yo can I drop some advice all you kids trying to get entry level jobs need to learn? I learned it the hard way and now I shall impart that to you.
when you see this shit, that goes “you need like 10 years experience and all this other qualifications nobody with all that would ever apply for a job like this with”, that means one thing: they are weeding out people who don’t believe they can achieve that level. They go “sigh, I can’t even compete, fuck it.” and don’t apply, saving the company the trouble.
What you, as a fresh new student, need to do- is apply anyway with a Luffy-like optimism that you will get that fucking job!! You don’t have a million years experience BUT YOU’LL TRY AND NEVER GIVE UP ETC. You write an opener letter with that in it, submit your shit, and get that goddamn job because they just found somebody who’s willing to give it a try anyway, who has the confidence and the ability to play with the big boys and they will train you to become a master because fresh meat is vital to the industry.
tldr: APPLY ANYWAY, YOUNG GRASSHOPPER
i really wish i’d read this three months ago
to those who are still looking for their first job: it wouldn’t hurt to try. the worst thing that can happen is that you get a “no”
So, really interesting statistic that just came up in hiring diversity training at work: women will typically only apply to a position if they feel they meet 100% of the requirements. Men will typically apply if they feel they meet just 60%.
And guess what? They still get hired, because a lot of job descriptions are total garbage. These aren’t crafted masterpieces handed down from the divine goddess of Human Resources. These are things that were thrown together at the last minute 3 years ago by some manager with too many more important things to do, and they’ve been used untouched ever since.
Think about this, and think about those numbers, ladies. Think long and hard about this statistic next time you are looking at a job description and telling yourself that you can’t cut it. You probably can, and applying is free.
(P.S.: I’m happy to give resume advice to people - especially new college grads in the tech industry. That’s the field I know and do interviews in; I’m not sure if my advice would be as applicable elsewhere.)
emphasis miiiiiiiine. think about where that particular mentality came from & who’s gonna benefit from that and adjust your perceptions about “competence” in any field accordingly.
I need to remember this so I apply to more jobs >.> I really do only apply when I feel I meet 100% of the criteria.
I am going to put my two cents in here.
When I was on a job hunt for several months, I kept submitting my resume for the same sorts of positions that I believed I’d be good at - mostly secretarial and receptionist jobs. And for months, all I received was silence from the companies that I applied to or the dreaded post-interview “we really think you’re awesome, but we’re going in a different direction.” And I was left wondering, each and every time, if I was going to be stuck in the customer service field forever.
Then I came across a job that I had no experience in, save for the basic data entry I learned from working at a bank for three years. It required a couple of years of schooling - I didn’t have that because I didn’t like college. It wanted knowledge of certain systems that I was adequate at, at best. It was neither the secretary position nor the receptionist role nor the administrative assistant job that I’d been applying for. But it looked interesting (it was with a travel agent) and after ho-humming about it for a couple of days, I bit the bullet and submitted my resume, figuring the worst they could say was no just like all the others.
They called back.
I now work at a job that I love and that I had absolutely no experience in, save for a few basic computer skills. And my lead even told me that there were others who had the skills that I didn’t but it was my attitude in the face-to-face interview that made them want to hire me. It was the second time I was told that in my nine years of working.
I’ve only really had three different jobs in that time.
So apply for the jobs that want you to know everything. Apply for jobs that you think you won’t stand a chance at. Apply for the jobs that are closer to what you want to do than what you know how to do.
Long shots sometimes surprise us the most.
YES THIS IS THE BEST ADVICE.
I was looking for a new job a few months ago and applied to one that said “must have two years experience in X workbench in Y software” and you know what, I considered not applying for that job but then I remembered that statistic about men applying when they only had 60% of the relevant experience and I said “fuck it, I’m going to apply to this job even if I only have half of that qualification. I have all the others.”
And you know what? I hit it off so well with the hiring manager that I was THE FIRST ONE he made an offer to. And he personally asked me to take the job. It didn’t matter that I didn’t have all the qualifications, but my interview convinced him I him I was someone who could gain those skills very quickly, and who he wanted to work for him.
So moral of the story: DO THE THING.