Let’s be real, a lot of people work to simply pay the bills. So when you’re starting off on your hunt for the perfect job, salary may be the first thing on your mind. But before you jump at the first Help Wanted sign you see, there’s a lot more you should consider.
SHOW ME THE MONEY
First you need to determine the wage or salary you need for the job to make financial sense. Create a budget that considers all of your expenses, from rent and food to entertainment costs. Once you’ve calculated how much money you need to make, visit websites such as Salary.com and Payscale to get ballpark pay ranges for different types of jobs.
CHECK YOUR AVAILABILITY
Now is the time to envision your life, and decide what days and times you want to be working. While many jobs are traditionally 9-to-5, there are many opportunities to work a more flexible schedule. If you go to school part-time or have family responsibilities, consider when you're available and look for jobs that correspond with those times.
Obviously, you need to make sure you can get to your job. But you need to understand the true cost of your method of transportation. Will you have to pay for a pass for public transportation? If you drive there, will you need to pay for daily parking? How much money will you spend on gas? Also, consider the value of your time. If one job will cause you to spend two hours per day sitting in commuter traffic, is it worth it? Maybe so. You just need to beware of what exactly you are signing up for.