Post # 1
Two part question!
I am currently in a job that I don’t love but it isn’t terrible. Because it isn’t terrible, I’ve decided to stick it out for varioues reasons. Good pay, flexible managment, no micromanaging, nice co-workers and so on. Also, since we are getting married next year, I figured it was best not to rock the boat for my own sanity. However, I just found a job listing in my area (closer to home than my current postion) that isn’t exactly where I see myself but it is in the horticulture business that I would like to be in. The position is for a buyer, something I’ve never done before but after reviewing the job qualifications, they are all things that I have done in the past or similar.
Are any bee’s buyers? What do you like and not like about the job?
Any bee’s applied for a postion they weren’t qualified for but went for it anyways? What was your experience? Did you get the job? Was it worth it? I’ve read and heard that women won’t apply for postions if they aren’t fully qualified for but men will and sometimes get the job. I will need to rework my resume but will do so in an honest way, I don’t want to go in over my head.
Any advice would be much appreciated! Thanks!
Post # 2
Totally have done this, got the job, and it got me on my awesome career path. Go for it. It’s just an application! 😀
Post # 3
I dont have any suggestions about your particular career, but my husband applied for a position within the company he was already working with that he wasn’t “qualified” for on paper. They called him in for an interview and created a new position for him due to his hands on experience that they found valuable. It ended up being an even higher paying position than the one he applied for. Go for it. All they can do is say no.
Post # 5
apply, see if you get an offer, then you can decide.
Post # 6
Apply. With the current job market, employers are desperate for candidates.
Post # 7
I’m a buyer. It’s a title that can mean anything and every buyer will have very different job. I’m not particularly happy with my job but it could be more related to our procedures than the buyer job itself.
As for applying job that not qualified. There are levels to it. I’m not gonna apply for a job that I’m totally unqualified. But if I’m missing 1-2 things then yeah. I’d say there is no harm in applying!
Post # 8
I have and it has been the best professional decision of my life. In the past three years I more than doubled my salary, went to senior level management, and greatly improved my quality of life. If you have transferable skills that would allow you to do the job, even if it doesn’t add up on paper, I would encourage you to get out of your way and give it a try.
A few years ago two of my good friends were coincidentally on hiring committees at the same time for senior level roles. They work in two different industries, finance and education, and for different companies. Both friends were dismayed by the differences in male and female applicants. They said female applicants tended to meet every single requirement. Conversely, oftentimes male applicants would meet only one or even none of the posted requirements. I was shocked and started thinking about the external and internal factors that hold women back from advancing professionally. I did not want to be my own obstacle. Around the same time I saw a random post on Twitter, “Lord give me the confidence of a mediocre man” HA! And the rest as they say, was history.
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Post # 10
I am a buyer! and i was 100% unqualified when i applied. I had only ever worked in a restaurant (mostly serving but some management) and the company i currently work for gave me a shot with a 6 month temp position. Fast forward 2 years and I am still here. I love my coworkers, most of the time i love my job, but i especially love the company i work for. My only complaint is it can be kind of boring, hence me being on the bee right now LOL. I get sick of the routine of ordering stuff and checking inventory all day and would rather be on the action side of the business (marketing or sales).
I say go for it! i would still be waiting tables if it werent for me branching out and taking a chance that i normally wouldnt have. i have stability, benefits, and a retirement now! and im gaining skills that can be used just about anywhwere. Good Luck, bee!! 🙂
Post # 11
justabee17 : That is so true! I am not sure why we often feel that/this way. Thank you for your advice! Really appericate it!
wander : Really good reads! Thank you for sharing!
waiting4gk : Hmmmm it’s funny that you say that, I am on the “action side” in sales & marketing and while the travel is fun (most of the time) I am bored alot of the day. I do work for a good company and have pretty nice co-workers but you’ve given me something else to consider. I don’t want to go from one boring day job to another. But you’re right, I need to branch out and maybe it’s the type of business I am in.
Thanks for all the advice! There is really no harm in investgating an opportunity!