If you've been on the hunt for an entry-level position at any point in the last few years, I'm sure you've seen those job listings that can best be described as supremely frustrating: those that are listed as entry level, but the first qualifications bullet point reads "two years experience required."
I know. Deep breath. It's mindbogglingly frustrating because that's not what "entry level" even means. It's right there in the name—an entry-level job is for someone just entering the field. "Internships preferred" is one thing, but two years of industry experience isn't something that most recent grads are going to have. But the reality is that, as competition between recent grads increases, experience is the thing that employers look to that sets the perfect candidate apart. But the question remains—how does one go about getting the experience required to get a job if all the jobs out there require experience? Take a look at this infographic from Trainwest—it can walk you through breaking this vicious cycle and getting the valuable experience you need to land that job.
When job searching, it’s important to dial in on exactly the type of position you’re looking for and make sure you’re visible to the companies you want to be noticed by. It’s also important to understand how automation plays a part in the hiring process.