While at first glance they might seem like entirely opposite concepts, job interviews and first dates actually have quite a lot in common. In both scenarios, you’re at once trying to impress someone and present your absolute best self, while also trying to gauge the situation and determine whether it’s something you’re interested in, too. When you carefully compare them, finding the right job and the right partner share more similarities than you might expect, from the importance of personalities matching up to how important both can be to your overall happiness.
Keeping this in mind, the idea of finding of using a dating site to find the boss that’s right for you suddenly doesn’t seem so ridiculous after all. And, to be fair, the service is not exactly a dating site, but it does borrow a lot of the structures, principles, algorithms and business models. Elevated Careers is a new service that will be offered by eHarmony starting in December, which “will run a new version of its famous compatibility assessment — only this time for job applicants and their would-be superiors.”
So far, eHarmony is keeping pretty tight-lipped about how closely the metric for matching employers to employees will match up with the “29 Dimensions of Compatibility” that they use to create successful romantic pairings, but do admit that many of the same kind of qualities that need to match up for relationships to work also apply in the workplace. This can be anything from conflict resolution techniques to whether someone is introverted or extroverted.
Thinking about job searches from a dating site perspective, this kind of business model does illuminate one idea in particular: that thinking about whether or not a job is a good match for us, and whether it will ultimately make us happy, is not considered often enough when we’re looking for work. While we might take years to find the person we click with, we tend to leap at whatever employment is offered, but with only 29 percent of people feeling valued at their jobs and 21 percent looking to change jobs in the next year, maybe it’s time to make job matchmaking a bit more of a priority.
What do you think? Would you use a service developed by a dating site to help you find your dream job?