How To Find An Entry Level Job You Will Love
This is much easier said then done. There are so many things you want to look for in your first job after college. You want to start off by weighing what is most important to you: salary, enjoying your work environment, living in a big city? For instance, I wanted to stay in the NC area around either Charlotte or Winston/Greensboro. That, to begin with, limited a lot of options in the Fashion industry.
You can often ask your school for companies in a specific area that has hired grads from your major in the past. This is always a great place to start. I found it most effective to research companies I was interested in and apply directly on their site, as opposed to a job site. Any interview I got was from a job where I applied directly on their site, there is not a science or fact about that, just my experience.
When searching for that first job, you want to keep your mind open. You will likely only be in that position for a few years if you are a hard worker. However that does not mean accepting the first job that comes your way. You want to make sure whichever job you choose will help you get to the next job you want easily/quickly. Also feel free to ask in an interview what the future for this position would be.
I am more then happy to do a “how to interview” post but that is a topic in its own. So if that interests you, let me know!
How To Negotiate Salary & Benefits
It is no secret that women are often paid less then men. But I am not going to get off topic on a tangent about that matter. I am just going to give my best advice I have on how to get as much as you are really worth. The biggest tip of all, ASK FOR MORE MONEY! Almost all of my friends who say they wish they started out at a higher salary, when I asked them if they negotiated, their answer was no. You are not going to get more money unless you ask for it, it is as simple as that.
Do your research ahead of time and know what the position is worth and compare that to your own knowledge and worth. You can do this by looking online at sites like glass door or also by asking around. Also keep in mind the city the company is in, large expensive cities often will pay more because the cost of living is more. If you have to relocate for your job, ask for help with moving expenses.
It is important to know your worth and how you measure up to the jobs requirements. If it is a job requirement, and you meet it, which is great but then that skill is no longer worth more money. For instance if the job description says you must have an undergrad degree and a minimum of a 3.5 GPA. Then the fact that I have a degree and and graduated with honors does not make me worth more, it simply means I am qualified for the job. But the job description says nothing about having a successful blog and social media skills. I have those things… therefore this is a skill that I could use to negotiate for more money. It is something that sets me apart from the other candidates. We are often proud of our accomplishments and feel we should be compensated more for them. But remember if it was in the job description you likely will not get more money for it. Think of what extra you are bringing to the table that makes you worth extra.