Your resume was fire. You interviewed like a boss and ultimately landed the job. Sounds like a “win-win,” right? Well, I got a story for you.
Amanda had just accepted a job as a Senior Accountant with AT&T and was looking forward to her first day on the job. Her path to being hired at AT&T was a challenging one. She created a stellar resume that stood out and got her in front of the hiring manager for an interview.
She had previously worked at a company where she was unhappy and needed a fresh start, and AT&T provided her with that opportunity.
After seven months in her new role, Amanda resigned. Wait! What?
She left AT&T due to an hour and a half commute to and from work.
You are probably wondering what the point of my story is. I am getting there.
Amanda accepted this role with only one thought in mind, and that was she had to leave her last position as quickly as possible. She didn’t think about other factors that go into the evaluation of a job offer.
Let’s take a look at some of my top factors
It might not seem like much, but densely populated cities naturally are going to have longer commute times. A long commute can cause physical and mental stress that will negatively impact your job. My recommendation is to test the commute during rush hour. This will give you an idea of what your drive to and from work will look like.
Always ask for a benefits guide when considering a job offer. The guide outlines costs and gives you detailed information on the company’s health benefits. Other fringe benefits include life insurance, tuition assistance, childcare reimbursement, employee discounts, and employee stock options.
This is an essential factor for many of us. I urge you to do your salary research before accepting an initial salary offer. Negotiate your worth!
Strong leadership speaks volumes about the company’s present and future. Use resources such as Indeed and Glassdoor to read current and former employee reviews. Look for trends in what employees are saying to give you an idea of the company culture.
The moral of the story is to do your research before accepting a job. You do not want to find yourself in a position like Amanda.
Imagine graduating from college in the middle of the biggest pandemic since 1918.
COVID-19 has flooded the job market with individuals across all industries with no end in sight. According to the Department of Labor, there are roughly 30 million Americans collecting unemployment benefits.
That said, what advice would you give to the class of 2020 who has the monumental task of trying to obtain employment in this current landscape?
Network, Network, Network
With most in-person networking opportunities put on ice for the foreseeable future, I recommend using LinkedIn as your primary networking source. Many of my clients tell me LinkedIn can be overwhelming, and that is why they shy away from using it. Start by connecting with alumni through LinkedIn groups. Not only this effective, but it’s an easy first step. Graduating from the same school is an excellent talking point to use when reaching out to alumni.
It’s not what you know. It’s who you know. Who remembers that saying?
According to a recent article done by CNBC, as much as 80% of jobs are filled through networking efforts. The proof is definitely in the pudding.
Do Your Research
Stay up to date on trends and news within your targeted industry. Sign up for Google alerts for your targeted industries and companies. These efforts will keep you on your toes and prepared when those interviews start rolling in!
Don’t stop there. It is crucial to research company culture as well. Use sites such as Glassdoor, Indeed, and the Muse to read reviews about important company information (culture, benefits, leadership, and salary).
Navigating this current job market is a daunting task, but it is crucial that you stay positive. Use your online networking efforts to meet new people and form friendships. You might find others who are in the same position, and you can provide support to each other.
For every no you receive, you are one step closer to a yes.