Entry-level isn't beneath me

"I think the role we are filling right now is too junior for you at this stage with all of your experience."

"Too much experience" will probably be the title of my memoir one day. And it's a bummer because, so long as I believe in what the company is doing, am enthusiastic about the brand, and have what it takes to do a great job, an entry-level position (with opportunities for growth) can be a wonderful thing.

More and more people — including me — are abandoning the linear career path these days, trying something entirely new after years in one field. I recognize that with 16 years of experience, a drastic move may require a step down to gain new experience. While this makes perfect sense to me, it seems hiring managers can be concerned that a formerly high-powered professional won’t be quite satisfied with an entry-level job.

If I actually get to speak with a hiring manager, I'm happy to articulate the reasons behind my career switch. I understand that I might have to start at the bottom and that I'm eager to learn the ropes. I love to learn new things and, if I am able to speak about the position comprehensively and genuinely, that should be a great kick-off to a conversation that can then focus on the important things, like my transferrable skills and comparable professional situations.

Employers are mostly concerned that, if I take a lesser position, I'll leave once I find a position that is more commensurate with my skills. In my case, that scenario just isn't true. I am a dependable and enthusiastic contributor with a profound sense of loyalty and commitment to excellence. I'm not a job hopper, as is the case with those pesky millennials.

I believe there is honor in every job, be it entry level or corner office. A positive attitude and passion for the position should be all that matters.


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