Job Requirements: Should You Fake it Until You Make It?

job requirements“Fake it until you make it.” In the career world, we hear that phrase a lot. Especially when it comes to job requirements.

Being ready to move into the next level requires confidence. You must have faith that you can not only do most of the job requirements. But you also be able to navigate around and learn the new things that are part of the job.

The truth is that there is a lot of a new job that you won’t know. So of course you have to fake it until you make it… in terms of really understanding and knowing how to do the job.

At least that’s the normal thought process.

If You Fake It, You Will Break It

Some people lose their way when they convince themselves that they are truly qualified and overlook that some aspects of the new position are seriously beyond their reach. And what happens, should they get hired, is that they try to fake it until they break it… either they break themselves or do such a bad job that the work is truly botched.

And breaking it becomes an abysmal failure… both the job and the person’s career. At least there is a big stain on their career record.

Be Honest With Yourself

The trick is to be honest enough to know when you are in over your head. The only way to know is to ask questions, lots of them, before you’re hired. Doing research and learning as much as you can about the job requirements are critical to successfully transition into this role. Do an honest assessment of your skills, abilities, and knowledge to decide if you really could do the job.

Even beyond the learning curve. And be willing to not consider those positions that might be your dream job but you aren’t yet qualified to do.

Here’s The Opportunity

Identify the “in-between step” you need to take to get to where you want to go. Focus on the learning that will give you the skills and abilities needed to do the job. Then,with a clear and purposeful roadmap, go do it.

Yes, you’ll be on a learning curve with new job requirements. But least you won’t be trying to fake things… and breaking your career in the process.


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Dawn Rasmussen 3About the Author: Dawn Rasmussen, CMP is President of Pathfinder Writing and Career Services, a provider of results-oriented résumé, cover letter, and job search coaching services. Dawn is also the official “Get the Job” columnist for One+ Magazine distributed to over 26,000 meeting professionals worldwide and, a job resource site for creative and marketing professionals. Dawn is also a recognized career expert on – a top 10 world-ranked career advice blog. Follow Dawn on Twitter!



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