Written by Mary Beth Huffman
Success for the Seasoned Search
Abby is on a mission to help 1 million job seekers. You may know her as “Abby Across America”. The #1 fact about job search is there are few facts about job search. It is an industry based on opinions. Her career is based on 22 years of experience.
“Over qualified” is based on education, experience and higher salary requirements. The reason employers avoid hiring this category is that employers and Human Resources are afraid they won’t stay, leave for higher salary, will want a promotion quickly, or have a “been there done that” attitude.
Over qualified candidates should be called “absolutely qualified”. Call yourself absolutely qualified. Practice saying, “I am not overqualified. I am absolutely qualified.”
7 Benefits of Hiring an Absolutely Qualified Employee
1. Dependable and loyal
2. Shorter learning curve
3. Proven track record of success
4. Strong work ethic
5. Strong problem solving
6. Broad range of experience
7. Works with different personalities
Being overqualified is correlated with age, yet is not caused by age. Conquer by developing a strategy.
Develop your “Absolutely Qualified” Resume
During the interview elaborate on why you are absolutely qualified. Abby personally has a 3 page resume with 29 years of experience. Her feeling is that if anyone wants to discriminate her for her age, then she doesn’t want to work for them.
Resume Pages – There is no right number of pages for your resume, but most employers ask for 15 years of experience. If you want to chop years off your resume then do so.
Graduation Dates – it is up to you if you want to include.
Address – There is a trend of applicants leaving off their address for some reason. That is fine, but there must be a zip code on your resume or your resume will be screened out. If you live too far, add a different zip code.
Email – Use a different email address than: Prodigy, Hotmail, AOL, MSN, even Yahoo is debatable.
Objective – Leave off objective. Not used anymore.
References – You will also look old if you list References Upon Request. Remove any mention of references.
Summary – use a Summary.
Punctuation – Don’t use double spaces after a period.
Fonts – Avoid using Times New Roman because it is seen as an older. Beware that lesser known fonts may not be recognized.
Job Titles – Do not lie on your resume or omit titles. If your job has a weird and wacky title, or a long and/or mixed function title, use a widely-known title, i.e. Resultant = Consultant. In the search bar, use what companies search for next to the wacky title. No one is searching for a Manager. They search for the department or category of Manager. On Indeed search for “job title” without city. If it is not strong enough then use another word or add to.
Keywords – use the keywords multiple times throughout your resume and on Linkedin.
Don’t use quotation marks on your resume because your resume won’t show up.
Absolutely Qualified Interview
Your foot is in the door. Believe people actually could want to hire you.
- Expect a younger interviewer.
- Check your ego at the door.
- Discuss your active activities because older people are thought to not be active and have health issues. Weave these into the conversation.
- Phone – own or borrow a newer Samsung Galaxy, iPad or iPhone to bring on the interview. Put on the desk so they know you are up on technology.
“Being called overqualified is actually a blessing in disguise!” Now overcome the objection. Respond, “You can see that I’ve worked at a higher level before, but this position is exactly what I’m looking for and here’s why…”
Title Cut – If you want to take a title cut, before the interview practice saying until you believe, “I was proud to be a Nurse Manager, but I really miss working with patients. That is why I applied for the Nurse opening.”
Pay Cut – Why is it that you are willing to take a pay cut? Lower cost of living, kids in college, house paid for, or have a spouse breadwinner. Explain to them.
Switching Careers – Why is it that you are trying to get into a new field?
If you were talking to someone younger say, “If you were hiring for an open heart surgeon for your parents, would you prefer a qualified surgeon or an absolutely overqualified surgeon?”
Abrazo Health West
Rebecca Dawson, Human Resources
Rebecca has worked for Abrazo for 11 years and has been in the field for 23 years. Abrazo started as a small hospital and it’s like working for a family, there is a very engaged management who listens to employees. There are different levels of Medical positions available. Abrazo offers dental, life, critical illness, gym memberships and wellness centers in the new planned park. They offer a Leadership Academy, full tuition reimbursement and a GCU partner, plus other discounts.The company’s valued characteristics are integrity, innovation, transparency and honesty.
Abrazo is part of Tenet Hospitals, which provides more resources and opportunities than before. Tenet is ranked #3, and is on a mission to be #1. Check out positions online or call the Recruitment Line at 866-322-7296.
Some Clinical and Nonclinical openings:
- Abrazo West Campus – Surgical Services Director, Hospital Supply Chain Director, Wound Care Director
- Abrazo Central – Clinical Quality Improvement Director, Lab Management
- Abrazo Scottsdale – Radiology Director
- Abrazo Regional Support – Regulatory Services
Among the resources Career Connectors offers at no cost:
• DISC Assessment – through Top Talent Consulting
• LinkedIn Basics – a great place to start
• Business Portraits – to ensure a professional profile picture on social media
• Career Advice – a collection of guest blogs from experts
• Trusted Resources – a list of providers we suggest