5 Lessons Any Jobseeker Can Learn from Watching ‘The Voice’

NBC’s hit show offers valuable career advice 

Millions of people watch The Voice every week to see who will succeed and who will fail. Yet the reality is that behind the glitz, the show offers some fantastic career advice. With that in mind, here are five of the most inspirational takeaways any aspiring professional can benefit from:

1. First Impressions Occur Before a Face-to-Face Encounter 

On The Voice, the initial challenge is to win with talent (as opposed to looks). In the business world, first impressions are very often the result of how someone presents him- or herself on social media, personal websites, applications, exams, resumes, and even over the phone.

To project an image of success one must pay attention to the details. Try to view yourself from the perspective of others who may be looking at you on paper or online – those who haven’t met you yet, but who may only be interested in doing so assuming you’ve hit all the high notes.

2. Never Underestimate the Value of a Mentor 

The idea of The Voice is to watch young talents grow as they’re groomed by big-name professionals. Generally speaking, jobseekers’ goals are the same. If you can find a teacher or a peer who inspires you, it might be worth it to cultivate that relationship. You can learn a lot from great mentors.

More importantly, once you’re out in the field, experienced mentors may be able to provide you with valuable contacts or references that can open the door into exciting new areas.

3. Competition Helps You Raise Your Game 

On The Voice, gaining acceptance only represents the beginning. Once you’ve been chosen, the studio becomes a classroom, with an open exchange of ideas that leads the group to better results. If you’ve heard the phrase “any team is only as good as its weakest link,” then you understand the importance of cooperation.

Is it a bit more challenging to stand out in a classroom environment? Sure. But it also makes you work a little harder to attain several of your personal goals.

4. You’re Applying for a Position on Someone Else’s Team

On The Voice it’s important for contestants to showcase their talents in a way that will get the attention of one – or all – the judges. In an interview, it’s much the same. Learn what you can about the organization and the position prior to the first meeting, so you can present yourself in a way that lets the interviewers know you’ll be an ideal fit.

5. Hard Work Gets You There, Professionalism Keeps You There 

Contestants who make it to any televised rounds of The Voice have already been through a lot. They’ve worked with teachers and coaches and booking agents. They’ve sat through auditions in much the same way an applicant might sit through several interviews. The point being, what you’re seeing is the result of several years’ worth of work.

Dedication demands sacrifice, and in the end, the journey, as they say, represents its own reward.