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January 31, 2023

Just What the World Needs, an Online Dating Service for Jobs

With all this talk of cultural fit and happiness officers, it was only a matter of time before some genius got the bright idea to use the same concept behind online dating to hook job seekers up with employers. Ladies and gentleman, eHarmony has done it:

Dating site eHarmony hopes to do for employment what it’s done for marriage, pairing employees with their future bosses to see if it’s a match made on Wall Street.

It will launch a new company, “Elevated Careers by eHarmony,” in December that will run a new version of its famous compatibility assessment — only this time for job applicants and their would-be superiors. The typical U.S. worker only lasts 4.6 years with each employer, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but eHarmony wants to change all that. “The goal will be to help people get a job where they really belong,” says the company’s founder and CEO Neil Clark Warren.

eHarmony won't say if its new job service will function like its matchmaking service, which, if you don't know, uses a proprietary data mining formula to match you with your alleged soulmate.

“We’ll have something like that to match people for careers and have had 10 people working on that for three years,” Warren says. And there’s also an overlap in the philosophy of the two eHarmony services. “If people come home and they’re unhappy with their job and boss, it puts a lot of tension on a marriage,” he says.

Fantastic. Can we maybe get someone on making a Grindr-like service for those of us who prefer to job hop? Now that would be something.

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