2. Be strategic Spend time up-front determining what your priorities and goals are. Consider what you want in a new job; e.g. salary, responsibility, commute, type of company—and then decide which of those are most important to you. This will help you determine which job opportunities to pursue; since you don’t have unlimited time to spend on a job search it won’t make sense to apply for jobs that don’t offer the things that are most important to you. If you loosen up on your criteria, you could end up harming relationships and becoming overwhelmed.