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  • Ryvaeus

    When a company says you need two years of experience, they don't really mean you need two years of experience. They just want something (in your background) for you get off to a running start on the job.

    This is a huge point that job seekers should take to heart. The whole "Don't have job experience to get a job that needs experience" paradox is sorely misunderstood.

    • kraftykitty

      I learned this lesson the hard way - I completely agree.

      • Ryvaeus

        I don't live or work in the US, but maybe my case could serve as an example.

        I broke into the game industry with a degree in English Literature, to a position that required 2 years experience in the related field (Game Design). I got it by dressing up my resume and catering it to the job; my personal blog became "gaming journalism," my hours of experience playing PC games became "keen understanding of basic level design principles," and my prior experience teaching English as a foreign language became "communicates ideas clearly and confidently to a wide variety of audiences." I paraphrase and simplify, but I hope the idea is clear!

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