What Makes You Think You’re Qualified?
By Bonnie Johnson, AgCareers.com
Candidates tell us “job fit” is the most important credential they are looking for in a potential employer. You’ve found a job posting and feel like you are a good fit for the position, but what if the employer doesn’t agree? How do you make your case and combat any misconceptions? Following are three steps to work through the qualification and application maze:
Employers often say they hire for attitude rather than hard skills. This is because many technical, product and company-specific hard skills will be taught on-the-job. Your soft skills, such as teamwork, communication, and problem-solving, have a profound impact on your career success. One of the biggest advantages of soft skills is they’re transferable. No matter what job, organization, or industry you are in, soft skills are widely applicable and beneficial. Assess yourself to determine your top transferable skills and how they are relevant to the current opportunity. Most importantly, be ready to articulate why they should hire YOU, just in case the interviewer so boldly asks, “What makes you think you’re qualified for this job?”