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Forget Love: EHarmony Wants To Help You Find Your Next Boss

"Elevated Careers by eHarmony" wants to help you find a job situation for the long haul.

As hundreds of thousands of people know, dating site eHarmony is very good at pairing two people looking for love. Since launching in 2000, eHarmony has matched more than 600,000 married couples. As of May, it touts about 762,000 paying members.

While casual dating site OkCupid landed in hot water for creepily misleading users it claims to have algorithmically matched (hey, happy people in relationships don't browse through OkCupid, yenno?), eHarmony's approach has been to pair people into serious, lasting relationships. Its mission is perfectly illustrated when you first sign up for it and are required to fill out a daunting 200-question survey. This give its algorithms plenty of data to crunch on. You have to commit.

Now, eHarmony is taking its algorithm-driven love-arrows and refashioning them for a different market: People searching for jobs. Eharmony says it plans on launching a new matchmaking subsidiary, "Elevated Careers by eHarmony" (try to say it in one breath), which will pair job hunters with prospective employers, again with the idea that they'll both be in it for the long haul, as MarketWatch reports.

It's an interesting proposition. The Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that the typical worker in the United States stays with his or her employer for 4.6 years, and eHarmony wonders why that couldn't be longer. "The goal will be to help people get a job where they really belong," eHarmony founder and CEO Neil Clark Warren tells MarketWatch.

Mouthful of a name aside, employee retention continues to be a problem for many companies in industries across the board. One Gallup poll from 2013 found that just 19% of Americans are insufficiently challenged in their jobs, which is a problem, since happy companies are proven to make more money.

So if Elevated Careers by eHarmony manages to provide employees with a stable work environment they're satisfied with? And employers get someone they can trust to not jump ship when the first opportunity presents itself? It might not be true love, but it's not entirely off the mark, either.

[h/t: MarketWatch]

[Image: Flickr user Britt-knee]

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  • I think eHarmony is definitely on to something with leveraging their algorithm to pair employers and job seekers together. I’m just curious to see how they will refine it so it incorporates all the aspects of a job seekers background and skills with what the employer is actually looking for. It’s one thing to work well with one another; it’s whole other animal to bring on the proper talent of the job. May be of interest but this is a great article on Job Matching in the job board space -

    There are lots of job boards out there, I can't help but wonder what eHarmony will do differently to address all the “missed-connections” that happen when job searching - job seekers not finding jobs they can say they qualify for and employers not getting the kinds of applicants they're looking for. Looking forward to watching them launch in December.

  • alan2525inmd

    What about finding a doctor?

    Like your spouse, your doctor sees you naked too.

  • wellsdm2002

    Think it's hard getting honest survey answers from individuals try getting them from companies.