Don’t let the requirements of a job deter you. When job ads are prepared, the hiring manager will include everything they are looking for, but they will never get an applicant that ticks all the boxes. What is important is who else applies with you, if the rest of the applicants also have no experience then you will have a good chance of getting to the next stage. However if the quality of applicants is quite high then you may even miss out on jobs where you feel you meet all the criteria. Unfortunately you will never know for sure how many other applicants there are, so have a go no matter what.
You will get a very different response rate depending on whether the job is listed with a recruiter, or directly from the employer. Recruiters are very unlikely to consider anyone that doesn’t meet the brief from their client, however employers are generally more open-minded and are likely to consider deviations from the applicant they had in mind.
A friend came to me recently for resume assistance, she had found her dream job advertised but was concerned that she wouldn’t get anywhere because she had no relevant work experience. What she did have was significant experience in handling horses as a hobby; she’d been doing it for years but just didn’t have anything official. Normally people wouldn’t consider building a resume on hobby experience because it doesn’t conform to the standard resume format, but throw that out the window! Your resume is a marketing document; you can write it in anyway that will best highlight your relevant skills for the job.
To highlight her skills, we dedicated a whole section on her resume to “horse experience”. Here we talked about all of the experience she has gained through her life-long hobby, even highlighting the riding clubs she learnt the basics from. All of this was complimented by a cover letter, which gave a good insight into her emotional connection to the industry, and even spared a paragraph to describe her own horse.
This is a very specific example, but the principles can be applied to any resume. There is no set formula, you can write and design it in anyway you like. Some designs will work, and others won’t; but overall you can expect your efforts to generate more call backs.
The end result for my friend is that she did end up getting an interview, but unfortunately not the job. On the upside, she did receive excellent feedback and now has a contact within that industry who is interested in considering her in the future. This is a brilliant outcome, and would have never happened if she didn’t change the way she advertised herself in her resume!