A job candidate who seems overqualified often has an abundance of experience or a post-graduate degree (or two or three), and this can set off all sorts of concerns:
* This candidate will be bored.
* We can't afford to hire this candidate.
* This candidate will leave us as soon as they find something better.
But many job-seekers have perfectly valid reasons for wanting jobs for which they seem overqualified, Melville said. Some people may want a better work-life balance, so they're applying for jobs that involve fewer hours and less pressure.
Others may have been on the job hunt for some time and are expanding to include jobs they didn't previously consider.
Dyann Brown began encountering the overqualified label after leaving a job with a nonprofit in Rochester. Brown, in her late 50s, has two decades of experience in fundraising management. She has worked for advocacy organizations, faith-based organizations and educational institutions.
After her last job didn't work out, she began searching for positions similar to those she'd held in the past with titles such as director of development and vice president of development.Click here for more.
Over and over again, she heard that she was overqualified. At first, she was distraught. But after a while, she wondered whether she really was overqualified for these positions. She has since decided to stretch her job search to include positions she previously didn't have the confidence to apply for.