Rightly qualified means you can do the job. No matter what anyone says. It’s also my way of countering the all-too-often ridiculous explanation that Baby Boomers (or anyone with a few gray hairs) are overqualified for a job.
What bugs me most is that even if pursuing career change), overqualified gets thrown in your face. And most of the time it means you’re seen as too old in the eyes of the person doing the hiring. To me either you can do a job or you can’t. So they should stop the labeling.
Missing out on potentially great hires
Now I know there are times when an employer legitimately might not want to hire a top executive to do entry level work. But there are also many times when the overqualified argument wrongly cuts off possibility. And cuts off candidacy of someone who might be rightly qualified after all.
HINT: If you believe you’re “rightly qualified,” there’s a far greater chance the interviewer will believe it too.
What hiring staff forget is that there is no guarantee EVER
that any person of any age will stay or do the job well.
[Article updated in 2020]