Overqualification is Not Actually a Thing

I have been living the joy of the job hunt for a few months now. It basically consists of hours and hours of sending out and submitting applications into the silent void, with (very) occasional punctuations of call screenings, and even more occasionally an enjoyable interview. (I am serious about enjoying the interviews. I have always found those entertaining. I had a great one today that took place in an adult bouncy house.)

I am looking to work in a different field than I have before. That may not end up happening, but regardless I have come face to face with the demon of being overqualified many, many times over the last several weeks. Here’s the thing though, there is no such thing. You are either qualified for a task/position, or you are not. If you are qualified you can perform the task. There is no way to be too qualified to fulfill a task. The idea makes no sense.

Of course what they actually mean is they (the prospective employers) are afraid. They are worried that the employee so qualified will move along after a brief stay due to boredom, or the arrival of a better opportunity. The boredom factor can only actually be determined during an interview (or at the very least a phone screening), so that’s not a valid reason to cull someone from a pool of potential employees based on their resume alone. Perhaps they are bored to tears of accounting and legitimately want to start over in the food services industry. The second part is actually the company’s problem. Maybe if they actually bothered to make their business a good place to work they would retain employees better.

The lazy path is this focus on so-called over-qualification. A business that actually wants to thrive will work on employee retention.

So, what I have to say is this: Hey employers, how about you work on fostering an environment that doesn’t suck so you can get, and keep quality people and watch your business grow.

Here ends the rant.

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Life Cracks Me Up

Today has been a good change in fortune. I’ve been struggling to find steady work, and today I got three call backs, and one email back. I’ve got three interviews scheduled for the week. I’m also going to start running a Star Wars RPG this week. It’s been too long. I got paid for some web work from last week, and I also got my biggest payout from my transcription gig to date. Lastly, tonight I get to hang out with two of my best friends, the love of my life and that other guy. Not too shabby. I even got in a particularly stellar meditation session.

So, of course, a full blown migraine hit. I just spent the last half hour mostly blind, stumbling around for pain pills and caffeine. Good times.

Still, you have to laugh, don’t you?

I was going to finish up another blog post full of incredibly insightful and amusing existential musings. But now, not so much. I’m going to lay down for a quick nap. Cheers!

It Ain’t Easy Being Fooled

I have been looking for work and experiencing the joy of the current job market. It’s not easy out there, and it’s not made any easier by some of the people looking to hire. You may recall from my post a couple of days ago that I was misled by a job listing on Craigslist. Well, a funny thing happened today …

Let me first say that the job I applied for that first time was listed as a customer service and administration job. As I said before, it ended up being a sales position for an insurance company that only pays through commissions. I was made to feel that I had done really well during the interview, and I was told they would like to see me back for the next step in the process. However, as I waited in the lobby for my Lyft pick up, several of the group I had been in for the group portion of the interview filtered out, and they all had the packets that were given to people for their return interviews. Apparently, everyone gets called back. This sort of tactic, of making the person being recruited feel special is pretty par for the course for MLM schemes. In addition, after I did some research into the company, it appears that you should not expect a paycheck for the “first few months.” That is not going to work for me.

Two days ago I put in another application through Craigslist. (Well, I actually put in five that day, but only one matters for this story.) This one was for an entry level position as a benefits analyst for an HR department. This morning I got a call from the company that had listed the job to come in for an interview. I was excited. I have always been interested in HR work. Then things got a bit weird. As the details of the position were told to me, I got a very familiar feeling.

Finally, I interrupted the nice woman doing the phone screen and asked, “Is this actually a sales position for [COMPANY NAME REDACTED FOR NOW]?”

She said that it was and that I would need to start off in sales before moving to management. How that equates to HR, I have no idea. I informed her that I had already been in for an interview and was not interested in a commissions only position. I had replied to a text reminder about the second interview saying as much. She thanked me, apologized for taking more of my time, and said she would remove my resume from their system. We ended the call on good terms.

Two hours later I got a text from her with the same form text I had received after the first phone screen reminding me about my interview tomorrow. I texted back explaining the situation. So far, no response.

I know that the job market is tough right now, but do companies think they are actually going to get quality people by using misleading postings, and running as many people through the system as they can?

Seriously folks. Stop wasting my time.

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