Searching for a Job: What to Keep in Mind

  • Don't just go for the job with the highest salary. Many argue that the point of a job is to make money, but there are other factors to consider throughout the deciding process. How convenient is the location? How flexible are the hours? What are the benefits? Will you actually enjoy it? Pro tip: make a pros and cons list.
  • Broaden your horizons. There is never a downside to applying somewhere; the worst that can happen is that you don't get the job. So why not apply to as many jobs as you can, even and especially jobs that you haven't previously considered? Narrow-mindedness amplifies the likelihood of unemployment.
  • Ask for help. If you are looking for a post-graduation job, consult with the career development center at your university, or ask your advisor for advice. Reach out to peers who are in professions that you're interested in, or even peers who are simply employed and are willing to speak with you about the machinations of a career lifestyle. You may have connections you don't even realize.
  • Don't take internships for granted. Especially if you're a post-graduate, you may get a lot of opportunities to intern rather than to work full-time. Don't be disparaged. Internships oftentimes lead to full-time jobs; even if the one you're offered doesn't promise that luxury, it's experience to add to your resume.
  • Don't be optimistic. This tip may sound a tad harsh, but it's always safer to expect that you won't get the job rather than the alternative. Why? Lowered expectations prevent harrowing disappointment should you not get a job you sought, as well as encourage you to apply to as many as possible (thereby raising your chances of being hired!).
  • Don't give up. There's a difference between diminishing your expectations and not having any at all. Being rejected from a job or two is not a sign that you're not cut out for the career life and should move back


Written By: C. Fassett