Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Overqualifieder” as Want to Read:
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


(Overqualified #2)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  82 ratings  ·  16 reviews
A collection of bitterly hilarious job application letters.

Applying for a job is stupid. It is a demeaning, humiliating exercise in learning to grovel in front of faceless strangers. Everyone who has ever sent a job application letter has felt the urge, the temptation to say what they really think. To say something completely insane, or to be brutally honest. With 2007
Paperback, 96 pages
Published October 13th 2015 by ECW Press
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Overqualifieder, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Overqualifieder

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.80  · 
Rating details
 ·  82 ratings  ·  16 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Overqualifieder
Tobias Langhoff
Joey Comeau is one of my favorite persons – not just as an author, but as a person. I really enjoyed his book Overqualified, which collected darkly humorous cover letters (that he says he actually submitted), and was overjoyed to learn that the six year old book was getting a sequel.

Unfortunately, I was already let down in the preface, where Comeau is honest and tells us that this book does not contain a hidden narrative that weaves the funny cover letters together as a kind of experimental nove
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I always thought cover letters were bullshit. If you are trying to get an employer's attention and a cover letter is the only route you have, you are doomed my friend. However, if I'm asked for advice on job hunting, I will heartily recommend this book. ...more
Stephen Ray
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Overqualified was a work of genius. The letters in this sequel don't make up a story like the first book did. That allows Comeau the freedom to write the cover letters of the completely unhinged.

Brilliant. I want more.
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyably more of exactly what you'd expect if you read his letters published online or read the first collection but understand that unlike that one this one isn't woven together into an overarching narrative. ...more
Sally Clamps
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour
Very funny and twisted!
Mar 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Without the experimental novel aspect of the first book (which the author mentions immediately at the beginning), it remains a humorous collection. Still, that threaded narrative of the original is what pushed it (for me) into a new level of clever/sad/delightful.
Jan 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-2019
Joey Comeau is creates these dark obsessive characters, regularly finding comedy in their misplaced humanity, eg a man who obsesses over cash as a metaphor for freedom, another who who wants to be an Xray technician to be a silent observer of violence. It's all pretty nightmarish but their monologues are so vulnerable and forthright that you get carried along. Very economic language to create these worldviews in just a few paragraphs. Very funny, not as ambitious as the first Overqualified but I ...more
Mar 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
It seems harsh to review a book by what it is not, but I kind of have to here. This book is very much not Overqualified, Comeau's earlier work. While it shares the conceit of bizarre cover letters, it lacks the central narrative that the other book has and as such loses a lot of cohesion.
What remains is still at turns funny, sad, confusing and grotesque, but all we get are minor snapshots and nothing in the way of character.
While I still fairly enjoy this little book, I wouldn't recommend it. Ju
Jan 04, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a book compiled of cover letters that actually accompanied the author's resume to a variety of businesses. it is the content of said cover letters that probably led to the lack of response from the prospective employers. Some are utterly hilarious while others are a sad testament to this strange world that we live in today, but it is worth the read if you need a laugh. ...more
Sep 01, 2015 rated it liked it
This interesting collection of "cover letters" is the result of a "strange sense of humor", or if real, (which I doubt) strange minds.

At first, you are taken in by the author and feel sadness for the individuals who seem deluded. Ultimately, you realize that he is "pulling your leg" and even in Canada such lunatics do not apply for employment.

It is definitely unique and fun!
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was over way too soon. It was unsettling in the best way, and cuttingly insightful at times, which I've come to expect of Joey. He truly is one of my favorite weirdo creators. Losing A Softer World was a real blow but I'm delighted by the fiction he continues to write. ...more
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, lol-d
sad, quirky & bitter. it made me miss 'a softer world' something fierce. simple and real.

my favourite letter was to the NSCC.

the only downside was that it went by too quickly. can't wait to get my hands on 'overqualified' now.
Note: I received a digital ARC through NetGalley.
Jonathan Byrd
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious, sad, fun.
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's no Overqualified, but still delightful. ...more
rated it liked it
Oct 05, 2019
rated it really liked it
Oct 24, 2018
Cat O'Clysm
rated it really liked it
May 01, 2016
Adam Simon
rated it really liked it
Jul 23, 2016
rated it liked it
Jul 17, 2017
rated it really liked it
Oct 28, 2016
rated it liked it
Feb 19, 2017
rated it liked it
Sep 19, 2015
Cliff Stevenson
rated it really liked it
Jul 09, 2018
Joseph Halpern
rated it really liked it
Nov 18, 2015
Anne Clark
rated it really liked it
Aug 26, 2015
John Gillerlain
rated it liked it
Sep 07, 2016
rated it really liked it
May 16, 2017
Bartholomew Leidenbrock
rated it it was amazing
Oct 14, 2015
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Home (Binti, #2)
  • Normal (Normal, #1-4)
  • The Night Masquerade (Binti, #3)
  • Kongen din
  • Death Is Hard Work
  • Wyrd Sisters (Discworld, #6; Witches #2)
  • The Castle
  • Daredevil, Volume 2
  • Steve Lichman - Volume I
  • The Bang Bang Club
  • A Cidade de Ulisses
  • Pyramids (Discworld, #7)
  • Borne (Borne, #1)
  • Sentient
  • Cain's Book
  • A Fortune for Your Disaster
  • Metal Gear Solid (Boss Fight Books, #9)
  • Jacques Cousteau: The Sea King
See similar books…
Joey Comeau is a Canadian writer. He is best known for his novels Lockpick Pornography and Overqualified, and as co-creator of the webcomic A Softer World (with Emily Horne).

Comeau currently resides in Toronto, Ontario. He has a degree in linguistics.

Other books in the series

Overqualified (2 books)
  • Overqualified

Related Articles

You might know comedian Colin Jost from his work as the co-anchor of Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update, or perhaps you know him as Scarlett...
127 likes · 47 comments
“In the end it never works out. You are who you are, no matter what you pretend at the beginning. So I’m not pretending. I drink to ignore my problems. I spend more time with my computer than with my friends. I am angry and lonely, but I can wash dishes just fine. I’m being honest. Please don’t be an asshole about this.” 5 likes
More quotes…