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  • Writer's pictureKaren Gittins

Should You Apply for Jobs You Are Underqualified For?

Applying for jobs you are underqualified for can be a strategic decision, but it also comes with both pros and cons. Let's look at both sides of the equation:


1. Learning Opportunity: The process of preparing for and applying to jobs that you might be slightly underqualified for can be a valuable learning experience. It forces you to research the company, understand the job requirements, and identify the skills you need to develop.

2. Networking: Even if you don't end up getting the job, the application process might put you in touch with people within the company or industry. Networking can lead to other opportunities down the line.

3. Showcasing Transferable Skills: You might possess skills from other experiences that aren't explicitly mentioned in the job description but are still relevant. Highlighting these transferable skills can make you a viable candidate.


1. Rejection: The most obvious risk is that you might not get the job. Repeated rejections can be disheartening and may impact your self-esteem.

2. Time and Effort: Applying for jobs takes time and effort, especially if you're customizing your resume and cover letter for each application. If you apply for too many positions, you're under-qualified for, it might divert your attention from more suitable opportunities.

3. Interview Performance: If you do get called for an interview, you might struggle to adequately address questions about your qualifications and experience gaps, leading to a poor interview performance.

Company Perception: Sending applications to jobs where you don't meet the requirements might signal a lack of understanding about the role or the company's needs. This could negatively impact how potential employers perceive you.

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