Tips for new job seekers: Reading the job market

Check skills as your primary reference to the suitability of any job. This covers most of the real issues about whether it's worth applying for.

Stay objective about what you want out of a job. Use this as the basic yes/ no criteria for job applications.

Ask yourself: Does this job go anywhere? If so, where and when? Be realistic about what a job can deliver.

How does the job compare to what you want? Sometimes you have to settle for what you can get, but there's a cutoff point. Stay in the general zone of what you want, as much as possible.

One thing about this type of reading: It never gets dull. Just stay focused.