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Looking Like an Expert on LinkedIn | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains one of the ways to look like a subject matter expert on LinkedIn.

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Summary

Today I want to tell you how to appear like a subject matter expert on LinkedIn. It’s very easy and it is a fairly new feature on LinkedIn called the LinkedIn Publisher Platform. Almost everyone now has access to this feature. It allows you to post longform articles on almost any subject whatsoever.

Don’t be stupid and post ridiculous things. Be smart. The game plan with LinkedIn is to appear like a subject matter expert wherever you can. By writing regularly (I’m not saying to write daily or weekly). If you write one article every 2 or 3 weeks and posted and keep to a schedule of doing that, you will develop followers who like what you write. I’m seeing ordinary individuals who are getting 2 to 4000 people following them.

Your game plan is to establish a regular schedule of writing quality articles about what you do. Obviously, in some fields, this will work. If you are an administrative assistant, I can’t see you doing an article every 3 weeks. You can talk about organizing someone’s calendar. You can write about how to be defective administrative assistant. To do something like this on a regular schedule may be too hard for you.

I do see IT people doing. I do see accounting and finance people doing. Certainly headhunters do it. There are lots of different things that you can do to demonstrate that you are an expert using this platform. Because it is going to allow you to write longer articles that people will follow, read, and develop an impression of you.

That’s really what LinkedIn is all about– being seen and heard professionally, not like on Facebook, so that you develop the professional reputation where people want to connect with you and they want to hire you and retain your services.

When I look at the future in the United States. I’m not seeing the future of full-time jobs. I’m seeing a lot more freelance work ahead for us– where people work for stretches with an organization and then go on to another organization, more like the free-agent model.

If I’m right, this is an ideal platform where people are going to reach out to you and want to hire you. If I am wrong, companies are going to reach out to you. There is no losing proposition here!

When all is said and done, start using LinkedIn’s Publishing Platform to get articles published.

Where do you find it?On your homepage, if you have access to the features I suspect you do,on your homepage, beneath your photo, approximately 1/3 of the way down the page, there are 3 boxes to choose from.  The right hand most 1 says, “Write an article.”

Do you really think employers are trying to help you?

You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell you as much 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 changes 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

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.”

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What Is The Best Way to Locate the Recruiters With the Jobs I Am Looking For?” | Job Search Radio

A JobSearchCoachingHQ.com member writes with a bigger question than just this. Listen to the show for this well-constructed question and my answer.

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SUMMARY

“As you know, a job seeker cannot hire a contingency recruiter.  Contingency recruiter’s work on behalf of companies, so there’s no such thing is working with a single recruiter, as no single recruiter represents the wide array of jobs available on the market.”  I want you to understand how well measure this is right off the bat.  They are basically saying, given how the economy is and how job searches done and how firms conduct themselves, no one recruiter has access to every job that is open.  Absolutely correct.

“As a consultant who changes jobs about every 18 months” (so now he’s looking for consulting agencies), “I have literally dealt with hundreds of recruiters in the past 5 years.  The problem is is that the contingency recruiter business is staffed with people who have no relationship with the employer’s whose jobs they are calling you about and cannot tell you the money. Even the most superficial things about the hiring company and its wants and needs.”

“If I cannot hire recruiter and if no single recruiter, no matter how good, will represent all the jobs for which I may be qualified and desirous of, what is the best way to find those recruiters who have the jobs I’m looking for?”

There are couple of suppositions in this question that I want to deconstruct here.

“The contingency recruiting business is staffed with people who have no relationship with their clients.”  The reason for that is that clients have developed push-back with a lot of the recruiters that work with.  They want that hands-off relationship, although they talk about wanting to have a close working relationship with a few search firms, they view contingency recruiting firms and consulting agencies as being nothing more than commodity providers.  Thus, the issue isn’t the recruiter, it is the corporation.  But I digress a little bit.

“If you can’t hire a recruiter and no single recruiter, no matter how good represents all the jobs for which I may be qualified, what is the best way to find the recruiters who represent the jobs I’m looking for?”

I’d like to turn this around and call attention to the fact that you are outsourcing your job search to recruiters. Why would you ever why would you ever outsource your career to third-party, recruiters and consulting agencies who have no interest in you?  Who can’t tell you anything?  Now, you say you want the best who represent the jobs that you are looking for, well, obviously, you tried the way of looking at job boards, getting on LinkedIn and doing a whole host of other things, I’m sure.  Well, the answer isn’t just with the recruiter it’s with you and the choice that you’ve made to outsource to recruiters.

You have to put yourself in the position of being found.  You have to develop a brand for your work.  You have to market yourself directly to firms in order for them to know you so that when it comes time for them to need a consultant like you, or attempt like you (I don’t know the kind of work that you do. I’ll call you a consultant because that’s the way that you refer to yourself).

As someone who is worked in consulting and is done so for the last 5 years, you’ve probably already accumulated a database. Probably small, but you need to maintain contact with people. You need to network.  You need to put yourself in the position of being found in marketing yourself as as a successful individual who can help organizations.

You’ll probably say, “but I’m doing my job all day!  I’m coming home at night and I’m tired and I’m putting a lot of effort and you are asking me to do more.”  You are absolutely right.  The fact of the matter is (and it is a fact), if you outsource your effort to recruiters, you will get more of the same.  That’s because there is no answer to your original question.

Let me talk about myself.  I’ve been in the search business for more than 40 years.  I have successfully filled more than 1200 full-time positions plus a boatload of consulting assignments. I’m good at what I do.  People love me.  Don’t believe me?  Read some of the quotes on my LinkedIn profile.  There are a ton of them there.

For you, you have to develop a reputation for yourself, a brand for yourself, where people in your geographic market area or in the market area that you want to serve know about you.  You have to attend meetings for the specialty that you serve.. If there is no group, start one.  Start to create one, be the go to person. Create a LinkedIn group.  Same topic.  Make yourself known. If that is what is needed.  Promote yourself. Write.  Be interviewed for podcasts.  Be interviewed in the trade press.  There are lots of different ways.

Get a subscription to HARO (Help A Reporter Out). Do a Google search for it.  Start reviewing the 3 times a day emails that you get with offers that reporters and broadcasters and TV networks have for experts about particular subjects.  A lot of it is going to be useless to you and then you get the special ones were suddenly you’re in front of a huge audience and have an opportunity to promote yourself.

You have to be a marketing machine.  You need to develop the expertise to cellular service and not outsource it to people who you obviously don’t think can really help you.  You are right. They cannot help you as well as you can.  Their job is not to brand you.  Their job is to fill jobs with clients.  Their job is not to represent you.

So, yes, some of them will have jobs for you that will fit you?  It will be hit or miss, you already know that.  The solution is not with the agency, not with the consulting firm. It’s with you.

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If you have a question about job hunting, email me at JobSearchRadio@gmail.com. I can’t answer every question . . . but you knew that!

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

Please give “Job Search Radio” a great review in iTunes. It helps other people discover the show and makes me happy!

I Am Stagnating in My Job But Can’t Find a Better One Should I Take a Career Break? (VIDEO)


Someone asked me this question recently. If you been watching my videos or listened to any of my podcasts, you know, I give no BS advice.

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Summary

The question for today is:

“I Am Stagnating in My Job But Can’t Find a Better One  Should I Take a Career Break?”

I’m going to give you the short answer and then the long one.

NO!

What it tells me is that you don’t know how to find a job, not that you should take a break. You probably haven’t worked hard enough to take a break yet.

I have no idea whether you are 22 or 62. People of all ages running to stagnation in their work. If you are 22 and working in this job, your 1st learning how to master this role. Taking a break shouldn’t be your goal.

Taking a break is a reflection that suggests you feel defeated. It’s like going back to the cocoon and looking for sustenance there. All that happens is that you create a gap in your background that becomes difficult to explain. As time progresses. Here’s what you need to do instead.

Let me just start with my own abilities. I teach job hunters how to find work. Join me at JobSearchCoachingHQ.com and learned some of the things you need to learn in order to find work.

For example, your resume probably stinks. You are submitting it for jobs that you are interested in but not qualified for. How can you tell your resume so that you get better results in more interviews?

If you’re getting the interviews and not being invited back, you’re not interviewing effectively. We can help you with that.

Things are breaking down for you not, probably because you don’t have the skills but because you don’t have the experience marketing yourself as a job hunter.  That could be true whether you are a beginner or more experienced person with 40 years of experience because Lord knows I talk to a lot of people with a lot of experience who do a terrible job of presenting themselves.

This is not the time for a break. That’s not the issue.  The issue is that you don’t know how to find a job and their avenues out there that will help you.  What is my own, JobSearchCoachingHQ.com, or hiring me as a career coach directly.There are other people who can provide help as well.

 

Do you really think employers are trying to help you?

You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell you as much 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 changes 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

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.”

Getting Past the No’s | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses the good fortune you have with each rejection.  At one point in the show, I mentioned that you can contact me through liveperson.com.  The site has re-branded and is now referred to as prestoexperts.com. The page here will take you directly to my page on the site where you can contact me.  You can also schedule time with me through my website.

 

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Summary

I want to talk with you today about persistence.  This is a tough lesson for most people to hear because, I know for myself, and maybe it’s true of you, I want to do something once, have the heavens open up, everything happens wonderfully and I am done.  I want success to occur the 1st time I attempt something and, unfortunately, doesn’t work that way.

Unfortunately, as the saying goes, you have to get through 99 no’s to get to a yes.

I want to remind you that persistence is the most important quality you need to have as a job hunter.  After all, so many of the efforts that you make are not going to amount to anything… But you just need one.  You just need one organization. If you are getting no’s . Don’t worry about it.  You have to get through all those no’s to get to a yes.  There are things you are going to learn along the way.

In all candor, I have to say if you are ill-informed, and you are doing things all wrong, you’re going to get a lot more. No’s that you are yeses.  It’s why do all the videos and all the podcasts I do.  It is in order to teach you some of the things that you need to know in order to not experience as much rejection through your ignorance.  If you want to find out about more things that you can be doing, if you want to ask for advice, you can contact me through prestoexperts.com or through my website.

Your goal is to just keep trying to learn from your mistakes to avoid mistakes if you can, and just keep going.

Success really comes during the 1st time someone starts. I can’t tell you the number of stories about inventors… Let’s do the Thomas Edison story… How many failures did Edison have before miraculously, before we now have a lightbulb? How many mistakes did Alexander Graham Bell have before you now have the telephone?

You have to keep making mistakes. You have to mess up in order to get to your triumph. Instead of facing each of those rejections or failures with, “Oh, woe is me,” considered good fortune because you that much closer to the target.

Do you really think employers are trying to help you?

You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell you as much 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 changes 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

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

Stupid Interview Mistakes: Appearing Unmotivated | Job Search Radio

I can’t think of few dopier mistakes than this one!

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SUMMARY:

I was talking to a friend of mine who is a recruiter who does work all over the country. She was talking about an assignment that she was doing in Puerto Rico and, on this assignment, she was asked to interview people to work in a call center, particularly oral and written communication skills.

So she’s working on the assignment and finding some people who are very well spoken and some who aren’t, just as you would expect. She also started to notice that some of the well spoken individuals are being rejected by hiring managers. She and her partner started asking, “Why is that? Why are these people being turned down? It’s hard to find native speaking English speakers in Puerto Rico. What’s going wrong?”

She spoke to a few hiring managers and found the magic answer. Judging by the title of the show, you know what it is: appearing unmotivated.

What Hiring Managers See

Put yourself in the seat of the hiring manager. Hiring managers have a problem. They want someone who can solve that problem. I know it is hot in Puerto Rico, and the association with hot is lethargic. It is hot out. I feel lethargic. It’s tough to move around.

Too bad! Get over it!

What you always need to do is appear excited and motivated on your interviews. Appearing sluggish or lethargic, or, dare I say, even lazy and unmotivated is the kiss of death, no matter what job you interview for, no matter where in the world it is.

Employers have a problem. You are there to solve it. They are not there to kiss your butt and make you fall in love with them. They want you clamoring for this job, begging for this job, being excited for this job, even when you aren’t… And you want that, too! This way, if you have the skills, you get lots of job offers… You know, lots of job offers. This way, you can go, “I think I want this 1. It pays the most.” Or it doesn’t pay the most, but it has the most upside. Whatever it is, you can pick and choose between different alternatives.

Appearing unmotivated – – Stupid! Take the right hand, move it to your forehead, now hit!

Don’t do something that dumb.

Get Help!

And if you are doing dumb things like this, you need JobSearchCoachingHQ.com. That is my site where you get tons of great information to help you find work. Jobhunting doesn’t have to be hard, difficult, painful, or take so long. It’s just that you don’t know what you are doing.

You start doing it wrong and wonder, “Gee! I’m not getting jobs.” You don’t want to be doing that!

Instead of going out on a lot of stupid interviews or pointless interviews that are pointless because you are not prepared, let me help you.

I have videos, podcasts, articles, books, and me, all they are designed to help you and get to your questions.

We schedule a few minutes to talk, you asked me questions so that you don’t have to worry, we move on. If you want in-depth coaching from me, I provided to scale that makes it very inexpensive.

Again, my site is JobSearchCoachingHQ.com

 

 

If you have a question about job hunting, email me at JobSearchRadio@gmail.com. I can’t answer every question . . . but you knew that!

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

Please give “Job Search Radio” a great review in iTunes. It helps other people discover the show and makes me happy!

What Do I Put in the Subject of an Email When I Apply for a Job? (VIDEO)


What should I put in the subject of an email when I applied for a job? There are so many possibilities!

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Summary

The question for today is:

What should I put in the subject of an email when I applied for a job?

For most of you, you are seeing something on walling or seeing an ad of some sort, you are seeing something that the company or the recruiting firm has cast the net for and you are applying for positions that way.  The subject line might read something like the title of the position so that in this way the reader is clear about the job you are applying for before opening your resume file.

If the company is asking you to include a job code or some other indicator that helps them specify which job this is, include that as well.  For example, it might refer to job 2714 accountant and mentioned a line of business.

Thus, you are making it clear to the reader why you are sending them an email because, after all, you have to remember their inbox.  You are thinking of one email that you are sending. They are receiving a lot of them in the course of the day.  You are helping them do triage on their inbox so they can go, “Oh!  It is a resume for that job.”

There is the 2nd condition when people apply for job.  That is when you are referred by someone.  In that instance, the subject line says that you are referred by so-and-so.  Thus, they know that you’re not just a stranger submitting a resume for a job; you are someone who has an introduction to them.

Then, in both cases you use the body of the email to stake out why it is you are qualified to do this job.  It isn’t a hardliner but what you are trying to do is make it clear to the reader why you are there and why you are emailing.

Do you really think employers are trying to help you?

You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell you as much 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 changes 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

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.”

A Review of Glassdoor.com | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter provides a review of Glassdoor.com and the services it provides.

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Summary

I’m here today with a review of glassdoor.com; I’m looking at the web-based version of the site, not the mobile version and I’m going to do a review of the website and the content it provides.

Like many sites, glassdoor.com carries job listings. That is certainly useful and there are a million places to get job listings from. This is a decent place to do it.  However, the place where I believe the site has its greatest value is in the employee reviews IF YOU LOOK AT THEM THROUGH THE CORRECT EYES.

Generally, there are 3 types of reviews here.  The 1st is the very disgruntled employee..  “This place is awful.  The management is terrible.”  In other words, all the complainers and whiners.  You have to look at those reviews and strip out the emotional tone to them. These are people who failed with the organization. That’s the way it is.  Is there a colonel in the air that is useful to you?  Is there something written there. That is confirmed by someone else?

Sometimes, they are reviews in there that seem like they were stacked by management.  I looked in a review for former employer of mine and it was almost a verbatim lien from what recruiting firms always say.  “You get what you put into it!”  Baloney.  You can look at some of the reviews that describe the firm as being perfect, idyllic and wonderful, management is spectacular… Throw them out. Don’t even bother.

Then there are reviews that are very textured and measured in what they say and they are not 2 lines of fluff or 2 lines of hatred.  Those are the perfect ones to read.

There is another feature that I think is very useful and that is the one where there are users who have provided insights into interviews and how firms conduct their interviews.  I took a look at 2 of my clients. There, in the reviews were pretty accurate.  Are they always going to be accurate?  No.  After all, for example, one hiring manager trying to hire a developer will ask different questions that another hiring manager trying to hire a developer.  But can you see a pattern?  What is the firm trying to evaluate and assess for?

There are many jobs for which no interview data is provided, but the ones that are may be very useful to you in your preparation for the interviews you’re going to go on.

 

Do you really think employers are trying to help you?

You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell you as much 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 changes 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

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

No B. S. Job Search Advice: Is Your Search Going Nowhere? (VIDEO)


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains what to do if your job search is going nowhere.

Do you really think employers are trying to help you?

You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell you as much 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 changes 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

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.”

Abdication Isn’t Just Done By Royalty (VIDEO)


Too often, professionals abdicate responsibility for their careers just like royalty does with their crown.

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Summary

The term, “abdication,” is an interesting one.  I know I tend to think of it in the context of royalty– a king or queen abdicating the crown, removing it from their head and surrendering authority for the realm.  Other people abdicate as well.  Let me offer a few illustrations.

The 1st 1 comes from my work in headhunting.  As you know I did for many years before becoming a coach.  There was a firm I done a lot of work with filled a lot of positions with that came to me and said that they wanted to reduce my fee by 20%.  I pause for a moment as we were speaking over the phone and nodded my head and said, “When you go to the store and pick up a package of steak and it says $20 on it and then you offer $15 or $16 for it, what did they tell you to do?

The answer is that they won’t sell it to you and tell you to put it back.  I charge the price that I am going to charge him is up to you to decide whether or not you are willing to pay it.  If you don’t, that is perfectly fine. You can purchase from someone else but this is what I’m going to charge.”

Story number 2 involves people in their careers.

When was the last time you really did career planning for yourself?  When was the last time you sat down and said to yourself, “You know, this isn’t going the way I hoped.  I’m going to sit down and figure out where I want to take my career 5 years and how I’m going to get there.

Have you ever done that?  Most people never.  They go to a job and do the tasks that they been assigned to do.  They stop thinking about themselves and their needs, doing a great job for their employer so that mommy and daddy company will take care of them. How smart is that?  If you look at the last recession, it wasn’t too smart, was it?

And, we can expect another reces of course, not! S

I want you to start thinking for yourself ion because recessions always show up.  Do you think you’re going to be immune to layoffs because your good girl or good boy and did exactly what you are told? Of course, not.

I want you to put yourself into the equation, take responsibility for your career. Instead of abdicating it to someone else.  If you do abdicate, you put yourself and your family at risk.  Is that really all that smart?

If you are involved with job hunting or need advice with your search, visit JobSearchCoachingHQ.com and join there.

 

Do you really think employers are trying to help you?

You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell you as much 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 changes 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

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.”

LinkedIn Mistake #1 (VIDEO)

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses a major mistake people make when they are on LinkedIn.

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Summary

I want to talk with you about 1 of the mistakes I see time and again on LinkedIn. That way too many people are making with their profiles.  It’s what I call, “the skimpy profile.”

Yes, the skimpy profile.  The skimpy LinkedIn profile.  Maybe you’ve written 2 lines underneath each employer and you have this enormous summary.  Maybe. You have this profile I’ve seen all the time – – 2 lines in the region. Employer. 2 lines in the summary.  How do you think people are going to find you?

Seriously, how do you think people will find you unless they already know you?

Part of what you use LinkedIn for is to attract opportunities to you.  People knock on your metaphorical door and reach out to you to say, “hey, I have an opportunity. Let’s talk.”  You say yes or no, after you hear about the opportunity.  Not before; after.  Then, if you think about it, if you have 2 lines there, there are probably no keywords there, there is no SEO (search engine optimization). There is nothing there that would be interesting to them. Potential employer or recruiter that would cause them to reach out to you.

If you stuff the summary area within enormous list of keywords and then have nothing to back it up onto your jobs, employers have no idea when you did this thing.

Employers are all trained by the resume experience and they will believe that job hunters are trying to con them in order to get an interview.  When they see lots of summary stuff at the beginning of a resume, and relatively little later on (like the functional resume that tells you everything about a person in their life, their career and where they worked, but it’s all separated from one another). You will learn that this person did some of this stuff, but did 15 years ago.  No value.

You have to look at your profile like it is an extended resume.  I don’t mean a longer resume.  I mean an extension of the resume.  You have to have a good quality summary that outlines what you have done and how you went about doing and a few metrics.  You want to have your contact information. There email address and phone number.  This is true particularly if you are job hunting.

From there, underneath each employer or consulting assignment, depending upon how you have it listed, you want to have supportive information to what you have in the summary.  That is also going to help you with your search engine optimization with LinkedIn because LinkedIn will see multiple instances of those keywords and help rank you higher.

 

Do you really think employers are trying to help you?

You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell you as much 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.

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