Landing a Dream Job…Even if You’re Not Qualified

Posted by Mitzi Branvold | Friday, August 23, 2019

Landing a Dream Job…Even if You’re Not Qualified

Posted by Mitzi Branvold | Friday, August 23, 2019

Everyone wants to land their dream job. But, it’s a lot easier said than done, right? Not necessarily. If you know which efforts to put forward and what you should be looking for, you might learn that what you think your dream job may be, actually isn’t, and learn what you’ll have to do to land your actual dream job. 

Job Requirements are Guidelines

Yes, it’s pretty important to possess the most relevant and highest listed job requirements when applying for a job. For example, if the job is working in data entry and you don’t know how to type or where the keys are on a keyboard, you won’t land the job. But, look at the requirements in a job post as guidelines, not what’s set in stone. This is especially true if the requirements are “optional” or if the employer lists them as “nice to have.”

 Sometimes, your desire, passion, and your ability to learn and motivation to do so, will push you ahead of applicants with more qualifications.

Outsmart the System

Understand that every application you fill out goes through a robo or screening system. You need to make sure your resume has specific keywords. So, when applying for a job make sure you

  • Add relevant keywords that are listed in the job description frequently to your resume
  • Highlight qualities and experience you have, that directly aligns with what the work you’ll be doing is
  • Use online screening tools (yes, there are free resume readers you can use that scan your resume)

Furthermore, have someone else read your resume. If you know someone who works in HR, even better, they can provide you with relevant tips to tailor your resume for your dream job. 

Don’t limit yourself or your potential, because a job post lists more skills than you believe you possess. Focus on your strengths, desire, and highlight your passion, as this will at least get your resume into the right hands, and land you an interview, where you can sell yourself as the best candidate for the gig.