Most entry-level jobs require no experience

Job talk

March 04, 1991|By Gary Dessler | Gary Dessler,Knight-Ridder

No job, no experience, no prospects.

For a lot of people, the current recession is particularly rough. Those with salable skills and a good degree at least have the option of seeking jobs in their areas of expertise. But what do you do if you have, in effect, no experience? Answer: You look for an entry-level job.

As you might imagine, there is no standard definition for the term "entry-level job."

Entry-level jobs aren't necessarily dead-end jobs, by the way. You may be entering at the bottom, but at least you are in. After that, your willingness to work hard and learn your job and get more training will help determine if you move up or not.

So, if you have zero prior training or experience, what jobs are prime entry-level target jobs for you? The new of issue of Occupational Outlook Quarterly answers that question. It reports a study conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which summarizes hundreds of jobs. It also reports the percentage of job entrants who enter each of these job categories having no prior experience in such a job.

In other words, where are the jobs that are filled by people who have no experience?

First, there are many jobs which are almost always filled by people who have no experience in those jobs. For example, at least 90 percent of the people who take the following jobs have no experience in these jobs when they take them: handlers and baggers; food-counter and related occupations; street and door-to-door salespeople; garage and service-station workers; vehicle washers and equipment cleaners; bus drivers; hand packers; messengers; driver-sales workers; sales workers radio, TV, appliance, home furnishings and furniture; attendants at amusements facilities; order clerks; news vendors; bakers; mail carriers; transportation ticket and reservations agents; molding-machine operators; welfare-service aides, and photographic-process machine operators.

Keep in mind, again, that an entry-level job doesn't have to mean "dead end." Once you're in the door, your hard work and perseverance can move you up.

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