- On January 22, 2017
Can you land a job when you don’t meet all the stated requirements? Yes! Here’s how:
- Determine which requirements are nice to have versus absolutes. The hiring manager does not always have the time and energy to craft a perfect job description, so know that it is not the gospel. To learn which parts of the description are essential, talk to someone at the company who knows the job or group. You can also deduce what’s important by researching the company online or looking at comparable jobs at similar companies.
- Highlight the most important skills. Employers rarely rule out candidates who do not meet 100% of the job description. Rather, managers want to see candidates who have the essential skills. So, prepare your resume accordingly.
- Get referred by someone the hiring manager trusts. Then you should at least get a courtesy interview, and you can try to impress during that call or meeting.
- Show industry knowledge and transferrable skills. If you have expertise with a company in a similar space, you can show you add value right away, which may be enough to get past the screen.