Be Ready to Address the Missing Requirement. If you get an interview, you need to be ready to discuss your missing requirements and explain how you plan to overcome this challenge. Will you take a course to attain the required skills? If you can successfully put the employer’s mind at ease, you will significantly increase your likelihood of getting the job.
Identify Your Transferable Skills. Even if you are missing a requirement or two, you probably have experience that is easily transferable to your target position. You are the expert on your background, so it’s up to you to figure out how your skills and experience make you the perfect fit for the job and articulate it to the employer.
Don’t Worry About Preferred Experience. Employers have a bad habit of including requirements in job advertisements that aren’t actually necessary for the job. For example, if a manager was looking for a receptionist, they may put “ability to speak a second language” as a preferred requirement just because it would be nice to have. While a bilingual receptionist might be their ideal, they may still be willing to consider your application if you possess the other qualifications for the job.
If you want to impress the employer, you need to exude confidence. You can’t ask someone to believe in you if you don’t even believe in yourself. Don’t focus too much on what you are lacking. Walk in knowing that you are amazing and that they would be lucky to have you on their team and they will respond to that energy.
(Written by: Karen Bivand, Photo by: Artur 84/FreeDigitalPhotos.net)