cover letter for the unqualified
May 28, 2006 5:21 PM Subscribe
Need help writing a cover letter for a job...the catch is that I am not exactly qualified for said job...
posted by Captain_Science to Work & Money (11 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I have been working at my current job for 2 years but have a total of 3 years experience in the field. Last week I found a job posting for what is basically the same job that I am doing now but in a better location/with better pay. Catch is in the posting they say they want 6 years experience. Figuring the worst they could do is toss my resume/cover letter in the trash I was going to try for it anyway. My feeling is the work load I am doing currently is so much higher then what they do at this new place (plus the fact that I interned there for the summer some years ago), that if I could come up with a cover letter to that effect I might have half a chance.
My main question is how direct should I be in my cover letter? Do I come right out and say "I know I am not totally qualified but here's why you should hire me anyway"...or should I just stick with a general letter and let them decide for them selves if I could be acceptable?...or I guess is the whole thing just a waste of time, with my resume going right into the trash?