If You’re Looking For A Job, I Know You Feel My Pain

No soup for you.

Its not you, its me.

License and registration.

What are these phrases? Oh, they’re only some of the worst things you can ever hear as a person.  It’s not you, its me? Shut up! Of course, its me! License and registration eh? Sir yes sir. Lovely weather we’re having, could I polish your shoes? No soup for me? Come on!

But there is one phrase that is worse than all of these.  It can crush a man’s soul, leave him weeping in a corner, cursing the gods, more confused than the average person listening to dub step. One phrase that leads to one inevitable statement and question.  That doesn’t even make sense! How is that possible?

You’re overqualified for the position.

Who? Little ole me? You must be mistaken. I can’t be overqualified for this position.  I’m an idiot! What? These degrees? They’re nothing. I faked them. Look, I’ll rip up the diploma right now.  Just give me the job! I’m overqualified? You’re overqualified!

Honestly, is there anything more infuriating to hear then to not get a job because you’re too awesome, too smart, too invested in your career, too in debt with school loans?  I would much rather be told that there was a better candidate or that I had a booger in my nose during than interview than to hear I’m too good.

Sorry Adam, we didn’t draft you into the MLB because you throw too hard.  Sorry sir, you didn’t win the lottery, you’re numbers were too exactly right.  Sorry God, you can’t be God, you’re too omnipotent.

It’s just amazing.  You spend weeks and months scouring the internet for a job that you’re qualified for that you won’t hate. A job that you should get hands down.

  • Bachelors degree from an accredited four year school. Major in business or marketing preferred – CHECK
  • 1-2 years experience in a related field – CHECK
  • The ability to meet deadlines, manage multiple projects, and learn on the job – CHECK
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office – CHECK
  • The ability to breathe – CHECK
  • A pulse – CHECK
  • Knees – CHECK

Could I possibly have this job locked down any more?

Apparently yes.  I could have not done 4 internships and I could have not gone to school for an extra 2years to earn 2 Masters degrees. How stupid of me!

I wish HR managers around the world could read this right now because there is nothing more disheartening to hear that you didn’t get a job because you’re overqualified.  You clearly are in need of an employee. You obviously realize that I am qualified for the job.  Instead of giving it to some schmo that is less qualified than me, how about you just give me the job and more responsibility. Ever think of that?

I love this job market. Here’s what I’ve been able to gather in the last year.

  1. The masters degree is supposedly the new bachelors degree.
  2. A masters degree makes me too qualified for a job I couldn’t have gotten 3 years ago with just a bachelors degree.
  3. If I had just sat at home for 3 years, waiting for the job market to crash, I’d be perfectly qualified for hundreds of jobs!

So thank you world for proving once again that you’re an awful place.

19 responses

  1. anonymous

    Maybe its just a nice way of telling you you’re an asshole?

    February 29, 2012 at 2:04 pm

  2. It’s funny, I was hoping for some comments but this wasn’t really what I had in mind. I guess I’ll take it though because conversation is conversation!

    Maybe it is! Who knows? I dunno why they would think that based on my resume but maybe I’ve got an assholey vibe coming from my resume. I’ll give it a quick look see.

    PS Are you from/in Lawrence, MA?

    February 29, 2012 at 2:09 pm

  3. Hilarious post!

    March 27, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    • Haha thanks, I got so fired up while I was writing that!

      March 27, 2012 at 2:38 pm

  4. LOL I love your blog! You are so funny.

    March 27, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    • Thanks so much. It’s nice to be appreciated every once in a while. Now only if the HR reps would do the same!

      March 27, 2012 at 11:10 pm

      • What sort of jobs are you looking for? Any interviews coming up? I am in the same boat.

        March 28, 2012 at 8:01 am

      • I’m looking at a couple of marketing jobs and some social media stuff but nothing definite in the works yet. It sucks out here.

        March 28, 2012 at 8:17 am

  5. I like that you aren’t afraid to tell it like it is! London is pretty tough too. Jobs, but a lot of competition. Hard to know whether to stay put or hit the road. You got Freshly Pressed though, great for you!

    March 28, 2012 at 10:01 am

    • Hey, if they’re going to be honest with me, I’ll be honest with them. I hear ya, gotta stick to your guns and be persistent. Good luck!

      March 28, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      • You too! Any temptation to take any ol’ McJob when you aren’t getting your first choice?

        March 28, 2012 at 1:50 pm

      • haha I thought you just called me a tool there for a second. Yes I was looking at any ole job for a while, waiting tables, retail, I’ll probably be doing that again when my contract position ends in May. Hopefully not though!

        March 28, 2012 at 1:52 pm

  6. So here’s my take on it. Either
    a) You are not a good fit for the company/position, aka they don’t dig your personality
    b)They probably have someone else in mind for the job that just meets the qualifications (maybe internally, friend, etc.) and they are just going through the motions because they have to… (this is what I would think is most likely)
    c)Maybe there is such a thing as too qualified? Maybe they thought you might end up knowing more than your supervisors and it not working out so well. 😉

    March 28, 2012 at 11:39 am

    • I think the biggest threat to a company from an “overqualified” candidate is that he’ll ask for too much money, leave too soon, or be bored at work. Granted they are serious concerns but it’s still annoying!

      March 28, 2012 at 1:31 pm

      • So true.. Never thought about those..

        March 29, 2012 at 3:38 am

  7. I have been going through 6 months of being “overqualifed”. Someones got to give!
    Excellent blog, by the way 🙂

    March 28, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    • Hopefully they’ll figure it out sooner or later. Thanks for the comment!

      March 29, 2012 at 9:03 am

  8. I have a question, my friend keeps getting the same response at his job interviews, have you(or anyone else, for that matter) figured out a way around this question? Or a positive response to illustrate that even though you are overqualified you can be a good fit for the job?

    March 29, 2012 at 9:57 am

    • actually looked that up before and they talked about bringing up those issues i brought up already. Saying that when I commit, I’m here for the long haul, I take my work very seriously and dedicate it myself 100% no matter what the task. Things like that.

      March 29, 2012 at 9:59 am

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