Too good for the job: Are you overqualified?

You have reached that time. You have tonnes of qualifications, a shedload of experience and you are ambitious enough to want to move up a rung on that career ladder.

However, you may find that the only thing you receive after applying for various hospitality jobs is a bunch of rejections. Yes, in this current climate, competition will be naturally tough, but you may find that you are actually being turned away because you are overqualified for positions.

Dumb it down

In a panic of unemployment or wanting to leave your current position, many individuals have considered dumbing down their CVs in order to nab a job. But this is the mistake that many will make.

Your achievements should be commended. You have worked hard to get to where you are and you will want to wow potential bosses with this knowledge. However, at the same time you don't want to come across that the new position will not be challenging enough for you. This is a key concern for employers, as you may end up leaving as soon as something better comes your way.

So the solution? Don't dumb it down or big yourself up. Look at what skills are relevant to the position and focus on them solely.

Slow it down

It is easy to go crazy when applying. You may suddenly think you can apply for the CEO position, or having to clean carpets. Remember to slow down and stop sending your CV to everywhere.

Look at whether you are suitable for the job and make a realistic decision on whether to pursue with the application or not. Always be sure to tailor your CV and cover letter to each job, whilst always consider how your experience could stop you from getting the job rather than how it will make you stand out from the crowd. Hospitality jobs are all about customer service so if you are not focusing on this, you won't end up getting anywhere.

Get it down

If you are being rejected, it is worth asking the employer why. Be sure to ask which areas you feel like you were overqualified in, and why this will have an impact on other applications you may have done. This will teach you certain tricks for next time.

It is very usual that employees will give the 'overqualified' excuse as feedback. Ensure that you do not beat yourself up over it. Take the comment as a compliment because they are essentially saying that you are too good for their company.

Some say that there is no such thing as being 'too overqualified' for something, but sadly, this is not the case for the hospitality world. Remember this rule of thumb: know what you're good at and go on from there.

Berkeley Scott provides specialist advice and support to help you with hospitality careers.