When Ben Affleck was cast as Batman, Twitter was filled with negative comments about his selection. When two relatively unknown actors Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam were recently cast for Fifty Shades of Grey, Twitter again lit up with negativity about their selection. The casting directors saw something in these actors that led to their selection, whether the public agrees or not. This proves that someone else’s opinion of you does not necessarily have to be your reality.
As a job seeker you want to be cast for your next role with a future employer. They must envision you as the perfect fit as opposed to your competition for the job. That is why it is so important to customize your resume, cover letter and conversations so that a prospective employer sees you as the person they should hire.
View your resume as a ticket to the interview and the interview itself as an audition vs. a fact finding mission. In each discussion or interview, key in on how you will solve issues the employer is facing or how you can make them look good if you were to be hired. It is also important for you to show enthusiasm about their company as well as the opportunity they are offering. Hiring authorities often hire the candidate who displays the highest level of interest.
Recently, Justin Timberlake made it clear that he would love to play the role of the “Joker” opposite Ben Affleck in Batman. This was a great strategic move on his part. He obviously has the credentials and talent, but what he has done now is shown a very high level of interest in the role. It will be interesting to see if he is in fact cast as the new “Joker.”
What role do you want most in your working life? What company do you most want to work for? What do you bring to the table that your competitors do not? The answers to these questions will help you focus on the audition that could lead to your next job.