If you are like I was as a University Junior or Senior, you’re chomping at the bit to get out of school.
It’s all you can do to keep completing your assignments (especially the ones that feel like busy work).
You’re ready to get out there and show the world what you’re made of. You’re ready to get your first “real” job. I’ve been there.
(PS: Here at GDB we believe every freelancer should put in a little time at a “desk job” to soak up industry knowledge and build relationships. You can see what we mean by reading “4 Reasons every freelancer should work at least one ‘desk job’.” And if you’re not currently in college, this post can still apply to you. You’ll see what I mean by the end.)
Are there any great entry-level jobs out there?
But, if your job-hunting is anything like mine was, you’re also up against a wall because of one major problem:
You’ve read through the job description.
It sounds great!
You begin reading through the job requirements and it all looks great.
Positive attitude, problem solver, ambitious. Check, check, check.
And then you see it
There it is – the one thing that makes you wonder if you should even apply for this (dream job) position:
*Must have 3-5 years experience.
How are you supposed to apply for a job that requires 3-5 years experience?
So you pass it by.
The haunting 3-5 years experience requirement
But as you keep looking for “entry-level” jobs, you realize no one wants to hire you right out of school.
No one wants an inexperienced employee.
And it makes sense but it’s terribly haunting.
Here’s how to get the job anyway
I went through this process for about two months before I decided to shift my paradigm and apply for these “dream jobs” anyway.
If you really want it, here’s how you can skip the “entry-level” job and get your “dream job” right out of college.
At least here’s how I did it:
It all starts 3-5 years BEFORE you graduate
First, figure out what your passion is and what your dream job could be. If you don’t know what you’re passionate about, if you don’t know what your dream job is, then how are you ever going to prepare for it?
Look forward 3-5 years and decide what your ideal situation is? If the “3-5 years” requirement didn’t exist, what jobs would you apply for today?
Next, start making experiences for yourself. One of the biggest problems college students make is to let life decide their fate and determine their experience instead of making experiences for themselves.
If you’re a marketing student (like I was), there’s no one stopping you from marketing your blog, product, ebook, youtube channel, etc.
If you’re an art student, there’s no rule against getting your illustrations published before you graduate.
If you’re a physical fitness student, who says you can’t be an ameteur-professional trainer while you’re still in school?
The real meaning of “3-5 years experience”
The key to all of this is understanding why employers put the “3-5 year” stipulation on their requirement list.
It’s not always because they want someone tainted with 3-5 years of culture and lifestyle from some other company.
Usually, it’s because they don’t want to have to teach you the basics.
They want you to prove you can take what you’ve learned in school and apply it to achieve real results.
Let me emphasize that: REAL results.
If you can prove that you’ve spent 3-5 years generating REAL results, then you’re golden.
Apply for that job.
And rock that interview!
How I did it
That’s exactly what I did.
I started this blog a few years before graduating and used it to release ebooks, sell courses, book advertisers, build an audience, engage in social media, and the list goes on.
So when they asked me what experience I had professionally in communications and marketing, I had a fully-loaded resume complete with quality education AND 3-5 years of my own experience.
Experience I made happen.
That’s how you skip over your entry-level job and land the job of your dreams.
Now it’s your turn!
Did I get it right? Have you had a similar experience in this sort of thing? Leave a comment on this post and let’s talk about it!