Should You Apply for Jobs that You Are Not Qualified For?

Are you on a hunt for a new job or a new career? If you are, you will likely come across a number of job listings, some of which you may be qualified for and others that you may not necessarily be qualified for. When it comes to applying for a job, there are many job seekers who wonder if they should bother applying for a job that they are not really qualified for. To determine whether or not you should, you may want to examine the pros and cons of doing so.

When it comes to applying for a job that you may not necessarily be qualified for, the biggest pro of doing so is the unexpected. You would be surprised how many employers just schedule interviews without actually examining resumes first. This is most often done when an employee needs to be hired right away or when there weren’t a large number of applicants. When that is the case, your resume won’t necessarily do all of the talking for you, your personality will. There are thousands of instances each year where employers actually hire those that weren’t necessarily qualified for the job in question. The reasons why they were hired tend to vary, but many were just impressed with the applicant’s personality, goals, and need to succeed.

Another pro or plus side to applying for a job that you may not necessarily be qualified for is other opportunities, often from the same employer. It is not uncommon for an employer to be doing hiring for more than one position. Although you may not necessarily be qualified for the position that you applied for, the employer in question may have another position available; another position that you may be better suited for. If an employer likes your resume or your personality, if an interview was scheduled, you actually stand a good chance of getting hired, even if it is for a different position than the one that you originally applied for.

Although there are a number of pros or plus sides to applying for a job that you are not necessarily qualified for, there are also a number of cons or downsides to doing so as well. One of those cons is the impression that you may end up giving of yourself. Some employers easily get frustrated or fed up with those who apply for jobs that they aren’t qualified for. From the perspective of an employer, it is time consuming to sort through hundreds or thousands resumes or job applications, especially when a good portion of them are from those who aren’t even qualified for the available position.

When it comes to applying for a job that you aren’t qualified for, the decision as to whether or not you want to do so is yours to make, but it is advised that you use your best judgment. For instance, do not apply for a position as a teacher or a doctor if you don’t have the proper degree or required training. However, if you are interested in becoming a retail store manager and it is required that you have a business degree, you may want to think about applying for the job if you are currently working on your degree, even just part-time, or if you have the equal years work experience.

If you are able to land an interview, the question as to why you applied for a job that you aren’t qualified for may arise. When answering that question, you will want to spin it in a way that you will benefit you. For instance, respond with something like how you are always up for a challenge or go into detail about how you think you are qualified in other ways. One thing you will definitely not want to do is respond with “I was hoping that I would get lucky.” This is a surefire way to lose your chance of getting the job.

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