Should You Apply for Jobs that You Are Not Qualified For?


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Are you on a hunt for a new job or a new career?  If you are, you will likely come across a number of job listings, some of which you may be qualified for and others that you may not necessarily be qualified for.  When it comes to applying for a job, there are many job seekers who wonder if they should bother applying for a job that they are not really qualified for. To determine whether or not you should, you may want to examine the pros and cons of doing so.


When it comes to applying for a job that you may not necessarily be qualified for, the biggest pro of doing so is the unexpected.  You would be surprised how many employers just schedule interviews without actually examining resumes first.  This is most often done when an employee needs to be hired right away or when there weren’t a large number of applicants.  When that is the case, your resume won’t necessarily do all of the talking for you, your personality will.  There are thousands of instances each year where employers actually hire those that weren’t necessarily qualified for the job in question.  The reasons why they were hired tend to vary, but many were just impressed with the applicant’s personality, goals, and need to succeed.

Another pro or plus side to applying for a job that you may not necessarily be qualified for is other opportunities, often from the same employer.  It is not uncommon for an employer to be doing hiring for more than one position.  Although you may not necessarily be qualified for the position that you applied for, the employer in question may have another position available; another position that you may be better suited for.  If an employer likes your resume or your personality, if an interview was scheduled, you actually stand a good chance of getting hired, even if it is for a different position than the one that you originally applied for.

Although there are a number of pros or plus sides to applying for a job that you are not necessarily qualified for, there are also a number of cons or downsides to doing so as well.  One of those cons is the impression that you may end up giving of yourself.  Some employers easily get frustrated or fed up with those who apply for jobs that they aren’t qualified for.  From the perspective of an employer, it is time consuming to sort through hundreds or thousands resumes or job applications, especially when a good portion of them are from those who aren’t even qualified for the available position.

When it comes to applying for a job that you aren’t qualified for, the decision as to whether or not you want to do so is yours to make, but it is advised that you use your best judgment.  For instance, do not apply for a position as a teacher or a doctor if you don’t have the proper degree or required training.  However, if you are interested in becoming a retail store manager and it is required that you have a business degree, you may want to think about applying for the job if you are currently working on your degree, even just part-time, or if you have the equal years work experience. 

If you are able to land an interview, the question as to why you applied for a job that you aren’t qualified for may arise.  When answering that question, you will want to spin it in a way that you will benefit you. For instance, respond with something like how you are always up for a challenge or go into detail about how you think you are qualified in other ways.  One thing you will definitely not want to do is respond with “I was hoping that I would get lucky.”  This is a surefire way to lose your chance of getting the job.


Should You Hire a Professional Resume Writer?


Are you in the process of trying to get a new job?  If you are, you will likely come across numerous job listings that you would like to apply for.  When applying for a job, you are almost always required to submit a copy of your resume. When it comes to submitting a resume for a job, it is advised that your resume be professional in nature.  A professional resume is one that will up your chances of getting the job of your dreams. 

When it comes to submitting a professional resume, there are many job seekers who wonder if they should hire the services of a professional resume writer.  As you likely already know a professional resume writer is often a freelancer writer, but one who specializes in writing professional resumes.  Many professional resume writers have a degree or years of experience with creating professional resumes.  In all honesty, the decision as to whether or not you want to hire the services of a professional resume writer is yours to make, but there are a number of benefits to doing so.

As it was previously mentioned, many professional resume writers have training and experience.  Not all, but many freelance writers have a degree or at least some schooling that is either related to journalism or English.  You may also find some professional resume writers who have some freelance writing experience, but who have also worked as hiring managers or company representatives.  Perhaps, these types of professionals are the best ones to do business with, as they can not only write professional resumes, but they also often know what hiring employers look for in a resume.

Another one of the many benefits to hiring a professional resume writer is the work that you will have to do.  Of course, you will need to be in communication with your hired resume writer, as they need to gather information on your work history and education, but that is about it.  After the needed information has been obtained, you pretty much just need to review your resume and submit payment for it.  If you are inexperienced with writing or resumes in general, it could literally take you days or even weeks to get your resume exactly the way that you want it.  In fact, there are many who never get their resumes “exactly,” how they want them, so many just end up settling with what they have.  When doing business with a professional resume writer, you don’t have to settle for second best; you should always be given the best service and the best results available.  In fact, many professional resume writers have satisfaction guaranteed policies.

The only downside to hiring the services of a professional resume writer is the cost of one.  However, it is important to remember that there are an unlimited number of professional resume writers to choose from, especially if you use the internet to examine all of your options.  This means that you should be able to find a number of professional resume writers, many of which who have affordable rates.  Of course, it is important that you don’t go too cheap, as you want to make sure that you get professional results.  Spending fifty or one hundred dollars on a professional resume writer really isn’t that bad of a deal, especially when a professional resume writer may be able to get you a higher paying job. 

It is also important to mention your competition. When applying for a job, there is a good chance that you will not be the only applicant.  Many jobs, especially those advertised online, receive hundreds and sometimes even thousands of applicants.  Out of all of those applicants, you would actually be surprised to see how many do not use the services of a professional resume writer.  In fact, you may be surprised with how many applicants turn in resumes that were never even proofread.  Hiring the services of a professional resume writer will give your resume a professional look and feel; a look and feel that most hiring employers want to see.


Unique Ways to Find Jobs


Are you in need of a job?  Whether you are currently unemployed or if you would just like to find a new job, one that pays better or one that you actually enjoy doing each and everyday, you may be wondering how you can go about finding new opportunities. When it comes to finding job listings, which outline open positions, you will find that you have a number of different options.  Some of those options are quite obvious, like using online career hunting or job hunting websites or the employment section of a newspaper; however, there are other options that are fairly unique, but effective.

One unique way that you can go about finding information on available jobs is by speaking to those that you know. Word of mouth is a great way to find jobs that you may be qualified for; jobs that you may want to apply for.  What is amazing about this approach is those that you know, whether they are your friends, family members, or neighbors, may not even be looking for a job themselves.  They may have just come across a now hiring sign or happen to see an advertisement in their newspaper’s employment section.  It may seem weird when you think about it, but those who aren’t actually looking for jobs are usually the best sources of information when it comes to finding a job.

Another unique way that you can go about finding a job is by working with a buddy or a partner.  If you know of anyone, like a family member or friend, who is also in need of a job, you and that person may want to think about teaming up.  For instance, you could search for job listings online and your partner could search for job listings in local newspapers.  This approach is nice because it allows you to save time, when searching for job listings.  Yes, you may end up receiving a little bit of competition from your job hunting buddy, but the amount of time that you are able to save will likely be well worth it in the end.  Also, depending on where you live, you may be able to find hundreds of available job listings; therefore, the chances of both you and your job hunting buddy finding a job are actually quite high.

Another unique way that you can go about finding jobs is by using the internet to your advantage, namely online message boards.  Online message boards, as you likely already know, are online forums where internet users can interact with each other.  Although many internet users use online message boards for recreational purposes, there are others who use them for business purposes, like with assistance with finding a job. In most cases, online message boards are great ways to learn about work-at-home opportunities or nationally operated companies that may have a local branch near you.  It is not uncommon for a current company employee to mention that their company is hiring or just outline the fact that they enjoy working for the company in question.  If you happen to comes across these types of discussions, you may want to prod for more information or at least do your own investigation of the company in question. 

Another approach that you may want to take isn’t necessarily considered unique, but it isn’t as common as you would think.  Many businesses, even those that are locally owned and operated, now have online websites.  Many businesses have a webpage that is devoted to employment. That employment page may outline whether or not the company in question is currently hiring.  If they are, information on what positions are available or how you can apply may also be touched on.  If you don’t already know the online websites of your local employers or ones that you would be interested in working for, you can easily find them, if they do exist, by performing a standard internet search.

The above mentioned approaches are just a few of the many unique or less common ways that you can go about finding a job.  With the above mentioned approaches, combined with online career hunting or job hunting websites, career counseling centers, career fairs, and your newspaper’s employment sections, you are sure to find a handful of job listings; job listings that you may want to apply for.


What to Do Before You Start Job Hunting


Are you currently unemployed? If you are, there is a good chance that you may be looking for a new job.  Even if you are not unemployed, you may still be interested in finding a new job, like one that gives you more pleasure or one that pays better.  When it comes to finding a new job, you will end up embarking on a journey that is often referred to as job hunting.  Although your first thought may to be start finding job listings right away, you are advised against doing so. There are actually a number of things that you will first want to do.

Before you start job hunting, it is advised that you create a plan for yourself.  For instance, do you know what type of job you would like to have?  If you are unemployed and need a job to pay your bills or support your family, the type of job you want to have may not play as big of a role as it would if you were searching for a job better than the one that you currently have.  Even if you are considered desperate, when it comes to finding a job, it is still advised that you take the time to consider what type of job you would like to have. When making your determination, it is important that you be realistic. For instance, if you only have a high school diploma, a job as a doctor or a teacher isn’t doable, at least not without first furthering your education.
   
It is also advised that you develop a plan for yourself, when it actually comes time to find a job.  For instance, when looking for a job, you will want to be on the lookout for job listings.  Job listings are often described as small write-ups, like a paragraph or two, that outline a position that applications are currently being accepted for. When it comes to finding job listings, you will see that you have a number of different options. For instance, job listings can be found online or in the employment section of most newspapers.  Others learn about jobs through career counseling centers, word of mouth, and so forth. Developing a plan for yourself, one that outlines exactly how you can go about finding available job positions, is the best way to ensure that your job hunting time is wisely spent.

If you decide to search for job listings by using your local newspaper, most of the job listings that you come across will likely be for local companies.  If you choose to use the internet, you may be able to come across job listings that are for local opportunities, as well as long distance ones. Before you start searching for jobs, it is advised that you decide whether or not you would be willing to relocate to work.  When it comes to relocating, there are some instances, where you may only be required to relocate a few states away and others where you may be required to relocate all the way across the country.  Since relocation can actually play an important role in finding a job, it is important that you examine your ability to relocate or your desire to ahead of time.

Once you have an idea as to what type of job you would like to have or whether or not you would be interested in relocating, you should have a better idea as to what type of job listings you should be on the lookout for. Still, before you start searching, you may want to think about creating a resume for yourself, if you haven’t ready done so.  Many job listings will be seen by hundreds, if not thousands, of hopeful applicants, just like you.  Having a resume all prepared and ready to go will allow you act fast and possibly beat out some of your competition.  

Finding a new job is a process that may take time, but it is one that shouldn’t cause you too much worry, time, or stress. By keeping the above mentioned points in mind, your job hunting journey will likely go off without a hitch.


Why You Should Be Cautious of Newspaper Job Listings


Are you looking for a new job or a career change?  If you are, you may end up turning to the employment section of your local newspaper.  Although your local newspaper is a great way to get access to local, up-to-date job listings, you need to be cautious of some of those listings. 

When we think of scams in general and when they are associated with job opportunities we automatically think of the internet.  Yes, most scams take place online, but what you may not realize is that some of your local newspapers may also be home to employment scams. Unfortunately, most newspapers do not have the time, the money, or the resources needed to check each and every one of their employment ads. That is what allows some employment scams to make their way into your local newspaper.  However, the good news is that most scams can be spotted right away, at least with the correct knowledge.

Most commonly, employment scammers, those who use job listings to scam unsuspecting job seekers, try and target free or weekly newspapers.  Although they still have to pay a fee to take out an advertisement, most of the fees associated with weekly or monthly newspapers are quite minimal.  If and when the scam works, the scammer could either walk away with “required,” deposit, or your social security number, possibly even your bank account number, if you were “required,” to sign up for direct deposit. The money that scammers make is actually quite high.  That is why five dollars to post a job listing isn’t much of an expense to them.

As outlined above, many scammers make money by stating that all job applicants or hired applicants must pay a deposit.  You should never have to pay to get a job; it should be the other way around.  Of course, with this in mind, a legitimate business opportunity, particularly one that is home based, may require that you purchase certain equipment, like a telephone headset, but you should be able to make your own purchase, anywhere you want.  You are urged to avoid any job opportunity that asks you to pay a deposit, whether that deposit is for learning materials or “just because.”

You are also advised to be cautious of any job listings that are for work-at-home opportunities.  Yes, work-at-home jobs and business opportunities do exist, but most of those opportunities are actually advertised online, not in a newspaper’s employment section. You will want to be cautious of any work-at-home opportunities that say they only have a certain number of openings, like five or more.  Many times, these listings are used to get job applicants to act fast and avoid their suspensions in fear of the opportunity being given to someone else.  Avoid, at all costs, any job listings that say you can make money stuffing envelops, as this is almost always a scam.

When using your local newspaper, especially one that is a daily newspaper, most of the job listings will be for local jobs. You are advised to find a legitimate job listing, one for a local job, and compare it to one that may raise your suspensions.  In most cases, you will find that real, legitimate job listings will contain as much information as possible.  Be cautious of any job listing that doesn’t actually explain the job to you or one that also has a 1-800 number listed.  1-800 numbers are common, but they should be accompanied with lots of information.

In short, what you need to remember is that just about anyone can take out space in a newspaper’s employment section.  By keeping the above mentioned points in mind, when examining your local newspaper’s employment section, you should be able to spot and avoid employment scams.


Your Local Newspaper:  A Great Place to Find Job Listings


Are you looking for a career change or just a new job? If you are, you may also be wondering what is the best way to go about doing so.  When it comes to finding a job, you have a number of different options. For instance, you could use the internet, visit one of your local career help centers, go to career fairs, or flip through your local newspaper. Although all of these job finding methods are doable, you may want to closely examine looking in your local newspapers. Although many do not think so anymore, your local newspaper or newspapers are great ways to find open, available job listings.

Perhaps, the best part about using your local newspaper to find local job openings in the area is that newspapers are often free or low-cost.  It is also important to mention that most buy newspapers anyways.  If you find yourself wanting to know the local news, if any concerts are taking place next weekend, or what the weather will be like, you may end up picking up a newspaper anyways.  If you are a regular reader of your local newspaper or newspapers, it wouldn’t even be an extra expense for you. All you need to do is remember to flip to the back of your local newspaper and checkout the employment section.

Another one of the many reasons why you should use your local newspaper or newspapers to find available job listings is because they are easy to get. As previously mentioned, most local newspapers are either free or really cheap, like less than .50 cents each!  When it comes to getting the newspaper to look through, you should be able to find a collection of newspapers at your local supermarkets, gas stations, or newsstands.  If you would really like to find up-to-date job listings or just keep track of the local news, you can even sign-up for a newspaper subscription and have your local newspapers delivered directly to your door!

When it comes to finding job listings in your local newspaper, you will typically find that most jobs are local.  If you are looking for local jobs, this is an added plus for you.  If you would be willing to relocate or travel a little bit, like a half an hour away, you may want to think about picking up some newspapers for the areas that you would be interested in working in. This would give you a larger number of job listings to examine, choose from, and apply to. 

In a world where many people are starting to get their news from the internet, many of the people in charge of running local newspapers also realize the importance of having a smaller, free online version. For that reason, you are also advised to checkout the internet and see if your local newspaper has an online website.  In most cases, you will find the same job listings online as you would in your newspaper’s employment section, but some papers offer discounts for online ads only, so you may be able to find some new job listings.

In short, your local newspaper is a great way to get up-to-date information on available job listings.  The information you find in your newspaper’s employment section will typically include a short description about the job, the experience that is needed to complete it, as well as information on how to go about applying.

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