Friday, February 24, 2012

What To Look For In A First Job

Many recent college grads are worried about just landing any job possible.  They know that the job market is currently a rather toxic environment and because of that recent grads often have a survivor-like mentality.  But if you find that after graduating you have a few opportunities open to you there are some things you should consider that many people overlook.
    • Look for a company that offers you a chance to work with a host of different types of people.  While you may be going into the position with a specific role, if you work in a position that requires you to communicate with all different types of people and work with a group.  Future companies will value your ability to work with various positions and will appreciate it if you are able to bring workers together.  

    • Choose a position which can allow you to do more than is asked of you.  If you can identify a company wide problem or anticipate the needs of your co-workers you are likely to impress management and open yourself up to future positions.  A company that encourages frequent communication with management and creative thinking is one that is likely to allow you to go above and beyond.

    • Work for a manager who has a serious interest in mentoring you.  If you work for somebody who wants to teach you you'll have a much more worthwhile experience.  As a first time employee a company is making an investment by hiring you so it makes sense that they'll want to train you but it is rare to find somebody who really wants to help you succeed.  These types of managers can help you to quickly make more earnings and are likely to be a stepping stone in your path to career success.

    • Don't choose a job solely based on the money.  If one position is better suited to be a learning experience but has a lower starting salary you may want to consider it more heavily.  Remember that your first job is the beginning of a life long career so look at the long term rewards and don't just focus on immediate benefits, although those do of course matter.

    • Even if you end up having to take a position that you are less than thrilled about it, approach it as an opportunity to learn a lot about yourself and about what you want to do.  Worst comes to worst you'll learn that you want nothing to do with the industry you started in.  Give yourself some time to adjust before forming an opinion about your job however.  Your attitude will determine a lot and the first few days are bound to be the toughest.  

Don't just assume that just because you are in an entry level position you are going to have to deal with a rather meaningless job.  A good first job will give you opportunities to learn and grow a lot and will likely be a jumping off point for your career.

For more information visit and interact with mentors working in companies.

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