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How to get a job you’re not qualified for

Published: Friday 13th January 2017

They say it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. But is that enough to get a job you’re not qualified for? If you have lofty or even delusional, unrealistic career ambitions this year, how you can you get there? In the enthusiasm-overloaded early days of a new year,  your dream job can now become reality. Here’s how.

A worried woman with curly hair biting her thumb

What you know

Traditionally, your technical abilities and knowledge for your desired career are the most important. We have spend the majority of our young lives chasing education and experience, but is that all there is to it? Is being qualified for a job as important as having the right experience?

Who you know

Regardless of what you actually know or your competency to do the job itself, relationships can be another way in. Surrounding yourself with good people and growing networks through friends of friends and social media can unlock opportunities that weren’t possible on the face value of your CV.

Knocking on the bosses office door

What you can convince others

But what if you are limited in both the above? Is there another way to get in? The answer is yes. All you need to do is convince the people that appoint you that you’re more than qualified.

Be confident. Believe in yourself before the world will. Fake it before you make it. Puff out your chest and make big claims that you know lots of words. Really big words. All the words.

Hide your failures. Do you have multiple business failures and lawsuits in a checkered past? Hide them. You’d be surprised how much you can fit under a rug and an out-of-court settlement or two.

Slag-off the opposition. Keep classy in the interview and show your knowledge by revealing any dirt form their past you can find. Options include but are not limited to: ‘crooked, terrible, incompetent, weak, lost, very dumb, corrupt, unqualified, hypocrite and pathological liar’.

Use fear. If you can’t find a good enough reason for why they should hire you, create a narrative of fear for a hypothetical disaster involving invasions of bad guys if they don’t.

Disclaimer: If the above don’t achieve the desired response in an interview, please refer to sub section: ‘What you know’ and work on that.

But if someone does offer you an opportunity that feels out of your depth, take this advice from this real-life business leader:

Richard Branson Quote about getting a job

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