Congratulations, you have been offered a job in the United States. It is time to celebrate your success.
Employees who work an average of at least 30 hours per week, or 130 hours per month, can be considered full-time, according to the Internal Revenue Service IRS. For the purpose of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the IRS acknowledges these hours. According to the IRS, full-time employment ranges from 30-40+ hours per week. Part-time employees are those who work less than 30 hours a week.
Even though you may feel lucky to have been offered this position because you thought it would never be you, it's important to ask the hiring manager further questions if you think that the level of the offer does not match your expectations. Think of yourself as the winner, and not the beggar because you have been chosen among many other competitors. Also, before accepting the job offer, it's important to take into consideration a few factors.
Salary. .Every year, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) publishesinformation about salaries for recent colleage graduates in the United States and for entry-level job seekers. You may use the NACE to position yourself based on the job offer. California, Los Angeles, and Pasadena all have different minimum hourly wages, that will increase over the next few years. The cost of living can vary from city to city and it will impact the value of your salary.
Benefits. Benefits are crucial for you and sometimes for members of you family who may be dependent on you. Benefits can include health, dental and vision insurance, retirement plans, paid vacation, personal/sick days, disability insurance, life insurance, and tuition/educational assistance. Depending on the type of job offer you receive and the specific employer, benefits may or may not be included in your position.
Full Time Position (40 hours a week): benefits are included.
¾ time position (30 hours a week minimum): benefits are included.
½ time position (less than 30 hours a week): benefits are not included.
Work schedule. Having considered the salary and position's benefits, ask yourself if the long commute is worth the job, especially if you are not totally satisfied by the offer. You may be able to agree on a flexible work schedule with the hiring manager, such as working from home some days or arriving after rush hour.
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