Had a chat with someone online this week asking me what I find to be a disturbing question (and she wasn’t the first to ask it, so I thought I’d blog about it a little here). Apparently, this person has been going on several job interviews and is finding that people think she is ‘overqualified’ for the positions she is applying for. So, she asked me if she should or how she should ‘cover up’ her talents, as people are seemingly intimidated by her and her qualifications.
Didn’t we all bust our butts in school to GET qualified for good jobs and good careers in the first place? Why, then, would we cover up and/or mask our talents to get the job? This to me seems totally counterintuitive.
As I’ve stated before, I think in this year of reality (kind of slapping us all in the face, granted) I think it is more important now than ever to be true to ourselves, and be 100% authentic. We should all be proud of our accomplishments (but not rub them in the faces of others). Aren’t our skills, experience and talents exactly what employers desperately need?
Hide that talent? I say, no way! To do so is to compromise and undermine all your previous hard work and toil. Employers should welcome you with open arms and be grateful they are attracting top notch talent. Besides, do you really want to work for someone who doesn’t appreciate your talents in the first place?