The “overqualified” myth

I’ve never turned down an applicant because I felt he or she was overqualified, and frankly, I don’t think anyone does.  We hear this phrase a lot but it likely just falls in one of these categories:  The hiring manager is afraid the applicant has been around long enough to have some really solid bad habits and doesn’t want to invest the energy to change those.  The hiring manager is intimidated by the applicant’s qualifications and feels unable to manage him/her.  The hiring manager doesn’t like the applicant and doesn’t feel she would fit in will as part of the … Read More

You’re Hired

Some interesting stats from the July/August issue of INC magazine.  The Questions and comments are mine. New jobs in April – 119,000 Who did the hiring: Companies with fewer than 50 employees – 49% Companies with 50-499 employees – 48% Companies with 500 or more employees – 3% Question:  Why do job-seekers continue to make companies like Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, IBM, Facebook, Wal-Mart, General Motors and UPS their prime targets? You increase your odds dramatically by targeting smaller companies. What 2012 college graduates say the top priorities are when looking for a job: Job Security – 33% Salary – 23% … Read More

An inside look at how to get hired

[note color=”#FDD017″] This is a guest post by Justin Lukasavige. Justin Lukasavige manages operations for the Free Agent Academy, along with leading groups on marketing and coaching. A full supporter of the Free Agent lifestyle, he also hosts the No More Mondays show. Contact Justin on twitter: @lukasavige If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.[/note] I recently posted a job at for someone to work at the Free Agent Academy as a Branding Professor. We’re paying $2,000 per month for one day of work each week, and almost instantly I received over … Read More

When I turned 50 the doors of opportunity closed

Here’s a painful question from a 48Days Podcast listener: “Dan, I have been in the technology industry for over 30 years and until 4 years ago I had never been laid off. Now in those last 4 years I’ve been laid off 12 times.  I’m a 53 year old white male who feels that when I turned 50 the doors of opportunity closed. I feel that I have no life and I just get my head above water just enough to get a breath and go back under.  I am on unemployment. I want to provide for my family and … Read More

I’m underemployed and discouraged

Sarah asks:  “Dan, I’ve been underemployed for 10 years. How do I get my confidence back?” I agree being unemployed is a real bummer.  But before you burn any bridges, make sure you know exactly how marketable you really are.  Don’t just assume that because 10 years have passed you are worth more. Here’s a checklist that will help you: Bring your resume up to date.  Don’t just show a chronological history.  Rather, highlight unique areas of competence.  Scroll down on this link to check sample resumes  Check a couple salary sites like or JobStar to see what people … Read More

What am I doing wrong?

“Dan, I’m 42 years old and in a place of extreme aggravation and frustration. I’ve been trying to get into the healthcare field for years, I received a graduate certificate in managed care in 2006, and I’m currently working on another certificate in health information management. Even with the certification, no doors are opening. I’ve applied for receptionist, administrative assistant, and customer service positions to get my foot in the door, and nothing. I’ve had my resume done over and over because the bulk of my experience is in telecommunications. What am I doing wrong?” ************************************* You say that you’ve … Read More

Dan, I’m super depressed….

“Dan, I’ve been struggling with feeling super depressed. I have been doing everything you teach in your book and I am diligently putting my name out there. However I am truly losing hope at times. This job search attacks my self esteem in huge ways and I simply feel God won’t bless me or help me.  I am pleading for your daily prayers. 1/ Pray I do not lose hope, 2/ I sense God and 3/ that He brings me to the RIGHT place of employment.”  Discouraged ********************************************************* I know not getting the results you want can be discouraging.  But don’t let … Read More

Don’t be a “Discouraged Worker”

Every quarter the US Bureau of Labor Statistics compiles the employment figures.  One of those calculations is for what they actually call “discouraged workers.”  These are individuals who wanted and were available for work during the last 12 months.  But they are no longer counted as unemployed because they have not searched for work in the last 4 weeks.  According to the Bureau’s calculations, in December of 2010, there were 1.3 million “discouraged workers.” Here we are in February.  The official figures are pretty much the same.  “Discouraged workers” are not a true indication of the economy or of the … Read More

Should I stay or go?

Dan, my company of 30 years will be closing in May 2011. If I stay until the end I will receive a 6-month severance. How can I effectively use the next six months to position myself for a new career, and collect the severance – or is this the right approach? Thanks!  Larry ******************************************************* Congratulations on getting a 6-month advance notice and then a 6-month severance.  For a company that’s closing, you are being given a very generous exit plan. Yes, I recommend you stay where you are and collect the severance.  Think about it – for the next six … Read More