I’m 56. I recently left a Director position in the company I worked for from 2001 to 2017.
A lot of recruiters contact me about job opportunities, but then they tell me “I can’t submit your resume for this job opening — you’re overqualified.”
It’s not so bad when recruiters tell me “You’re overqualified” before I’ve interviewed for a job, but what’s really frustrating is when I interview two or three times for a position and then they tell me “We love your experience, but you’re overqualified for this job.”
I don’t want to beg for a job by saying “That’s okay, I’ll take the job anyway!” When they say “You’re overqualified” I assume they mean “We don’t want to pay your salary.”
What should I do when I hear “you’re overqualified” and how can I avoid these situations in the future?