“Overqualified” or “Overattituded”?

15 April 2011 at 12:08AM Leave a comment

The blogger known as Mardlion’s Girl mostly comments on political topics, but earlier this year she posted a great article “On Being Overqualified”:

Being overqualified isn’t always a disqualifying offense, but thinking of yourself as above the job you’re applying for is just shooting yourself in the foot.  You might not realize your hurting your chances for a job offer at a when…

  • You turn in your resume in lieu of an application
  • You ask to speak to the manager before filling one out.
  • Your job history shows you were layed off about 25, 55 or 95 weeks ago and you haven’t done much since then.
  • Your appearance doesn’t meet their grooming standards.
  • You clearly want a job that pays the bills until…
  • You try to force an interview.
  • They’re not hiring, but you will not give your application to anyone but the manager.

This is a summary of a great article. You’re encouraged to read the whole thing. Note that the author works in the fast food industry.

I would only add one point:

  • Act like you are entitled to the job. We see this a lot in municipal hiring – the overattituded applicant who believes that, “Just because I clicked the APPLY button on the web page, that job is MINE.” This is sometimes preceded by the belief that, “Just because I clicked the APPLY button on the web page, the employer OWES me an interview.” Often, this attitude is quickly followed by, “You Didn’t Pick Me For a Nefarious Reason!”, which is always followed by a tantrum. The first key point that all should remember is, “There is always somebody better than you.” The second key point that all should remember is, as the wise man put it, “Nobody owes you nothing in this world.” The last thing that any hiring manager wants to hire is a prima donna with an entitlement attitude.

Of course, this last point is not just limited to those who are “overqualified.”

See the complete article by Mardlion’s Girl here: http://mardlionsgirl.wordpress.com/2011/01/22/103/

(Yes, she’s commenting on another article from The Simple Dollar. That one’s good too.)


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