If you are entering the job market for the first time, you are going to be confronted with a number of decisions that you have never faced before. There will be many things to consider.

For example, suppose you get a job offer. Should you take it, regardless of whether the job suits you or not? With the economy the way it is, is it better to be safe than sorry? In this case, if the job really isn’t one that is right for you, it would be a mistake to take it. Better to keep looking for one that does feel right.

Another consideration will be location. Where do you want to work? There are a number of things to consider in making a decision here. Naturally, your preference for lifestyle, climate and geography will play a role. Other considerations may involve the type of work you are doing. If you are a petroleum engineer, for example, there are obviously places where finding a job will be easier.

Another consideration will involve the type of company you want to work for. You may have a dream company in mind, so this may not be an issue. If you have no preference, however, you will need to do research. The key factor here is fit – how well you think you will fit in with the company culture. And this is what your research should focus on.

Another consideration may be whether to look at an internship. You may think this is a step back if you have already graduated, but it may open some doors. It will certainly give you an opportunity to get your foot in the door at a place where you may want to work. It is also an opportunity to network, which also could help you down the road. In addition, it will give you a chance to show what you can do, impress your boss and possibly get hired – almost 60 percent of all companies hire their interns as full-time employees.

Another issue you will face for the first time is negotiating your salary. You may feel, since you are a recent graduate with little work experience, that you should just take what is offered. But this would be a mistake. You should still negotiate. Again, do some research and find out what salaries are for positions similar to the one you are applying for. You also need to keep in mind the cost of living where you are working, jobs in Manhattan should pay considerably more than positions in Suffern.

If you’re a recent college graduate – or soon-to-be grad – and you’re looking for your first job out of college, send your resume to Winston Resources. We can help you get your foot in the door with some of New York City’s best companies. Contact us today.

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