Over the past few months I have seen several articles that talk about the ‘secret’ to being successful to applying to jobs. They all have some sort of special recipe or magic formula that you can use to increase the number of call backs you receive.
I am here to tell you that there is only one rule for true success in applying to jobs online, in the paper, or wherever they might be.
(getting on my soapbox and getting ready to shout from the mountain tops)
It’s simple really – if you are qualified apply, if you aren’t don’t.
Let me give you an idea of what I mean:
- Knowing a sales manager doesn’t make you one if you have spent the last five years working as an administrative assistant.
- Having a dream that you should be an accountant doesn’t qualify you to do taxes if you have never taken the first accounting class.
- Having interacted with software developers doesn’t mean that you are ready to sit down and write world-class code – it means that you have interacted with software developers.
- Walking into a garage and picking up a wrench does not make you a mechanic. It makes you a person that picked up a wrench in a garage.
- Going to the doctor and getting a prescription does not qualify you to be a medical device or pharma sales person. It means you got sick.
(getting off of my soapbox)
Need some help in deciding if you are qualified for the job? Here are a few tips:
(hang on, need to get back on my soapbox)
- Look at the job title. If you have never held that job title, the title below it or above it, or anything close to it you should not apply.
- If you do not meet the top REQUIRED requirements (which are different from the nice to haves) you should not apply to it.
- If the job calls for a Ph. D. and all you have is an associate degree you should not apply for it.
- If the job calls for travel and you cannot travel you should not apply for it.
- If the job is too far of a commute for you or requires a relocation and you cannot move do not apply for it.
- If the job says in plain English, “candidates without experience in ____ will not be considered” and you have not, do not apply for it.
- If you have applied to one job five times already and you have not been contacted about it you are probably not a fit in the employers eyes and you can quit applying to it.
(getting back off of my soapbox)
There is a lot of chatter online and off about the black hole that exists in HR and recruiting. If people would apply ONLY TO jobs that they are qualified for it would free up a lot of time and a lot of attention for those candidates that do meet the qualifications and I think a lot of the problems would correct themselves.
I know that I will get some flak for this post but it is something that has needed to be said for some time now.
APPLY APPROPRIATLY & HELP FIX THE BLACKHOLE IN HR!!!!
Until next time, good hunting, and good luck!