Why You Are More Qualified For Your Dream Job Than You Think You Are
By Lilian Wamaitha
There is a certain feeling you get when you are going through the job listings and see a position that you know you would be a perfect fit for.
But all that changes when you look at the qualifications and realize that you are nowhere near to being qualified.
In such a case, the most logic thing to do is ignore that job and proceed to the next, after all, who needs constant rejection because they keep applying for jobs they are not qualified for.
But that’s the wrong move.
While there are requirements that are necessary to get the job, it doesn’t mean that you still can’t get it if you have other skills that relate to the job.
Here are three main reasons why you are more qualified for that job you choose to ignore;
1. You have extensive experience in the industry even if it’s not in that specific role
What are you currently doing? Whether you have a job or not or are working in a totally different role than what you envision for yourself, it doesn’t mean that you can never get that communication job.
Before I got this job, I used to be a freelance writer, writing articles for a medical website. And times and times again I applied for jobs only to get rejections.
I knew I was a good a writer and any company would be lucky to have me no matter what industry they were in.
And that’s when I realized that there were transferable skills. Just because I used to write medical articles didn’t mean I couldn’t write for other kinds of website.
And as it turns out, everything worked out and now I’m in a job that I enjoy doing every single day.
What I’m trying to say is that; don’t just limit yourself to what you have done. See what transferable skills you can bring to that other job and highlight them on your CV and cover letter.
2. Your side projects are relevant to the job
Still on the subject of transferable skills; take another look at the jobs you are considering applying for.
You may not have the “experience” in terms of responsibilities that the employer is looking for, but yet there is that hobby you do in your free time that has already equipped you with the skills you need for that job.
For instance, going back to the scenario above, you may not be earning a living writing but that has already prepared you for jobs like content marketing or digital marketing.
It’s how you look at the whole situation and chose to leverage what you consider not “professional” hobbies.
Who knows, they might just be what you need to land yourself a job.
3. You don’t have all the qualifications
Yeah; trust me you read that right.
At the end of it all; you are allowed to apply for even those roles that you don’t fit in 100%.
A job description to a hiring manager is sort of a wish list of what they want their dream candidate to look like.
But if you meet most of the qualifications and even have some additional skills they didn’t bother to list; go ahead and apply for that job.
Just make sure that you tailor your cover letter and CV to show that you may not check all their boxes but have something extra you are bringing to the table.
With this in mind
Keeping on applying for jobs is exhausting and not getting responses is heart breaking. However, as you have seen, job search is what you make it. Your qualifications are what you make them to be. The employer or hiring manager is not looking for a perfect candidate. They are looking for someone who can do the job and as long as you demonstrate that, you can be assured that you have a shot at an interview.
And since you have not met the employer; you can only show them that you have what it takes to hit the ground running if given a chance in your application. Stand out. Go the extra mile and sell your candidacy the best way you can.
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