4 Tips for First-Time Job Seekers

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By Staff Reports

(DGIwire) – A young person just earned a degree and they’re ready to conquer the world of work. But if they have yet to land their first job in the real world, what are some of the common mistakes they should look to avoid? Here are four valuable pointers for making the first-time job search smoother, courtesy of the blog of Atrium Staffing, a New York City-based talent solutions firm:

  • Don’t be afraid to negotiate salary. A novice might be so thrilled by an offer that they might hesitate to negotiate, thinking it’s not an option for someone with little experience. Remember this: an employee’s initial salary is the number that their next negotiation will revolve around. The higher the starting point, the better off they will be.
  • Stop throwing darts and hoping something sticks. Beware of taking just any job. It’s great to be open-minded but some parameters need to be set. Creating boundaries around the types of roles that someone is applying for will make it easier for a hiring manager to get a sense of an applicant’s story and direction.
  • Take control of the job search. First-time job hunters must be networking as much as possible. Tapping into an alumni network is a great way to start. Don’t limit networking efforts to college, though. Applications should also target people who work in departments of organizations to which they feel a strong connection. Ask for an informational meeting and any relevant advice.
  • Do ample research on companies. Hiring managers want to recruit people who aren’t just capable of the job but who really want to work for the organization. A job applicant should know enough about a company to be able to answer the question of why they want to work there.

“The world of work can seem daunting when someone hasn’t yet landed that first full-time position,” says Rebecca Cenni, founder and CEO of Atrium Staffing. “Nevertheless, paying attention to some basic guidelines—and working with an experienced staffing firm—can smooth the process.”

Atrium is focused on providing contingent workforce solutions for mid-size and Fortune 500 companies in nearly every industry. Atrium’s expertise includes regional Temporary and Direct Hire Staffing, national Payrolling Services, national Independent Contractor Compliance and Intern Program Design. The company has extensive experience matching the right candidates for a range of positions within a variety of industries.

“A well-prepared job applicant is likely to be a successful one, whether they are just starting their journey up the corporate ladder or have years of experience under their belt,” Cenni adds.

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