3 Tips to Landing the Job You Want

Has the time come for you to seek a different job? If you’re unemployed at the moment, are you looking to get into the workforce?

Those are but two of the questions millions of people across the nation deal with on a daily basis.

For some, finding a new job is a feeling of desperation. They are unhappy in their positions, knowing that change is of the essence.
For others, they know that getting a job is the only thing that very likely will keep them off of the streets.

No matter where you find yourself in the mix, there are steps you need to take to land the job you want. With that in mind, are you ready to see what is out there

Use Commonsense During the Job Search

For you to increase the odds of landing the job you want, keep the following tips in mind:

  1. Commonsense Matters

Knowing when to search for a new job oftentimes falls under the category of commonsense.

If you’re a woman planning on starting a family in the coming months, now is likely not the best time for a career change. The same holds true for the individual caring full-time for a senior parent or other loved one.

Yes, the woman starting a family and the individual caring for someone are more than capable of taking on a new job. That said the timing is not right for now in most instances.

It is also important to know what you qualify for. Although you may want extra responsibilities and the money, are you in fact qualified?

It may come down to going back to school to further your education before you are ready for a new challenge.

  1. Job Market

Having a good feel of the employment market can’t be something you take for granted.

When you have the right job market info in-hand, you are better prepared to begin your search.

There are plenty of job market indicators out there, especially those online. Those websites can help you with the information you need to plot your job hunt in the right direction.

You also want to have a feel for where the best salaries and healthcare benefits are.

Don’t assume that a job in a small market town will mean low wages and benefits. In some cases, employers in smaller regions will offer great pay and benefits to lure new hires there.

Last, make sure you compare salaries nationwide with what you are making in your present job.

It very well may be a case of you being underpaid in your present job and location. If that is true, is it time to talk to your boss about a possible raise? If not working right now, knowing what you could receive in salary if you get the job you want is important too.

  1. Exude Confidence

As you search for the job you most want, are you confident?

Too many job seekers lack the confidence needed to secure the job they want. As a result, those jobs go to other individuals.

From putting together your resume to nailing your interviews, be as confident as you can be.

It is also important that you avid coming across as too confident and even cocky at times.


Remember, the company that may hire you wants team players. They are not looking for individuals to only help themselves. By showing you are willing to work as part of a unit, you increase your odds of landing the job you want.

So, are you ready to get that resume out there and begin interviewing?

About the Author: Dave Thomas covers business and technology topics on the web.