Terry LOVES job hunting πŸ’ͺ

If you're feeling alone on the job hunt, I've got great news: even famous people need to apply for jobs.

If you haven't heard yet, Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, America's Got Talent) is throwing his trident in the ring to be cast as Ariel's father in Disney's live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.

Let's review a few best practices Terry uses to help him get hired.

Terry uses bold visuals to capture attention

Recruiters continue to debate the use of colour and images in applicant materials, but as far as I'm concerned, everyone deserves to show their colours (literally.)

Terry mocks up a hilarious picture of him in Merman form, in his prompt to 'hear [him] out' for the role and it's eye-catching.

If you're on the fence about adding a line or two of colour to your resume, or maybe including a small thumbnail photo, go for it.

Terry shows he can do the job

In addition to mockups of Terry as King Triton, here he sings a version of 'Under The Sea' as part of his audition. He's even creatively reworded sections of the song to plug why he's a good fit for the role.

As I mentioned in my recent talk about interviewing with confidence & joy, show them - don't just tell them.

Terry shares his skills on relevant social media

He pleads his case on more than one platform, including Twitter and Instagram and he uses photos and video to help paint the picture to his prospective employer (Disney) that he is a good fit for the role.

If you have examples of work you've done, take some time to discover how you can translate it into different formats.

Written blogs, for example, can be used to create short-form video or infographics to share on social media.

The world is increasingly digital and though you don't have to be on all the different platforms, aim to have a meaningful presence on one or two of them to tell a complete story of your skills, accomplishments and dreams.

Terry leans on the support of his network

Here, Terry leans on his connections to give him a personal referral and vouch that he's a great candidate for the role.

He's transparent with his network about his overall goal and, even if Disney doesn't bite, perhaps someone in Terry's extended network will see his content and inquire about hiring him for another role.

Let's think: what are some creative ways you can show employers you can do the job?

If there's a job you really want, or a company you really want to work for, don't just rely on your resume to get you through the door - break it down with a showcase of why you're a great fit, demonstrating you understand the business and have the solutions they're looking for.

Richard Gawlas