Q: I've climbed the corporate ladder to frontline management after 10 years in a large global company. I'm really looking to change jobs...
Q: I’ve climbed the corporate ladder to frontline management after 10 years in a large global company.
I’m really looking to change jobs but keep hearing people tell me I’m overqualified and couldn’t make enough money. Any advice?
A: First, consider carefully the information you provide potential employers.
It’s possible that in your enthusiasm to leave your old job, you’re overwhelming interviewers with your achievements, competency and current compensation package.
I know the business world encourages us to dazzle others with facts.
However, sometimes this approach can backfire by intimidating the people you want to work with.
Try putting yourself in a potential employer’s shoes.
What are the key skills the hiring firm needs from you? If they need you only to jump high, then skip the part about how you’ve put yourself in orbit around the Earth several times.
Tone down your sales pitch, and you’ll stir up more interest.
As far as salary goes, it really is nobody’s business how much money you do or don’t make.
And, despite what a potential employer might tell you, they do not have the right to this information. It isn’t cheating to simply give a low estimate of your salary and not share information about perks or bonuses.
Sometimes, even when we do want to leave a job badly, we can feel that taking a job less than the one we’ve had is embarrassing or a sign of failure.
We may then tend to communicate that we’re too good for the job being offered. If you really want to change companies, you may lose some professional status but gain some peace of mind.
Decide before your next interview which is more important to you.
If interviewers still believe you’re overqualified, realize their concerns have to do with wondering if you’ll stay or get bored.
Be sure you make it clear that status and money are not your only concerns, and you may turn your next interview into a job.
The last word(s)
Q: I love my boss, and I mean romantically. He doesn’t know, and I don’t plan to tell him. Can I work with him effectively if I just stay quiet?
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