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Being ‘over-qualified’ – at all ages

by on July 27, 2012

An article in today’s Telegraph reports on a survey (Degrees of Insecurity) by Citizens Advice Scotland on advice being given by Jobcentres to Scottish university graduates.

This apparently includes telling them to forget about finding skilled work during the recession and to focus instead on securing “survival jobs” like cleaning. Graduates are apparently also being told to “dumb down” by omitting their degrees altogether from their CVs because they deter employers trying to fill menial positions.

It cites interviews with young graduates in their 20s that support this. The point is also made however that the survey specifically targeted graduates who had struggled to find work so may not be representative.

But it also reminded me of an article I had read a few months ago, also in The Telegraph (here). This reported advice for older workers about being selective in what they include in their CVs – the reasoning being that those who were struggling to find jobs might have qualifications and experience that made them appear ‘over-qualified’.

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