When you are reviewing job postings during your job search, you are likely to come across jobs that interest you and would fit your skill sets…only to read the qualifications and realize you fall short. However, that does not mean you need to move on and not apply. Hiring managers may still be willing to give you a chance if you are able to demonstrate you have what it takes to succeed in the role. Learn more about why you should apply for a job, even if you do not meet all the requirements:
Consider Your Transferable Skills
Do not sell yourself short – you may have more qualifications than you realize! Consider your transferable skills or those skills you have picked up at other jobs but are relevant for the job for which you are applying. For example, if you are applying for a manufacturing job but you have a background in retail, you would highlight skills that you picked up in the past that would also be necessary for success in the new job, such as attention to detail and teamwork.
Tell Your Story Via Your Cover Letter
Many applicants skip the cover letter, especially if it is optional, but that is a major mistake. Your cover letter is a valuable opportunity to tell your story in a compelling way that makes hiring managers take notice and consider you. Use your cover letter to provide context to your background and why you have what it takes to be a great hire, even if it may not seem like you are qualified at first glance. Discuss why you are interested, how your previous experience is relevant, and the personality traits that make you a top performer.
Focus on the Top Priority Qualifications
Many hiring managers create qualifications that are actually a combination of non-negotiables and other “wish list” items that would make the ideal candidate in their eyes, but are not truly necessary for success in the role. Review the job description through the perspective of the hiring manager and focus on what seems to be the top priority qualifications. Highlight how you meet those in your resume and cover letter – if you show you have the non-negotiables, the hiring manager may be more inclined to train you on other tasks or forgo arbitrary qualifications that may not really matter.
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