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You Should Apply Even if You Don’t Match All the Job Requirements

by | Apr 14, 2021 | Operations & HR

You are on the job search. A job title catches your eye, but after combing through the job requirements, you find that you do not match every requirement. Should you still apply?

What are Job Requirements?

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Job requirements are found in the job descriptions on a job posting. These requirements share what a hiring manager is looking for in a candidate for the job. While it is important to be within these requirements, even if you don’t meet every requirement on the job listing, you should still apply!

Examples of Job Requirements  

The job requirements section is where the job requirements are broken down by education, work experience, skills, and ability. The job opportunity will list them as bullet points. 

Education

Educational requirement is the minimum level of education required to fulfill the role. Roles will require you to have a high school diploma, bachelor’s degree, or post-graduate degree. If a job requires a bachelor’s degree, it will list which type of degree they are looking for. 

Work Experience and Skills

Work experience is the years within the field. Remember, internships count as work experience.

Skills are both the hard and soft skills that it takes to be in this position. Although, this can be a section that employers may be willing to train you to have these skills. 

Abilities

Ability is the physical activities required to have for the position. Some positions and internships may require you to lift and carry a certain amount of weight or sit for long periods of time. Physical abilities should be considered because it limits the accessibility of a job. 

But, what if you don’t meet each requirement?

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An ideal candidate will meet all of these job requirements on the job application. Although, even if you do not meet each job requirement, you could still be the most qualified candidate applying.

Statistics back up that you should still apply. 75% of professionals would still apply even if they were not fully qualified. And, 84% of companies are willing to hire someone who lacks the required skills in the job posting.

This issue is also a gendered one. The Harvard Business Review found that women do not apply for a position unless they are 100% qualified. While men apply for positions when they are 60% qualified. 

The cover letter is where you show your equivalent experience and how your skills are transferrable. Then, it is up to a recruiter or hiring manager will determine if you could perform this job successfully. 

Instances to Still Apply

  • The job requires 4 years of work experience and you only have 3 years of work experience.
  • The job requires 10 years of experience and you have an MBA degree and 5 years of experience. The degree shows your experience in a different form.

Instances You Should Not Apply

  • The job requires you to speak a language that you do not know.
  • The job requires a degree in engineering and you have a degree in journalism with no prior engineering work experience.

If you are a job seeker, you should check out the Scholars blog for more applying tips and tricks. Along with the blog, the podcast The Internship Show gives you behind-the-scenes knowledge straight from companies. 

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Internships and early-career jobs are unlike any others. They are often accepted months, if not years, in advance of the start date leaving plenty of time for candidates to change their minds and decide to work elsewhere, costing your team time and money.

There are two ways that have been proven to decrease renege rates for any company: keeping candidates engaged by sharing personalized information and helping them make connections with their future teammates. Companies use Scholars to accomplish both of these at scale.