Why To Treat Job Hunting Like Dating

Crazy as it sounds, it actually might not be a half bad idea.

The new wave of technology has made the process of looking for a job remarkably similar to the process of looking for the love of your life. These days, you set up a profile and start networking. And ideally, you should be just as passionate about your new job lead as a new crush!

The first step in seeking either a job or a romantic interest is to identify what you want. It sounds simple, but it’s not. For one thing, are you just looking for something casual, or are you in it for the long haul? As you find different job leads, can you see yourself working there in six months? Three years? How about… the rest of your life?

Once you find a company that seems like a good match for your professional passions and goals, set up an interview. Even if the company isn’t currently hiring, ask if it would be possible to set up an informational interview.

An interview is like a first date. You’ll be nervous. Probably, so will the person interviewing you! They’re under financial pressure to find a great new colleague, after all.

More than anything, a job interview is an opportunity for you to find out about the company and get an idea of whether or not you’d really like to work there eight hours a day. It’s a big commitment! You want to be as sure as possible that you can make the right decision when the job offer comes your way. The interview is your chance to gather the data you need to make that decision.

When you get right down to it, there are two things that are supremely important in any relationship — romantic, professional, or otherwise: respect and trust. These values also make or break a relationship over time. You could have a great salary and the corner office, but if your colleagues are driving you crazy, it’s not going to be worth it.

So, the next time you see a listing for what you think could be your dream job, ask yourself: A) Does the job attract you? B) Is it a job in which you will be able to respect yourself and be respected? And C) Is the job offer one you think you can trust? If these qualities aren’t apparent right off the bat, ask yourself if you think it’s likely they can be developed over time.

When you’re on the verge of deciding to “go steady” with someone, there’s no way to know for sure how the relationship could turn out. But you do the best you can with the information you have and visualize what life together would look like. When you’re contemplating whether or not to take a job, you do the exact same thing. There are no guarantees, but hey, what fun would that be?

So? Do you think it could work? Happy Job Hunting!

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