What Employers Really Mean When They Say You’re Overqualified (And What You Can Do About It)

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Of all the reasons to not get a job, one of the most frustrating is being told that you are “overqualified” for the position. Being “overqualified” is seldom the real reason you didn’t get the job – it’s usually a proxy for another concern. Here’s what you need to do to avoid being rejected for being overqualified.

About the Author
About the Author

Mac Prichard is the founder and publisher of Mac’s List, where he writes regularly about job hunting, leads classes on job search skills, and hosts the Find Your Dream Job podcast. Mac also owns and operates Prichard Communications, a public relations agency that serves non-profits, public agencies, and foundations across the United States. When he’s not hard at work, Mac can be found watching classic movies, snapping photos during his travels, or walking around Ladd’s Addition with his wife Kris and Weimaraner Kai.

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