<a href=”../wp-content/uploads/2012/02/jobsearch.jpg”><img class=”alignright size-thumbnail wp-image-195″ title=”jobsearch” src=”../wp-content/uploads/2012/02/jobsearch-150×150.jpg” alt=”” width=”115″ height=”115″ /></a>If you watch NBC’s “The Voice”, you are familiar with the format of a blind audition. For those who do not watch the show, each of four judges has their back to the contestant when they give their initial performance so they are judged without discrimination (looks, age, weight, ethnicity, etc.)

Just like an employer, the judges are focused on finding exceptional talent that will fit their team and produce results
(by ultimately winning the competition). Therefore, the performer must distinguish themselves from other competitors via song choice, arrangement, and delivery. With only a few slots on their team to fill in the first phase (blind audition), the judges are extremely picky.

The show reminds me of the job search process.

* The contestant’s blind audition is the job candidate’s first impression (resume). You only have one chance to make a great first impression. You’ve got to grab and hold attention and quickly define what makes you different from others.

* Help is waiting. On the show, contestants that make it through have help in the form of one of the four coaches (Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine or Black Shelton). The job seeker has help waiting via a Certified Professional Writer who will further highlight the candidate’s qualifications in a way that minimizes weaknesses and answers “why should I hire you?”

* The Battle phase weeds out performers by taking two like candidates and having them sing against one another. Job seekers are weeded out from hundreds of others with similar skills for the same position. You have to shine to make it through. Each singer works with their “coach” the same as a job candidate should collaborate with their resume writer.

* In the final phase (Live Performances), the remaining contestants compete against each other for final selection. For the job seeker, this is the interview process. Prospective employers do not readily know your strengths, weaknesses, or accomplishments. It is your job to convince them that you are exceptional.

As a job candidate, you need to present yourself as “the” candidate by making a great first impression (blind audition). By using strong keywords to draw the reader’s attention, you further create a standout impression that will help you make it through the weeding out of candidates. Focus on results and give concrete results of what you achieved. This will help move you through to the final selection for interviews so you can win the job!

If you are looking for something different to watch on Monday nights, tune in to “The Voice” on NBC and if you are a job seeker, contact a Certified Professional Resume Writer who will help you outshine the competition and win interviews!

<strong>About the Author:</strong>
Tammy Shoup, Executive Director and Head Writer of Breakthrough Résumés, is among a small number of professional résumé writers in the U.S. who has earned the title of Certified Professional Résumé Writer from the Professional Association of Résumé Writers / Career Coaches.

Shoup is also a member of the National Résumé Writers’ Association and Career Directors International. Her activity in both organizations ensures that her knowledge of industry and employment trends remains current. It also indicates her dedication to continuing education in her industry. Her work is published in both JIST and Barron’s career books. Please review Shoup’s information at www.breakthroughrésumés.com or www.tammyshoup.com or inquire directly to Tammy Shoup at awordpro@aol.com

Wishing you the best in your job search campaign! †