• Emily

Should I apply to this job?

I get questions like this all the time. "Hey I saw this job posting, it looks like a strong position and I think I'd like working there, should I apply?" My response? "Yes." If you think you'd rock that position...apply.

Over the past 5 years I have applied to 124 jobs. Yes, I counted, and I may have even missed a few. Why? I had nothing to lose. I was a university student and needed some experience, so I applied to all the jobs I felt would be beneficial to me. That being said, I know (now) that not all of those positions were going to be beneficial for me, nor did I get all of these positions, but the process taught me some important lessons. I know we all have our excuses as to why we don't apply to the position we want...so I'm here to debunk those myths.

What if I don't meet the qualifications?

You absolutely, 110% do NOT need to meet all the qualifications. At all. It blows my mind when I read statistics about individuals not applying because they don't meet 1 or 2 of the qualifications. So what? I applied to a federal agency, a start-up mining company, a safari and a bank with absolutely ZERO relevant experience, met maybe 40% of the qualifications...and still got interviews. Take that as your hope to keep applying.

What if I don't know the position/company well?

I recently read an article that stated, "If you don't know the company's mission and vision, you have no business applying for the job." Nope. Absolutely not. Sometimes articles I read really make me cringe. I promise, you have every right in the world to apply to any job you want, no matter how much or how little research you have completed. If you are applying to the job, you already know you are qualified, you know you'll love and thrive in the role...and that's what matters most.

What if I get rejected?

Dealing with rejection isn't easy, I've been there, many times. I've had my fair share of breakdowns over job applications and interviews...but they shaped me into who I am today. I haven't lost anything by not getting an interview, or not getting that position. Eventually a new experience came along and I rocked it. I learned not to think twice about who replied and who didn't. Embrace those failures, they help you figure out what doesn't work and encourage you to learn from your experiences. It's all about focusing on what matters to you most, and pushing past the people and positions that didn't matter.

You could send me a message with any excuse in the book; didn't meet the qualifications, haven't done the research, the location is too far away, I am too old, too young, rejection is hard, it's a second application...anything. I promise I would still tell you time and time again, apply for the job. There's no reason for you to even doubt whether or not to apply. Just apply.

Till next time,