Parallels Between Online Dating and Finding a Job

If you have been single at some point during the last few years, you have probably learned a thing or two about online dating – an alternate universe of sorts – where the choices appear to be limitless but the candidates, despite detailed profiles, all the more inscrutable.

But there are lessons here – in this intensely competitive landscape, where “happily ever after” can come to an abrupt end with a fell left swipe. The same skills as those that help you rise above the competition, elicit a “Hey” or perhaps even an emoticon, can help land your next dream job. So take what Tinder has taught you and use it to find better.  

The selfie – I am not suggesting you use a duck face in your professional profile, but it is important to know your best angle. Be surgically precise about the credentials you would like to put forward and revise until you get it right. As in the case of selfies, resumes need to be tailored to the job you have in mind. Highlight your best assets – the ones that will help you succeed in the role you are after. Let potential employers know you are the best fit for them, without including anything distracting. After all, how many selfie fails were the result of some hilarity or horror in the background?

Know what you want – With the endless sea of postings to go through, finding a new career, similar to online dating, can feel like a full-time job. Take the time to assess what’s really important to you and apply the filters that would be deal-breakers: only companies with more than 150 employees; starting salary over 55K. Focus on the opportunities that align with your professional goals and don’t fritter away your time applying to jobs that don’t.

Well-rounded – When looking to spend your life with someone, or at least an evening on a date, you likely look for key indicators in their profile: photos with friends, check – he’s not a serial killer; photos with a dog, check – definitely not a serial killer; photos with family, check – cute, he loves his mom. Employers look to hire real people too, not robots (or serial killers). Whether during the interview process or online, don’t be afraid to present your interests, your hobbies and your passions. With the demand for creativity constantly climbing, sharing what inspires you can help set you apart and make you a memorable applicant.

Don’t tell, Show! – If you say you like travelling and ecotourism in your dating profile, you likely also post photos of yourself in foreign countries doing adventurous things, in fecund jungles and on salty seas. So make sure your resume is equally illustrative. Employers don’t have time to hear about your skills and infer how they may be useful. Lead with results – what did you deliver in your past roles? Showcase your expertise by drawing a clear picture of what you would do with the opportunity.

First Impressions – If grammatical mistakes in your profile, or a distasteful rant, can put off suitors, similar snafus can repel employers. You only have one chance to make a first impression so make sure you are captivating – irresistible even. Don’t give an employer any excuse to swipe left, so to speak. No pressure… Just be perfect.

Happy dating, err, job hunt!



Found on Monster written by Tia Thomas

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