Oftentimes one can liken the job search to dating. From the informational interviews to get to know the company and employer to the power lunches and dinners, to the interview process, finding the perfect job can be like finding the perfect mate.
Writer Therese Schwenkler agrees, noting for Brazen Careerist that “finding your career and your life path really isnâ€™t all that different than finding a hot and funny wife…” Schwenkler goes on to write:
Experience matters: Back in high school, I used to have the hugest crush onâ€¦letâ€™s just call the guy â€śDanny.â€ť He was perfect in every way (or so I thought): he had beautiful blue eyes, he was funny and nice and smart and he was the star of the basketball team. Based on all rational thought, Danny appeared to be the perfect boyfriend. After lots of hard work and investment (er, stalking), my dream finally came true: Danny and I went out on a date.
Guess what? Dating Danny wasnâ€™t nearly as awesome as Iâ€™d thought it would be. It turns out he wasnâ€™t a great fit for me, after allâ€”he smelled funny and our senses of humor really clashed.
Choosing a career without having any real life experience or opportunities for exploration is like deciding to marry Danny based on the view from the gymnasium bleachers.