KENNETH M. EVANS
2133 Kipling Street | Wheat Ridge, Colorado 80033
H: 303-889-0098 | C: 303-809-7544 | email@example.com
August 26, 20––
Mr. William S. Frank
10475 Park Meadows Drive, Ste. 600
Lone Tree, CO 80124-5437
Dear Mr. Frank:
I would like to thank you for your informative and helpful column which appeared in The Rocky Mountain News on Tuesday, August 24. If it is not too much trouble I would appreciate hearing your thoughts on a problem I have been having in implementing one of your suggestions. Specifically, suggestion number 30 is difficult for me in that no particularly helpful answer presents itself to the most predictable and relevant question that I hear in interviews.
To briefly fill you in on my situation: I have been admitted to the Bar in Colorado for approximately one year. I also have a Bachelor of Science in accounting. This is a double threat which should make me very employable given the conventional wisdom. The problem is that in today's tight job market I find myself competing for entry-level positions against attorneys and accountants who have three to five years experience. The question which is always present, spoken or unspoken is: "Why should we hire a person with limited experience whom we will have to train, when for the same money, we can hire a fully-trained experienced professional?"
Being a rational, economic man I can see their point. It is difficult to justify not hiring an experienced person, especially if they are to be paid an entry-level salary. Many of my friends are facing the same sort of problem. We are very interested in how to run the race when the starting gate won't open.
I fully realize that there may not be any adequate answer to the experience gap question. In any case I would be interested to hear your thoughts on this issue. If you don't have time to write, please feel free to call me at 303/889-0098.
Very truly yours,
Kenneth M. Evans