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?
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.
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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.
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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!
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