Describe a Teacher You Really Connected With

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Ep 662 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers an answer to the question about the teacher you really connected with.

 

 

Summary

I want to talk with you today as a recent grad or someone who is entering the workforce and offer 1 of those tough interview questions that you will be asked on your interviews. Today's question is, "Would you describe a teacher that you really connected with, and what was it about them. You really connected with?"

It may not be that language, but it is words to that effect. They are asking about a teacher that inspired you, motivated you, pushed you. What they are looking for isn't the name of that teacher (although it is a cool thing to mention their name). What they're looking for is that you can be motivated because they are thinking about a mentor.

Let me give you a simple answer. "There was so and so who is a professor of mine at (fill in the blank name of the school). What she did was really inspired us to be bigger than we were. Through that inspiration, she created a lot of excitement in me in this subject and in this career." That's one way of answering it.

Another one might be, "I remember this teacher I had. What he did was really pushes hard, drive us to excel, , challenges all the time." Notice that I've given you different types of answers and from that they can look at selecting a mentor for you.

Part of the reason that they ask this is to see if you have the emotional intelligence to be part of the team. Yes, I understand that once you are on board they have no interest in the emotional intelligence but play the game, okay? This is extensively what they are trying to find out about you. What the motivation is for you. How to motivate you. Who to connect you with. Whether you can be "reflective."

The subtlety here is that often it is a distraction because often the next question is going to be 1 of those tough, difficult grinding kind of questions that will really blow your mind. Recognize though that is a deflection and that you have to answer it sincerely. From there, be prepared with some tough follow-up questions that nothing to do with us.

 

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com changes that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions. NOW WITH A 7 DAY FREE TRIAL

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The First Rule of Salary Negotiation

The First Rule of Salary Negotiation | Job Search Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses the first rule of salary negotiation.

 

Summary

Most people in the US, Westerners, not Asians, not some Europeans, not some people from the Middle East, but those who are US-born are so uncomfortable negotiating because it is not part of the culture. I listen to clients of mine sometimes talk about making lower offers to people of certain nationalities, knowing full well that they are going to negotiate, and then they will get to the price that they think is actually the right one for the person. The people from those nationalities just know how to negotiate and the firm, as a way of countering that, comes a little slow so that they can negotiate up.

For you who are US-born, who are not used to negotiating, you have to get over your apprehension of doing it. You have to get over that, "Ooooh. Negotiation. I don't like doing that." Well, let me give you perspective.

You read all those finance books the teacher how to save money and how to invest in things and then you don't negotiate on the house purchase? I don't think so. I think you always try to negotiate our house purchase. Why not negotiating your salary, too. After all, if you get them to increase the offer by $10,000 over where they initially made the offer, in 5 years time, assuming a modest salary increase annually, you are more than $50,000 ahead in gross pay. If you actually change jobs in 3 years for another $10,000, it's more than $75,000 more.

If all you did was get that $10,000 more once and change jobs again after 3 years, you would forget about $70,000? Really?

Here is the simple way to negotiate. The deck is stacked against you when you interview. For many of you, if you interview and they ask you about salary and respond by saying, "I don't want to tell you," or words that they can interpret that way, or say something like, "I think it's a little too early in the interview process to discuss what I'm making now, but I am looking for such and such," firms are going to be like barracuda and start chomping at you.

For most of you, I'm not talking about senior people here, but for most staff level individuals, even for many people in the manager level, you have just shot yourself in the foot in their mind.

Recognize that the deck is stacked against you.
1. You will have to answer the question. In answering it, you say, "I'm currently earning such and such, but I want to be absolutely clear with you. That's not the salary that I think is particularly relevant here. I've started to assess my value in the market and firms are telling me that I should be earning about such and such. That's more in line with what I am looking for, I would simply say that if this seems like the right opportunity for me, and it certainly seems that, and I look like the right person for you, I'm just going to encourage you to make the strongest offer because people are going to be coming in fairly soon with offers for me that I think will be quite appealing."

Say something that will demonstrate that the current number isn't particularly relevant,the others are assessing you to a certain level and that is more in line with what your thoughts are. If they are interested in you, they need to make the strongest offer because you are in the market right now where people are finding you attractive.

If they don't want to do that, that's fine. After all, you will have other choices. Remember, it's not just about getting one job offer, it's about getting 2 or 3 so the people are competing to get you.

When all is said and done, it starts off with understanding that you have to negotiate, you must negotiate, you must care about yourself and your finances enough to always be negotiating and recognizing the samples that they are boxing in. Thus, you want to be pushing open the sides of the box to breathe. That's because, if they think they've got you, trust me, they've got you.

If they are not sure, it's not like they're going to reject you. If you are qualified. If you are the best person, it is just making them uncomfortable that they have the right price to bring you on board.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com changes that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community forThe First Rule of Salary Negotiation you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

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It Sneaks Up on You

It Sneaks Up on You


A weekend celebration led to a few thoughts.

 

Summary

On a recent Saturday night, our family went out for dinner and had a nice celebration with our son. His birthday was coming up and we wanted to do a pre-celebration. After giving him a wonderful photo album of some early childhood memories, my wife went to sleep and my son and I spent some time in his room talking. He wanted to reciprocate and put together an album from our wedding.

As I was looking at photos of myself and others, I realize that aging had snuck up on me. I looked at photos of friends and how they had changed over the course of years. It reminded me that life is finite and that we have a certain amount of time and then runs out. Now. If you are Buddhist, you believe you have another shot at it. Unless you've achieved enlightenment in this lifetime; if you are Christian perhaps you think of heaven , where the good parts of your life are replayed or there is some version of an idyllic wonderland… However, it is you are raised to believe.

Use just the awareness that I had that my time is starting to run out. I'm in great health. I feel terrific. However, the reality is certainly more than half of my life is gone by. If I live to 100, my mobility will probably be diminished. My face will look different to me. I noticed this thing showed up with my neck a few years ago. No, I'm not trying to get cosmetic surgery. LOL!

Again, as I've said many times, a lifetime is not a long time. We would like to think of ourselves as immortal, but life has a way of showing us how foolish we are for holding that idea. Time is precious and we have to use it well or else we look back for what we did not do or say. All we did not experience or what we did not feel.

I'm not talking about achievement per se. I'm talking about the feeling about a life well lived. That's what sneaks up – – that so much of life is wasted in arguments about nothing in places like Facebook that don't affect anyone or anything. They are just arguments for people become solidified in positions and foster hatred toward one another.

I just simply say that I hope you use your time well because, frankly, aging does sneak up and I hope that it your time doesn't run out before you have a chance to realize that you needed to use it differently.

 

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked in recruiting for what seems like one hundred years. He is the head coach for JobSearchCoachingHQ.com and NoBSCoachingAdvice.com

Follow him at The Big Game Hunter, Inc. on LinkedIn for more articles, videos and podcasts than what are offered here and jobs he is recruiting for.

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How Do You Keep Your Staff Motivated?

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter gives you a better answer for this classic question

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com changes that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions. NOW WITH A 7 DAY FREE TRIAL

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Wrestling to Find Enough Job Leads

Wrestling to Find Enough Leads? | Job Search Radio

Ep 240 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter response to a question one of his listeners has with advice for help to get more job leads for his job search.

Summary

I received an email today from 1 of my listeners to Job Search Radio who had a question for me. It basically says, "I'm looking for a GM or senior sales and marketing leadership role…" And he goes on to discuss the size of the firm he works in and his areas of expertise. In his case, it is industrial manufacturing or polymer engineered materials. He tells me where he lives and where geographically he is open to and he continues by saying, "I fully realize that my level networking should be the main focus of my effort having spoken to numerous accountants, lawyers, and some business owners in the area, I have not unearthed opportunities. Targeting some companies to get a better understanding of the companies trends, unmet needs, all working to network my way to a hiring manager but have not had much success. Any tips would be helpful."

Let me start by saying that this person is doing a lot of the right things. I would like to head in a couple of more here.

Business coaches. The CEO of an organization may be using a business coach. 1 of the largest if not the largest of the business coaching services is an organization called Vistage. They bring together small groups of small to medium-size businesses (I tend to think of them as being small; they categorize them as SMB)... Under $50 million in sales. They get together on a monthly basis and have the CEOs to work with one another to support one another.

Mastermind groups. Finding mastermind groups may be another entrée point. What Vistage does is function like a mastermind for CEOs.

Business coaches. Accountants, lawyers. Great approach to take!

Insurance people is another wanted may strike you as being odd, but sometimes there be hearing about a business being sold, and someone might be interested in buying a business and what isn't expressed here is there might be an opportunity for someone to buy 1 of these firms that comes up for sale.

Fundamentally, this person is doing a lot of the right things and I commend them. The hard thing is, once you reach these people one time, often it is the 2nd or 3rd contact that makes a difference. After all, imagine what it is like to be on their side.

Ring. Ring.

"Hi! I'm looking for a job. Do you know anything at my level with any of your clients?"

"No." What there really is saying, "I don't really know you well enough to recommend you." What you need to do is build up your credentials with them in order for them to have enough trust refer you to their client. After all, if you don't do well in your interview, you reflect badly on them.

Again, it's not just simply one time. It is multiple times. It's going to the Chamber of Commerce meetings for your areas. Not just doing it once, but doing it multiple times looking for ways to get the business owners, business leaders and business executives. People who sell to those individuals on multiple occasions in order to make those connections to find work.

 

​Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com changes that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

NOW WITH A 7 DAY FREE TRIAL

Connect with me on LinkedIn

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Please give “Job Search Radio” a great review in iTunes. It helps other people discover the show and makes me happy!

If you are an executive who is interested in 1 on 1 coaching, email me at JeffAltman(at)TheBigGameHunter.us

False Choices

False Choices (VIDEO)


You are constantly being presented bad choices and told to pick between them. And you do. Why do you do it?

 

Summary

I don't care if you're looking for work or examining other places in your life, you are always presented with false choices. Should I choose A or B? Should I accept this job or that job? What about job opportunities and mediocre? Aren't you talking yourself into something

As you start weighing the pros and cons of each position, you say to yourself, "I don't like this. I don't like this other choice either." What he have to take other choice? What do you have to take the false choice j the ustrecruiter says you have to offer is you have to choose one?

I don't think so! And that's the way you are being sold to constantly. You go to the store and take a look at the things on the shelves of the supermarket and you're presented with 7 things and kind of go, "Ehhhhhhhhhhh . . . " And pick one. Why are you settling?

You don't have to settle. Life is more than just choosing between bad options. For those of you who are in the US, you live in the most incredible society imaginable.

You may have a home. A relationship. You may have a wife/partner/husband/kids . . . You have some good juju in the bank with yourself.

Then, someone comes along and says, "Here. You have 2 mediocre choices that you are not completely sold on. Choose between them."

Okay. I'm going to give you a third – – choice. Reject both.

I'm going to encourage you to have the guts to reject both bad choices. Both mediocre choices. You don't have to tolerate.

I want you to feel excited about your decisions, not motivated to make them but excited to make them. I want you to feel excited about making the decision, whether that is in job search, or other places in your life.

For you to start feeling successful in your life, you're going to have to look back and start feeling life was worthwhile, you made good choices that serve you and your family, that leads you to places, and work that you want to be doing, and not settling between mediocre choices.

 

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and leadership coach who worked in recruiting for what seems like one hundred years. He is the head coach for JobSearchCoachingHQ.com and NoBSCoachingAdvice.com

Follow him at The Big Game Hunter, Inc. on LinkedIn for more articles, videos and podcasts than what are offered here and jobs he is recruiting for.

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For more No BS Coaching Advice & encouragement, visit my website.

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Job Interview Preparation (VIDEO)

 

From the archives. Disregard the info about where to get the book that this is drawn from. I mention where to get the book in the summary below.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter provides you with easy to use suggestions for how to prepare for your next interview and the questions you are asked.

 

Summary

I want to talk with you today about interview preparation. This video is derived from my book, "The Single Best Question You Should Ask On Any Interview." Is available on Amazon for Kindle. However, you can read it and all of my other books if you join JobSearchCoachingHQ.com.

Before you go to an interview. Most people know to do some basic research about the firm if you've never heard of them before. Even if you have heard of them before, what about some of the basic challenges the firm has right now.

You need to talk about what you've done and how you went about doing it. Think in terms of the format. The format starts off with a task, you were given to work on. You might say, " I was asked to work on this what it's, or this system, or this engineering project."

Explain to them what you stepped into. Identify the problem you were given and what resources you had available. That could be dollars, people, time, technology… Whatever it is, to find the resources you had to work with.

Then, talk about the outcomes , whether you help them make money, save money, how much was involved. It's certainly a lot more impressive when you're able to say, "my work helped to generate 3 1/2 million dollars in additional sales," or "I drove costs by $2.4 million." Or $213,000.

Once you can describe it in a real way, firms can contextualize what you've done in the context of what they are looking for. Ultimately, what you are going to be hired to do is make your boss look good.

Catch that one again.

You are hired because your boss thinks you are going to help make them look good.

How will they look good?

Real simple. You help the firm make money or you help the firm save money. That's kind of like a parent when they look at a child and think, "that's my girl!" Or "that's my boy!"

They are able to claim credit for your work. They hired you, and that helps them look good.

Spend some time preparing for your interview, otherwise you walk in and you "wing it," and frankly, there are very few people who can pull that off successfully very often.

 

Do you really think employers are trying to help you?

You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell you as much as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a leadership and career coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com changes that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

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What You Can Learn About Interviewing From Watching a Speaker at a Conference | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

What You Can Learn About Interviewing From Watching a Speaker at a Conference | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

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Ep 660 Have you ever attended a conference and watched the speaker intently? Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers a few things you can learn from watching a public speaker.

 

Summary

Have you ever gone to a conference and watched the speaker who just impresses the heck out of you? What makes them impressive to you?

Content, of course. Delivery. Style. Wardrobe (wardrobe may be the 1st thing you notice is they walk out to the lectern). Their confident demeanor. There manner. Their knowledge of the subject. The way they present their ideas. All of this is a cohesive package designed to create an effect upon you, the listener that makes you want to listen to them and take home some nuggets from the presentation.

When you interview, do you have that confident demeanor? Do you wardrobe yourself stylishly with well fitting clothing that is not old or considered passé, but it really fits you well and is stylish? Do you demonstrate knowledge of your subject well or do you kind of fumble around?

All of this kind of stuff that the speaker does is designed to help engage you and elicit a response, including the stories that they tell. You need to be as well prepared as a speaker is for your day awake reckoning.

My encouragement to you is (1) get some clothes that look great on you. Make sure they are well fitting and not simple off the rack stuff that makes you look like David Byrne from talking heads with the big shoulder pads. LOL

Great fitting clothing, rehearsing a presentation including all the pauses in it. There are a whole host of little details that will help you with your interviewer and create the connection that will cause you to win their hearts.

 

 

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com changes that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

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You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you are interested in executive job search or leadership coaching, email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us.In the subject line, include the word “Coaching.”

Cx5=PL: What Every Company Looks for When They Hire (VIDEO)

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses the key elements firms assess for when they interview.  This is an older video. Skip over the introduction and get to the meet.

Summary

I want to talk with you about what firms look for when they hire someone. I've distilled it down to a math formula – –Cx5=PL. it is really what every firm is assessing for when they hire someone.

The 1st "C" that they are looking for comes from the fact that they have developed a job description. They are looking for skills COMPETENCE. We all know from our own experiences that not everyone who gets hired is competent. There obviously some other attributes that come into play, too-- soft skills that firms look out for.

The 2nd "C" that firms look out for is self-CONFIDENCE. This is the ability to exude passion and enthusiasm for what you do, that causes them to believe that you can do what they need you to do.

The 3rd "C" is CHEMISTRY. This is how you fit into an organization. Generally, firms say that they want to hire individuals for staff roles who are "team players" as opposed to "lone wolves" or "Mavericks." I really have no idea how they assess for that. That is however what they say they are looking for.

The 4th "C" is CHARACTER. Do you have character? Are you a character? Do you demonstrate both to them at the time of your interview? Some jobs really want "a character." Some jobs require that they hire someone with character; other positions require someone with both. Firms will want to get a feel for that when they interview.

The 5th "C" in this formula is my personal favorite – – CHARISMA. Charismatic people always do better than non-charismatics. I can demonstrate that to you by pointing out that we look at a few of our recent presidents – – Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama. Completely different people with completely different policies. Yet America, love them all. Why? Objectively, it doesn't fit. In point of fact, it was just something about them that when they walked into her room, people love them.

All 5 of these "C's" all add up to PL. PERSONAL LEADERSHIP. This is the quality that says that you inspire confidence that you are the solution to a need.

When firms interview, it's not like they're going to turn around and say, "So, are you a leader?" "Yes. Great! That's the answer were looking for!" It doesn't work that way.

They look for behaviors that demonstrate congruence with the image of a leader. As such, is not just what you say that matters. It's how you carry yourself in the course of the interview and it's congruence with their image of how someone should conduct themselves the counts.

Every question they ask as a macro and micro component to it. The macro is the big picture of your background and how it is congruent with their image of someone who would be in this role. The micro is the minutia-- the answer to the question. Your behavior has to demonstrate you carrying yourself in a way that is congruent with someone in this job.

 

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com changes that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

NOW WITH A 7 DAY FREE TRIAL

Connect with me on LinkedIn

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you are interested in executive job search or leadership coaching, email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us.In the subject line, include the word “Coaching.”

Who Owns You?

Who Owns You? (VIDEO)


In this video, I share stories from my own experience, observe that others have done similar things and encourage you to re-evaluate.

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Summary

The scenario I want to present to you is really very simple – – Who owns you? Who is responsible for you? Who runs your ass? I'm using the term very specifically. Who owns your ass?

A lot of people will say, "Well, no one owns me!" However, when you watch them at work, the fact of the matter is, their manager owns them. It could When the manager says, "Jump," they go higher. They want to impress the boss or they want to make sure that when the next layoff comes they are not on the list.

I must and will honestly tell you that abdication of responsibility is a huge mistake and you give away your life. I know because I made this mistake for so many years it was ridiculous.

When I worked in recruiting, I had a manager and work closely with an owner and I jumped higher and higher every day. My blood pressure rose tremendously, had panic attacks regularly… There is never enough that I could do that could satisfy him. It didn't matter which firm I worked for; there was never enough that I could do.

Trust me, it feels very dissatisfying.

The emails kept coming in; the clients kept wanting more service. I was bombarded all the time and, eventually, my power was given away to my clients and to my manager and eventually had to stay, "Stop."

I don't think I'm unique in this regard. I think many people do this because we have been raised in a culture of fear. From the time that we are young we go to school and we get the message that school is a factory where you have to get good grades or else you won't get into a good college. You get to that college and have to get good grades or else you will get a good job. You have to perform well on the job or you will be fired.

Eventually, you get fired anyway and wonder, "What went wrong?"

I was speaking with someone recently who I coach… A terrific guy... He consults to them and get fired with 2 years left to go on his contract. Amazing! They're going to pay them for 2 years!

Many of us are so fearful of consequences that we stop living.

I just want to remind you that if you are operating from fear… There's something wrong there. You've got to look at this carefully and see what you can do to take ownership of your life and your career again.

There is no reason to live as I did for so long, fearful that, if you're in sales, that that one month where you don't perform means that it's time to panic because you're going to get fired.

I never got fired because I was a great producer but, every once in a while you hit a trough, because what happened previously effects what happens going forward. It happens. If management, doesn't understand, get the hell out of there! There is no reason to tolerate the abuse.

If you or someone who's afraid to take time off (as I've heard from somebody executive who miss their kid's events because they have to be somewhere and regret it),

There was a woman I was talking with you, my former headhunting life... She gave birth to twins and was back on the phone in 2 days managing programs for a client. When a client said, "we have a meeting in New York," a few days after her kids were born, she was commuting to New York 90 minutes each way to attend meetings. What's wrong with this picture??

There's a lot wrong with it. You may think it is right for you but, as you get older, you start to realize that there is something wrong with this set up. There is no room reason to put up with it.

I don't claim to have the perfect solution for everyone. If you're watching this video, I don't claim to know you but it is time to pause and re-examine your choices. Because it seems to me that all you are doing is chasing your tail.

Lord knows, I spent so many years chasing my tail… It is not worth it. Eventually, you wake up one day and ask yourself, "Is that all there is?" It feels very dissatisfiying.

 

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and leadership coach who worked in recruiting for what seems like one hundred years. He is the head coach for JobSearchCoachingHQ.com and NoBSCoachingAdvice.com

Follow him at The Big Game Hunter, Inc. on LinkedIn for more articles, videos and podcasts than what are offered here and jobs he is recruiting for.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

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For more No BS Coaching Advice & encouragement, visit my website.

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