About 10 years ago or so, when I started looking for work in music, I thought that the best way to get a job would be by having a fancy good looking CV. I mean, that’s what everyone does right? In any job your CV is the most essential and easiest way for you to reach out and get started on your working career. If you want to be a doctor, a lawyer or a marketing manager you need to have a good CV that shows all your credentials. Your work experience in the field, your education, training and certificates and blah blah blah.
This is a copy of my last CV dated 2009
Unfortunately or not, in music the Human Resources department is mostly made by individuals that know about you thanks to the recommendation of someone that liked your work.
The more I look back at my previous jobs and the more I see that most of my work came via WORD OF MOUTH. I realised that when I started teaching. My first few students recommended me to some of their friends and that’s how I got more students. The same thing happened with gigs. After playing few concerts with one band, I got offered more thanks to the recommendation of someone who was playing in that band.
I’m pretty sure this system works also for other jobs, including doctors, lawyers etc. If you do your job well and people are happy of the result, they’ll be coming back for more… but next time they might bring even more work!
“If you build a great experience, customers tell each other about that. Word of mouth is very powerful” Jeff Bezos (CEO of Amazon)