Overqualified: 9 Smart Ways to Still Get the Job
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

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So maybe you’re transitioning into a new career. Or you’re exploring a second job to bring in more income. Or maybe you’ve exhausted other avenues for employment in your industry and have to decided to start from scratch to reevaluate your employment strategy.

Whatever the case, it’s never good to make it all the way to the interview only to hear, “I’m sorry, but you’re overqualified for this position.”

So how do you respond and ultimately still land the gig? Madame Noire offers a few savvy ways:

  • Focus on the job description.
  • How can you contribute.
  • Tweak your resume.
  • Tailor your cover letter.
  • Don’t look too desperate.
  • Consider honesty.
  • Hold off on salary talk.
  • Have a positive attitude.
  • Verbalize your commitment.

Read more at Madame Noire …

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.


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