Post # 1
So this post isnt meant to bash anyone working in retail. I worked in retail for years, all through highschool and college. It’s a tough job.
With the wedding planning in full swing the Fiance and I have decided to look for part time jobs. We both work full time, and both have college degrees. Ive been working in my field since graduating, so over 6 years now. I’m a manager and in school for my MBA. Im looking for something on nights and weekends and applied yesterday at Macy’s. Today they sent me an email that I am overqualified. I am SOO frustrated. This is about the 10th place that has done this. I really will do just about anything part time-office, retails, sales, babysitting whatever! i keep being told that I am overqualified and I am really at a loss. We could really use the extra money, but I dont know where else to apply.
Ugh. End vent.
Post # 3
Ewww. I’ve been to Macy’s recently…they could really use some “overqualified” people.
What a bummer!
Post # 4
@PinkPinstripes: Thanks. I know! I am willing to work hard, show up on time, and do whatever they want me to do! Just because I have a college degree and solid work experience doesnt mean I dont want to work.
Post # 5
They are just worried that you will leave the minute something better comes along because of your credentials.
I don’t think employers are taking into account; however, that in this economy, you are going to have college educated people wanting jobs like this more than ever. They really need to adjust their line of thinking.
That is so frustrating for you!!
Post # 6
ugggg I hear you! I gave up a while ago. I have college degree, past experience, great references and got rejected from everything I touched.
My mom works for the department of Labor in employment/jobs etc and she says you need to dumb down your resume basically to get the majority of crap jobs out there because they will not higher overqualified. People with education and experience have expectations, and these types of jobs don’t have anything better to offer.
Post # 7
oh, that’s so annoying! could you leave off your resume some of your education?
Post # 8
Unfortunately they probably don’t want to hire you because they figure it’s a waste of time and money because they know you aren’t in it for the long haul. In the 6 months I’ve been at my part time job we’ve had 5 different people start (as their second job) and quit because they just didn’t need the job. Of course this isn’t the case for everyone, but it happens a lot and it’s not a risk a lot of companies are willing to take.
Post # 8
Ya, its annoying. I understand their line of reasoning…it’s just frustrating.
Maybe I should dumb down my resume a bit. Although, even when I put my job title they will realize I am most likely overqualified.
And to be honest, this whole thing is pretty humbling. I never thought that at age 27 I would be dealing with this, and applying to the same jobs that I applied to in high school.
Post # 9
That is so annoying. I am doing direct sales as my part time job. I am considering going for another degree once I finish my masters next semester. Hopefully, I will be able to have a job and the market will be better once I finish that degree.
Post # 10
Sorry to hear this. They are probably afraid to hire you because they think you will jump ship the moment something better comes along. Maybe you shouldn’t mention your education? It sucks, but this may be one of those, less is more situations.
A few weeks ago Fiance came home and was telling me about a conversation he got into with a cashier at CVS. Apparently this girl had graduated with a degree in nuclear engineering about two years prior and had not been able to find anything better. It’s tough out there.
Post # 11
Thanks ladies! I will keep plugging along and home someone gives me a chance 🙂
Post # 12
OMG! Let me tell you that I am SO sick of that word! Mr. Tattoo ran into the same problem! He has a 4 year degree and 10 years of exp in his field.
FINALLY after doing everything everyone was suggesting for MONTHS, he finally got a retail position at Sears. He dumbed down his resume to not include his degree and he reworded what he did at the other company.
This can backfire though. One resume he doesn’t have the software company listed at all. He has a few retail jobs listed and said he’s been freelancing for years. Well, an employer did some kind of search where they found out he worked at this company for years and actually questioned him about it. Ugh.
So I feel your pain. Seriously, dumb down your resume. Don’t even put that you have a 4 year degree. Just put high school and some college. Good luck!
Post # 13
I had a job tell me that I was too motivated. Too motivated! Can you believe it? I have a BA as well, and I have had a very difficult time since moving finding a job that wants me- my BA is a general degree (humanities) so the downside is that I do not technically qualify for anything, yet I see it is as qualifying for anything. They do not see it that way.
Here is what someone asked me at an interview, “So, you couldn’t find a job in Liberal Studies?” … how do I even respond to that?
I can relate. It doesn’t seem right. I went to college in a town where it was the opposite. People were not money driven, and were not as traditional as they are here. (Basically, it was a mountain town out west where people were not as mainstream.) Out there, it didn’t matter what you did or how much money you even had- there were free outdoor activities for all and people were there to enjoy that *quality* of life, vs. the consumer quanitity I am now experiencing in middle America. It is just very different. It has been really hard, because people my age went to college, got a job, got married. Where I lived for 8 years after HS out west- people enjoyed life more, traveled and made music. I realize that people in mainstream America enjoy life as well, it is just different.
Out there, it was tough too- I remember applying at a bakery in undergrad and the person that got the job had a master’s degree. Exactly the opposite here! Peple were broke, things didn’t cost as much, and it was all sort of expected. What an adjustment living in a place now where the opposite is expected. Good luck to you.
Post # 14
I used to have two resumes. One would have all the “good” jobs on it and one was the lower-end jobs. I use them according to what I was applying for!