Junior Jobs & Absurd Requirements
“I keep running into junior roles that require 2-3 years of experience and most of the times a relevant degree, and so far I’ve been ignoring them. Should I try applying to these positions or should I keep looking?”
“All advice would be appreciated since I’m sure everyone has seen them and gotten discouraged.”
Why do companies do this …advertise untouchable junior roles? Simple, they’re scared. They don’t have a good process. The tech industry is littered with these lost causes.
Don’t look away yet
This is our unique opportunity
If it were easy, everyone would do it
They don’t really know what they want.
They couldn’t tell a good developer
if you infiltrated their database
and replaced every record
with your résumé
If they’re daydreaming of a hero,
invest in a shiny suit of armor
This isn’t about deception
This is about listening to them
& the story playing in their head
You might think they’re using all their leverage to be picky, but the dirty secret is that they cannot wait to stop the messy process of sourcing new candidates. Your job (pun intended) is to do everything you can to reduce their uncertainty, not pile more on top of it.
Here’s your chance:
Be a pain-killer for their symptoms
Remember, you don’t have to walk in the [digital] front door like everyone else. Stop sending 100+ applications. What you need to do is go deep and invest the majority of your time talking to the companies that you understand or care about enough to justify the time & energy it requires to become their top-notch pain-killer.
Stop applying for “good enough” jobs
Apply for “good enough” companies
…with people you already engage with
Before I go, don’t forget to be abnormally transparent about what is well beyond what you don’t know (even if you feel like you “should by now”). Nothing to worry or freak out about here. Just be casual & forthcoming about it. Most importantly, be specific about what you’d immediately do next to fill that gap in your knowledge.
If you’re really lucky,
they’ll let you show off your Google-fu™