When I think of a matchmaker, I picture a cartoon cupid or even a genie in a bottle. (Lookin’ at you, Christina Aguilera.)
Perhaps it’s because the notion seems so unreal. Someone can really find my soulmate? And it’s not Tinder?
Yup. It’s Tawkify, a team of matchmakers who, well, make matches. The 80% success rate seems pretty promising, too.
But I’m not here to tell you to join the service. I’m here to let you know it’s hiring matchmakers in New York City and San Francisco.
But don’t worry, it’s expanding to more cities this year, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Washington D.C., Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Seattle and Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida.
You could play Cupid. Or Christina Aguilera. Your choice.
How to Become a Matchmaker
Don’t worry: You don’t need any previous matchmaking experience.
Tawkify hires individuals from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, including lawyers, consultants, life coaches, entrepreneurs, teachers and writers.
“Our best matchmakers have been everything from lawyers to therapists to yoga instructors in their former lives,” the site’s FAQ page states.
The listing spells out the most appealing traits of a matchmaker: professionalism, empathy, passion for matchmaking and a solid networker. You should be task-driven, collaborative, an A+ listener and love love. (Not a typo, people.)
Tawkify even has a sleek video on its site featuring matchmakers discussing their work and why they love it.
“I direct the scene, so I cast the characters, set the stage and then I allow the two people to write the story today,” matchmaker Jules says. “I’m Mother Nature’s righthand woman — or left.”
What’s possibly sweeter than playing Mother Nature’s assistant? The pay.
Michele Presley, Tawkify’s vice president of sales and marketing, says it has some full-time matchmakers who earn more than $100,000 a year.
Only interested in part-time work? How much you make depends on the client load.
“It’s safe to say, though, that roughly half of the full-time rate is doable for half-time work and client load,” Presley explains.
So, really, you could be bagging $50,000 for part-time duties.
How to Apply to Be a Matchmaker
There’s no need to showcase each friend you’ve set up, even though we’re all proud for establishing at least one of those relationships. You also don’t have to show the number of Tinder matches you’ve made in the last week by stealing your friend’s phone.
All you have to do is apply online. You’ll start with the basics, then upload a photo, cover letter and resume. Slap in your LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and blog URL and select “Next.”
Think you can play Cupid? It’s worth giving it a shot with that little bow and arrow. And don’t forget your diaper. (But probably don’t wear it out in public…)
Not too keen on making love happen? You can find more jobs on our Facebook Jobs page.
Your Turn: Think you have what it takes to be a matchmaker?
Carson Kohler (@CarsonKohler) is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder. After recently completing graduate school, she focuses on saving money — and surviving the move back in with her parents.