17 Aug How To Get A Job You’re Not Qualified For
When applying for a job, the list of qualifications may turn you off.
We’ve all heard the jokes about employers wanting a master’s degree and 10 years experience for an entry-level job, but these jokes aren’t far from the truth. Whenever you see a job listing that’s perfect for you, but you don’t meet every single qualifications, is it still possible to get the job?
The answer is yes. Here are some tips to get that job even if you’re apparently not qualified.
Realize That Employers Are Being Unrealistic
The truth is that the employers posting these job ads don’t think things through. Instead of being realistic, they decide to scare great people away by expecting too much.
They treat finding an employee like a teenager treats finding the perfect man or woman: listing off overly superficial traits that little to no one has, and then learning that it’s okay if their lover doesn’t have all the traits they’ve envisioned. Just like how your partner doesn’t have to be tall, have the exact color eyes, or make six figures a year, an employer doesn’t have to be fresh out of college and have 10 years’ job experience.
Employers may end up picking you if you’re a good fit for the job, if they aren’t blinded by their unrealistic expectations.
Realize That Because of That, Not Too Many People Have Applied
When a job listing has unrealistic expectations of an employee, fewer people apply.
You may have fewer competitors when applying than you would with a job listing that has more realistic qualifications. So applying to a job with unrealistic expectations may end up being easier than you think.
If you want to narrow down your rivals even more, try a local job site specific to your area over the large aggregators like Indeed and Glassdoor.
Be Positive in Your Application
When applying, don’t mention that you know you’re not qualified.
First, it shows that you’re not confident in yourself. Employers tend to want someone who has confidence, and not someone who’s going to write themselves off from the get-go.
Even if you have doubts, tuck them away and instead concentrate on being positive.
List the Things You Can Do for the Company
Odds are, you have lots of skills relevant to what the job is looking for.
List them off, and tell the employer how you can take those skills and apply them to the job if you’re hired. Look at your skills, look at what the company wants, and find a way to apply those skills to help out the company.
Even if you think you don’t have all the skills, you may have them after all.
Ask Employers Questions
Being curious about the job means you’re interested, and willing to learn.
When discussing the job with your potential employer, don’t be afraid to ask a few questions that the job listing didn’t answer. This will prove you read the listing, and you can learn a bit more about what they need. From there, you can develop your own solutions.
Know What the Interviewer is Looking for
If you applied to the job, and you got an interview, that you’re already ahead of the game.
This means you can possibly get the job despite not having all the experience people want. That’s always good, right? Now for the interview. Continue being positive, and asking questions, but don’t come unprepared.
Instead, do some research on the company. Maybe you can find someone who has been interviewed by the employer and can tell you what to expect. LinkedIn is always a good place to go to find employees, whether current or former, and they can give you advice.
Each interviewer will ask you unique questions, and by being prepared with an answer, you can succeed.
Be Who the Interviewer is Looking for
This one is harder than it seems.
Once you collect all your information about a company, realize that they are doing the same to job candidates. For nearly 80 percent of all recruiters, doing online search on candidates is a requirement.
You should search yourself as well and clean up any information that gives you away as an under-qualified candidate.
One way to impress an employer is to be contributing to the job when you haven’t even signed the contract yet.
Do some research about the company and see if there’s anything you can do to improve. Don’t come walking in, condescendingly telling your employer “I can do this so much better,” but instead say, “I’ve noticed the company needs this, and I can help you out.”
An employer loves someone who is ready to improve, so keep that to mind.
Don’t Be Intimidated
Seeing a job listing require a bunch of unrealistic qualifications can be intimidating, but you need to realize the people who write these listings are human, and expect too much. Apply anyway, be positive, tell them what you can do, and who knows?
You may get the job. And if not, apply to the next one.
Author Bio: Susan Ranford is an expert on job market trends, hiring, and business management. She is the Community Outreach Coordinator for New York Jobs. In her blogging and writing, she seeks to shed light on issues related to employment, business, and finance to help others understand different industries and find the right job fit for them.