Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

What Is It That You Do? | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

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Ep 696 It has taken 696 episodes for me to spell out clearly what I do

 

Summary

I've been getting some emails and messages in recent times that basically translate into, "Can you help me find a job," or "What is it that you do? I'm kind of confused." This is the 1st show that I've ever done like this where I explained very clearly what it is I do professionally. That's because I am no longer a recruiter. I stop being a recruiter at the end of last year to move into coaching. As such, I do 3 forms--Executive job search, coaching, leadership coaching, and life coaching.

In the work that I do a job hunters, executive job search. Coaching is what I do with senior professionals, working one-on-one with you to try to help you find work. What I've learned over the course of my time helping executive job hunters is that they are just as lame, you folks are just as lame as your staff. You have better resources but you need some with the help you pull them together so that you don't make the sort of dumb mistakes that prove so costly.

If you are interested in executive job search coaching, send me an email at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and in the subject line put the word "Coaching." My admin or I will get back to you so that will speak for an introductory 15 or 20 minute conversation and sort things through.

Next, I also mentioned that I'm the head coach of JobSearchCoachingHQ.com which is for non-executives. You see, I have created a ton of content over the years, over 2000 videos, almost a thousand podcasts between this show and Job Search Radio, I'm just coming up on almost a thousand shows between the 2 of them. I've written 8 books about job search and hiring. What I've done is curate the best of my information on the site in order to help you find work more quickly. Thus, if you are not an executive, join JobSearchCoachingHQ.com and, in addition to the curated information you can ask me questions through the site, I will get back to you and their discounts on coaching. If you want some time with me that way. Again, the site is JobSearchCachingHQ.com.

In addition, if coaching is not what you want, you want me to critique your resume, if you want me to critique your LinkedIn profile, or both, I'm happy to do that. But, again, is something that I charge for. You can order it critique at my main site, TheBigGameHunter.us. There is a tab on the top that you click that will allow you to schedule critique for me. You'll receive an audio from me that will explain the changes that I believe will need to be done to your resume, your LinkedIn profile, or both. Again, that is that TheBigGameHunter.us.

If you want me to is your questions about job hunting, if you want me to help you get you prepared for an interview, if you want me to help you with a salary negotiation, I'm happy to do that as well. Again, send me an email at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us. The subject line, explain what it is that you want and go into some detail below in the body of the email and will schedule a time to speak because I love to help you that way as well.

So there are lots of different ways. I provide service to individuals, including all this great information that I create, this is episode 696 of "No BS Job Search Advice Radio" I can't believe I'm almost at the 700 mark and by the end of the year I will be close to 1000.

I hope you found this interesting and I hope I have a chance to work with you one-on-one and hope you have a great day.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and leadership coaching.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers 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.”

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Are you interested in executive job search coaching, leadership coaching or life coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

They Display Courage

Secrets of Successful People: They Display Courage (VIDEO)


Another video in my series about the secrets of successful people.

Summary

I think most of us have been conditioned to a variety of different inputs, whether that has been media, movies, whatever it is to think of courage as being that big dramatic display that involves guns blazing all over the place and lots of drama. In fact, courage for most of us is stepping out of our comfort zone and doesn't really require big dramatic action. It just involves moving the dialogue bit, moving the needle from where you are right now a little bit and then a little bit and then a little bit more.

Then when you start noticing that the needle has been moved 3 inches, it may through its designer for elasticity tried to yank you back. The goal here is to recognize that successful people display the courage of knowing the direction they want to go to and starting to take small incremental actions, instead of sitting there and waiting for events to dictate to them. They try to make the changes necessary.

Again, this doesn't require a lot of dramatic movement. It does require effort and evaluation to see whether this has moved the needle a little bit. You see, it's not just the one motion because if you think about the one movement in a new direction, invariably circumstances and the people, places and things around us are going to try to tug us back to where we were before. That's because they don't like us to change. They want the comfort of knowing how things are and will be.

Successful people do things differently. They often make small incremental change that, with time, become huge changes that catapult their lives in new directions. Let me use myself as an example.

I worked in one profession for a long long time and decided I was going to to go to graduate school to become a therapist in private practice. I was going for my Masters, and eventually I got it. I met my wife in graduate school and made a different decision. It was the right decision, too. Now, years later, I again decide to make a change and chose coaching as my model. I took the time and made the effort to learn the craft. I'm not going to say I'm as good as someone with 20 years of experience. I'm a darn good coach. It's the practice and the repetition and the learning that takes place over the course of time that allows someone to become different.

The same thing can happen for you, too. You can occur in your career like I've chosen to work on, or in some other aspect of your life. Weight loss with me has always been a challenge. Last August, I start the process of losing weight and have lost about 30 pounds and he has taken changes, effort, desire, and doing it over the course of time to make this change.

That's what I'm encouraging for you-- small changes that will move the dial over the course of time and allow you to become more effective and get more of the life that you want.

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

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How Can You Do Well on Interviews? | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

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Ep 695 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter answers the question from a viewer about to excel at interviewing.

Summary

I received the question today. I'm going to do my best to answer it. The question is, "How can I do well on interviews?"

This is too generally question is one obvious thing I have to say. I don't know you. I don't know how well you perform so I have to give a basic answer.

1. You have to do research. Research the firm; research the individual that you will be speaking with. Again, I don't know if this is a phone interview or an in person interview. Research is a certain component of it.

2. Understand the job. What do they want to hire you for? Why are they interviewing you? What's the nature of the position? What is in your background that fits this role?

3. Practice. Practice comes in a variety of different forms. There are hundreds of different questions that, in theory, you could be asked. I have a bunch of them available at my website. Not knowing the nature of the firm you will be interviewing with, it could be any type of question so it's impossible for me to prepare you other than to say, practice, practice, practice. Spend some time reviewing and practicing answers. You can do that on my channel on YouTube. Search for "Jeff Altman TheBigGameHunterTV" and look for the option on the left-hand side for playlists. You will find to their that are relevant. One is, "Tough Interview Questions;" the other one is for brainteasers. Not knowing the nature of the firm that you're interviewing with. I don't know which, or both, you should prepare with.

Practice. Practice. Practice. When top performers are starting out, they don't just simply "wing it." They rehearse. They rehearse of the things become 2nd nature. Athletes. The best athletes in the world don't just simply perform willy-nilly. They practice in order to develop the muscle memory in order to perform well. You have to do much the same thing.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and leadership coaching.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers 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

Are you interested in executive job search coaching, leadership coaching or life coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

Don’t Forget This LinkedIn Feature | Job Search Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter reminds you not to overlook this feature on LinkedIn.

Summary

Let's talk today about another feature of LinkedIn that tends to be neglected. It should be an obvious one. It isn't.

We tend to focus on LinkedIn as a networking site. We talk about groups. We talk about profiles. We forget one thing – – it is also a job board. It works differently than the traditional job boards. So let's start off by talking about its functionality.

You can set preferences for location. You can send multiple locations for where you are open to looking for a job. It will pull from your job title firms that have openings in your area or specified area that fit that job title. You can always scroll down and look further to consider firms within your network that are hiring.

You can look at jobs in 2 ways. One is by positions available within your geographic area that are consistent with your job title as well as firms within your network that have openings.

Ostensibly, that doesn't necessarily fit but is designed for individuals who, shall we say, are trying to network within an organization to tap into a hidden job market or it is designed to correlate with organizations that you want to do some networking in so that you can work back channel so that perhaps there could be an opening created for you.

Don't neglect the jobs area. Don't make it your primary recruiting source or jobhunting source. Make the primary part of LinkedIn (the networking capabilities) your primary focus. But don't forget about this 1, too.

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.”

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​

How Many Times A Day Do A Clock’s Hands Overlap? (VIDEO)


Another 1 of those fund brainteaser questions that are asked by hedge funds and others.

Summary

How many times a day do a clock's hands overlap? I'm going to walk you through the way to solve the problem and then give you an answer.

The way it works is (this is a math formula), in T hours, the minute hand completes T laps. In the same amount of time, the hour hand completes T over 12 laps. The 1st time the minute in our hands overlap, the minute hand is completed one more lap than the hour hand.T=T/12 + 1. That means the 1st time it overlap occurs after T/11 hours or 1:05 AM.

It therefore follows that the 2nd time they overlap the minute hand completed 2 more laps than the hour hand. we can then conclude that T = T/12 + n.

Since we have 24 hours in a day, the equation can be solved for n.

24 = 24/12+n

24 = 2 + n

n = 22

The hands of the clock overlap 22 times a day.

The mass translates at the overlap at:

12, 1:05, 2:11, 3:16, 4:22, 5:27, 6:33, 7:38, 8:44, 9:49, and 10:55 and midnight.

Remember that they repeat themselves for the next sequence.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and leadership coaching.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers 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.”

Are you interested in executive job search coaching, leadership coaching or life coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

9 Steps to Getting Ready for Your Next Interview

We used to host dinner parties in our apartment in Greenwich Village. Our place had two story windows with a view of the midtown Manhattan skyline both in the apartment and in our roof garden. People would come and enjoy the company, the views and would LOVE the food.

Evenings would start with cocktails and hors d’oeurves before we sat for dinners that lasted hours. Everything was served with an eye to detail that included how each dish was plated. People begged for invitations.

Like preparing a great meal, interviewing requires preparation. You buy good ingredients and give yourself time. Taking the time to prepare for an interview will give you a huge leg up on your competition.

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Here’s how to get ready for your next job interview:

1.   Schedule interviews at times that work for your metabolism. Are you a morning person? Why would you accept a 6PM interview? If you are a person who functions best in the afternoon, try not to accept early morning appointments. If you are a person who needs to be conscious of their blood sugar, try to schedule your appointments at times when you are at your peak. If forced to accept one of your less ideal times, have a quick bite prior to the interview to avoid “fading.” Avoid overeating.

2.   Give yourself extra time to get to their offices. There are few things worse than getting to an interview late.  Arrive at the office building 7-10 minutes early. If it is summer, you want to wait in the lobby to cool off; no one likes shaking sweaty hands. If it’s winter, warm up; you don’t want someone’s early impressions of you formed by shaking a cold hand. Take a few minutes in the lobby to get focused on what you will say. Allow time to get through building security so that you actually arrive at your interview on time and ready to go.

3.   Properly introduce yourself to everyone you meet by saying. “My name is __________ and I have a [1:30] interview with ________________.”

4.   If you are asked if they can hang your coat, accept the offer; if offered a beverage, accept a beverage. You don’t have to drink coffee or tea. Soda, bottled water or water is fine. Thank whoever helps you. Declining the offer may be rude in some cultures.

5.   Take your seat in order to face the greatest number of entry points into the room so that you can see someone approaching you. Being startled is not a good way to start a meeting.

6.   If you are given an application, complete it and complete it thoroughly, accurately and neatly. Do not attach your resume and write, “See attached resume.” An application is a legal document and failure to complete it accurately can be grounds for termination.  If you are not sure about the month you started a job or your exact salary, write “approx” (for the word approximately) next to the item. If asked, indicate you are not absolutely certain of the exact month and don’t wish to deceive anyone. Obviously, if you can ascertain your salary or starting date prior to interviewing, do so; for some people, the date or salary may be so far in the past to make it impossible to determine.

7.   Write legibly (or as legibly as you can). This may be the twelfth application you’ve completed, but it is the first of yours that they’ve seen. In many professions, sloppiness is seen as a flaw.

8. When you hear your name announced, stand, and smile, shake the hand of your interviewer and immediately size them up as a person. Are they smart (or not). Aggressive (or not). If you were meeting this person socially, I’m sure your instincts would be right. Unfortunately, because people think interviews are important, they think they have to feel the interviewer out. Doing that is a mistake. Hard and fast impressions of you will be formed during the next ten minutes that will be difficult to change. If you tend to be right in social situations about the people you meet, trust your instincts in professional ones, too.

9. I have a video on YouTube called What Is The Single Best Question You Should Ask on Any Interview. Watch it before you go to your meeting. I am confident you will find it is a good decision.

Using these nine steps as a check list will get you started better than your competition. What you do after that is up to you.

 

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If you liked this article, read, “4 Steps to Getting Better Results With Your Resume (Lose 25 Pounds, Grow Hair and Lose 3 Inches Off Your Waist).

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and leadership coaching.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers 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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Are you interested in executive job search coaching, leadership coaching or life coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

The Toughest Tough Interview Question | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

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Ep 694 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter provides you with the toughest tough interview question so you can prepare for it and it’s follow-up questions.

Summary

I'm back with another tough interview and this 1 actually is tough because you're actually going to have to think. This is not one that you can give a canned answer to. Because of all the follow-ups that can happen afterwards. The question goes, "what one skill do you possess that will benefit our bottom line?"

If you think of the flow of the interview, this can be asked at any time. I like this 1 for an employer more than, "Tell me about yourself," because it gets right to the point. It has shock value to it because the candidate is meant to be prepared to answer this question.

You need to work on this in advance. Not only work on it, but offer up examples as you speak.

For example, if you are in sales, they might ask something like, "If you only had one skill you possess, which will be most responsible for you helping you land major customers?" There are lots of different things that you can answer to that. You can talk about organizational skills. The ability to motivated team around the goal. Ability to deliver. Ability to engender trust in a customer that you and your firm that you and your firm are able to deliver the goods. Great answers.

From they are, be prepared for someone to say, "Give me an example of when you did that?" Thus he is to be prepared to tell the story. Everything ultimately is going to come down to the story and not the generality. And you also have to be prepared for someone to say to you, "Would you give me a name and phone number of 2 people who works on that with you? I would like to verify what you told me." Catch that one!

It's not just simply the answer. It's the texture of the answer that so important in how you respond. Again, there are lots of different fields.

There is the administrative assistant. "Tell me about work that you've done that has made a significant impact on on your manager." As an accountant, "Tell me about the work that you've done that made a difference in your organization." Can you see the "BOING" factor in this question?

Be prepared food that. Be prepared to use stories. Be prepared to provide names, phone numbers, email addresses of 1 or 2 people who will tell the story similarly to you to substantiate how you answer the question.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and leadership coaching.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers 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.

START YOUR 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

Are you interested in executive job search coaching, leadership coaching or life coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

Adapt! | Job Search Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses what to do when a company makes a change to the schedule

Summary

I was at a weekend retreat with a number of people and there was an interesting episode that happened here that I believe would be helpful for job hunters. What happened was that there was a change in the schedule that happened that hadn't been done before.. I need to go through the details of the change, but the short version is that there was a change. The result was that a lot of people when the being concerned, worried and expressing their concern and worry.

It reminded me of times where you are going to go on an interview and there's going to be a change to the outline of schedule that you been given,. The program that you are expected to do, anything. That's okay.

You can fixate on, "Oh my goodness. They changed! All my! All mine!" You can freak yourself out about it or you just go with the flow because, the fact of the matter is, things do change. Even in your work, right? It's not exactly a linear path to success, is it? There are things that happened when you have to adapt. The change to your schedule will allow you to demonstrate that you can adapt.

Go with the flow. Don't freak yourself out. Just make the best out of a surprising situation.

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

Can Positive Attitude Beat Experience in Interviewing? (VIDEO)


This is an interesting question from someone. The answer I gave may surprise you.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and leadership coaching.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers 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 on function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

Connect with me on LinkedIn http://bit.ly/thebiggamehunter

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.”

Are you interested in executive job search coaching, leadership coaching or life coaching from me? Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us
and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

No BS Coaching Advice February 14 2017

The February 14, 2017 addition of No BS Coaching Advice.

 

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and leadership coaching.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers 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.

START YOUR 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

Are you interested in executive job search coaching, leadership coaching or life coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

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