How To Get The Job When You're Not Actually Qualified

Illustrated by Elliot Salazar.
By Julia Sonenshein

There are plenty of good reasons to apply for a job you’re not fully qualified for — including the fact that the men around you are doing just that. (Remember Hewlett Packard’s internal study that showed that women apply for promotions when they meet 100% of the "required" qualifications, while men apply when they meet only 60%?)

Two years ago, I was unhappy with my job as a graphic designer and was regretting the fact that I hadn’t even tried to make it as a writer. I figured that nobody would hire me when they could get someone with experience. But, as it turns out, it was actually pretty easy to get hired. I just had to talk a bunch of jargon — and then not screw it up once I got the opportunity.

If you know you can do the job, and experience is all that’s stopping you, follow my lead. Here’s how I elegantly bullshitted my way into a new career that I love.

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