Ten2Two founder Deborah O’Sullivan explains why being ‘overqualified’ is no longer a barrier for businesses.

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“A lot of businesses who come to us seeking a flexible worker often cite worries when they meet a candidate who seems overqualified for their role. It’s natural.

In the past, being overqualified has meant people haven’t progressed to the next round of interview – but when it comes to flexible working, many of our candidates are often overqualified for the roles they’re looking for. This can put clients off for a number of reasons: will the candidate get bored quickly? Will they want to move up and take a more senior position? Will they lose motivation? The simple answer is no.

Many of our Members are women. There are many reasons for this – it simply isn’t fair to say that women ‘take their foot off the gas’, as the Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg stated when asked why more women aren’t working at boardroom level.

It’s our experience, that while women are driven by a desire to do a good job, with a level of recognition and a reasonable amount of money for what they do – they also want to balance the other commitments in their lives. That is, they want to get the job done and have a career, whilst keeping everyone in their life happy too.

Many of the people we talk to have worked very hard in their careers, but feel they have achieved everything they have set out to – and now they want something different. They need local, stimulating work and feel that if it works for them and their family, they’re happy. They want to do their absolute best in a job, but they aren’t going to be pulling the rug from someone else’s feet to get promoted to a higher level along the way.

In short, women make the ideal flexible working candidates for local businesses. Clients can get the highly skilled employees they’ve always wanted, at a reduced rate than they would for full-time hours. And the employee can continue to earn money doing what they enjoy, in a way that suits their lifestyle. Ultimately, everyone’s a winner.”

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