Simon Says

Author: Tom Cairns | Source: HCI | Published: May 11, 2010

Imagine Simon Cowell, as your Career Coach, yes that Simon Cowell from American Idol.  That's what Perry Newman muses in American Idol and Your Job Search.  Perry compares the Idol experience to job search.  I could not resist adding my own commentary to some of Simon Cowell's words of wisdom (from and    

Simon says, "You've got quite a good voice, the problem I have is this looks to me like 10 years ago." 
Translation:  Your job experience is equivalent to one-year that has been repeated 10 times. 
Simon says, "If you've got a big mouth and you're controversial, you're going to get attention." 
Translation:  That's true but you need to be smart.  Differentiating yourself from the competition is a must.  You want to be remembered but for the right reason.       
Simon says, "If I said to most of the people who auditioned, 'Good job, awesome, well done, it would have made me actually look and feel ridiculous.  It's quite obvious most of the people who turned up for this audition were hopeless." 
Translation:  The interview to job offer ratio is 17-1 ( which is better than the bazillion to one ratio on Idol.  
Simon says, "Not everybody is perfect, and I don't think we should be looking for perfect people." 
Translation:  You are not a match for this job. 
Simon says, "...The look, it was like something out of the Addams Family." 
Translation:  You have not watched enough What Not to Wear, and are in dire need of an extreme makeover. 
Simon's comments are clear, concise, and candid.  You could not ask for more in a Career Coach.
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