What to look for in your first job?

What to look for in your first job?

What to look for in your first job?

Getting ready for a new job after completing education? Excited yet confused over opportunities and risks that would follow? Many thoughts arise while choosing a company for the very first time like whether the salary is good, what will be the long term goal, how about job satisfaction, etc. Hunting for the first job becomes difficult at times. There are many websites like Naukri, job vacancy result, etc that are job providing sites which will help you find the right job for you. Here are quick insights on what to look for in your first job right after you complete your education.

  1. The ‘Chosen One’ 

The first job should be something that you want and drives you passionately. Ask and get advice from seniors who have worked there or in that industry. Learn about the company, know things that really matter to you from the hiring HR’s. Ask questions like what things will you be assigned out of your job description? Is the culture of the company sound for skill development? What is a typical career path for someone who starts in this role? etc.


  1. “Hey! Are you satisfied with your job?”

People in the industry have acknowledged that in spite of their high salaries they are not fully job satisfied. First and foremost there’s no point in doing a job that makes you crib. If there are no new avenues for growth and no career fulfillment it's better not to choose that job or quit it. Ask your seniors about what they feel about their job satisfaction and how perfectly it relates to you. If there is no one to guide you about job satisfaction and rest all your criteria are fulfilled, go for the company and see it yourself- you have an option every time.


  1. Thinking of the long-term

First Job is obviously a stepping stone in your career and an important one! Explore different opportunities the company will provide you while you are working for them. Enquire the hiring HRs about the internal evaluation system, skill development, and specialized programs for employee advancement. Check for the networking opportunities that the company will provide, is there any high profile clients involved in their business which can provide you alternatives afterward in your career. Look for your seniors if they were able to advance quickly in the organization.


  1. Salary 

Right from the starting years of graduation all that matters to every other student and maybe you as well is the starting salary. You should know that starting salaries may be low but while choosing a job consider all other benefits bundled around with the salary like medical insurance, home, vehicle, paid vacations, variable components, etc. It’s not only the salary which is the benefit but the compensation you get from the company as a whole.


  1. Whom are you going to report? 

It very well matters who is going to be your senior both personally and professionally. Know your senior and search what kind of person he is. Is it innovative or goes by the book? I can tell from my personal experience that having a great manager early on will create the strongest impact on your long-term growth. Working for someone who is talented, generous with their time, and willing to teach you can be a powerful jumpstart. Partner up with strong leadership teams and extract every skill while you are young, new, and hungry for learning.


I hope these points will help you in assessing what to look for in your first job and what you want when you sit for your first job. Remember to search, learn a few tips to crack the interview, and evaluate everything before finally accepting a job. Take enough time and never hesitate from asking seniors, hiring HRs, or experts about the job.



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Sachin Chauhan

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