I’m entering my second week in my new position of account executive and social media specialist at AGP & Associates

And, I love it.

I wish there were some magical formula to finding the perfect workplace, but there isn’t. In my experience, it is going with your “gut.”

But, there is more to it than that. What considerations should come into play when accepting a job offer? Here’s my thoughts:

My decision to accept a job at AGP was greatly influenced by the fact that I had been working here since September as an intern.

Tip 1: If possible, spend time working (or even volunteering) at the place you think you would like to end up. Not only will you learn about the kind of work you might be doing, but you will get to know the company culture. Additionally, your transition from intern to professional will be easier.

I also love mid-Michigan (hence the reason I freelance as the managing editor of Vision Mid Michigan). I’ve visited both Chicago and Washington, D.C. and knew immediately that I wasn’t a “city girl.” Columbus, Ohio wasn’t bad, but I still missed the Great Lakes State while I was away at Fahlgren Mortine.

Tip 2: Find a workplace near a place you want to live. You spend 40 to 50 hours at work, but you won’t be living there.

One of the really attractive benefits to working at AGP was the opportunities for growth, both within the company and for myself as a professional and person.

Tip 3: Opportunities for growth are extremely important and should be a key consideration when accepting a job.

I’m also excited that my new job challenges my skills and is requiring me to learn new things. I also have the opportunity to carve out my own niche in my newly created position at the agency.

Tip 4: Seek challenges and opportunities. You should never stop learning and growing.

What would you suggest to someone who is considering a job offer?

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  2. Benefits are a major consideration. Never downplay the importance of benefits including health, dental and vision insurance.

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Rachel M. Esterline works in public relations and marketing communications. Her blog, ExPRessions, contains her musings about PR, marketing, career and professional development, Gen Y issues, personal branding and more. Rachel also does freelance consulting and writing. She is originally from Genesee, Mich., and will graduate from Central Michigan University in May 2010.