How to Address Being Overqualified as a Traveling Nurse Candidate

It’s a problem that crops up fairly often during a job search, especially if you are someone with a lot of experience – being considered overqualified. It can be a real problem, and if you are seen as overqualified, it could easily cost you the job.

If your qualifications appear to be well above what is required for the job, it raises questions about your motivation, ambition, and loyalty.

If you find yourself in this situation, what can you do to address it? Here are a few ideas.

  1. Let others speak for you. If there are people in your network in the healthcare organization, let them be the first to inquire about the position on your behalf. They can put in a good word for you, which will be an effective way of showing that you are a serious candidate for the position.
  2. Emphasize your abilities. Focus more on the skills and knowledge you have, rather than the jobs you’ve held. Emphasize how what you learned in those jobs can help you do the job you are applying for.
  3. Show you are a team player. Put the focus on your character and skills. By giving evidence that you work well with others, you are highlighting a trait that employers value highly. To address questions about your loyalty, you can point out how many years you worked at previous healthcare organizations.
  4. Take salary away as an issue. Emphasize that you are flexible as far as salary, since this is a big concern about candidates who are considered overqualified. Show you would help the organization financially if you were hired by demonstrating how you contributed to the bottom line at previous employers or how you saved your previous employers money.
  5. Highlight your current knowledge. If you have been working a long time for your current employer, show how you have kept up to date in your field, what training you have undertaken to keep your knowledge and skills current.

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