July 2, 2015Underqualified? qverqualified? How to sidestep and rise above credential problems in your job search.By Hcareers.com
Every job seeker dreads being told that they’re not a good fit for a particular position. In fact, according to Orville Pierson, career coach and author of The Unwritten Rules of the Highly Effective Job Search, many men and women in the market for a new job strictly limit the positions they apply for in order to avoid this kind of rejection.
But in truth, most successful job seekers aren’t a perfect match with the stated qualifications for the jobs they’ve landed. And by writing off large numbers of positions just because you feel you might not be fully qualified for them, you may be severely curtailing the professional opportunities that are available to you.
Of course, employers outline minimum qualifications for a reason. You can’t expect to land a head chef position if the sum total of your kitchen experience is one summer as a part-time line cook. On the other hand, if you’ve got years of experience under your belt, it’s probably safe to expect that applying for an entry-level position is going to raise a few eyebrows.In the middle? Make the leap!In short, if you're vastly under or overqualified for a particular position, it's probably not worth your time to apply for it. But if you, like the majority of your fellow job seekers, fall into the grey middle area of the qualification matrix, it may be well worth it to take a risk and apply anyway. Maybe the help wanted ad calls for three years of experience and you only have two, but you also earned straight As in related college coursework. Or perhaps, you’ve got an advanced degree when the job posting calls for an associate degree.
These are the type of qualification discrepancies that can easily be overcome with a bit of planning and strategic thinking. Apply these tips to increase your chances of coming across as the perfect match in your next job interview.
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