Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me a Match!

As Valentine’s Day approaches, images of hearts, flowers, and Cupid come to mind. I have always thought of Cupid as an extraordinary Talent Acquisition Manager.  After all, just think of some of the “job requisitions” that come across his desk! Are the position requirements realistic?  I am reminded of the lyrics in Fiddler on the Roof’s infamous song, Matchmaker.

“For Papa, make him a scholar… for Mama, make him rich as a king.  For me, well, I wouldn’t holler if he were as handsome as anything!”

Finding the right job is a matchmaking process. It has to be a good fit on both ends. When seeking a new opportunity, it is important to know what’s on your A-list, and have a clear understanding of what you are seeking. Do you like to work independently, or part of a team? Are you best behind the scenes, or out in the field? Do you thrive in a small environment, or large?  The list goes on and on. So, make that list, check it twice! (Oops, wrong holiday!) When you are ready to seek an employment match, analyze what you must have.  What are your deal breakers? Then target your search accordingly.

If you are just starting out in your career, it is realistic to assume that you may have to “kiss a few frogs.”  Your first and second job may not be perfect. This is why doing your homework and trying to find companies that interest you is so important.  If you can get in, prove yourself, and make the right connections, you will be closer to your goal.  Remember, it is much easier to meet the Prince/Princess if you are already in the castle.

Happy Valentine’s Day!