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What to Look For in Choosing Your First Job

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

When finding your first job, you might be tempted to take any position that comes along. The idea that getting paid for doing anything is better then not being employed at is something that a lot of people subscribe to. However, there can be more to your first paycheck then just any old position.


You can be a bit picky when it comes to accepting employment somewhere. This is why it is good to know some important things that you will want to your first job to have. These are great benefits that can help you along in future endeavors.

 

Number One: Entry Level Positions

 

Gaining employment with a company through one of their entry level positions is a great first job. When you start out in entry level, you are given lots of training. This can help you in many ways. The first thing is that you can find that since you are already with the company that you have a better chance at getting promotions to better paying positions.

 

The second reason that all of the training that you will receive is good is that you can put it as experience on your resume. The skills that you learn now can easily be the thing on your resume that will get you hired for your next career.

 

Just because you are starting out on the bottom of the ladder in a company, it does not mean that you have to stay there. You can always find advancement whether it be with the same company or with someone else down the line.

 

Number Two: Training

 

When you are interviewing for your first job, you want to ask about what types of training that they provide. Many companies will let you mentor with a seasoned employee for a while so that you can learn the ropes. This is great and you can really learn some great skills this way.

 

There are companies that have training classes through out the year to help their employees grow. From classes on how to use Microsoft to other great skills, this is indeed a great benefit if you can find a first job that has this.

 

You can also find places that will repay your college tuition. This is great if you are planning on furthering your education any way.

 

Number Three: Skills You Can Use

 

No matter what you end up doing for your first job, there are bound to be skills that you obtain while being employed that you can use in your next job. There are customer service skills that are learned in any position dealing with the public.

 

You will also find that you can get some great basic office skills like typing and knowing how to run basic computer programs. Think about what a position might offer you when it comes to building your skill set for getting hired for any even better paying position down the road.

 

Step Four: Room to Grow

 

Think about this for a minute. The company that you get your first job with could be the one that you are with for your entire career. It does happen even in this tough economy. This is why it is good to explore positions that will give you room to grow.

 

Even if you are not going to be there until you retire, you still want a place with opportunities for you. For the time that you are there, it is good to know that you can work your way up to increasing your income and are not stuck with a modest cost of living raise each year.

 

There are many things to think about when applying for your first job. The hours and pay are very important and probably tops on your list of priorities. However, you are definitely going to want to look at this list and compare what the company offers before you accept any offer of employment.

 

More Reading to Help You to Get Your First Job

 

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