Sep 10, 2019 - 02:53 PM
There is no straightforward answer to this question. First, evaluate your qualifications. How much of the job can you do? Are you part of the sales organization today? Are you already in a sales management position, or a sales director position? If you are already part of the sales organization, this is a good start. If you can do over 70 percent of the job, that is also positive.
It is rare that a company will expect you to be able to do everything that a job requires – or to have experience in every area. Before you count yourself out, keep this in mind.
Then, evaluate the political risk. Do you have to share with your direct boss that you've applied to the job? At some companies, this is required. And, although those companies typically say that it's not a big deal to apply for other jobs, it can be a politically shaky ground. What you don't want it to put your current job in jeopardy.
As you think through whether or not you should apply, pay special attention to these areas. Can you do enough of the job to be taken seriously? And, will it put your existing role in a sensitive spot? If you can do the job, and it won't put you in a bad spot, apply!