you also find that the employment agencies or hr departments who put out the adverts have no clue what kind of experience is needed - they generally say 2- 5 years experience for anything - just to make sure they don't get people brand new out of varsity or college. The thing is to apply for those jobs - you probably find you end up going for an interview because there are very few people who DO have 3 years experience.
I have known of some cases where they ask for x years experience and the product hasn't even been around for 6 months.
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The x years experience happened when .Net first came out - have actually experienced it myself.
Unfortunately, most of the people employed by agencies, themselves have no IT experience and thus do not understand, as bini has mentioned, that if you have been in the IT industry for a period of time, you can master a lot of similar languages in a very short period - provided that you use them regularly. That is why I found the move to Delphi very easy - have been working in VB for 10+ years (there goes my age!, but still young enough to go for the degree).