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How set in stone is the degree requirements on a job post?


David Brown Naples, FL

I am currently in school, I will graduate in October 2021. I see a lot of jobs that require a degree for even entry level sales jobs. Should I just wait to apply to those jobs or is there a chance I could still land the job?

26 August 2020 6 replies General



Barbara Kennedy Salisbury, NC

Hi David,

I second all these suggestions with respect to going ahead and apply.

In addition, I might also suggest seeking assistance from your school's career development office. Many times, they have postings of jobs from local employers and internships.

You can also search for internships in job boards like Monster, Indeed, etc.


Jeff Martin Ashburn, VA

I’d suggest that you apply. Usually degrees are preferred but not an absolute. Smart companies will be flexible, and you want to work for a smart company. Best of luck.


Hugh McShane Alpharetta, GA

Take a good look at your resume and make sure that you have not omitted some of your collateral duties. They may not seem important to your service, but can have value to employers. Also, if you have not done so already, ensure that you avoid using military jargon and translate your military experience into language that will show your value to potential employers.


Chuck Burger King Of Prussia, PA

In addition to what Carly and Gerald have recommended which is spot on, your availability date plays a key role in any potential employer’s decision. For example, if you are not available until Oct 2021, a company having an immediate need is less viable than say one that is looking to staff an expected contract some time in the future. This likely applies to rare skill sets that take time to fill on a good day, but the point remains valid for less rare skill sets. However, since you are unlikely to get a read on that kind of information, apply openly and honestly as I have always felt that nothing ventured is truly nothing gained, and there is no decisions to be made until the phone rings, and it can’t unless you are proactive!

I would further recommend attending target company recruiting events to get your name and face out there; to begin to establish your network, and potentially seek out internship opportunities while you are still in school.


Gerald Mannikarote Houston, TX

Hi David,
Most of the time, it's skill set that recruiters look at. What you could do is apply and provide your graduation date. Focus on selling the skills you have that will make you successful in the role. That would help you land the job.
I hope this helps.
Warm regards,


Carly Jones Boulder, CO

If your resume expresses when your expected graduation date is, hiring managers & recruiters may still consider you and simply plan for the on-boarding once you graduate (if it's a hard requirement). Never be afraid with showing intent by applying to a position, any position. Expressing your motivation goes a long way. Companies are also starting to make a shift to looking at folks w/trade skills & not necessarily a full degree for entry level, if your need for a job is sooner than your graduation date, look at those opportunities as well, stay a year, then make the shift to an alternate position.

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