Almost everyone has run across job ads where they don’t meet the qualifications. You might say to yourself, “I don’t have enough experience,” or “I don’t know that software.” Even so, we are encouraging applicants to cast a wide net, as you may find employers open to providing more training to underqualified individuals.
At certain times in the past, the job market has been tight, and underqualified applicants were weeded out immediately. This isn’t as true today! In the current Eastern Iowa job market, applicants are in demand, which means you should apply to jobs even if you don’t meet all of the company’s listed qualifications and experience levels.
Underqualified or Underexperienced?
You might feel hesitant to apply to a job if you are underqualified or underexperienced, but you have little to lose by applying. If you see a job where you may not currently check all the boxes, you could still be an attractive candidate for that job, despite your lack of experience and qualifications. Employers provide training for some positions, and you can gain experience once you’re on the job.
Here are a few things to ask yourself and consider as you review job ads:
- Have you earned some of the required experience as a volunteer, on your own, or from a class?
- Do you have a positive attitude?
- Are you flexible to working in any conditions?
- Are you good at learning new things?
- Do you want to learn about a new industry?
- Do you have job skills that could be transferrable to the advertised position?
Take a moment to put yourself in an employer’s shoes. They might be interested in you based on your eagerness and interest in their industry. Show your initiative by drafting a personalized letter of application. Be sure to mention specific volunteer or personal projects that you think are relevant to the job, and attach a portfolio of your work if possible.
When should you pass on applying for a job? It might be a waste of time to apply if you don’t hold key credentials, such as a nursing certification like LPN or if you are unable to meet physical requirements, such as lifting 50 pounds or standing for a 10-hour shift. If you apply for a temporary position at Premier Staffing, you can ask us if specific employment requirements are negotiable.
If you’re ready to apply for a job, be sure to check out our Getting Hired section. You can learn about writing a cover letter and resume as well as interviewing tips.