When it comes to a job search, which is worse… being rejected by a recruiter because your resume is lacking a few key points needed by the employer OR having an interview cut short because your actual skill sets are far below the embellishment you put into your resume?
The second scenario definitely provides potential for some in-person awkwardness and humiliation. Granted you scored the interview, but was it worth having your honesty questioned and facing certain rejection?
Your resume is no different than your online dating profile.
The approach to your online dating profile needs to be identical because both are a search for a “forever home”. Being honest about what gifts and skill sets you bring to the table is going to yield a positive and lasting result. Here are three truths that are often overlooked when writing your online dating profile:
Truth in photography.
Be sure your photos are current. It’s always fun to let photography take us down memory lane, but your photo choices need to represent the up-to- date best of you. Choose photos that have been taken within the last six months.
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Truth in stats.
It’s rather impossible to recover from being 5’7” when your profile states that you’re 6’1”. Same goes with weight. You need to embrace your physicality if you expect someone else to embrace you.
Truth in lifestyle choices.
If you smoke, own it. If you drink, own it. If you’re vegan and prefer not to date a carnivore, own it. Your choices are part of the total package that’s you, so include them without hesitation.
When it comes to your online dating profile, honesty is the best policy. Open and honest wins the race every time. Remember that you’re in the dating race to win, not place. The easiest road to the winner’s podium is to create a profile that represents the real you with confidence and pride.