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Asked by Jacqui on August 3, 2015

I have been working as a recruiting coordinator for over 9 months, and I'm seeking advancement opportunities. I have been applying to various HR and recruiting coordinator positions. For some mid-size companies, they've stated that I was under-qualified. For larger corporations, they said I was over-qualified. Based off this feedback, what would be a wiser approach to my search?

Answered by Cassandra, Hiring Expert at Verizon, on August 4, 2015

So you're facing an employment conundrum that is frustrating to say the least as you look to advance. You're getting interviews which tells me that you're resume is strong (that is great news) but upon completion of the interview process you're not securing the job and we should probably figure out what's happening during that stage of the process so that your next interview results in a higher level role for you.  I would suggest that you find a coach or someone in HR to assist you with mock interviews so that you're well prepared and answering the questions that showcase your skills as the right candidate for the role.  It is a delicate balance not to oversell your skills so that you remain in consideration for the role.  Additionally, a mentor would be helpful since one could assist you in navigating that world and help you with some connections, as well.  Most importantly, stay enthusiastic and encouraged during this process. Though you're not getting the jobs yet, you're getting priceless interview practice in the meantime which is great!


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Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on August 5, 2015

You’re looking for advancement opportunities; that’s exciting! It’s not surprising that you’re receiving contradicting feedback from companies of different sizes. I imagine a mid-size company is looking for someone with additional experience because you will have to perform tasks outside of the standard recruiting coordinator position. Most employers like to see you’ve been in your current position for at least 1 year before moving on to a different endeavor. I would consider staying in your position for a few more months before starting the job search up again so it doesn’t appear you’re a job jumper.

You should tailor your resume and interview responses to the company and position you are applying for. If you’re interviewing with a larger corporation, don’t oversell yourself. Be sure to make it clear that you’re looking for advancement opportunities and what your long-term goals are with the company. Take time to think about the career path you want to follow. When interviewing for a smaller corporation, think of job duties or skills that could relate to the position and showcase you are capable of doing them. Tailor your resume to include some of the additional responsibilities that may be required, given you have a relatable experience.

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Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on August 5, 2015

For now you should still take the same approach when applying to jobs. It sounds like you need to practice how you answer questions during your interviews, and not editing your resume. For the larger companies who feel that you are over-qualified, you should make sure that you work into your conversation why you want the position and your goals for what you want to learn. This way you communicate to them that you may not be that over qualified and are willing to put in the work. For the mid-sized companies, you should tell the interviewer how you are working toward being more qualified for the position and work in the strengths you may have that will compensate for being under qualified. Another option you have is that you could try to learn and enhance new skills in your current job that could be translated into the positions that have been deemed under-qualified. I wish you the best of luck and I hope you find something soon!

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Answered by Courtney, Hiring Expert at ADP, on August 6, 2015

Great question!  I started as a recruiting coordinator and worked my way up from there.  I would advise you to be a bit more patient.  In the long run, 9 months is not very long in 1 role.  I would focus on your performance and networking within your organization for another 6 months at least.  Be sure that your manager is aware of your career goals and work those goals into your performance evaluations.  I would also advise you to identify a mentor that might be able to help you along the way.  I hope this helps - good luck!

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