Employers are taking some rather unreasonable steps when it comes to hiring entry level candidates. What kind of measures are these? Today, when you look at the qualification section of many entry-level jobs you will notice that employers say they want at least one or more years of experience. While this may seem like an impossible criterion for people who have just gotten out of college, employers are more and more concerned about the capacity of these candidates to sustain on their work culture.
1. Employers have had significant number of negative experiences with recent graduates that tend to accept positions that they don’t fit into. You have probably seen or done this yourself. Many college grads taking up entry level jobs in America tend to do so just to “have a job” and eventually leave for better opportunities after 6 to 12 months of work. In such situations, it is also the fault of the employers who are not able to diligently ascertain the commitment of these candidates. However, such experiences have naturally developed distaste for the recent graduate among employers. For employee that leaves a company, it proves to be quite expensive for the company, especially if it is within the first 6 months of hiring. Surveys suggest that this cost can be as much as 150% of an employee’s annual take away which involves the cost of loss of productivity and the cost of replacing the candidate. In addition to this, there are the administrative expenses and the cost of training a new candidate that need to be taken into account.
2. The highest paying entry level jobs in America evidently have high expectations from their employees. Employers who are paying well want o hire candidates that already have a specific set of skills such as critical thinking and problem solving. These businesses are less willing to rely on on-the-job training. Having significant number of internships and volunteer work experience can be a great way to develop these skills and getting familiar with working in office environments with people with different work approaches and personalities.
3. Employers also believe that entry level candidates do not come with the requisite skills required to advance beyond the first position. It is becoming a bigger belief that students are not essentially graduating with a background or skills that employers are looking for. This is believed to be a result of the fact that there is a major disconnect between traditional college curriculum and the expectations of employers today. This means that very often, employers are not willing to pay for what the college graduates are interested in.
With this stringent approach adopted by an increasing number of employers, what should you as a college graduate do before you start making lists of entry level jobs? Start by changing your attitude. Your first job is most likely not where you will start or end your career. Perceive your first job as the beginning of your career as a professional. Make sure you select a position that will help you acquire relevant experience in the field you wish to stick to for a long time.