I'm a self taught programmer, looking for work in Python. However, all job applications I see ask for experience in frameworks or tools I've not used. For example Django, Numpy or SQL.
At first I wrote a little about what I've done, how I messed up my first couple of games. And how I now have ~500 answers at Code Review, and further focused on a specific answer that had a measurable improvement in performance.
However when reading over this it seems like pointless drivel. That will make someone reading my covering letter go, "that's cute, but what about the tools or frameworks we use?"
I have had some exposure to tools like these:
- Django: web.py and Flask - however this was a long time ago, and I don't remember much about them.
- Numpy: matplotlib and numpy - however these are on a handful of Code Review questions, and my answers are nothing to write home about.
Should I focus my cover letter to the job requirements?
I'm trying to do this, but I really don't know what or how.
How can I tell which job requirements matter in software offerings?
Given that these are, I assume, very common requirements, I assume they do matter.
Found a fantastic job but just don't have the experience; should I still apply?
I'm planning on applying either way.
How should I represent myself in a cover letter when applying for a job in which I have zero experience?
I don't think the advice helps this situation.
Given my overwhelmingly apparent lack of ability in the tools commonly used today. What should I focus on or put in a covering letter?