You can probably fill in the blank here.
As a recent college graduate you’ve probably had enough disappointing interviews to write your own book of polite let downs and ridiculous excuses. You’ve probably been given so many different reasons for why each company doesn’t want to hire you that you’re desperately confused.
You were too qualified for one position you applied for. They took one look at your resume, briefly spoke to you on the phone, and then informed you that they were looking for someone with less experience. They wanted someone who wouldn’t get offered another job right away.
Honestly, you’re not sure what resume they were looking at. You’ve got no real-world job experience (aside from that 3-month internship ages ago and your work study at the library). So that must mean that having a degree makes you too qualified for the position – except that was one of the listed job requirements.
Frustrated and confused you eventually decided to just ignore this feedback and focus on your other job applications. After all, you were sending out about 10 resumes a day, something had to eventually pan out.
And, yeah, something did. After two long phone interviews you landed an in-person interview for a great career opportunity that you knew you were perfect for.
But the company had one itsy-bitsy problem – you were not qualified enough.
Never mind the fact that you were too qualified for the last position (which probably had almost an identical job description). Never mind the fact that you’re a fast learner, and you really fit in well with the company. They refused to give you an opportunity.
That’s just the start.
In order to get hired you need experience in your field, but in order to get experience someone has to hire you. It’s an endless, unnavigable circle. But it must be navigated.
So sharpen up your resume, keep applying for those positions, and practice your interview skills.