What is your ideal job?

What is your ideal job?

How much money do you want to make per year? What type of company do you want to work for? What sort of educational background are you looking for in an employer? These are all questions that can be answered easily enough with a little bit of time and research, as well as self-reflection. Whether your current job situation isn’t working out, or you’re just entering the workforce, there are so many questions that must be answered when it comes to finding your ideal job and employer, whether they exist yet or not.

Define what you want

So, you’ve looked around and you’re still not sure what career you want to pursue. Take a deep breath. There’s no need to pick one right now. Research has found that young adults often jump into jobs without much consideration for whether or not it will actually make them happy (see Career Satisfaction above). So take some time to really think about what career will fit your interests, skills, passions and personality. And know that there are lots of different types of careers out there—some require specific college degrees and other don't; some have entry-level positions while others are only open to experienced professionals—so take as much time as you need until you're 100% certain about what type of career you want!

Get Specific

It’s important to start off with some specifics, so you can more easily weed out jobs and employers that aren’t quite right for you. Some questions to ask yourself include: What industry would I like to work in? What do I want my salary to be (or my hourly wage)? How much vacation time do I want or need each year, and what are my minimum requirements for a vacation package? Do I prefer an open office space or working from home? What kinds of perks or benefits would make me happy at work, such as free lunches, health care or flextime options?

Look at Online Jobs

If you've been actively looking for a job, you probably have a good idea of what types of jobs you would consider and what types you won't. Although that may seem like a good place to start, it may not be enough. Instead, create a detailed profile of your ideal employer by answering questions like: What do I want to get out of my next job? How many hours will I work each week and where will I work them (in an office or in my home)? Is salary/benefits an important factor in my decision-making process or is something else most important to me? Do I want additional training opportunities with my new employer or should they just hire me on as someone who can do the job without much instruction from others?

Know How to Sell Yourself

You may not think that you need to apply for a job with a polished resume and cover letter. But trust us, if you want to get hired at places like Goldman Sachs or Deloitte, you’re going to need something with which to entice recruiters. That doesn’t mean it has to be perfect—or anywhere near perfect—but it does mean that employers will take you more seriously if they see that you have some level of experience crafting your own resume. Some employers might even ask for one as part of their application process! If nothing else, put in an hour or two in Google Docs and make sure there are no spelling errors.

Be Persistent

When you’re looking for a new job, it can be easy to get caught up in all of the excitement and forget about some of basics. So make sure that you’re doing a lot of research about where you want to work, as well as crafting and distributing stellar resumes and cover letters. If you're sending out hundreds of applications, don't just send them out -- track which ones are getting responses. Use that information to direct future efforts -- if one or two companies seem like they would be a good fit, emphasize them in your follow-up efforts.

Don’t Forget the Basics

Once you’ve zeroed in on an industry, some general areas of interest and a region, do some background research. Make sure there’s a market for what you want to do. Check out websites that list open positions to see if anything interests you. If nothing does, try creating a profile that describes what would interest you. Work through each step of setting up a professional-looking LinkedIn profile so that when something comes along that fits, you can apply for it quickly.

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