Know your dream.
You'd be surprised how many women say they are looking for their dream guy but never really stop to think about, let alone articulate, what that means to them.
Adopting someone else's version of a dream guy won't work for you because you're unique. Start with specifics. For instance, do you want a guy with a certain kind of career? How about one who wants kids -- or doesn't? Do you want a man who is the same religion that you are? Close to his family? Is he a guy's guy, or someone with lots of female friends? Figure it out before you look any further so you don't waste anyone's time -- and so that you recognize Mr. Dream when you meet him.
You may think you want a surgeon as a husband -- but if you need a lot of attention and want a guy who is home every night by 5 p.m. and never works weekends, you may want to date a teacher or other professional who has regular hours. If you're prone to drama, choose a guy who is an emotional rock, not an artist who thrives on emotion to create. The key is knowing who you are and what you need. If you don't know you need lots of cerebral stimulation, you might pick a guy who'd rather play tic-tac-toe than do a crossword puzzle. Likewise, if you're really into eye candy, don't choose a guy who thinks gym is a misspelling of some guy's name.
The reality of dating is that competition is high. Online dating has made the dating pool enormous, and you'd better know how to swim. Treat dating like a business and know who you want so you can market yourself as a must-have entity. If your dream guy is an international entrepreneur, know how to dazzle at a highbrow cocktail party and know your salad fork from your soup spoon. Dress the part -- and knock the competition into the gutter on your way into your dream guy's arms.