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You have big dreams for your career — and you’re ready to take the next step. Starting a job search is exciting, but it can quickly take a discouraging turn when you realize you don’t have the required skills needed for the jobs you want. Applying anyway can be tempting, but it’s just a waste of time for both you and the hiring manager.

Minimum requirements are listed on a job description for a very good reason. If you want to move forward, you need to acquire the skills you’re missing. Hiring managers won’t take you seriously until you’ve filled the gaps, so put your job search on hold and get the skills you’re missing.

Enroll in a Training/Certification Program

Register for a formal training or certification program where you’ll get the skills needed from a qualified teacher. It doesn’t matter if the instruction takes place online or in a traditional classroom setting, but make sure the program is accredited or employers might not view it as legit. Upon completion, you’ll be much more marketable, so the same companies passing you up now will take a second look.

Find a Relevant Volunteer Role

Many nonprofits have a very lean paid staff, relying primarily on volunteers. Give back to a great cause and get the skills you’re lacking by finding a relevant volunteer role that will help you learn and grow. Since you won’t be getting paid, you’ll likely be able to create your own schedule, allowing you to integrate your volunteer work into your life as seamlessly as possible. In addition to your newfound skills, the volunteer experience will also look great on your resume.

Take on a Temporary Opportunity

Temp work is the very best way to gain a wealth of skills in a short period of time. Simply share your career goals with your recruiter and they’ll place you in roles where you can gain the skills you need. In this sense, you’ll actually get paid to learn, because employers don’t expect you to work for free. In no time at all, you’ll have all the right skills and your bank account won’t take a hit.

Need a little help landing a job you really want? Contact StaffMasters. From manufacturing and distribution to logistics and call center positions, we’re here to connect you with an opportunity that meets your needs.

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