5 Ways To Get The Job When You're 'Overqualified'

overqualified for a job
overqualified for a job

By Vickie Elmer

Sometime yet this year, you or someone you know will be called overqualified for a job.

The speaker may be a recruiter or a friend, a decision-maker or a drainer of hopefulness. And when they say or hint at the overqualified label, they may mean something about your talents, or about their budget for the job, or about the age of the applicant, or how secure the hiring manager is in his job.

When I wrote about the "overqualified epidemic" recently for The Washington Post's Capital Business, it became clear to me that someone who's 23 and been tending bar for a year and someone who's 53 and been out of work for a year both could be termed overqualified.