In a search for examples for managers and leaders from the performing arts, I found the obvious ranging from the serious to the humorous. “Lincoln on Leadership" and “Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun" illustrate the range. But as the search continued, I also discovered several examples with some direct messages for job seekers and hiring managers. This fit with the goal of the programs I offer for job seekers and hiring managers. I had developed a focused website, 212-Careers, with the intention to provide stronger, sometimes hard-hitting advice on resumes, interviewing skills, letters, and other career decisions. The goal is to be blunt, even controversial at times, with a willingness to tell someone in detail what's wrong with a resume, or why so many interviewers (and interview questions) are simply “bad." I was not surprised to find numerous examples of everything Human Resources shouldn't do – “The Office." I was pleased to discover some great examples of practices in the performing arts that support some of the best hiring/job seeking practices. The award-winning Broadway “Jersey Boys" is an excellent, current example. Because it includes the early days of “The Four Seasons," it shows how the group struggled to find the right “fourth" member of the group. It even reflects the reality of today's job market with a line that states, “there's a million of 'em out there."
June 14, 2013