By Sean Weinberg
Whether you heard her song on the radio, saw an outrageous costume of hers in a magazine, or can't remember where you first heard her mentioned, you know about Lady Gaga.
Like her music or not, Lady Gaga is arguably one of the most famous people in the world right now. A consummate performer, Gaga entertains millions of people everyday.
While she might be entertaining, interesting, or vexing, Lady Gaga has a lot to teach about the job search. Her skyrocket to fame offers several lessons to any job seeker.
Check out these four job search lessons learned from Lady Gaga:
1. Social media is your friend
Did you know that, just last month, Lady Gaga broke the world record for most Twitter followers? With just over 13 million followers, she can rest assured that her words are getting out.
While you don't need millions of Twitter followers, a strong social media presence is incredibly beneficial to any job seeker. Large social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are super helpful to job seekers looking to build or enhance their professional network. Want to take it a step further? There are tons of "niche" social networking platforms for like-minded professionals to learn, share, and discuss.
2. Find your network
If you know anything about Lady Gaga, you probably have heard about her "little monsters". This affectionate name is reserved for her millions of fans. In this, Lady Gaga recognizes the importance of her little monsters in her career.
Lady Gaga's networking strategy works incredibly well for her, as it would for any job seeker. Appreciate the people who are in your professional network by participating in conversations, helping others in their job searches, and making introductions. The more you put into your network, the more your network will put into you.
3. Be unique
Let's be Frank. Lady Gaga isn't your average celebrity, which is a good thing. If not for her signature attitude, strange music videos and even stranger fashion choices, it's debatable about whether she'd be even as remotely famous.
As a job seeker, it's easy to sink into what everyone else is doing. We model our resumes, interview outfits, and social media profiles after ones we've seen. Break the mold and seek a unique image. As an employer, it's a whole lot easier to nix ten of the same worker than it is to reject a one-of-a-kind candidate.
4. Keep going
What do Lady Gaga, Steve Jobs, Barack Obama, and just about any other successful person have in common? They were incredibly persistent about what they wanted. Lady Gaga new what she wanted to do when she was a teenager and stuck with it. While her support system started to falter, she held on until her big break.
While we might not all want to be a wildly famous pop singer, everyone has an idea about what they want in life and a career. Stick to your guns and you'll get the job offer you wanted. Be realistic about what you want and make a plan of attack.
What do you think? Do you think that Lady Gaga has something to teach all of us? What other lessons can you tribute to her? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Sean Weinberg is the COO and co-founder of RezScore, a free web application that reads, analyzes, and grades resumes – instantly. Also the founder of Freedom Resumes, Sean has dedicated his career to helping job seekers write the best possible resumes. You can connect with Sean and the RezScore team on Facebook and Twitter.