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Overqualified? Maybe It’s Time to Find a New Job…

we'd love to hire you but you seem overqualified you'd probably leave in a few months for a place that pays by the armI have a friend who recently got laid off from her job. At first, I felt bad and wanted to help in any way possible. But, after she got done telling how much of a crap job it actually was, all I could say was “good for you!” She really didn’t need to be working for an organization like that; one that stressed her out every time she was there and praised the employees who did nothing, not to mention the lousy pay. I considered it a blessing for her because her boss did for her what she was planning on doing anyway. Of course, this is one of the reasons why we should all be considering other career options while we’re still employed. Fortunately for her, she had a plan, so when she got laid off that day, it didn’t really matter, because she knew exactly what she was going to do.

Some people start looking for other options while they’re still employed because they plan on quitting. Why would you want to quit? I’ll tell you why. Because some people are actually overqualified for their current position, like my friend was. With the economy the way it is right now, people are happy to pick up any job they can get, regardless of the pay. Unfortunately, they end up lasting a couple months before getting bored or unsatisfied with the compensation because they are “too good” for their job.

For those of you who are in this position, I encourage you to get out there and start looking for better opportunities. They are out there, I promise. And don’t get stuck in the realm of, “I’m not qualified for that position.” Who cares!? How much effort does it take to apply for a job online and get your name in the system? Maybe an hour of your time? You’d be surprised by how many applicants see “five years of experience required” on a job description and won’t even apply because they only have three years of experience. Or applicants who see “Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred” and won’t apply because they’re only half way through their Master’s. There are companies out there who are actually hiring under-qualified applicants, but you won’t know that unless you try. So get out there and try!

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  1. May 11, 2011 at 8:26 PM

    Eric this is a great post! Sometimes something that seems bad can be a blessing in disguise to start a new career or find other opportunities that would have gone unnoticed. This post kind of reminds me of an article I just read: http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2011/05/10/16-signs-its-time-to-quit-your-job

    Take a gander!

  2. May 12, 2011 at 7:10 AM


    Thanks for commenting! It all depends on how you feel about your current job or career. If you have doubts, then getting laid off might be the best thing that’s ever happened to your career. On the other hand, if you love your job, it can be the most disappointing time in your life if you get laid off. Usually, you don’t see it coming and you are unprepared (it’s my hope that you ARE prepared).

    Also, thanks for sharing that link with me. That’s a great list of signs to help you decide if it’s time to quit. I think the most subtle one is “work is work”. It’s just what we do. We don’t necessarily hate it, but we don’t enjoy it either. Sounds to me like it’s time to find a job you’re going to love!


  1. July 6, 2011 at 6:47 PM

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