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 Post subject: Underqualified Applications
PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 1:41 pm 

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Ever applied for a job you think may be above your paygrade?

Any success stories?


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 Post subject: Re: Underqualified Applications
PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 3:32 pm 

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fantasma wrote:
Ever applied for a job you think may be above your paygrade?

Yep!
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Any success stories

Nope, not here!


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 Post subject: Re: Underqualified Applications
PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 4:07 pm 
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[quote="fantasma"]Ever applied for a job you think may be above your paygrade?[no, but I almost did. You can't win if you don't play!

I've seen many people get jobs above their level of qualification. I'd apply that to many of the people I have worked for.


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 Post subject: Re: Underqualified Applications
PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 10:48 pm 

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DoingHomework wrote:
fantasma wrote:
Ever applied for a job you think may be above your paygrade?[no, but I almost did. You can't win if you don't play!

I've seen many people get jobs above their level of qualification. I'd apply that to many of the people I have worked for.


:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: Good one I know the feeling...

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 Post subject: Re: Underqualified Applications
PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 7:21 am 

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fantasma wrote:
Ever applied for a job you think may be above your paygrade?


Yes.

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Any success stories?


Not in the traditional sense; as in, I didn't get the job. (They went with a guy who had more experience.) However, the interviewers were extremely impressed and feedback I received was overwhelmingly positive. I also received a boost in my professional reputation, and have a new group of people in my organization who know who I am and think highly of me (always a good thing).

Bottom line is I've never felt so good "failing" at something, and am extremely glad I tried for the job.


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 Post subject: Re: Underqualified Applications
PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 3:27 pm 

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All of the best jobs I've had felt way over my head and I didn't feel qualified to do them at first. But I wanted to do them, and I grew into those jobs; there's something about a challenge. I think in each case I got the job more out of luck than anything else: I happened to find open-minded employers who decided to give me a chance because they thought I had it in me. The first six months were sheer terror, but it got better after that ;-)


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 Post subject: Re: Underqualified Applications
PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 12:22 am 

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Certainly there are positions that I am so unqualified for that it would be considered unprofessional to bother applying. However, in most cases I apply. I'm a generalist in my field (video and digital production) and know the fundamentals of basically everything, so I can rapidly adjust to specialist knowledge. In the meantime I use jobs I'm overqualified for to finance my life while I learn more skills I need to no longer consider myself underqualified for the better jobs. This is working out well for me so far, though I take nothing for granted.

One major reason I apply for jobs I'm overqualified for: they ask me questions like, "Do you know how to...?" and I then learn what I need to learn how to do next.

My first major job out of college was a job I was underqualified for, so I feel confident about my ability to grow into positions.

--DiB


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 Post subject: Re: Underqualified Applications
PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 5:05 pm 

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Yes and yes - my current position required X years of experience, I don't remember the number now, just that I didn't have it. I applied anyway and even though I didn't have the years requested (or any experience with some specific technologies used here) my manager decided I had the skills anyway and hired me.


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 Post subject: Re: Underqualified Applications
PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 5:26 pm 

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I am still applying all over even with my employer.

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 Post subject: Re: Underqualified Applications
PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:53 pm 

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X experience of the job helps in the next job always to get a good salary..

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 Post subject: Re: Underqualified Applications
PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2013 12:20 pm 

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I think the question needs to be clarified a little bit before giving a proper answer. If you're asking if you should apply for something several levels above your experience (say an analyst type role to a VP), then no. Not only would you likely not be taken seriously (unless you lied on your resume - which is not a good idea), but you would also set yourself up for failure if you somehow got the job.

However, if you're asking if you just push and take a job a step above your current level (say analyst to sr. analyst or something) and you truly believe you're ready for the challenge, then go ahead. I'm a believer that you should be stretched a bit at a job to help promote growth, but you don't want to be underwater. Sometimes that can be a fine line to walk.


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