10 Tips When Looking For For Your First Adult Job

After you graduate college, the grind officially begins to try and land your first real “adult” job. Finding your first job can seem and feel like a job within itself, and before you start your quest, there are 10 things to consider when you’re looking. Take a look at these 10 things you’ll want to consider when you begin to look for your first adult job. Good luck!

1. Your Resume


Always, Always, ALWAYS consider your resume and in most cases a cover letter when you’re looking to snag your first adult job out of college. Your resume itself should be specific, yet short and sweet. Keep it to a single page. Your potential future employer is going to be looking at so many resumes, and you want to make their job a bit easier by getting to the point. Organize your accomplishments and incorporate a little bit of color or design to stand out

2. Your Location

Deciding where you want to work is an incredibly important factor to not only consider, but decide on before you start looking for jobs. Take the time to ask yourself the important questions about where you want to work and make a note of them. Do you want to live at home for awhile before getting your own apartment? Or do you want to take the leap and move to a new city? Once you figure out where you want to work, apply to positions that are open in that particular area and continue to follow through. Make sure that if you’re looking to move across the country or to a new state that you scope out the area BEFORE you apply for jobs there. There’s nothing more disappointing and scary than moving to a new city, alone and working your first adult job only to realize you HATE living there.

3. Your Potential Employer

When you’re looking for your first real adult job, remember that the interview in a way is a bit two-sided. While your potential employer is looking to see if you’re a good fit for the job, you also want to make sure you’re a good fit for your employer. Go to the interview prepared and ready with questions and inquiries of your own, to make sure your potential future boss is someone you’d enjoy working for and look out for signs of some good chemistry. Remember that this is the person you’ll be reporting to most of the time so you’ll want to get along.

4. Your (Work) Environment

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Your office is pretty much become your second home, as you’ll be spending a majority of your time there, so you want to make sure you’re accustomed to the environment and are comfortable with it.  Because there will be days where you’re gonna have to put in long hours, finding the right work atmosphere for you is crucial. Make sure when you’re on a job quest that you make a note of the work atmosphere and environment. Check out the attire, if the office is laid back or more straight-laced if workers are friendly or to themselves and so on and so forth.

5. Your Connects

When it comes to adulting and finding your first real adult job, sometimes, unfortunately, it is all about who you know. During your job search, using a connection can be very helpful and could help you get your foot in the door to a company that may never even considered you. Reach out to your peers and use LinkedIn to help you out.

6. Your Patience

When it comes to working and landing your first real adult job, there are two fundamental things you need to consider: your passion and your patience. It’s important to remember while you’re looking for a job that the process isn’t always cut and dry or easy.

You’ll likely spend at least a few months on your laptop sending in endless cover letters and resumes. You’ll go on interviews that don’t go well, and sometimes you’ll feel frustrated because you’re beyond ready to get into this “real world” thing, and you’re just waiting for an employer to notice you and your skills. When things get a little frustrating take a deep breath and remind yourself that things will all eventually work out.

7. Your Side Hustle


In a perfect world, you’ll snag a job that pays you what your worth and you’ll be able to live the life you’ve afforded for yourself with ease. Unfortunately, for most people, that’s hardly ever the case, and most first adult jobs and employers will have you being underpaid. In that case, it’s important to consider getting a side hustle to help assist in your living costs or until you get on your feet.

8. Your Expenses/Salary

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Speaking of side hustles and money, when you’re on the hunt for your first adult job, while passion and an eagerness to get out there is all good, it’s also important to remember that money matters. When applying for jobs, make sure you’re realistic about the salaries and your expenses. While that job may be great for the experience, if you know your rent is more than the $50 monthly stipend they are offering, you have to be honest with yourself and consider your living expenses.

Also, always argue for a higher salary when you get a job offer. Employers are prepared for new hires to ask for more money and are prepared for it. So argue for a higher wage, you’re worth it.

9. Your Work/Life Balance


Often times what happens to post-grads once they land their first adult job is what’s known as the “burn out.” Being excited and wanting to give your all at your new job is admirable at best, but going so hard that after two weeks you’ve suffered many nervous breakdowns and haven’t slept is another. Make sure that once you land your first adult job that you’re giving your all during your work hours and also taking some time for yourself to relax and take care of yourself when you punch out. Don’t overdo it.

10. Your Next Job

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Thinking about your next job before you’ve even landed your first one may be far-fetched, but it’s definitely something you’ll want to consider for the future. Most of the time, your first adult job is more or less a stepping stone. When you really sit down and think about it, you have your entire career ahead of you. Everybody has to start somewhere, and you’ll likely have to get some experience in before your land your dream job. Use your first job to help build up that experience you’ll need down the line.

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