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Things You Ought to Consider Before Taking Your First Job

Jul 15, 2008
Pamper Yourself

Once your formal education is over, take a long-overdue vacation. This break may help you put your mind at ease and also help you think rationally about potential career opportunities. You can visit new places, pursue your favorite pastime, or even catch up on visiting your relatives, who may be able to help you think about the options available.

Whatever you do, it may work to clear your head of any confusion before you embark upon the new phase of your life!

Consider All Options

Consider the option of further study. You may want to develop your skills and expertise further; higher qualifications lead to higher salaries. If you decide against going back to school, you may want to start with a small job with less pay, and then move up the ladder as you gain experience.

On the other hand, you may want to wait awhile for that great offer. Whatever you are considering, weigh your options carefully and decide accordingly.

Equip Yourself Well

Work at building a good and informative resume, making sure to include details of internships and projects you were involved in, if any. Stress your skills and strengths. Include examples and incidents where you have displayed your competencies such as organizing a farewell party for your senior class.

In gathering information for your resume, make a list of your positive and negative qualities and find ways to stress your best ones.


Research the companies or organizations that may come to the campus for interviews. Use the Internet and/or business magazines. Also ask friends and acquaintances what they know about the company.

If you can find someone who works for the company or who has in the past, ask that person relevant questions. You certainly need to take a look at the company's profile. Is there a role you could play?

Spread Your Network

Broaden your scope, make new contacts, and maintain your old ones because this is the most fertile source for job opportunities. Even at entry level, it may accelerate your access to the work environment.

When your acquaintances know you and your skills, whenever a suitable position opens up, they know where to look. So don't wait; it is a good idea to be open to everything and ask everyone about opportunities.

Prepare For the Transition

The changeover from going to school to joining the work force must be thought out properly ahead of time. Consider all the areas you need to brush up on. Always be alert after you finish your education so that you are ready as soon as you get a job offer.

Taking too much time to mull over the value of an offer may mean that you lose a great opportunity.

Consider these pointers, and you will be on the road to success in your career.
About the Author
Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for six sigma professionals including, lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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