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Entry-Level Jobs — More Like 12 Years of Experience Required

Holly Lipovits

Posted on July 29, 2020 14:00

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As I continue to apply to any position I feel qualified for, these positions claim to be "entry-level" when they are just the opposite.

Well before COVID-19 and all of the lockdowns, the job hunt for college graduates was a struggle. According to an article by CNBC, "About 28% of students said they are considering changing their career path because of Covid-19, according to a survey by internship-placement service CareerUp." Like me, and many other 2020 graduates, finding a job will be even more stressful and challenging.

However, the current situation has not slowed me down when it comes to applying for jobs. While I have applied for well over 100 positions since March, the requirements for these positions seem rather impossible. Indeed defines "entry-level" as "a type of job that typically requires minimal education, training and experience." The positions I have reviewed and looked at require at least 5 or more years of experience out of college. How is that even possible? Do they want me to start interning at the age of 17 when I didn't even know what I wanted to pursue?

Last week, I had lunch with my aunt, whom I am very close to; we haven't seen one another since before the lockdown and quarantine. As we were catching up and chit-chatting, she asked me how the job hunt was going. I told her that I have sent out more than 100 applications and have received mere automatic responses informing me I did not get the position. I then told her about how all of the entry-level jobs I look at require many years of experience. She laughed and agreed on how absurd it is that employers require so much experience when we just finished school. She is an accountant and immediately out of college she was, luckily, able to begin a career. I do not regret my choice of studying English and Literature; however, the struggle seems to be far more real with graduates in this field. (This was back in 1989, mind you!)

It's quite a challenge to pick something straight out of high school to do for the rest of your life. Furthermore, when you do choose a major/career, you may change to something else in the middle of your degree, which will then give you less "time," so to speak, to pursue internships and find a position that requires so many years of experience.

Nonetheless, I still revise my resume and personalize my cover letters for every position I apply for. Internships, contract and freelance work still count as experience. But requiring 5 or more years of experience for an entry-level position is just plain silly.

Holly Lipovits

Posted on July 29, 2020 14:00

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Source: Inc.com

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