The Myth of the ‘Entry-Level’ Position

If you’ve been out of work recently like me, and going about the usually demoralising task of reading the latest job ads, you’ve probably noticed a somewhat odd trend in the way jobs are being advertised of late.

It seems to me, that advertisers are now using ‘click-bait’ to get you into the ad itself, but then completely repelling your application by asking for unattainable years worth of experience for the position.

It might not be a new strategy, in actual fact, it is something that has been plaguing Gen Y applicants for quite some time, but it certainly seems to be a tactic which is in much more frequent use than ever before.

Countless times have I personally been lured by the attraction of an ‘entry-level position’ in the mental health, support & community services fields, only to either find that somewhere else within the application, I’m to have 3-5 years of similar experience to be considered for this ‘entry level’ role, or following the application, I am notified that I don’t have the necessary experience to obtain an entry level position.

So, what’s going on here? Is it an entry-level role or not? These advertisements are surely bordering on false advertisement, and somebody needs to start calling companies out on this!

It seems to me that the way of the world at this point in time, is that employers are expecting people to work unpaid internships, volunteer indefinitely to gain the said ‘experience’, or only motivated to hire internally.

How is this an acceptable way to get people into the workforce, and what indeed does it say about the value of modern education?

It doesn’t just sit exclusively in my graduated field – I’ve also been thrown the “not enough experience” line for customer service and retail positions, of which I hold around 4-5 years experience in.

So, my question to prospective employers is, is this ‘experience’ thing just a complete and utter cop-out? Why, indeed are you advertising a job that says one thing, but is in fact another? And how are people expected to find work in this day and age, if nobody is willing to offer the opportunity of ‘experience’ that is required by so many of you?

For me, it sends me into a state of mass confusion, often ending in complete and utter surrender to the workforce and the application processes.

I know I’m not alone in these experiences, and I know that deep down it is rousing a feeling that I have perhaps wasted valuable time, resources and money in to an educational program, my Diploma, that now means absolutely nothing.

What I’d like to start seeing are some answers, because all I have experienced in the past 9 months are an endless cacophony of questions without answers.

I refuse to believe that I am unhirable, and that my qualifications mean nothing; but how else am I expected to think, given the messages this world is sending me?

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