Think job search is a drag? You're not alone. Maybe it's time you looked at it differently. Related: How To Write Your Resume Like An Online Dating Profile Dating, despite having its ups and downs, can actually be a fun activity. Funny enough, dating and job searching are pretty similar in their nature. And, although we can't promise you writing a cover letter that begins with, "Hi, I'm Joe. I like long walks on the beach, candlelight dinners, and, most of all, finding different and creative ways to market healthcare products..." will catch the heart of your dream employer, we can give you some advice on how to change your job search perspective. Here are five common factors between job search and dating:
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When you’re unemployed, one of your biggest fears is being judged by others. When it comes to dating, that fear can be amplified. Related: 5 Things You Should Be Doing If You’re Unemployed The number one question asked when meeting someone new is “What do you do for a living?” For many people who are out of work, that simple question can feel like a kick to the stomach. Don’t let unemployment shake your confidence. Here are a few tips for handling the awkward “I’m actually unemployed” talk so you can keep dating while you're unemployed:
Do you like someone tall with a good sense of humor? Or perhaps you are more focused on finding a good dancer with curly hair? I know, it’s not deep, but just like people have certain preferences when it comes to the type of romantic partner they are looking for (and admit it, we all do), the same holds true for your job search. Related: Single And Looking: 5 Reasons Why Job Search Is Like Dating Do you like an energetic start-up where everyone dresses casually and works in an open space? Or do you prefer a more buttoned-up environment with a deeply-ingrained reporting structure and big offices for the executives? Think about the past jobs you’ve had and identify the ones where you felt most at home. And if you haven’t had many jobs – or haven’t had any jobs where you felt all that comfortable in the environment – think about other types of places you have visited- homes, stores, and restaurants. When you walk into some of them, you want to stay. What are those like? If nothing comes to mind, consider the work environments you have seen depicted on TV or in the movies. Just like identifying an actor or actress you are attracted to in determining your “type” in the dating world, you can get clues as to your perfect work environment by recalling your favorite work spaces on the small or big screen. You may have to adjust your expectations to fit into the “real world,” but you can still get some valuable clues. How do you translate this into resume content? In the profile at the top of your resume, and wherever possible throughout the resume, you use the language of the type of place you want to work. An energetic start up? Describe yourself as “entrepreneurial” or say you are passionate about “growing innovative new organizations.” (And yes, using the word “energetic” would also be a good idea.) Prefer the buttoned-up place? Maybe mention “hierarchy” in some way and being an “executive.” You might even be able to work in the word “traditional.” The bottom line is there are ways to subtly clue the reader into your ideal work environment, thus establishing yourself as a match for positions at those type of places.
It's Valentine's Day and love is in the air. Flowers are being delivered to desks, cards are being displayed in cubicles, and chocolates are being passed around the breakroom. This romantic day may give some the courage to make their feelings known to others. But what if that special someone is a co-worker? Would that stop you from making a romantic gesture? Some employers have rules against office romances, but sometimes even the rules won't stop people from becoming romantically involved. Have you ever had an office romance? Did it end up going anywhere? Did you get in trouble? Please take our poll and tell us what you think in the comment section! [poll id="115"] Photo Credit: Shutterstock
I think most of us have experience in dating. Some of us might even have “special tactics and moves” for their first date. In my opinion, the situation of submitting your resume is pretty much like going on a first date, and I think you will have a better resume if you apply your dating knowledge in the preparation process of your next killer resume. Related: Single And Looking: 5 Reasons Why Job Search Is Like Dating But let me elaborate.