Off-label technology uses are not uncommon – LinkedIn for romance, YouTube for journaling, and Tinder for business networking (it’s not that far from reality, apparently). So, would another professional want to meet you, or potentially hire you, based on your Tinder “profile”?
Here’s what your resume needs to look like to get the coveted right swipe – because, let’s face it, Tinder is all about appearances. And if you want to make a good first impression with your resume, it has to look just right too.
In case you don’t fit in the “actively online dating” category or are otherwise apathetic about Tinder, the app’s profiles include four elements: photo, first name, age, bio. Here’s how this dating nonsense fits into your job search.
While wearing black and white might not help you stand out on Tinder, sticking with the basics for your resume is advisable. Unless you are Elle Woods and can somehow pull off pink-scented paper for your legal resume, use resume paper, include your name and contact info at the top, and use a readable font that highlights your assets.
In some circles, Tinder experts advise that users post one photo that does not show them at their best. While presenting a few flaws to potential matches on Tinder (e.g., extra pounds, balding, etc.), you want everything on your resume to be perfect. Proofread until you’re cross-eyed and make sure your resume has no typos, grammar errors, punctuation gaffes, or problems. Your resume is the very first impression and there will be no first date, er, interview, if you represent yourself as anything but flawless. There is plenty of time for an employer to discover your imperfections once they’ve hired you.
Brag About Yourself
There is an opportunity to write a brief bio on Tinder yet some people leave this section blank. The bio on Tinder can be compared to your “objective” or “goals” statement on your resume. This little blip might be the only shot you get, if someone actually gets past your photo cover letter, or you’re applying for a position where a resume is all that’s requested.
Refine this sound byte of your resume so it succinctly explains who you are and what you’re seeking – and absolutely revise it to suit every job application. An objective is one of the hardest things to write, but do not skip this necessary element of the resume. It’s important to tell potential employers what you want in your career.
And no catfishing allowed: Yeah, that’s right… No making stuff up or posing as someone you’re not. A potential love match will figure out eventually that you’re not really who you said you are, and so will an employer. Don’t fake it. You’ve either got the qualifications or not.
Connect with the Best
Ultimately, you can’t be more than who you are. But don’t assume that the superficial elements of your application are enough to replace the hard work of experience, education, and genuine intent. Of course, if you’re ready to network right now without waiting for an invite to interview, check out Treatings, a business app that is reminiscent of Tinder, where you just might find a collaborator for your next project or even your new boss.
Just remember, any app can be addicting, but it’s important to look up once in a while and see who and what are right in front of you.
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