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Babyroobs Wed 08-Jan-20 16:16:31

Is it worth applying for a job if I am missing just one of the essential criteria on the person spec?

OllyBJolly Wed 08-Jan-20 16:44:43

That depends what it is, and whether your other skills/experiences compensate for it. Is it really an "essential" or is it a wish list on the part of the employer?

I always think if you can get 75% of what you want in a job candidate, you're doing well.

peachypetite Wed 08-Jan-20 16:47:09

Worth a try

AlexaShutUp Wed 08-Jan-20 16:47:44

I believe there is research which suggests that men tend to apply for jobs even if they don't meet all of the criteria, whereas women tend to hold back. No harm to try?

multiplemum3 Wed 08-Jan-20 16:58:43

I just got a promotion even though I don't hit every point. It's worth a shot.

NeedToKnow101 Wed 08-Jan-20 17:57:45

Of course!

lljkk Wed 08-Jan-20 18:07:23

Official guidance from my employer is applicants must meet ALL of the essential criteria to be shortlisted. Real life practice is we ignore the official guidance.

MozzchopsThirty Wed 08-Jan-20 18:18:36

I'm also doing the same currently

Applying for jobs when I don't meet one of the essential criteria (which is one almost every one)
So far I've had 2 rejections but I've applied for about 10 so fingers crossed

I figured no harm in trying

CountFosco Wed 08-Jan-20 18:21:18

Depends, we only have very basic stuff on essential criteria (e.g. bioscience degree for a job that require a shit ton of relevant experience).

London91 Wed 08-Jan-20 18:27:04

I think it depends on what it is. If it's a qualification then maybe you can back up in your application that you have workplace/life experience. For example I applied for a job- which I got and a grade ç or above was required in Maths. However I had experience of cash handling so I just backed it up with that and was shortlisted.

Isleepinahedgefund Wed 08-Jan-20 18:42:21

Definitely. Unless it's a law/medical degree and you don't have it!

Women will tend to say "I won't apply because I don't hit 1/10 criteria"
Men will tend to say "I will apply because I hit 9/10 criteria!!"

Apply "like a man"!

BackforGood Wed 08-Jan-20 18:48:14

Does depend on the job.
As others say - if you are close, then it is worth a shot. It will depend if it is a job that gets hundreds of applications for each post, or one that might struggle to find people that meets 100% of what they are looking for.
OTOH, if it is for a position such as a GP, and you aren't a Dr, then probably not wink
Impossible for us to say on what you've given us.

Stronger2020 Wed 08-Jan-20 18:48:40

Please go for it!

Babyroobs Wed 08-Jan-20 20:03:11

Thanks for all the replies. It's basically just experience in one part of the job description that I am lacking and quite specialised but something I could learn.

NeedToKnow101 Wed 08-Jan-20 20:37:57

Great! You can learn it so go for it!

Isleepinahedgefund Wed 08-Jan-20 21:35:39

Acknowledge that you don't have it, state you're willing and able to learn and give an example of when you have mastered a similarly complex area of expertise at work before. .

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