By Maria Hanson, LiveCareer
At first glance the process of looking for a job seems to be worlds away from the
dating game. After all, one is about work, the other love. But drill down a little
deeper, and you'll find they're peas in a pod. This Valentine's week, let's take
a look at why these strange bedfellows are actually so much alike.
Look for the perfect fit. In dating, you're not going to settle
for just anyone. The same goes for the
job search look for positions that match your skills and abilities and companies
that share your values.
Use professional services. "Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match!"
headhunter, find me a job!" An employment service can help "introduce" you and can
open the door to opportunities that you might not be able to find yourself.
Rally your connections. Just as many people find long-term relationships
through connections, many great jobs start through your network of friends, relatives,
and colleagues who know you are looking.
Show the real, unique you. Your resume should stand out from the
stacks of resumes because of the unique qualities you bring to the job. Be specific
about your skills and show how your past achievements can benefit your future employer.
Be interested without being desperate. If you like the company
or job opportunity, follow up with a short email or phone call to let them know
you're interested, but you don't want to look desperate. Too many phone calls or
emails might scare them away.
Confidence is attractive on a date or in an interview. Emphasize
your strengths and what you've accomplished so far without dwelling on negative
past experiences. Remember that a firm handshake, strong eye contact, a great posture
and enthusiasm go a long way.
Negotiate. When you're ready to get serious, make sure you ask
for what you need. Even perfect matches involve a little give and take. Especially
if playing a little hard to get may mean a slight bump in salary.
Here's to being lucky in jobs and in love this Valentine's Day!
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