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I'd be interested to see any advice you get on this. I've been unemployed for 10 months. Over 300 job contacts made, and I keep hearing things like "You're really overqualified for this position," "you made more than our store managers do at your last job, I don't want to waste your time," and "I really don't want to waste your time with a part time position." I have a powerful need to eat, hence why I applied for such low paying jobs. I don't feel that I should be penalized because I put my education to use when the job market was better, and I feel that the 3.5 years I worked in a grocery store when I was in college should qualify to stock shelves somewhere.
I left my job after they told me that I needed a 'degree' to continue in the position that I was picked to implement 10 years earlier. I went to work at another facility to do the same job without the 'supervisory' duties. When the super left, I applied for her position with the 10 years of exp. plus two more as a entry clerk. I was told, again that I needed a 'degree'. Both times they hired a person with a degree that had nothing to do with the job. Now, companies beleive that a degree trumps 5-10-15 years of experience.....Morons.
Yeah, my father works for such a company. They'll hire anyone as a production manager right out of college with no manufacturing experience...so long as they have a bachelor's degree in something. The newest manager that he ignores has a bachelor's degree in literature. F*cking literature, and he's supposed to manage guys who've been building windows and machinery for 30+ years? Great call, HR department.
You cannot give up. I was in the same situation that you are. I was laid off/fired, my mother was sick and dying and I was at the end of my UIB. My mom died and the didn't want to keep the house we grew up in. The auctioned the house off and I had no place to live.<br />
I kept believing, praying, thinking postively and things did work out for me.<br />
Don't give up, when you do, you are lost. Good Luck.
I don't understand HR people who pass up applicant's like yourselves. I work in HR and love to see people who are over-qualified for the position they want. It means I can get them in at a lower salary, make use of their experience and move them up if and when something opens up. Anyone that tells you that you're over-qualified, tell them that it's an advantage, that you want the job and have the expertise to perform that job to the highest level. If they still say "no", then there's something else going on.
I feel for you. I have just tho opposite problem. I own a residential remodeling company. I have had a job open for 8 months now and can't get anyone to apply for it.