We hear regularly from people wanting to apply for a particular role, but they don’t quite meet all the requirements listed in the job ad. Sometimes they’re targeting a role a few steps up within the industry they’re experienced in. Other times, they’re making a career change.
“I know I can do the role,” they often say, or “I don’t have the experience, but I’m willing to learn”. They often ask us: “Should I even apply for the job if I don’t meet all the requirements?”
The answer is, it depends. Some industries are more likely to look beyond your actual experience and see your potential. This is usually the case for the private sector. Government employers are more likely to use strict selection criteria, and if you don’t have the experience the role is asking for, you’re unlikely to be deemed suitable for the role. When it comes to government roles, we usually recommend that unless you can clearly demonstrate you have the experience specified in the selection criteria, you may be better off waiting for a more suitable position. If it’s a private employer, though, it may well be worth putting your hat in the ring.
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