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The Candidate's Dilemma: How to Break Into a Field That Won't Let You In

Do you love job hunting? Do you enjoy being rejected by faceless HR bots? Do you relish the feeling of despair that comes with realizing that you're not "experienced" enough for a job that requires no experience? Then you're in luck, my friend, because the candidate's dilemma is the gift that keeps on giving!

Here's how it works: you want a job, but you don't have the experience for it. The employer wants someone with experience, but won't give you a chance to gain that experience. It's like trying to catch a fish without a fishing rod, or trying to climb a mountain with no hands. But don't worry, there are plenty of ways to navigate this maze of illogic and frustration!

First, you can try highlighting your transferable skills and accomplishments. For example, if you're applying for a job as a rocket scientist but don't have any rocket science experience, you could showcase your skills in basket weaving, macrame, or interpretive dance. Or, if you've achieved success in a different field, such as underwater basket weaving or competitive hotdog eating, you could explain how those skills could translate to rocket science. After all, it's not rocket science, right?

Another option is to showcase your willingness to learn. Employers love candidates who are eager to learn, as long as they already know everything. So be sure to mention any courses, webinars, or YouTube videos you've watched, even if they have nothing to do with the job. And don't forget to mention your extensive experience in Googling things, which is basically the same as having a PhD in the subject.

If all else fails, you can always lie. Who needs experience when you can just make stuff up? You were the CEO of a Fortune 500 company at age 12? You single-handedly saved the world from a zombie apocalypse? You invented a new kind of math that even Stephen Hawking couldn't understand? It's all fair game in the job market, where truth is just a quaint relic of a bygone era.

In conclusion, the candidate's dilemma is a fascinating exercise in circular reasoning and Kafkaesque absurdity. If you're a job seeker, don't let it get you down. Just remember: the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. So keep doing the same thing, but expect the same results. That's just good old-fashioned sanity.


  1. Good article.
    In your opinion, what can employers do to help break the cycle of requiring experience for entry-level positions and give job seekers a chance to gain experience in their desired field?
    And have you ever experienced the candidate's dilemma yourself, and if so, how did you navigate it?


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