The first step in a successful job search is to conduct a self assessment.  Self assessment means asking questions of yourself that will help you to evaluate who you are and where you want to be. For example, what are you interests, skills, and values? What are your strengths and weaknesses? What are your priorities? What are you willing to sacrifice in order to achieve your goals? You should also consider factors such as geography, work settings, and economics and their relative importance to your happiness.  The more you understand about yourself, the better prepared you will be to make satisfying career choices.