It’s Time to Date Your Job Search – Unemployed and Ready to Mingle! by Katie Pieper and Alnierys Venegas

YNPN Chicago Board of Directors Speak!

We all know dating can be tough, but finding the right job can be even harder.  Can lessons about dating help us in the job search?

While we may have varying opinions whether they can, we can agree with the general basis that you should take charge of your job search at least as much as as you would in trying to find “the one” – or the right one, for now.

Here are some of our tips:

Mix-it-up – It is easy to sit around at home browsing the web, completing random job applications. But, you have to get out there! According to a recent report by ABC News, eighty percent of jobs are landed through networking.  That might include going to formal or informal networking events like the ones regularly offered by YNPN Chicago or tapping into the network of friends, relatives, former classmates, or colleagues. Like dating, if you stick to just one outlet, whether it’s strictly on-line dating or meeting people at a local bar, you will end up getting the same results.

Think outside the box – We all have are “types” when it comes to dating, and who doesn’t have “deal breakers”, but you don’t want to limit your experiences and chances for something special to happen with someone unexpected.  When looking for a job, try searching for jobs under different titles, different sized organizations than you typically prefer, and jobs where you feel you may not be qualified for yet.  Having too narrow of a vision can lead to you passing up on important opportunities.

Get rid of the baggage – Finding a genuinely compatible person can be draining and heartbreaking just like job searching, and rejection can lead to self-doubt, lack of confidence, and the desire to quit. One of the most important skills for a job seeker is the ability to keep going after hearing “No” or nothing from an employer. And, if you don’t have a good feeling about where you’ve applied, then walk away, and recognize the reasons why it’s not a good fit.  In job searching and in your personal life, it’s important to assess yourself, maintain your sense of self, and abandon what is not working in order to get where you want to be.

Rock the interview – Whether it’s the first interview or the first date, you are being assessed.  But one tip is to remember is there really are only three categories of questions being asked by the employer: (1) Can you do the job; (2) Will you stick around: and (3) Will we like working with you?  Focus your answers in a way that reinforce your “Yes” answer to those questions.

Best of luck in your job search and dating life!

Alnierys Venegas and Katie Pieper have been YNPN Chicago Executive Board Co-Chairs this past year, and have been busy doing major research on dating in Chicago in order to bring you this important message about job searching. Click here for their full bios.

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One Response to It’s Time to Date Your Job Search – Unemployed and Ready to Mingle! by Katie Pieper and Alnierys Venegas

  1. Janet S says:

    Thank you so much for this article – this is a refreshing way to re-frame the job search process!

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