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How can I be Over Qualified for a Job?
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I am not qualified
I have heard the term over qualified many times, but I always thought it applied to older workers, whom the company in question would think their time in training would be better spent on another candidate. I also thought perhaps it might be attributed to people with lots of education and experience who would only accept a certain level of pay. However, I never really considered that it might be thought of an undergraduate with no professional experience in their respective field; who is willing to take whatever pay was being offered for an unskilled labor position. That, by the way is where I seem to fit in, I have an Associates and I’m working towards my Bachelors. I have many years of experience in the construction industry, have worked in a few factories, but have no professional experience in my field of study. That being the case I am having trouble finding work in my profession, I keep getting the old “we want someone with some experience” line. I’m not even looking at mid career jobs, most of what I’m applying for are entry level jobs.
I am over qualified
In my current situation I have decided that any job is better than none, so I decided to start applying for pretty much every job that is available that I might be able to do. Keep in mind that I have a great work record, I’ve never been fired, I’ve never just quit a job with no notice, I never miss work, I have good references, and I have no criminal record. Now I know the economy isn’t great, but there are lots of jobs out there. I have friends with far less desirable resumes than mine that get hired only to quit a few weeks later and get hired somewhere else a few days later. I on the other hand apply to these same types of jobs, go to the interview if I’m lucky enough to get one, and never get called back. I have been wandering why I never get called, so I have begun calling them after say a week or so. The answer I keep getting is that I am over qualified for the position in question.
How can I be over qualified
Over qualified “really” that doesn’t even make sense, I’m not demanding some higher wage or special treatment, I’m just humbly asking that they consider hiring me. I don’t have the attitude that I’m better than anyone or that I deserve a better job. I would like to get a job working with computers, which is what I went to school for, but I would be quite happy to have any job at the moment. I suppose these companies figure I’ll get an IT job shortly after they hire me and they will have wasted their time training me, which is a possibility, but it is still frustrating from my perspective. I feel like I have a lot to offer any employer, I work hard, learn fast, and have many skills that transfer to any job. It would seem that I’m not qualified to work in the computer field, but I’m over qualified to work as a laborer.
What do you think?
I have at least been busy with side jobs; working on computers for people, giving guitar lessons, and writing blog posts and articles. It is honest work, and between all three I stay very busy, but the pay just isn’t what I really need. I have had a few weeks when I made a decent amount of money, but I need something more dependable. I guess after gas, baby sitter, wear and tear on my vehicle, and other various expenses I may be just as well off doing what I’m doing now rather that taking a job at ten bucks an hour. The thing is that I figure I’ll have a better chance of finding a good job if I am working somewhere already. Besides I would really like to just get out of the house more, I mean I love my kids, but they are driving me nuts. This is just my experience, and I thought I’d write about it and maybe see what others think. If you have a moment please leave a comment and share your ideas or experiences; especially if you have had any that are similar to mine. I’m hoping that at the very least I’m not alone in my Job search woes.