And what do you do if you don’t have many? Qualifications are crucial to your job application. Qualifications represent what you have done in your life, rather than what you think that you can do or what you hope to do in the future. They are your track record and it is important that you sell them.
Employers will ask for qualifications in the job advertisement as it reduces the need for them to make decisions based on intangibles. In the early stages of your career it is important that you promote all of your qualifications.
However, as your career progresses, it is advisable to describe your earlier qualifications in less detail but to promote your training courses and higher level qualifications in more detail. For example, on leaving university you may include a brief description of your degree course and A levels subjects. However, as you progress through your career, drop the description and reduce your A levels to a number rather than including all the grades.
In some cases when you are applying for jobs you must accept that your qualifications and background do not meet the job specifications. However, you can often get round this hurdle. TI may ask for ‘an MBA qualification and an absolute minimum of five years’ experience but you can still get a hearing if your background is reasonably close. Where requirements are vague ‘strong or extensive experience’, give yourself the benefit of the doubt.
If you lack the qualifications but feel that you have the ability to due the job, be honest in your CV but highlight your abilities in your covering letter. An employer is not employing a qualification; he is employing you – a whole person. If you can come across as positive, enthusiastic in your application and someone who has a lot to offer a company, you are more likely to create interest.
For further CV advice about how to sell yourself within your CV layout and on your on-line applications click here.
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