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When it comes to working, there really is no such thing as the perfect job. A deadline is missed and that "perfect" job isn't so perfect anymore when you have a red-faced employer or manager screaming at you. But there are lots of ways to find a job that you will be happy and comfortable with.

RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH

Start with your local newspaper's online want ads, employment agencies, and online search engines. Stay away from listings that want you to call a number but are vague about the job in the listing, they are trying to ensnare you without telling you what you'll be doing or offering you the competitive employment package you deserve. Also remember the "If it's too good to be true, it probably isn't true" rule. Read in between the lines of some of them and you'll find certain clauses that prevent you from receiving what they offer right away.

To find online resources simply type "Jobs" into your browser's address bar and it will bring up more jobs than you can search. Many have special features that are of more benefit than others

FOUND IT! NOW WHAT?

Now that you've found some jobs that you can start applying for, its time to do some background research. Browse through the company's web site if available. Most company web sites give a great deal of information about the organization, what the business is about and what they look for in employees. These are invaluable tips.

If they have a phone number, call and speak with the secretary. Find out all you can about the position, the company, the application process (what's required like a state application) and the receptionist's experiences there. Don't be shy, asking questions is okay. Also, phone conversations with possible co-workers is a great idea. If the receptionist is cheerful and more than willing to spend time talking with you, then it's a good company that values input and empowers its employees. If the receptionist is snappy, edgy, nervous, or down right rude, this is a bad sign because this can mean an unsatisfied employee and where there is one, there may be more. Keep in mind that the person might be in a bad mood and could just need a little cheering up so be very polite and patient. He or she might come around in a few minutes

DECIDING FACTORS

Okay, you've got the background, you've studied them and you know the atmosphere. In front of you are the jobs that passed your rigorous tests. Now how do you decide? It boils down to applying and whoever has the most comprehensive benefit package and salary. Make sure you know what the competitive wage is for your field. If you don't make what others in your field do that will create unsatisfaction and cause you to be right back where you started. Also, be sure your comfortable with your interviewer, they may become your next boss.

The key is to get as much information about an employer as possible so you can ask appropriate questions and target your answers to their needs. This will help you both make sure that the job fit is a good one.