Monday, June 27, 2011

Applying to 'The Real World'

Welcome to 'the real world'...It sucks doesn’t it. Don’t let the unknown scare you off into another year of unnecessary school, tuition and debt though. You’re going to have to make the leap eventually, so why not do it now. If you’re not sure how to choose one position over another here’s a few things to consider which will help you decide if the job is right for you.

Benefits - If you’re looking for a job with benefits you can’t be picky. Since the economy took a hit it’s rare to find an astonishing health plan, retirement or vacation package like companies offered in the past.

Further Education Assistance - Do they offer to support you through additional courses? If you are looking to advance within a company this can be of great value.

Location - Do you want something close to home and cut transportation costs or do you want to travel within the city/country/internationally?

Parking and/or Transportation Cost - Do they own a parking lot? If not, are you reimbursed for parking fees or a public transportation pass?

Work Hours/EnvironmentIs it a 9-5 weekday job or shift work? Are you willing to work longer hours if your environment is appealing to you?

Salary - Do the work hours balance with payment? Or will you be stuck at work late only to come home and eat Kraft Dinner leftovers. Make an Excel sheet for cost of living and decide if it’s doable.

Retirement Plan Options - Will you be able to save for your retirement and escape to Florida, or are you going to end up in your child’s basement?

These are just a few things for you to think about while considering applying for a position. Sometimes if you don’t know exactly what you want to do, it’s easier to choose where you can see yourself living for the next 5 years. If you love Toronto-life then you probably already know you’ll need a Metro pass and a decent salary to afford your $800/month rent. It’s like filling out a crossword. Once you have a few answers, the rest comes easily!

Don’t forget to read between the lines, research the company and when you get there, ask questions at the interview.

Good luck!
Samantha Del Duca

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