Successfully obtaining your first academic orthopaedic surgery position is a daunting adventure, but one in which you can succeed with proper preparation. First, you must identify specifically what you want to be doing on a daily basis at work. Then, you find places where you can potentially do those things. The interview will provide more definitive information and will allow you to assess if you can happily work in that environment. Remember that you must have balance in your life, so consider if the area is suitable to your and to your family's needs. By identifying your personal goals and desires of this initial position and thoroughly preparing for the entire interview process, you will be able to locate the most desirable opportunity available.