Do you know how to find the right job for you?

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Perhaps the worst part of job searching? Actually finding a job that you’re interested in, that capitalizes on your experience and is hopefully a step up in responsibility and pay. Anyone who has spent time searching for a job knows it’s a tall order and that the search can quickly wear you down.

However, this phase of your job search doesn’t have to be an uphill battle. By doing some background research and utilizing the resources available to you, your time searching for a job can quickly become time spent finding the job that’s right for you.

For a smarter search, consider these questions:

  • What are similar jobs that you can use your skills and experience in? These are roles you should also consider applying for.
  • Have you gone on any informational interviews? Meet with workers in your field or those who have the job you want to find out how they got to where they are.
  • Are your salary expectations realistic? Learn what the varying pay is for your occupation, and how it changes based on experience and location.
  • Have you reached out to your network? In a personal email or on the phone, speak to network contacts about the type of role you’re pursuing and if they know anybody in your field. Also include a short elevator speech about yourself and your accomplishments.
  • Are you on top of industry news? Find out which big companies are opening new locations, what new skills you could benefit from learning or what jobs are growing the most quickly in your field.
  • Are you considering all of your options? Temporary or part-time work may be a good way to break into a new field or gain experience.

And, for a really smart search, enter this week’s Career Tips Sweepstakes. A one-hour coaching session that offers individualized strategies and advice is up for grabs, and three winners will be drawn on April 15. Each day you enter is another chance to win, all while learning daily tips specific to getting you ahead in your career. Your daily entries will also be added to our grand prize drawing of a $2500 Visa gift card on May 1.

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