Does "overqualified" REALLY mean anything these days?
June 24, 2010 1:51 PM Subscribe
What's the best way to recommend a friend for a job that I know
my institution will think she's overqualified for?
posted by dlugoczaj to Work & Money (8 answers total)
I've been at my job (in academia, not faculty) for a little over a year and have a fair degree of comfort and security. I'm certain that part of the reason I was hired was that I had some folks on the inside who knew and recommended me from the get-go. A friend of mine, who has been out of a stable job for quite a while, has asked me if I could talk her up for a couple positions she's applied for at my institution. I said I'd be happy to, but now I'm struggling a little.
Friend has worked previously and successfully as an academic staff member, and was laid off because of program budget cuts at her former institution. I personally know her to be decent and reliable and good at what she did, and if I were recommending her for a parallel position, I'd have no trouble. BUT, she's applying for administrative assistant jobs, and she has a master's degree. I strongly suspect our HR folk would immediately screen her out as overqualified and not likely to stick around if she were hired.
She needs a job and doesn't see herself as "above" this kind of position, but I don't quite know how to approach the HR staff. What's the most delicate and appropriate way to do so? Might they ask ME why the heck she's applying for jobs like this, or is that out of their purview? If they do, what do I say?