When you apply for a temporary position the most important thing you can do is be as clear, honest, and detailed about your skill set as possible. It is quite natural to want to expand on your knowledge base by a smidge here and there, but that smidge could end you up in a position that you aren’t happy with not quite qualified for. Here are 5 ways to make sure you are applying for the right position.
Read and reread the job description
This sounds elementary but many people stop at the beginning. HR professionals and recruiters take a lot of time to offer detailed descriptions of the work involved in a specific job. It’s right there but many applicants stop at the job title without combing through the details.
Looking For Work?
As Indeed says, the first thing to do is, “start by deciding what you want in a job.” People are naturally wired to sell themselves, so much so that it’s not unusual to oversell yourself. The problem is if you get that job that doesn’t fit your skill set or experience level, very often you will be unhappy and starting the job search process all over again.
If you realize that you are applying for a job that you may not be qualified for, be honest about that. As Clear Company says, “take this opportunity to ask them what you could have done differently, and build on that for next time.” Two good things can happen. Your honesty will win over your potential employer and your employer can decide that he or she would prefer to train someone they believe in rather than keep looking for someone they don’t.
If you are hired for a job that is not what you thought it would be, the best thing you can do is tell your recruiter in detail where the disconnect is.
Kick the Tires
There is nothing wrong with asking if you can come shadow your peers for at least an hour or two. Yes, it’s possible people may withhold some info from you but at least you will see the nature of what you will be required to do for the amount of money you will be paid to do it.