If you’ve been in the job market for any length of time, you know the drill. Review job openings online and in print and send your resume to the ones that match your qualifications or interests. But what happens if you find a position that looks amazing on the screen but you’re not quite at the level they seem to be requesting? Should you apply anyway? We say yes, and here’s why.
Job descriptions are the dream.
Just like you have a dream job, employers have a dream candidate. Job descriptions are often written with the dream candidate in mind. This means that very few people will match each and every qualification to a T. So if you see that you are most of the way there, consider sending your resume any way along with a cover letter that explains why you think you would be a good fit for the job.
The most important qualification trumps the rest.
In fact, where you need to shine is if you possess the most important qualification. For example, if they request very specific experience with a software, but also want someone with knowledge of corporate travel arrangements, you can probably sell your skills with travel and express your aptitude for learning new programs instead.
You can make a connection.
Hiring managers don’t always have the time to look at every resume that comes across their desk and consider them for any other positions, but if they do, you want to be in front of them. We’re not suggesting you submit your resume for a job you’re wildly unqualified for, but if you possess a lot of the skills that the company looks for, they may want to talk with you about other opportunities.
Use a staffing agency recruiter to help.
Of course, another avenue is to work with an agency to help you make the right first impression. They will see job postings often before they go public and can get you in front of the hiring manager quicker. They can also use their skills to sell your experience to the company. Your recruiter wants to see you hired and they also know their clients, so they want to make the best match possible from the start.
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