Category Archives: Candidates

You’re overqualified for the role

What happens when you are clearly overqualified for the role? We hear it a lot. You want to take a step back, focus on family or study or just want to take your foot off the pedal for a bit. But why is it so hard to get a job when you are overqualified?

This is a tricky conundrum for a hiring manager. While they may be able to see that you’d bring a diverse skill set to the job and could perhaps even do the job with your eyes closed, it doesn’t mean you are the right candidate for the role.

We’ve listed the most common reasons why your application won’t be successful and some ways to overcome them too:

Too expensive

Hiring managers and businesses will have a salary and budget allocated for this role. While you may look impressive on paper. They quickly assume they won’t have the funds to meet your expectations or match what you’ve previously been paid.

Make sure on your cover letter and when speaking to the recruiter you make it very clear that you are flexible on salary. Also make it clear that you understand you will be paid the going “market rate” for the job in which you apply for. Not paid for your skills.

You will get bored

This new role won’t have enough challenges for you. Which is possibly the very reason you applied. You need to very clearly state what is driving you to apply for this role and why you are wanting to look for a position that has less demands on you.

You don’t understand the role

On first glance, recruiters or a hiring manger will assume you don’t understand the job ad and that you have applied incorrectly. Make sure you acknowledge the role and the responsibilities in your cover letter.

You’d have more experience than your manager        

This has potential to get awkward. A manager could find this threatening to have someone with more experience reporting to them. You need to reiterate your reasons for wanting this role and what is motivating this career change.

You will leave as soon as something better comes along

This happens when people are unexpectedly out of work or it takes too long to find a new role. They take on a job that is a few steps back and less pay, to tide them over. But as soon as something bigger and better comes along, off they go. Hiring managers have been burnt by this in the past, and they sense that you might just be another candidate looking to “fill in a gap”. Be conscious of their concerns and make it clear why you want this exact job, for the long haul.

The key areas you need to address when applying for a role that you are overqualified include:

Focus on the employer’s needs

Demonstrate your understanding why they may have concerns (see above points) and build a constructive case as to why you are a good hire.

Clarify why you want the job

Make it clear that you want this particular job and why. Without going into too much personal information, acknowledge the difference and explain what is motivating this change in direction/pace.

Highlight what you love about the role

A hiring manager wants to know you are enthusiastic and going to be a good hire. Tell them what you like about the job and the role. Tell them why you want to work for their company. Give them no room to assume that you are not interested in the day to day tasks or will get bored.

Don’t be put off if you get rejected when you first apply for a job you are overqualified for. It may take a few applications and some clear communication on your CV and cover letter to address your reasons and be considered. As Karen our MD has always said, the right job is out there for everyone and there is a right candidate for every job. Sometimes, it just takes a little time.


Your voicemail just cost you the job

It’s true. You just missed out on your dream job because of your voicemail. It’s unfortunate because your resume was excellent and you really were a perfect fit. Unfortunately though, every interaction a recruiter or hiring manager has with a candidate is part of the screening process – even your voicemail!

Candidates often underestimate what a voicemail can say about them as a first impression. We’ve pulled together some of the most common and outrageous mistakes candidates are making with their voicemail:

No voicemail at all

We get it. A missed call is suffice. You see your friend called. You call them back when you can/want to. Who leaves voicemails these days anyway? But when you start sending your CV out to recruiters and hiring managers, we don’t want the phone ringing out or have a machine tell us to try again later. We want you to call us back when you can talk. A recruiter will want to know we have got the message through to you. We also want to hear your voice.

We’ll convert your message to text

Yeah, no. This doesn’t work. Ever. And a recruiter cannot explain what they want to say in 10 words. You are not a robot and we don’t want to talk at your phone like you are one.

Barely audible message

An unclear and crackly message or a loud background that we can barely hear the message is not selling you to us. If you cannot leave a clear and concise message on your own phone, how will you be communicating with clients and customers in your job? It rings alarm bells.

Inappropriate Recorded Message

“Yo Yo Yo – leave a ****ing message” – Sounds made up right? Unfortunately, not. This is an actual message of a candidate applying for a senior role within a corporate organisation (and on paper they looked good). PLEASE do not have an inappropriate or rude voicemail on your phone. It’s never a good idea. Ever.

Telling us your life story in one message

“I can’t answer the phone right now as I am busy at work and in meetings. I will however be available between 12pm and 1pm to take and return calls. Alternatively you can phone me after 5.30pm when I will be able to answer. If I still miss your call, I might be on the bus or on another call. Please do leave a message with your phone number and reason for calling. Let me know the best time to call you back and I look forward to speaking with you soon…”

While, incredibly polite and helpful. You lost us. Too many excuses and options and sounds kind of desperate…

The perfect voicemail is short, sweet and clear

It tells us you are efficient, professional and polite. Definitely a candidate worth speaking to!!

“This is Joe Bloggs. Please leave a message and I will return your call as soon as I can. Cheers.”

Should you take that Temp Role or Not?

While in-between jobs, it can be challenging for candidates to know if it is a good idea to accept a temp role or not. No matter what stage of the job search you are in, making a commitment to temp is not always an easy one to make.

We have broken down what questions you should be asking yourself if you are in between roles and considering temping:

Financial Gain?

Can you support yourself for the duration of your job search? Whether it is two weeks or two months, are you able to manage if you don’t have any income from working. If not, temping might be a good solution to keep the cash coming in.

Could It Open Doors?

Temping can be a great way to open a door into a company or role you may not otherwise have had access to. Once you are in, you have an opportunity to make a mark and leave a lasting impression.

Many of our clients ask for temps while they are in the recruitment process. Whilst on paper your skills might not be on par with what they are looking for, once you are doing the job, you are able to showcase your skills, adaptability and rise to the challenge.

It might be that while the temp role wasn’t the right fit for you, the company was. Meeting other team members and management might just open doors to other roles within that organisation.

Short Term or Long Term?

You may only want to commit to short-term temp roles. Any candidates who leave one job for another one, typically have a 4 week notice period. Most hiring managers will be flexible on start dates and will ultimately respect your wishes to complete any short-term contract you’ve committed to. Short-term roles are a great way to maintain a steady cash flow, keep you busy and give you exposure to new industries and roles.

Sometimes longer-term contracts can be better remunerated than a permanent role. It also offers you more flexibility, but equally more security that you have an ongoing role to keep you tied over. You wont be finishing up one assignment hoping to get news of the next one.

Whether you take a short term or long term contract we recommend being fully transparent with your recruiters and any hiring managers (in the temp role or who you are interviewing with) so that there are no issues when the time comes to leave your contract.

What will you get from that temp role?

It could just be as simple as needing some extra cash (don’t we all!). However, a temp role might mean:

  • You get an opportunity to get experience at an awesome company or brand and put that on your resume.
  • You get to trial travelling to a new location to test how the commute is
  • You get to dabble in a new industry
  • Does it do my recruiter a huge favour (which in turn means they will work even harder than normal for you)
  • You get to “try before you buy”. Taking a temp role means you can test out other roles and industries before committing to a perm position.
  • You expand your professional network and potentially meet someone who could open the door to your next role or be your next client

What could go wrong?

Not that we want to be cup half empty here, but what is the worst thing that could happen? You get your dream perm role one week into a four week assignment and have to start immediately? Not ideal. But definitely not the worst thing to happen (especially for you). Just be honest with your recruiter who you are doing the assignment with and be as helpful and flexible as you possibly can.

Of course there is always a chance that you hate the temp role. But, look at it this way, it is only short-term and it all goes as experience on your CV (plus all the other benefits we listed above).

Once you have taken into consideration all of the above questions, you should be ready to make a decision. Is temping the right option for you while you look for a perm role? Who knows, you might like temping so much you choose never to work permanently again!

If you do want to look at temp work, make sure you are registered with us here at qube. We work with some fabulous clients who are always looking for extraordinary temps.