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bgold87bgold87 Member Posts: 112
Just browse job boards for jobs that are well above your level and apply just to see if you can get a shot? I'm looking to make a big jump in my career and so far I'm going to play the numbers game. I find positions that are what I WANT to be doing and in geographic areas I like and apply. Obviously I'm not going for architect level jobs, but ones I can really grow in. Might be scary at first, but once you get it then your set for those types of roles. I figure there's no harm and if I can get a call back I tend to do really well in interviews.

Just thought I'd see if anyone else takes this approach.


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    MSP-ITMSP-IT Member Posts: 752 ■■■□□□□□□□
    I usually look, but never attempt to apply. Entering the job search again, I'm applying for jobs I may not necessarily qualify for, but never too high. I'm interviewing for some decently paid positions (in comparison to what I currently make) for my experience level.
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    TechGuy215TechGuy215 Member Posts: 404 ■■■■□□□□□□
    I don't see anything wrong with shooting high as long as you can actually perform the tasks that are required. If you advertise yourself in your resume/interview with experience and/or skillsets that you don't have and get the job, you would absolutely get destroyed if you don't perform. I would consider it not to be a good idea, as it could be a waste of time and effort.

    Only apply to jobs that match your skillset and experience, and that you are comfortable with being able to perform all requirements/duties to the highest level possible.

    You have to earn a high-level job and salary with experience, performance, and a solid work-ethic.
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    dave330idave330i Member Posts: 2,091 ■■■■■■■■■■
    I make sure I have experience with many of the technical requirements. I ignore the years of experience requirement.
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    iBrokeITiBrokeIT Member Posts: 1,318 ■■■■■■■■■□
    How far above your level are we talking? Got an example? Almost every IT job I've ever taken has been 1 step up in complexity, responsibility and salary.
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    bgold87bgold87 Member Posts: 112
    I'm not talking about crazy above, but enough that would keep me busy learning for awhile. I would never advertise that I can do something that I can't. My resume highlights what I can do and have done, and I'll elaborate that in an interview. I've found that I pick things up pretty quick, and am tired of getting into an organization and outgrowing my position in 6 months to a year and waiting for create/get an oppurtunity to move forward. So I figure if the learning curve is heavy in the beginning, and the employer is willing to take a risk then it could be a great jump.
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    QHaloQHalo Member Posts: 1,488
    Why would you apply for a job that meets all your experience level? How will you ever grow? I don't switch jobs to the do the same thing again. I see nothing wrong with this as long as you meet ~80% of the requirements.
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    NetworkVeteranNetworkVeteran Member Posts: 2,338 ■■■■■■■■□□
    bgold87 wrote: »
    Just browse job boards for jobs that are well above your level and apply just to see if you can get a shot?
    No, I tend to take roles near the limit of what I can achieve, but perhaps that's what you meant. :)
    Might be scary at first, but once you get it then your set for those types of roles. I figure there's no harm
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    bgold87bgold87 Member Posts: 112
    @NetworkVeteran - Like I said I'm not shooting for Architect level, I'm not misrespresenting myself, I'm simply looking for a challenge. I like the way you put though, "take roles near the limit of what you can do." I should have led with that.

    I just feel like if I'm only taking on slight challenges in way of my career then it's going to lead to tons of jobs and bouncing around. I read some of these threads where people take jobs and think their in over their heads, and get freaked out, but you dig in a learn it...inside and out. Right now I'm a Senior Desktop Support Engineer, but am performing as a mid-systems admin for my size company. I'm probably applying for positions that are a couple of levels above me, but I feel confident that I could cover it. I was just curious on other people's take.
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    AkaricloudAkaricloud Member Posts: 938
    That's pretty much exactly what I've done my entire career although I prefer only targeting specific companies that I believe would give me a shot.

    The key lies in being honest about what you know and enthusiastic for an opportunity to fill in what you don't.
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    ptilsenptilsen Member Posts: 2,835 ■■■■■■■■■■
    I'll apply to any role I can reasonably expect to be able to actually do. Lately, that means almost any infrastructure role that isn't deeply specialized in an area in which I'm not extremely strong. I see no point in applying to something I clearly wouldn't be able to do without significant training or studying. I similarly see no point in applying for a job that isn't above my current level, other than to close a massive pay gap. I also don't apply unless I'd actually be willing to change jobs.
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