When conducting your job search it might be easy to pass up some jobs because you don’t see your skills encompassing the job description. However, next time, instead of overlooking the job, you should take a second look. From our experience, employers have two types of skills that they include in their job descriptions: the “need to” and the “would be nice to” have. To decipher whether you can apply for a job your are not fully qualified for, you need to do the following:
- Figure out the essential requirements in the descriptions. If it is a role in your industry, use your knowledge of the industry or your work experience to determine core requirements. If you don’t have experience, reach out to those in the field to get more information. You can also compare similar jobs to see what is ubiquitous.
- Reflect on your experience to understand if there are transferable skills that can accommodate both core and ideal job requirements.
- If you meet the “need to have” requirements, Apply! If you don’t meet the “would be nice to have” requirements, take advantage of the employer’s request for additional documents to explain your passion and what you can bring to the table.
- If you can, try to have someone in your network make a recommendation to the hiring manager