Your dream job opens, and you hope to get an interview. Despite its availability, you do not apply. Why? You are unqualified.
Whether the job posting requires years of experience or a skill you haven’t mastered, you feel like you’d fall short and be buried in a slush pile of more qualified applicants.
You should still apply. Seriously. Why? Managers frequently list every possible duty and requirement in a job description to make it appear more impressive than it is. If the post is not government-controlled, qualifications will be more flexible than you think. So, apply anyway! You can prove your qualifications even without all the required certifications. Read on to learn how to avoid rejection and get an interview.
Don’t depend on an application
Networking gets most jobs, not online applications. Use your network and CV. Befriend a coworker.
Find connections to company employees on LinkedIn. Send a cold email. Say you applied online but want the right people to see your resume. You can also email company members until they respond because employers value perseverance and resilience.
Be a problem-solver
Employers want problem-solvers. Update your cover letter to demonstrate your problem-solving skills. How? Send your resume with a cover letter.
Make it interesting instead of a dry, standard cover letter. Make the letter’s solution one page. Your cover letter should list issues you can fix if hired. Before mentioning job or company issues in your cover letter, think about them.
Highlight your skills
After applying and building a relationship with the company, discuss how your skills and knowledge will benefit the position, division, and company. You could even highlight their non-requirements. Being unqualified can be advantageous.
Because you lack experience and strong opinions, you can stand out by emphasizing your unique background and skill set. Mention your college degree, even if it’s not in a relevant field or took longer than usual to complete. Any degree shows you can set and achieve goals.
Make use of keywords to your advantage
Most of the time, companies use software to collect applications for job postings and then use an algorithm to figure out which ones are the best. With a higher relevance score, it’s more likely that a real person will look at your resume and ask you to come in for an interview. To improve relevancy, note the job description’s most important words.
The first three qualifications factors are the most important. Find repeated words in the job posting. The position’s importance increases with a word’s frequency. Use ten keywords in your cover letter and resume, then let the algorithm do the rest.
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