5 years ago
December 18, 2018

Don’t Have All the Job Requirements? 5 Ways to Still Impress Your Sales Recruiter

You’re not going to have all the job requirements for the roles you want and apply for. But you should still apply. Why? You don’t know who you are up…

Claire McConnachie Recruiter
Claire McConnachie

You’re not going to have all the job requirements for the roles you want and apply for. But you should still apply. Why? You don’t know who you are up against and exactly what recruiters and hiring companies are looking for.

Often, candidates are faced with challenges getting hired or even securing an interview because they lack experience, key skills, and other job qualifications. This doesn’t mean you have no chance at the job; it just means you’ll have to work harder to prove you are a viable candidate.

We’ve put together a few ways you can still impress your sales recruiter, even if you don’t meet all the job qualifications:

1. Have a Great Resume

One of the first things a recruiter will see is your resume. If you have a great resume, one that is properly optimized for the role and checks many of the boxes they are looking for in a candidate, it may be enough for them to give you a second look. Remember, the goal of your resume is not to win the job, it’s to secure an interview.

2. Have a Strong Online Presence

Having a strong online presence (LinkedIn included) is an extension of your resume and your overall job application. Recruiters will check you out online. If you have a strong online presence, are active in industry groups, your blog, or have a strong social media presence, it may be enough for them to overlook some of the qualifications you don’t have.

3. Confidence

Having confidence plays a huge role. You need to look the part, talk the talk, be a strong communicator and act like you belong. Give recruiters a taste of your personality. Put your soft skills on display.

4. Show You Are Motivated and Driven

Companies want professionals who are hungry. They want people who are motivated and driven to be successful. Provide this to the recruiters. Explain your career goals, speak about your career plan, and show how you’ve motivated yourself in the past.

5. Be Open to Other Opportunities

One of the huge benefits of working with a recruiter is, even if you are not the best fit for this role, if you impress them enough, they may be able to match you to other jobs.


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Claire McConnachie Recruiter

Claire McConnachie

Claire has 4+ years of experience in sales and recruitment. As a Director of Client Services, her main objective is to connect great people to great companies by building strong relationships with both top clients and candidates in the sales industry. She specializes in sales roles of all seniority levels for both enterprise and start-up clients North American wide. When Claire isn't networking with top talent, she enjoys being outdoors, traveling and spending time with friends & family.