Dating and job search
Most of the time, success boils down to putting your best face forward, being sincere about your wants and needs, and, yes, even making compromises. Insincerity is very obvious, and you won’t get a call back," she says.Here are a few basic guidelines that ring true for both work and romance: Anyone who has dabbled in the world of online dating knows that the initial outreach is key. When reaching out to potential employers, it's crucial to present yourself in the most professional manner possible.The job search and the dating game share some common ground when it comes to finding the perfect match.If you're looking for "the one" — whether it's your dream girl or your dream job — waiting for the phone to ring can certainly be anxiety-inducing. Mary Gay Townsend, senior managing director for One Wire Managed Services, offers the advice that sincerity is key.Beware of extreme pickiness: You might miss out on something really amazing just because that guy from is a couple inches shorter than you'd hoped, or you just don't "see yourself" taking an internship after graduation from college. Without stretching yourself too thin, it doesn't hurt to apply to positions you're slightly under-qualified for.Oftentimes, employers place more emphasis on your potential to grow, how well you fit in with the company culture and even how genuinely likable you are, rather than if you've mastered every single skill on the list of job requirements.Your wild claims about appearing on they were committing to is nothing like who they met on the first date. On the job search front, your resume needs to be in-line with your interview answers, Linked In profile and recommendations. "Be truthful when you showcase your soft skills and personality.While you may hope it’s a good fit no matter what, you don’t want to end up in a relationship where personalities clash too often.
It makes little sense, then, that these same meticulous message-crafters will often fire off a professional email without so much as a proofread.And, as with dating, the follow-up after an interview is crucial, and striking the right tone can be make or break if employers are on the fence. If you don’t hear back within a week, it’s okay to follow up a second time, but make sure to strike a balance between sounding desperate and indifferent.You may want to check in with the contact who connected you with the company to get the inside scoop on how it really went,” says Townsend.It’s more important for the company to naturally suit your style than for you to adjust to suit theirs." Similarly, it's critical to be realistic and honest about your abilities and employment history.Lying on your resume to get ahead or making promises about your skill set that you can't follow through with may help you land a job, but will likely lead to an unsatisfactory experience for both you and the company you're joining.