Entry Level Position (requires 5 years experience)
As a programmer it is often discouraging to read these job postings, but I am going to suggest a different perspective. See it as, ENCOURAGING not to work for a company who is hiring people that do not know what the words “entry level” mean.
“Entry Level: at the level of someone who is just starting a job or career”. -Merriam-Webster.
It is a programmers market currently and companies are seeking the brightest and the best. You are that person, regardless if you have the (5+) years required from HR. Look past the post you are applying for and know, they have no idea what they are looking for. Also, anyone labeling 5+ years as entry level, might be attempting to low ball you. As an employee do you want to work for someone like this?
Some of the brightest people I have ever met are self taught and self employed. These individuals have some of the most important skills: critical & creative thinking, question authority when appropriate, and an open mind with the desire to learn what is necessary to get the job done.
Who wouldn't love to hire and A+ student from MIT before schools became a business. Now a days people are not graded like they used too be, nor are internships what they once were. Furthermore, working for one company for 5 years is not going to give you the experience you need to work for the next company. Every organisation is different from the next regardless if they are using the same technology.
So what am I suggesting?
If you are great at what you do, find someone who values those skills and your mindset. Never settle for anything less, and set yourself apart by highlighting your unique life experiences.
If someone can become CEO at Starbucks by listing skills developed while playing WoW, you can list your LoL experience.
Believe in yourself. Be you.
I believe in you.
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