Fantastic Stories of Overqualified Employees

Hiring Technical People

They specialize in taking young idealistic people, putting them to work in entry level jobs, and making them turn off their brains for a year. If you over-hire for a job, you will hire someone overqualified for a job. If you have one “overqualified&# person, why not use that person to help bring other people’s capabilities up? Do you think you have “overqualified&# people? Managers, “overqualified&# employees are not a threat to you.

should I hire an overqualified candidate?

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A reader writes: I will be interviewing people for an entry-level position in an engineering company, but the job is an analyst position, not an engineering position. how to get shorter answers from a rambling employee should I hire an overqualified candidate? As such, it will pay significantly less than an engineering position. One candidate is an engineer with over 20 years of experience, only a little of which is on point for the position we are offering.

how can you tell if an overqualified applicant is right for the job?

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I manage our most entry-level position, a basic administrative position that has been categorized at times as both an administrative assistant or office manager. We knew Fergus was highly overqualified for the position, but he said that he was looking or a role with less responsibility due to family issues, so we hired him. Are there questions that we can ask to figure out if she’ll be able to successfully shift to this lower level position?

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What Your Degree Choice Tells Your Future Employer

Career Alley

Some degrees are more general, covering the majority of subjects, with the aim to teach at a primary school level. However, education students with a high level of knowledge may talk down to people without realizing.

2013 148

Questions For Your Grad School & Overqualification Answers

Jobacle

It's become so much more difficult to land a job as an entry-level college graduate because of poor job growth. Career Advice Grad School overqualified job overqualified workEveryone has an opinion on the best practices for recruiting, interviewing, and resume writing.

2011 151

12 Tips For A Great Job Interview

Career Realism

Older (often Overqualified) workers starting at a new company: Highlight your skills and sell them as an investment for the future. How To Prepare For An Entry-Level Interview.

2014 83

The Worst Resume Advice I’ve EVER Heard

Career Realism

If you’re an entry-level candidate, you may only need one page but if you have 10+ years of experience chances are you’re going to need more than a page to communicate all of that great information the employer is going to want to know. 3 Resume Tips To Avoid Appearing Overqualified. Over the years, I’ve had clients come to me and ask all kinds of questions about advice they’ve heard in regards to resume writing.

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11 Job Search Commandments For College Grads

Career Realism

5 – I Will Not Expect Too Much Of My First Job Most grads feel they’re overqualified for many of the entry-level jobs posted. The hard reality is you don’t have the work experience for anything but entry-level jobs.

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Jennifer Anthony's Official Blog Nationally Published Resume Expert Skip to content Home About Hire Jenn FAQs How It Works Resume Rockstars Resume Writers by Industry or Specialty Library ← What to Do When You’re an Overqualified Executive Job Hunting in 2010?

2009 130

???? 25 Ways to Breathe Life into a Painfully Long Job Search

JobMob

This can be tricky as employers may see you as overqualified and you may be frustrated by not being able to show off all that you can do. Even entry-level jobs can be used to springboard you back up the ladder again. If you're sick of looking for a job, this is for you.

2017 78

3 Tips For Preparing For A Job Interview

Career Realism

In the event an advert actually reaches your eyes, you’re automatically pitted against overqualified, highly experienced professionals chasing the same entry-level and mid-tier roles.

2013 83

applying for a full-time job and asking to work part-time

Ask A Manager

This morning I woke up to an ideal-but-awkwardly-timed job posting for an entry-level position I’m eminently qualified for at a company I’d already mentally ear-marked as a good potential future employer. The thing that’s jumping out to me here is that you said the job is entry-level. You might think that being overqualified means that the employer gets a bonus — you can do the tasks of the job and probably take on more too!

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25 Ways to Breathe Life into a Painfully Long Job Search

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This can be tricky as employers may see you as overqualified and you may be frustrated by not being able to show off all that you can do. Even entry-level jobs can be used to springboard you back up the ladder again.

2015 83

old coworkers who won the lottery want to come back to work, a credible company has a fake-seeming website, and more

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Mary thinks her old team will be bitter about having to come back to work and to have her as manager (at the time they left, she was entry-level and the most junior person on the team). The spots on all the teams are entry-level only. But I don’t think you should suggest that they be hired for those entry-level spots on other teams, if they’re not entry-level. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

2017 46

why don’t hiring managers look for potential in people?

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I’m either overqualified or still don’t have enough experience, apparently even if paid training is advertised as part of the position. Why do they mention entry level and training if they are not willing to take someone who is entry level? Yes, employers may be willing to take someone entry-level and do some training — when they first advertise the position. This was originally published on October 26, 2012.

2014 41

a recruiter emailed me a dozen annoying interview questions to complete, Phi Beta Kappa on a resume, and more

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I am applying for entry-level administration jobs in corporate offices. Or does it make me overqualified for entry-level, which is all that my work experience supports? It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. Recruiter emailed me a dozen annoying interview questions to complete. I had a phone screen with a large corporation for a program manager role.

why don’t hiring managers look for potential in people?

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I’m either overqualified or still don’t have enough experience, apparently even if paid training is advertised as part of the position. Why do they mention entry level and training if they are not willing to take someone who is entry level? Yes, employers may be willing to take someone entry-level and do some training — when they first advertise the position.

my manager says that most people are too good to stay in my job for long

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She frequently tells me that my position is entry-level and it takes a “special person” to sit there “doing the same thing” day in and day out and, as a result, most people don’t want to do it for very long. For example, she might have been using “too good” to mean overqualified (like having a masters degree in rice sculptures when the job only requires basic level knowledge of rice sculpting, or having five years experience in rice sculpting when the job doesn’t require any).

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It's the Little Things

Water Cooler Wisdom

Essentially, we were observing that the working culture has changed so that people don't even need to do well at their jobs (and this isn't just at entry-level, it goes up the chain).

2010 69

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. There’s about 6 weeks left in my internship and yesterday, an employee (she’s entry-level and oversees some of my work) asked casually, in the elevator, if I’m applying to other jobs. When I gave a neutral answer, she told me I should be, because she thinks I’m overqualified for our field.

employee has already decorated for Christmas, explaining a chronic cough to coworkers, and more

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The second is a typical administrative assistant-type role — more entry-level, with a salary to reflect that. If you’re well qualified for the accounting manager job, that’s almost certainly the one you should apply for since in that case they’ll probably think you’re overqualified for the admin job. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. Employee has already decorated for Christmas.

2017 54

tiny answer Tuesday — 7 short answers to 7 short questions

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In my job search since March, it seems that all professional level jobs (outside of the IT industry) are offering extremely low salaries across the board. They are asking for five years of experience in associate level positions yet only offering entry level salaries, that were entry-level ten years ago! Can I make my case to HR that I feel somewhat overqualified for my current position?

applying for a job where my manager’s husband works, is my masters degree hurting my job search, and more

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I got a call from the agency about a position and they called back saying the company felt I was overqualified. I laughed as I’ve never heard that before and didn’t agree that I had enough experience to be considered overqualified. I have been trying to apply to more entry level pr and marketing positions since most of my work has been part time or internships for a few nonprofits. It’s five short answers to five short questions. Here we go….

driving 12 hours to a job interview, is there hope for college dropouts, and more

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If you’re applying for work outside of your geographic area, this is often part of the dea l — especially for entry-level jobs, where they just have no incentive to cover your travel expenses, because they have plenty of qualified local candidates — which means that if you want to be considered, you have to get yourself there. How to know what’s motivating an overqualified candidate. It’s seven short answers to seven short questions.

2013 40

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

Ask A Manager

And there are several levels of executives above them. In fact, if he’s busy and working on high-level projects, there’s an argument that it’s a smart way to use an assistant — to allow him to stay focused on work that benefits the company. How do I tell my manager that I’m overqualified and ask for higher level work? Currently I am doing an entry-level customer service job for an underwear company.

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tiny answer Tuesday — 7 short answers to 7 short questions

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I do not believe I was overqualified, so I ruled that out. I found one company with an entry-level position I think I could be good at, there’s just one issue. It’s tiny answer Tuesday — seven short answers to seven short questions. Here we go… 1. Fired and asked to train my replacement. I am in a situation at my current job where the owner has already hired my replacement.

Have you ever gotten a job from a job fair?

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It paid the same as most entry level jobs, and ended up being a really great experience! Yes, there are some folks who get a “job&# from a job fair; but it is always an entry-level job.

How to manage a college education | Penelope Trunk's Brazen Careerist

Penelope Trunk

It’s not as tough to be entry level as it is to be, say, a baby boomer with 20 years experience at a newspaper, or 20 years of experience underwriting ridiculous mortgages. Sure you might have to pay your dues at entry level and work your butt off to develop connections, but that is what most people face. Why not take 4 years to study whatever fancy catches our interest, whether or not it directly contributes to our income level? Is this your first time here?

2010 59

mother bought me plane tickets without asking me if I could get.

Ask A Manager

That reeks of entry level/low pay/crappy, micromanaging boss who would probably fire you for asking for the time off. As she states, she doesn’t like her job anyway, and it’s an entry level position.

2011 52

Valentine's Day round-up

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when your ex is a coworker — and a silly one (and the later update ) entry-level job search with boyfriend recruiter I met at career expo asked me on a date — what do I do? i love me some humility Carnival of HR #18 do you conduct entry interviews?

2011 52

do what you say you're going to do

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entry-level job search with boyfriend my boss and coworkers are chronically absent is my dental problem scaring off employers?

2011 65

can I justify hiring someone who needs additional education to do.

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Thank you for this post – I know it’s really hard for everyone out there right now, but most of my friends have graduate degrees, and I’m hearing many, many stories about “overqualified&# being a huge impediment in a job search.

2011 52

things that aren't good ideas #78

Ask A Manager

I used to see a lot of cover letters like this one when I hired for entry-level restaurant stuff, most of them from people who were just getting out of treatment centers or halfway houses.

2011 65

my boss asks us to pick up his lunch for him — Ask a Manager

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If you’re in a customer service position (or any entry-level position), it’s a lot easier for me to imagine this request being made of you than if you’re, say, a business analyst or the marketing director.

2011 52

short answer Saturday: seven short answers to seven short questions

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Whether he was poorly recruited or made claims he couldn’t deliver, it soon became clear that he was having difficulties with working at the level he was expected to perform.

2011 52

I will review your resume this week

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entry-level job search with boyfriend my boss and coworkers are chronically absent is my dental problem scaring off employers? About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager want me to review your resume?

2011 55

book review, other people's families, and mango sticky - — Ask a.

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entry-level job search with boyfriend my boss and coworkers are chronically absent is my dental problem scaring off employers? i love me some humility Carnival of HR #18 do you conduct entry interviews?

something cool and free for you

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entry-level job search with boyfriend my boss and coworkers are chronically absent is my dental problem scaring off employers? About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager something cool and free for you February 15, 2011 I’m really impatient.

2011 53

I will totally get you a job. — Ask a Manager

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entry-level job search with boyfriend my boss and coworkers are chronically absent is my dental problem scaring off employers? About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager I will totally get you a job.

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