Swipe Right? Is Job Hunting becoming like Online Dating?

shutterstock_271761173It’s all about “chemistry.” They say that in dating, but we could also be talking about finding the right job.

In dating, you try to find someone you’re attracted to but also compatible with. In job hunting, you try to find a company that fits your needs, and an environment you’ll like working in. So maybe finding your next partner and finding your next job are more similar than we think?

Online dating has lost its stigma and according to the Pew Research Center, in 2015, over 15% of American adults used an online dating app. 41% of Americans say they know someone who uses online dating and 29% know someone who has married or entered into a long-term partnership with someone they met online. Many dating apps match people by location, age, interests. With a few swipes or clicks, you can preview potential partners, see who matches, and start a conversation before meeting in person.

So could this work for job seeking? Some new apps are taking a page from online dating, and adapting these tools to match job seekers with employers. Today, people are on their smart phones all day – and they are comfortable using apps to connect rather than reading through an old school job description. Short attention spans lead to the need for instant gratification. Swipe, find an employer that matches, and begin chatting?

For employers, rather than wading through piles of resumes, these matching job apps could help reduce the noise and filter qualified and relevant candidates.

Two of the biggest “Tinder”-Style job apps have recently been ramping up their offerings. Jobr was recently bought by Monster and will feature a “single sign on.” Meanwhile, Switch is rolling out a pay-per applicant business model and working on a pay-per-hire model.  Learn more here.


Will “Tinder”-Style job apps become the new trend in job hunting?

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