Job hunting skills that actors and performers can teach you- What you need to know to be successful
If you’re a graduate student, or a mum returning to the workforce or changing fields, finding work is challenging and sometimes tiring. But if you’re not tired of job hunting, you are probably not trying hard enough. Yes sure the market is slow and hiring at this time is hard. But before you get discouraged and give up; here are a few tips that performing artists use to help them succeed.
Even if you aren’t job hunting, these skills can help you succeed in your business.
- Go out and be seen! –Network, Network, network! Spread the word amongst your friends, family and friends of friends. You need to let them know that you are ready to work. Use social media to connect on LinkedIn, join communities and forums like Skillpages to let hiring agencies know of your experience.
- Be prepared for any role: If you are starting out or if you have had experience before, you must be prepared to start from either a junior or mid-level. Experience is essential and if it is a role you wouldn’t have normally considered, starting small and at a lower level will be key as you climb up the ladder.
More importantly if getting job offers are hard to come by, it’s wiser to take up what’s available. That doesn’t mean giving up on your dream job but rather working towards it.
- Improvisation: Actors, performers have countless performances where they’ve forgotten lines, entered at the wrong time; had technical difficulties but they always improvise and put on a good show. How? Because they focus, think on their feet and try to keep things under control. Use the same at interviews; job searches when you’re faced with an unexpected situation. It will help more so in front of clients; presentations and at meetings.
- Rejections happen, move on: It’s disappointing to get rejections; but we need to let go off the emotional component and get on with the search. Each rejection should make us stronger and positive. This is absolutely essential to finding your next job. Actors after their movie or show don’t just sit around do they? They go out scouting, meeting producers, to get themselves the next role. Take inspiration from them and remember, we all have to start somewhere.
- Project Management: Actors, performers, before each show have to treat it like it’s a business project. They have timelines, budgets, allocation of people and skills. Job hunting should be treated in a similar manner.You have to set yourself a timeline, shortlist various kinds of jobs, salary expectations, follow up on interviews, send thank you emails to employers- be the head at the helm of your job hunting project.
- Manage with a budget: All performers know that budgets are everything. Music shows, movies, plays are all done on budgets and not all of them are big! Working on a shoestring budget actually forces you to think creatively, do more with less time and money. Do what you have to in order to get yourself that job!
- Making Difficult choices: Choosing the kind of role you want to do, letting go of some of what you look for and sticking to what’s best. You need to cut your losses when you can and make the most of the job that comes your way. Being too choosy won’t help you and the higher the position you look for, the harder the decisions you need to make.
- Connect to your objective: All performers as they are working ask themselves the question ‘Why’ why am I doing this? Or what is the objective of this? Asking this question to yourself makes you connect to your goal. It is also a good motivator to help get you what you want. Determine your plan of action and how you want to achieve it.
Dealing with rejection:
After an interview, or a meeting that hasn’t gone as you had hoped, you will be dejected. We all will ! But, it is important to not let it get to you.
- Get back on track and stay positive
- Look for the silver lining
- Ask for feedback from the concerned parties if you can. Some of them may actually give you constructive criticism
- Keep an open mind.
We hope these tips help you with your search or at moments when you feel deflated. If in doubt read some inspiring stories of actors before they became where they are now like Channing Tatum, George Clooney, Even some YouTube sensations like have some inspiring stories behind why they do what they do.
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