When I read job announcements, I often see that I’m missing one or more job requirements, but I know I can do the job. Should I apply anyway?

QUESTION: When I read job announcements, I often see that I’m missing one or more job requirements, but I know I can do the job. Should I apply anyway?

 

Donna Tucker, CareerPRO Resume Center

Give it your best shot—IF you really want that job and know you can perform to goals. Highlight the qualifications you DO have in your resume and use your cover letter to show your interest, enthusiasm, and fit for the job—but be honest. Every hiring manager has their own set of priorities, and you may be just what he/she is looking for. In the meantime, bone up on areas in which you’re lacking.

Tammy Shoup, Breakthrough Resume Writing Service

Yes, you should still consider applying even if you don’t meet all of the listed requirements. Highlight your relevant skills + experiences in alignment with the job’s core responsibilities. Use your cover letter to further outline your enthusiasm for the role. Taking the initiative to apply can lead to opportunities you might otherwise miss.

Crystal Johnson, Johnson Consulting Services LLC

Yes! Focus on your proven abilities and accomplishments that align with the core responsibilities of the position. Tailor your application to emphasize these relevant qualifications. Highlight your potential to contribute and excel. Confidence in your abilities can go a long way in convincing employers to consider you despite minor gaps in qualifications.

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