Apply for that Job!

“Is applying to this particular job posting an effective use of my time?”

“Internal research at HP showed that women apply for open jobs only if they think they meet 100 percent of the criteria listed, whereas men respond to the posting if they feel they meet 60 percent of the requirements.” according to an article published in The McKinsey Quarterly by Georges Desvaux, Sandrine Devillard-Hoellinger and Mary C. Meany.

“I only apply when I meet 100% of the qualifications.”

If you see yourself in this statement, an important lesson is evident.

The requirements listed are not steadfast rules.

So you find your dream job description and get excited. Then, you give it a second-look. Doubt creeps in and excitement fades a bit as you hear yourself say:  

“I don’t have all these skills,”

“My experience is too short.”

“I’ve used that program before but I’m not certified.”


First, take a look at your current resume. Have you updated it to reflect the position you want?

Use the highlighter tool in your word processor to compare the job description to your resumeReview both the broad concepts as well as specific skills in your resume.

Our clients’ resumes literally “light up” during side-by-side comparisons.  

Job Description Resume

This visual representation allows you “to see” that you should apply ASAP and with serious intent.

The reality is all companies must train you to fit their culture and their methods.

Not having 100% of the requirements listed is no longer an excuse.

Don’t talk yourself out of it. Just apply.


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