Hawaii tops the list of states for overall well-being.
Most college seniors inevitably face a harsh reality: entering the competitive job market. With the national unemployment rate sitting at 7.9% as of Feb. 1, finding — and landing — the right job is more than a little challenging.
These are five factors to consider when you are ready to head into the real world.
Depending on your field of interest, certain regions cater to particular job markets. Getting to the money could require crossing state lines, sometimes to unknown territory.
Forbes recently ranked the Best Cities for Good Jobs across the nation. Five of the top 10 cities were Texas metropolitan areas, brimming with good jobs.
Seattle is noted as a hot spot for technology jobs and expected to add over 100,000 positions over the next few years. Oklahoma City, Okla., has surged with job opportunities as a result of the shale boom.
Students who are willing to relocate can greatly expand the number of available job opportunities open to them.
The type of post-grad lifestyle you are able to live often directly reflects your salary.
Your parents may or may not continue to lend financial support, so budgeting is a skill to quickly acquire. Think like an adult and buy necessities, not temporary wants. Don’t sign a lease for a luxury apartment or buy an expensive car if your starting salary doesn’t compensate for those expenses.
Living with friends or family may not seem feasible, but it can save a few hundred dollars a month. Create a savings account for emergencies, not shopping or nightly takeout meals. Take this time to build credit, not jeopardize your future with bad decisions that can result in high interest rates and calls from bill collectors.
Your first job can often lay the foundation for your future, so do you homework to learn about company history and accomplishments before you apply. This will give you a sense of the organization’s mission and also benefit you should you get an interview.
Decide whether your skills are better utilized in a small, start-up company or a large, established company — both offer different experiences, but the ultimate goal is to learn.
Hawaii took the top spot, where residents report the best sense of overall well-being. But waking up to a beaming sunrays and the sound of the ocean may not appeal to everyone. If the mountains are your dream place to live, luckily for you, Colorado ranked second.
If you are a family-oriented person, moving may not be an ideal option. Perhaps FaceTime or Skype can accommodate for missed family time. Either way, well-being can often be more important than any salary or job title.
5. Job title
Speak with professors and career advisers to decide which jobs interest you the most. A specific job title will limit your options, but researching different occupations broadens your horizons.
Educate yourself on job responsibilities when speaking with recruiters or interviewers so you’re aware of the role you are expected to play in the company.
It’s bittersweet leaving behind a set, four-year plan for an unknown future, but remember, this is what every college student works toward. Update your resume, iron your business attire and find the right job — even if it requires declining a few offers.
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