Do you sometimes feel that when applying for a job, you are either underqualified or over-experienced? You might not know this, but the ‘required qualifications’ in job adverts are often more like wish lists, and are sometimes quite flexible. So if you think that you are the perfect candidate for a specific job, go ahead and apply anyway!

Here are a few things you can do to increase your chances of getting a job for which you are either underqualified or over-experienced:

  • To start off with, write an excellent cover letter and make sure that all your details are correct on your CV. Your cover letter provides you with an opportunity to explain why you are the right person for the job, as well as how your skills make up for your lack of experience, for example.
  • Research your prospective employer, and let this show in your cover letter (and your interview) when you are applying for a job. Hiring officers are always impressed when you are familiar with the organisation’s background.
  • Be honest from the start. Make it clear in your cover letter that you do not have all the qualifications or experience that they’re looking for, and explain how you will make up for it. This shows employers that you are not over-confident, but that you believe in your ability to get the job done.
  • To expand on the previous point, indicate your willingness to learn and to go for additional training if necessary. Tell your employer in your cover letter that you are a quick learner (but only if you really are) and that you would be willing to attend after-hours training to get up to speed if necessary.
  • Avoid applying for jobs where you are clearly underqualified, or where you meet none of the requirements listed. Not only is this a waste of your and the prospective employer’s time, but it will cause you to become discouraged when you don’t hear any positive feedback. Rather focus on applying for jobs where you meet most of the requirements, and are only lacking in one or two areas.
  • You can also enrol for short courses at Oxbridge Academy to boost your CV, as well as to improve your knowledge and skills in a certain field. If you then manage to secure a job while you are studying, you don’t have to turn it down or stop studying. Oxbridge Academy offers you the flexibility that you will need at this point – by making it possible for you to study and work at the same time.

So, if you come across a job that has your name and personality written all over it, apply anyway and make sure to follow the above-mentioned tips. And remember that if you possess most of the qualities and skills required for your desired job, you stand a good chance of being hired, provided that you know how to sell your skills.

Also read: Power Tips for Interviews – Get that Job!