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A Guide to Entry-Level Jobs in New York City

by | Jan 21, 2021 | Business

Whether you are moving to New York City, a recent college graduate with a bachelor’s degree from a college in New York City, or a millennial looking for a career change. You are looking for an entry-level position in the city.

There are many questions but the big question is how do you navigate this? Especially during this time, entry-level jobs can be difficult to get but these tips will prepare you for your job search and getting the job. 

How to Find an Entry-Level Position in NYC

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While there are many job posting platforms to look for jobs, there are platforms that cater directly to New York City residents in particular. 

The Built in NYC Platform is a go-to for NYC jobs. You can filter by a variety of different job categories such as content, data entry & analytics, entry-level sales, finance, marketing, operations, and project management. 

It also gives you the option to look in specific locations, in-office vs. remote options, and the size of companies whether that be a startup or a large well-known company. 

If you’re interested in government jobs, here is a website with all government jobs in New York City. Currently, 325,000 employees work in 60+ areas in the city It covers a multitude of locations such as Brooklyn, Bronx, and Manhattan. 

The jobs are in education, health, construction, and many more. Keep in mind though that some jobs do require a civil service system exam to enter. 

You can also check out this hub for all nonprofit positions in the city. It requires registration for the job posters, so you can ensure that the positions are legitimate. 

Along with these platforms, LinkedIn job alerts are perfect to narrow down the city to New York and the skill level entry-level. 

What Does the Entry-Level Compensation Look Like? 

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Entry-level compensation for full-time positions ranges between $23,000 to $49,000 per year. The average salary for an entry-level worker is $32,790. 

Keep in mind the cost-of-living is high in New York. For example, the average rent as of October 2020 is $3,074. Most people who work in the city typically commute from New Jersey areas like Newark or Jersey City. 

10 Skills Desired in New York City

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LinkedIn put together a list of the 10 most needed skills in New York City. These skills are most in-demand by companies and the supply of them is limited. 

If you are in one of these fields, it will be more likely for you to get an entry-level role. 

1. Sales

Sales is “all activities involved in selling a product or service to a consumer or business.” Sales has many entry-level opportunities. 

2. Healthcare Management

Healthcare management is particularly important in the current pandemic. This involves working in any healthcare organization as an organizational leader. 

3. Ecology and Environmental Science

Ecology and environmental science can involve a variety of different fields. Some are animal behavior, conservation biology, population biology, and marine ecology. One role that involves ecology is environmental consultants. 

4. Marketing Event Management

An event marketing manager builds awareness, drives interest and brings people to the event by selling tickets. They are one of the most important people when hosting an event. 

5. Employee Training and Development

Employee training and development has positions where they train employees and help them learn specific skills and knowledge. Typically, they look at the long term performance.

6. Education and Teaching

Being an educator is a highly rewarding position. It can also allow for job growth if you are interested in management positions. 

7. IT Infrastructure and System Management

IT positions are highly desirable and competitive, especially in New York City. However, they are very successful and stable careers to hold. 

8. Mechanical Aerospace Engineering

While this might be a niche career path, it is a highly desired career in the city. 

9. Retail Store Operations

This is a common entry-level position to have in the city. It can be a great starting place job. 

10. Web Programming

If you have technology experience and website building skills, consider going into web programming.

There are skills that recruiters will see as nice to have such as being detail-oriented and high-level communication skills. 

Process of Getting a Job in New York City

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The process of moving to the city and getting a job can be confusing two elements. But, New York transplant and freelance writer, Emily Alford gives her advice.

Give yourself a deadline

State your moving day in the cover letter so companies know you are being serious about moving and the position

Do not seem like you are relocating on a whim. Have goals set on what you want to accomplish in new york

Change your city on LinkedIn to optimize being searched by recruiters

Build a network in the city. Start with alumni groups

Prepare for a point of unemployment. Have a nest egg of $10,000 or more if you are going into the city without a job. The unemployment rate as of October 2020 was 9.6%. 

Finding a full-time entry-level job is difficult. In the meantime, consider a part-time job in the food service or retail industry. If you are able to freelance with your skills, do that as a side hustle. 

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