Are Requirements in Job Postings Written in Stone?

AUTHOR: Darlene Zambruski
POSTED: August 16, 2011 at 2:00 am

How many times have you searched online job boards, finding a position that seemed ideal until you came to the requirements?

Some of them might be:

1. You need a degree

2. You require a certain level of experience, usually expressed in years

3. You need experience with certain software or procedures

These are just some of the obstacles you may face when applying for a new position. However, requirements aren’t necessarily a rigid checklist. More often, they’re an employer’s wish list.

Do You Absolutely Need to Meet All Job Requirements?

Let’s take a college degree as an example. If you can show that you have the required knowledge and skills, learned on the job at other companies, the employer may very well waive the educational requirement. Hiring managers want employees who can do the job well. A college degree confers some level of accomplishment, but it won’t replace knowledge learned in the real world. Submit to those jobs, stressing your ‘life’ experience.

As far as years on the job or in the industry are concerned – again, this is flexible for most hiring managers. If they want five years and you have three to four, you shouldn’t let the opportunity pass you by. Structure your resume to show how much you know about the required responsibilities, not how many years you’ve been doing them.

Update Your Skills to Increase Your Chances

When it comes to software or procedures, you do need to be up to speed before you’ll be considered. Before applying for jobs that have these requirements, consider taking an online course to learn what you need to know. Unless the posting requires expert experience, a hiring manager may consider your other talents more important than software or procedure expertise.

The idea here is to be flexible and to understand that employer specifications are generally flexible, as long as your background meets most of the other requirements.

  • Sajjad

    Excellent! Thanks

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