Be courageous. If you’re intrigued by a specific job but feel you aren’t qualified, don’t sell yourself short – apply anyway. Just because you haven’t done something, if something sounds intriguing, go for it and don’t minimize yourself. While it’s true that some jobs are tied to funding that has specific academic or experiential requirements, what do you have to lose by applying? After all, strange things can happen.
Shelley was the director of a preschool, applied for a marketing position at a bank….and got it! How did she beat the competition with no formal qualifications? It turns out that before there was even a building for the preschool program, she began advertising to perspective families and staff. The idea was to focus on varied learning experiences with no focus on specific academic skills. By the time the program opened its doors, it was completely staffed and the classes were full even though well-established programs in the area were struggling to fill slots. She had generated excellent news coverage and then received awards for the program once it was open. Shelley did a great job of selling her creativity, persuasiveness, perseverance and planning in a way that would meet the marketing needs of the bank. Consequently they took a chance and hired her with no banking experience and no training in marketing. Who knows when any criteria may be waived? If a job looks interesting to you, go for it and always remember to keep in mind what the employer is looking for and express your strengths and experiences in that context.
Money Saving Tip
Looking for a job? Do your research on the issues and changes going on in that business. You may be able to adapt your resume to put more focus on areas that are emerging in that business. Plus, at the interview, frame your comments or ask questions on topics that would be relevant to your potential employer to show that you have taken the time to learn about the organization and the broader business issues.
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