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No such thing as ‘overqualified’: Don’t automatically reject skilled older applicant

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As the economy improves, more and more long-term unemployed people are trying to rejoin the workforce. Because older workers fared poorly during the Great Recession, they now make up a significant number of those trying to re-enter.

Older workers tend to have more overall experience and may seem overqualified for entry-level positions. Don’t reject those candidates, though. Doing so may set you up for a discrimination lawsuit.

Recent case: Jose, who was over age 40, applied for an entry-level clerical position that required just a high school diploma or a GED certificate. The job description described the position as primarily providing clerical support services—proofreading documents and maintaining files. Required skills included Internet use and knowledge of computers. The initial screening criteria included:

  • Education indicating general understanding, knowledge, skills and abilities needed to do the job
  • Experience using...(register to read more)

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