The difference between finding a job and finding the best job for you often requires a well-defined strategy. Identifying how your personal ambitions, goals and needs align with a particular job opportunity is not an easy task.
However, it is essential that you describe these factors when looking for a job that is right for you. Below you will find the most up-to-date information on Indeed’s features and the guide on how to find a job you will love.
How to find a job that’s right for you? Start by deciding what you want in a job.Research job titles and descriptions.
Review salary trends.Identify your must-haves.Experiment with different job searches.Use advanced search tools to avoid the noise.Conduct company research.Determine if you meet the requirements.
Decide what you want in a job
At the start of your job search, spend some time reflecting on what has prompted you to look. Are you interested in doing the same job for a different employer? Do you want to change career paths? Are you entering the job market for the first time? Are you returning from an employment gap?
Each of these circumstances presents a different way of narrowing in on the jobs you want. There are several resources on Indeed to help you explore your options:
To better understand the meaning of different job titles, you can review hundreds of different job titles — learning what the job entails and what skills may be required. (The Bureau of Labor Statistics also provides up-to-date information on a comprehensive set of occupations.)
Salary trends is a tool that let you see the trends in compensation for specific jobs in different locations. Enter a job title and you’ll see the salary range in various cities and with different employers.
Identify your must-haves
The next step in finding the jobs that are right for you is to identify your non-negotiables and areas where you may be more flexible. Each person will have a distinct list. Here are some examples of what you may have in mind:
Examples of non-negotiables may be:
The industry or discipline you want to work in
A wage or salary you can’t go below
Benefits such as health insurance or paid time off
Location and commute time
Examples of where you may be more flexible:
You aren’t attached to a particular job title (associate, specialist, or another designation)
Would like but don’t need added benefits such as the ability to work from home
Working at a small business versus a large company
The amount of travel your job entails
Deciding which factors are must-haves and which are negotiable will help you move forward with confidence.
Experiment with different job searches
The best way to get a feel for the jobs that are available to you is to try out different search terms. As you search, you’ll get better at recognizing the jobs that feel right and those that don’t.
If you’re not sure where to begin, it’s a good practice to start with broad search terms and steadily narrow it down. For example:
You begin a search with “Customer support” in Austin, Texas.
The result: job posts appear in the thousands.
Next, search for “Customer support specialist” in Austin, Texas.
The result: total job posts are in the hundreds now.
In the search results, certain titles may jump out at you. You can now conduct new searches for each of these. If you really like the results you’re getting with a particular search, set up a job alert — you’ll receive new matching jobs in your email on a daily or weekly basis, depending on your preference. You can create multiple job alerts and pause or delete them at any time.