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Which Star Wars character are you?

Which Star Wars Character Are You? | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 960 Another stupid job interview question and how not  to answer it.

Summary

This is another stupid interview question that firms sometimes asked. I want to just show you some of the traps within it. I'm not going to give you are right answer. I will point out some the things a firm can identify from your answer.

With this, I will start off by saying, I am not a Star Wars fan. The fact I am not a fan, if I said this on an interview with reveal something about me.

"So, what Star Wars character are you?"

"I don't really enjoy Star Wars. I was frankly bored by the 1st 3 movies and I gave up on the series." What does that say? Nonconformist! I don't play along with everyone! I may not be particularly social. So, there is something reviewing in there.

If you choose to answer it in that way, you basically have to say, "and I understand you may thus see me as being nonconformist. Frankly, I am. I can work with teams. I can work with others. But if you want someone who's going to say yes to everything that you say, I'm probably not the right person for you because, I think you want someone who can see the holes and ideas and help you be successful."That becomes the follow-up answer.

However, if you are a fan, pause for a second and ask yourself, "what does the job require review and what attributes does that character matchup with?" You can kind of stumble around between 2 characters and then settle on the one that seems to fit the role best.

But, at the end of the day, what you've really learned this is stupid this employers to think that this should be a benchmark for how to evaluate someone. At the end of the day, what you know, what your potential is, is far more important than what Star Wars character you are like and how they project those personality attributes onto you and how you would fit into the stupid organization.

Play along. You've learned something. Maybe, it's later on, when you talk with them, they will tell you why they tend to use that question or maybe When you get to the part of the interview with a know if you have any questions for them, you ask a typical questions (at least the typical if you're not following my advice about what questions you should be asking), toward the end when they ask you, "So, is there anything else," you can ask them, "So, I'm a little curious. What did you hope to find out about me by asking the Star Wars question?" Leave it to them to explain their logic system for doing it.

After all, the probability is you're not real interesting firm that thinks that is a benchmark for being hired as opposed to what your capabilities are, what you track record has been and how you can help them achieve what they want to achieve.

Estimate the question later on in the conversation and make them defend the question.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

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.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon 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 want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

Is It Better to Be Perfect and Late or Good and On Time? | No BS Job Search Advice Radio


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Ep 716 I explain the two ways to answer this interview questions.

Summary

Today to talk with you about the answer to 1 of those "wonderful little interview questions" the firm sometimes asked. This tends to be asked of the more senior individual than the staffer, but it can be asked of anyone.

The question is (and I'm going to distill it down to the basic element), "Is it better to be perfect and late, or good enough and on time?"

The correct answer is good and on time. Why? It's because nothing is ever perfect. You know that. While you're sitting there and thinking that one thing is just bothering you, while you are procrastinating, the meter is running on the expense the firm is incurring while you are trying to figure out what would make it absolutely perfect. Once you're done with that, that of course triggers another thing.

The correct answer is always, "good and on time."

I also want to offer up a variation on this. That variation is, "It depends."

Certainly, if you are developing a medical procedure for which someone's life is going to be saved or lost, unique perfection. There is no good enough. Under those circumstances.

Even in general terms, you can kind of fish with the audience to see if they tip off the reaction by saying, "it kind of depends. It depends on what we're working on as to whether perfect is really the correct solution or good enough really is." No matter, in most instances, three quarters of the instances the correct answer is going to be good enough and on time, rather than perfect and late. Just keep that in the back of your mind as you try to answer that question.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

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.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon 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 want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

Training Camp | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

Training Camp (VIDEO)


In this video, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter talks about the importance of training camp for athletes and job hunters.

Summary

Today, I want to offer you some no BS job should drive that is designed to help you really catapulted job search and wind up crossing the finish line a lot faster. Today's advice is really simple.

Let's start off with a scenario. Can you imagine a pro football team or pro basketball team or baseball team that doesn't practice and just shows up and wins? Can you imagine them avoiding trading him and just showed up that 1st Monday of the season and performing well? Can you imagine lots of injuries, lots of guys getting hurt. A lot of women on the basketball court winding up a pulled muscles? Can you imagine this team having a great record and winning a championship ? Frankly, I can't.

Yet this is how a lot of job hunters conduct themselves. They just show up for an interview, they expect to do well and are sharp when they don't. They are shocked when they don't get the job. It's no different. It's really no different for you as a job hunter. You need to get out there and practice. You need to practice with someone else. You need to rehearse your answers to the point where they'll say unrehearsed because otherwise you are nothing more than that athlete who expects the shop on Sunday, having done no practice and expects to win.

I understand in team sports that the other members of the team may carry this person for a given week. Let me give individual sports example. On the tennis court, can you imagine a tennis player who doesn't practice winning many titles? Frankly, I can't imagine it. I don't care if they are visualizing all the time that Paul going over the net and landing the perfect placement, that they are imagining all those overheads that they are smashing or those lobs that land in the perfect spot... It just doesn't work. They have to practice; they have to keep their muscles limber. Time and time again, they have to, over hours and hours of practice, actually hit the ball. You walk into the arena of a job interview unrehearsed, unpracticed and unprepared. Unprepared with no research. Unprepared to answer obvious questions. Unrehearsed for the entire thing.

Let me give you a joke from another YouTube video.

Stop it! There is a Bob Newhart video called, "Stop It!" Go watch it sometime. I think it is hysterical.

I'll simply say stop doing the things that are getting into trouble. You are acting like an amateur when you do that. Get out and do a professionals do. Professionals don't walk into meetings and wing it. They have spent years getting ready. They walk out onto the practice field, they walk into the arena of the game in the stadium and they are practiced. They are at peak condition at just that moment, ready to perform. You need to do much the same sort of thing and get your muscles ready, and your plays down pat so that, in this way, you can nail it.

Now, there's a difference between being well practiced being over rehearsed. I've been watching this 1 series called, "The Next Food Channel Celebrity." 1 of the finalists there is someone who seems to well prepared that they don't connect with people. That is the feedback that she's been getting time and time again. She seems really good and really talented, but is too prepared. There is a fine line when you crossover and just missed the connection that you have to make with people..

Don't over rehearse to the point where you sound canned and phony. You have to always make it seem as though that this is the 1st time that you are saying these words, even if it is the 400th.

Again, practice. Prepare. Rehearse. Sailed wonderful. Send like you talking to your best friend on the other side of the desk.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching,  all as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

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.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle 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 want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

following up after a job interview

Following Up After a Job Interview (VIDEO)


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter tells you how and when to follow up after your interview.

EP 924 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter tells you how and when to follow up after your interview. 

Summary

Let's talk today about following up after the interview.

You have an interview that you really thrilled about or you just got that vibe about that says you did a great job and are really excited about it. How do you follow-up? When do you follow-up?

For years, following up and sending a thank you letter. That translated into you handwrote or typed or wordprocessed the letter, mailed it to someone and waited for a response. You have to go that far anymore. Although it's a nice touch to mail a letter, by the time that they get it, it is too late; they have already made a decision.

What you want to do is follow up shortly after the interview... Like when you get home. You have a chance to rest for a little bit. You sit down and with your thoughts about the job digested, you send an email to the folks that you met with. If it's one, 2 or 3 people, you very the letter. The theme is basically the same.

You think them for inviting you into interview and then you express your interest in the role. "I just want to let you know how interested I am in the role and I feel I would be a good fit.. Let me explain why I believe I would be a good fit." Then you list to 3 factors that based upon your discussion indicate that you fit the role very well.

Then, you conclude with, "I look forward to hearing from you. Best next step in the process."

If you don't get a response from, there is a message in that. The message could be, "Were still interviewing and we don't want to make any commitment yet." It could also mean, "we are not interested." You have to sit tight for a while. If you haven't gotten a response. A few days later ... I'm not talking about one day. I'm talking about 4 or 5 business days later… Then you might try phone call to say, "Hi! I hadn't heard from you and want to let you know of my interest. What is the process going to be like at this point? I assume that you still interviewing for the role. When you believe you be completing this round?" You make it into a friendly phone call. Thus, you have to steps you can do.

1. What is the traditional thank you email
2. Then you follow-up with a phone call 5 business days later. If you haven't heard anything.

If you're still not getting a response back to the phone call, don't call relentlessly. It is obnoxious. They tell you something by not getting back to you. That's true of third-party recruiters or employers who have interviewed 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 career coaching,  all as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

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.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle 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 want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

 

Getting Started: Mastering Your First 90 Days Part 1 | TheBigGameHunterTV


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Someone is prefer advice about how to get launched in the new job well so I thought I would do a few videos about this.

Summary

I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm the head coach for JobSearchCoachingHQ.com. That's a site Where I have curated information that you can watch, listen to or read To help you find work more quickly.

1 of the people I've coached recently asked Me if I done anything to help people launch well in their new job. I realize I had really done anything along those lines And realize there is more than I should really cover in one video Or podcast. I thought that this would be good for a short series.

I'll start by saying that, obviously, your boss and HR have a lot to do In your 1st days about how you get started. Usually, what you're going to start off with is that you're going to Go through new hire orientation, get on boarded And complete a bunch of paperwork. That stay number 1.You meet with your new boss and he or she is going to talk with you about some of the things that they will want you to do. Start working on a plan for yourself for what you can be doing over the 1st few months.

Before hand, there's a little bit of homework that you can do.Before hand, the simplest thing I can suggest is review in your mind. The fewer the situations that you dealt with and starting a new job, Net new people and were asked, "So, what's your background?" You want to give them a solid 30 second presentation about who you are, what you've done recently, where you've worked And how it might plug into the organization. This is the only time I can think of where I would think an elevator pitch might be useful. It should be a sincere statement without a lot of bold as to what your previous background was. This is to work on before you walk in the door.

During this 1st period of time, you want to be spending time understanding their business. Usually, what your manager is going to talk with you about Doing is getting acclimated to the environment, getting together with your coworkers, both professionally and socially (if appropriate), And understanding that they might have a plan for you about how to acclimate. Obviously, if they have the plan, follow that plan. Start working on over delivering.

Usually, they are not going to throw you into the deep end of the pool to see whether you can swim. They will probably give you some realistic projects or things to work on. You want to be able to overdeliver during this time. You want to get together with new colleagues to understand the rules of the road there, the things that are said in the things that are unsaid.

You want to understand review criteria That will be used to measure your success over the 1st 90 days. You want to identify someone or is there a program internally where you might get a mentor. Ask lots of questions. Seriously. A lot of people think that when you walk into new jobs you are supposed to know everything. Make sure that you have the option of getting onto your bosses calendar for 10 or 15 minutes for a call, a meeting a Skype, whatever. Track your successes so when it comes to the end of 90 days you have a way of measuring success and, if asked, you can talk about it candidly with your boss so that you're not thinking on your feet and speaking extemporaneously about your successes and miss out talking about obvious things.

The last thing I'm going to talk about is that you have built your network over this period of time. Keep in contact with them, not because you should be out there changing jobs. Not at all. I want you to win at your new job. However, they might be resources that you could reach out to at different times while you are attempting to overdeliver. so that you do deliver at a high level and achieve a lot. Most of you forget this and think you have to figure things out on your own.

Successful people all have allies and coaches, mentors and the like that they can ask for advice, get input from, get answers to questions that they are asked, so they can deliver at a high level.

I'll be back with more soon. In the meantime, have a great day.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

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.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon 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 want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

Mobile Phone Interviews: Prepare to Ace Them! | No BS Job Search Advice Radio


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EP 923  Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter turns his attention to doing a phone interview on your mobile phone. 

Summary

Quite a few years ago, I wrote an article that's all over the web called, "Phone Interviews: Prepare to Ace Them." I wrote it at a time when firms were first starting to use phone interviews as part of their repertoire for prescreening candidates. Most people were making a lot of mistakes. I tried to just give them some simple pointers.

One of the pointers I gave them was don't use a mobile phone for an interview; frankly times have changed and we have to adapt with the times. So today I want to talk with you about mobile phone interviewing and the tips for phone interviewing and mobile interviewing or generally the same. You rehearse, you research the firm, you talk to people beforehand and practice what you're going to say. You get to a place that's relatively quiet where you're not going to be interrupted. Stuff along those lines.

As a matter of fact, go look for the article-- "Phone Interviews: Prepare to Ace Them." You'll find it, I'm sure. Read that article.

But now let's go to the point related to mobile interviews. Mobile interviews have one extra dynamic that's beyond your control. And that is you're dependent upon your carrier as to whether you're able to be heard clearly. And you have to remember your voice is the primary sales tool. if you're not going to a place with good cellular reception, you're not going to have a good interview because the person on the other end of the phone is going to get distracted, annoyed, not pay attention and do a variety of things that discount everything you say because they can't hear you.

So just be aware. Look for places where you can actually get great cell service. If you're not sure, frankly, talk to a friend of yours from that place on your mobile. Listen to what they tell you. Don't risk having a bad interview because you are too lazy to check whether their conference room in your office has good cell reception. Don't risk being rejected for a job that you really want because you didn't care enough and didn't take the time to check out how you sound over the phone. Practice not letting the phone slip under your chin. I was talking to a friend of mine recently. She had just come back from a trip and there were times when her phone ... you knew she wasn't paying attention to where the following had slipped that I couldn't hear a word she said. I had to say, "Excuse me. Could you move the phone back to your mouth."

You don't want to be in that position where and interview's on the live because you don't know whether this is going to be the job you really want.

So again, pick a spot where you'll have great reception, where no one will have to strain to hear any word you say in a normal tone of voice. Number two, practice. Practice holding your phone in a way that's comfortable for you during an interview. Practice in a way that your answers come across very clearly. And lastly check out the place that you are going to interview.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching,  all as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

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.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle 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 want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

I Don’t Know What To Say in Order to Get The Job | Job Search Radio


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I don’t know what to say in order to get the job is a common lament many job hunters have. Here, I explain what you should be doing.

Summary

I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm the head coach for JobSearchCoachingHQ.com. I do career coaching with people around the world to help them be more effective in their job search and to help them become more effective in their careers, as well.

I thought I would do a video today and talk about the missing ingredient in way too many final interviews. I want to preface this all by saying the work that I didn't executive search for so many years (I spent a lot of time talking to HR managers, to hiring managers, 2 people in all parts of the hiring process About what many someone successful and where they tend to fail).

Most the time, people don't fail because of lack of competence. Of course, some do but there were a lot of people who don't and, thus, they are brought back for a 2nd interview. The 3rd, a 4th...It goes on and on and on because firms are looking for something to hang their hat on. What is it that's missing is the ability to connect with you as a person.

You see, there's been a lot of propaganda that is going on for years about how people should be "professional." I will put your quotes around the word professional because most of the successful people I know are human beings who happen to particular types of work, and are in particular types of businesses. They lead organizations and their personalities what inspires people to do great things. That ability to inspire and lead is the difference between being a manager and being a leader.

When firms hire, they want to get a sense of the human being that the going to be living with day in and day out for the next number of years. If you are just going to be another drone or another timid individual or someone who's flat, there is nothing to connect with. Firms like to have that connection. Hiring managers will have that connection. Because they have stress just like you do they want to have some fun from time to time. It is not likely to be laughing and joking like your bar or something or a restaurant having dinner. The fact of the matter is if you or someone who is joined an organization, your smile is a big part of what makes them confident in you, right? If you look at me now, you worry about my knowledge base? Part of it is my personality.

I was talking to someone last night who have been coaching in 1 of the things I said to her was, "I know you care for me and I don't want you to meet me. I want to be the best YOU that you can be and let that come through. I want you to go out there and risk everything by reviewing your personality, the lighthearted spirit that you have and let them see that. If they don't like it, it's better that you not work there then to hide that and be miserable.

So many folks hide behind the veneer of professionalism and then you want to careers where they manage people. They are dull. They get on the train every night or get in the car for the trip home and on and on and on… It becomes brutal. There is no life to them anymore because the work is beaten out of them.

Let your personality come through. Let them see how you delight in things. Let them see the life within you and you will stand out from all the others and give them something to work with. Again, I'm not suggesting that you treat them like you are a bar or the restaurant having fun with them. Just let your personality out. If they don't like it, that is fine. You don't belong working there.

I'm Jeff Altman. I hope you found this helpful. My website is www.TheBigGameHunter.us. If you're interested my critiquing your resume and/or LinkedIn profile, iif you would like me to prepare you for interviews, help you with the salary negotiation or just have questions for me, there were tabs at the top of the page where you can schedule time and have me work with you.

The last thing I want to say is that there is a lot of information there in my blog, but if you want my best, go to JobSearchCoachingHQ.com. For one low price you can also ask me questions and have the best of my information there to help you with your search.

I hope you find this helpful and hope you have a great day.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

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.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon 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 want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.  Him

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

 

Your Unique Value Proposition for Job Interviews

Your Unique Value Proposition for Job Interviews

HINT: Everyone Has It. Few People Use It Professionally.

My friend, Rowena Patton, recently released a book, “Find Your Unique Value Proposition, In Principle and Practice.” Targeted toward real estate professionals, it makes a point that is so valuable to all of us that we need to do things to differentiate ourselves from the people we compete with in order to stand out from the pack.

For example, it is not enough to tell an interviewer that you are hardworking and a team player. That is expected. It is not enough to describe yourself as a leader. If you are interviewing for a role, they will observe your behavior to see if it is congruent with their image of someone who actually is a leader and measure your previous successes to see how applicable it is to their position and organization.

It certainly won’t be your skillset. After all, you trust me when I tell you that the manager you are interviewing with has reviewed many resumes and will be speaking with many people who will have similar, if not identical skills to you.

Vincent Van Gogh
Vincent Van Gogh

So, what makes you special? How can you differentiate yourself from the people you’re competing with?

 

“Your profession is not what brings home your paycheck. Your profession is what you were put on this earth to do with such passion and such intensity, it becomes a spiritual calling.”

                                                                                                                                       ~Vincent Van Gogh

 

I used to say the missing ingredient in most resumes is metrics—how much money you helped a firm make or save or, perhaps time saved. That may be true for many of you but I think there is something else that is also missing in your resume and in your job interviews that is far more important. It is something that truly differentiates us from our competitors.

What’s Missing?

What’s missing is . . . YOU!

You are what’s unique and most resumes and certainly most interviews I conducted when I did recruiting and many of the people I now coach demonstrate deficiencies with revealing who they are and what makes them different than everyone else in their field.

I was listened to a podcast a few months ago where a manager who was trying to hire a mobile developer watched the face of the person they interviewing with simply explode with excitement as they showed off a mobile app they had developed that did an immediate and excellent translation of conversation in a particular obscure foreign language to English. Their excitement was their unique value.

A person once sent a resume to me and wrote a cover letter that described how they “absolutely hate it when a bug exists in code and that they relentlessly and ruthlessly pursued its eradication.” WOW! Pretty intense but real.

There was the person I coached not long ago who told me that their eyes exploded with glee when they solved something others couldn’t.strong language

Notice how they all used strong language? Their personality came across on the page or in the interview.

Most of us are conditioned to be average and few people are encouraged to be so passionate that the world sees them as great. It’s why the Steve Jobs story resonates with so many. Like him or not (and there seems to be many reasons not to have liked him), Jobs could not stand certain things and would not tolerate them.

Note the phrase “could not stand.” How many of you “put up with” or “tolerate” and have lost a little of yourself in the Youprocess of “accepting?”

 

So the real missing ingredient is YOU. YOUR Personality. YOU are missing and, perhaps, YOU have gone AWOL (absent without leave is a military term for someone who leaves without permission). It’s time to come alive again.

 

“People like nails, lose their effectiveness when they lose their direction and begin to bend.”

                                                                                                                             ~Walter Savage Landor

 

Bend less.

 

© The Big Game Hunter, Inc. Asheville, NC  2017    

 

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

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.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

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

 

Tell Me About Yourself for C Suite Professionals | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 959 On this podcast,  I explain how to answer this classic interview question for those in the C Suite professionals.

Summary

I wanted to speak to those of you today who are either in the C suite or are aspiring to the C suite about answering the classic, "Tell me about yourself," question at your level. You see, for staff level individuals, they have to skirt around part of the answer. However, for you, there us a bit different approach that I encourage people to take.

You see, you have a longer career. As a result, you can't talk about 20, 25 or 30 years of your career when answering that "tell me about yourself" question. You can basically do something along the lines of, "I have a pretty lengthy career were I've done a lot of different things. At this stage, what I focused in on is 3 different things." Then you hit on all cylinders on those 3 points. 15 seconds on each of the individual points. That's because you don't want to do this lengthy monologue. After all, when you doing interview and asked that question, you want to hear someone droned on for 2 minutes or more talking about what they had done professionally.

You want the people who will be listening to you to choose between the menu of 3 choices and zero in on the one that makes the most sense for them. With that, you know where to dive in. You can't get away with being a generalist. You can't talk about 50 different things that you have done. Obviously, I'm exaggerating but you know what I'm talking about.

You have expertise and the zeal in your career and have probably zeroed in on that area, right? Focus in on that. Don't try to be all things to all people. If you do, you will wind up being nothing to everyone.

Focus in. Talk about 3 things that you are particularly good at and that you can really excel at if you join the organization. If they don't need what you have to sell, that is okay. They probably wouldn't have hired you anyway and probably don't have relationships where they could capitalize on those things. Again, focusing on where the strengths really are. 3 things. Tops!

You can get away with 2 but it is a missed opportunity. Then, dive into the subject.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

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.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon 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 want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

Preparing to Job Search: The Question to Ask Yourself BEFORE You Start Your Job Search

Preparing to Job Search: The Question to Ask Yourself BEFORE You Start Your Job Search


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter tells you the critical question to ask your self at the beginning of your job search.

Summary

Let me just dive into it and say most people begin job search and is only one question on your mind – – How am I going to find a job?That's a good question, but it works with the assumption of desperation.Frankly, most of you don't need to be desperate. I understand that you may be scared or worried or frightened about this entire thing. What's going on? Where am I going to find work? All the sort of doubts start to show up when you begin job search.

Let's look at things from a different perspective. Let's work from the place of "I'm going to have choices to make." Quite obviously, you may not but I would like you to start off by at least getting clear about this 1 question: "What's most important to you in the next job organization? What will you need to see you are hear to believe is the right place for you to join?"

You may have a lot of different answers from this... That's terrific. I want you taking and hour. 40 minutes. Whatever amount of time, you may feel comfortable. You can always add to the list. The idea is to ask yourself these questions.

Here is the follow-up tasks to this. I want you to prioritize your answer to the 1st question.

Why is this important?It's really simple. From the time to begin your job search until you get your job offer or multiple offers, you are going to go through ping-ponging that goes on in most job searches. You are going to get confused. People are going to say a whole bunch of stuff to you. They are going to deal with their interests but you always have to remember yours.

Let's go back to the situation where you have multiple job offers. Everyone is going to be talking about why their job is the best for you. They don't know you. They are trying to persuade you, hypnotize you, Using very subtle forms of coercion into accepting your offer. Having this list gives you something to refer to And use as part of the evaluation criteria.

No firm may hit all the items on your list will or will wind up looking perfect based upon your list. It is still a reminder for you. Is to look forward to a grounding place for you to evaluate and assess different alternatives.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching,  all as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

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.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle 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 want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

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