Being able to find a job that will make you feel satisfied and content starts with knowing exactly what you are looking for.  The first step you must take when you find yourself in the Job Seeker realm should be to make a detailed list of the job attributes you are seeking and break that list into “have to have” and “like to have” characteristics.  You should have this list in mind as you search, apply, interview, and consider your offer packages for job opportunities.

Here are some quick and easy recruiting tips that will not only help guide you throughout the stressful Job Search process but will also help you find the perfect job for you.

Choose a job that will ultimately make you the happiest – Look at the entire job package and choose the job that fits best into the “have to have” and “like to have” list you have made.  This is one of the most important recruiting tips I can give you on this topic:  Choosing the position that will make you happy, satisfied and content not only has psychological benefits but also has health benefits due to lower levels of stress.

Find a Job with Good Benefits – Benefits are something that most entry-level or less experienced job seekers often don’t seriously consider.  Don’t underestimate how choosing a job with benefits you find important will go a long way in enabling you to be…and to stay… satisfied.

Choose a Job with Opportunities for Advancement – You will likely want to find a job that provides an opportunity for promotion.  Look for companies able to equip you for the future via mentoring programs and training workshops targeted to hone your skills.  You also want to make sure you choose a company that will complement your strengths.

Do Your Research – It is critical you as the job seeker research your potential future employers.  If you fail to follow any other recruiting tips in this article, please pay attention to this one!  What is the company culture?  Is the company well respected within the industry and financially stable?  Are the corporate values and code of ethics in line with yours?  Have there been any lawsuits, complaints, or accusations against the company, especially from former employees? Does the company offer a career path in alignment with your goals?

Lastly, but very importantly, another thing you should consider is the commute to and from work.  I consistently have people tell me that a 40 mile commute in traffic is not an issue…and maybe it won’t be at first if you are gaining some of the other job attributes you think are important.  However, the reality is that even if the commute a non-issue at first, a combination of high gas prices and rush-hour traffic will not only cut into your financial budget, but will impact your work-life balance.  Commuting can potentially cause stress and irritate you before your day at the office even starts.

Written by Eric Lee

Investing in a Lifetime of Success,

Angela Roberts


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