Exactly How Much Experience Do You Need For That Job?

Exactly How Much Experience Do You Need For That Job?

It happens so often that people miss a job opportunity because they actually don’t have the qualifications or experience listed on the job posting so they don’t apply. Well NEWS FLASH! All the requirements and experience listed on the ad just make up a “wish list” for employers. They may not expect a candidate to have all those qualifications but still list them to weed out anyone who is not 100% qualified for the position.


An easy rule to remember is that if you have more than 50% of the qualifications and experience listed in the posting, you should apply. Most employers are willing to train new candidates and make exceptions if the qualifications and experience are very easy to learn.


That said, don’t apply to a job if there is a very specific and mandatory education or skill requirement that you don’t have.


The bottom line is, apply even if you think you don’t have experience, but feel like you can confidently take on the role.

Transferable skills are an asset

After all that school and the work experience you do have under your belt, there have got to be some skills you already have which can be transferred over to the job you’re after.

See if the skills you’ve picked up during your previous work experiences can be applied to the job. For example, if you were a leader of six people and the job ad requires a supervisor to oversee 10 people, you still have the potential to become a supervisor because: a) You were already in a role that required some kind of leadership of others b) You know a thing or two about managing others, even if it’s less than the amount in the job ad.


Breaking into different industries

Breaking into a different industry can also work because employers might want new insight in the company. If you are an accountant and want to work in a payroll company, they might take a second look at you because the skills of an accountant are similar to payroll positions.


Use your cover letter to sell yourself

Your cover letter can make or break your chances at getting the job. So even if you don’t have the exact experience they’re looking for, use your cover letter to highlight the experiences you do have that would make you an asset to their company.


Make a convincing case for yourself

This goes back to thinking about all the transferable skills you have. If you write your cover letter well, you will have the hiring manager sold on the fact that even if you don’t have experience, you do have the skills. In the letter, talk about how your skills can be applied to the role and how you can benefit the company as a whole.


Show your knowledge for the position/industry

Do your research on the position or industry you are applying for so you know the key points to hit when writing the cover letter. That knowledge may make the difference between an interview and being passed over for one.


Maybe You’ll Get Lucky


You never know what is going on in the minds of hiring managers and their intentions for the company. Maybe they want someone who isn’t familiar with the industry to bring in new perspectives. Or they like your resume and cover letter so much that they are willing to offer you an interview. The possibilities are endless. Applying for a job even if you don’t have exact experience doesn’t hurt but you’ll certainly have a better chance at the job than if you don’t apply at all!


Remember The Importance of Rewards

Remember The Importance of Rewards

We all know that in order to achieve our amazing far in the future goal we need to set and accomplish smaller goals along the way. Attainable smaller size goals used to keep us motivated and on track. The accomplishment of small term goals may be all you need to keep you on track. But for some of us their accomplishment is even more thrilling when there’s some sort of reward attached to them.


Small is good

Short-term rewards don’t have to be huge to be motivating. A snack. like Ellen suggests, is good. When I finish writing this report I can go to the gym. Your rewards can be as small as things you do everyday anyway, the reward part being not allowing yourself to do it until you finish whatever it is you need to get done.


Big is also good

Although your short term goals might consist of snacks or getting out for a breath of fresh air, you can add some zing to your endeavors by offering yourself larger rewards for more major accomplishments. A new pair of shoes or dinner at that new restaurant everyone’s talking about for the accomplishment for your milestone of the month.


Make the journey more fun

You always hear that life is not about the destination, it’s about the journey. Well the journey is certainly a lot more fun if you give yourself the opportunity to collect treasures, big and small along the way. The accomplishment of your final goal will probably in itself be the biggest reward. Until such a time as you’re reveling in that, give yourself plenty of snacks along the way.

When It’s Time To Negotiate

When It’s Time To Negotiate

If you’re applying to a minimum wage job then how much you’re paid isn’t really an issue, but if it’s a salaried job then there’s an opportunity for negotiation.

When to negotiate

You need to have salary expectations in mind going into the interview but the time to negotiate isn’t around: Hi my name is Jim and I’m expecting to make $50K does that work for you?


The first interview probably isn’t the time for salary negotiations to start. They should wait until it’s clear that you are a choice candidate. If the company likes you and has chosen to make you an offer then they are likely prepared to negotiate. That negotiation is actually part of the hiring process.


Know your number

Salary negotiation isn’t something you start thinking about when you’re in the interview or discussing the job offer. It’s something you’ve prepared for well in advance. You’ve already done your homework and have a salary range in mind before you came into the interview.


That doesn’t necessarily mean a specific number, I expect to be making $52,342 a year. Better to have a range, I’m expecting to make in the $50 – $55K range.


If you don’t have an answer for the salary question, then that can actually drop you in the ranks, if not discount you from the race altogether. It indicates to potential employers that you either don’t value yourself, know your worth, or have done your research. If you couldn’t even prepare yourself for an inevitable job-related question what kind of drive and motivation do you have?


Don’t forget about the benefits – they’re part of the negotiation. Holidays, insurance, pension are all topics that need to be addressed. Job perks can make a significant contribution to your salary.  So, like you did your homework on salary expectations, you should know what you’re looking for in terms of medical, dental etc. The other thing you should remember to ask about is the company’s policy on future raises.


Don’t act like a thirsty wanderer in the desert

If you go in with the attitude of a thirsty wanderer in the desert of the job market willing to take whatever drops are offered you, you will probably end up with only a few drops. A confident attitude, surety in yourself and an ability to stand up for yourself speaks volumes about what you will bring to the job.


Don’t be greedy

If however you’ve been offered what you were expecting or more, then that’s not the time to start asking for more. Asking for more than you’re worth simply demonstrates a lack of judgment.



Do back up your expectations

Have reasons for your expectations. Why are you worth what you say you’re worth? Be prepared with examples from your resume and your personal experiences. Just because experiences didn’t come out of a job environment, doesn’t mean they aren’t part of the package you are presenting.


Thanks but no thanks

Be willing to walk away. If the job isn’t right for you don’t just take it out of desperation. You’ll end up looking again sooner rather than later. Better to get the right job with the right salary in the first place.


Take time to be sure

Don’t feel like you have to make your decision on the spot. It’s perfectly okay to take a day to consider your options.


Negotiations can be hard. The employer is going to try and get the best deal for the company while you’re trying to get the best deal for yourself. That doesn’t mean negotiations are negative. They’re an opportunity for you to showcase your value. How you handle yourself during negotiations is indicative of how you handle yourself in general.

Ready to Quit Your Job?

Ready to Quit Your Job?

At some point, there may come a time when you want to quit your job. Maybe you want to quit your job every Monday morning, that’s not quite what we’re talking about. Sometimes you outgrow your current position and sometimes the fit isn’t quite right. There are many good reasons why you might want to quit your job. If that’s your decision here’s how to do it well.

Be Sure You Want to Quit Your Job

You don’t want to quit and then a couple weeks later realize you never should have left. If the issue making you want to leave is a coworker you don’t get along with, it’s worth remembering that there may be someone exactly like them at your next job. As we said, there are lots of good reasons why it’s time to move on, just make sure this is really what you want to do.

Give Two Weeks Notice

Two weeks notice is the standard across all businesses. Your employee contract may outline more or less time and if that’s the case, that’s what you should follow. Even if your work situation is stressful and negative, you should attempt to stick it out for two weeks. This gives you the opportunity to leave on the best possible note.


When giving your notice, if at all possible, do it in person. Don’t tell all your coworkers first or post anything about it to LinkedIn or Facebook before telling your boss. Sit down with your supervisor and let them know you’re leaving. No matter how you tell them, in person, over the phone or through an email, include a formal resignation letter.

Resignation Letter

Your letter of resignation should be positive and thankful. Thank your boss and the company. Even if you’re parting ways on a poor note, it doesn’t help you to rant and rave in the letter. You can include reasons for your departure if you’d like, but it’s not a requirement.

Check out some great examples of resignation letters here and here.

Depart Professionally

No matter what kind of job you are leaving or where you’re headed to next, it never helps to burn your bridges. Trash talking and gossiping with your coworker before you leave should be avoided. You can share with them that you’re leaving and why, but going further isn’t helpful. When you leave, make sure your projects are completed and you’ve left your desk clean and orderly.


Leaving on the best possible note will serve you well when asking for a recommendation or letter of reference later on. The business world is small and you want people to remember you as well as possible.

Avoid Criticism. Do Nothing, Say Nothing, Be Nothing

Avoid Criticism. Do Nothing, Say Nothing, Be Nothing

Some people think jumping out of an airplane is one of the greatest thrills life can offer. Others are positive people who jump out of airplanes are completely out of their minds. There are some who thrill at the thought of opening up their own business. Behind them are a chorus of naysayers shouting predictions of poverty and failure. Those examples are on the more extreme ends of what people will choose to do, but regardless of what you choose to do or believe, you cannot avoid criticism from one direction or the other.

Whose life is it anyway?

Whether you want to follow your passion and study architecture instead of joining your father’s fabulously successful retail chain, or you prefer to take notes rather than give a presentation in front of a big group, remember the person you ultimately need to answer to is you. It is your life not anyone elses.

You cannot sway everyone

You might think if you could only help others see things from your perspective they will come around and everyone will be happy. Your passion and enthusiasm might sway some to your way of thinking but it won’t sway everyone. We can’t even all agree on how to pronounce potato!

If you waste your time and energy worrying about what other people will say or think about what you do you will never manage to do anything.

Time travel

You are passionate about what you want to do and believe you can be successful at it. Or maybe you aren’t sure if you can be successful, but you certainly want to give it a try. But you keep hearing reasons why you need to reign it in and take another direction. So that’s what you do.

Now travel forward five years, ten years, forty years. How do you feel about not even trying? Criticism is impossible to avoid. That doesn’t mean you need to avoid living your life.