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With women only applying for a role if they meet 100% of the requirements in a job description compared to men who apply for the role when they meet only 60%, we’ve a few reasons to give you the courage to apply. Like me, I’m sure you’ll assume that you’re never get the job, but as plenty of people do find work when they’re not the perfect fit for the job description, here’s how they’ve other strengths which work in their favour and how you can play them to your advantage too: 

1. Aspects of your personal life are useful for the position

Whether you are part of your children’s PTA, volunteer at the homeless shelter at the weekend or  are an avid vlogger, you can gain many of the skills needed to excel in your position outside the workplace. 

Remember to put them on your CV and cover letter if you think they are relevant to the role. If you are using a skilled-based CV add specific skills (both soft and hard skills) that you’ve learnt or if you are using an experienced based CV, you could add them to your work experience, especially if it’s a volunteering opportunity or something you dedicate in a work-life manner. That way you’ll be able to bring them up in interview and talking about them; talking about your passions is a great way for interviewers to get to know the real you. 

2. View job descriptions as wish lists

Hiring managers often don’t take a huge amount of time creating a job description, and some may not even know what’s really necessary for the role or what the previous employee’s responsibilities were in detail. So you can take the jobs description with a pinch of salt.

Additionally, framing your job description anxiety by telling yourself that if you did have 100% of the requirements you wouldn’t have room to grow and develop and learn something new is a great way to think about it. You want a job that offers you potential, where you can see yourself working towards something, and be motivated to do well and be excited to cram onto that busy tube in the morning. You don’t want a role where you know what to do inside out, spend your day watching the clock and bored senseless.

3. You know the industry inside out

If you’ve not been in that specific position, but do know how the industry and even the company works you’ll stand yourself in good stead. For example, if you want to take a job in a marketing department with very little marketing experience, apply to those in the industries that you’ve already worked in. This will give you an edge when it comes to applying as you’ll have a better understanding of what their customers are interested in, their purchasing decisions and how they live their lives, which could be just what the company needs.

If you are still unsure about whether to apply for that role, our app iShine can help you better understand your strengths - and work out which ones are especially useful in the role and be both better equipped to talk about them - so when you do apply for roles you’ll be able to outpace the competition.

So what are you waiting for? Apply for your dream career today!