Looking for a career match thisValentine's? Play the job hunting game like you do the dating one and theperfect match could be just around the corner.
Finding the right job (or the rightcandidate) is a lot like playing the dating game – first impressions count, andwe all have things on our ‘deal-breaker’ list. Read on for our tips on how tofind the perfect match this Valentine’s Day (and beyond!)…
Know what you want in a potential partner? Make alist of deal-breaker criteria when sizing up possible suitors, to ensure youdon't get carried away by the thrill of the chase.
Quick fling or long-term togetherness? - Do you want your nextcareer move to be 'the one', or is forever for later?
Cast your net wider – think outside the box about what will give you jobsatisfaction and fulfilment. The perfect match could be in the least expected ofplaces, or your skills could be well suited to a role you never consideredbefore.
Be honest with yourself and them – if a job isn't going to make youhappy - be it at application stage, interview or beyond – avoid staying in therelationship for the sake of it.
Pursue happiness, not just material gain – it'sjust not about making others jealous or commanding a huge salary for the sakeof it. What's truly going to make you relish getting up every morning?
Don't judge by appearances – the best looking organisationsaren't necessarily the most wonderful work for, or might not be a good fit foryou, so be sure to look beneath the surface.
Presentation is everything - first impressions count, so makesure your online profile, CV and covering letters send out the right messages.Likewise, think carefully about the signals you're giving off at interview,with everything from what you wear to how you sit and the answers you give.
Don't rush into things – accepting the advances of thefirst recruiter or business that pays you some attention is a recipe fordisaster. Think things through before you take the plunge and leap in head first.
Play hard to get – you've aced the interview and clinched the job, sonow it's time to lay down a few ground rules. Ensure the rules of engagementare on your side when negotiating your salary and package.
Make sure there's chemistry – having a connection and similarvalues are important in all relationships, personal and professional.
Remember, it's not all about you – ask questions, listen carefullyand take a genuine interest in what your match has to say. Think of it asprofessional flirting.
Be selective yet realistic – pickiness is essential whensourcing potential partners but remember that nobody's perfect.
Plenty more fish in the sea – rejection can hurt but don't letit affect your self-worth. Keep your search focused, be proactive, network andfollow up all potential leads in a timely fashion and your career soul matewill come along sooner or later.