How can someone be overqualified for a job? It doesn’t seem to make sense–the most qualified person should get the job, and being overqualified seems to be an oxymoron. But, it turns out, overqualified is more of a code word. What it means is, “too old.” And, unfortunately, it’s becoming a huge problem for workers in the 50-60 age range. Workers with a lot to offer. But many companies right now are looking to hire younger, less experience and thus, cheaper, employees. So, there’s no use in sugar-coating what, in your gut, you already know: If you’re over 50, it’s going to be amazingly difficult for you to find a job.
But not impossible.
There are some things you can do to help yourself. First of all, like anyone else who has been laid off, make searching for new work your full time job. And you’ve got to start networking using sites like Facebook, MySpace, and their more professional counterparts, like LinkedIn. Not only will it be easier to make more contacts and maintain them, but it also you know how to use the most up to date technology. But, be creative. Maybe take the opportunity to pursue a life long dream, and remember that it’s never too late to go back to school.
Fact of the matter is, this is a huge topic, and there will probably be more blogs and articles about it in the future. For more information, I highly recommend going to RetirementJobs.com. And, if you feel you’ve been discriminated against, proceed to the website of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for more information.