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Posted at 1:47 PM ET, 02/11/2011

In the Post Magazine: Two ways to get a date

By Lavanya Ramanathan

Is it love for Amelia and Vivek? Check out Date Lab on Sunday to find out. (The Washington Post)

In time for Valentine's Day, this weekend's Post Magazine is brimming with talk of love, and oh, yes, seduction.

Ellen McCarthy looks at a pair of local guys with "game," who, for only $600 a pop, are sharing their tricks for getting the ladies. Call them pickup artists or call them jerks -- either way, they're awfully confident you'll be calling. ( Check out their modus operandi here.)

Things are slightly more earnest over at Date Lab, so if you actually want to meet someone for the long haul, this is your chance. Date Lab is looking for would-be daters.

In time for Valentine's Day, Editor Amanda McGrath offers some tips for getting picked:

Avoid cliches. The next person who tells us they "like to go out, but sometimes like to stay in" is going to be responsible for the bruising that occurs when your Date Lab editors' heads hit the desk. Yes, that's probably true -- but it's true for pretty much everyone. "Going out" can mean anything from country line dancing to clubbing to poetry open-mic nights -- give us a better sense of how you spend your time.

Photos. We don't know jack about you. So including pictures that show you in your element or highlight your personality is key. A sexyface headshot is okay, but we'd rather see you cheering on your favorite sports team, hanging out with friends, or showing off your hobby.

Be honest. If you absolutely won't date a smoker or can't possibly see yourself with someone who doesn't share your passion for heavy metal, we need to know. Hedging about what your type is or what your dealbreakers are leaves the door wide open for a mismatch.

Be a guy (or gay). It's a sad fact that we have far more applications from straight women than from any other group. If you're a straight guy, your chances of being selected are pretty high. And we've got a fairly shallow pool of same-sex-oriented daters, which makes it tough to find the right match. Help us out!

Ready? Apply to Date Lab here.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  | February 11, 2011; 1:47 PM ET
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