Starting Your First Job

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Entering the Workforce

So you’re ready to enter the ranks of the working world for the first time. Congratulations! Entering the workforce is a breeze with this Web guide. Learn where to find a job and internships, pick up tips for the job application process, find advice for that first job and even get help on finding a job without a college degree. View a Spanish-language version of the Guide.

Transitioning from School to Work

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Internships and Volunteer Opportunities

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The Job Application Process

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Starting Your First Job

Even though your first job probably won’t be your last, you still want to be happy, enjoy what you’re doing and hopefully make a decent living. The links below can show you the ins and outs of job etiquette and how to navigate workplace politics.

Insights for Starting Your First Job

  • People who have already entered the workforce can be a great source of advice and guidance, and many of them post on blogs and forums. Try a blog search engine like Technorati or BlogPulse to find helpful information.
  • As always when surfing online, be careful about the information you share. Anyone can contribute to or read the discussion, so don’t give away sensitive or damaging information—especially something that you wouldn’t want a potential employer to read.

Top Sites for Starting Your First Job

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Getting a Job Without a College Degree

There’s no question that, on average, those with college degrees make more money in the long ... read more »

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