7 Things to look out for in your first job


careers24.com | Nov 13th 2013

If you’ve just received your university degree, you’re probably looking out for jobs and trying to figure out where you belong in the working world, right? Well, before you accept any job offer, take a look at these pointers on what to look for in your first job. It might be difficult to be picky, but it’ll be worth it in the end.

1. Benefits. Salary is not the only thing a company can offer. Do they provide health insurance or a pension fund? Some employers will offer tuition reimbursement in order to hire graduates for a smaller salary.

2. Suitable work environment. The right atmosphere at work does wonders for job performance. It’s all about what you prefer. If you enjoy a strict working environment but the company is laid back in their business practices, you might not be happy working there.

3. Reputable company. Start-up companies are great especially if they become successful and allow you to grow with them. Unfortunately, odds are that is not going to be the case. Having a big name business on your CV requires less risk of the company going under and impresses future employers.

4. Agreeable co-workers and manager. A company is weak without employees who can work together. Butting heads with another employee only spells trouble for you and could cost you your job.

5. Low turnaround. If employees are hired and quit or are fired soon after, the company may be responsible. There might be a hopeless manager or job demands that are difficult to meet for qualified workers. Asking the hiring manager about the turnaround rate would be a good question to ask at the interview.

6. Willing to give experience. A degree is a good start for a job, but unfortunately many employers also want experience. Companies willing to train graduates want to invest in their employees and want them to stick around for a long time.

7. Great training. This is your first job in the field. From it you are going to learn the skills to succeed and not just the required knowledge. Look for a company with a learning curve and lots of support as you get used to the job.