just because you don’t meet 100% of the requirements.
Leverage your network
Not all roles are posted - build on your LinkedIn presence, lean on your close friends, and network to find other opportunities. Let others know what you’re interested in and why you’re looking.
Don’t be scared to take interim roles
Decide on what’s most important and what you can be flexible on. Something that feels like a sacrifice or a “step back” from your ideal will still help you learn something valuable. Career progression is not a straight line or a one-size-fits-all path.
Optimize for what’s right for you right now
And don’t let anyone make you feel bad about that. Taking a position to pay your bills or maintain your visa status is often the best short term decision to build a long term path to the career you want to have.
First apply to lower pressure opportunities, with an eye towards your ultimate goal. Be willing to work through your nerves and build good habits to get you ready for the next big thing that comes along.
Identify & make connections
Via LinkedIn who can refer you for roles or give you more context on a company, before you apply.