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Describe a Database in 3 Sentences

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains how to answer one of those tough interview questions: describe a database in three sentences to your eight-year-old niece or nephew.

 

Summary

Is one of those tough interview questions, because I think it has some validity in testing whether you can break down a relatively complex idea into something simple.

So the question is, “Describe a database to your eight-year-old niece or nephew in three sentences.”

Got that? In three sentences you have to describe a database.

The way I would answer that question is by relating it to something they already know and are familiar with.

A database is like a closet. Instead of clothes and toys, it stores information in the database. People store information in a database like you would put toys or clothes in a closet.

What that does is relate the image to something they already know, they describe what is being put there (it’s not close you toys, it’s information) and uses the analogy of the closet.

 

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

Minimize How Recruiters Use Your Data


Did you know that recruiters are using your LinkedIn data to find people to place in new jobs? Here’s how to minimize that from happening.

 

Summary

There are a lot of different ways that recruiters are able to use people’s data to their own advantage. I’m going to walk you through a few things that you can do to minimize that from happening and save yourself some aggravation.

I say, “save yourself some aggravation,” because, while they are looking at your profile they are able to decide to never call you. Here’s how it works.

Who can see your connections? You can find this in the privacy and help settings by going to the top ribbon, all the way to the right where your photo or icon would be, you’ll find the drop down menu with that is an option. Once you are in the privacy and settings area, you’ll click, “Manage It.”

From there, you want to go to the privacy tab. They are, you can edit your public profile, who can see your connections (interesting! Do you want everyone to see your connections? Probably not. Change that you only you).

How you rank. If you’re someone like me you want everyone to see how you rank. If you are average Jane or Joe, you may be 1 million down from the top and not want to show that. Next is the fun one – – “viewers of this profile also viewed.”

If you look at your home LinkedIn page, you’ll see in the right column that there are other people appearing there with similar kinds of backgrounds to yours.

What recruiters, in effect, are doing is looking at a number of people have profiles at the same time without a lot of effort.

Good for recruiters. Bad for you. Why? Because a lot of you can’t stand up to competition. I also want to say that there is a different level of competition when job hunting in smaller cities versus larger ones (in smaller towns, there are fewer people competing for these jobs). The numbers in a large city make it less desirable to do this kind of stuff because “Look at this profile! There are 1000 more like it.”).

So when you look at, “viewers of this profile also looked at,” you want to change it to, “No,”and reduce your competition.

Followers. Choose who can view your public updates. Everyone! Opened up so people can find out more about you and create a brand impression.

This is a nice feature that allows you to communicate more openly with businesses and with people that you are connected with.

One last thing with regard to LinkedIn and networking. Be involved with groups. I’m sure that you’ve heard this before, LinkedIn advantages people who post regularly in four or more groups.

This may be hard for you to do unless you have community where you use public transportation. Then you have time to do something constructive for your career while you’re commuting.

Hear that message – – LinkedIn advantages people who actively participate in four or more groups.

 

 

 

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

Don’t Tip Your Hand

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter talks about the behaviors you may have that tip off that you are looking for a job.

 

Summary

If your job search mode and you are working, there are signals you may be sending you that you don’t want to send out that will reveal to your boss that you’re looking for a job.

When I started off in recruiting many years ago, the joke in my office was that, when a recruiter came to work in the suit, we knew they had an interview. If they took the long lunch hour, we took that as a signal.

Since many interviews are now being done by phone, the long launch our is a less reliable indicator that it once was. After all, everyone has an excuse for the occasional long lunch. It used to be that you took a half day or common late one morning and would be dressed in a suit.

Now the signals are less obvious and more subtle. You are quieter at meetings. The productivity is going down. There are personality signals you send off.

We’re once you are passionate and enthusiastic about what you are doing, now you are more withdrawn.

My reminder for you is that, for however long you remain in this job, to go out there great guns. There are several reasons for it beyond not revealing that your job hunting.

In the future you may need these folks for references and, from the standpoint of providing you with great references, you don’t want the last memory of you being how you goofed off or pulled back. You want that memory of you going great guns, all-out like your hair is on fire, conducting yourself all in until the very last, until the moment you gave notice and beyond.

That’s the number you want them to have because you’ll never know where you run into people again or when you might need them as a reference again.

Don’t get lazy. Don’t get despondent. Don’t pull back from the current workplace. Always go all out what you’re looking for something else.

 

 

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

Job Search Radio – Announcing New Show Format

On this show, Jeff announces his return from a summer break and a new format for the show that he believes will be even better.

 

Summary

I’ve been broadcasting Job Search Radio for about three years and, frankly I need to take a break this summer. I’ve been working hard professionally plus doing coach training plus coaching tons of people around job hunting, helping others with their businesses in different areas of their life.

I’ve taken a lot of people coaching them at JobSearchCoachingHQ.com, helping them find work. We’ve had some great successes and I just it takes time off. I felt stretched very thin.

During the summer, he came to me that I wanted to do more but easier… More, yet easy. One of the challenges I’ve been facing with the show was finding good guests. The marketplace for talent that could really teach you was getting smaller and smaller. So went to one of the best people I could reach out to to offer you advice – – me.

So, in thinking about it, I decide to change the show format to get me away from the issue of scheduling people to appear on the show and rescheduling talent and rescheduling talent to talk to you and just to show my own.

I’m going to be giving you short intervals of advice that will help you find work more easily.

For those of you been with me for a while, you may recall that I was doing a “Job Search Insider” tip in the middle of the show that would last about a minute. I would take longer than and take a few minutes to give you advice about how to job more effectively.

Three – five minutes of information generally that’s designed to give you actionable information to help you find work more quickly. It will give you a taste of my own knowledge, instead of my guest’s knowledge and encourage you to join me at JobSearchCoachingHQ.com so I can help you one-on-one with great information.

At the site, all of my books and guides the job hunting are available to you. In addition to that, curated videos that I’ve created, the best of my information is available to you at JobSearchCoachingHQ.com

My books and guides, videos, articles and podcasts – – great material to help you find work.

We are officially relaunching on Tuesday, September 5, 2016 with the first show in the new format. I hope you continue to subscribe and, if you’re a new listener, hearing me for the first time, I hope you subscribe. You’ll find it very useful and very actionable.

 

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

Should I Use a Video Cover Letter to Stand Out?


Video cover letters are a growing trend. Should you use one as part of your job hunting?

 

Summary

The question is – – should I use a video cover letter to stand out?

Like many things, the answer may be yes or no… I don’t have enough information in your case to go hard and fast rule but let me summarize my thinking.

Most of you are not great actors or actresses. You think you are but most of you actually stink. Many years ago, when video, was a new phenomena, I received a video from a job hunter who read his resume in front of a blue backdrop.

It was the most boring treatise imaginable.

Most of you don’t talk to the camera well; you can read the speech but do you think that’s going to be exciting for someone? If you sat in the audience of the theater and someone read to you (I’m going to pick something up and read to you exactly is on the piece of paper and every once in a while looked up), is that interesting for you to listen to?No. Does any personality come through? No.

It really depends on who you are and how well you communicate.

There are many people that are sensational communicators; they have a lot of energy and passion; they can deliver a cover letter that speaks to the listener and grabs their attention. They have the ability to say, “This is how you describe the job and the experience that you’re looking for. This is what I have done.” They can do it so well that the phone will ring before the video is over.

Then there is most of you who will write a speech, you’ll tape it to your monitor, or you’ll be holding your phone there in front of you, and will be looking at the camera and then looking down at what you wrote, and look at the camera and what you wrote, and you’re going to be awful.

The right answer is going to be the one that is right for you; I don’t want to give a general rule but the reality is most people are atrocious in front of the camera because you’re not well practiced enough.

I’ve done more than 2000 YouTube videos; I host podcasts; I’m relatively glib. I spent most of my career as a headhunter where nothing is prepared in advance and every conversation is different.

Most of you don’t have that kind of experience and, if you do, have not learned how to translate that experience to be in front of the camera. The result is you are far better writing than you are in person.

That’s the general statement. Now, let me add an extra layer.

Unfortunately, in this world, there was a lot of discrimination. By letting someone see you, you open yourself up to it and to mockery.

You can mark before wearing this coach hat and that’s fine but if you’re out there looking for a job and someone is watching your video and says, “was with that Coach hat he’s wearing,” or, “was with that shirt he’s got on,” or, “she comes across like an idiot,” they are not evaluating for who you are and what you know, they are distracted by something. That’s my other reluctance.

Unless you have a great delivery that is completely captivated, you expose yourself on the basis of bias to unnecessary rejection.

As a result, using a video cover letter can work or not work; you have to know yourself well enough to answer whether it can work for 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

Two Tips for When You Have All Day Interviews

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.

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 JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

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Finding Alumni on Linkedin

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

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

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

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

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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