I came across this great article at Fortune.com, describing the pros of applying to positions in which you are underqualified for is still a good choice .

The article outlines the pros and cons of hiring recent grads who may have the soft skills but are not necessarily seen as the 'ideal candidate'.

The author suggests doing three things in order to get noticed:

To boost your chances of getting your underqualified-but-wonderful self called in for those interviews, McDonald suggests you do three things. First, forget the old rule that a resume should be no more than one page long. “Make it very detailed,” says McDonald. “Include everything you’ve ever done that’s at all related to this job.” Second, write a brief, customized cover letter that “clarifies and emphasizes exactly how your skills and experience are relevant.”

Then, in both your resume and cover letter, mention how you’ve put your soft skills to work, especially if you can point to achievements that called for teamwork and communication. “Do you belong to Toastmasters? Are you active in volunteer work in your community? If you’re a new grad, did you have an internship that connects to this job in some way?,” McDonald says. Even if your credentials and experience don’t quite match up with the specifics on an employer’s wish list, “you never know what might catch a hiring manager’s eye and make them interested in meeting you.”

These are great suggestions! You should be refining your resume and your LinkedIn profile as you change positions, job responsibilities, and acquire more skills.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • what training have I received?
  • what training will you be taking, either online or on-site?
  • what forensic conferences have you attended?
  • what LinkedIn connections know you and can endorse your skills?

Here's the article I referenced. Take notes!

Thanks

~Terri