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If Job Sites Were Like Dating Apps

Sure, you can meet the love of your life on Tinder. But we all know that this would be more of a happy coincidence than an intended consequence. After all, the platform was not designed for this.

Sure, you can meet the love of your life on Tinder.
But we all know that this would be more of a happy coincidence than an intended consequence. 

After all, the platform was not designed for this.
It was designed to be a simple, low-friction way of acquiring dates.

People make profiles showing a polished version of themselves, highlighting their most superficial qualities; and then proceed to get this profile in front of as many people as possible —people they themselves are superficially interested in.

The target audience then superficially browses through these profiles and quickly (i.e. in a matter of seconds) decides whether they want to go further.

Yes, clearly a low-investment, low reward approach here. 

Actually, hold on… 

Does this description remind you guys of anything? 

Of course, I’m talking about job sites. And the title I chose for this post is clearly a joke, because job sites are already exactly like dating apps. 

Easy to use, for sure, but leading to tons and tons of absolutely nothing.

Employers get overwhelmed with hundreds of low-quality applications, and job hunters, in turn, get their inboxes flooded with generic automated rejection emails. 

Nobody wins. 

In fact, I would argue that the job hunt portal is one of the worst inventions of the last decades. 

Our advice: do the exact opposite in every way. 

Instead of approaching hundreds of companies, select only a handful.
Instead of sending something generic and low-effort, send something custom made (like a pitch).
Instead of filling out the portal, send your app to a human.

This is why we can boast an 80% success rate, where “apply-with-one-click” job sites barely make 1% on a good day. 

Of course, you should do what you want. Feel free to “tinder it” if you don’t care too much about who you end up with. 

But if you do care, you might want to do a little more work.

Up to you.

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