3. Apply for a job I’d like to do even if I don’t think I’m qualified for it

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This was always going to be a tough one. Putting myself out there for something I want, and risking rejection. The very wording of the task – ‘even if I don’t think I’m qualified for it’ – set me up for a bit of a punt. But hey, this is all about being brave… so I bravely had a go.

The application form was tough. I have completed a few ‘competency based’ forms recently, and I’d have to say I’m not sure they’re my forte. There’s a world of difference between knowing I have a certain skill and writing an evidence-based statement to prove it. (By the way, if any of my friends are experts in this field, please feel free to offer me some tips!). Nevertheless, two answers of the required 300 words, and one of 400 were composed, and I felt I’d at least had a good stab at finding relevant situations to illustrate my brilliance…

FOUR referees were required. Two professional, two personal. That too was challenging, but thank you to those people who agreed to be named.

And so, the application was dutifully submitted (*just*) by the 10 a.m. deadline on 25th January. And today came the email to say I hadn’t been shortlisted. Am I disappointed? Yes, because it really is a job I’d like to do and one which I think I’d be damn good at if given the chance. Am I surprised? Not really, because I knew from the start it was a long shot.

The final line of the ‘thanks, but no thanks’ email read: “I can assure you that this result will not affect any future application you may decide to submit.” So, who knows… I might just give it another go. After I’ve done a little more practise of those application forms …


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