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Should I apply for the job if I don’t have all the experience?

Searching for a new job can be demoralising at times. Especially when the perfect job lands in your inbox, but you don’t quite have all the experience listed in the job description. You think it is a complete waste of time to apply for the job when you don’t have all the experience it clearly describes, so you relegate the position to your junk folder and continue the search.

 

What if we told you, you’re just as likely to secure a job interview by meeting just 50% of the job requirements as you are by hitting 90% of the criteria? It’s a game-changer, isn’t it.

 

The Research

 

The brainiacs over at TalentWorks, a company dedicated to making you more hireable, sampled close to 6,500 applications from 668 different users of their platform. Here is what they found:

 

  • Your chances of getting an interview start to go up once you meet about 40% of job requirements.

 

  • You’re not any more likely to get an interview matching 90% of job requirements compared to matching just 50%.

 

  • For women, these numbers are about 10% lower i.e. women’s interview chances go up once they meet 30% of job requirements, and matching 40% of job requirements is as good as matching 90% for women.

 

 

Let’s take a look at a current position for a Project Manager in the Construction Industry posted on adzuna.com.au.

Project Manager

Sydney CBD – 160000.00 – 180000.00 (Annual Salary)

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Description

 

Company:

 

Our client is a specialist residential developer within the Inner West.

 

Due to continued and sustained growth and with a strong pipeline of work, an excellent career opportunity exists for a motivated hard working individual to join their Project Management team.

 

Reporting to the Construction Manager, this role will see you be given the opportunity to manage your projects utilising a suite of industry leading project management systems.

 

As the Project Manager you will be responsible for managing the delivery of construction projects from inception to completion which will include:

  • Setting programs and budgets from structure through to handover
  • Managing client and consultant relationships
  • Driving construction teams and subcontractors on site
  • Bringing projects in on time, to quality and under budget

To be considered for the position of Project Manager you will require:

  • Construction Management degree or equivalent
  • Experienced Project Managing across Multi-Residential projects over $30M
  • Eagerness to be hands on and seen on site
  • Ability to manager Junior staff including CA’s of Junior PM’s
  • Sound knowledge of the NSW construction market including sub contractors etc
  • Ability to lead and performance manage small construction teams to achieve agreed outcomes.

 

For any questions relating to this role or other opportunities with D&B and our clients please contact xxxxxx on xxxxxxxx or click apply. Your application will be treated as strictly confidential.

 

Now, lets isolate the experience in the job description into a list of dot points:

 

  • Experienced Project Managing across Multi-Residential projects over $30M
  • Setting programs and budgets from structure through to handover
  • Managing client and consultant relationships
  • Driving construction teams and subcontractors on site
  • Bringing projects in on time, to quality and under budget

 

If you are a Project Manager, it is likely you have managed a few projects involving subcontractors, and hopefully, a few of these projects were completed on time, to quality and under budget. If so, you are already 40% of the way there.

 

Let’s say, for example, you have managed multi-residential projects, but only one of those projects exceeded $30 million. Would you still apply? The research suggests you most definitely should.

 

Something to Consider

 

Often, jobseekers will have a very narrow focus when it comes to applying for a job. This isn’t necessarily a bad trait, however, it does limit the number of jobs you can apply for.

 

Adzuna offers a free tool, ValueMyCV, which analyses key skills, education, and job roles in your CV in seconds and provides the following:

 

  • An estimate of your current worth in the marketplace.
  • A free CV check to help iron out any mistakes
  • Multiple career paths you may not have considered

 

The 3rd benefit of using ValueMyCV, career paths, can be viewed here:

 

Little did you know your experience could be valuable to a number of roles, spanning multiple industries.