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Recent Graduates - It's Job Search Reality Time

Turning down a job offer based solely on rate of pay? You might be missing the big picture, and a potential opportunity.

Here’s an excerpt from an email I received recently. (Background: A candidate, and soon-to-be graduate, was declining an IT Help Desk job offer because it offered ~$5,000 less than their annual salary goal.)

“Hello David,
I’m currently looking for jobs with starting salary that start >$45,000 since I will be graduating this May with a bachelor in CIS and few experiences working at help desk, I am not 100% sure if I want to work for $19/ hour, 12 hours per day.
If anything changes I will let you know.”

Hold on! Before you discard that opportunity, take a moment to reconsider & look at the TOTAL compensation package. It’s more than an hourly rate, or annual salary.

Here are some things to consider:

  • Benefits such as Health Insurance & Disability Insurance - the average cost of carrying your own health insurance can be quite shocking.

  • Stock Options - invest in your future!

  • Paid Industry Certifications - these provide a lifetime of returns.

  • Paid Time Off – holidays, sick leave, etc.

  • Overtime – boost your bottom line with the chance to add in extra hours.

  • Is there a shift differential?

But wait…there’s more – how about the intangibles… those added benefits you can’t necessarily put a dollar value on:

  • Company Culture

  • Name Recognition

  • Resume Builder

  • Mentorship

  • DOL Statistics (an IT Job = 26 months on Average)

  • Getting “Noticed” – Creating Your Professional Network

There are so many things to consider when you’re out there on the job search – keep an open mind and look at things through a wide lens. Investigate every aspect of what the potential employer has to offer.

Feeling stuck? We are here to help you WIN! Schedule a free consultation to review your job search strategy.

Schedule a free consultation, email, or give us a call today.

Tel: 716 - 253 - 6009



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Here at StepForte, we understand that change is not always easy. We have been helping people make career transitions since 1997. Our many years of experience have taught us that we should do what we love - and our passion is finding you your next career opportunity.

We specialize in helping those candidates who are frustrated by the job application process. If you have applied for numerous opportunities on-line, only to be rejected by a machine-generated (AI) response - or just plain “ghosted” by an HR professional or a recruiter...then our program is for you.

In the past 20+ years we have helped thousands of recent graduates, mid-career job seekers, executives and international / immigrant candidates find their next step.

Our amazing team of experts is ready to help you develop strategies to beat the system, so that you actually get the “call-back” - and then win the interview. We will be there with you when you prepare for the interview - and when you negotiate YOUR best offer.

Click Here for the Introduction Video about our 7 step process & step bravely toward your dream career.

Schedule a free consultation, email or give us a call today to see how far you can really go!

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