Picture this. 

A company just opened a position and it is the job you are looking forward to. You submitted your resume, hoping that you will succeed the requirements then land the job. YOUR DREAM JOB.

Everything went well but the employers decided not to hire you because a certain skill is either excessive or unqualified for you.

Isn’t it upsetting when you can almost reach your vision but a sudden rejection hinders you from it? 

The outcome for job application will be different if the candidate is over-qualified or under-skilled. The job-skill mismatch is the incompatibility between the job and the skills of a person. It can expand the unemployment rate, under-qualification can increase life dissatisfaction and job demotivation while over-qualification can affect an individual’s competitiveness due to the inability to find a job that matches the skill level and productivity.

As we take a closer look at this subject, our BusinessTrends Recruitment Specialist gave insightful tips to those who are currently having a hard time looking for a job that matches their skills or productivity level.


As a rule of thumb, it is better to be prepared by doing your research about the company and position you’re applying for. Besides leaving a good impression, it will also save time and effort for both recruiter and candidate as we go directly to the essential questions needed for the job. 


Show your credentials through the cover letter. Let them know your capabilities by highlighting the experiences that answer the question “why do you think you are qualified for this job?”

The rejection we face is not the end of our growth. Rejection is redirection, it does not define failure. After all, our experiences will nourish our progress and proficiency as these were also strengthened by hard work and perseverance.

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