Post college, what are some things that need to be considered when looking for jobs?
First off, good luck looking for jobs! I recommend considering:
1) Is this company/organization something you feel comfortable working for?
2) Will you be able to use and develop new skills in this role?
3) How do you feel about the hiring manager? A good manager is far (IMO) more important than a good salary - a high % burnout with bad managers (and a good manager can also help you get promoted more quickly!)
You don't need to get the "perfect" job right now, but hopefully you can find something that pays you a fair wage and gives you opportunities to develop skills / learn about other roles. Most people nowadays end up doing more roles, so try not to feel stuck. Your first job doesn't define you, or your career, so as long as you can spin it and develop.
I agree with everything everyone else posted! Also, a good tip before interviewing, read and research about the company you’re interviewing with. Find out about their culture as well as what they do (what do they sell/provide etc.)
well, let's see.
commute time and distance. I read somewhere that you should count all the hours from the time you leave your house until the time you get home, when calculating your hourly rate.
benefits: medical insurance, 401K matching contribution.
training, turnover, opportunity for advancement, what other employees say about it on sites like Glassdoor.
If you can visualize yourself doing that job in that environment for that company.
Will lit help you get to where you want to go, even if it is not all that great?
Hi Laurel, I would highly suggest asking your parents, adults in your life, and friends who are currently working, questions about what makes them excited about their jobs. Having graduated a little less than a year ago, some of the most important points I focused on were: What would I be learning from this job? Are there opportunities for me to grow (vertically or horizontally) in this position? What's the work/life balance? (WLB can include commute times, ability to exercise, have time at home to cook, etc.) How does this job position me for my career goals?
I recommend giving yourself time to reflect on past jobs you've had (if any) and to make distinctions between what was good and what was bad with each job.
Good luck on your search!
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I would recommend looking for something that offers growth & advancement opportunities as the years go by. It helps employers know that you are interested in a long term career path with them. Employers spend a lot of money on training and they want to know you're committed.
Be sure to look at the benefits the company provides. Good healthcare insurance, 401k options, etc. I know that when you're young you may not be thinking about retirement but it's beneficial to start when you're young!
Best of luck in your job search!
I would take a good look at the benefits that you get on top of your salary. Of course there is insurance and retirement benefits. However, as you start your career, you want to consider benefits that will allow you to grow. Does the company offer Tuition reimbursement so you can pursue higher education? Are there employee benefits that help with every day things like discounts on electronics? Benefits like these can make you consider a lower salary to gain in other ways.
Good luck on your job search.
This is a great question and I agree with the previous posters. I would first set goals and research the companies I'm interested in. Here are a few items for your consideration. Most companies already offer these items but, I urge you to do some research.
• Benefits (healthcare, insurance, retirement, 401K)
• Training / Tuition Reimbursement (higher education, certifications, nanodegree, etc.)
• Advancement / Promotion
Good luck to you on your job search.