When you are looking for a job, do you know what you want? How picky are you? Do you hate looking for a job so much that you say yes to the first place that offers? Or do you hold out a bit more to find something that better matches what you want? For me (an over-thinker), I like to make a list of items that I want my ideal job to have and then evaluate each job opportunity against that list. Your list can be as long or as short as you wish. Here are a few ideas to get your list stated:

  • Work environment
  • Salary
  • Benefits
  • Title
  • Daily responsibilities
  • Distance from home (and other lifestyle impact issues)
  • Start date
  • Company size
  • Amount of required travel
  • Advancement opportunities
  • Dress requirements
  • Total hours, days and shifts worked
  • Special projects
  • Reporting structure
  • Equipment used
  • Training
  • Ability to use skills
  • Team or individual environment

Of course, a list doesn’t work for everyone. An ideal job list may work for certain people in certain situations. Now, if you just need a job, money, or want to get back in the workforce, your list may be shorter and have a few more optional items. Every person’s situation is unique. It’s up to you what to put on the list.

It would be a rare occasion to get absolutely everything you want in one job – perfect location, salary, commute, responsibilities, etc. If you find it, take it! If you get pretty close, that’s good, too. Remember, the happier you are at work, the better chance you have for success.

What types of things would you put on your ideal job list? Are there any must haves? Let us know in the comments.

Jill Kempka

About Jill Kempka


Jill loves to share information about ways to keep up with the changing world of work. She focuses on quick tips, facts and helpful lists to give job seekers tactics and advice they can immediately use.