Should You Try for a Job You are Not Qualified For?

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So the situation is this: you are scanning a job site and you run across your dream job. It is something that you would die to do and it is perfect for you in every way but there is a catch- you do not fit the requirements. They want people with 10+ years of experience or with MBAs and other requirements like such which you just do not have yet.

The next question is this: do you apply for it anyway? This is one of those things that just kill you inside because on one hand, you simply can’t not try but on the other you wonder if you are wasting your time and theirs. You will also wonder if applying for something you are not qualified for will leave them with a bad impression of you.

The answer to your question is “it depends”. Below are some tips that can help you figure out if you should give it a go or if you should let the job go (for now!)

Consider the Requirements

Most of the time, job requirements aren’t really to be followed to the letter and they are more like guides to weed out totally inappropriate applicants. If you fit all but one or two of the requirements then by all means give it a go. But if they are looking for someone with 10 years of experience with an MBA, and you only have a bachelor’s degree and you happen to be a fresh grad it is better to skip the job (for now!)

Getting Your Foot in the DoorShould-You-Try-for a-Job-You-are-Not-Qualified-For

If you have decided to apply, know that you will have to do extra work to compensate for the areas that you do not quite meet. Check out the requirements again and see which areas you do not meet so you can show the company how to plan to compensate and why it will work. Words are cheap and showing them what you can do is a lot better than telling them. A slideshow of your ideas or memo of a list of challenged you anticipate and how you plan to meet them head-on will blow their minds.

Use Your Contacts

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Do not underestimate the power of connections and see if you can find someone in your circle who can introduce you to the hiring manager. A cold approach also work so find out if the hiring manger is speaking at some event that you can go to so you can introduce yourself.

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