Career Calling

February 14, 2014

Pitching Too Low

Know your worth.  This statement is especially true when it comes to looking for a job.  People who are worried about finding a job target positions that are is below their experience and skill level. This approach results in two problems for the worried job seeker.  First, many employers will consider this type of candidate “overqualified.”  Second, employers who hire candidates that are will to sell down their skills will pay them less.  In the current economy, income is more of a challenge than employment.  A step down will make it even harder to earn what you deserve in the future.  Stepping down to get a job can be very expensive in the long run.

How can you know your worth?  First, take an honest inventory of your skills.  List everything that you know or can do that you think an employer needs.  The next step is to test your list.  Gather a good sample of ideal job posts (I’d suggest at least 8-10), and make second list of what employers are looking for.  Finally, compare the two lists and align your skills with employers’ needs.  Once you’ve done that, you have the profile you need to earn your maximum value.  Beware of selling yourself short – the price is too high.

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