Dear Anon-O-Box: Dating For The Unemployed

Dear Anon-O-Box,

Given the current economic climate and its effect on people’s livelihood, is there any good way to say “I’m unemployed and looking”?

I’m currently sitting with a flippant line about economic circumstance and being a writer…

- No Job, No Love?

Dear No-No,

I’m going to tell you a little secret about online dating profiles…

But first, let me tell you some good news.  Everybody is aware of the recession.  It’s hit everyone in some way or another, either personally or with loved ones.  You’re not alone.  Nobody is in a position to judge someone for being unemployed.

But here’s the secret:  your online dating profile does not need to mention your job, or lack thereof.

Of course, there’s usually that pesky place where you have to select your industry.  But your industry doesn’t change just because you’re not currently working.   It’s not a lie to select your industry of choice.

In the body of your profile, focus on the other things in your life.  After all, your career isn’t what makes you WHO you are.  Write about your hobbies, your passions, your family, your pets.  Paint the beautiful picture of everything you’re thankful for in your life.

Get people interested in you for YOU, not your potential paycheck.

Once communication has been established, when the subject comes up, you can mention you’re between jobs.  As long as you have your plan to get back on your feet, most folks nowadays should be understanding about your circumstances.

Happy dating, geek friends.

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