Aug 27, 2008

Dear "Overqualified",

Dear "Overqualified,"
I'm tired of you.
I'm tired of you popping up in interview questions.
I'm tired of you preventing me from getting a job.

You've managed to ruin three interviews that were going quite swimmingly. Then, like a lingual bomb, you drop. As soon as I hear you, I know the end result, "we want you on our team, but don't have a more senior position available yet."


Now you might take some sarcastic tone with me, "Oh poor Noelle, so hard to be overqualified." Like when skinny girls complain about how they eat and eat but can't gain weight... Like "oh really, that must be tough consuming everything you could ever want with no metabolic consequences." BUT I MEAN IT. Here's the thing ... you're not true and I'm not overqualified. I may have some experience in the field, but there is always more to learn, and I'm more than happy to pay my dues and get a foot in the door with an entry level position. If I get bored, I'll find more work to keep me busy. If the tasks are below me, I'll do them quickly and blog in my free time. I'll find a way to make it work - just go away so I can get a job.

I'd appreciate it.
not employed and losing patience


Nick and LaRisse said...

Hang in there Noelle. Things WILL work out. It took me 8 months to find my job and Nick is still looking. Hope you are enjoying being close to your family. PS Morgan did my hair and it's fabulous.

Alison said...

"willing to get your foot in the door" will last like 5 seconds before you want to scream. dont settle. seriously. you'll be really pissed later.

love an angry under utilized worker

E.F.G. said...

tell you what, as your concerned sister i'll start calling ahead to these companies and totally talking you down. or better yet, when you get there act dull. j/k, i know it's getting old but you'll land something great.

Rachel Hagen said...

hey noelle, it's rachel decker (now hagen) from the Avenues ward. Remember me? Well, I came across your blog and have enjoyed reading it. Congrats on getting married! Just wanted to let you know you're not the only one struggling: as an interior designer, my job (or lack thereof) sucks right now too. I have resulted into job hunting (I usually have a plethora of people wanting to be clients) but have come across the same problem. I really didn't know "overqualified" really existed...i just thought it was in movies. After a long, unsuccessful day I came home crying and mick explained the reasoning behind why places won't hire overqualified people. You're smart, I'm sure you know why. But it's still incredibly hard. Just wanted to let you know you're not the only one. Good luck with things.

Rachel Hagen said...

oh, and our family blog is at

Niels and Susie Jensen said...

I think you should consider re-formatting your resume in Microsoft Paint or something.

Brittmae said...

You will get a job and it will be fantastic and then you will laugh at how disappointed you were to not get the other job...why don't you just stop being amazing--huh? Drop a few f-bombs in the interview or something...a little Turret's sure would take away their trepidation....
--- Also loved your reference to weekend highlights...I miss it too---