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Career Lessons from America’s Next Top Model

8 Aug, 2016

Career Lessons from America’s Next Top Model

Painkillers after the dental surgery had knocked me out. Despite my drugged state, I watched Janice Dickerson, Tyra Banks, and Twiggy coach contestants on America’s Next Top Model (ANTM) on how to STAND OUT!

Put Your Quirk to Work

Cindy Crawford once referred to the mole on her face as the ugly mark. Her sister said she should have it removed. Her mother advised against it. Today, Ms. Crawford says while the mole caused people to remember her, it is just another part of her face.

A client of mine struggled to identify his strengths. In frustration, I closed my office door and refused to open it until we uncovered his gift. He mentioned that was an expert Excel user. I poked around and learned that he reduced the time to process work from days to minutes. He did not see how his Excel “quirk” lowered overtime costs and increased customer satisfaction. What makes you hot? Numbers demonstrate what makes you hot.

According to the New York Times, Tyra Banks has 275 smiles. Like an Olympic champion, Banks has studied, honed and mastered the smile. Her arsenal includes the “surprise smile,” the “angry but still smiling” smile, the “flirting with boyfriend” smile and the “commercial” smile.

One of my clients established the financial framework that drove a $50 million revenue growth. My client enticed the competition to hire her for more than double the last salary she earned.

Stay True to Yourself

As I continued watch ANTM, I noticed the models who were sent home early had gossiped and made excuses for themselves. Despite their unique beauty, they lost out on the chance of a lifetime.

Sometimes, a client will ask me to copy from a resume or LinkedIn profile that belongs to a colleague. This both annoys me and makes me sad because they lack the confidence to stand on their experience. Hiring managers and recruiters look for people who tip the balance, who have that something extra.

Before you begin your search, take stock of yourself. Then, take a risk and be bold, be brave, be confident!

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