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What can we learn from Glasto???

There is something unique about Glastonbury; it has an aura and reputation unlike any of the other festivals on offer over the summer period. Whilst music fans scramble to get tickets, bands are also busy trying to make sure they are on the lineup for Britain’s most famous live music event.

And when a group of the guys here made the trek to Glasto this year it made me think – are the comparisons between a band getting on the lineup & a candidate getting an interview for a new gig (pardon the pun). Here’s what I’ve come up with:

Bands Getting on the line up Candidates getting an interview
Must first decide whether Glastonbury is the right Festival for them, i.e. given the festival genre, their experience and their fans will it be a good fit. Must first decide whether a Company is the right one for them, i.e. given the company culture, their experience and their career goals will it be a good fit.
Must fight for the attention of the promoters. Must vie for the attention of employers’.
Realise that getting booked is just the start of the hard work! Realise that getting an interview is just the start of the hard work!
Need to prepare – before stepping on stage Bands need to prepare an entertaining set, select the right songs to play, and practice, practice, practice to make sure they’re ready to perform. Need to prepare – before stepping into the interview Candidates need to prepare their career story, think about the questions they have, and practice, practice, practice to make sure they’re ready to answer the tough questions.
Should understand that playing at a festival they’re effectively competing for audience with the other bands that are also playing. Delivering a polished performance on stage is therefore the bare minimum. Should understand that when interviewing they’re effectively competing with other candidates that are also being interviewed. Delivering a polished performance in the interview is therefore the bare minimum.
Festivals provide bands with the perfect opportunity to promote their music, get noticed and kick start their careers. Interviews provide candidates with the perfect opportunity to promote their skills/ experience, get noticed and kick start their careers.

So, who knew being in a band and the job hunt were so similar?

I guess there’s just enough space left for the blatant plug – if you’re looking for a way to stand out from the crowd and drive your career forward, log on to Zookel. Think of it as the Glastonbury of job sites – the best place to get noticed!

Zoe & Team Zookel

1 Comment so far

  1. PhilW @ July 30th, 2009

    Like it! I’m trying to think of new ways to attack the job hunt and this helps me to think about it creatively. Not sure I’ll ever be in a band – but I’m using a trainee footballer as my analogy.

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