The words you choose and what you put on your pageant paperwork will either build up or destroy your credibility in the judges’ eyes. Everything and anything you put in writing is fair game in the interviewing process.
Trust me. If you put one thing on your resume hoping inside that the judges won’t ask you about it, there will be at least one judge who WILL. If you reference a website or an organization in your paperwork, know that some of the judges will go online to check it out as well as look at your Facebook wall.
That’s why it is so important to be as clear as possible when creating your paperwork. Your written paperwork is not the place to be cutesy. That personality trait is best shared in the face-to-face interview. Remember, the interview must feel like a conversation not a speech. Talk with the judges, not at them.
The written documents must be straight forward, filled with enough factual information so the judges can ask you quality questions, and all information must be completely truthful. Never try to mislead people by making something appear bigger than what it is.
On the other hand, there are often golden pieces of information that contestants leave off their resumes because they don’t feel they are “special or unique” enough to share with the judges. This is also a mistake.
You cannot leave filling out your paperwork until the last minute. When creating a judge’s bio, I often go through three or four drafts with my clients before we get to the final copy. This takes hours, not minutes to do. If you want to get better interview results, this is one area where it will be well worth your time and money to find a qualified professional to assist you. Let me know if I can be of service to you in creating a written resume that reflects your unique invisible qualities in their finest light.
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Rhonda Shappert is an expert pageant coach, an iPEC Certified Professional Coach, an Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner, and a member of the International Coach Federation. She created Winning Through Pageantry® to partner with pageant contestants and their support people to provide complete pageant preparation, achieve winning results in life through pageantry, and to Succeed From The Inside Out®.
She has over 30 years experience in the pageantry world as a contestant, judge, emcee, staff member, mother of daughters who compete, Mrs. Ohio America 2005, and has held multiple titles at the local, state and national levels.
Rhonda graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors degree in Musical Theater from The Ohio State University and has performed on stage in 15 countries on the Asian, European and American continents. This mother of three home educates their children and has been married 22 years to her husband Stephen, is the former mayor of her community, and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Ohio Virtual Academy. She and her husband perform original contemporary Christian music. For more information on Rhonda, visit www.WinningThroughPageantry.com .