Wednesday, July 1, 2009

How to Win Orlando's Americal Idol

If you really look at it, getting to Hollywood from the Orlando American Idol Auditions is really similar to the job market in Orlando. There are fewer jobs and more qualified candidates, much like few spots to Hollywood and thousands of people that wait in line to audition. American Idol Auditions are invading Orlando next week.

Registrations are Tuesday, July 7th and Wednesday, July 8th with auditions being Thursday, July 9th. All the craziness will take place at the Amway Arena in Downtown Orlando.

So how do you stand out from the pack in your job hunt and land that 1st or 2nd interview (or an audition to see Simon, Paula and Randy and then get the golden ticket to Hollywood)? Here are 5 tips to work on this 4th of July Weekend:

Resumes and Objectives

Use your resume objective to set the tone for your personality, goals and reason for applying. Make this the strongest 1-2 sentences on your entire resume, being direct and stating a true objective as to what you wish to accomplish. If everyone sings the same song and you come in with a song that truly shows your personality, your skills and talent you give yourself a better opportunity to get your foot in the door and have someone listen.

Non Traditional First Impressions

First Impressions can be made anywhere. When you are looking for a job, you can meet a prospective employer anywhere from the grocery store to a networking event to Facebook. Sure sure you impress when you come across a potential boss. This may mean looking your best everywhere you go and cleaning up your online image. When a star walks in the room, Simon knows it instantly from how they enter, before they sing one word - you need to do the same.

Utilize Your Competition

Befriend your competition. The line for American Idol auditions will stretch as far as the eye can see. So can applicants at job fairs, on job boards and at networking events. Befriend the competition to see if you can learn anything from them. Maybe they went to an interview and a job wasn't for them, but may be for you and vice-verse. Knowledge is power in this job market.

Know the Company Inside and Out

Do your homework and know what the company is looking for and how you can take them to the next level. See where their weaknesses are, where their growth is coming from and apply your skill set and knowledge into the interview, resume or cover letter. Paying attention is an easy way to get attention. You can easily do homework by looking for company blogs, doing searches in LinkedIn or simply looking at Google and Google News.


Keep your spirits high. American Idol gets some of their highest ratings in the audition time frame because America loves to see reactions and meltdowns. Do NOT be that person. Keep your head up and move on. There are jobs out there as evident by the over 11,000 job seekers Employment Guide has put back to work this year and will continue to do so through our job fairs, website and newspaper.

Here's to a great 4th of July weekend and best of luck to all the brave souls heading to the American Idol auditions next week. We'd love to hear stories so please leave them in the comments or send them to



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