So many people fall into the trap of overthinking job descriptions. It can feel overwhelming for job seekers to read an exhaustive rundowns of job duties. Keep in mind that at most major corporations, the job description is not created by the hiring manager. They are usually written by someone in human resources who has never worked a day in the actual position. Job descriptions use corporate jargon and can sound scary.
But, don’t shy away from a job application entirely based on its description.
A solid work history, positive attitude, and willingness to learn will go a long way with hiring managers. We can help you convey through your resume, cover letter, and interview coaching that you are able to manage the essential responsibilities for the job and learn the rest. Or, even if you think the company looks great but the job itself looks like it’s a little burdensome, you can still use the interview to get your foot in the door. You may even be surprised that the job description and the actual day-to-day job functions could be entirely different or even evolve over time.
Don’t tell yourself that you’re not good enough for a job posting. It’s okay to apply for a job without fitting 100% of the job criteria as long as you are capable of learning and growing. No one advances in their career by staying comfortable and without taking on a challenge. Jobs that feel a little out of reach are roles which have the opportunity to propel you to where you want to be in your career journey. That said, it’s still important to be realistic and make sure you meet the minimum requirements for the position. Just don’t let that feeling of fear or uncertainty prevent you from taking a chance on a job—you never know what good may come from it!