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Two Tips for When You Have All Day Interviews

Listen to this episode of No BS Job Search Advice Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers two important tips for when you have an all day job interview.

 

Summary

I want to tell you story that relates to having a full day of interviews.

Yesterday, I had someone flown out for a day of interviews with the client. 8 AM to 6 PM was the schedule. He actually finished up at about 7 PM. 11 hours of interviewing and a break for lunch. He was seeing people every 40 minutes. I’ll be shocked if his head wasn’t spinning by the end of this day.

However, I gave him one piece of advice that he told me was really helpful to him. You know how in job hunting we are told that it’s a marathon and not a sprint? That’s true in job hunting, but it interviewing, on days when you have a schedule like this, you have to think that you are doing lots of sprints.

Every person, every person you meet with and speak with, you have to try to connect with them and think that you have 40 minutes to create a great impression.

If you’re casual about it, if you think you can feel out the other person what they want to hear, you will be mistaken. In the schedule that this person had and the one that you may have if you are scheduled for an all-day interview, you have to go in there “guns blazing.”

40 minutes. 45 minutes. You gotta go in there and create a great impression. You you have to size them up as you presuppose them to be and interact with them in that way. Trust your gut.

My advice about asking about the role of the beginning of an interview goes out the window because you cannot asked that 15 times.

Think about it from the perspective of the employer. What is each one of them trying to find out about you? The only question I would suggest asking at the beginning of each conversation, if you don’t know, as you shake hands with them or as you’re sitting down ask them, “What’s your role with the firm?”

This way you know, to use an example from IT, is this someone that you be interacting with from the user community, and IT manager, someone from operations, or any other area. You want to be speaking the right language to them. All that happens is you talking past them and you will lose.

So as you sit down with them, just asked them, “What’s your role with your organization?”

So there are two tips on today’s podcast: lots of sprints and asking about their role is with the firm.

 

 

Do you think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

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

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

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

Connect with me on LinkedIn

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Finding Alumni on Linkedin

Listen to this episode of No BS Job Search Advice Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains how to find and connect with alumni from your school on LinkedIn.

 

Summary

There is a little used tool on LinkedIn I want to bring to your attention. If you go to network, there is a drop down there, they will be several choices including, “Find Alumni.”

On Facebook, many of your early connections may have been people you went to school with. On LinkedIn, we only tend to think of professional connections yet there are people you went to school with who could be very helpful to you.

Once you get to the page for it, what you’ll find are three categories: where they live, where they work and what they do. You can also specify when those alumni went to school. The default for me was 1994-1998 (when I returned to scholl and received my Masters). If I want to, I conclude people with no dates. Obviously, you can make it more recent or older as you see fit.

Think of people you went to school with or alumni from the University, particularly if you are younger, as a great resource. If you are younger, you can contact older ones; if you are older, you might want to hire some of the younger ones.

No matter, don’t ignore alumni from some of the universities you attended, even if you didn’t graduate from there. These are people who know people who can help you find work.

 

Do you think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

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

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

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

Connect with me on LinkedIn

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Networking and Keeping Score


There is a habit that people have to keep score when networking. Here, I speak to the impact and encourage you to adopt an attitude.

 

Summary

I want to talk with you today about networking and the habit that people have where they want to keep score of referrals with their networking.

Sometimes you may be in a situation where asking for an introduction.

“Can you introduce me to so-and-so?”

“Sure.”

“Can you introduce me to so-and-so?”

“Sure.”

And when they ask you for an introduction, you’re in a situation where you have to turn around and say, “I can’t do it this time. I provided a number of introductions to them and I’ve been asked to stop for a while.”

People turn around and say to themselves, “I provided a number of introductions for them and they can’t reciprocate? Screw them! Next time they ask for introduction, REJECT”

People have the habit of expecting reciprocity and sometimes the scenario is real, just like the one I’ve described.

I really want to encourage you to do. Stop keeping score like you’re in the stadium and everyone is looking at the big board to see who’s help someone else more than another. It’s like looking at the Jumbotron for the score of the game all the time.

“In the left-hand column, Jeff Altman has given our five introductions. In the right-hand column, you’ve given out none, zero or one.” Whatever it is.

Don’t get me wrong. If you’re going to ask me for an introduction that could cost me a lot of money for fees that might normally earn, I’m going to refuse to give you that introduction. But you’re going to ask for introduction on LinkedIn or to someone who you want to get acquainted with or pick their brain, I’m happy to help.

That’s the philosophy you need to adopt. It’s like in the business networking group, BNI, they teach the attitude of givers gain. Think about that for second. Givers gain.

They gain in ways that may not be obvious to you. They gain from good karma Okay. I know some of you are going to roll your eyes when you agree that. Other people start to feel a sense of obligation. They want to help.

You’re helping the receiver of the introduction and they may feel like they want to turn around and help you, too.

So recognizing may not be obvious to you right away, but you always want to be open to the idea of providing introductions, being of service to others in order to obtain the sort of good juju that comes from such an attitude.

Again. Givers gain is an attitude that you need to bring into your life. If you don’t, the only thing that happens is that you get miserable, you get angry, you get frustrated. How’s that can help you?

The kind. Be helpful. I hope this helps you.

 

 

 

Do you really think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

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

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

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

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

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They Told Me I Did Well But I Haven’t Heard Back From Them


Someone asked my opinion on what I thought was going on and I thought I would share it with you.

 

Summary

I got a question from someone about a scenario they are involved with. She thought she had a gre

She thought she had a great interview and got good feedback live. Even after the interview, recruiter told her she did well. Now, she hasn’t heard anything; it’s been two weeks. What does it mean? What’s going on here?

What I’ve said to people for years, when you haven’t heard back from someone for weeks after getting positive feedback from them is that they are still interviewing. They’re not ready to close the doors on the dreamboat walking in the door. The result is that you’re left in limbo.

You’re sitting there saying, “When will they call? I hope I hear from them?” I know it’s frustrating, but, if you sit there waiting by the phone, waiting for the call from the employer, you are making a strategic mistake.

What you always want to be doing is taking what they say at face value and keep on interviewing. Keep on marketing yourself. Keep on working to have opportunities come up to you and knock you over.

Create competition for this situation.

You see, most of the time when things are put on the “back burner,” they fall off the stove. You don’t want to be so dependent on this one employer to be the one that you are waiting by the phone for in unrequited love. What you want to always be doing is to keep going out on dates (interviews). You want to be marketing yourself.

Keep promoting yourself. Keep networking. Keep on keeping on.

Until they are ready to move, all that happens is that you have a situation that is tantalizing but not the reality. They haven’t invited you back. They talk about how you did well. So what? There could be five more people they see after you that they might tell the same thing too.

Sometimes the employer calls the month, two months later and announces, “okay! We are ready to hire you!” You shouldn’t be waiting for them. After all, they weren’t in love with you sufficiently to drop down on one knee propose marriage to you.

So always be out there promoting, always be out there selling, always be out there building your network, online and in person.

That’s the simplest way to describe what’s going on. They are not ready to move. It doesn’t mean that you’re going to get this job.

Don’t fall for the seduction of the few words that you did well, whether that’s coming from the employer directly or from a third-party recruiter.That third-party recruiter may be your advocate or have four other people interviewing with this firm. They don’t care which one of them gets the job; they just want to collect the fee.

So just keep on keeping on and don’t fall for the bull being thrown at you. They are ready to move on you and you shouldn’t be ready to commit to sitting by the phone waiting for them to do so.

 

Do you really think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as much as they think you need to know to take the job they are representing so they collect their payday.

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

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

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

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

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Do You Want the Best Résumé You Can Write or . . .?

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter poses a dilemma for job hunters . . . Do you want the best resume you can write or the best resume?

 

Summary

Do you want to use the best resume you can write or do you want to have the best resume?

99.9% of the time there’s a big difference between what you can write and what a professional can write. You may be the best person at what you do and when a friend comes to for advice about it, you can recognize there an amateur by comparison to you. A professional resume writer is like that for you.

They can construct a great basic resume. The neck to be able to write a resume for every single job you want to apply for. They are, you can tweak the resume that they construct two-tailed for the job you’re going to apply for. They will give you a good basic resume to be affected far more often and be far better than what you can do.

It will take them a lot less time and you can tweak it a little bit once you get it back from them to make it perfect in your eyes.

When all is said and done, do you want to write the best resume that you can do or do you want to have the best resume?

If you want a few recommendations of resume services, email me at thebiggamehunter@Gmail.com. I’ll send an email to you with a few recommendations of services that you can use.

 

Do you think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

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

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com is there to change that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions. JOIN NOW BEFORE THE PRICE INCREASE ON SEPTEMBER 5TH

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Is This All There Is?


In this personal video, I encourage you to use your life wisely.

 

Summary

This video is real simple one. It’s a reminder. For many adults, I see that, time and again, they stopped experimenting with different things. They are in a rut and they don’t realize it four years.

They get up in the morning, go to work, come home, and a couple of drinks (if you are younger, smoke a joint), you watch TV, you go to sleep, repeat again.

You do that Monday through Friday, maybe Friday night you go out, Saturday you catch up on some errands, Sunday is variable depending upon the number of things… It’s a lot of repetition of the same things without a lot of thought for what you are doing anymore because she’s developed the habit that will cause you to wake up one day and ask yourself, “Is this all there is?”

Is my life all about doing the same repetitive things over and over and over again?

I have done videos before about this. I think one of them is called, “The Box” and “The Box Part 2,” (I know I’ve written articles about this) where I point out that you have been conditioned since the time you were young to behave this way.

After all, from the time you were little, you are brought to school, put it in desk, told to shut up and do what you told or else you wouldn’t get into a good college. Once you got into college you were told to shut up and do what you were told or else you will get a good job. Once you got that good job, you were told to shut up and do what you are told or else you might get fired. And one day you wake up in your fire anyway and start to wonder, “Is this all there is?”

For a lot of you, that is the big question. Is this all there is?

It doesn’t really have to be that way I’m not going to ask you to divorce your wife, husband or get rid of her partner and/or kids. I’m not can ask you to quit your job today.

There is a way of working with a coach to play bigger and get out of that confined space that you are in and get out of that confined space that you live in (the box) and enjoy life more.

If you are interested in me being your coach, I would love to help you. Email me at JeffAltmanCoach@gmail.com. I would love to work with you. But at the end of the day, the important thing is waking up and realizing that your life is going to and for you at some point. You may not think it’s coming soon, but your remember those voice, you really here this voice reminding you that a lifetime is not a long time. We like to think of ourselves as being immortal, but life has a way of showing us how foolish we are to hold on to that belief about ourselves.

Don’t be foolish. Use your time wisely. Let me coach you or get someone else to coach you but let’s get rolling because, at the end of the day, I want this life to be worthwhile for you.

 

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been coaching people to play their professional and personal games BIG for what seems like 100 years.

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

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The Way Résumé Lies Are Exposed

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter tells a story from his own experience about exposing a job hunter in a resume lie and why you should do the same thing.

 

Summary

I want to talk with you today about a new way that employers are finding resume inconsistencies. No, I’m not talking about them going to the LinkedIn profile. I’m not talking about them looking at Facebook. This is a point-blank way that people are getting exposed. Let me tell you story from my own experience.

I received the resume from someone recently and, as is my practice, I went to my database, my applicant tracking system to see if I already have contact with them.. I found their resume in my system, I looked at it and the one that I received from the person. Right before I parsed it, I noticed that there was something a little different about the dates. A few months have been added on here and a few months of been taken off there for a few jobs.

Normally, I would delete this person’s resume but I decide to call the and give them a chance. After all, people sometimes make mistakes. They don’t keep the world resume and they work from memory.

As I was qualifying him, I asked him about. There was a brief denial that he changed dates. I confronted him one more time and asked him, “how do you think these other dates got into my system? Do you think were manually typing things or are we parsing information from your own resume? I can assure you, were not typing resumes”

There was silence for a few moments and then he fessed up.

Employers are not going to give you that chance. If they hire you and find those inconsistent dates, they are just going to fire you. If they look at your resume and then find it in their applicant tracking system with something different, they are just going to delete the new resume.

Just be aware that you can’t lie like you used to. I’m not talking about reference checks. Reference checks can be faked. But if your resume doesn’t match up with what was in their applicant tracking system they are just going to leave the new resume and never tell you why.

If your own efforts or the efforts of other recruiters are going to land the resume in an applicant tracking system and an employer or a recruiters office, the lie can be exposed some years in the future. Don’t change your resume to cover up gaps. They are just going to be found out.

 

 

Do you think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

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

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

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

Connect with me on LinkedIn

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Job Search Is Rigged Against You


Let me explain how recruiters set you up.

 

Summary

If you are in the United States and you decide to buy a house, they make you sign a document that says you understand that there is a sellers agent and the buyers agent and that you understand that at times the realtor is going to operate in both capacities.

Why do they do that? Because the realtor has a financial interest in the transaction and that depending upon who they represent it by different frame from yours. If you are a sellers agent for a combined agent, your interest is with the seller because they are the ones paying you.

If they are the buyer’s agent, they are representing you and have your interests at heart

In the recruiting there is nothing comparable explain to you or offer to you. They are always the agent of the employer; they are never your agent.

Why do I say that? Who’s paying? Where do they earn their money from? As a result of that quote unexplained relationship” that exist between a recruiter and the employer, you always need to look at this person, this recruiter as, “can I trust this person to speak for me.” How are they trying to manipulate me? How are they trying to change my mind, my beliefs, in order to accommodate an employer? How am I being “finessed” or manipulated into doing what the employer wants me to do at the lowest possible price?

I believe it’s important for you to get unbiased representation. You can’t always go to the immediate sources or resources (recruiters or employers) because they are looking out for their interests.

If you go to friends, family, wife, husband, partner, former managers, you may be getting advice from someone who knows as little as you do about job hunting. After all, my experience with former managers is that they think they know more about job hunting than they actually do. They deceive themselves because they think that because they hired someone in the past (or many people in the past) that makes them qualified to get advice about job hunting. Seeing them is job hunters as often as I do, I know how wrong they are. Most know less than nothing about job search.

Many of the people that you might seek out for advice are as uninformed as you are. You need to find someone who if you quality advice throughout your job search, who can guide you all the way through the process and represent you and your interests, who is not beholden to an employer.

I do that kind of work and I’m sure others do it as well. I to it with great content jobsearchcoachingHQ.com and I do with coaching where you hire me to answer your questions and concerns. I’m not be hired by an employer to place you in a job; I’m there to help you find your next position.

 

Do you really think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

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

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

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

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

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A Great Tool for Job Leads

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses an underutilized tool for job leads.

 

Summary

I want to talk with you about a source for job leads that is extremely underutilized. Let me preface this by saying that there is intrinsic bias in job hunting that is propagandized by the media and by the government and that’s a bias toward large companies. After all, large companies are much more stable than small companies. Yeah right.

Yes, small companies go out of business. Large companies go out of business. Both lay people off. In the current economic environment there’s been no security beyond the skills and individual brings AND there is no security in that those, too.

So, when all is said and done, you only have yourself to rely on. Don’t be a sucker and fall for the propaganda about big companies. They do a great job mortgaging themselves; the media supports that marketing but they are no guarantee of your security.

In finding work, you want to find organizations that will value you properly, where you can learn what you need to in order to continue to be marketable.

Everyone knows about the Fortune 500 or the Forbes 500 list but one of the list is completely underutilized and overlooked is the Inc. 5000 list. This list is a list of small companies that are going through huge growth.

Does that mean there is a job for you there? No, of course not any more than the other lists that I mentioned are guarantees to have jobs either.

One of my beliefs is that when you swim with other fish, employers can pick the fish they want. If you swim where there aren’t a lot of fish present, you look much more prominent there and that’s one of the things you need to do. Put yourself in the position of being a huge fish to them with great skills and small firms are an underutilized target for job hunters.

So don’t ignore the Inc. 5000 list of the top small businesses. Do find this list; it’s available and a great tool for job hunters. Once you identify a firm in your state or in your locale, you can go to LinkedIn or to Google searches, not just to see if they have a job for you but who you might be connected with that these firms who might be able to provide an introduction or perform an informational interview and talk with you about the organization, the kind of things that they do and where you can help.

 

Do you think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

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

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

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

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Is It Really Easier To Find a Job If You Have One?

A great question and a belief that everyone takes for granted . . . but is it true?

 

Summary

Is it really easier to find a job if you have one?

Great question! That’s one of those old saws, old beliefs that people have but I think it may not be entirely true.

Usually what people mean by this is that you avoid the bias that employers have about a person being out of work. That’s only a piece of it. The other variable is that, if you are working, you have advantage because you feel freer to turn down an offer you don’t like and you can negotiate harder because you already have something.

To me, this is a 1950s mentality – – you know, work hard, get promotions, get ahead – – there really isn’t a part of the lexicon anymore. These days, people get ahead by being alert to opportunities. Sometimes those are internal to the organization; most of the time they’re external.

So, finding a job when you’re ready have one stems from the myth that passive job hunters are better and more valuable than active ones (I can shred that belief system and two seconds because I helped to create the myth of the passive job applicant years ago. That’s not the purpose of this video).

1. From your vantage point, you’re a more desirable person based upon that myth that passive job applicants are better potential hires than active ones.

2. You can associate harder if you have something currently because the next employer is always fearful that they might lose you to the current situation.

From the time standpoint, however, it’s hard looking for a job we already have one. The wear and tear of bouncing from interview to interview while you’re trying to do the job, looking for things and networking while you’re working full-time is physically hard. Emotionally it’s hard, too, and that is in taking into account when people make that trade statement.

So is it easier? Is it harder? The answer, like with so many things, is yes and no.

 

Do you really think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

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

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

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

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

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