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Working with Cheryl last year was one of the best experiences in a long time of pursuing my professional development. She was able to help me define my visions, focus my efforts, and guide me towards an efficient and successful job search. Even though she has not worked in my field, she provided me with plenty of tailored resources and taught me how to use social media tools for professional networking and growth. Even after finding a new job I continue to work with her on my career development goals, because she thinks out of the box and gives advice that consistently brings me closer to the 5-year goal that she helped me formulate. Cheryl always appears to be one step ahead of your thought process and is extremely talented at asking the necessary questions so you can reach your own conclusions as to what seems best for you. She is motivating, supportive, optimistic yet realistic, and one of the most positive forces you can have on your side while trying to reach the next goal.”

Susanne Ebling

Cheryl has been a pleasure to work with and she gets results. I found a new position, in a tough economic environment, through LinkedIn using the strategies that Cheryl taught me. I was in the job market actively looking for over six months. I was not using social media before the pilot program with Cheryl and was having very limited success. Once I started using social media based under Cheryl's direction, my success rate improved dramatically and the number of interviews increased resulting in multiple job offers. I highly recommend Cheryl as a career coach.

Dave Becker

“I had been struggling with the umptenth rewrite of my resume for weeks, unable to get it to speak out for me. Then a mutual friend recommended Cheryl. I didn't call her right away since I stubbornly insisted to myself that I could do it without help. Finally, I realized that I needed a new set of eyes and some new thinking. Cheryl's response knocked me over. In a few short days I had a powerful resume that is exactly what I was looking for as well as a cover letter that I can easily customize. Cheryl delivers!

Richard Floyd

Cheryl wrote my resume, and after weeks of sending out my old resume and getting no phone calls, as soon as I got the first draft I sent it to a few job listings and was 5 for 6 in return phone calls- yes 5 for 6!!!..after no responses in the first 2 weeks; Cheryl's work made that much of a difference!! I know anyone looking to move on from where they are working and needs that GREAT resume should contact Cheryl immediately.”

Darrin Bailey

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Have you ever gotten the feedback from a recruiter or hiring manager that you are overqualified?  What do you do if you really want the job even though you are considered overqualified for it?  How can you convince the employer that this is the position that you want even though you have worked at a higher level and/or higher salary in the past?

Let’s face it.  Many employers are not willing to hire someone for a position for which the person seems to be overqualified.

So how do you get past this seemingly insurmountable barrier?

Here is some professional advice:

1. Anticipate the employer’s concerns. If the employer considers you to be overqualified, the main concern from the employer’s perspective is that you are taking this position as a place holder, and as soon as something better comes along, you will leave.  You can allay this concern by showing your stable work history.  If you have a track record of staying with employers for a minimum of two or three years at a time, this can bolster your case that you won’t cut and run.

2. Show genuine interest in the position and organization. Before the interview, take a look at the company’s value statement and mission statement on the website.  Then you will be in a position to talk enthusiastically about how your values align with the organization’s.  That way the employer will realize that you are interested in that company specifically, not just that you are desperate and looking for anything.

3. Network. You may need to do some networking to get an employer to take a look at you.  When you come recommended from someone on the inside, it will go a long way in terms of the hiring manager’s confidence in you as a candidate.

4. Ask the employer what they are looking for in the perfect candidate.  If the interviewer seems hesitant about you in the interview, it’s a good idea to ask the question, “What are you looking for in the perfect candidate?”  This will give you insight into what qualities and skills the employer is looking for.  Then you will you have an opportunity to make that match in the interviewer’s mind to show that person that you indeed have what the company is seeking.

Are you having trouble getting an offer for a position?  Get professional assistance from a career expert at 877-743-9521.