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Overqualified Employees Forge Ahead

By: Margaret Hansen

By Margaret Hansen

Are you willing to accept a job offer knowing that you're overqualified for it? If so, you're not alone. Of the 741 job seekers we recently polled, nearly 88% said that they would take a job beneath their skill level in order to be gainfully employed. Another 7% weren't sure and only 5% of the group said they wouldn't take a lower position.

Changing Times

What was once thought of as a stigma, overqualified employees are now in roles that they wouldn't have considered a few years ago. The playing field has changed. Employers today are faced with many new, overqualified applicants willing to do the job.

So, what skills should you, as a job seeker, hone?

Transferable Skills

No matter what position you're currently in (or vying for), here are five transferable skills that you can keep in the bank:

  1. A positive attitude
  2. A good work ethic
  3. Flexibility
  4. Problem-solving skills
  5. Team-friendliness

"No matter what lies ahead, there is only so much that you can control," says Jason Blais, former Director of Business Development for JobsIntheUS.com. "You can let it drive you crazy or you can ride out the tidal wave and make the best of it."

Blais says there's no reason why your job search should stop when you accept a lower position. Being overqualified will allow you the energy needed to pursue a dream job, further your education, research a career, network or just take some needed relaxation time.

Taking a job that you despise is never a good idea, however. Make sure the job has some kind of personal payoff. One other positive spin to a spiraling economy - no one has time to micromanage, which translates to more autonomy for you.

According to the American Management Association, micromanaged employees are unhappy ones. Take advantage of this time and make the job your own, giving an extra dose of care in everything that you do. It will pay off when the recession smoke clears, either with a well-deserved promotion or perhaps a new career.

Margaret Hansen has been writing professionally since receiving a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Maine. She has worked for multiple organizations as a weekly newspaper reporter, a weekly newspaper editor, and in a variety of internal/external marketing communications roles. Her freelance career has focused on writing and editing for print, email and web publications in the employment industry, as well as manuscript editing and resume writing.