A great friend of mine contacted me and relayed some great news about a job opening that she was asked to apply for, but was timid because she didn’t believe she could fill the position. She didn’t feel as though she had enough experience or credibility to take on the position even though she DID have ample experience with the listed job requirements.
Just because she hadn’t held that specific title in the past, she started doubting herself and the skills that she had built to become a great candidate. “I can’t do that!”
Can’t Never Could
Just by doubting her ability, she already lessened her chances at getting the position. Without confidence in yourself, how can you expect anyone else to have confidence in you?
The best way to approach an application is to determine what you CAN contribute to that particular position, identify your weaknesses within the job description and go for it!
Climbing the Ladder
Though many companies like to start their employees at the bottom of the totem pole to work their way up, this is not always the case. Stop thinking that you have to start at the bottom. Be ambitious! If there is an open position you’re eyeballing at a company, pursue it like the job is already yours!
Come up with a Plan
Before going in to interview for this coveted position, make sure you’re prepared. Do your research about the company, and rework your resume to reflect or highlight your experience as it corresponds to the job description.
You don’t have to have experience in the exact field, nor do you have to have experience in a similar title. All you have to convince the potential employer of is that you have what it takes to fill their position.
Finding what you have in common with the job description can be difficult, especially if the job description intimidates you. Start with simple things. If the job requires any managerial duties, pinpoint the times in your past positions that you had to manage people, projects, tasks, etc. Managing doesn’t always have to pertain to people; the company is looking for someone who can take a task from beginning to end without needing their hand held. Managing and directing are also about leadership. Think of any project or task where you took initiative to lead the committee or team. Again, this doesn’t mean you have to have held a Manger or Director position in the past, but just when you’ve demonstrated these qualities.
As with my friend, the job description called for media relations and though she never held a media relations position, there were many past jobs when she worked directly with the media and took on that role in one way or another. The experience there and now is the opportunity to grab that title that she so rightfully deserves!
Confidence…It CAN Happen
It can be a scary transition to get to a more prominent work title. Be confident in yourself and your own skill set. If you believe in yourself, others will follow your lead.