Written by Brenda Cunningham
Professionally edited by Kitty Carlisle
Unfortunately, even with all the job search education that’s permeated throughout the Internet, job seekers are continuing to apply for positions they are grossly under qualified for. As a professional eager and hungry to return to the workforce, be careful to spend your time pursuing opportunities you are able to perform.
Now, I believe in stretching yourself; in expanding your capacity. And I also believe if there are only 1-2 minor-to-medium skills that you don’t yet possess, you should still apply. On the contrary, if you are lacking core requisites for your target positions, then either go and earn the needed credentials, or think long and hard about your objective.
My formula for identifying job skill gaps isn’t complicated at all, but it will take time and energy:
Review at least 3 job descriptions for each target position and take inventory of the required skills and credentials. The ones that overlap are most likely common to your industry / profession. These are the areas you must address to be competitive in your field. It is no longer ok to rely on what you already know when times are rapidly changing and it is essential that you keep up.
That’s it … see, I told you it wasn’t deep. It just requires a mild level of effort. Take the time and research what companies are looking for and make sure you’re presenting yourself as a qualified candidate by including on your resume the specific skills you possess that align with their posting(s).
TIP: Even if you haven’t completed a certification or degree program, be sure to include it on your resume and LinkedIn profile so you’ll get credit in keyword searches. One way to do that would be:
- B.S. in Finance, Arizona State University (some coursework completed), or
- B.S. in Electrical Engineering, University of Arizona (2015-Present)