How far is salary important in your first job?

Is the pay package the most important factor for you?

How far is salary important in your first job?
By AMCAT updated on 22-Mar-2016            


Does size really matter when it comes to the cheque of your first job? There are various opinions doing the rounds on whether a first time job seeker should or should not consider salary as the most important criteria. We suggest it is important that you take the middle path here. Remember, this is just your first job and you should not pin too many expectations on your pay cheque. Here’s a few things you should keep in mind when you receive an offer letter –

 

 

 

1. This is your first job and surely not the last. Most fresher’s who negotiate excessively forget that there is not a lot of experience backing their demands. At the entry level, there is no shortage of young talent and you may easily miss out on a good opportunity because the employer would have hired another appropriate candidate. Weigh your options before you go ahead and ask for an unjustified package.

 

 

 

2. Look at the intangible benefits the job has to offer. Your first job will pretty much set the tone of your entire career so understand the kind of work or growth potential that is present. Will you have the opportunity to work on challenging projects, is the industry or niche of your choice? Will you be able to learn something new? The experience you gain will play a much more important role in defining your career so think twice before you turn down an offer.

 

 

 

3. If you’re in between negotiating a salary for a new job, don’t wait for the offer to form your strategy. Research online or ask around on what is the kind of average salaries fresher’s are begin offered in the field of your choice. If you’ve done your homework well and still feel that the offer given to you is low, then have some facts to back you up. Don’t just settle if the salary is quite low as compared to industry standards. Put across your point politely but firmly and let the employer know at tall times that you are very interested in the job.

 

  

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This article has been sourced from AMCAT.

 

 

 

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7 things you need to stop doing if you want to be successful

What holds you back from imminent success?

7 things you need to stop doing if you want to be successful
By AMCAT updated on 22-Mar-2016


Every successful person has a unique journey and experience, be it the likes of Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Jack Ma, Mark Zuckerberg and closer home to Dhirubhai Ambani, Ratan Tata. Well they aren’t super humans but did things differently than most people. What was different? Well, there are some common traits that define all of them and is the reason behind who they are today. So if you want to achieve something big in life, here are 7 things you should immediately stop doing –

 

Making excuses – We all make our own choices and our own mistakes. Our actions define us and it is important that we own up to the good and bad of every decision taken and not wriggle out of the consequences. People who are successful are never seen making excuses or justifying their errors. Many of the successful people we know achieved success after several failed attempts. If you’ve made a mistake, own up to it and find a way out.

 

Fearing failure – “If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign that you are not doing anything innovative”. We think this statement by Woody Allen says it all. Most successful people do not fear taking the road not taken. If you’re comfortable following the crowd or simply doing what has been done before, success is far from your grasp. Take chances, explore new territories and don’t look down upon failure, use it as an opportunity to learn and grow.

 

Doubting yourself – If you don’t believe in yourself, you will never be able to convince others to believe in you. Be confident and hold your head high no matter the obstacles that may come your way. Successful people never undermine themselves or let hurdles stop them from believing in their vision. So if you’re constantly questioning yourself, it’s time for a quick attitude check.

 

Getting distracted – Time is money and we all agree. You need to do away with daily distractions that are obstructing your way to success. Do you find yourself saying ‘but’ too often? I was going to do this but…I had a great idea but…I started speaking to a few people but…Find out the reasons for your distraction, it could simply be spending too much time on social media, and get them out of your life. Successful people never have a ‘but’ in their day so if you’ve set out to do something, then do it.

 

Waiting for the right time – There is no such thing as a right time. In order to be successful you need to define your own goals and vision and follow them through. If you keep saying ‘this isn’t a good time’, chances are there never will be one. Be honest and sincere to yourself and what you’ve set out to achieve. Hard work always pays off so don’t sit around for a good time to knock on your door.

 

Being ungrateful – While you’re working your way up the ladder, don’t forget people who have put their faith in you. It’s easy to get clouded by success but you need to be grateful for what you have – be it in terms of finances, friends and family.

 

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This article has been sourced from AMCAT.



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