Interested in applying for a job but the description looks daunting?
Have you ever read a job posting and thought to yourself, “There is no way that anyone could have all of those skills!”?
To be frank, you are probably correct. Some job postings include so many duties and responsibilities, it would be impossible to find the perfect candidate. It appears to be more like a written wish list in hopes some superstar will magically appear and save the day! The list of duties on many of these job postings can be daunting and they appear to include enough duties for two or even three employees rather than just one.
So what should you do if the job interests you, regardless of the extensive shopping list?
If you have over half of the qualifications and experience they are seeking, consider applying. Make sure you do a good job of selling the skills you possess which they have specifically mentioned. A great place to start would be in your cover letter, and then tailor your resume accordingly. Let them know how your experience can benefit their organization. Many other job seekers will view the posting and have the same reaction but not apply, as they may feel intimidated by the posting. Unfortunately some employers don’t realize they may be eliminating decent applicants, simply due to the overwhelming list which may discourage many.
Let’s put a positive spin on this!
Think about when you started your last job. Did you know everything you needed to know before you started, or were you able to learn a number of things on the job? Never does a new employee go into a job knowing everything! Be prepared to show you are eager and able to learn what you don’t already know, and you will stand a good chance of securing an interview. That’s where it all begins!
Now go impress them with your skills and experience – be confident in your strengths and abilities!