Tuesday, January 26, 2010

In Response to Nicole

Nicole asked what the most important P is to consider when looking for a job. I think they are all important in their own way, but if I had to pick one it would be price. I don't want to sound greedy, but when I'm done with school I'm going to need a somewhat higher paying job so I can pay off all my loans and my other monthly payments.

Loans are something that most people have had to take out over college, and as soon as you're done with school; it's time to start paying them back. In order to pay them back I will need to be making enough money to pay the monthly fee on them. Along with paying loans I will have to consider affording rent, utilities, car payment, car insurance, and the list goes on. There are so many expenses that everyone has to pay these days it's getting a little out of hand and it's pretty sad that when you go for a job interview you have to think about how much you'll be making, and not if you like the job or not.

Do you agree with my view on price?

Sunday, January 24, 2010

After I have completed college, it will be time to look for a full-time job so I can start paying off those wonderful student loans that all of us have accumulated over the years. When I'm looking for a job I would classify it as a product, so along with that I will be looking for the place, promotion and prices that come with it. This is an important thing for everyone to consider when they are looking for a job, sometimes things might seem like they're better right away, but after researching all the benefits that go along with the jobs you are applying for another one may seem better in the long run.

When I decide what I want to do with my major and get an interview, I am definitely going to consider the place because that is a very important thing to keep in mind. Is the location at a reasonable place for me to get to? Will it be worthwhile travelling an hour to work each day or should I find a better location that's closer to me? These are things that may not be considered right away because you are so excited about landing that first job right out of college, but is it really worth it if you're spending more in gas than what you're really making?

The next thing that I would take time to consider would be promotions. I would look at it from two different viewpoints: the advertisement of the company and how I would move up to a higher position in the future. I would look at the advertisements of the company because in order to get a paycheck, you need customers. If the company is promoting good advertisements for themselves I would be very pleased with that because that means they are catching the eye of potential customers, which is supplying me with a paycheck. For example Verizon and AT&T are butting heads with their advertisements by trying to put each other down, but it's catching the eye of potential customers. AT&T has proven that they have faster downloading than Verizon, so if you need to download a lot of things from your phone, then AT&T is the way to go. Meanwhile, Verizon has proven that they do get more coverage than AT&T, they went to court over it and Verizon won. That's just an example of something I would look for when it comes to advertising. The other part that I would look into would be the possibility of moving up in the company. I think that's something everyone should strive for. I wouldn't want to start out as a bagger and never move up to a cashier. I want the possibility of moving up to the position of a cashier, supervisor or store manager because it give me something to work hard for.

The last item that I would consider when looking for a job would be the price. Am I going to be making enough money every week to pay all my bills? How often a month do I get paid? When you are in an interview (most likely if you get called back for a second interview) it's important to find out how much money you are going to be making. You should have a basic understanding of how much you owe in bills each month, so make sure you are going to be making enough to cover them. It's also a good thing to find out how often you get paid; it could be weekly, bi-weekly or even once a month.

What do you think is the most important thing to consider when you are looking for a job?