What You Can Learn About Navigating the Work World from The Bachelor
Apply These Takeaways from the Bachelor to Your Career.
With the season finale of the latest installment of The Bachelor quickly approaching, I’m taking a moment to reflect on this cycle (and seasons past). Behavior on the show is predictable, and we tend to see similar patterns emerge from the contestants who don’t make it to the final rose ceremony.
Success in the work-world requires many of the same skills it takes to impress on The Bachelor. Emotional intelligence, maturity, and positivity are among some of the keys to both going far in your career and making it to the final rose (or at least hometown dates).
First Impressions Count
When the contestants first step out of the limo and meet the Bachelor, they have an entrance prepared to capture his attention. Whether it’s a witty one-liner or elaborate scene, some entrances are obviously more well thought out and memorable (in a positive way) then others and help to set the contestant ahead of the pack.
Takeaways: When it comes to an in-person job interview or meeting a potential client for the first time, it’s important to put your best foot forward. Research the company, know who you’re going to be talking to, and dress to impress. Your elevator pitch should be honed and ready to go.
We’ve all heard the old adage: “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” This is especially true on the Bachelor, where catty behavior seems to always come back to haunt the contestants. Another common trend on the show is contestants using their very limited time speaking with the bachelor about other women or tattle-taleing. This comes off as extremely negative, and these contestants are not taking advantage of their opportunity to get to know him and help him learn about them, effectively wasting everyone’s time.
Takeaways: Avoid office drama as much as possible. It’s not always easy to stay out of office politics, but it’s important to carry yourself in a professional manner and to not get caught up in anything that can damage your reputation. Geniality and character goes a long way towards building trust in the office.
Be A Team Player
Group dates can be difficult for The Bachelor contestants, to say the least, but the contestants who put in the effort to have a positive attitude, even when disappointed, usually make it the furthest each season.
Takeaways: Being helpful and easy to work with will do you favors, especially in the long run! Don’t be remembered as the person with the bad attitude. Lean in and participate in meetings, respond to emails in a timely manner, and say thank you when a colleague takes the time to help you. People notice when you contribute – and when you don’t– and your voice will be recognized.
Everyone who’s watched The Bachelor has heard the phrase “here for the wrong reasons” at least once or twice (or one-thousand times). In both dating and your career, it’s important to be your authentic self to build trust with colleagues and managers. It’s not hard to sniff out someone fake or two-faced.
Takeaways: Be open and honest about your intentions, your strengths and weaknesses, and your limitations. Even when it’s hard to speak up, honestly is always the best policy and you’ll earn the respect of colleagues and clients. No one ever wants to feel misled or played.
Exit On Good Terms
Whether they are sent home or leaving of their own accord, contestants are always remembered by the way they leave the show. Some exits are graceful and leave viewers with a positive impression, while others, not so much.
Takeaways: When leaving a role, try not to leave on a negative note. Always give two weeks notice at least. Avoid burning bridges or leaving your team in the lurch and keep in mind, how you leave is how you’ll be remembered.