting task. Deciding which job experiences to highlight, let alone which specific achievements to mention in each role, can make your resume seem like a puzzle. Being strategic in these decisions can make the difference between being overlooked for your dream job, or getting the call back to continue the conversation. It’s common knowledge that you shouldn’t include EVERY previous job experience on your resume, especially if it isn’t recent or relevant; but that doesn’t mean that part-time work shouldn’t be included. There are several instances where your part-time work can work to your advantage, including when it is relevant, shows personal interests, and proves you have required skills.
Serving/Bar Tending: Often this type of job overlaps with school or other work placements – highlight your time management skills while juggling multiple responsibilities. Also carefully consider what parts of this job to highlight; till management or the responsibility of closing up paints a more favorable picture than recording tips or developing a specialty drink.
Wouldn’t it be great to create a resume that would work for eternity? In your dreams! To be effective resumes need to be regularly refreshed, updated, and tailored. The initial crafting of a resume is such an art and can be quite daunting. That is likely why the task of a resume refresh can seem intimidating as well! Focus on these simple eight resume refresh tips to alleviate some of the angst.
1. Contact Information – This may seem simple, but can easily be overlooked. Consider new phone numbers, addresses and such, but also social media platforms that you’d like to share. Remember only share those social media platforms where you maintain a professional persona.
2. Objective Statement/Talent Profile – One of the most subjective parts of a resume! If you’ve included either of these or something similar, this is a great place to tailor your resume to the role you are applying for. If the resume is to be used for more generic purposes, such as at a career fair or in an online resume database, this is still an excellent place to distinguish your interests if you have multiple areas of interest. For example, you might have an objective statement that is focused on marketing, but then another resume with an objective statement geared toward public relations.
In the working world, we often talk about work-life balance. For the life of a college student, there are similar challenges. Let’s call it student-life balance. According to most research the average full-time college student will take 16 hours of class each semester. Let’s break that down into the week of the college student and allow for some other student life activities:
16 hours of class/week
• Study time – 15 hours (according to research, successful students spend each week)
• Meal time – 10 hours (many students skip breakfast, so let’s not include that meal)
• Free time – 7 hours (socializing with friends, intramural sports, exercise, games, etc.)
• Part-time job – 10 hours (studies show a growing number of students like to earn play money)
*I’m sure there are a few basic requirement time slot buckets for the student, but, we will stick with the above for now. And, I will say that the “PT job” is an attractive investment of time in the eyes of an employer.
Is the cover letter dead? Yes and No. The misconception might be cover letters are usually merely glanced over, that does not mean you should not include one completely. When done right, a cover letter can create a story for your job history that a resume can supplement. Think of the cover letter as a way to curate your accomplishments in your field and your resume is further explanation of your work history. The challenge is not deciding to write a cover letter, but how to write a cover letter to make it stand out and be relevant.
Employers and human resources recruiters are looking for candidates in a much different way than they used to. The days of job listing in newspapers and even on online forums is diminishing and instead companies are looking for potential employees within their own communities. According to Forbes, recruiters are looking at communities in their field such as social media to find potential new hires. Companies are looking for people that are already familiar with their work and are playing an active role in the conversation about the field. Thus cover letters that talk about your interest in the field might be irrelevant in today’s job hunt. Today’s cover letter is all about storytelling and keeping your reader interested.
Here are some tips and tricks to help your cover letter shine: