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How to Apply for a Job You're Underqualified For

Oh my god…look at this resume, you have no experience, your degree is of questionable validity and your last job was “part time chicken sexer”. What makes you think you’ll be able to apply to such a high caliber company such as: C.S.G. (Chicken Sexers Global)? Well, there is a way actually…you’ll just have to follow the following steps to apply for a job you’re under-qualified for.

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1. Cover Letter

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So, your first chance to engage an interviewer and pique their interest is with the use of a cover letter. Although it might sound a little illogical you can convey your passion for the job, even in the lieu of all the requirements of the position. In actuality, most companies over-sell their job posting to weed out people that would be painfully under-qualified for the job. So, even if your resume doesn’t contain the exact requirements of the job posting, you might be considered if you are an appealing candidate over all.


2. Strategy

A recent addition to the corporate lexicon is business pain. Basically it’s what the business is hurting for in other words, so if you can pitch yourself as a cure or at least a contributing factor towards remedying this pain then you might actually have a chance at getting the job regardless of your credentials and qualifications. How do you do this? Well, you’ll have to read a bit more to find out.

3. Decipher the Ad

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When you see the endless (and admittedly over-ambitious) list of requirements for the job you’d like (but you are under qualified for it) it’s basically the interviewer’s inadvertent roadmap to what they are trying to remedy. Do they want someone with way too much experience? Well, they might be in an organizational crisis. Are they seeking someone with a very diverse set of skills? Then they might have a multiple tiered crisis that needs a more than one person to approach.

4. Full Court Press

Instead of being a passive narrator of your qualifications and achievements, engage the interviewer (especially if they are senior management people) in an honest exchange about what requirements they seek to fulfill with hiring you. Of course, finding out their business pain isn’t enough- you’ll have to give viable and applicable examples of when you helped resolve such situations during your previous employment.

5. Warning Signs

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Sure, you might be dying to work for the company that is offering the job, but be careful. Like I said a solid strategy to getting a job that you might be underqualified to do is selling yourself as a solution to a problem that the company might be experiencing. But tread carefully, because if you discern that the company is going through a crisis that you can’t help and you claimed you could and, of course, you don’t then that can result in pretty immediate termination. You are already biting off more than you can potentially chew, just make sure you don’t choke…get it?

Do you have any other recommendations that can help people get jobs they don’t deserve? Let us know in the comments section below.