We tend to separate the personal side of life with the professional domain, but I sit here and think that one key aspect of personal life can dramatically improve our professional experience.
Yes, I’m talking about dating applications such as Tinder, Bumble, Hot or Not (and that’s about as many as I know, otherwise my partner wouldn’t be too happy with me). What lessons can we possibly take from dating apps, Adam? That’s a great question imaginary voice in my mind – we can learn a great deal and the following are some of the takeaways that I hope change your perspective on the parallels between dating apps (and dating) and your job search.
First impressions matter! Just like you would lead with a very flattering photo of yourself and a witty or informative bio, you should lead your CV with a synopsis of your experience relating to the role to which you’re applying – an advantage of applying for a job that you don’t have in the dating app world. You want to capture the audience (for both instances) and retain their attention longer than the 7 seconds that we usually spend attending to things in the internet age.
Now that you’ve broken through the barrier of internet-age browsing, it’s time to genuinely provide some value; it’s time for them to find out what you’re all about, whether that be by listing technical skills, experience, and/or providing a portfolio of work (the dating app equivalent would be photos with your dog(s), photos with your dog(s), and more photos with your dog(s) – as they’re always relevant).
It’s so simple but so many people fail to make CV profile clear – failing to highlight key achievements, projects that they’ve worked on, and specific details around technical capabilities. This is likened to creating a dating profile that is as obscure as having only silly filters and obscured (thoroughly misleading) angles.
So there you are, make sure those CVs (and dating apps) are up to scratch, lest you run the risk of being left out in the cold; figuratively in the professional sense, and literally in the dating app sense (hi-yo).
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