When you’re starting your job search, it can be intimidating to look at the list of requirements for each post. Even entry level jobs nowadays want you to have multiple years of experience, practice working with this exact software, and already established relationships with clients. The key here is that they want you to have these qualities, not need.
The listing may say that these are requirements but the vast majority of jobs are willing to make exceptions. You may have heard of the phrase “walk with confidence and a clipboard, and you can go anywhere” — or you may have seen it modeled in viral videos where people sneak into movie theaters walking with confidence and neon vest.
While you might not need to sneak into a movie theater, you can sneak into the job. If you have at least half of the wanted requirements, still apply!
Do not reject yourself on behalf of the company before they have had a chance to see all the unique talents that make you, YOU.
Frequently the list of “requirements” on a job listing can be treated more like a wish list — it’s good to have some of those qualities but not necessary to have all of the qualifications listed.
If you can walk into the interview with confidence (even if you’re faking it) and can express a genuine ability and want to learn while on the job, you still have a chance.
“I’m not 100% sure on the details of how to do that but I can check and get back to you”.
Being able to admit that you don’t know something but are able to find out where and how to learn the thing makes you more valuable than someone who knows one thing but cannot adapt or learn in the future. So, muster up the courage, upload your resume and hit submit.