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The rich text element allows you to create and format headings, paragraphs,

blockquotes, images, and video all in one place instead of having to add and

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Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

  • after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.
  • after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Graduation is approaching and if you find yourself getting ready to walk down the aisle in your commencement gown, then you also might find yourself worrying about what the future may hold. Because let’s face it-- the coming of graduation means the coming of the end of your college career. And the end of your college career means it’s time to start looking for *gasp* an “adult” job. Maybe you have it all figured out and have a job lined up that you’re excited for (or maybe you have a few to choose from), or you might find yourself at a complete loss when it comes to figuring out what you want to do. Job hunting after college can be stressful, so try not to be too hard on yourself! Regardless of your job search situation, you probably have questions. These questions can range anywhere from how to apply for a job to how to know if the job you want is a good fit.

Finding a job after college is a lot like finding a needle in a haystack--you know that needle is out there but it’s almost impossible to find. And if you do manage to find that perfect job, how do you know you’re getting the best benefits from it? Finding a job is only the first step toward your next adventure. The next step is making sure your starting salary is reasonable, you’re getting the right benefits, your schedule suits you, and many other aspects you might want to think about. But before you can do any of that you need to know about those things. How do you know what a good salary out of college is? And how do you know if the salary you’re being offered is a good starting salary? And if it’s not, then how do you negotiate for a bigger one? Beginning a new journey after college can be scary, but it can also be exciting. So let’s start with the basics of job hunting after college to help give you some insight, and maybe put your worries at ease!

What is a salary?

The first thing you should know when applying for a job is if the pay is set at a good range that’s competitive with other jobs in the same field. It’s easy to imagine how well you’d be able to pay for things working for a company that lists their pay by the hour on the job application. But more frequently the pay a company is willing to offer will be listed as a salary. If you’ve never heard of a salary, a salary is just a fixed amount of money the company will pay you. Sometimes this can mean the amount of money you will receive bi-weekly, monthly, or yearly. When a job is listed as having a salary of X amount of money, it is usually referring to the yearly amount you will receive for your services. Salaries can be complicated to figure out for someone who doesn’t have a lot of experience with them. For starters, it is easy to become excited when you see a large sum as your yearly income, but sometimes when you divide it up between the months and weeks the number slowly becomes smaller until you realize it isn’t that much an hour. Understanding salaries is crucial when looking for a job in today’s job market, because making sure you’re being paid fairly for your services is essential.  

How do I know if a salary is “good?”

Now that you know what a salary is, how do you figure out if the salary you’re being offered is a good starting salary? What constitutes a good salary today exactly? This question is trickier to answer than just simply explaining what a salary is. This is because salaries differ depending on a multitude of things: job level, field, location, experience, etc. If you have experience in the field you are applying for, then you might expect your salary to be higher than the baseline offered. Or if your field of work is in high demand, then your starting salary might be higher than in other locations or fields of work. Ultimately when figuring out if a salary is “good” or not really comes down to you and your personal opinion and needs. If you intend to move and need more money to pay for an apartment and your apartment decor you’ll need to buy, then a higher salary might be necessary for you. If you think you can live on the offered wage or that the offered wage is enough for the kind of work you’re doing, then any salary can be considered a “good” one. 

For some reference, here is what the hourly wages of some salary examples look like:

  • $35,000 = about $17.00 an hour 
  • $40,000 = about $19.25 an hour
  • $45,000 = about $21.25 an hour
  • $50,000 = about $25.00 an hour

How can you negotiate a different starting salary?

If you find yourself in love with a job, but you don’t think the salary will be enough for you to sustain yourself or you believe your work is worth more, you can try to negotiate your salary. But before you try to negotiate your salary, consider a few things first. Is the salary listed just a starting salary? Sometimes companies will list salaries and include in the description that the salary is subject to change. Some might even explicitly list that a salary can be negotiated based on experience. Which brings us to the next question; does your experience warrant a salary increase? It is easier to negotiate a bigger salary if you have the experience and reasoning to back it up. So before you try to negotiate a salary, have a pitch of why you deserve a bigger one ready. 

But how do you actually negotiate a larger salary? The answer to this is simple; ask. If you receive an interview for the position, this is the time to negotiate your terms and what you yourself want or need out of the job. There is no harm in asking, but don’t go in assuming you’ll get a salary increase, or go in demanding one. When asking for a salary negotiation just remember to be polite and have your reasoning ready to defend. After all, you can’t just ask for a larger salary without having a reason behind your request. But don’t be afraid to ask for what you want! The worst that can happen is they can say no. And if the salary is a make or break for you in regard to whether or not you accept the position, then asking can’t hurt anything. 

Put your knowledge of salaries to the test!

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Now that you know more about salaries it’s time to put your knowledge to the test. That’s right, we’re talking about job hunting! Whether you have a job lined up but want to keep your options open or you have no plans for a job yet and are desperately searching the wanted ads, there are plenty of resources out there to help you find a job that you might find yourself exploring. Unlike when your parents would search for jobs in the newspaper or through job postings, everything for job hunting is done primarily online. The good news about this is that everything you need to know about a job you’re thinking of applying for is listed on the description. Popular sites like Handshake, Linkedin, and Indeed are just a few of the online options you can use to find and secure a job. The other positive aspect to these sites is that you can customize your profile so employers can not only reach out to you with prospective jobs, but you can also keep your profile active and up to date for future use. Another great thing about online job searching is that most sites (like Linkedin) offer short classes you can take to earn badges and make yourself stand out to future employers. 

Another great resource to use when navigating your way through the job market is your school’s career center services. You pay a lot of money for school and those resources are there for a reason. Why not use your school’s resources to your advantage? The career center at your college can not only help with finding a job, but they can also help you with the whole job hunting process. Do you need to create a CV or do you need to update one you already have? Someone at career services can help you do that. They’re experts on helping with job applications, so give them a visit! Not only that, but your college’s career center can help you prepare for an interview with tips and tricks, and even help you figure out what kind of job you might be searching for when you first begin. Your college’s career center has so many resources at your disposal that are just waiting for you to use. Finding that perfect job post-grad can be a difficult situation, but your college’s career center is there to help for that very reason. After all, they’re considered professionals for a reason! 

No job after graduation? 

If commencement comes around and you find yourself jobless after graduation, don’t worry or stress too much. You’re young and your new adventure is just beginning! Finding your perfect dream job takes time, so don’t fret if your life isn’t what you thought it was immediately after graduation. Take a deep breath and continue your search. There are so many jobs out there that there is sure to be one that you love. Your first job out of college doesn't have to be your permanent one either. There’s no rule that says you can’t take a simpler job and use it as a stepping stone in the direction of your dream job. In fact in some cases this might even be ideal, especially if you’re looking to gain a higher salary at your dream job. Using your first job out of college as an experience booster can help you out in the long run. So don’t stress that you’re not living your dream life a week after graduation.  And if you need any more motivation to stay positive, try preparing for your job (even if you don’t have one lined up). You’ve heard of dressing for success right? Sometimes having the right accessories and tools for a job can motivate you even more to keep looking! So keep calm and keep searching; it’s bound to happen sooner rather than later!

Job hunting after graduation can sound scary, but try to think of it as your next big adventure. College students have a tendency to cower away at the mere thought of “adulting” and getting a job after graduation. But the truth is that graduating college and finding a new job can be exciting! A lot of times the scariest part is the search for your dream job. There are a lot of doubts of whether or not you’ll find your dream job (or any job). But finding your dream job is easier when you have the right tools to understand the things that job is offering you, as well as how to apply and get the job. So try not to worry the next time you find yourself searching the job market for your perfect after college job, keep in mind what you now know about salaries and job listings. And just remember to take your time and choose the job you think is perfect for you, as well as the job you think has a salary that best fits your needs. You got this!