Not Meeting The Requirements For A Job Description? No Problem!

Not Meeting The Requirements For A Job Description? No Problem!

Not Meeting The Requirements For A Job Description? No Problem!

Not Meeting The Requirements For A Job Description? No Problem!

Job seeking is an activity almost all professionals go through. In fact, the average number of jobs one goes through in a lifetime is 12. A surprisingly high number, isn’t it? Whether it’s the first job out of college or a mid-career switch, it is a challenge at any level. But one thing is for certain, there are no perfect candidates.

There are many filters and stages that one needs to go through even before their resume is even laid eyes upon. Application Tracking System is one of those gates that is used by many companies and websites. This process weeds out potential candidates by matching key terms to see if the applicants align with the criteria set. Your main goal here is to pick the right words to utilize in your resume. Try to match the keywords that the job ad is looking for.

Another tip that many job seekers don’t realize is to keep the formatting simple. Instead of sending in a nicely done PDF of your resume, send in a basic Microsoft Word document. This is because, unlike our eyes and brain, the system perceives data differently. A beautifully done up resume with bombastic words and creative design may entice potential hiring managers but might come up messy or even blank when feeding through the ATS. So this is something you should keep in mind when submitting your resume online.

Back to the topic at hand, rarely is there a candidate that fits the job ad posted at 100%. There are surely a few criteria that you might be shy of, be it the level of education or the years of experience. Do not let that deter you from applying. The recommended percentage of a match for any jobs ad posted is between 40% to 60%. Once you are in that zone, you are already a strong candidate to be called in for an interview.

Going further, there are many factors you can implement to “seal the deal” in your journey to find the perfect career. A cover letter is one of the most vital, yet a forgotten piece of document many job seekers overlook. It helps bypass the ATS and reach potential hiring managers and recruiters to discover you. A personalized cover letter does wonders for you. Give our article a read on the importance of including a cover letter.

Lastly, is to have a good source of networking. Remember, it’s not what you know but who you know that helps you at this stage of finding a new career avenue to embark on. The ultimate “shortcut” one can use to their advantage is by having a direct point of contact in the potential company.

With that said, the job search market is a place of uncertainty yet, one that is filled with discovery and potential opportunities. Be confident when applying for that dream role you’ve always wanted, and do not be discouraged when things don’t go the way you want them to. Keep searching, as the perfect career is not a destination but a journey. Good luck with your job hunts!  

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