I recently applied for an entry-level position in a new industry. In talking with the outside recruiter, it quickly became apparent that an educational background in science and a couple of years’ pertinent industry experience were really required.

Rather than fight the uphill battle of proving that I could do it (“transferrable skills”), I stated that I knew there was a lot of competition out there, and they would probably find the perfect person. The recruiter replied, “Or maybe the client’s ‘perfect person’ doesn’t exist.”

In fact, in the past week several friends and I have each seen several jobs reposted to which we applied months ago. We’re sure they are the identical jobs. My assumption is the hiring companies or their headhunters did not, in fact, find the “perfect person”.

QUERY: Under the circumstances, if you still felt you could do the job would you:

(a) reapply; and if so
(b) change anything in your resume and/or cover letter?

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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