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

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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. It’s just that Phil had never stopped to consider why even he said that to job candidates, and did not offer “overqualified” job candidates a first or second interview.

I answered more questions on the radio this weekend

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We talked about: what to do if you’re overqualified. when you’re worried about a credit check while you’re job searching. The segment is six and a half minutes and you can listen here: You may also like: if you’re not getting interviews, here’s how to fix your resume and cover letter how do background checks work? I was on public radio’s Marketplace Weekend again this weekend, taking more questions from listeners about job searching.

Most common resume lies


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 today’s competitive economy, many job seekers will do anything to get ahead, including lie on their resume to make the information look better.

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Why would you limit the amount of information the reader can grasp about your background just because you are worried about them thinking you are “too old” or “overqualified” by having a resume that is longer than one page? Nobody can be overqualified for a job.

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Also, be careful about considering yourself overqualified. Having a degree for a job that doesn’t require one (graduate or otherwise) doesn’t in and of itself make you overqualified. If you have education or experience doing A but you’re in a job doing B, your’e not overqualified. Or even simply suggest they run a thorough background check? It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

coworker’s drama-filled personal calls, interviewer refused to interview me, and more

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I thought I might be off base in being so annoyed by this, so I checked with my other office mate, Sam, and he is just as annoyed as I am. I am more than qualified for the position, without being considered overqualified. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. Coworker has drama-filled calls with his girlfriend 10 times a day. I share an office with two people, Sam and Wakeen. Wakeen takes multiple phone calls from his girlfriend each and every day.

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can I leave early when my work is done, how long after a reference check should you hear back, and more

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If your manager is sensible, she’ll have no issue with this — but it’s worth checking with her to make sure. How do I tell my manager that I’m overqualified and ask for higher level work? How do I ask/tell my manager I am overqualified and am looking to gain supervisorial / management experience? How long after a reference check does it take to hear whether you got the job?

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I have only gotten a few interviews, unfortunately, and I know it is because I am being viewed as overqualified. The truth is, I do not apply because of my history of bipolar disorder, which I would have to disclose on my bar application and would most likely disqualify me from admission in the background check (I was grilled heavily about this in my home state when I applied there, years before I had an escalation of the condition). It’s five answers to five questions.

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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….” It’s short answer Saturday — seven short answers to seven short questions. Here we go… 1. Should you dumb down your resume?

employer wants permission to call people outside my reference list

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager employer wants permission to call people outside my reference list March 17, 2011 A reader writes: I recently was asked to sign a Consent to Reference Check form. my new favorite interview question dont check references?

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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. The litmus test: Would they dispute the title in a reference check?) my new favorite interview question dont check references?

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. my new favorite interview question dont check references?

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