You just read an employment ad for what you think would be the perfect job. The problem is, your skills and experience aren’t a perfect fit for the role. There’s really no point in sending in a résumé, right?
Before letting discouragement or doubt get the best of you, take a moment to assess whether submitting an application really would be a waste of time. If your qualifications diverge sharply from what the employer requests — for example, if the firm asks for five years of experience in a certain specialty, and you have just one — it isn’t worth your time or the employer’s.
But if your skills and experience are close to what the organization seeks, it may very well be worth tossing your hat into the ring. Many companies are now realizing that being too exacting during the recruitment process can lead to missed opportunities to hire talented professionals with strong potential.
You need to consider yourself from a hiring manager’s perspective and build a case that shows why you’re the best person for the position. Here’s some advice: