When You’re Overqualified, Overpaid and Over-the-Hill

Overqualified, Overpaid and Over-the-Hill. The three O’s are real. They are covered up with politically correct language, but you know they are weighing how much your age will be a factor in your ability to land a job with them. Is this job a step down for him? Will he want too much money? Is he just too old? These questions are part of the equation you must navigate during the interview.

In a session of ExecuNet Master Class led by Jean Erickson Walker, Anthony Vlahos asks the veteran career coach who literally wrote the book on age bias in an executive job search to share her thoughts on the topic.

Listen to this excerpt from the Master Class to hear what Jean had to say.

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William Flamme

William Flamme

William Flamme is ExecuNet's Marketing Content Manager, where he is responsible for developing engaging career, job search, and leadership insight and delivering executive-level content across the various properties under the ExecuNet brand. Prior to joining ExecuNet in 2008, Will earned a master's degree in education and taught fifth grade and sixth grade. As a teacher, he deepened his appreciation for the written word and mastered skills necessary for managing writers who sometimes view deadlines as homework.

2 Replies to "When You're Overqualified, Overpaid and Over-the-Hill"

  • Alice Moore
    March 3, 2017 (9:07 am)

    Many job applications REQUIRE you to identify your last salary. . .I tried to leave it blank and the application would not move me forward.

  • William Flamme
    March 3, 2017 (9:20 am)

    Very true, Alice! What I have heard career coaches say in some of our master classes is, in that case, to put in an obvious to a human false number such as all 0s, 1s or 9s. The software should let you continue but a human reviewing it will know you choose not to answer that.