It's not unusual for many job seekers to submit their resumes to every new job listing without actually taking the time to think about what they want in a job besides an income.
This "shotgun approach" is ultimately counterproductive. At some point, you will have to narrow your search.
Most of all, you need to know what you want. This will help you to find meaningful, fulfilling work.
Here are several tips for finding your perfect job.
Make A Targeted Cover Letter And Resume
If your cover letter and resume are too general, you probably won't get many calls back. Most employers will assume that you haven't actually taken the time to read the job description. They may even think that you aren't actually interested in getting the job.
Make sure to tailor-make your resume to the job you're applying for. Include relevant keywords, and make sure your objective is specific and clear.
Take Into Account Commuting Time
Do you know how long you will have to commute to get to the workplace? If not, this should factor in to your decision making process.
Some people don't mind long commutes. Others would prefer to be able to work close to home. Some positions will require you to travel frequently. Regardless, it's good to be aware of any travel time that might be part of the job description.
Take Into Account Salary Figures
Do you know how much the job will pay? Do you have an idea of what the salary figures are going to be?
Take some time to think about how much you would like to be earning. Make sure to come up with realistic numbers. Then apply to jobs that are offering what you want.
Take Into Account The Hours
Consider how long you would prefer to be working on a daily basis. Again, make sure to think in realistic terms. Submit your resume to positions that suit your schedule.
Take Into Account The Duties
Are you aware of what the job will require of you? Do you have a clear idea what your duties are going to be if you are hired on?
Take some time to think about the kind of tasks you would like to be doing on a daily basis. If the job description doesn't call for the kind of duties you'd like to be carrying out, it is probably not worth submitting your resume.
Apply To Specific Positions
Instead of applying to every new job posting you see, consider the previously mentioned criteria (commute, salary, hours and duties) and identify the kind of work you would like to be doing.
Once you have a clearer picture of the job you're looking for, your chances of getting that job will greatly increase. You will have narrowed your focus sufficiently to get the attention of employers.