Brian Alden: Applying for jobs could be a long process. So it's important you make sure you are choosing options that are good fit for you now and in the future. There is no sense putting your time and effort into applying for a job that ultimately isn't a good match. First, make sure that your skills and abilities are truly aligned with those the employer is looking for. At the same time don't be deterred if you are missing one or two of the skills needed for an otherwise ideal job as the employer may consider certain skills more important than others. If you are thinking about a career change, consider looking for an entry level job in a new field. Make sure you make a clearing application that you are trying to switch careers and leverage your previous experience. There is a good chance that you have the skills that apply to any career. Next, check out the commute before you take the time to prepare an application, make sure you are willing to make the drive. With high gas prices; long distance commuting can take a large portion of your salary. On the flip side, local jobs you may have once over looked may now hold more appeal. Finally, make sure the salary range is in line with what you are looking for. If the salary information is not posted, there are plenty of online resources that provide free and accurate salary information. Keep in mind, benefits such as health coverage and vacation time may make up for a salary that's not quite as high as you expected. Remember to research as much as possible before you go through the effort of completing a job application, that way when you get an interview, you already know this job is the one you really want.