You have the perfect profile with a charming picture, a short but informative list of your best traits and you have uploaded everything to the best platforms.
Now all you have to do is wait for the most fitting opportunity to pop up, so you can set your cap thereat and realize the most perfect date ever.
Sorry, did we just say “date”? Because the same situation could be equally true if we used “job interview”. Although they cannot be further from each other, many find that dating and job hunting have lots in common.
The Hidden Treasure
Not all jobs are properly advertized and not all people are putting their trust into dating sites. In other words, they remain hidden from the public, and you. Therefore, you have to go deeper by using your network of friends and acquaintances.
Striving for Success with Honesty
No, we are not talking about straight up lying on your profile page/resume and during the first encounter.
Quite the contrary: in both cases you have to put an emphasis on your good side, but at the same time, you have to stay honest.
Going to a job interview or on a speed date fast with lies can cause bigger damage than being honest and waiting longer to find what/who you are looking for.
Patience, Patience and a Thousand Times More Patience
You have seen someone who might be interesting? Or a job that promises a lot and could be good for you? And yet something seems to be off? Then let those opportunities go. In fact, do not take the very first opportunity that comes across, because that will show desperation – and in neither case desperate people are taken seriously. Instead, look for other job opportunities and dating profile matches very thoroughly and only pick those options where you can firmly say “this could work”.
Abandon Ship When the Red Light Flashes
A huge advantage of online job boards and dating sites is that you can actually rate people/companies and express your experience via a comment. However, if the ratings and comments are bad, drop the offer and look further. It’s better to be disappointed after a genuine encounter than running into a lemon.
Game Over. Retry? Yes!
No matter how hard we want life to be full of rainbows and butterflies, we will always meet obstacles and we will fall. And a rejection can hurt a lot, especially from the one person/employer who seemed to be promising. In this case, you shouldn’t sulk into your own sorrow, but instead draw conclusions and use them next time.
The First Meeting
A first meeting is where you can truly make an impression on the other party, thus do not under any circumstances talk about your “ex”. And even if you feel it didn’t go too well, you have to do a little follow-up (within 24 hours), thanking the other party for the opportunity and expressing your hopes the meeting wasn’t the last. If you do that in the right tone, it shows the other party that you care about the opportunity and it may land you the next step.
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