Yes, Valentine’s Day is over, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t apply lessons learned during the holiday to your job search—and by extension, to your career overall.
Why is that?
For one thing, dating and looking for a new job are very similar in nature. In both situations, you’re attempting to make a connection, either to gain a mate or to land the job of your dreams.
As a result, the things you do to attain both of these goals require many of the same techniques and approaches. So while the holiday only occurs once every 12 months, you certainly want to show your job search (and your career) plenty of love year-round.
Helping to explain how to do just that is a USAToday.com article by Billie Streufert titled “Court Your Career This Valentine’s Day.”
Below are four ways to show your job search some “Valentine Love.”
#1—Do your research.
Just as the majority of people would shy away from a “blind date,” they would also not apply for a job without knowing at least something about the company. After all, it’s a good idea to make sure that the company’s mission is in line with your core values and beliefs. Conducting research beforehand is the best way to accomplish this.
#2—Dress your best.
What you wear on a first date/first interview is important both to a potential mate and a potential employer. Be sure to dress appropriately for your interview, and if you’ve done your research properly, you should already know what’s appropriate and what’s not for the company in question.
#3—Make the best first impression possible.
This goes beyond just looking the part. You have to “talk the talk” in addition to “walking the walk.” What does that mean, exactly? Well, you’ll need a solid “elevator speech,” a short verbal pitch that highlights your experience and qualifications for the position. You must also be able to further verbalize the value you can offer, preferably in quantitative terms. Remember, a potential employer wants to know what you can do for them, and the best way to communicate that is to show what you’ve done for past employers.
#4—Follow up and follow through.
This is crucial, especially if you’ve had a great interview. You should definitely follow up with a thank-you note that underscores your interest in the position and also (subtly) reminds company officials of how great your interview was. In addition, this is an opportunity to provide any information you might have forgotten or promised to send after the fact, thus illustrating your ability to both follow up and follow through.