Things to Know Before Taking Your First Job

by on October 30, 2010

While you forward your resumes to different Companies, the first thing which is likely to work for you is your luck. In some cases you get an instant reply, clear the interview, and there you have in your hand – your first job. But it can always be either way, you might not get to see a single reply for the thousand you send.

Kristen Fischer, author of ‘Ramen Noodles, Rent and Résumés’, says “Many recent graduates feel like taking a job is a life or death decision. While every job will impact their career, they have to remember that a first job is a steppingstone. Chances are that it won’t be an ideal situation or their dream job, but it can provide the foundation for a fulfilling career”.

So in order to avoid trouble, you are advised to consider these 12 things before you accept your first job.

Research well for your entry- level salary

Make sure you do the homework and visit websites such as, so that you are aware of the average salary you are expected to get for your first job.

Ask for the benefit package

There are something’s you must know before you step in for your first job. Companies are expected to provide insurance, make a contribution towards the 401(k) plan and much more; make sure your Company offers the same.

Company quality a must

When you move in for your first job, you must keep one thing in mind that this job gives you several options for your next career move. Before you say a ‘YES’, make the necessary comparisons in job content, see to it if you will be able to fit in with the job culture etc.

Job satisfaction and salary

Always remember that what you learn is more important than what you earn.

Company’s investment on you

Ed Lawler, professor of the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California says that it is very important to know the employer’s brand and his investment on his employees.

Listen to yourself

Do not make any decision depending on what your parents, friends or teachers want. See to it if this is the job you have been dreaming of, so long.

Chuck out ‘What if’

Be practical enough to face the present realities of life and not what is likely to happen. Manage your work well according to the place you are at present.

Growth in the Company

Your development and growth is the most important. Training acts as an advantage for your career.

Job location matters

Your lifestyle, location and culture helps in the choosing jobs. Choose the location in which you are comfortable or want to experience.

Know your aim

As you have invested your time and effort in getting your degree therefore, one should be clear about one’s objective.

Mantra for career development

Bill McCarthy, associate director of Binghamton University’s says that networking is the ultimate mantra for career development and for full- time jobs.

Search for job is also a job

It takes months to find a suitable job that fulfills your needs. To increase their chance, most of the students are ready to take up any job, in any company but it affects the capability. As employers want to hire people who know what they want to do.

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