Have you ever read a job description that sounds like a perfect fit, only to find out that you don’t have all of the qualifications desired? Common practice would say to move on and look for something else, but should you really give up that easily? There are ways that you can show you’re right for the job without having all of the “necessary” qualifications. If you find yourself in this situation, follow the tips below to have a chance at landing that dream job.
It never hurts to know someone who can vouch for you. Most companies place referrals higher on the list when looking over applications based simply on that mutual connection. However, not knowing anyone at the company doesn’t automatically eliminate you, it just means you’ll have to put a greater importance on the other ideas mentioned in the remainder of this blog.
Regardless of whether you have a referral, you should always state what you have done and can do rather than what you haven’t done and can’t do. In your initial application and resume submission, you’ll want to connect your previous experiences to the description of your desired job. You should also utilize a cover letter that will allow another opportunity to sell your specific and transferable skills, showing the value you will bring to the company.
Throughout the entire process, you’ll want to stand out. It can be easy to get lost in the shuffle of applications, even more so when you don’t match the qualifications. To fix this issue, you should go above and beyond to make it clear how much you want the job and the level of success you’ll achieve in the position. Some ideas to consider include sending handwritten notes, connecting on LinkedIn and completing a mock project for the company to demonstrate your abilities. If you’re looking for more information on how to differentiate yourself in the job market, take a look at our blog on the subject here.
As you get further along in the interview process, you’ll want to always have questions. This will show your interest and commitment in the position and company. By asking questions, you’ll in turn be receiving answers, which you can use to get a better understanding of the job. If you’re unsure what to ask and looking for some guidance, we have some interview questions to consider.
As a final thought, those qualifications should be looked at as more of a wish list of the company rather than set-in-stone requirements. If you can showcase your value by using the ideas above, you’ll be in position to land that job you’re “not qualified” for.
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