I applied to be a writer for a state housing agency. My most recent past job was as a technical writer for a private planning firm, so I have the expereince. But the ad called for a degree in English. I think my skills would be perfect, plus I know about housing, which most people with an English degree wouldn't know.
They readvertised the position, indicating they didn't like any of the applicants, including me! When my career counselor read my cover letter, she said I'd definitely get called in for an interview. I didn't get called for an interview and I can't help but wonder if it's because I didn't have the degree they called for and I know sometimes HR people are very literal and don't see how skills can transfer. I'm convinced if the people in the housing department saw my expereince, they'd look over the fact that I don't have an English degree.
I don't know if I should try to contact the HR people and ask if I can reapply, if I should try to get around the HR people, or just accept that they just aren't that into me!