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To Apply or Not To Apply For a Job

In Advice on July 29, 2010 at 8:23 pm

It’s pretty safe to say the economy is in a better state in 2010 than it was in 2009. There are fewer lay offs, more jobs being created, and companies are starting to feel safe to hire again. That being said, there are millions more applicants looking for a job than there are open positions.

The question often comes up, “Should I apply for a job even if I’m not qualified?”

The answer, especially in IT, is a resounding NO, and here’s why.


Dozens of candidates will apply for any given job

“There are dozens of candidates applying for most open positions these days,” says Jessica Holbrook Hernandez, an expert resume writer, career and personal branding strategist, author, speaker and President/CEO of Great Resumes Fast.

“Hiring managers will tell you that one of their main job duties is ‘shortlisting’ these applications into a small pool of qualified applicants – in other words, disqualifying everyone they can in order to whittle the list down to only the best candidates for each job. Many times, companies find themselves ruling out perfectly qualified candidates simply because they have too many from which to choose.”


Job descriptions are precise for a reason

Employers write their job descriptions with the specific qualifications needed to perform necessary tasks conducive to the position, therefore attracting the best possible match. If the placement says the job requirements are A, B, and C qualifications, you’d better have experience in A, B, and C.

So do yourself a favor before you apply for a job and ask yourself these questions:
1. Why am I interested in this job? Is it the opportunity or the pay?
2. Do I have the experience to match the required qualifications for this position?
3. Am I the best candidate for this position? Why?

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