Lizardbreath picks up on a hobby horse of mine:
Generally, talking about getting a job today, it’s a commonplace that you can’t get looked at for anything unless you have experience doing exactly that thing. It’s a Catch-22 for job-seekers: you can’t learn how to do anything useful in school, you need on the job training, but employers don’t voluntarily do on the job training anymore. And it’s not great for the employers either, because it’s hard to find people with perfectly tailored experience for your openings, so if you don’t expect to train your hires, you end up hiring any idiot who fits the slot.
I’ve backed off of this stance in recent years a little bit as I’ve looked back on working for more and more companies. I still don’t see anything like “willing to train” (and in the current economy, there’s not much incentive to). But thinking about it more, I have seen cases where people are promoted from entry-level jobs and trained to do something new. The key difference here would be that when the person is a competent mailroom clerk or something, they show up on time and so on, that they are more likely to be worth investing the training in for a better position within the company. The training is less likely to be worth it if they are a complete unknown, regardless of their resume.