Don't let a job listing's list of criteria intimidate you. The list of requirements are more of a wish list for the ideal candidate and may not need to be taken so literally, advises the Daily Muse. Read between the lines and your application might still be successful.
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For example, you might not have the specific accomplishments or industry experience listed for the job, but you might have the right skills:
Often, it's not an exact match they're looking for-it's the right skill set. They want an event planner with a couple of hospital foundation benefits under their belt? Your experience running non-profit fundraisers in the arts world will actually probably fit the bill quite well.
The trick is proving that the experiences you've had have given you what it takes to do the job you're applying to. Do this by using specific examples throughout your resume and cover letter. Focus on the transferable skills-in this case, managing vendors, building relationships with donors, and raising money-and how they translate to the responsibilities in the job description.
Or, if you do have the experience they're looking for, just not quite enough, you can point to a positive track record that proves you're ready to take on more. If you've never managed a team of six, but you have directed multiple three-person projects and received great feedback, make sure you've included that in your application.
Similarly for specific hard skills (like knowing Salesforce), your experience with related software (other CRM software) might suffice, so list them on your resume.
Not enough years of experience? If you have close to that number of years, the quality of your work experience and achievements may make up for the difference.
The worse thing that can happen if you apply and aren't a good fit is not getting an interview or the job. If you don't apply? You definitely won't. Check out the full article for more in-depth examples.
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What You Really Need to Apply for a Job — and What You Don't [The Daily Muse]