Anybody who has experienced the dating game knows the ups and downs of the process. Believe it or not, looking for Mr. or Mrs. Right isnâ€™t too different from searching for a job. Here are some classic dating rules that you can apply to job seeking to help you land a winning gig:
Dating rule #1: Get with the woo. In the dating world, first impressions are everything, and the same goes for the first interview. Itâ€™s important to look and act the part, complete with a firm handshake and a warm smile. However, donâ€™t let your looks do all the talking. Interviews, like first dates, can be overwhelmingly nerve-wracking, so donâ€™t forget to be confident. We all know that average-looking guy who ended up with the universityâ€™s homecoming queen because he oozed confidence and swagger. Having enthusiasm and maintaining eye contact will show that youâ€™re interested, engaged and self-assured.
Dating rule #2: Get your sexy back: Whether you’re digging a potential beau all depends on the chemistry between you two. To ensure that you will be a great fit for a job, you’ll need to have professional chemistry with your prospective employer and be passionate about your work. Remember to follow your gut. If it doesnâ€™t feel like itâ€™s going anywhere, then it probably isnâ€™t. Job seeking is a two-way street: You’re looking for an awesome opportunity and they’re looking for an awesome worker.
Dating rule #3: Donâ€™t bad-mouth your ex. Bashing your ex on a date is always a big no-no. While youâ€™re busy insulting your ex, your date will silently wonder if youâ€™re bitter or harboring old, negative feelings. Similarly, bad-mouthing a former employer can cast you in a negative light and give your interviewer pause. Find a way to put a positive spin on it, and focus on what you learned from those experiences.