The perfect match: why job hunting is like dating

Looking for a career match this Valentine's? Play the job hunting game like you do the dating one and the perfect match could be just around the corner.

Finding the right job (or the right candidate) is a lot like playing the dating game – first impressions count, and we all have things on our ‘deal-breaker’ list. Read on for our tips on how to find the perfect match this Valentine’s Day (and beyond!)…

Know what you want in a potential partner? Make a list of deal-breaker criteria when sizing up possible suitors, to ensure you don't get carried away by the thrill of the chase.

Quick fling or long-term togetherness? - Do you want your next career move to be 'the one', or is forever for later?

Cast your net wider – think outside the box about what will give you job satisfaction and fulfilment. The perfect match could be in the least expected of places, or your skills could be well suited to a role you never considered before.

Be honest with yourself and them – if a job isn't going to make you happy - be it at application stage, interview or beyond – avoid staying in the relationship for the sake of it.

Pursue happiness, not just material gain – it's just not about making others jealous or commanding a huge salary for the sake of it. What's truly going to make you relish getting up every morning?

Don't judge by appearances – the best looking organisations aren't necessarily the most wonderful work for, or might not be a good fit for you, so be sure to look beneath the surface.

Presentation is everything - first impressions count, so make sure your online profile, CV and covering letters send out the right messages. Likewise, think carefully about the signals you're giving off at interview, with everything from what you wear to how you sit and the answers you give.

Don't rush into things – accepting the advances of the first recruiter or business that pays you some attention is a recipe for disaster. Think things through before you take the plunge and leap in head first.

Play hard to get – you've aced the interview and clinched the job, so now it's time to lay down a few ground rules. Ensure the rules of engagement are on your side when negotiating your salary and package.

Make sure there's chemistry – having a connection and similar values are important in all relationships, personal and professional.

Remember, it's not all about you – ask questions, listen carefully and take a genuine interest in what your match has to say. Think of it as professional flirting.

Be selective yet realistic – pickiness is essential when sourcing potential partners but remember that nobody's perfect.

Plenty more fish in the sea – rejection can hurt but don't let it affect your self-worth. Keep your search focused, be proactive, network and follow up all potential leads in a timely fashion and your career soul mate will come along sooner or later.

International Women in Engineering Day 2022: Improving female representation in engineering

23 Jun 2022

For many women all throughout the world, June 23rd is a significant day. This day, which was created for two purposes, is now known as International Women in Engineering Day. First, to recognize the women who have already chosen to study and work in fields connected to engineering. The second goal is to encourage more girls to pursue engineering-related courses and careers, which is in many respects even more crucial.

5 Benefits of Contract Recruitment in GCC

18 Jun 2021

Engineering is longer just one of many industries and business types. They are now the core infrastructure of any company, regardless of industry or sector.

4 things to know about transitioning your career from oil & gas to renewable energy

04 Nov 2021

If you are considering a career in renewable energy, this article will help you get started. It will explain how the transition from oil & gas to renewable energy is happening in the Middle East, and how you can get involved.

Why choose contract recruitment?

29 Apr 2020

Contract based employment is very common nowadays, however, many people are unaware of countless details about this type of engagement and what the benefits are. Read more to find out

Tags: MENA