|What's the Difference between the American Idol Judges and a HR Department?|
On average, 40 million Americans tune into the hit TV Show, American Idol. Why? Because it’s the American Dream at its finest: it’s the journey of making one’s way up from nothing to something. Small town boy/girl turns into a superstar over night. Undiscovered talent suddenly discovered. This is why Americans will all be tuned in tonight for the season finale. It is proof that the American Dream CAN come true.
While we all cannot wait for the finale, looking back at the auditions, one must admit that they were quite entertaining. Youtube “American Idol’s Worst Auditions Ever” and you’re bound to laugh… While the fact that these people cannot sing is funny, what is even funnier is that THEY THINK they can sing. It makes you wonder, what do they hear that I don’t?
However, watching from home, it’s easy to pass judgment on who deserves to go to the next round and who doesn’t. While we all have our own opinions, we leave the decision making to the judges: the coined “most beautiful woman in the world,” Jennifer Lopez, the quirky, “never know what will come out of his mouth next” Aerosmith front man, Steven Tyler, and the down to earth “dawg,” Randy Jackson. Why? Because we “trust” them.
This “trust” factor can be equated to the job search. Jennifer, Steven, and Randy make up the Human Resources department for America in finding the next singing sensation. We trust them to weed out those folks that “don’t belong,” right? Just like HR who receives thousands of identical resumes and cover letters daily, the American Idol judges see thousands of auditions daily. They get worn out after a while. Steven Tyler said it best. He gets worn out hearing Adele’s Someone Like You, "We're just so tired of hearing it ... Every three songs it's that same song."
Don’t sing Someone Like You. Be original.
It’s the same in the job search. Be original. You have to be honest with yourself about WHY you really want to work for a particular company. Noticing a job opening just isn’t enough. You need to prove that you DO belong.
That being said, if you really believe you have something to bring to the table, go ahead and skip standing in line and go straight to the executive upstairs who is paying Jennifer, Steven, and Randy’s salary. If you really do have what it takes – the right voice or proven ROI – why not go straight to the top?
This is why more and more people are hiring agents in today’s job market… Only for those that are original of course =).