New Graduates

What's next?

We don't know what the future holds, but we know who holds the future.

 

Stay focused

Your financial future starts now! Develop a budget and stick to it. If you overspend in one area, you must save money in another area to balance your spending.

He who loves pleasure becomes poor; wine and luxury are not the way to riches. Proverbs 21:17 (Tay)

 

Job Hunting

Haven't heard back after an interview? 

That's not a problem.  Some companies take 5 to 6 weeks to respond.  Others take only a week to decide who to hire.  Many will hold a second interview or a third.    You can follow up a week later if you have not heard back, but don't push it and keep calling or even emailing them.  If they say they don't know the status, they really don't know!  

Have a list of references ready

arrow Make sure the people on your list of references know you have sent their contact information to a prospective employer.  Make sure the email address and phone you have for them is correct.   If they don't call your references, that is another thing to watch out for - you may not be in the running or they are disorganized. Avoid disorganized employers.

Always ask about your employee benefits package.  They love to talk about that.  How much vacation is paid per year?  Is your healthcare insurance paid? What about dental insurance, vision, term life insurance? How many employees total work for the firm? More than 50? Less than 15?

Your first career choice

So many different directions! Where to go first? In a nutshell, here's how to judge a company based on your interview. In my experience, it has never failed that if the interview is disorganized (people not there on time, people don't know who you should speak to, etc.), the whole company is equally mismanaged. Avoid it if you dislike chaos. 

  Your first impression of them counts a lot.  It's also important to speak with the person to whom you will be directly reporting.  Ask what hours you are expected to be there and how long you have for lunch. Ask how much travel is involved. Decide ahead of time how much you want to be out of town.   Ask if they will pay your moving expenses if you live more than 100 miles away. It is OK to ask questions like that. Your job offer letter should spell all that out ahead of time so there is no confusion later.

If you don't like the pay rate offered, don't be mislead by promises that they will reevaluate your pay in 6 or 9 months. Get it in writing along with the new pay rate to be considered. Even then they probably won't raise your pay rate. Don't ask how soon you will be eligible for vacation. That sounds like you just got there and can't wait to leave. Tell them you will be unavailable for a certain range of dates due to a prior commitment ( a vacation).  

The First Day of Work!

Practice getting up early and driving to your new office on a week day.  See what the traffic is like at 7:00 a.m. Fill your car up with gas the day before.  Or take the bus the day before and see how long it takes. Does the bus come earlier or later than you need to be there? Find out where to park and if they will pay for your parking.  Parking can run as high as $18 a day in a city or it might be free in a suburb.

Arrive 10 - 15 minutes early and be ready to take notes on everyone's names and job duties. Fill out your time card every day. Ask what the job charge numbers are your your job, if any.  Be prepared to fill out a lot of forms the first day.

Never come in late, even by five minutes! Never fail to call in early if you are sick.  Know who to call or email about absences.  Don't assume that your absence will be excused. Businesses have a military mind-set that a missing person is considered A.W.O.L - Absent With Out Leave. Don't talk or text on your personal cell phone at work.  Mute it.

 

 

You were a success in college, now you'll be a success in your next choice.

Good job grads! Now do your research on job hunting, how to interview and resume writing. The jobs are always out there for the person who goes the extra mile! 

 
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