Sunday, January 7, 2007

You Can't Get a Job With Experience and You Can't Get Experience Without a Job

While recently browsing through employment wand ads online from a variety of sources, I looked through the jobs on one database that had been categorized as "entry level".

All of these jobs, with few exceptions, required applicants to have varying levels of experience in order to apply. Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but I've always understood "entry level" to mean the lowest rung of the ladder at a particular workplace, where an applicant need not have any paid experience prior to employment. Having the proper level of education,depending upon what kind of job it was, was considered sufficient.

None of the jobs I looked at involved anything approaching rocket science; they were jobs that an average person could learn in a few days with training. Yet, all required experience; in one instance the ad specified that an applicant have 2 to 5 years experience. And this was a minimum wage job working in a bookstore coffee shop!

Where to begin?

I'm sorry, but a job that properly requires "two to five years experience" is NOT an entry level job, but a mid-level job.
Secondly, no mid-level job pays the minimum wage, nor is being a clerk in a coffee shop a mid-level job.

And how do they determine just how much experience is enough? If someone requires a minimum of two years of experience as being a coffee shop clerk in order to perform their job, I'm guessing that person is an exceptionally slow learner. I'm guessing they just pull these numbers arbitrarily out of their ass; whatever sounds impressive to them.

And do they not realize that a person who has been slaving away two to five years in a coffee shop might want to get a better job next time, instead of having to start at the bottom again in another coffee shop?

They can't have it both ways -- they shouldn't be able to require mid-level experience, combined with subpar entry level wages and duties.


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