Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Not Qualified? To Apply or Not to Apply

New career hunting? No doubt you've come across a number of job listings that appeal to you, but that you're not quite qualified for. So, should you apply? Well, if you feel you have similar qualifications, you might just go ahead and apply, even if you don't have the actual qualifications they're looking for.

Why? Well, it's not uncommon for an employer to be hiring for more than one position. Although you may not necessarily be qualified for the position that you applied for, the employer in question may have another position available; another position that you may be better suited for.

Of course, if you are able to land an interview, be prepared to tell the interviewer why you would apply for a position you're not truly qualified for. You'll want to spin the answer to your advantage by telling the interviewer that you are always up for a challenge, or go into detail about how you think you are qualified in other ways. One thing you will definitely not want to do is respond with “I was hoping that I would get lucky.” This is a surefire way to lose your chance of getting that job or any job.

When it comes to applying for a job that you aren’t truly qualified for, you do have to use your best judgment. Don't apply for a position that requires a degree or certification that you don't have. It's one thing to stretch your experience a bit, but quite another to fake having a teaching degree and certificate. (Yeah, some people do fake those things, but they're usually found out and fired or charged with a crime).

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