Career Advice

CV Standards

Jobs Better 20 April, 2019

Everyone has been there at one time or another: They look at the job requirements for a position and see a multitude of educational requirements they don't have or don't have in full.

It can be hard to apply to a job when you don't feel confident that you can do it. However, there are a few things to keep in mind about the job requirements and how they should affect your CV.

To start with, remember that your CV should change for each position you want to apply for, at least in terms of your objective. You may also want to tailor your CV to reflect the parts of the job requirements that you do meet. For example, if the job asks you for expertise in Photoshop, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and for a Bachelor's degree, you should focus on highlighting those achievements in your CV.

What if you don't have all the achievements the job posting asks for?

Let's say that you have only three of the four above job requirements on your CV. You know Microsoft Word and Excel, and you're familiar with Photoshop. You only have a two-year degree from a local university and a few certificates for outside courses you've taken.

In that case, you may wish to address the three requirements you do meet and highlight that you have what may be considered an equivalent of the four-year degree. In your objective, you can also mention that you're interested in learning and expanding your knowledge, showing that you're willing to change to meet the requirements of the job.

In many cases, job seekers obtain jobs they never thought they could, because there are no perfect candidates available. Most jobs are willing to provide some training, so it's worth applying for the job you want regardless of meeting the job requirements.