Job Search Step 1: Define Your Ideal Job

Job search is evolving at break neck speed as technology give us faster and easier ways of going about the process of finding a job. To “score” a job interview, you must make a job out of getting a job. The seven steps for an online job search are:


  1. Define your ideal job;
  2. Identify your skills online;
  3. Use online social networking sites to network for jobs;
  4. Find job openings online;
  5. Organize your job search;
  6. Use your resume online; and
  7. Correspond with employers via email.

Step 1: In order to DEFINE YOUR IDEAL JOB you need to know yourself and what you want to do professionally. There are several factors to consider when thinking about the job you want. These are:

  • Your education, knowledge and strengths,
  • the company culture you want to work in,
  • the type of people you want to work with,
  • what city or geographic area you want to work in,
  • how much money you need to make,
  • how much responsibilitiy you will accept, and
  • any other person values.



To help you define your ideal job, consider the following questions. When you know what you want to do the task of finding a position will be infinitely simplier.

You may have already done this work if you have been following my blog and doing the exercises I published last month in the Getting to Know Yourself series.

1. What type of special knowledge do you have? Are you adapt at fixing things, keeping financial records, or cooking food? Write down the things that you know from school, training, hobbies, family experiences, and any other sources.


2. With what types of people do you prefer to work? Do you excel alongside competitive people, hardworking folks, creative personalities, relaxed people, or some other type of co-worker? List the types of people you prefer.

3. What type of work environment do you prefer? Do you like to work outside, inside, in a quiet or a busy place, in a clean or messy/cluttered space, or do you want a window with a nice view? List the types of environments you prefer.

4. Where do you want your next job to be? If you are open to living and working anywhere, what would your ideal community be? In what region of the country, what part of the state, or what city? Near a bus line, close to childcare, urban or rural?

5. What benefits or income do you hope to earn in your next position? Some people will take less money or fewer benefits if they like a job for other reasons or if they have been out of work or underemployed for awhile. Think about the minimum you will accept and what you hope to earn eventually.

6. How much and what types of responsbility are you looking for? Do you want to work by yourself, be part of a group, or be in charge? If you want to be in charge, how many people are you willing to supervise or support?

7. What values are important or have meaning to you? Do you have important values you would prefer to include in considering your ideal job? For example, some people want a position that allows them to help others, protect the environment, offers a variety of tasks, allow a lot of leisure time, gain power, prestige, or exposure, or care for animals or plants. Write down what is important to you and how you might include this in your next job.



It is unusual to find a description of a job that meets all of the criteria you just listed above. For this reason, you should look for a position that meets the most important of the criteria listed above or that meets most of the criteria.


To help you find your ideal job, write a brief description of the responsibilities and duties of such a position. Do not worry about the job title, whether you have the necessary experience, or other practical matters for this task.

Now, get to it . . .


This Blog/Web Site is made available by me, an attorney licensed to practice law in Connecticut. I am not a recruiter, hiring manager, or career agent. Nor am I an expert in any of the areas or issues related to job search activities. I am merely sharing my job search experiences with you. This Blog/Web Site is designed to provide accurate information on the subjects covered but should not be considered professional or legal advice.

Source: Quick Online Job Search, Michael Farr and The Editors @ JIST, 2011 ed.

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