I've been out in the job market for several months, now. Hitting the bricks, constantly scanning every web site I can think of for employment. We're not just talking about the standards (Career Builder, Monster, Yahoo! Hot Jobs, etc.), either. I'm going through city, county, state, and federal postings, as well. I'm hitting local school and community college districts, CSU sytstem, UC system, and major local employers like Knott's and Disneyland. I'm even combing the local newspapers and going "Old School." The problem is: The people who would hire me, aren't hiring; and the people who are hiring won't even consider me because they say I'm "overqualified."
Pardon my French, but that's a bunch of hooey. While, in an odd way, I appreciate their reluctance to take advantage of my situation and pay me less than I'm really worth, the bottom line is that they'd rather I lose my home to foreclosure than underpay me. Here, we have a difference of opinion. If I didn't want the job, I wouldn't be applying for it in the first place. I'd rather be working and underpaid (but still covering my bills), than not working, not being paid at all, and not covering my bills.
Furthermore, I have "mad skills" (to borrow a phrase from a friend). If my employer thinks they're underutilizing me where I am, they can move me elsewhere when a more appropriate position opens up. They don't have to worry about trying to hire me away from somebody else; it's an in-company transfer. They get to benefit from top drawer skills at a rock bottom price, then bounce me over to IT, or PR, or training, or [fill-in-the-blank].
So, employers: Don't tell me I'm "overqualified." Hire me anyway and count yourself lucky to be getting a computer/network/IT expert with 20 years of real world experience, well above average written and verbal communication skills, teaching ability, and a Bachelor's degree in Communications playing the role of the cherry on top.
The Floor Is Open.