About Michael Webert

Michael Webert is a Graduate Assistant in the Office of Academic Resources and a master's student at the University of Pennsylvania. You can reach him at mwebert@haverford.edu.

Experience Required?

Posted on: April 23, 2014

One of the great frustrations of my college job searches was the myth of the “entry level” position. Most jobs for college students and recent graduates seem to require a certain minimum background – even those without specific requirements often seem to go to applicants with significant experience. It is often said that you cannot get a job without experience, but you cannot get experience without a job. Although neither is strictly true, it is true that the more skills and background you can present in a job application the more competitive you will be. If your résumé is barren it may seem like a herculean task just to get the internship or campus job that will provide the experience you need to move toward the post-college career of your dreams. Fortunately, as sophomores at Haverford you have ample time and opportunities to ensure that by the time you are looking for internships or, ultimately, a job, you will have developed the skills and backgrounds to make yourself competitive for that job of your dreams.

So, what steps should you take if you want position yourself competitively for internships and post-college employment? Continue reading