by Matt Alderton | August 15, 2017
Advancing one's career typically means moving up the corporate ladder, not down. There are many reasons, however, that one might seek a job with less responsibility and power instead of more. You may want to move from a strategic role to a tactical one, for example, because that's where your true passion lies. You could be looking for employment in a market with few senior positions available. Or perhaps you just want to slow down and have more time for family. Whatever the reason, if you want to move from a more senior position to a more junior one, from a leadership role to an operational one, or from a big company to a small one, your experience could be a liability instead of an asset.

"After you've worked at multiple jobs and tucked years of experience under your belt, you might feel like you've got the talent and expertise to land any position you want. What you might not expect is that your abundance of know-how can actually make it harder to get a job," says Monster contributor Kate Ashford. "Hiring managers might figure you're using this job opportunity as a temporary gig until a more senior position opens up elsewhere, or that you expect to earn a salary that's commensurate with your experience."

There are many ways to overcome your "overqualification." One strategy, for instance, is to address it outright.

"Say [in your cover letter that] you know you have certain skills or tenure that are above and beyond what the position calls for, but that you are looking for an additional type of challenge or opportunity," Alexandra Levit, author of "Blind Spots: The 10 Business Myths You Can't Afford to Believe," tells Ashford, who advises focusing on your interest in the job or the company.

"Employers will be more likely to take a chance on you," Ashford says, "if you talk about why you're passionate about the work rather than the fact that the job requires less travel or offers a shorter commute."

It also helps to think of yourself as a product: Sell yourself as a candidate with "added value."

"Emphasize that you are plenty capable of doing the job in question," Ashford concludes, "and that your abundance of qualifications means you can assume greater responsibilities in less time than it would take to train someone else."

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