Have a Job Interview Obstacle? Be Strategic

What to do when you realize you’re overqualified for a job

when you are in a

Job Interview

You’ve applied for a few jobs and receive a call back for an interview. While you’re in the interview you quickly realize you are overqualified for the position being offered. What do you do? Most people cut the interview short, but before you thank the interviewer for their time, try these tips to make the interview worthwhile.


Why Were You Asked to Interview? – If you realized you were overqualified, most likely the hiring manager knew it as well. Don’t be afraid to bring it up. Ask if there is potential to move up from the position to better utilize your skills and experience? They may have a bigger plan

for you in their company.

Opportunity to Learn– If you are interviewing for a different industry than you came from, a position you are overqualified for may be the best level for you to come into in the industry. You will be able to shine in your position and learn the ins and outs of this new industry.

Is their potential? – If you see an opportunity, offer a commitment. Companies spend thousands of dollars going through the hiring and training processes. With employee turnover at an all time high, companies are looking for loyal employees. Don’t be afraid to offer a commitment of at least two years. With a commitment, you show dedication and loyalty to your potential future employer.

By |2013-10-22T10:40:14-05:00October 22nd, 2013|Interview Prep, Job Search, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Have a Job Interview Obstacle? Be Strategic

Is the Grass Really Greener on the other side?

How to Job Seek Out of Your Industry…

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Are you dreaming of another career? Maybe a move into a high-tech industry, healthcare or oil and gas would make you happier. At times a complete industry switch is necessary. A shocking statistic from a recent Yahoo! Finance article stated almost 60 percent of Americans would choose a different career if given the chance to do it all over again.

If you think you’re ready to take the leap into the unknown, you need to know this first…

  1. Learn From Industry Pros – No one knows an industry better than the people who have been working in it for years. Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask questions. Someone may be able to give you the inside knowledge you need in order to move on to a new job.
  2. Network – Go to networking events in the industry you are interested in. You will receive real insight and may be surprised to see what you like and don’t like about the work required to make it in that industry.
  3. Further Your Education – Is there a class you can take that would help familiarize yourself with the job you are seeking. What about software training that other candidates may already have?
  4. Change Up Your Materials – Since job seeking outside of your industry can be tricky, it is extremely important to tailor your resume and other materials to showcase the skills you have that can translate to the job you are seeking.

Keep in mind the grass is always greener on the other side. Take the time to evaluate and make sure you are making a move for the right reasons. At Career Find we work with people who make industry moves all of the time. If you are ready to make a change and want to put your best face forward, we can help.

By |2013-09-17T12:56:15-05:00September 17th, 2013|career search, Job Search, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Is the Grass Really Greener on the other side?

Worried About Your Employment Gap? It’s Time to Get Back to Work!

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After a few years at home, you’ve decided to head back to work.  What is the best way to get back into the game?  Sadly, you may apply for a job and hear from the interviewer,

“Well, you’ve been out of the workforce for a while…”

How do you handle this type of obstacle?

A recent Today Show report interviewed moms who want to go back to work, click here to see their challenges. First, step back and start by asking yourself what you want to get from your new career.

  • What are you willing to give and give up?
  • What are your career priorities or goals you want to accomplish?
  • What type of role best suits your career goals?
  • What type of company culture are you looking for?

Once you know the answers to these questions, you are ready to do extensive research on companies that would meet your needs. Then, develop a resume that highlights your skills, accomplishments and most importantly, how the company can benefit from hiring you.

When it’s time for the interview, think of the employment gap question as, “Why should we hire you?” Tell the interviewer what you are looking for.

For example, “I’m looking for a long-term position where I can contribute to the efficiency of your accounting department.” Reiterate why you are qualified for this role with examples from previous positions or projects you tackled while at home. If the interviewer still has reservations, don’t get discouraged. Cross that company off your list and move on to the next.

By |2013-08-20T13:22:08-05:00August 20th, 2013|career search, How to Be Happy at Work, Interview Prep, Resume, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Worried About Your Employment Gap? It’s Time to Get Back to Work!

Get Elected into a New Job

Whether you have been watching the presidential debates or not, you can’t avoid the commercials and opinions of your friends and family about the upcoming election. However if you are looking for a job, you can learn a lot from the presidential candidates. Not only do the presidential candidates have to know what they are talking about, but they have to be likable and look their best, just like you do in a job interview.

Here are 5 tips for job hunting you can learn from the debates…

1. Lobby for Support

By using your network of friends, family and linkedIn contacts, you most likely know someone at the company you are targeting. Reach out to those contacts to get a leg up on the competition. Over seventy percent of people have landed an interview as a result of an employee referral.

2. Manage your campaign both online and offline

An online presence can tell a lot about a candidate. Most interviewers will Google you to make sure what you say in person emulates your online presence.

3. Kiss the babies

Treat every event like a networking opportunity. Even if you aren’t currently looking for a new job, it never hurts to make new contacts. Whether you are at a family event or a social function treat every event as an opportunity. You never know who you will meet and how they may be able to help you in the future.

4. Know your constituency

Before your interview, research the company and the interviewers. In order to create a meaningful connection, you need to be as well-informed as possible.

5. Stick to the Issues

Know your talking points and what you want to emphasize before the interview. Don’t veer too far from these topics during your interview even if the interviewer goes off on a tangent.

By |2012-10-24T12:46:56-05:00October 24th, 2012|career search, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Get Elected into a New Job

Be Aware of the Information You Share…

While we encourage you to have a profile on LinkedIn, we don’t recommend posting your resume just anywhere on the web. Here’s why…

With the use of the Internet, it is hard to manage the information that is out there about you. When searching for a job, you want to have as much control as possible. When you peruse a job board for positions you are interested in, apply and submit your resume directly to the company. Don’t share your resume on open job boards for all to see.

Another problem we see frequently with job seekers is stretching the truth about their job experience. While you may think it’s not a big deal to pad your resume or online profile, your result may not be a job offer.

A recent story came to our attention about an employee stating that the were ‘an expert’ in their past field online. Through an easy online search, that past employee ended up being sued because of this slight exaggeration.

In the end, don’t lie, exaggerate or pad information on your resume and then post it on the Internet for the world to see.  It could have very different results that what you intended.

By |2012-09-17T20:47:21-05:00September 17th, 2012|Social Media and Job Searching, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Be Aware of the Information You Share…
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