Aug 23, 2018 - 04:57 PM
three common factors:
• Too many years of experience
• Too much experience
• Too highly paid in your previous or current job
Mention that you’re overqualified for a job in your cover letter and you’ll guarantee that a hiring manager sends your application to the dreaded "File 13." That’s because employers mostly see red flags: a candidate whose salary requirements are too high, a bored professional who quickly jumps ship for a better opportunity, an arrogant individual who might present problems for management, or an unemployable person with a sketchy past.
Unfortunately, these assumptions can penalize midcareer professionals, career changers, and victims of layoff. Why advertise a potentially negative quality in a document that you should leverage to call attention to your strengths? Instead, target it with your strongest relevant qualifications and make them appropriate to the job you seek. Use your pertinent skills and outstanding value-based achievements as selling points, and review our cover letter advice for more best practices.