If this is a question you are asking yourself right this second, or have asked yourself in the past, well you are not alone. The world is full of job opportunities and sometimes the fit doesn’t always make sense. That, however, doesn’t mean it won't work, just take a look at Donald Trump for goodness sake!
It is important to understand where you stand as a candidate before you start and what you would like to see as an outcome. Here is a nifty little guide to help you figure out if you should pitch or ditch the application.
Step 1: Understand the role
It’s important to understand a role and why you want it. This will help you decide what kind of positions you can apply for.
Step 2: Look at the minimum requirements
The key to getting that interview call is making sure your CV highlights all the specific minimum requirements that are being asked for. So make sure you are celebrating those up in your application. This is the point where you can ask yourself, ‘can I see myself being a part of their team.
Step 3: The adaptable skills
Right, so now you’ve identified the basic skills you have, it’s time to highlight your other skills and show why they will be useful to the role you are applying for. Can you adapt them to make them work for the role?
Step 4: The ones you will learn
Every position comes with education, so when it comes to submitting an application, think about what skills you may have to learn in order to meet the standards required. Is that something you are willing to do?
Remember that applying for a role is a two-way thing. You are trying to see if the company is the best fit for you, just as much as they are looking to see if you will be the best fit for them.
Ask yourself what your overall goals are and what you want to bring to the table, as well as what you might want to take away from the table.
If you find that working with them makes the best sense then go for it.
Last tip: don’t sell yourself short. Who knows you could trump it.
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