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What To Do When Entry-Level Positions Demand '2 Years Of Experience'

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Before I landed my current job, I was job-hunting for a really long time. And it wasn't just because I couldn't find the perfect one. As a fresh grad, I didn't want to apply for jobs I knew everyone could get; I wanted to work for a company or a brand I fully supported. The problem was, most of the jobs I was actually interested in required "two years of experience." How the hell was I supposed to get any exposure and experience if people wanted two years worth of experience from someone who just entered the real world? 


I met all the other qualifications, but that was the clincher. Nobody told me that, in general, having two years of experience was more like a "nice to have" than a "must have" point. An employer's job posting is more like a "wish list." If there was someone who met all the requirements, they wanted that person STAT so they have to set that standard. 

But this doesn't mean that you should disregard the job post, especially if you're ~really~ passionate about the work. If you think you meet 70 to 80 percent of the requirements, just apply. You'd be surprised by what employers consider relevant experience. Your college projects and activities help more than you think. Also, don't forget to write a stellar cover letter. 

Because when it comes down to it, years of experience don't mean much if you have no passion or drive. Prove that you're motivated and that you know what you're talking about. Don't let the fact that you don't meet all the criteria hold you back. 

Good luck, CG!

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