I Google searched 10 ways to win an Oscar. With many thanks to everyone on-line who submitted a Top 10 List, the Oscar goes to Rick Schwartz for his list: It’s Easy To Win An Oscar!
Here is Rick’s Top 10, re-packaged with my job tips:
- Be A World-Class Schmoozer – Be a real person and treat everyone you meet politely. Make sure you start with the receptionist.
- Don’t Be Ugly – Dress for the interview and make sure you are groomed. Leave the t-shirt and torn jeans at home.
- Cast A Has-Been – Everyone loves a come-back story. Show how you overcame an obstacle to achieve a goal.
- Do Something Scandalous –The Facebook photo of you drunk, singing on top of a bar is the wrong type of scandalous. Think of something positive you have done. Stand out with a success story related to the requirements of the job.
- Live In Los Angeles – Rick talks about doing things in the town where the Oscars are awarded. Contributing time to a volunteer project in your town is a point in your favor.
- Show Up Everywhere – Networking is still one of the best ways to land a new job. Make sure you are out there.
- Don’t Be Afraid To Get Dirty – You might want to stay away from this one. Once you start exaggerating your qualifications on a resume, it’s a slippery slope. Even if you land the job, someone will eventually find out. Don’t go there.
- Hire The Professional Goons – Sometimes an objective, outside opinion about your resume or your interviewing skills is needed. A small investment in a career coach and professionally crafted resume is often the difference between multiple job offers and a prolonged job search.
- Take Credit For Everything – Do not be afraid to toot your own horn. If you don’t believe in your ability to land the job, neither will the interviewer.
- Make An Amazing Movie – With a professionally crafted resume, scripting and a bit of rehearsing (ideally in front of a video camera),you can be amazing. All of your experience packaged correctly can make you the only logical choice.
Follow my ideas and be ready to accept the Oscar (I mean the job offer).