Urman Dictionary

compatibility market

noun phrase

A market where value is not a static characteristic but is determined by how well a buyer and seller match up.

Dating and job hunting are both forays into compatibility markets. While you can do things to increase your marketability, fundamentally you still need to find an arrangement you’ll be happy with, and rejection says more about the mutual fit than about you yourself. The main difference is that while you may need a job to pay the bills, nobody strictly needs a significant other.