College is fun, hard, sometimes depressing, a place to experience the outside world. After college, a student’s priority is to land at a job of his/her dreams. Even so, whether you're looking to land your first job out of school or move up from an entry-level position, you'll need to be smart about your hunt and your ultimate choice. No matter how ripe the field of opportunity, it's easy to focus so much on impressing the right people to land a job that you may forget to ask yourself an important question: "Do I actually want to work here?"
Many first-time job hunters overlook this key point until it's too late. You may be thrilled that someone actually wants to hire you and jump at the first offer. Or, if you have more than one offer in hand, you may instinctively choose the job with the highest salary -- after all, you've got bills to pay. But there are other financial factors to consider, as well as the job's compatibility with your skills, lifestyle and ambitions.
Sadly, most people do not have careers they love. Most adults' feelings toward their work range from mild enjoyment to bored indifference to absolute hatred. Work is generally viewed as an unfortunate burden, endured for the sake of weekends, holidays, and retirement.
The lack of joy most people get out of their careers raises an important question: Why do so many people fail at choosing a career when the decision has such a crucial effect on their happiness?
Obviously, there is something wrong with the approach they are taking to make this decision.
To help you make the smartest choice, check out these eight things you should evaluate when mulling a job offer. This can help you to identify your personal priorities and rate the pros and cons of any job.
1. Benefits. This is something often overlooked by young adults just starting their careers, but benefits can be worth up to 30% of your total compensation, according to Quintessential Careers, a job search and advice Web site. Start by...