Not sure you're qualified for the dream job you found posted online? The Highlighter Test is an exercise used by HR professionals, hiring managers and recruiters to qualify (or disqualify) a candidate. It's a quick and easy task that you can do as well to see if you measure up.
Print out a copy of the job description and requirements as well as your most current resume.
Grab your favorite colored highlighter.
Begin highlighting each bullet point of your resume that exactly matches one of the job requirements. Repeat this process for each of the posted requirements, even the "preferred" ones.
If you are a fit for the job, MOST of your resume should be lit up with highlights! If it's not, then you need to look at what you're missing. If it's skills that just aren't noted on your resume, then you have work to do to get them on there! If you are lacking in your skills or experience, consider adding other related skills/experience that could reflect on your ability to learn the missing pieces quickly.
If you have very few highlights but are sure this is the job for you, begin looking into ways you can build your skillset (classes, online tutorials, stretch assignments at work, getting a mentor/coach, etc.).
The highlighter test will make you more confident about your abilities as well as give you a realistic sense of how your resume stacks up against the job. Use it each and every time you apply for a position in order to improve your success!