It was this past November when an incredibly intelligent friend of mine posted a blog by a writer who had survived many trials. Tragically, her Cobra insurance did not cover her cancer treatments leaving her owing thousands upon thousands. To add insult to suffering her husband had left her with the children, with him left much of the household income. She held a degree from Harvard, was a New York Times Bestselling Author, and had a prosperous job in the line up for the Spring, and the worst of it all, the blames she laid for all her problems was the audacity the Container Store had of denying her a seasonal part-time job as greeter over these past holidays. My incredibly intelligent friend offered a similar argument I would offer when I was a child watching my poor stepfather apply to job after job being turned down for over-qualification. “I am obviously a dedicated and educated employee that is interested in a job with you, why would you not jump at that opportunity?!”
As a retail manager/district manager, I look at a pristine resume, so crisp with community service, clubs/associations and degrees and think what great achievements, they will make it far…somewhere else. It’s a growing epidemic as the internet has made degrees so tangible to a wider range of people, and the economy has caused the job market to shrink. But as I scour the piles of applications I acquire on a weekly basis I am not searching for the fairest in all the land, I am searching for my Cinderella, I want the shoe to fit. I shouldn’t feel as if I am having to force it on.
So why am I not hiring you?
1. I’m just a pit stop for you
53% of college graduates are unemployed or under employed. It is a fact that the job market is not working in the favor of the recently graduated. But despite the harsh facts there are still bills to pay and groceries to buy, so in the meantime, while waiting for your big break you are just going to stoop down to the retail level. You are going to waste my time, and my employer’s money in training you, in investing in your future with us. And then without more than a two weeks notice you will leave us, wasting our efforts and our investment. Retail is already a world of insanely high turn over rates, that’s why I have to work extra hard to hire with longevity in mind.
2. This Job Will Not be Fulfilling
I read retail employee blog, after retail employee blog that all complain just how unfulfilling their retail career is. How it is not what they studied years for, and thus never going to be considered a high achievement. If the job is not your passion it will lack in your engagement which not only affects you but puts my entire team mentality at risk and in the end costs the company money.
- 18% of unengaged employees undermine the motivation of coworkers
- 72% of the work force is disengaged costing the US $370 billion in productivity
3. Taking Opportunity from Others Who Have less Opportunities
70% of Americans over 25 do not have a college level degree, meaning when I give you this job you are overqualified for I’m taking an opportunity away from someone who is underqualified to pursue the larger endeavors you have the chance at.
4. I Want Experience not Philosophers
When I’m looking at your resume I’m not worried about your education, I’m concerned with your work ethic, your people skills, and achievements you have earned in the sales workforce. I want an employee who knows how to take the floor and achieve goals, and who can prove to me a history of this.
5. You Require more Responsibility
You are wise, you are over educated, you can handle more than your average lowly sales associate. Many times those overqualified for a job grow restless with the simple mundane tasks of stocking, greeting, and cashiering. You may demand further responsibilities and promotions before your time due to your extreme qualifications in your would be career.
6. I Can’t Afford You
The median annual earning for the average bachelors and masters graduates is 50-60k. The median annual earning for the average sales associate is $14,040 (at 30 hours a week). If you made it to store manager the median would be $43,778 (and that’s actually twice what I actually made at that level).
While this is just a job for you, for me and my team this is a career path. I am only seeking employees who have their eyes up the corporate ladder of achievement not out the door.