Is meeting MOST of a job posting's requirements enough to warrant applying?

Currently looking at job postings on GlassDoor, Indeed, etc for entry/junior level positions. While looking at job requirements, I noticed that every one of them have at least one technology that I have never learned in school. Most job postings I meet like 75%-90% of the requirements. For entry-level positions, these jobs sure are asking for knowledge of a technology that most likely wasn’t taught at a college (technologies such as Javascript frameworks, RESTful API’s, uncommon programming languages, etc). With that being said, is it still worth a shot applying to entry-level positions where I meet most of the requirements? Do entry-level positions acknowledge that new graduates will most likely not meet all the requirements?

Yeah, companies will throw random requirements on a page, but you don’t need to meet every single one to apply. (Just as true for non-entry-level jobs.)

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This is the same for basically all job adverts: an advert is a [possibly incorrect, especially if written by a recruiter] list of nice-to-haves. Edit: yes is the answer to the questions.

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@DanCouper That’s good to hear. Also, what’s weird is that I also see job postings from two different companies but the advert is just copied and pasted from another advert.

Eli gives the best advice:


Rule of thumb, know roughly 60% of ask


Ah, welcome to the wonderful world of lazy recruitment consultants!

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Did you come from CS or software engineering? If so, look on udemy, pick a course that looks interesting and develop a tangible app. Though of course the fcc projects are an excellent start, I’d apply to everything.

Usually, though sadly not always, a modicum of effort to show you can adapt to the languages, along with a cs degree will get you hired. For the rest of us with no cs degree, we need both experience and a good portfolio. With no experience, a great portfolio.

Companies put their whole stack in the job advert. Although this looks daunting, it’s actually quite helpful, because it allows you to judge if you would make a good fit.

The good news is this: no reasonable company will expect a junior developer to work fluently on front and back end. Most development is done in teams and most developers will specialise in front end, back end, or dev-ops. So if you have all the front end stuff, don’t worry too much about the rest. Any relevant experience you do have on the back end will be a bonus.

Teams need specialists.