7 Ways to Survive Your Recruiter Office Romance

Valentine’s Day is here, and one of 2 things is likely are like to happen:

  1. It’s time to book a restaurant, take out your significant other, and then text/tweet on your respective smartphones. Easy!
  2. It’s time to go out with your single mates and get totally annihilated (Undercover Recruiter always suggests you drink sensibly).

We normally blog about tech, social, etc.… blah blah blah! Today we want to get a little soppy and talk about lurrrrrvve…or as recruiters used to call it in our day: “scoring”. #unit

Apparently, 80% of relationships start in the office (perhaps 81% finish there?). May I suggest that for recruiters that, yes, 80% may start there, but then they kind of continue, trip and fall, end, start again, and then either explode or implode (a little like the life cycle of a candidate?).

I’ve consulted my brain (and maybe my history) and devised some tips for surviving a recruiter’s office romance. Here are sevenn tips for recruiters to ensure their office romance doesn’t get out of control!

1) Never go out in public:

Stay hidden in one of your respective homes for at least six months!

2) At office parties – slag each other off:

Stay well clear of each other.

3) At office parties – get off with each other:

It is a party.

4) Get spotted at IKEA?

If you need to go to IKEA and you’re spotted, have the following line ready: “We’re here to get cable trunking for the office”!

5)  Overcompensate at work:

Give each other a tough time!

6) Own really mainstream cars:

So, when you follow each other in to work on the route that everyone else follows, you’re not spotted! Perfect!

7) Don’t disappear together:

Don’t disappear into the server room together to tidy the cables! We all know what you’re doing!

Bonus) Get married!

Have kids and start your own business!

There! Who said we’re not practical? Do you have any other tips? Let us know in the comments below!

By Lisa Jones

Lisa Jones is a Director at Barclay Jones, a Consultancy working with recruiters advising them on the most effective use of technology, web and social media to improve their business processes, recruitment and bottom line. Follow Lisa on Twitter @LisaMariJones.