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“Sorry, but you are overqualified.” – Here’s a way past that.

Sklover Working Wisdom

No matter what the job was, Phil kept hearing five words, over and over again: “Sorry, but you are overqualified.” On the other hand, Phil totally understood people saying “Sorry, but you are overqualified” because he, himself, had uttered those five words many times when he did hiring. “Ignoring an awkward truth does as much damage.

4 Horrible Resume Writing Tips To Avoid

Career Realism

First of all, when an employer tells you that you are “overqualified” for a job, it means they just don’t like you. I didn’t think so.

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Some potential employees assume that recruiters will not check their references. However, employment dates are easy to verify with a simple background check. In fact, falsifying your title or salary may backfire and potential employers may feel that you are overqualified for the position. In most cases, they are wrong.

You Don’t Get a Second Chance to Make a First Impression

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If you’re interviewing for a retail job, overdressing may come across as you being overqualified for the position. “ Either you’re the one erasing or you’re the one being erased. ” – Jim Carrey. How much time and thought do you put into your overall appearance preparations when you go on a job interview?

should you dumb down your resume, volunteering for a layoff, and more

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The family member said I basically needed to “dumb down” my resume because otherwise I seemed too overqualified for the job. On that date, I got an email from someone in HR that started like this, “Good afternoon, I would like to start with our background check and drug screening….” Here we go… 1. Any advice?

Should a receptionist tell callers when someone is out sick, consolation prize interviews, and more

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I have only gotten a few interviews, unfortunately, and I know it is because I am being viewed as overqualified. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. Should a receptionist tell callers when someone is out sick? I’m a receptionist. and that satisfies most callers. This is really context-specific. writing projects).

employer wants permission to call people outside my reference list

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I check in with my references regularly when job-seeking to make sure they are still on board and to keep them updated. Again, in most states.)

short answer Sunday: 7 short answers to 7 short questions

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We have a similar educational and work background, similar experience and he’s going to be doing a similar job but far, far less work than I do.

Friday night question queue

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What do background checks entail? I have a question in regard to job postings that state that applicants will be required to submit to a background check. What exactly does the background check entail? It depends on the specific check. It’s the Friday night question queue! Here we go… 1.

my coworker told me I should be applying for other jobs, religion at work, and more

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Coworker told me I’m overqualified and should be applying for other jobs. When I gave a neutral answer, she told me I should be, because she thinks I’m overqualified for our field. I wanted to give them over a month’s heads-up, so if they have loose ends (background check, etc.) Here we go… 1.

am I not getting hired because I'm gay?

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I know this because when I got my current job, they had to run a background check that included contacting that employer and there was no hassle.

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