Yesterday I introduced an article by Phyllis Korkki, writing in the N.Y Times. She focused on the hurdles human resource professionals put up for the job seeker, specifically those who were applying online for openings where they were clearly over or underqualified for the jobs in question. Korkki stressed that unless you could network your way into the target organization, your chances were not good for convincing the employer you were right for the job. Today I would like to highlight some of the responses Korkki was able to secure from several career experts.
“Job seekers who don’t fit all of the requirements ‘need to go around the gatekeeper, they need to find another door,’ said Barabar Safani, owner of Career Solvers, a career management firm in New York.
“If you are introduced to a hiring manager by someone you know, there is more trust, and suddenly ‘things aren’t as important as they appeared on that job spec,’ she said…
“Emphasizing your humble and cooperative side is especially important when it comes to applying for a job for which you are overqualified, said Eric Sorenson, chief executive of Vault, an online career service. That because many employers fear that ‘along with ovequalification comes arrogance,’ he said.
“If you came from a high powered managerial position and are applying for a job in the rank and file, you need to stress that you are a team player…You can also emphasize that you appreciate the chance to escape the pressure of a high powered job, he said.”
If you are applying for positions for which you are either under or overqualified, please contact me so we can sit down and explore strategies to address these challenges.