Dating and Job Hunting Could Soon Be the Same Thing

If you've ever been discouraged by the search for love or a decent paycheck, you've probably heard this advice: "You have to treat it like a full-time job." Perhaps the only surprise, then, is that it took job-hunting apps this long to imitate the dating ones.

Workey is a new swiping app that substitutes employers for possible partners. Job-seekers set up a profile and see which companies catch their eye; meanwhile, recruiters comb through pools of candidates, and hopefully someone makes a good match. The app has many of the customization features you know from Tinder, like setting a distance radius, and rather than linking your Instagram account, you can port in your LinkedIn profile. Bumble, the ladies-first swipe-and-match app, has also just launched a networking function, Bumble Bizz.

While mobile-first job-hunting may seem like the cutting edge of recruitment, it's still got a lot of catching-up to do. Moneyish cites research from Deloitte showing that fewer than 1 in 5 companies "deploy their HR and employee productivity solutions on mobile apps today." That said, almost two-thirds of job applicants give up because the process is taking too long, so it's possible that simplifying the process could be good for everybody.

Even if we streamline the job hunt through mobile apps, that doesn't preclude the importance of doing your work beforehand. Job seekers still need to research companies, network, and do their due diligence before interviews. Just think of it like screening your new date before you meet up. Most of all, both job-hunting and partner-seeking do require patience, persistence, and good judgment. Schedule in a set amount of time each day for both — there should be mutual interest as you keep playing the numbers game.