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Transitioning from The Military

 

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter simplifies what you need to do in order to successfully transition from the military.

Summary

Transitioning from the military to civilian life is complicated on a log of levels. 1 of the things I found in talking with people is often they are getting better advice.

1 of the reasons that you are successful in the military is that discipline you were taught, the purpose that you had and the impact if you didn't fulfill your goals and responsibilities, other people get hurt or worse. I'm telling you that the same qualities that you demonstrated in the military are going to serve you well in this job search.

Don't believe the bull shit about how you can coast your your way in. Don't go for "the dream job." Get yourself back to work. Get yourself focused and intends on finding that next organization because the right firm in the right organization is going to review your you for that very quality. This made you successful in the military.

Again, the dream job advice that you are getting it is all wrong. There are no dream jobs. You know it and I know it. Let's not kid ourselves. It's time to get back to work and you have to drive yourself with that same discipline they got you up early in the morning with reveille.

At the end of the day, you finished up in great shape, focused, and by putting all sorts of great effort to make sure that if things got tough, you, and everyone else around you was ready. That's what's can get you to work.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio” and “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” both available through iTunes and Stitcher.

Are you interested in executive job search coaching, leadership coaching or life coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

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

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Do Employers Really Check References? (VIDEO)


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Jeff answers a question for someone about whether employers really check references.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio” and “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” both available through iTunes and Stitcher.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching from me? Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us
and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

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

Do you have a quick question you would like me to answer? Pay $50 via PayPal to TheBigGameHunter@gmail.com

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I received the question from someone more junior than I normally do 1:1 coaching with that I want to speak to. The question is, “Do employers really check references?” References take a variety of different forms.

Yes, a lot of employers call up your former employer to check a reference. If they go the HR route, ofte what they will try to do is try to verify dates and salary. Behind the scenes, someone may be calling former manager to talk with them about your work.

Why do they do this? It’s really simple. This may be a shock to you but people lie. You may be a liar.

I know when I worked in recruiting, there were any number of circumstances where people had lied on applications for jobs that I had referred them to. They went to work; they were fired within a week when the truth came out.

I remember two awful situations where I warned someone before hand that a firm would do a copious background check. The person held to their lie and wound up being fired at the end of the 1st week. I will tell you some firms don’t; most firms do. They don’t want to be found in a situation where they’ve hired someone who is a liar, has lied about the credentials, you lied about the dates of employment . . . is just a problem
individual and is trying to cover it up.

There are signals that people send out that they could be, shall we say, “exaggerating the truth.” One signal is there is no managerial reference that is offered. Instead, it’s a peer level reference at the most recent employer or maybe one employer back.

Often they’ll only check the reference of the current employer after you’ve gone. So just recognize that it’s not just simply the most recent job; it can be a few jobs back so when you’re only offering peer level references, there’s a signal there.

Yes, employers really check references. They do it if they’re smart because there’s a lot that’s revealed through what is said and what isn’t said in the course of the reference that they can explore by sharp questioning that will help them determine whether or not you were a problem person at your previous pos and whether you have been lying to them.

The Forgotten Job Search Strategy | Job Search Radio


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter reminds you of this wall but forgotten job search strategy, particularly if you are in sales.

Summary

The strategy is START KNOCKING DOWN DOORS, DAMN IT!

Don't just sit behind LinkedIn. Don't just sit behind your computer screen. Call people. Reach out to them! Don't just simply sit back passively and apply to jobs to applicant tracking systems.

You may leave a voicemail message for them. You may leave for messages for them. The fact of the matter is, particularly if you are in sales, is the single best representation of your persistence and determination that is going to attract you to employers.

In a lot of other fields, if you wait for the applicant tracking system to refer you to the hiring manager for them to see your resume and not get weeded out by it, you are making a huge mistake.

Start banging on doors and demanding to be seen. Not rudely. Not saying things like, "YOU MUST SEE ME! YOU MUST INTERVIEW ME!" Make your presence felt.

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.

Do you have a quick question you would like me to answer? Pay $50 via PayPal to TheBigGameHunter@gmail.com  

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

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Why Do Recruiters Ask How The Interview Went? | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 822 Here I answer a question from someone who wants to know why recruiters ask how the interview went after someone meets 1 of their clients.

Summary

This question is, "Why do recruiters ask how the interview went?"

We like to debrief the candidate about how their experience was. , There are a number of reasons why this happens, ranging from the innocuous (recruiters really want to know how it went.) to more manipulative reasons. There are other terms for it, but they're not coming to mind right now.

1. We want to know if you've learned something about the job that might be useful to us we have interviewing. After all, sometimes employers don't communicate changes to a job description. They just contact number of recruiters and although they may be talking to the recruiters with some regularity, they may forget to tell the recruiter that they change their thinking about some aspect of the job.

That's one thing, "So how do they explain the position to you," might be 1 of the follow-up questions.

The sequence of questions might go, "How did the interview go?"

"Uh-huh."

"And what sort of things that they ask you about?" There, a recruiters trying to find out the questions you might've been asked.

"How do they explain the position to you?" If the role, sometimes the job description is missing some significant pieces to it that indicate is tantalizing or maybe defective about the job. "Why would anyone want to do this?"

There are a lot of reasons why recruiters would ask that question, including the basic but now one that says, "I want to know if I have a chance of earning a fee with you."

I also want to know whether I should call the client because if you say, "Oh! It was terrible. They just beat me to a pulp." Why would I want to put my head in the noose and putting myself in the position of calling my client and going, "Hi! How to go?" Then I would discover it was bad and get link to your bad performance. The recruiter would remember that I was the person who referred you and then be harder to get more interviews.

The reasons why are primarily to gain information but is also to find out whether or not you might do a placement, whether you are the one who might be hired and whether the recruiter might earn a commission.

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.

Do you have a quick question you would like me to answer? Pay $50 via PayPal to TheBigGameHunter@gmail.com  

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

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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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Becoming THE GOAT

I grew up in New York City, not far from the old Yankee Stadium. On the few occasions I saw a goat, it was in a children’s zoo or a petting zoo. That was what I thought of as a goat for most of my life. The Yankees were always world champions and I rooted for them with fervor. I Becoming The GOATremember pitching in the little league on the site of where the current Stadium is, hearing the roar of the fans after home runs occurred. That was the lot of New York sports fan at that time.

There is a difference between being a champion and being THE GOAT– The Greatest of All Time! I don’t know of anyone other than Ali who proclaimed himself to be The Greatest of All Time. I do know many people who play small but think they are big shots professionally. Frightened to reach for the stars, they hold themselves back. It is sad to see people who could be much bigger, happier and more successful crippled by their self-imposed limitations.  They live in cells, prisoners of their conditioning.

Are you one of them?

You see, from the time we are small and go to school, most of us are conditioned to “shut up, do what you are told, regurgitate a bunch of Becoming The GOATstaff when we tell you to do it, get good grades . . . or else.” Or else we won’t get into college

The threats continue in college where we are threatened that we won’t get a “good job.” After college or serving in the military, we are threatened that unless we behave, we will be fired. Is it any wonder that people were (and are still) shocked when they do the right thing and are fired anyway. You kept your end of the bargain but the system spit you out anyway through no fault of yours.

To become THE GOAT, you need to stop believing the lies you are told and begin to dream again. Do you remember how to do that?

Becoming THE GOAT

Let me walk you through steps to help you become THE GOAT in whatever you set out to do. To be clear, although the steps will seem easy, in practice, they are very challenging. You will need to become a different person to evolve into THE GOAT.

There is a model I learned from Lance Secretan of The Secretan Institute called “The Castle Principles.™” CASTLE is an acronym that stands The Castle Principlesfor Courage, Authenticity, Service, Truthfulness, Love and Effectiveness. Each of these will be extremely important to you on this journey . . . but it starts with courage. You will need to be courageous in ways you don’t know yet in order to become THE GOAT. After all, when you think of Ali, his courage was not simply in the ring but outside of the ring where American society HATED him and tried to crush him for not conforming to what white America demanded of black men.

Friends and family may question your sanity for wanting to make a change. “You have such a good career. You have a good job and a good paycheck!” With love being professed but behind that their fear, they are telling you that you are wrong. Don’t leave the prison cell they are also in.

To become THE GOAT, you will need to

  1. Ask yourself, “What do I want to be?” This is the dream of what you want to set out to do. I beg you to take your time to think this through and, ideally, get some help sorting this through. A coach. A husband, a wife, a partner, a really good friend or friends can all be a great source for sorting though your thoughts about this. If they are the right people, they will help you recognize your blindspots but not talk you out of your choice to change.
  2. Next, ask yourself, “Why? Why is this so important to you.” In the face of your decision being called into question, you will need to summon up your courage AND you will need important reminders for why this is so important to you. Trust me when I say that making more money isn’t that important. The money is a byproduct but not the real truth for why you want to do this and change your life. What’s the truth? What’s the real emotional reason for this change.
  3. Conduct experiments that start to move the needle toward what you want to do and who you want to become. Do something tomorrow. Do something everyday. Initially, it doesn’t need to be big and bold. It just has to be something. Don’t worry about what people think about what your are doing (unless it is something that is going to jeopardize your life, your job, your family or others). Do something.
  4. Review. Did you do what you set out to do or didn’t you? Why did you do or not do? What did you learn from this? We have all learned that being “held accountable” is a way of spotlighting flaws, failures and imperfection. It is punitive and we don’t like it. We know how to do that to ourselves too well. Consider doing a simple review without judgement or self-criticism.  Follow it up with asking what you learned from this.
  5. Ask for help. You probably don’t know what you don’t know. Sometimes, there are skills or knowledge gaps. Sometimes, you are the crazy person in the room and need help getting control of your fears. All you need to do is contract or hire help if no one is readily available. Without help, you are learning through trial and error. It takes longer and mistakes can be avoided with another’s good questions and perspectives.
  6. See if you can make this fun. Bring a spirit of play into this! I don’t know how it was for you, but when I was young, I got a lot done when it was fun! Somewhere along the line, I was conditioned to think or things as “to do’s” or “jobs” and that came with a layer of difficulty or it being hard or unpleasant. If you are and anything like me, try bringing a “spirit of play” into this. You might not be good at it the first time or the 41st time. Like everything, you’ll get better at it.

Remember, it starts with courage. The courage to re-awaken your desires and no longer succumb to a life time of conditioning.

 

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunterwork 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.

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

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

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