Job search online dating
Surprisingly, some of the best advice around dating can be applied to an effective job search — with good results!Here are 10 ways in which dating and the job-search process are the same.Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.Your love life and your job search aren’t so different after all.Among the crop of new, swiping interface apps, Switch, for example, allows candidates to thumb through job listings they may or may not find intriguing, much like Tinder does with prospective romantic partners’ Facebook pages.Switch users flick left if uninterested; they flick right to flag potential work pairings."Today's generation is used to connecting with people, not ads," Switch founder Yarden Tadmor said.
The system never matches job seekers with their existing or past employers. The smartphone platform Poacht works in a similarly hush-hush way, and has drawn comparisons to Ashley Madison, the online dating service whose tagline implores people already in relationships to "have an affair."The dating analogy works, Anita Bruzzese argues, because careers are about advancing relationships.
Bruzzese noticed job seekers catching on to an apparent shift away from traditional job boards around the time of the 2008 financial collapse."Everybody was scrambling to find a job, and someone told me, ‘The last time I looked for a job, I picked up the New York Times.’ Another man had sent out 500 applications to the big job boards and never heard back," she said."I think recruiters who use those old-fashioned methods aren’t going to survive long."Increasingly, Bruzzese said, companies are engaging potential employees via social media before calling them in for an interview.
Now that the economy has bounced back, she believes an emboldened workforce will more actively look for new career opportunities."You’re going to see companies behave like does, where it’s like, tell us what you’re looking for, and we’re going to use those criteria to find that person," she said.
(Courtesy Yarden Tadmor)In the age of Tinder matchmaking, it seems there's a new role for Cupid as an employment headhunter.
Job hunting is taking a page from online dating, adapting the kinds of web tools typically associated with creating love connections and using them for building careers.