You’re looking for or getting ready to start your first job. It’s exciting plus a little bit scary. And honestly, you’re not sure what you’re doing. Could you use some extra guidance? Here’s our career advice for entry-level workers.
Career Tips for Entry-Level Workers
Ask for Help
Even if you are a dedicated do-it-yourself, everyone benefits from additional support when dealing with an entry-level role. First, don’t try to job hunt on your own. Sure, it’s an option, but it’s also more difficult. Your friends, families, and professional contacts can help you find jobs, proofread application materials, and/or prepare for interviews. Career counseling centers are another fantastic resource. Or, if not you’re not in school, consider partnering with a staffing firm. Staffing agencies offer free employment advice to candidates of all ages. Second, once you’ve found a job, avoid trying to do everything on your own. If your new company doesn’t automatically offer new-hire support, ask for an onboarding buddy or seek out a mentor. This will make your transition easier and allow you to advance faster.
Research Jobs BEFORE Accepting Offers
You may be so excited to receive your first job offer that you automatically say YES! Be careful. Sometimes organizations aren’t 100% honest when advertising open positions. To discover what you’re truly getting into, do your research. Check out the company’s online presence, ask smart interview questions and, if possible, talk to people who already work there.
Be Willing to Negotiate Your Salary
Many people are too afraid to bicker over their first salary. After all, this seems like something you should do later in your career. Yet, according to Harvard Business Review, “… negotiating your salary is extremely important, especially in your first job.” This is because your starting salary serves as an anchor. For the rest of your life, raises, bonuses and retirement savings often depend on that initial amount. If you’re not sure how to begin, check out these salary negotiation tips.
Keep Your Expectations Realistic
Usually, entry-level jobs aren’t glamorous. You’re probably won’t have a corner office by the end of your first month. And, yes, you may end up bringing coffee to your boss. Therefore, keep your expectations realistic and stay positive. However, be prepared to stand up for yourself too. If the organization consistently underutilizes your skillset, you may need to explore ways to tackle more challenging assignments.
Learn as Much as Possible
As American entrepreneur Mark Cuban points out, your first job is your chance “to get paid to be a freshman in the work world.” Make the most of the opportunity. Offer to assist your coworkers, attempt stretch assignments, and sign up for professional development. Every experience you have (both good and bad) can be a step toward a better career.
Are You Looking for an Entry Level Job?
The recruiters at BOS Staffing would be happy to connect you with a career-building role in the greater Atlanta area. We place skilled manufacturers, IT professionals, office support, medical staff, and more. Browse all our available openings and launch your future today!