Recently, a company emailed me saying they were interested in potentially offering me a position. I was definitely floored, as one executive had put me through the ringer in my 2nd interview. I suppose that means I passed some sort of “how much can she tolerate” test.
So I was faced with the difficult task of sitting down and writing a professional summary of “Why I don’t want to continue this relationship.” Let’s just say it was as hard as writing a “I just don’t feel the chemistry” text except my professional reputation was on the line.
And so ends another chapter in the “job hunting is just like dating” AKA “I’ll never get employed/date again” saga of my late 20s.
Welcome to another chapter in my “job hunting is just like dating” series. As desperate as you may be in a job hunt (read: trying to navigate how to live in Los Angeles as a single person on unemployment payments), it is important to apply to as many relevant and interesting jobs as possible — just like you should optimize your dating profile to consider prospects you would otherwise consider to be “outside your bubble.”
You may have a dream job or dream man in mind when you put a search inquiry into Indeed.com or Match.com, but the truth is — you need to play the odds in both your dating and career lives. Expand your pool to parameters you haven’t considered before. Perhaps now is the time to think about making a East Coast move or actually accepting a date in the Valley.
Just because your best friend has recommended you for your dream role or set you up with Prince Charming doesn’t mean you should rely on that dream job or man to be your only option. Keep an open mind and apply to multiple roles and go on several dates with new guys. The minute you stop focusing on that perfect job or guy, you’ll find even more options open to you.
Hence, don’t put all your eggs in one basket. I’m a big fan in juggling a manageable load – men and jobs alike.