Type of position you’re seeking. Read job descriptions carefully. What skills are necessary to be successful in this position? What talents do you want to utilize on a daily basis?
Work culture of the company or organization. Consider what type of company you want to work for – what aligns with your goals and values? Do you want to work for a large or small organization? Are you interested in a corporation, a nonprofit or a government entity?
Work environment. In what type of daily work environment will you succeed? Do you like a structured routine or a more fluid schedule? Are you interested in a highly professional setting or a more casual workplace?
Geographical location. Job search strategies for a nation- or regionwide job hunt are very different from those limited to one area. Identify which areas or types of areas you’re interested in seeking work.
Salary and benefits. Consider the cost of living in the area you’re planning to reside. Develop a budget of the necessary costs (rent, transportation, student loans, etc.), as well as your occasional/optional expenses (cable TV, gym memberships, travel, etc.). How does the proposed salary range for the positions in your field match your budget? What other benefits (retirement, health insurance, etc.) factor in?
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