Do you ask “I am overqualified for my job and I don’t see anything happening in the near future. I have a great education, lots of potential and skill sets. What do I do?” Many others feel this way. A sluggish labor market has forced many graduates to take lower paying jobs. We’ll take a closer look at 5 things that point to over qualification and 5 actions you can immediately take to improve your situation in the next 6 months.
5 ways to know if you are overqualified for your job:
1. You look for more work to do.
2. You’re always bored.
3. You know more than your boss. Do you have more technical knowledge? Do you have better management and strategic planning skills?
4. Your performance consistently beats your peers.
5. You’re not learning anything new. Look at other jobs posted online and the competencies that other companies require for similar positions. Keep up with the times!
5 things you can do if you ARE overqualified for your job:
1. Look for a new position for one hour a week.
2. Get your job title changed. Prospective employers will look at you in a much different way based on your job title.
3. Network, network, network! Use online social media and in person opportunities.
4. You may need more skills in the area that you work. Volunteer in organizations that will help you get leadership experience.
5. You may already feel that there is something that you need to change. This is the time to step up and get that done.