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Now I'm "overqualified"

March 8th, 2017 at 11:57 am

I heard from a recruiter about a contract proofreading job that would last for the month of March, mostly f/t and paid very well for proofreading at $30 to 33/hr.

I told her I'd be very happy to do it but she just heard back from the recruiter that I'm "overqualified" for the position and for that reason alone, they don't want me.

Can you feel my F-R-U-S-T-R-A-T-I-O-N?

I just accepted another assignment from higher education gig so that will keep my busy for 4 or 5 days but just $375 pay for this assignment.

Last night was another excellent lunch program in Derby and the food was surprisingly good and such huge portions I took half home as leftovers. I am meeting some very nice people at these MS talks which I never used to in all the prior years I've attended these periodic sessions, on and off over the years.

Tonight there's a dinner I will probably go to. It'll be the 3rd such program I've attended this week, which is certainly a record.

5 Responses to “Now I'm "overqualified"”

  1. rob62521 Says:

    It is very frustrating when you are denied a job because you are overqualified. I had that happen a number of years ago and I'm thinking, if I wasn't interested in the position, I wouldn't have applied. Grrrr!

  2. alice4now Says:

    Ugh, I'm frustrated for you! Job hunting can be such a game. I'm glad you have the mortgage paid off, that is a huge relief I'm sure. That and the other good financial decisions you have been making will get you through these bumps.

  3. LuckyRobin Says:

    That's happened to my husband a few times. It is very frustrating, because he's at the point where he'll take anything just to stop the drain on our savings from being so great. I hope you find something soon. It is such a struggle.

  4. HouseHopeful Says:

    That is incredibly frustrating. Was it the potential employer or the recruiter who said you were overqualified? Sorry, I may have read it wrong, so I am asking

  5. CB in the City Says:

    I often wonder just what the objection to being overqualified is. Wouldn't that, in fact, be an incredible bargain for the employer? I think there is a general assumption that there would be personality problems -- jealousy from other staff, entitlement and dissatisfaction from the over-qualified. I think HR people need to stop pretending to be psychologists and just hire the best workers they can get. If they come with a lot of experience -- well, GREAT!!!!

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