Thursday, April 25, 2013
The DJ Experiment
Recently we tried an experiment, we placed an ad on Craigslist for 1 day looking for a DJ for a new nightclub. We placed very specific instructions but yet they were very common ones every DJ should use in a resume.
1. Years Experience
2. Places you have worked
3. Equipment you are familiar with or own
4. Genre you have the most experience with
5. Link to webpage or online mixes
MUST HAVE PRIOR NIGHTCLUB EXPERIENCE. NO MOBILE OR WEDDING DJs NEED APPLY
Out of 137 replies only 1 person responded with those guidelines included correctly and they just wanted to be kept in the loop for future consideration because they were currently enlisted in the military.
A couple of the replies were from DJs I personally knew that flat out lied about experience and where they worked.
A majority of the ones that replied, were in fact mobile and wedding DJs with NO club experience which was clearly stated for them not to.
The bottom line is if you can't follow simple directions you are not going to be hired, if you put lies out there, it is way too easy to confirm them with a simple online search or a phone call.
Handle yourself in a professional manner if you come off as a novice you will be treated as such , be honest and don't try being something that you are not..The truth will shoot you down when it comes out.