Work Search vs Online Dating

At first glance you wouldn’t think for these 2 things to connect. But under some investigation, I found many similarities and only a few differences.

Generic Sites

Work Search

www.workopolis.com, www.jobgym.ca, www.jobbank.gc.ca, www.monster.com

Online Dating

www.pof.com, www.lavalife.com , www.eharmony.ca, www.match.com

Specialized Sites

Work Search

There are sites specifically based on the field and positions you want.

Examples: www.engineerjobs.ca, www.swatcanada.ca

Online Dating

There are sites specifically based on different cultures and needs.

Examples: www.ashleymadison.com, www.christianmingle.ca

Signing Up

Work Search

For most sites you have the option of creating a profile and adding information about you that would be appealing to the employer.

You narrow down which areas of employment you want (engineering, health sciences, human services)

You identify what regions you are willing to work. Advanced search is an option.

You can contact potential employers through the site.

You can deny or accept job offers.

You have the option to search through potential jobs…

Online Dating

You fill out your personal information, what you want from the site and people you would like to meet.

You narrow down the kind of people you want to meet (age, status, employed).

You identify the distance your willing to travel.

You have the option to search through potential people… advanced search is an option.

You can contact potential candidates through the site.

You can deny or accept candidates.

Surveys

Work Search

Personality Tests, Educational Level Tests

All surveys are to help the employer to determine your suitability and qualification for the position

Online Dating

Personality Tests, Needs Assessment

All surveys are to help others determine your suitability for them

End Goal

Work Search

To get an interview for a potential job.

Online Dating

To get a date for a potential relationship.

 Overall, these two types of searching sites, represent how revolutionized our society has become, and how dependent people are on the internet and computers. It also represents how parts of our lives coincide with one another, what our means to an end is.

Tina Styles is a Continuing Education Student currently studying within the Career Consultant Certificate Program at Mohawk College. MCACES offers a comprehensive Employment Advisement program for our students. For more information about Employment Advisement, please visit the MCACES website, www.mcaces.ca or contact Lidia Siino, Employment & Communications Specialist at Lidia.siino@mohawkcollege.ca.

Are they really all that different?

Are they really all that different?

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