How Many Qualifications is Enough?

Wed, Nov 28, 2012

Job Search Skills

You think you’re hot stuff in the market, but that doesn’t mean your next employer thinks you are too.  It’s not just about what you think you can do, but what the next company wants you to do.

When you read a job posting, you will find there are a number of requirements they want you to have/be.  What you may not have realized is that you don’t have to have ALL of these requirements, but you do need to have enough of them.

Depending on the company to which you are applying, there will be different ways to measure ‘enough.’  The common thought today is that having at least 75% of the requirements is enough to get you hired, but anything more than that is even more impressive to the company.

With that in mind, you need to carefully look at the requirements.  If they are listed as being absolutely crucial, and you don’t have that skill, then you may not want to apply until you have that skill.  Or you can sign up for that training and note that in a cover letter and on your resume as being in progress.

Yes, it seems like some mystical process, the way that companies choose new employees.  And even if you have every single one of the requirements on a page, this still doesn’t mean you will get the job.

It’s a good idea to ask yourself if you feel you have enough skills.  If you are hesitant about the skills you have to present, chances are good that the company will be too.

Do you have enough?  Check and re-check that job posting to make sure.  While you may not have to match the posting perfectly, you need to show you’re the most perfect applicant out there.

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2 Comments For This Post

  1. jimmy Says:

    I never understand these requirements

  2. tbavol Says:

    Hi Jimmy, when you are applying for a job posting, you really need to check the qualification/experience requirements that the company is looking for and try to list at least 75% on your resume and cover letter. I hope this helps and thanks for your comment.

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