Job Applications: Quick Tip #4

Quick tip #4 I don’t meet ALL the requirements! 

That’s OK! A good rule of thumb is to apply for a job if you meet between 70-80% of the requirements. If you meet 100% of the requirements, you’re overqualified. 

Why is that? A job posting is an overview of tasks that you may do on the job, it doesn’t mean that you will be doing every task or at least every task, every day. Furthermore, the hiring manager knows what they are looking for in an applicant, so even if you aren’t proficient in every requirement, apply anyway!

If you do secure an interview but are nervous due to your lack of experience, you can actually use that lack of experience to your advantage. In the interview, let the hiring manager know you applied for this job because you want to learn new skills and expand your knowledge base. This drive will demonstrate initiative and curiosity, which are always good traits in a potential new hire.

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