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What does "Over Qualified" really mean?

Updated on February 4, 2013

What does the phrase "over qualified" really mean?

Maybe it depends on the job you are looking into, your background and your age.

I say this because I have been laid off for most of the last 8 months and have had more than a few replys of, "sorry we feel you are over qualified".

This bothers me because of a couple of reasons. 1. Granted my background looks as if I would be qualified for something much higher in employment level and salary, but I am applying for the job, so I am interested. 2. Maybe they feel I am too old for the position and when pushed for a reason to why I am not being considered, "over qualified" is the only answer they can find.

Now to me it is like this.......yes I know it appears I am over qualified for the position.....but if I am over qualified for the position I am pursuing then it means I am very qualified to do the job, right.

So if I continue to pursue the position then obviously it shows that despite it appearing to be a step down in a career move, maybe I am very much interested in the job because I am trying to make a career change and am willing to step down a few notches to begin back up the ladder for a new career.

It just seems to me that if a person really wants a job, then maybe the prospective employer should do a better job of being honest on why they may not want me working for them.


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