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Are You Being Realistic When Applying For Jobs?

Working at a resume writing company has taught me a lot, when it comes having a resume that is up to the market standards but also applying it correctly. Truth is sometimes our expectations don’t match our reality. We want to get a management level job when we don’t even have experience as manager or the field to begin with. So, the question is, are you applying for jobs you are qualified for? Do your skills realistically transfer and can be applied to the positions your applying for?

The most realistic option is to start from the bottom and work your way up. Gather some years of work experience in the field you want to work in and climb your way up into that higher position you dream of. Having a wonderfully written resume does help, but it does not perform miracles. Even the best written resume can’t convince a hiring manager that you are qualified for the position if they clearly see you do not have the experience and qualifications they are searching for.

When applying for jobs you should always ask yourself the following questions:

  • Am I qualified for this job right now?
  • Is there opportunity to work my way up into the position I want?
  • What qualifications do I have that would help me stand out from other applying to the same position?
  • What qualifications do I lack now that other candidates applying for this position may have?
  • If I were the hiring manager, would I pick me over other candidates?

Now I am not trying to discourage anyone from applying for their dream job, it does not hurt to apply, and truth is you never know 100% if the hiring manager could be interested in you.

Don’t get your expectations up so high that because your resume is wonderfully written you will get any job you apply for. If you are not applying to jobs in which your resume, work experience and qualifications match then there is a much lower chance you will be receiving call backs from those jobs. Your chances of getting a job in Calgary are higher with a professionally written resume as opposed to a resume you have written yourself, if you do not possess the knowledge and skills to write a professional resume that is.  But they are much higher when you are applying that resume to jobs in which the requirements and job description match your experience and knowledge.

Hope for the best but prepare for the worst, have a backup plan. Apply for those positions you have dreamed of but are uncertain if you would qualify for. As well as those positions you’ve had plenty of experience in or entry level positions that provide you with the opportunity to move up within the industry in Calgary, or anywhere you wish to go. Just remember to be realistic!