You're sitting in the local Starbucks, praying that your cell phone will ring and the caller will offer you a job. Since being laid off last month, you've thought about nothing but finding the right position—and finding it fast. Or maybe you're sitting in a noisy cubicle, hunched over your computer but not seeing what's on the screen. Instead, you're daydreaming about trading in this dead-end job for something more satisfying—a job that makes you eager to go to work each morning.
Chances are, one of these scenarios will sound familiar. The days of lifelong employment at one company are long gone. Most of us will find ourselves job hunting several times during our careers.
But how do you find your dream job? And more to the point, how do you land it? To help answer these and other questions, this month we launch a four-part series on getting the ideal job.
Before you can pursue your dream job, of course, you have to determine what that job is. And there's no better time than the start of a job search to consider what you really want to do. If you're not exactly sure what you're looking for, you can narrow things down by answering some basic questions like the following:
Searching for a job requires both time and energy. But a thoughtful approach can mean the difference between finding a position that's just another job and finding one that provides real fulfillment.
Editor's note: This is the first of a four-part series on job hunting. Next month: Your resume.