It happens for many of us during the job search: You stumble upon a description that fits exactly what you’re looking for in your next role—but as you read further, you notice that you maybe aren’t a perfect match based on the listed qualifications.
Cue the sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach. You know there’s no way to tweak your resume to encompass some of the specifics like, “5 years of sales experience,” or “MBA required,” but you’re nonetheless convinced that your prior experience would make you a great fit for the role.
But how do you know if you actually have a shot at the job, or if every single one of the listed qualifications is non-negotiable?
It’s a common concern, and, therefore, a situation that we have plenty of advice on how to proceed. Here’s everything you need to consider before you get your heart set on that slightly out-of-reach role:
Start with finding out if you stand a chance based on your skills and background; you don’t want to waste time daydreaming about something you’re completely unqualified for as opposed to something that’s within reach.
If you’re not quite sure what the answer is, walk yourself through career expert Jenny Foss’ list of scenarios for when you should apply and when you should hold off.
Learn the key difference between transferable and additive skills to improve your chances for getting the job.
Here are a few reasons you should consider throwing your hat in the ring. (Hint: One involves being a motivated learner.)
Sometimes, the less experienced, more enthusiastic and passionate person is the one who gets noticed.
Congrats! Your resume and cover letter conveyed your story well enough to get you in the door—here’s how to prep for the interview.
Instead of sounding desperate and blurting out, “Take a chance on me,” show the hiring manager why you’re worth it.
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Nina understands the struggle of a major career change. After snagging her first job at fourteen, she continued down the path of employment by pursuing a motley assortment of vocations. Ask her about her time in the Army, or her stint as a Harvard research guinea pig. Say hi @ninadawdles or ninasemczuk.com.More from this Author