Have you ever looked at a job posting and thought to yourself “I’m missing a skill or a level of experience the employer is looking for,” and then you do not apply? This happens to many job seekers.
Think of your last employment. Did you actually know everything you were going to do before you started the job? Chances are incredibly high that you learned something on the job, so think of the skills listed within a job posting as a “wish list” from the employer. Their ideal candidate will have all of the skills, education, and knowledge required for the position. In reality, their perfect candidate may not exist but it never hurts to dream so they post a job description with their wish list.
So what do you do now? You build your resume to sell the skills and relevant experience you have that employers are looking for and you apply for that job. Let the employer make the decision of whether they will interview you or not and don’t let a missing skill hold you back from applying. After all, you can’t be offered a job you don’t apply for.