What to Look for in Your First Job as a New Grad

Landing your first job as a recent graduate is a big step in the professional world. It’s not always easy, but it doesn’t have to be done alone. Staffing agencies provide a wealth of resources to ensure that therapy and allied healthcare new grads can successfully find a fulfilling career. There are several factors to consider and steps to take to assure that your career path begins in the right direction.

What to Look for in Your First Job

Career Adviser

  • A career adviser can be advantageous to anyone and everyone in a healthcare field. These professionals help you perfect your resume so that it is concise, transparent and informative. They coach you through interview processes and prepare you for your first day at your new job. Above all else, they are great consultants for career advice. Whether you’re a physical therapist, occupational therapist, or speech-language pathologist, you will be connected with a recruiter who will make you feel comfortable throughout the employment process and act as your career adviser. These advisers are equipped to field any and all questions you may have about the working world. Their experience with clients and submitting candidates give them expertise in finding you a job.

Mentor Program

  • Beyond a career adviser, it’s also important to have a mentor in your field. A mentor is someone you can trust, who will be present with their time and able to share knowledge, skills and expertise with you. No matter what your discipline, an agency can link you with a mentor who has gone through the same or very similar experiences as you. A recent grad will be paired with a mentor who has worked in their field for years. This mentor will also provide support and motivation, as well as offer their knowledge and experience in your particular field.

Diverse Locations and Settings

  • Imagine trying out three new jobs before committing to one. Some staffing agencies provide this option for new graduates. Everyone should love where they work. This is why agencies provide short-term assignments in different facilities and cities throughout the nation. You should discover what you love before you commit. Any professional in any industry would be envious of such a unique benefit.

What You Need

  • Do you care more about a flexible schedule instead of a 9-5 job? Does competitive pay matter to you? It’s important to have answered these questions before looking for your first job. Additionally, you must distinguish the difference between what you want and what you need. Is health and dental insurance something that you’ll need to rely on? Would you prefer to be in close proximity to your family or do you want to travel to exciting destinations? These are all questions to consider when looking for your first job.


At Supplemental Health Care, we offer career advisers and a BUILD mentor program to help recent grads navigate their new careers. We offer competitive pay, benefits, reward programs, and perks to all our healthcare professionals. SHC has offices across the country to assist you day or night and more than 30 years of healthcare staffing experience. 

If you’re looking for assistance in taking that first step, you’re not alone. We are excited about the opportunity to help you through the process. Worry less about the job search, so you can get started in your career and care more for your patients.