Usually, when you know that you are unqualified for a position, you don’t even bother applying. Doing so could be seen as a waste of time considering that it won’t do you any good, and you have hundreds of other things to do as a jobseeker. Likewise, employers hate having to go through a resume that doesn’t show that you have the necessary skills for the job. As such they certainly don’t appreciate wasting valuable.
But, sometimes if there is a job that you really want, you just have to take a leap of faith. You have to go all in. So whether you lack experience in the field, or you don’t have the desired qualifications to get the job, you should go ahead and apply anyway.
If you are unqualified for a job you want, here are some tips on how to help employers realise that you are worth of their time.
1. Stand Out
As an unqualified job candidate, you can’t rely on your qualifications to get you the job. In most cases a degree isn’t enough to get you one anyway. Other elements come into play when applying for jobs as well and that is your experience in the field, your initiative to learn more about the role through volunteering and your ability to communicate your passion for the work that you do. In this case, though it’s crucial to show how different you are from other candidates who may be more skilled in the field than you are.
You can do that by showcasing your strongest qualities. Show them you have the right determination and the attitude of a winner. Let them know that you don’t let anything get in the way of what you want. Obviously, you won’t need to put up a fight to get the position – and shouldn’t do that by any means, but you can prove employers that you want the job in many ways:
- Explain the reasons why you want the job.
- Present strong arguments to back up your existing skills.
- Talk about what you are hoping to get out of it in terms of career goals.
- Show employers the ways you can help their company.
These should tell employers that even if you don’t have the correct qualifications, there are other ways to prove you are a good fit. The idea is to help employers realise that there is nothing that you can’t do when you decide to fully commit yourself.
2. Help Employers Trust You
It’s not important to make employers believe what you are saying rather show them that they can trust your abilities. The only way of doing this is by showing that you believe in yourself. You can’t expect your future boss to believe in you when you don’t even believe in yourself. So when you are in an interview or meeting someone at a networking event win them over with your confidence and assertiveness. Speak loud and clear so that you can communicate the message ‘You need to remember me’.
3. Show That You Are Trying
When employers aren’t satisfied with what they see on your resume but can see some potential in you – or are just plainly curious, they are going to search for more information about you online. Your social media profiles can give a detailed summary of who you are and helps employers gain more insight into your personality.
To be more convincing and show employers that you are true to your intention (of getting the job) you need to prove that you care about the field and the position you are after. Posting content that is relevant to the job or the field you are aiming for will help employers realise that you are genuinely interested in your subject and you are up-to-date with industry news and events even though you don’t have the diploma they want. This might be common sense, but it’s crucial you do it if you want employers to take you seriously.
You might not have the qualifications they want you to, but you are showing them that you are more than willing to do what it takes and help the company succeed.
To convince employers to give you a chance you have to show them that you can do the job with or without the required skills. The strongest candidates aren’t those who try to cover up their weaknesses with lies, but the one’s who admit they don’t know enough about the subject and are willing to do their best.
What are your thoughts on the matter? Should you apply for a job you are not qualified for? Let me know in the comments section below…