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Is it worth it to apply for jobs you are only slightly qualified for?

I was wondering if it is a good idea to apply for higher level jobs even if you don't have a degree or a specialization that is required or desired. Would someone hiring even consider me?

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Cindy’s Answer

Absolutely! The key here is to be prepared for the interview and how you plan to solve for the gaps you aren't yet qualified for. This could be through 1-1 meetings with Subject matter experts, reading books or talking to other peers that could be more qualified than you willing to help you out. The worst they can say is NO... the experience for taking the interview and hearing a no is also very valuable and you can certainly take away learnings from the process. Simply interviewing and practicing those skills is very useful.

Cindy recommends the following next steps:

1-1 meetings with Subject matter experts or peers
google the job and necessary requirements to identify gaps. identify plans to mitigate the gaps
Find books or articles related to your job interview and research!

Yes, it is. Many companies will help you grow into a position by offering tuition reimbursement or on-the-job training. Additionally, you may want to consider reaching out and request an nformational interview from somone you look to as a role model in your chosen field. It's a great way to learn about and ask advice about what you can do to prepare for the next step in your career. Beth Corgan-Porth

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Maldonado’s Answer

Sure! When writing job ads, employers often shoot for the stars by describing the perfect candidate for the job. But in most cases that perfect candidate is not out there.

So, don’t be discouraged. If you meet many of the qualifications but not all, you should still apply for the job. Demonstrate how you can add value.

Rather than just telling the hiring manager what you can do, show them. For example, you might consider preparing a short presentation with ideas that you would bring to the role?

Most candidates won’t make the extra effort. By going above and beyond, it will show you’re serious about the role and force the hiring managers to look at you as a serious candidate. So the next time you see a great job that is just slightly out of your reach, don’t write yourself off. Give it always a shot. You might be surprised.

Maldonado recommends the following next steps:

Find someone to advocate on your behalf.
Prepare to Demonstrate how you can add value.

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Simeon’s Answer

They probably wouldn't consider you for the position that you have in mind. Usually, the resumes are passed through a filter to see if they match certain qualifications before they're even passed in front of human eyes. If anything, maybe see if you can get hired by the same company for a job that is a better fit.

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Dr. Liz’s Answer

I believe so! There are organizations that will look not only for the diploma, they look for different elements, that are relevant for the position that they are offering. So, that's the reason when they publish a job, most of them include the Job requirements, Job responsibilities, and desired qualifications. In that way, they will have most people to evaluate and looks for the qualification of them. Take the time to look what you can offer to the job, highlight what could qualify you even you don't have the diploma. Practice the interview conversation, there are some examples in the internet about the questions and answers that can be used. Be prepared to answer, why do I have to select you? Good luck!

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Gabby’s Answer

Hi Loren,

Absolutely agree with what's been shared thus far! The only caveat I would add is that you want to focus your career search on positions and industries you're truly interested in pursuing. Many times I see candidates apply to everything in an effort to see "what sticks." As long as you have a few areas of focus, then go for it!

The downside to applying to every single position you see (especially in the same company) can come across like you aren't sure what you want to do to recruiters. Be a little selective, but be open and you'll find a great opportunity!

Gabby recommends the following next steps:

Tailor your resume to the position you're applying for and when you land the interview highlight your desire to learn something new (i.e. the area you may not have as much experience in). Showing interest can go a long way!

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