How to Get a Job You're Not Qualified For

Business executive discussing with her client

By Rachel Sugar

The job postings all begin the same way: first the overview of the position, followed by a list of qualifications. And if you've been steadily climbing the ranks of your industry one rung at a time, it's likely you're in good shape — the gig sounds good and you've got the obvious experience to back it up. Let the offers roll in.

But what happens if your path has been a little bit more...winding?

What do you do when you know you'd be great at the position, but your background doesn't make you an obvious fit? If you're trying to redirect your career, how do you compensate for a less than conventional résumé?

The good news, says Aliza Licht, SVP of global communications at Donna Karan International and the author of "Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It In Your Career. Rock Social Media," is that it is possible.