Stop the Madness: Quit Applying for the Wrong Job

By Stanna Brazeel, Human Resource Manager at TDW

Time and time again, I see so many people apply for jobs for which they are clearly not qualified. Frustration is the only thing that gets set in motion when someone applies for the wrong job.

So why do people do it? To spend precious time applying for these positions, one must create a rationale for doing so. Most often, that rationale is that they are applying for the job they want (or think they want). The problem with that rationale is that regardless of how much someone wants that job, if they are not qualified the result is still the same—they will not get the job. This snowballs into frustration on the part of the applicant because they will hear no response and ultimately feel rejected. It is natural human behavior—want to be chosen, don’t get chosen, feel rejected. It is just not worth it to bring this upon oneself.

If the job wanted is outside of your current qualifications then the best thing to do is create a plan for successfully getting to where you want to be and stop the madness of applying for jobs out of reach. Here are some suggestions:

Stop before you apply- Take a very objective look at whether or not you are truly qualified for the job before putting in the time to apply. Remember, no matter how much you want it, if you do not meet the requirements you are not going to meet the hiring manager.

Assess the situation- If you are not interested in the jobs you are qualified for then conduct a gap analysis of where you are now, where you want to be and how to get there. For instance, if the job requires that you have a bachelor’s degree and you do not have one, then the next course of action should be to think about going back to school.

Set your plan in motion-
By this point you realize that applying for jobs for which you do not meet the requirements is not the road to success. But that does not mean that all roads are blocked; you just have to pick the right one. If you are looking for a new job, apply for the roles you are qualified for while continuing to set your sights on the role you eventually want. It will take some work to get there but if that is what you really want long term, the hard work will pay off.



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