March 23, 2017
Entry Level Job
Do you think you know the meaning of an "entry level" job? The dictionary definition is pretty straightforward. Entry Level - at the lowest level in an employment hierarchy, suitable for a beginner or first-time user. Now that you know the definition all you have to do is plug-in the term "entry level" in a job search site and entry level jobs will magically appear, right? Not always!
The definition that was used above is not always followed by recruiting job sites. Read each job opening carefully and many times you will see wording like this, "entry level with 3 to 6 months of experience required". Are you kidding?
Entry level does not always mean what you think it means. The 3 to 6 months experience sometimes relates to whether you had a 3 to 6 month internship within a specific industry. Also some companies want to know if you have had any experience with some key job skills like showing up on time or getting your work assignments completed when they were due. Who would have thought.
So long story short, after you find some entry level job applications, read them top to bottom before you start to fill them out. Specifically, look for the "experience required" section. If you see the 3 to 6 months experience requirement, stop reading and move on to the next new job application. Don't waste your precious time filling out an application where you do not meet the job requirements. So now you know what "entry level" means, it means anything that the hiring business wants it to mean.