The American-made concept of an “Ideal Job” is a term that is bandied about by countless corporate recruiters and psychologists. While I agree that it does apply a certain amount of stigma or stigma with a negative connotation of “jokes” and lines of “only the lucky” fall into this category, I question whether the concept is necessarily accurate.

At the risk of ruining my image as a “Professional HR Recruiter” who is paid to identify what a “perfect” job means to companies often, and underline an analysis, I will offer a query that I’ve received recently on an internet job site. The query was: “What is the perfect job for me?” Although I’m not suggesting that our industry Data Operation professionals should be playing the cards at Las Vegas in the hopes of winning a prize, I will propose some thoughts on what a “perfect” job means.

What does a job include? This is the easiest question of all; the job could mean so many things, so many different things, and so many different things. The ultimate and overarching objective behind the answer to this question is to align the factors of a position with the overall desires of the position to best meet company objectives. I also use this in my decision-making as to whether or not to pursue a position as a Recruiter, Executive Recruiter, Project Recruiter, or just a Recruiter.

Regardless, a candidate for a position has to be able to answer the following questions: 1.) Am I the best candidate for this position? 2.) What value does the company see in me? If there are many candidates for the position, the candidates often start out with the same value proposition across companies. If there is a disconnect with the value that each candidate presents, then a situation is developing where each candidate is essentially trading one job for another, without understanding what they both want. When companies are winning bids for projects, the value is always key to this final point. This is a microcosm of working on the farm and winning the next deed up or down the track. If I do a great job on a risk, bidding price I have a chance to lock down the deal and make a profit, but on the flip side I set myself up to have a position for which the company can’t find another candidate to go at.

Clearly, to me, it all centers around the absolute need to identify what interests the company in the individual, what they want from the position, and what value they can sell to someone in the hiring process. What this also implies is that while there are no guarantees, a candidate simply has to address the first two points to have a fighting chance at an interview and ultimately career with any company. If you are unsure of what a company’s “perfect job” is, you would be well served to visit their website, place your own inquiry, visit the Human Resources department, or contact the applicant directly. Don’t fall into the trap of asking a company that you are interested in the ” perfect job” and then giving them the ultimate answer. Go to the company and talk to someone at Human Resources. Get as much information about the job and identify valuable data that might be of interest to the company in use. Ensure that if any of your skills are of value to their company that you clearly state this in your resume.

At this point you may be asking yourself, so is giving the best interview a reason to look for the perfect job? Not necessarily. In fact, if we learned from employers that the perfect job for anyone is to be hired with a company you’ve worked at, absolutely, you would stick with that employer; however, if you are read the best interview during any phase of the interview process and are given a firm commitment from the company that you match up with their requirements; hopefully, you have showcased the technique of effective interviewing.

Please make sure you properly answer each point on a case-by-case basis, but these thoughts will help you if you are seeking an employer and you are looking at what their “perfect job” is new.