Marilyn Mackes, executive director of the National Association of Colleges and Employers, offers the following suggestions to college students looking to enter the job market:

_Check out an employer prior to the job interview: ``Each year, employers cite researching the organization as the single most important piece of advice they can offer candidates.''

_Before accepting a position, look at other factors beyond salary including the work environment, corporate culture and stability.

_Obtain relevant work experience, preferably in an internship or cooperative studies program: ``Many employers turn first to their own interns and co-op students when they have jobs available.''