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I have been working as an assistant in a cake shop for more than 4 years.
Recently, I am thinking to change my job field because I have seen a computer company nearby have a vancancy for a clerk, but the job requires some kind of IT cert (related to word processing) which I don't have.

Given that situation, shall I give it up? Or I should send an application first and wait for their call for an interview?

I would like some advice from the experts here that, when there are some job vancancies available which interest you but you don't have the required certificates (e.g. MS Office certs), does this mean that you should give it up and look for some other jobs instead.

Thank you.

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    Why not just get some kind of IT cert? There are easy enough cert that don't cost much. But it does not hurt to apply without a cert. Most certification of over rated. Too many people just study for the certification and don't really know the product. – paparazzo May 30 '16 at 16:02
  • @ Paparazzi. Please write it as an answer. It is so helpful and I want to vote it up. – kitty May 30 '16 at 16:04
  • Do many jobs that interest you require a particular certification? Or is it more like there is one job out of 10 that require a particular cert? – Brandin May 30 '16 at 16:33
  • Career advice is off topic for the site, voting to close. – The Wandering Dev Manager May 30 '16 at 17:17
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    Do you have any skills that the certification is intended to verify? – Amy Blankenship May 30 '16 at 20:28
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Why not just get some kind of IT cert? There are easy enough certifications that don't cost much.

But it does not hurt to apply without a certification. Most certification are over rated in my opinion. Too many people just study for the certification and don't really know the product.

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  • If you have "equivalent" experience, you should definitely apply, making that clear in your application: "Designed various mail merge letters for cake shop using techniques that are required for ThatCertification" – Stefan Schmiedl May 30 '16 at 16:39
  • There are some circumstances where an employer really needs employees to have certifications, e.g. because they are required for the company to be certified at a certain Microsoft partner level. That would surely not be the case in the OP's situation, though, with a clerk role that demands an cert in word processing. – Carson63000 May 31 '16 at 0:02

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