By Carlyclose - 16/06/2017 00:00
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My advice would have been to your your resume for different positions. While it seems that having magnificent qualifications would be a GOOD THING, often it is not. I hope your perfect position with an organization that will appreciate your dedication and knowledge is out there waiting for you. Try networking?
I feel like there's more to this. I work in cosmetics in a big department store and multiple girls work here at Estee Lauder, Clinique, Lancome, whatevs with no degrees or barely any retail/makeup experience. So it may be the way you interview or something. I personally know a couple of the Account Executives who just want to hire hardworking people, degree or not. Good luck tho.
I feel the same, like they are using the qualifications as an excuse for poor interviews skills or something. It's much nicer to say, "we are so sorry, you're over/under qualified" than, "mate, you're really frickking weird". Perhaps the OP should approach each job with a bespoke resume and cover letter for that particular job (which is what they recommend anyway) and leave post grad out of retail work
There is a difference between the qualifications for selling makeup (basically just requires a pulse) and the qualifications for chemically making makeup. With that degree OP should be going after jobs for manufacturing it, you and your friends (the ones with no degrees or experience) work at the retail side of it.