What to do when a job ad says you have to have X number of years of experience

Job ads always say, “Candidates must have [insert number here] years of experience”. I saw these ads when I was job hunting right after I graduated and after I quit my job of 5 months. Usually, the requirement was 1-2 years, which I obviously didn’t have. Instead of being disheartened, I still sent my resume, and I got surprised.

Many called me back and some even eventually gave me job offers. That’s why I’m convinced that those requirements are totally fake or at least not that strictly followed. If you see a job ad, and you like the job, send your resume. Even if you do not fit all the requirements of that job ad, send your resume. Don’t deprive yourself from the opportunity you want. If they really aren’t interested in you, then they won’t call, and if they don’t, then so what? You lose nothing. But you do lose something if you could have gotten your dream job, if only you sent your resume. So, again, send your resume. Send it! Send it!

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