In light of the job search season that is upon us, I thought I would dedicate this post to all the job seekers out there. It seems that there are many similarities between the search for a mate and the search for a job. Our friends over at SingleBlackMale.org have done an excellent job laying out some of these similarities, and I thought I would share. For the full article, please visit: http://www.singleblackmale.org/2010/02/09/find-love/
1. Where to Look: Career Fair/Networking Events
If you want to network and meet people that are looking, you gotta go to the places where you know people are openly doing exactly that. It’s no different than going to a career fair where you know employers will be there actively promoting.
Remember not to come across as too eager: “Nobody wants an overly aggressive or desperate person…”
2. Showing Initial Interest: Submitting Your Resume
You need to really know what will make you happy and not those around you telling you where you should work or what you’ll do for a living or what they heard about the company on some random message board.
Remember that if you’ve found this company attractive, many other qualified applicants have as well; “Once you’ve shown interest, don’t start tripping or get frustrated. Be optimistic, but keep it moving.”
3. Interest Shown by the Other Party: Phone Screen
The objective when you’re initially talking is to get to know each other better than you did at the networking event or wherever you became aware of each other.
Remember to be on your best behavior, “but you don’t want to mislead and convey interest just for the sake of conveying interest.”
4. Dating: Face-to-Face Interview
You have both agreed that you want to pursue things further, but you need to remember that there are other candidates interviewing. They should also expect that you’re interviewing elsewhere as well. At this point, you’re really talking about your background and giving the company an idea of how you’d handle a lot of situations, what you believe in, and how that aligns with their strategy. In reviewing your resume at this time, you’re going to have to explain your past and whatever is in it.
Remember that “fit” runs both ways. “They’ll… probably introduce you to other people in the group to get their thoughts on you.” Additionally, you should “Assess the environment and see if it’s a place where you can be happy and productive.” It is also important to “Talk about the pay and benefits (physical, emotional, and mental gratification).”
5. Can We Go Steady?: The Offer
Just because you don’t have anything on the table elsewhere doesn’t mean you should take it. And if you do have other options on the table, the employer should have been aware of that up front. After all, it’ll just make you seem all the hotter.
Remember, (politely) declining an offer is okay, because “You never know who they know that might also be hiring that’ll be a much better fit… for you. But if you do accept, make sure you give it all that you can. If you don’t, you’ll just end up getting canned and having to explain why you got terminated.”
I know this is a cute comparison, but the reality is that it can be rough out there with so many job seekers and qualified candidates looking for so few jobs; so to all the job and love seekers out there, I wish you all the best!