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Desperation vs. Enthusiasm: Surviving the Dater-Viewing Experience

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By Tara Chantal Silver on April 15, 2012

So, you might have been unemployed for the last three to six months and are now feeling as desperate as your dating attempts have left you frustrated. We’ve all experienced low points, those moments when it seems like there is no point of return to normalcy or happiness. The last few dater-viewing posts will put you well on your way to success.

How you come across in these instances will help decide your fate, so listen up. While interviewing for a job, show enthusiasm and interest, but balance it so that it doesn’t come across as desperate, even if you have been unemployed for a year, sell yourself. Feeling unwanted or undesirable quickly translates to making you feel like you’re at a low point. Make sure you exude confidence and optimism, so don’t let your interviewer know how discouraged your job search makes you feel. Sell yourself well and show value, because discouragement will tarnish your worth. Just like how men and women are put off by clingy folks, your future boss wants to know that you are a viable and valuable candidate for the job, and so should you!

Some do’s and don’ts for you…

  Date Interviews





Show interest. Make them feel like snagging you is a good catch.







Be Confident



Believe that you are worthy and desirable and have something to offer



Believe you have a solid skill set and will be of value to the company


Be personable







Focus on strengths



Look desperate or pathetic or focus on the negatives






Let discouragement or negativity show



Let low self-esteem (or anything) keep you from shining





Be generic





Tara Chantal Silver is the Founder and Managing Director at SilverStrategy, a DC based public relations and business  development firm. SilverStrategy specializes in working among entrepreneurs and non profits in the areas of Strategic Communications, Event Planning, Branding, Creative Marketing Campaigns, Partnership/Coalition Building and Development. Silver is a recipient of the 2011 Washington Woman in PR’s Emerging Leaders Award and a Co-Founder of DC Entrepreneurship Week.

Follow her blog, YourGoodIdeaFairy.com and on Twitter @SilverStrategy and Facebook.

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