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What does “Overqualified” really mean?

Overqualified

What does “Overqualified” really mean?

Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 by Catherine Byers Breet

Be proud of your experience! Take some inspiration from Farmers Insurance: “We know a thing or two because we’ve seen a thing or two.”

Question? “Hello, Catherine. I’ve been looking for a new job for a few weeks, and I just got turned down for the third time for being “overqualified.” When did experience become a bad thing? I have a diverse business background with experience in marketing, product management, loyalty, customer experience, and market research. I have a strong track record of success and have never had trouble finding a job. This time around has been very different. I’m beginning to believe that ‘You’re overqualified’ is code for ‘You’re too old.’ Is it my age (I’m over 50), or something else? What can I do about this?” – Nancy

My thoughts: Nancy, you are right that “You’re overqualified” is usually code for something else. It’s easy to assume that it’s code for “you’re too old.” After all, age discrimination is real (just as religious, racial and gender discrimination are real). However, in my twenty years of recruiting experience, the clear majority of “overqualified” candidates were being rejected for something other than age. Before I dig in to the most common codes, let’s look at what can happen when a company hires someone who is overqualified:

Sometimes, being overqualified is a wonderful thing:

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New year, new job: Part 3 How to look for a job when you’re working full time

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New year, new job: Part 3 How to look for a job when you’re working full time

Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 by Catherine Byers Breet

“Every morning you have two choices: continue to sleep with your dreams, or wake up and chase them.” – Author unknown

My thoughts:

Let’s face it: If you’re working full-time but you want a new job, you can’t afford to waste time the way most job seekers do. You also can’t afford to start sneaking off to lunch meetings every day, or your boss will soon be on to you … and you might lose your job before you have another job lined up. The good news is, there is a smart and highly effective way to look for a new job while working full-time. If you follow these ten steps, you will be well on your dream job.

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New year, new job: Part 2 How to figure out what career or job you want next

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New year, new job: Part 2 How to figure out what career or job you want next

Posted on Monday, January 08, 2018 by Catherine Byers Breet

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll still land among the stars. - Les Brown

My thoughts: My thoughts: Check out the answer on my YouTube Channel and please subscribe - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOzXDOxx4PSyCPTmMZty1xTpSJ-5N5PYs

 

 

New year, new job: How to get a great new job in 2018

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New year, new job: How to get a great new job in 2018

Posted on Tuesday, January 02, 2018 by Catherine Byers Breet

In the New Year, never forget to thank to your past years because they enabled you to reach today! Without the stairs of the past, you cannot arrive at the future! - Mehmet Murat ildan

My thoughts: My thoughts: Check out the answer on my YouTube Channel and please subscribe - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOzXDOxx4PSyCPTmMZty1xTpSJ-5N5PYs<

 

 

Rejected again? Here’s how to find out why.

Rejected

Rejected again? Here’s how to find out why.

Posted on Monday, December 18, 2017 by Catherine Byers Breet

"I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become." – Carl Jung

Question? I really thought I was gonna get the job. The 5 interviews went really well! They told me I was a terrific fit for them, and they even walked me around to meet the team. I was stunned when I got an email saying that they “found someone who was a better fit.” I really want to know what the other guy has that I don’t have. Can I call and ask them? - Ben

My thoughts:

Absolutely! In fact, I highly recommend you call and ask them for some insight. I know how disappointing it is to hear that they picked the other guy. I've been there! I am so glad that you are willing to call and ask what inspired them to pick the other candidate over you. It’s a very smart thing to do. They might not tell you anything … but what if they do? 

You’ll hear tons of people tell you “they won’t give you any feedback. It’s a waste of time.” It is true that many companies have policies against giving ...