…if the job requirements include: Semantic Java, Hibernate, etc. And the company is: a Web 2.0 business information engine that’s created (and is creating more) highly disruptive products. And the team we’re looking to hire for: is our Core development team, which focuses on natural language processing, artificial intelligence, and information integration.
And you are: an embedded software engineer with a PhD in electronics, and a Masters in signal processing and controls.
Then, you can’t claim in your cover letter that your: “working experience closely matches the position requirements.”
Here’s the thing. If this cat had made a strong, thought out pitch about how his work experience was in any way relevant, it’s not out of the realm of possibility he would get considered by some companies. Not here, because we honestly need directly relevant experience for this critical hire, but a larger organization might have thought “hmm, smart guy, can communicate – and, it never would have occurred to us from his resume, but yeah, that project he did is relevant to what we do…”