What to do when you are overqualified?

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We recently discussed the challenge of meeting minimum qualifications for international development jobs. But some professionals have the opposite problem — being too qualified.

“Sometimes there is another frequent ‘frustration’ answer: ‘overqualified,’” wrote Sandro R. from Lima recently. “Clients could understand that sometimes job seeker are not looking only for money?”

This is a common refrain I hear from professionals working in international development; particularly those that are trying to transition from another sector or area of development. Even when they are willing to take a pay cut or step back in their career they get the same answer: Sorry, you are overqualified.

So how to deal with this?

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    Kate Warren

    Kate Warren is Executive Vice President and resident talent and careers guru at Devex. With 15 years of global development recruitment experience advising international NGOs, consulting firms, and donor agencies, she has a finger on the pulse of hiring trends across the industry and insider knowledge on what it takes to break in.