Fall in love with recruitment this Valentine’s

Whilst the end goal may differ slightly, dating and recruitment have many a similarity. Whether it’s pursuing your perfect partner or searching for the ideal role, both processes involve looking for “the one”. This comparison got us thinking about the life lessons you learn from dating, and how finding your Valentine can be applied in the journey to recruitment. Read on for our insights into job hunting... like you are dating.

1.     Getting in the game

When stepping onto the dating scene, the first nugget of wisdom which any good friend will proclaim to you, is always the same – “download a dating app”. Whether you are looking for love or a change of career, this is solid advice - you need to get yourself out there. Sign up with a recruiter, post your CV on job boards and get applying. Recruiters have to have a way of finding you – if they don’t know you exist, they can’t match you up with your dream role. With one in three relationships in the UK starting online, think about how much luck you could have in your job hunt by just signing up to a recruitment site.  

2.     Checking the socials  

Before even meeting a potential suitor, what’s the first thing you do? I bet I can guess – you do a quick online search, just to make sure you aren’t being catfished. Well, this isn’t limited to dating. Did you know that 70% of recruiters look you up on social media before hiring you? Nowadays, employers are looking for the entire picture, and that includes online.  This means that it is imperative your social media accounts portray you in the right light. Employers like to see you have an online presence, so making all your accounts private isn’t the way to go. By all means, put your personal Twitter on private, but instead create a professional Twitter and open a LinkedIn account. Follow organisations and individuals that interest you, and show employers that you are keen and interested in the industry. And remember to hide those old Facebook pictures that maybe don’t paint you as the hardest working employee.

3.     Dress to impress

It may not seem like it but going on a first date and attending a first interview are pretty similar. Recruitment and first dates have much in common in that both are all about the spark. Employers want to know that you will fit into their team and be able to make an effective contribution to the organisation. Just like meeting a match for the first time, make sure that to the employer you come across as approachable, confident and easy to get along with. And remember, you wouldn’t turn up on a date wearing your joggers, so don’t in an interview. Get your glad rags on, and dress to impress!

4.      Remember not to ghost 

Everyone’s had that experience after a date – how long do I wait to get in touch? Is it too keen to message now? Or will waiting seem like I’m uninterested? Thankfully, in recruitment there are not so many unwritten rules, and it is always good to show that you are eager. After an interview, follow up with the interviewer and let them know that you are interested in the role. Even a quick email can put you at the forefront of their mind when deciding on who to hire. 

5.     Make it official

You’ve done it – the offer letter has been sent and you’ve got the job!. It’s time to do what any good millennial does at the beginning of a new relationship - make it Facebook official…. or in the recruitment world, update your LinkedIn. Let all your connections know about your big news, and keep them in the loop. It's always good to keep your LinkedIn updated so that your professional network know what you're up to, and prospective employers can check you out. 

We know dating can be hard, so this Valentine’s tell us your BEST dating story to be in for the chance of winning a £50 Café Andaluz voucher!

To win, all you have to do is FOLLOW our Facebook page, COMMENT on our competition post with your most entertaining dating story, and LIKE/SHARE the post.  

The competition ends on Friday 14th February at 2pm and the staff at Stafffinders will select the winner.

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You must have a Facebook account to enter the competition. If you enter the competition you allow Stafffinders to display your name and a picture on our Facebook page and/or on Stafffinders’ website. The winner will be sent a message on Facebook and must either claim the prize from one of our offices in Paisley or Edinburgh, or alternatively must have an active email address for us to forward the prize. If the winner does not claim the prize within two weeks, a new winner will be selected.

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This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook. This competition expires 14/02/20 when a winner will be chosen and notified.

The voucher is valid for 12 months after the date in which it was purchased. The voucher expires on 13/02/2021. The voucher can be used until this date, and will not be valid for use thereafter.

COMMENT on our competition post with your most entertaining dating story, and LIKE/SHARE the post.