Silicon Valley is the home of technology and computers. Bill Gates founded Microsoft along with some partners of his and they created one of the most successful companies in the modern world. Located in the San Francisco bay area, Silicon Valley is what it is, the portrait of growth and a solution for all of the qualified technologicaly savvy personas in the universe. You would think that there would be tons of job opportunites and nothing of the lackluster variety, right? Wrong!
Look at all of the job search websites like Craigslist.com, Monster.com, and even Hotjobs.com, they claim that you can find employment in what you specialize in and can make plenty of money doing it. What they do not tell you until you click on the job application itself, is that they want someone with five or ten plus years of experience and has at least two Masters degrees in the field. So if you’re a college student who just graduated and are going into the competitive work force for the first time as an adult and figure since you have a Computer Engineering degree, you’ll be able to get smack dab into the office works and make things happen. Well, that is not simply the case due to the experience factor. The job search listing online is simply a fabrication. It is not real and they make it seem that you have it in the bag but the prerequisites are ones that an average person cannot measure up to.
If a person has tons of experience in a field and can do it better than a person with an advanced degree and high profile mathematical skills, the employer will always pick the person with the advanced degree every time because they look at your years of study as an equivalent of hard work and experience in the field. Does not sound fair, but it is the way it is. Why do you think college graduates are still living at home with their parents waiting for an opportunity to come along? Because the economy is so weak and employers are so fickle and picky, that they want someone that can bring their company that extra kick in the pants to get over the hump, not some newbie without a strategy.
Men like Bill Gates had to start somewhere, and companies throughout the bay area should look at the big picture. So you don’t have the experience on your resume and are lacking the education necessary. As long as you have the ability to be a fast thinker and think on your feet, that should be enough theoretically. We do not live in a perfect world, and because of that the world is what it is. Until we create enough jobs to get us out of the hole we are in, it will continue to be this way and employers will continue to turn down people with lackluster resumes. It might not be fair, but it is the way it is.
Job search websites try their best to please everyone, but they are missing the broader scope of it all, and if they don’t start to list more fair jobs than things will simply not change at all. When we look at a good headline on a website and figure since it says it pays well and looks simple we should apply, look at all of the details and notice just what it takes to get the job, that way you will not get your hopes up and wait by the phone or computer all day long.
Come on Silicon Valley, be more fair to people, college graduates can do amazing things nowadays. Generations are getting smarter and more thorough if given the chance. Hopefully the economy gets stronger as the weeks go on, that would be a simple fix to the whole problem.