Hello to all on this board. In full disclosure, I work for ADP. I can totally empathize with the feeling of being written off as over-qualified. My husband is on the job market and on a weekly basis he’s being told things like, "You should be my manager, not applying for THIS role." I also understand from a hiring perspective the fear of hiring, training, and investing in someone who in theory could be waiting for something “better” that they are "qualified" for.
The reality is that the job market has changed for job seekers and employers. The new normal is many people looking for jobs that they wouldn't have considered in the past. And companies are inundated with applicants. The advice I give my husband in this tough job market:
1) Be persistent when you’re truly interested in an opportunity – it not only shows your level of interest in the position but creates more opportunities to engage the recruiter to address any concerns they may have about moving you forward. ESPECIALLY if you’re in sales, where your follow up skills and persistence give some insight into how your ability to get past gatekeepers and open doors.
2) Connect with your recruiter on LinkedIn and keep in touch – they are often working on multiple positions in various locations, and by forming a relationship, something could come up in the future that you’re a better fit for.
3) Plant a many seeds to find the right job, but don’t stop at the application. If a job looks perfect on paper for you…leverage LinkedIn to network your way into the company. ADP’s career site has a tool that shows you who you know in LI and Facebook that work the company – many companies have this as well. The business world had gone social – make it work for you.
Best of luck on the job search - hope you find the perfect fit!