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Restraining The Voice in Your Head

Restraining the Voice in Your Head During Your Job Search | Job Search Radio


There are times when you may get down on yourself while job hunting. On today’s daily episode, I discuss a simple tactic for managing that critical voice in your head.

Summary

I'm here to talk with you about managing that inner voice within you. You know, the one that says, "You are not as good as you think you are. This is going to be hard. You suck."You know, that critical voice that lives inside most of us, almost all of us... Maybe all of us that sends messages to us that say were not as good as we think we are.

It may show up earlier in your job search; they may show ablative or job search. I just know that shows up. The voices the part of you that doesn't believe in yourself and it needs to be silenced.

You can have a friend to talk with; you have a wife/husband/partner/clergyman... Any number of people who you can talk with about it, but ultimately the most effective person to talk with you about it is you to calm the voice down. The voice is really the voice of your fear. It's the fear that this isn't going to work out. It's harder than you thought it might be; it's taking longer, etc. etc.

Let's say you're feeling stuck in your job search and someone was who you speaking with yesterday. You have the choice of going to a networking event or not. He talked to the boys whose basically telling you, "Well, you know, I'm not going to meet anyone there; it's going to be a big waste of time." You know, that voice? You very calmly say to you, "But I may need someone there. I may want of meeting someone who is going to be helpful. It's also good to get out the house and do something a little bit different AND, as I'm traveling to that networking event, I can reach out to someone else and parlay the trip into 2 or 3 different things. I appreciate your input, Voice, but, at the end of the day, I would like to make this trip with your okay and give it a shot. Maybe I'll do other trips like this and give them a shot because you never know what is going to happen."

That's one example of negotiating with The Voice. You can do it with, "My resume isn't getting results. " Maybe need to work on your resume or hire someone to work on your resume or get a resume critique to have it done. Same with your LinkedIn profile. If people are reaching out to you through LinkedIn, it is likely that there is something very wrong with your profile because it is not attracting recruiters who are out there relentlessly trying to find folks.

The Voice is not really useful in a job search. You need to contain it little bit because, at times, it has worked well for you and help you. In job hunting, however, most of the time, almost all of the time, it is the voice of fear and In a job search isn't going to help.

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 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?  Email me at [email protected] and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line and tell me about your circumstances in the body of the email.

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.

Informational Interviews Are Easy (VIDEO)


EP 904  Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains the purpose of an informational interview and how to do one.

Summary

Informational interviews are great way to broaden your network. Informational interviews are 15 to 20 minute conversation with someone, ideally in person, that allows you to extensively more about that with which you are interested... But it is also a gateway toward additional networking connections. Let me give you an idea of how it works.

Let's say you're a program manager let's say you are a developer, and you want to arrange an informational interview. You reach out to someone you may have marginal connection with or real connection and you schedule a time to meet with them. The "connection" is really about professional matters, is not that they are a friend necessarily. They know something that you don't. You want to keep your career basis, on a professional basis,

You meet with them and asked him a few questions.
1. How did you get involved with (fill in the blank)? You chat with them about that for a few minutes.
2. What you like about it most? You chat about that for a while and then you ask a few simple follow-up questions.
3. What you like about at least? You chat about that, too, and ask some follow-up questions.

Then you start switching gears all bit.
4. Who else do you know who I might speak with about it. I'm gathering some information now because of thinking about pursuing this direction. Would be okay if I used your name in reaching out to them? They will probably say, "Sure."

The 5th question here is the iffy one. It is no big deal if they say no
5. Would you be willing to call them in advance to give them a heads up that I might be calling?

Then, from there, what you are able to do is follow up with this next person, learn some more and start the process of building the relationship with people who are absolute strangers or with whom you are marginally connected that might lead to something.

Again, all you're doing is gathering information to help you.

You can use informational interviews to talk with former employees of firms of what is like to work there. What they liked about it, most; what they liked about at least. The idea comes down to chatting with people who know something about whatever it is that you are interested in so that you use them as a steppingstone to other people.

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 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?  Email me at [email protected] and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line and tell me about your circumstances in the body of the email.

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. 

What Do You Have to Lose? (VIDEO)


Have you ever finished second on a job interview? Here’s an idea for something that you can do and maybe you’ll win it later!

Summary

I have a great idea can be helpful to many of you.

Never lose our job? You were beaten out. The manager agonized, but chose the other person. It happens. Have you really wanted that job? Yeah, and it's a disappointment when you lose out. Here's my idea.

It's not like you are incompetent. It's not that you are a loser. I just of the other person market themselves better than you. Maybe they interview better. Maybe they presented better.

Sometimes, there is a single buyer's remorse where an employer winds up deciding a few months later, "I really wish I had that other person."

2 months after you the job has been closed down, after you been turned down, put a little reminder on your calendar and contact the recruiter who presented you (if you are present. The buyer recruiter) or contact the manager directly.

Say, "I! How are you? How's the new person working out?" You keep your mouth shut. "They are doing great!" "I just want to know how much I enjoyed meeting with you and how interested I was in that role. I took a chance that maybe this person wasn't working out so I thought I would reach out to you." It's a great tactic

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 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 from me?  Email me at [email protected] and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

Do you have a quick question you would like me to answer? Pay $50 via PayPal to [email protected]  

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 for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

 

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.

The Key to Superior Focus on Job Interviews | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

Ep 594 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses a technique for improving your focus on your next job interview.

Summary

I want to talk with you better technique for preparing for your interviews that will help you perform so much better, it won't take you a long time to do, it could be 2 or 3 minutes, it could be 10 minutes but it is a very simple technique that has been done for thousands of years.

What's that technique?

Spend a few minutes in meditation.

I know. I know. You think meditation is real. "Whew."  I must tell you, when all is said and done. If you spend a few minutes on your breath, for example, or about a single thought, what you will wind up doing is relax your mind, relax your body and get yourself incredibly focused. If you drift off on 1 of those topics, just returned to it.  Don't beat yourself up.  Don't criticize yourself for doing it wrong.  Just returned to the breath, for example.

You will find that by doing this, your focus and concentration is going to grow.  Your ability to perform well on interviews and your career in general is going to improve as well.  What can go wrong?

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses a technique for improving your focus on your next job interview.

Summary

I want to talk with you better technique for preparing for your interviews that will help you perform so much better, it won't take you a long time to do, it could be 2 or 3 minutes, it could be 10 minutes but it is a very simple technique that has been done for thousands of years.

What's that technique?

Spend a few minutes in meditation.

I know. I know. You think meditation is real. "Whew."  I must tell you, when all is said and done. If you spend a few minutes on your breath, for example, or about a single thought, what you will wind up doing is relax your mind, relax your body and get yourself incredibly focused. If you drift off on 1 of those topics, just returned to it.  Don't beat yourself up.  Don't criticize yourself for doing it wrong.  Just returned to the breath, for example.

You will find that by doing this, your focus and concentration is going to grow.  Your ability to perform well on interviews and your career in general is going to improve as well.  What can go wrong?

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 business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio” and “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” both available through iTunes and Stitcher.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching from me?  Email me at [email protected] and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

Do you have a quick question you would like me to answer? Pay $50 via PayPal to [email protected]  

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 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 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.

Deciding to change jobs

You Know It’s Time to Look When . . . (VIDEO)


Job search advice from Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter, This video is about knowing & acting on that thought about changing jobs.

Summary

You Know Its Time to Look When . . ..mp3

[00:00:00] As someone who has been recruiting for a long time I've spoken to millions of people over the course of probably evaluated hundreds of thousands of people of course in my career. When all is said and done, was I a very successful recruiter in my career.

[00:00:20] And 1 the things I find fascinating are the reasons why people decide it's time to change. And I think it really comes narrowed down into a couple of different classifications. If you resonate with any of these, I think it's smart of you to be listening to the show because, at the end of the day, there's something going on for that are paying attention to and you can repress it you can pretend it's not going on but you're listening to a podcast about job search and you're not out there looking. So why is that? Because there is something going on that's rumbling around in you that basically saying, "Hey! Wake up! Something is not right.

[00:01:12] let me just talk about some of the of reasons why people tell me about why they are out there looking. The first one is very they're hearing stuff out there about their firm in the trade press, in the in the news, in blogs and it doesn't smell so good. Earnings will be down; the firm is start to slow down its its staffing. Business has gotten slower. The niche that the firm is in is not doing particularly well, and you know, you can ignore that You certainly can. But at in the end of the day, you are smart not to ignore it.

[00:01:46] Because whether you were marketing, IT, operations or whatever working the function that you're in, waking up to the fact that your business, the firm that you are working with is suffering is not doing well, if you remain there the fact that it's suffering is going to impact you Your raises will become nonexistent. Your bonuses More power is non-existent. The advancement opportunities exist non-existent. And will survive or they are in survival mode.

[00:02:19] They are fighting to regain market share. However it is presented, at the end of the day, that's going to affect you. And I have heard countless stories from people over the course of years where they stayed too long. let's say, a firm went out of business. They were with a startup or an established business and they then waited there too long until the very end. It became hard for them to find work.

[00:02:46] There are many reasons for that but you are waking up to the fact that the firm is not doing particularly well is a smart reason for starting to explore other opportunities.

[00:02:58] Another reason is you feel targeted around the office. You start to feel like no one appreciates what we do. You know I've worked at firms before where I've been a high producer and management just doesn't give a shit (excuse my language, please).

[00:03:16] It just doesn't give a shit. You are just there to generate revenue and just do your job. And it's not only you every day someone has to walk over and go, "Hey! That's fabulous," and give you a big thumbs up for the viewers on our video. So you know it's not like people need to be told every single day that they do a great job, particularly if they aren't. When in management catches you doing something right, they ought to acknowledge that. People feel better about their work circumstances if they are happy and they feel miserable if they're ignored. If you're feeling under-appreciated or taken for granted, it's time to pick up and start exploring other places.

[00:04:14] If you notice on your side of this you're just do it for the money, well, you know after a while of doing it for the money what starts to happen is you start to underperform because resentment starts to build that and that resentment building you in. . . You start to get angry and there's no reason to be angry at work. I'm going to tell you that one more time just to make sure you hear it there is no reason for you to end up angry at work because that sort of frustration (frustration is anger directed at yourself or lashing outwards) is a signal.

[00:05:01] You are basically hired to achieve. And, at the end of the day, if you're just doing the job for money and it's gotten monotonous, it's time to pick up stakes.

[00:05:15] Here's another one. A lot of organizations . . . I'll simply say that I've been writing about this on LinkedIn for for a couple of weeks . . . it's the desire for people to get compressed into a middle. Firms almost don't want to hire high achievers. They don't hire people who rock the boat and make them think. As such, if your ideas are being ignored because, frankly, you are a such and such level 16 and you are not paid to think, if what they're really looking for is that execute tasks rather than to think and execute tasks if they don't encourage people to excel and you're just basically another person putting screws on the door.

[00:06:11] Here's an automobile example. If you're just another individual who is tightening the bolts on an assembly line, if that's how it feels to you, it's time to pick up stakes and consider something else.

[00:06:23] Here's another one. You know, that person who just WOW'd you when you interviewed, that manager who inspired you and thought and told you all sorts of wonderful things, is now that person that you loathe and hate and can't stand sitting in their office talking to them. If you can't stand one more meeting with this person because you just found them to be a contemptible swine, that they have lied to you over the course of time, if you just can't believe anything they tell you, it's time to go.

[00:07:02] You know I know I've been attracted to organizations where the leadership has seemed spectacular at the time I've interviewed. But, at the end of the day, they are just nasty SOBs. You have to put up with that. It's time to go.

[00:07:20] Here's another one. You've been doing this same thing for years. There's nothing new for you to learn at that company. Iam going to tell you it's time to go.

[00:07:33] You know, if you know there is no one you can learn from, if they're not going to send you for training. If there is nothing that you're going to do that is going to be more than stagnating in the same function for the next 30 years of your life without a thank you, without an "atta boy" or an "atta girl:" with only being caught doing something wrong and people basically telling you you screwed up, if you're only there covering your butt all the time (that's CYA. You know what that is, right.

[00:08:09] If you are playing CYA games all year long and not learning anything new and you look ahead and the only thing you'll be asked to do is the same thing you've been doing for the last two years. It's time to go because at the end of the day, really when you think about it, life is too short. A lifetime is not a long time. Although we like to think of ourselves as being high performers / high achievers, sometimes when we're not being seen for who we are or what we do whatever you want to underperform because we're frustrated. We become tired.
What engages us in doing the same task repetitively I use the example of working on an assembly line and screwing the bolt. I respect these guys something fierce because they, whether they're men or women, are out there doing something to take care of their families that you and I might find monotonous. But they do it. they understand the importance of what they do. They put gusto into it.

For you as an individual working for a firm, unless you are learning, unless you are developing, unless you are involved with new things, I think the same thing will happen to you. It's going to become monotonous and you will underperform.

[00:09:38] Who wants that? Better to be proactive and take action tha to sit there doing the same job again and again and, especially if you're someone who rocks the boat, and you are asked to conform to that narrow band of function., who needs it? So, at the end of the day, I'm just going to tell you pick up stakes and start exploring things.

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 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?  Email me at [email protected] and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line and tell me about your circumstances in the body of the email.

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.

More Phone Interview Tips for Job Hunters


EP 903 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers more phone interview tips for job hunters.

Summary

I done a bunch of videos and podcasts about phone interviews and how to do the more effectively. This is a showroom and talk with you about some more tips about phone interviewing well. They are easy to implement; they are casual; they are involved with what I refer to as, "acting." Why think of as, "The Theater Of Interviewing." I hope you find this helpful.

Although it is a video before by phone interview, I want to cover a few additional points. I'll simply say that you already know that you need to be a quiet place for the conversation. But there are some fun things that you can do that will really help you excel at a phone interview.

When the interviewer calls, thank them for making the call and then you say, "I have looked at the job description but can I get an idea of what you are looking for from me? What's the role that I'm interviewing for?" This way, you make sure you're on the same pages the interviewer. Often, from the time the description has been created until the time to actually interview, and has "evolved" a bit. Although the job everyone way on paper, in actuality, the a screening for something a little bit different. Always take the time to ask them what it is that they are looking for.

Another subtlety is ask them, "How long do you expect will be speaking? I just want make sure I have that amount time in my schedule." When they are scheduling the interview, they may ask if you can speak at 1 o'clock.

"Terrific! How much time should I set aside my calendar?" Just an idea of how much time you be talking with them.

Listen to their question. I can't tell you the number of times that people tend to get off on these long tirades. I have to call them a tirade because they have no idea what they're talking about. They have no recollection of what the question was, and I've gone so far as to asked them, "Do you remember my original question?" Try to stay on point by answering the question in 45 seconds or less. If you have to go to 1 minute, so be it. Try to keep your answers to about 45 seconds in length and listen to what they are asking you.

Along the way, you may want to sound like you are thinking about your answer, that you're being a little reflective... It is acting that you are doing. They can see that you have notes out in front of you and that you are jotting down some things.

Another thing that all mention is wearing headphones.. If you have access to headphones, use them. I find that if I am hands-free when I do my podcast or when I do calls all day long is extremely helpful. It just allows me to use my hands, I'm not going to develop a crink in my neck is going to wind up hurting during the course of my conversations. Use headphones if you can.

Finally, at the end of this, you might asked them, "So, what is going to happen next? When do you expect I will hear back about next steps in the process." That gives you a sense of the timeline and, then again, nothing is to be done in a way that gives them the impression that you are anxious or nervous. Everything again is about the acting of the part

You might just simply say, "Thanks for calling. When you think that might be hearing back the next steps in the process?"

"Well, I have a number of people to speak with."

"Of course, you have a number of people to speak with. I just try to get a feel for the timeline that you folks have."

"I expect we'll get back to you in a week to 10 days." Or "I expect I'll be calling you tomorrow about scheduling an in person interview." Whatever it is, just get a sense of their timeline and then conclude by saying, "I am particularly interested in this role. I do look forward to hearing from you about next steps and I would love to continue further."

Firms find it much more appealing when they are being pursued. 1 of the things that hiring managers, in particular, hate is when they have to extend an offer and it gets turned down. You want to express interest because, often, frequently, it is a differentiator when hiring managers are deciding which person to make the offer to. They have to individuals, they like them a lot. They're both quite capable. The thing that can put it over the edge for you can be, quite simply, that they think you are interested.

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 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?  Email me at [email protected] and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line and tell me about your circumstances in the body of the email.

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. 

Don’t Be an Amateur | No BS Job Search Advice Radio


Listen to the full episode here:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2017/09/26/dont-be-an-amateur-no-bs-job-search-advice-radio

Ep 877 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter stresses the importance of interview preparation and tells you what to look for. 

Summary

Let's talk today about preparing for an interview. I would start by saying most of you do next to nothing to prepare. You know the name of the company you know where you're going, you about 3 words of information about the job. You walk in the door completely unprepared answer basic questions. Let's not kid ourselves. This is what 95% of all job hunters do when they go to interview. In other words, you act like an amateur.

Let me give you a comparison. Pro football teams. Baseball teams soccer teams (we call it soccer in the US; the rest of the world calls it football). Basketball teams. Do you think these teams walk out on the court and decide to run a bunch of plays that they've never practiced before? Tennis. You think a professional tennis player gets on the court without having spent tens of thousands of errors on the tennis court practicing every element of their game. Emily back into the hidden life just in practice? How many overheads? How many services they practiced to get on the court for this 1 moment?

And you go to a job interview where your career is on the line and you do nothing. It's ridiculous.

Understand that 60% of getting a job is already accomplished before you walk in the door. Each of you believe that you have something that the other one wants. 20% is involved with convincing one another that it's true; 20% is purely subjective. Most of you feel that part because you're not prepared.

What you prepare with? You rehearsed answers to basic questions. You know that they're going to ask you, "Tell me about yourself and what you been doing." Why don't you have a canned speech that doesn't sound canned available to answer that question? Did you talk with you about your role, responsibilities and accomplishments. How much of you helped an organization making a way of income or save in the way of income. While to prepare with an answer like that?

The good ask you, "Where you see yourself 5 years from now?" What you have an answer for that? You know all the basic questions and, if you don't, they are all over the web. I think I have them in some of my e-books. Get on the web and go looking. Start practicing your answers.

Don't just simply know the question that they're going to ask. Practice the answer.

When a basketball team steps out on the court, they are so fluid. They know exactly what they're going to do if this player is defended against in a particular way. Same thing with a running back in football. They know, and alignment know exactly how to respond if a defensive player moves in a particular way that they didn't anticipate the running back is going to compensated particular matter. Everything is noted advance the practiced just in case. That's what makes them a professional.

You think of yourself as a professional in your career? It's time to act like a professional.

I start talking about some of the canned questions you're going to be asked? What is you do some research into the firm. Where they are in their field. Read the news stories about them. Where are they in their industry? What are they doing professionally? You're going to be meeting a number of people on the interview. What you look at the LinkedIn profiles and see where they have come from. Do a Google search about them. See if they have been published or written about. All sorts of stuff.

Learn about the firm's competitors. See how you can help. There are some questions that employers are going to ask you, like, "What makes you the best person for this job?" Many of you answer that question regarding be sounding like a gorilla touting wonderful you are." I can do this. I can do that." It sounds like you're beating yourself on the chest like a gorilla does.

The fact of the matter is you need to have answers rehearsed in advance so that you can answer stuff like this.

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 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?  Email me at [email protected] and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line and tell me about your circumstances in the body of the email.

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Thank You Notes | No BS Job Search Advice Radio


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EP 805 Should you still send a thank you letter?

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 business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio” and “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” both available through iTunes and Stitcher.

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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

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Thank you letters. Should you send a thank you after your interview?

The purpose of the thank you letter was originally exactly that – – thank you. The unintended benefit was that you put yourself in front of the firm one more time, put yourself in front of the employer one more time. It was a reminder.

The history of thank you letters is that you mail them 100 years ago. You mail them 10 years ago. Because they got there a few days after the interview it was one last reminder for the firm that was hesitating. These days, it doesn’t work to mail a thank you letter. It’s really about an email and if and when you should send it.

1 of the advantages of a thank you letter is that it communicates interest. You’re going to go an extra step and express that and have a selling opportunity. That’s really the key. If we were going to do is send a thank you letter that says, “I just want to thank you for making time today. I believe I agree qualifications for the role. I look forward to hearing from you about next steps,” that’s not a useful letter because it really nothing to sell you as being the solution to a problem.

If you sell yourself in this way, “I want to thank you for making time tonight. I was thinking about our conversation and I wanted to drive home a few points with you.” Then you start selling yourself in the context of your qualifications for the role. If you start promoting yourself and your capabilities to solve the problem, “My mind is really been racing since our conversation thinking about different ways I could contribute. I was wondering if we might be able to get together next week for another conversation (another interview) and I can discuss some of those thoughts I’ve had.” That is a useful thank you letter.

That works for certain types of positions. However, if you are an administrative assistant, if you are in a role like customer service, stick with the “enthusiasm approach” and reinforce that you are qualified to do the job. For example, if you work at a call center, you might say, “Thanks for making time to speak with me today. I just want to let you know how interested I am and I want to drive home a few points with you.” Then you might list some things that were in your resume… “I handle 15% more calls than the typical call center person without escalation.” If you’re an accountant, you might say, “I have yet to miss a deadline in my time with my firm. I hope the organization save X amount of money by doing such and such. I’m the kind of person who thinks after hours about ways to improve operations…” On and on and on. You start emphasizing additional qualities about yourself that may have surfaced in the interview, but may not have surfaced of the interview that really allow you to differentiate yourself from others.

“I have a lot of enthusiasm for this kind of work. Would be possible for us to continue the conversation next Tuesday?” That becomes a way that you are making a suggestion and if they don’t respond in a timely way, there is a message to it. The message may be that they are not interested or they may not be ready to move forward. Remember, it is 1 of those 2. After all, if they are excited, they leap all over it.

Thank you letters can go a long way toward helping you IF YOU THINK OF THEM AS ANOTHER SALES DOCUMENT. If you think of them as an ordinary “thank you,” then, they are really crap.

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It is very easy to overplay your hand when a firm asks you, “So, what you have going on,” and make them believe that they have no chance of getting you. There is a different approach.

Summary

Because my career executive search, I spent a lot of time talking with people who are negotiating. In creating suddenly content, like podcasts, videos and such, I will offer some strategies and opinions about how to do it well. This 1 I haven't covered before. This 1 is a really cool one. It deals with the risk some people play by overplaying their hand. Let me give you an example of what I am talking about.

Sometimes, when job hunters are out there and the firm is trying to find out about their interest, there sometimes asked, "So, what you have going on for you?" In their answer, they talk about every firm known to mankind. All the interviews that they been on. All the firms that seem excited about them. Their 4th interviews with this 1, 3rd interviews with that one, 6th interviews with another one . . I should be hearing about an offer from that one tomorrow. What they are doing is overplaying their hand.

Here's what you should do instead and look at it from an employer's perspective. Again, we are not committing you anything here. Not asking you to tell them, "I am going to accept the job offer from you." Here me out. I want you to say, "I have a number of things in various stages of progress. Some are closer than others but I want you to know I'm really interested in your opportunity."

Then they will follow up by saying, "Why is that?" You have to be prepared to talk about the good things that you are seeing in the organization and in the job opportunity.

"1st of all, the person at the working force fabulous. She is a terrific individual. I see her leadership qualities. I think I can learn a lot from (him or her)."

Then, from there, you talk about the nature of the work. Then, you conclude by saying, "Obviously, everything has to align properly. I'm not going to take the lowest offer just for this job opportunity because, at the end of the day, have to be properly am I want to make sure my children are well cared for. But I really like this job!"

Did you notice my little theater in their? I being exuberant and how I'm speaking about the job. "I really interested in this job!" You change your voice a little bit while expressing your interest. But you also told them that you are not going to take a bad offer, right?

What you want to do is signal your interest, signal that they can get you and not talk about the 37 other things that you have going on. After all, when they hear that, they rolled their eyes into the back of their head and think to themselves, "Oh, man! We're never going to get this person." Then they will make the offer for that reason. You talk them out of it because they don't think that they can win.

You have to give them the belief that there's a shot they can get you. That's why your follow-up in answering this question is so important.

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 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?  Email me at [email protected] and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line and tell me about your circumstances in the body of the email.

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.

How to Get a Job With Zero Experience | Job Search RadioJobs


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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains several ways to find a job with no experience.

​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 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 from me? Email me at [email protected]
and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

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.

Do you have a quick question you would like me to answer? Pay $50 via PayPal to [email protected]

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Right off the bat, I want to encourage you to realize that you are going to be perseverance. This is not an instant strategy. There is no instant strategy for finding work unless mom or dad walks you in the door of the firm and you are hired because of them. That strategy works 100% of the time.
Assuming you are not born with a silver spoon in your mouth, this is the way to really do it.
There are 3 strategies.
1. Try to have someone introduce you to hiring manager. I need the quip about mom and dad, maybe it is an alumni from your school, who provides an introduction. Want to find some of those alumni that you don’t really know? Go to LinkedIn and there are series of drop downs along the top. Locate the one that says, “Find Alumni.” It will connect you with former students from your school and they can provide information about they found work at their organization and introductions.
2. You might try doing something related to what you do. You may not get hired as a teacher, but you might get hired as a teacher’s aide. You may not be hired as an accountant at the firm that you want to join but that could be related position at that big 4 firm that could be a steppingstone to accounting. Maybe you have to temp at that firm before they consider hiring you. If you do temper the firm, make sure there is no noncompete in the temp agencies contract before you commit to joining.
3. This is “the guts one. ” This is the one we are going to need to have some income to pay for this while you are doing it. Find the individual that is a leader an organization that you want to work for in the role that you wanted to do. Reach out to them an offer to do pro bono work. In turn. Be an assistant. Volunteer to do stuff for he or she. In doing that, what you will be doing is building a network of relationships within the firm because you will wind up in situations where you will be there assistant. Obviously, you have to do great work. If your intention is to do half-assed work and expect them to hire you, this is not a strategy for you.
However, if you put your effort and make connections, if you reach out to this person while you’re working there, and ask “Please give me a sense of how I’m doing and what I can be doing better.’ Again, you have to make some money elsewhere. You see were coming from with this? You’re doing free work in order to get attention, a network, which, when you’re coming out of school, you may not really have.
Building that relationship with an individual order two becomes a way that your entrée into an organization where some of you might notice you and poach you to their project or team.
These are 3 great ways in order to find positions (plus of course the 4th 1 which, of course, is, Mommy or Daddy get you the job.)
I hope you have the courage to not download stores and build those relationships because it will make all the difference to you, not just simply in this job search, but in every single one from this point on.

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