Defining Your Personal Criteria, and Utilizing it to Enter the Workforce.

A look into what factors influence one’s personal criteria, and how one can use their own personal criteria to enter the workforce post graduation.

Defining Personal Criteria

As business students, particularly business students that will soon be business graduates, it is important to identify and embrace your personal criteria when choosing a job post graduation. If you take the time to identify the characteristics and qualities of a job that are most important to you before you even begin searching for a job, it will be much easier to identify these characteristics in job listings and weed out the jobs that don’t fit your personal criteria.

We’ve all been there: spending hours scrolling through jobs, trying to find one that fits our needs. Reading a job listing all the way to the bottom just to realize that they are not the job that you are looking for. When you haven’t taken the time to form an idea of the exact criteria that you are looking for in a job, you will spend way too much time scrolling through these listings and reading job descriptions that don’t even fit your personal criteria.

In this post, I will be going over some of the important questions you must ask yourself while defining your personal criteria, as well as providing my own answers to the questions to provide a glimpse into my own personal criteria while searching for a job.

1What criteria do you have regarding the location of your job?

Most people have an answer to this question straight away. This is because most of the time, people have an idea of what kind of life they want to live, and location can play a huge part in that. For me, location is extremely important. I want to work for a company that is located in the triangle area. This is because I want to raise my family in the same area that I was raised in. I have lived in North Carolina for my entire life, and though I enjoy the occasional trip out of state, my heart will always belong to North Carolina.

2What is your ideal starting salary, and what is your eventual salary goal?

This is another extremely important thing to consider when entering the job market. For some people, salary isn’t that big of a deal, but for others it is the reason they chose the field that they chose. I am planning to go into Human Resources Management post graduation, so for me salary will vary depending on what area of Human Resources I choose to go into. Salary isn’t a huge factor for me personally, so it won’t have much of an affect on where I choose to work post graduation.

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3Is company culture important to you?

In today’s world, many companies pride themselves on their culture. A company’s culture can be summed up by its goals, values, attitudes, practices or anything else that represents who they are as a company. Many people want to work for a company who’s culture lines up with their own personal goals, values, and thought processes. I like to think that I have a pretty open mind, so I would be open to working with companies with different kinds of cultures. If I find a company who shares my own personal mind set, I would be more inclined to work for them, but for me culture is not a make or break aspect of my personal criteria.

4Are you okay with having to travel for work?

Many people dream of having a job that will allow them to travel and see different parts of the country or even the world. Working in Human Resources, there are job opportunities that may require me to travel frequently for work. Personally, I would prefer to not have to travel for work, as I want to eventually have kids and I do not to be gone for long periods of time.

5What does your ideal schedule look like?

Some people like the ideal set work schedule, where they know what days and times they will be expected to work each week. Others, however, enjoy the flexibility of an ever changing work schedule with hours that differ from week to week. For me, the idea of a set work schedule, working the same days each week at the same times is the most appealing situation. I currently work a job that has set hours and I enjoy knowing when I am expected to be at work so I can easily plan other aspects of my life around my work.

6Are you okay with working weekends?

There are some jobs out there that may require you to work on the weekends. This means missing out on other things that may be happening on the weekends. For some, this is no problem, while others won’t even entertain the idea of working on a weekend. I fall someplace in the middle. I would prefer to only work during the week, but if the occasional need arises for me to work on a weekend, I would not mind.

7How do you feel about overtime?

Some jobs will ask their employees to work overtime more frequently then others. This means working your regular hours, and then also working extra hours to meet the needs of the company. I am alright with having to work overtime occasionally to meet the needs of the company, but I don’t think that I would enjoy having to work overtime on a regular basis.

8What kind of benefits are you looking for in a job?

Most full time positions offer their employees some kind of a benefits package. This can include health insurance, vision, dental, 401K, retirement savings, and many other things. It is important to know what benefits you are looking for in a company. For me, the most important benefits are going to be health insurance and retirement planning. This means that I would want to keep my eyes open for job openings at companies that excel in those benefit areas.

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9Are you looking for a company you can grow with?

Many college graduates aren’t picky when they are applying for their first job out of college because they know that if it isn’t a great fit, they can always move to another company later on. Others want to start and end their career with the same company. For me, growth is important, as I wouldn’t want to start with a company in a starting position and then never have an opportunity to advance any further from there. My goal is to work my way up from an entry level Human Resources position to a higher Human Resources position.

10Do you want to work for a company with multiple locations?

Many companies have more than one location that they work out of. Many people seek out these companies so that they have the flexibility to move around later on without having to worry about starting over at a new company. A company that has multiple locations have the potential to transfer their employees based on the needs of the company or the needs of the employee. For me, whether or not a company has multiple locations is not a huge factor of my personal criteria, as I do not plan to move anywhere far away from where I am now.

11What kind of work would you prefer to be doing?

For business students, the kind of work that they could be going into post graduation can vary depending on what kind of business degree they have earned and what their personal goals are. I am getting my Bachelor Degree in Business Administration, and I am concentrating in Human Resources. This means that I could get a job that only requires a Business Administration Degree, or I could get a job that is focused in on Human Resources. I want to go into a Human Resources focused job, which means that I will then have to narrow my choices down even further and decide on which area of Human Resources I want to work in. This will be important for my personal criteria because I will want to make sure that I am choosing a job that will meet the expectations I have for my ideal job description.

12Do you wish to work for a bigger company or a smaller company?

This is another important factor when choosing a job. Some people prefer the community feeling of a smaller company, while others want to experience the corporate feeling of working for a bigger company. Having worked for both big and small companies in the past, I would have to say that they both have their pros and cons. I wouldn’t mind working for a big company or a small company, but I don’t want to work for a company that is too big or too small to meet the needs of my personal criteria.

13What is your ideal management situation?

It is important to know what management style works for you when you are searching for a job. Some people work better when they have a manager that is on top of everything they are doing, while other thrive in an environment where management allows them to take on a little more responsibility and works with them at a distance. Personally, I prefer to have a set of guidelines to follow, a manager to report to, and the freedom and autonomy to do the work that I was hired to do without having a manager overseeing my every move.

14What are you looking to get out of the work that you are doing?

Knowing what you want to get out of a career opportunity is important in finding a job that is going to be the best fit for you. If you are looking for a job with the intent of gaining experience it may be easier to find a job. If you are looking for a job that you can grow with and work your way up in, it may take a longer time to find your perfect fit. You may be looking for work that excites you, fulfills you, or just simply allows you to put your degree to use. No matter what it is that you are hoping to get out of your job, it is important to know this ahead of time. I am searching for a job that will leave me feeling accomplished at the end of each day, I want to go home with a sense of purpose and fulfillment from the work that I am doing. I also want to help people, which is why I chose the Human Resources field.

15Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I feel as though we get asked this question a lot as business students, but that is because it is important for us to know where we want to be in the future so we can actively work towards our goals. You want to choose a job that aligns with your future goals. In 5 years, I see myself working at a job I love as a Human Resources Representative. I don’t know what area of Human Resources I want to go into yet, but once I decide it will become a part of my 5 year plan. I want to be financially independent at that point, and will hopefully started taking steps towards purchasing my first home.

Blog Post 2: Angelina Greco

I would define creativity, in the simplest terms, as one’s ability to use their imagination and create. I know that, personally, I feel the most creative when I have an idea that I am passionate about or when I am working on a personal project. I know that others feel the most creative when they can dive into the deepest parts of their mind and bring it to life in the best way that they know how.

I would say that confidence is important in writing because if you don’t believe in what you are writing, how can you expect your reader to believe in what you are writing? You have to take yourself as seriously as you want your readers to take you. I feel like when you are writing you should always instill the confidence in yourself to know that the work that you are putting out there is good and is worth reading.

I believe that writing confidence can be built by practicing your writing whenever you get the chance to do so. This could be executed in many different ways. Creative writing is a great way to build confidence in writing because you are writing your own stories and your own truth. Another great way to build confidence in writing is keeping a journal or a diary and writing in it for your own personal enjoyment. This is a great way to build confidence in writing because you are not only getting experience writing, you are also expressing your own thoughts and feelings, which can be beneficial for your mental and physical well being. Another way to build confidence in writing is to have people review your writing. This could be done via a peer review type set up, or by a friend or family member. Sometimes having someone tell you what you did right, or even what you could improve upon is the best way to grow as a writer.

Something that I genuinely enjoy doing is spending time with my family and friends. I feel as though I could bring this into my work by using my experiences with my family and friends as real world examples when it is fit to do so in my writing. I love real world examples because they help to bring the information to life in a way that makes it easier to understand.

The number one that stood out to me from the book Steal Like an Artist was “Be nice (the world is a small town). I know that it doesn’t have much to do with writing, but I really enjoyed the philosophy of treating the entire world as though it is a small town where everyone knows everyone else. Being nice is so important because you really don’t know what people are going through behind the scenes, and what you know about the situation is only a fraction of what may actually be going on all together. I do think that this can be tied to writing in the sense that when we are reviewing each other’s work we need to be able to do so in a way that is constructive, but not hurtful. We should be able to critique someone else’s work without tearing it down.

One thing from the book that I disagree with is practicing productive procrastination. Let me add, however, that I only disagree with this point for me personally. I have seen others follow this and have wonderful things come out of it, but for me, any kind of procrastination is negative procrastination. This is because I know that there are things that I am supposed to be doing, and by putting them off I am just causing myself stress. I have never gotten a great idea out of procrastination, only stress. I do see how this would work for others, but it is just not my cup of tea.

Angelina Greco’s Introduction Blog

Hello everyone! My name is Angelina Greco and I am a Business Administration major here at North Carolina State University concentrating in Human Resources. After graduation, I am hoping to get a job as a Human Resources specialist or representative so that I can eventually work my way up to working as a Human Resources Manager at a corporate level company somewhere here in Raleigh, North Carolina. I have lived in the Raleigh area my entire life, and I love it here!

My relationship with writing is a bit complicated at the moment. I keep a journal, and I enjoy writing in it daily because I can write whatever I want without really having to worry about how it sounds or whether or not it makes sense. However, I am not as enthusiastic about professional writing because I feel as though there are so many rules that must be followed when writing in a professional setting. That is the main reason that I am excited to be taking this class this semester, as I am hoping that taking a class that requires me to dive deeper into professional writing will help me to learn the best way to approach it. I am also hoping that by taking this class, I will be able to increase my confidence when it comes to writing in a professional setting.

My professional experience is limited mostly to retail jobs. I began working at Banana Republic Factory Store in Smithfield, NC when I was 16 years old. I worked there for 4 years, and eventually worked my way up to a part time management position. Unfortunately, our store closed permanently this past August, and I had to move on from Banana Republic. I have also held a work study position while I was a student at Johnston Community College where I worked as a student worker in the library on campus. I enjoyed that job because it was very different from the retail setting that I was used to, and it also had a more professional feel than retail did. Currently, I am working as a Stow Associate at the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Garner, North Carolina. I like this job because there is always opportunity for growth at a company as large as Amazon is. I have been looking into internship options through the Human Resources department at Amazon, and I am hoping to possibly grow with that company once I graduate.

I wouldn’t say that I get to exercise my creativity as often as I would like to, but I do keep a journal that I write in daily. I like to recap my day and work through any thoughts or feelings that I had that day. I also enjoy drawing and coloring in adult coloring books when I have the time to do so. When I was in high school, I did recreational dance outside of school, and I loved doing that, but I don’t have the time for it now between work and school.

My personality type, according to the test, is ISFJ. I think that the test was pretty accurate for me, as I do approach most things with great caution. I am also a big people pleaser (sometimes to a fault) and I am constantly considering how my actions are going to affect the thoughts and feelings of those around me. I am also very organized with most things that I do, and I get a sense of pride out of keeping things organized and easy to access. I would say that the personality test was pretty spot on for me personally. I think that taking the test was very beneficial for me because it has helped me to better understand why I do some things the way that I do.

My main goal for this course is to improve my professional writing skills, as well as gain a better sense of confidence in my professional writing skills. I am looking forward to a great semester with everyone!