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How do I resolve the notion of "entry point" versus "entry level"


Matt Hayden Hilliard, OH

This would be more a question concerning the ability to "network" within a space with complete unfamiliarity with who is there and how to get there.

1 May 2020 2 replies Networking



Carly Jones Boulder, CO

Hi Matt, considering constructing & reviewing a Cover Letter with an advisor or mentor as an additive to your resume. When going in blind, some companies / managers want to know why you are interested in a position with them vs. other industries / companies. For example, I was moving back to the states from overseas and my assumptions were that companies would be asking "why" and "would i have to pay for this person's move", so my cover letter included my intent for moving, which was due to my significant other (now husband) moving & already having a job in the Denver / Boulder area (so, i was moving no matter what... I tried to take relocation assistance off of the table as a concern). Persuasive messaging is key as to what you think you can bring to the table for this company.

Other than that, i agree with Paul, do your research on companies, their missions, their products, maybe even their Board of Directors if they have one to get a sense of what they do, why they do it, what value they bring to society to help determine if you want to work there / for that kind of company / with those kinds of people as your leaders, and of course, the benefits they offer compared to other companies.

Hope this helps a bit, good luck w/the search!


Paul Tusting Salt Lake City, UT

Hi Matt,

If you know the industry you want to work in, and any particular locations, you can simply start with a google (or search to identify some firms/companies.

Once identified, those firms likely will have section on their site for job postings (in addition to searching sites like ZipRecruiter, Indeed, Glassdoor, Monster, etc). Some of these also will have info about what it is like to work for these companies. Beyond just taking a traditional path through their HR department for open positions, you can network on LinkedIn, and see if the company in question has a veteran services department.

Asking for an "informative interview" about a position you may want to apply for is also an option if you are simply looking to learn more and explore options.

Best Wishes, Paul

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