Define 'experience' - what to do when you don't have the work experience they're looking for
March 3, 2011 9:01 PM Subscribe
I found the perfect job! Only problem - I don't have the experience they want.
posted by nerdfish to Work & Money (17 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Hello everyone. Last night, while browsing Blogs Related to Industry I Want to Work In, I came across a job that looks great with an agency I'm very interested in, as (a) I'm familiar with, and really like, their work and (b) several people in Industry I Want to Work In commented that, with my weird background and personality, I'd be a great fit there. In a burst of enthusiasm, I sent a chirpy email to the contact asking if they're still accepting applications. They said sure, send a CV through. Only problem: they're asking for 2-3 years of agency experience, and experience with production that I just don't have yet.
I recently finished a PhD, and I've done a lot of freelance writing/photography, primarily on the web, and I've been making websites and writing online since before we called them 'blogs'. That said, I don't want my first contact with this agency to be a boneheaded application for a position I'm not totally ready for yet.
I'm looking for feedback on what is the better plan: to attempt to massage my CV to make it look like I'm perfect for this role, or to email back frankly and explain that, on second thoughts, I'm keen as mustard but still under-experienced, and perhaps make a case for an unpaid internship (idea came from this post http://lifehacker.com/#!5720706/how-do-i-get-a-job-when-i-have-no-relevant-experience).