I have been watching the Olympics like a fiend and have come to a conclusion: I want to date a bobsleigh brakeman.
I know it might seem silly and I don’t want to sound like a romance novelist but I think the combination of focus, determination and strength is a pretty great and those skin tight suits don’t hurt either.
But the hard truth is that I can’t.
I can’t date a bobsledder any more than I can be a CFO. Just because I admire them and think that what they do is neat, does not mean we would find any common ground.
I am not athletic or even fit for that matter. I am a desk rat rather than a gym rat. I don’t go out much in winter. And nothing I do is measured in hundredths of a second. Nothing.
Applying for jobs is the same thing. Just because you think the role is interesting or cool does not mean that you would be suitable date material.
When you read the requirements, pay attention to what they are really describing and asking for. Does it really reflect what you do, or more importantly, have done?
Will the receiver of your resume instantly be able to see why you are interested and why this makes sense for you and for the hiring manager?
We can all date bobsledders in our dreams but we should save the heartache and focus for more realistic career pursuits. Me included.