from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Educated or skilled beyond what is necessary or desired for a particular job.
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- adjective Having too many
qualificationsto be deemed appropriate for a (usually unskilled) job.
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My Proposed Solution: We need congress to act to make job rejections based on "overqualified" or "made too much at last job" illegal decline reasons.
He had called a handful of teams asking for a job as a low-level minor-league manager, and was told repeatedly that he was "overqualified," which Mr. Backman knew was a nice way of saying no.
Then those of us that have been putting out 200 applications getting rejected due to "overqualified" can humbly get back to work and save our homes.
The job wasn't well paid but it was all I could get because, despite frequently being told I have a "very impressive" CV, I seem to be rejected for almost every job due to being "overqualified" or "too senior".
Dear Jeremy 2010
And the "overqualified" have bills to pay like everyone else.
I get labeled a lot with the "overqualified" label, unfortunately.
At my stage, you know, with the 30 years of experience, you also have that "overqualified" label that you're fighting against.
There is not enough time in a day to sit with a microscope, zooming in on each tiny difference between the "overqualified" applicants.
Labeling a job seeker "overqualified" is a cover for something else.
I tended bar for Roger Newman, since I was told that I was "overqualified" to work at the banks.
Debate wrapup David 2005