Finding a job in the US can be a troublesome experience. However, knowing your personal skill level can make the job-hunt process a whole lot easier.
Job Levels in the US
Before you can look for a job, you must decide what level of job you want and what types of jobs fit in that level. Typically there are five job levels in the US as follows:
*Please note: Some of the examples below may merge into different levels, however they differ by the type of experience you need to acquire the positions in different job levels.
An entry-level job is typically given to a new employee with little or no prior experience or education. This level may also be open to recent college graduates who have no real world experience in the field. An entry-level employee is usually assigned duties of limited complexity and uses the help of more-experienced employees to gain experience and become proficient at the job.
Examples of Entry level jobs: receptionist, apprenticeship, those who are working in a a fast food restaurant, customer service, cashiers, etc.
The intermediate-level employee has demonstrated proficiency with entry-level job functions and responsibilities, and can teach these skills to others. This job level indicates that an employee is able to work without constant supervision and can take on responsibility for specific projects or tasks. Supervisory responsibility for other intermediate or entry-level employees may also be assigned.
Examples of Intermediate level jobs: accounting clerks, bookkeeping, manufacturing technician, telemarketer etc.
Middle management is typically the first managerial level in a corporate structure. Middle managers oversee intermediate and entry-level employees, as well as take on responsibility for department objectives and goals. Middle managers may be given titles such as supervisor, lead employee or department head, and report to upper-level managers.
Examples of middle management level jobs: Managers, Supervisors, Team Leaders and Related Careers
Upper-level managers are employees with extensive experience and education in their field, as well as experience managing others. They oversee divisions, departments or specific functions within a corporate structure and delegate responsibilities to middle managers. Upper-level managers typically report to the executive level of a corporate structure.
Examples of Upper Management level jobs: the board of directors, Chief Executive Officer, President, Vice President, Chief Financial, Chief Operational and Chief Informational Officers.
The executive level of a corporate structure is made up of highly skilled and experienced employees who have demonstrated the ability to handle the specific job responsibilities and manage other employees. Executive-level employees include directors, vice presidents, officers or department chiefs. Chief operating officer, chief financial officer, director of human resources and vice president of sales are examples of common executive level job titles.
Examples of executive level jobs: Common job titles include Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chief Financial Officer (CFO), President, Vice President and Director.