Don’t Lie to Recruiters: Job Search Suicide?

Not every recruiter is honest or capable but that doesn’t mean you should lie to them. In this video, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains why lying to recruiters can spell job search suicide. 

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

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

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Italian Food, Bagels and Barbecue and How It Speaks to Commitment

Originally published on LinkedIn

 

I am a former New Yorker, raised in The Bronx. I can’t say that I experience good food while growing up. My mother’s idea of cooking involved boiling frozen vegetables into submission but she made a mean matzoh ball and gefilte fish.

When I moved to Greenwich Village, I started to learn what good Italian food was; after all, it took effort for a restaurant there to screw it up. The local places made sauce from scratch and bought meat from a local butcher or the meat market on the Westside of the Village.

Pizza was spectacular. Famous Ray’s made a killing selling slices and brick oven pizza was available at John’s of Bleecker Street.

But barbecue was a disappointment no matter where I went in the city. People would rave over bad Texas barbecue slopped with canned sauce. The meat was flavorless and the red sauce did a bad job masking the mediocre meat. Even places that served what was called barbecue chicken served rotisserie chicken or chicken that was pre-cooked and then grilled to warmth on a grill surface that ws heated with gas. Ugh.

 

And when we moved to Asheville, NC I discovered great bbq and awful Italian food and bagels. There are gas stations with restaurants that serve better barbecue than anything in New York City.

Conversely, the worst and dirtiest hole in the wall in NYC makes better pizza than in Asheville. There is one place in town that has passable pizza.

Don’t get me wrong—Asheville is a great restaurant town and a great place to live but as a transplanted New Yorker it has been an adjustment to tolerate what passes for a bagel (We recently found a place 10 miles from us that makes a passable bagel). No such luck with Italian food.

My wife and I went to dinner at a well reviewed in restaurant, ordered dinner and were greeted with plates of food that we stared at. “What is this,” I asked my waiter.

“It’s what you ordered. “

“Yes, but what is this? I’ve never seen this dish served in a brown sauce.”

Why is it in two great food cities can they deliver great food of one sort and not in the others? What can we take away from this and apply in our own lives?

Blame it on the market

Both cities make a demand for excellence in their particular food items. With all the competition among Italian restaurants mediocre Italian restaurants don’t survive very long (except those that cater to tourists . . . that’s an article for a different time). People won’t put up with them, especially in this hyper connected world of Facebook, Twitter and Yelp. The same is true of barbecue in the South. Although there are different types of it served in town, almost all are terrific.

So as you look at your work, how long do you think your mediocre work will be ignored? Even if your current firm puts up with it, you know the difference and develop the bad habit of laziness that won’t help you in the future.

And, if your boss thinks it’s OK to do half-assed work, it’s time for you to join an organization committed to delivering excellence (not perfection). Getting used to being average will cause you to lose the drive and desire to be great.

One agency I worked for for many years, seemed to believe that it was more important that everyone get along with one another rather than foster an environment that encouraged people to excel. It made no sense to me and I made the mistake of putting up with it for too long, accepting the box of expectations and aspirations wanted. Now as I coach people to play their game BIG, I help them dissect their current circumstances, see what part they play in their lack of success and help them build a new environment for themselves.

What’s Your Part?

My boss doesn’t want me to do great work. S/he just wants “good enough” from me.

Sure.

Worse than that is that you believe that. I believed it and decided I needed to cut the cord from the mediocrity I was being conditioned for.

Some of you work in competitive environments like I’ve worked in where the head of sales stole his people so he could always appear as the top producer. Nothing like tolerating being treated cruelly by people.

And using the example of restaurants, ownership/management can deliver a great product and educate its consumer. Both are tourist towns with people from all over the world flocking in for good food.

Why serve crap?

Why do crap work and/or deal with crap expectations? Strive for an environment that expects excellence!

 

I was visiting a friend in New York this weekend while my family remained on Long Island. My son sent me a text. “We bought ravioli and sauce for dinner. It isn’t that crap Southern stuff.

Why are you serving up crap and expecting great reviews?

Why are you accepting other peoples’ low expectations instead of setting a high bar for yourself?

Why does your work feel like a j-o-b instead an environment you delight in going to?

 

© The Big Game Hunter, Inc. Asheville, NC  2015

 

 

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.

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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The First Question You Need to Ask A Search Firm

In this video, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter tells you the first question you need to ask before you retain a search firm or a recruiter.

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

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

Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us. There’s a lot more advice there.

Email me if your firm is trying to hire someone.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

Pay what you want for my books about job search

Subscribe to TheBigGameHunterTV on YouTube  for advice about job hunting and hiring. Like videos, share and comment.

Trying to hire someone? Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us

Do you need more in-depth coaching? Join my Coaching program.

Want to ask me questions via phone, Skype or Facetime? Have your job search questions answered.

I Know You Don’t Really Want to Interview Them

In this video, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter encourages you to make each candidate welcome when they interview with you and with your firm.

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

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

Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us. There’s a lot more advice there.

Email me if your firm is trying to hire someone.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

Pay what you want for my books about job search

Subscribe to TheBigGameHunterTV on YouTube  for advice about job hunting and hiring. Like videos, share and comment.

Trying to hire someone? Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us

Do you need more in-depth coaching? Join my Coaching program.

Want to ask me questions via phone, Skype or Facetime? Have your job search questions answered.

How Many Clicks Does It Take?

In this video, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter encourages you to examine your application process.

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

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

Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us. There’s a lot more advice there.

Email me if your firm is trying to hire someone.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

Pay what you want for my books about job search

Subscribe to TheBigGameHunterTV on YouTube  for advice about job hunting and hiring. Like videos, share and comment.

Trying to hire someone? Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us

Do you need more in-depth coaching? Join my Coaching program.

Want to ask me questions via phone, Skype or Facetime? Have your job search questions answered.

Ditch the Acronyms

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers resume advice that will help you get more job interviews. 

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

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

Visit http://www.TheBigGameHunter.us. There’s a lot more advice there.

Email me if your firm is trying to hire someone.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

Pay what you want for my books about job search

Subscribe to TheBigGameHunterTV on YouTube  for advice about job hunting and hiring. Like videos, share and comment.

Trying to hire someone? Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us

Do you need more in-depth coaching? Join my Coaching program.

Want to ask me questions via phone, Skype or Facetime? Have your job search questions answered.

Why Have You Had So Many Jobs?

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter describes what firms are looking to disqualify you when they ask this question.

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

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

Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us. There’s a lot more advice there.

Email me if your firm is trying to hire someone.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

Pay what you want for my books about job search

Subscribe to TheBigGameHunterTV on YouTube  for advice about job hunting and hiring. Like videos, share and comment.

Trying to hire someone? Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us

Do you need more in-depth coaching? Join my Coaching program.

Want to ask me questions via phone, Skype or Facetime? Have your job search questions answered.

 

Don’t Have Your Resume Rejected by The Applicant Tracking System

More and more companies use applicant tracking systems to accept resumes from job applicants. Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains how to avoid having your résumé automatically rejected by the ATS. 

 

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

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

Visit http://www.TheBigGameHunter.us. There’s a lot more advice there.

Email me if your firm is trying to hire someone.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

Pay what you want for my books about job search

Subscribe to TheBigGameHunterTV on YouTube  for advice about job hunting and hiring. Like videos, share and comment.

Trying to hire someone? Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us

Do you need more in-depth coaching? Join my Coaching program.

Want to ask me questions via phone, Skype or Facetime? Have your job search questions answered.

The Thrill Is Gone

When did things change at work?

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

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

Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us. There’s a lot more advice there.

Email me if your firm is trying to hire someone.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

Pay what you want for my books about job search

Subscribe to TheBigGameHunterTV on YouTube  for advice about job hunting and hiring. Like videos, share and comment.

Trying to hire someone? Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us

Do you need more in-depth coaching? Join my Coaching program.

Want to ask me questions via phone, Skype or Facetime? Have your job search questions answered.

Preparing to Job Search #11: Develop a Relationship with Recruiters

Some of you won’t like this suggestion but a recruiter can streamline your job search but only if you remember a few things.

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

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

Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us. There’s a lot more advice there.

Email me if your firm is trying to hire someone.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

Pay what you want for my books about job search

Subscribe to TheBigGameHunterTV on YouTube  for advice about job hunting and hiring. Like videos, share and comment.

Trying to hire someone? Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us

Do you need more in-depth coaching? Join my Coaching program.

Want to ask me questions via phone, Skype or Facetime? Have your job search questions answered.

 

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