Several people fall into the trap of overthinking job descriptions. It can feel overwhelming for job seekers to read an extensive list of job duties. Try to remember that most hiring managers do not create the job description at most major corporations. They are typically written by human resources, who have never worked a day in the actual position. Job descriptions commonly use corporate lingo and can sound intimidating.
Think you’re underqualified. Apply anyway. Don’t avoid a job application based entirely on the description.
Work history, a positive attitude, and a willingness to learn will go a long way with any hiring manager. We can help you communicate this through your resume, cover letter, and interview coaching so that you can manage the job’s primary responsibilities and learn the rest. Even if you think the company looks like an excellent fit but the job seems a little too complicated, you can still use the interview to get your foot in the door. You might even be surprised to learn that the job description and the daily job duties could differ entirely.
Underqualified? Watch the Self-Talk.
Don’t tell yourself that you’re not qualified for a job posting. It’s okay to apply for a job without fitting 100% of the job criteria as long as you are willing to learn and grow. No one progresses in their career by staying comfortable and without taking risks. Jobs that feel slightly out of reach are the ones that have the most potential to launch you to where you want to be in your career journey. That said, it’s still important to be realistic and ensure you meet the minimum requirements for the position. Don’t fear or doubt stop you from taking a chance on a job. You never know what good may come from it!
A professionally written resume from Heartland Resumes will catch the eye of the Hiring Manager and get you that interview. We can highlight your qualifications and help your resume stand out!
This article was originally posted in August of 2020 and has been recently updated.