With the job market reaching a competitive peak, it’s no surprise that employers have their choice of qualified candidates clamoring to get their foot in the door. To those employers, I say hire the beauty queen–not for their looks, but for the skills they’ve acquired through pageants that make them ideal for numerous positions spanning all professional fields.
As a former contest, judge and pageant director, here are my top 10 reasons to hire a beauty queen:
Beauty queens, or titleholders as I prefer to call them, are amongst the most motivated individuals dedicating time to personal development, community service, physical fitness and current events. They act as their own coach and never settle for anything but personal best.
Most titleholders complete over 100 hours of community service during their reign advocating for community projects, personal platforms and city development.
Employers won’t find pictures of last Friday’s antics on any of the social media pages of a current/former titleholder as their aware of the importance of maintaining a professional persona. They’ll be dressed appropriately, well groomed and prepared to handle curve balls with ease in any professional environment.
4. Goal Oriented
Did you know the Miss America Organization is the largest provider of women’s scholarships nationally? Most competitors became involved with pageants in order to earn scholarship money to help pay for the higher education their often funding themselves.
Women who compete in pageants are striving for the best. They’re ready to take on the job of representing their city, state and perhaps their country. They go to bed early, wake up early and constantly think about what more they can be doing to become the best titleholder possible. In a professional environment, they’ll apply the same tenacity to becoming a superstar employee.
6. Well Rounded
Nowadays, it’s not enough to think that a degree will land you a dream job. Potential employers want someone who will fit within their company culture, someone who is adaptable, flexible and multi-talented. Titleholders possess all of those traits. They’ve been trained in multiple areas of competition making them a complete package.
7. Public Speakers
In today’s business environment you never know when you’ll be asked to give an impromptu presentation or sell an idea to a client. Titleholders are comfortable answering questions without notice, presenting to large groups of people and crafting an argument on the fly.
Despite what you might think about beauty queens and the rumored back stage catfights, titleholders are actually very pleasant and charming. They know how to build a conversation with a stranger, network and easily find common ground with anyone around.
Of course companies are looking for the best and brightest candidates and beauty queens fit the bill. They’re often ranked at the top of their class, honors graduates and recipients of scholastic awards. Most pageants put high emphasis on collegiate performance, so beauty queens know they’ve got to stay at the top of their game.
More than just knowing how to do a job, titleholders are creative. They’re capable of engineering new processes and brainstorming ways to be as efficient as possible. They’re often singers or dancers proving that they’re able to tap into their left side brain while never losing sight of the logistical details of a project.
So in this competitive job market, I say hire the women who have also competed in pageants. They’ve worked for a crown, and she’ll work even harder at the job.