What Rom-Coms Can Teach You About Finding A Job

They might not be realistic for finding love, but hidden inside romantic comedies are some pretty good tips on landing a job.

1. Start by pursuing something you might actually want to do.

Ever seen a rom-com about a dude pursuing a lady he was only 40% into? Of course you haven’t.

2. Don’t send out a bunch of half-hearted cover letters.

Focus in on jobs you could have a passion for, and you’ll work harder to lock it down.

3. Seek advice from friends and previous coworkers.

Sometimes another person has a piece of obvious, but much-needed (and helpful) advice.

4. It’s helpful to network.

Meeting new people is important for both your love life and your professional life.

5. Always present your best self to potential employers.

It lets them know you’re serious.

6. Don’t be afraid to stand out.

Making your résumé stand out is a good way to get noticed. That being said…

7. And ditch the modesty.

If you can’t brag a little on your résumé, when can you brag?

8. Don’t give up.

It might be hard, and you and your beard might get rained on dramatically, but stick with it.

9. Explain why you want to be with their company.

It’s not just about how awesome you are — it’s about why you want to be with a company specifically. Explain that in your cover letter and interview, and you’ll appear passionate and well-researched. Bonus.

10. Follow-up is important.

Contacting your potential employer after applying or an interview shows you care.

11. Even if you thought you totally nailed that interview and never got a call back — it sucks, but it happens.

Nobody ever got to the big, romantic kiss at the end of the movie by quitting in the middle of Act 2.

12. And, hopefully, you find your perfect match.

Or at least a summer job.

13. If all else fails, a grand gesture might do the trick.

While it might not be effective for every cover letter you send off, sometimes a crazy stunt can pay off with a job offer (or a few!). Just make sure you come off more Say Anything than Taxi Driver.

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