What Dating Can Teach You About Job Hunting: Part 2

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When you sit down and really think about it, dating and looking for a job are basically the same thing. You’re trying to find that perfect fit, whether it be in the form of a job or a person, plus you’re bound to experience loads of rejection along the way (…or is that just me?)

So what can dating teach us about the all-important job hunt? Hopefully the experience can inform us on what to do (and more importantly, what not to do) when trying to meet our personal or professional match.

Read part 1 here

It’s time for self improvement

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If you’re struggling to find a partner or employment, then maybe it’s time you take a good look at yourself. Maybe you should hit the gym, delete Facebook, or get a new wardrobe. Or maybe you’re perfect as you are, and just need to learn to love yourself (this is getting deep!)

Whatever the case may be, it’s good to be self-reflexive and to see where you might be going wrong.

However giving your professional persona a revamp is much easier than learning self-love, luckily! You can make yourself a more appealing candidate by taking courses, improving on your CV or cover letter, or speaking with thought-leaders/key industry players within your desired line of work. Once you’ve whipped yourself into shape, your prospects will be much more promising – we promise!

You didn’t realise it was there

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We see this in romantic comedies all the time. While the protagonist is lusting after someone out of reach, there’s generally a friend, peer, or exotic stranger who’s been overlooked. This can also happen if we’re hell-bent on one job or company, and not willing to look around. We might look at is as the be-all or end-all of our careers, when really there’s something just as great right around the corner. Even if you have your heart absolutely set on one position, it’s a good idea to see what’s out there, just in case it falls through. You never know – maybe you’ll end up finding a role that’s much better suited to you!

You jump around too much

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When you meet someone who’s a serial dater, it’s normal to feel a bit put off and to wonder if they’re actually going to stick around or if you’ll simply be another notch on their belt. Recruiters and employers are likely to feel the same way, especially if you haven’t stayed at any one job for longer than a year.  They’ll question whether you’re worth the investment, and if you’ll just up and leave once you find something better. That’s why it’s a good idea to stay in the same position for at least a couple years – this way you’ll show you’re capable of committing to a role, but still ambitious enough to look for something better once you’re ready.

 

Once you feel ready to enter the job market, be sure to upload your CV here. We promise we’ll actually keep in touch 😉

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