en·core – pronounced “ON”-CORE, is a repeated or additional performance of an item at the end of a concert, as called for by an audience. You know the drill: you go to hear your favorite band and you’ve already danced, yelled, and otherwise lip-synched to all the songs as you bopped your head up & down and from side to side. Maybe some of you broke out lighters or maybe even cellphones mimicking that movement with your arm swaying to the music.
Then it hits you. The band didn’t play that signature tune that everybody knows!
Why? You’ve been set up!
I read online that the idea of an Encore means different things to different Musicians. Each has a unique opinion of approach to an encore:
Apparently, Reggae sensation Bob Marley & The Wailers split their concerts into 2. During a brief intermission, the band would tune their instruments and take a short break as the fans cheered on. Once they began their second portion of the concert, they ended up playing for about an additional hour plus any encore performance songs based on the typical huge response they received by the crowd.
Elvis Presley took a very different approach to the encore. His Manager Colonel Tom Parker (whose real name is Andreas Cornelis ("Dries") van Kuijk) believed Elvis should perform his show, and then leave the audience wanting more. I read that “Elvis has left the building” was used when he was not the headliner act and “Thank You and Good Night” was Elvis’ indication that as headliner, his show was over, with no encore.
Finally, Jimmy Buffett, known to do 2 encores, performs one with his band and then the other by himself, solo. He leaves his fans with a lesser-known song at the end.
And, for all you rock fans, the bands Boston and The Cure have been known to play 4-5 encores!
So, what does this have to do with GOING CIVILIAN?
Nearly everything you do in the Military-to-Civilian career transition process should result in an encore!
So, if you find yourself with no encore, maybe it’s time to start rehearsing. Maybe it’s time to start honing your interviewing skills. Maybe it is time to rethink your résumé. Maybe it is time to practice the things you’ve been taking for granted or otherwise ignoring.
Think about it.
My hope for you is that you’ll leave your prospective Employers wanting more! Go and get that encore!
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