*Go for resale value which means location, good schools (you can check rankings on (http:// http://www.gppf.org). I wouldn't choose a house based on a job because a job can go away tomorrow. Have your realtor preview for the things you MUST have and then go see the top 5. People are viewing way too many houses in my opinion. They are letting Square footage and upgrades blind them into buying in a 'not so great' area many times. We can only offer a guide, you have to stay focused on what is really important to YOU.
Good luck and happy house hunting.
How about thinking about yourself?! What I mean, is think and move first with your BUDGET. As a Realtor, I think of Resell right after budget, but the other intangible are all part of your home buying strategy.
How long do you plan to live there? How steady/stable is your job? There's a lot of questions to answer before you make your decision.
Hopefully, you have a good agent that can help you navigate some of these.