Have you ever gone online and found what seems to be the perfect internship or entry-level position for you? We all love discovering those once-in-a-lifetime dream opportunities. But what if, when reading through to the bottom of the job description, you notice that you only meet five out of the eight qualifications? Do you sigh, shrug your shoulders and move on, or do you buckle down and send in your information anyway?
In most cases, we say you should apply, regardless of the “requirements.” And here’s why.
The qualifications list the “in a perfect world” candidate – Oftentimes, employers and human resources professionals post job qualifications based on what their ideal candidate would be like. They are aware that the chances of finding a candidate who meets every subtle request are slim but, in the off-chance that the perfect candidate does indeed apply, they want to set the bar high. Who knows – you may not meet their ideal wishes, but you may be the best candidate to submit a resume.
The employer may just be weeding out potential applicants – Job listings are often circulated through a number of portals – Monster, CareerBuilder, LinkedIn, etc. – becoming visible to thousands and thousands of job searchers. To keep from drowning in a massive pile of resumes and cover letters, it’s not uncommon for employers to exaggerate their requirements to keep those who are obviously unqualified from applying. Inquire anyway – the listed qualifications may not always be 100 percent set in stone.
You miss all the shots you don’t take – If you don’t submit your information, we can pretty much guarantee that you won’t receive a call back for a position. Yes, it takes time to tailor your resume and cover letter to each individual job you apply for but, if you really want to get hired, be resilient and take that time.
Of course, there are a few exceptions to these tips. If you’re just finishing with your ISHC training program, it’s unlikely that you’ll be considered for that Fortune 500 company’s CEO position you applied for. Just keep things in perspective. If you have a chance, why not go for it? What’s the worst that can happen?