Overqualifed job seekers pose challenge

Overqualifed job seekers pose challenge

There are 7 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Dec 12, 2007, titled Overqualifed job seekers pose challenge. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Shirley Hastings, 57, has her bachelor's degree in communications, yet she is doing data-entry work for a staffing company.

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Jerry D - Florida

Tallahassee, FL

#1 Dec 12, 2007
In the economy we live in today it's not uncommon to work out of field or being classified as being over qualified applicant. I have worked in workforce services for several years. Many employers fear that the over qualifed individual will quickly lose interest in positions that don't offer them a challenge.

Mclean, VA

#2 Dec 13, 2007
It seems to me that "over-qualified" is being used as euphemism for over thirty-five.


Since: Jul 07

(currently) Central Florida

#3 Dec 17, 2007
Gian wrote:
It seems to me that "over-qualified" is being used as euphemism for over thirty-five.
I think that maybe it could mean that - but more often than not it's a combination of education/experience. I've often been considered overqualified primarily due to my work experience, but as the article says, gotta put food on the table and pay the bills. What irks me is that a couple of employers expected me to do work (for which I was qualified and experienced) for the same pay in the nonqualifying position... excuse me? Want my experience? Then pay me for it. Want those skills? Pay me. Otherwise, let me do the job for which you hired me and don't expect me to give away my experience.
Bill A in Michigan

Belleville, MI

#4 Dec 17, 2007
It's very easy to say that one's extensive background offers a potential employer more "bang for the buck," but when you can't even get an interview, by any means, it's pretty much an over-rated statement. Michigan has the highest unemployment in the nation. Jobs are hard to find no matter how positive the attitude is.
Frank Gregg

Moss Point, MS

#5 Dec 21, 2007
As the availability of applicants begin to tighten with "baby boomers" retiring, overqualified may come back to haunt employers with a reputation for seeking younger candidates who will work for less money.
Frank Gregg

Moss Point, MS

#6 Dec 21, 2007
We need to stop putting out seniors in the barn and start using their vast knowledge and experiences to work for us. As a recruiter I encourage my clients to look for and pay for "immediate contributions" from the people they hire.

Ocoee, FL

#7 Dec 21, 2007
i'm experiencing this first hand. i had no choice but to leave real esate and i'm finding it very difficult to find a job that isn't 100% comission. i keep hearing i'm overqualified and i'm honeslty going to have to grab a job at mcdonalds or wait tables just to be able to buy food. the US army is looking better and better every day

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