I’m Applying For Jobs That I’m Not 100% Qualified For

After nearly 18 years of schooling, I am finally ready to enter the job market as a full time employee. This readiness does not come without a little apprehension. I keep asking myself what do I want to be? However, I think the more appropriate question is what do I want to do?

I want to create and inspire, lead and organize, and ultimately help people. I’ve always seen myself as someone who is well-rounded and has done the work to get myself to where  I need to in life. Despite that I could do almost anything and be almost anything, this little tiny voice creeps into my brain whenever I apply for any position.

When it has come down to applying for internships and fellowships, absolute dream jobs, I’ve always passed them up thinking that I was under qualified. I’ll read a list of the expectations and requirements and think this is far more than I’m capable. Then months later, I’ll regret my decision.

The popularized Hewlett Packard report argues, “Men apply for a job when they meet only 60% of the qualifications, but women apply only if they meet 100% of them”. It suggest that women aren’t confident enough to apply for the big jobs and men are. However, a post from Harvard Business Review published in 2014 challenges this.

A McKinsey report found that men are often hired or promoted based on their potential, women for their experience and track record.

We as women are confident in our abilities, but we’re also hyperaware of how we’re perceived by potential employers. We are working in a system that doesn’t work of us. But taking ourselves out the game, we keep the wonderful things that women have to offer out of the game.

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