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If You Must Use The Applicant Tracking System (VIDEO)

 

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains how to format your resume if you must apply through the applicant tracking system.

Summary

If you have to apply, if you choose to apply to an applicant tracking system, don't do these things:

1. Don't send the PDF. Applicant tracking system still have a standard way of deciphering the PDF so that they try to do is extract information from the document and provide a summary that suggests who they would choose the interview. With PDFs being in a typical format for many systems, they will be making mistakes. When they make mistakes, you are at risk of being rejected. Don't use a PDF

2. No tables. No graphics. Again, because it is an atypical format there are issues with how a table or graphic can be processed. It "hurts" and thus you are risk of being rejected.

3. The base resume as you like but, recognize that what you did back in The Stone Ages isn't important to employers. Yes, the data may be there. But even when you get in front of the person, you may be rejected based upon this being old information. If you have to take the resume and make it more thorough, not longer but thorough, do it. But, recognize that the older the information is , the less attractive it is to employer.

4. I'm told that the way you label your experience on your resume should be as "Work Experience," because systems like that language because it is a key to them as to what to look for. "Professional Experience" is not the language that they want; they want, "Work Experience."

5. This is a formatting thing for the systems. The way you format it is with employer name, your title and date. You don't do title then date off to the side and that employer name underneath it. You want to start off with employer name because the system is looking for that, your title and then date. The system can extracted very easily.

If you have to apply it through an ATS this is how you do it. If you insist on doing it your way, you're making a big mistake.

I also have a video that talks about dealing with applicant tracking systems and defeat the ATS by making your real experience clear.

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.

Do you have a question you would like me to answer? Pay $25 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.”

C Suite? Directors Looking to Advance? The Smart Way to Get Discovered. | Job Search Radio

Everyone knows the smart way to advance your career is by being discovered. In this video, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses a smart technique for being discovered.

Summary

As you have already discovered, if you follow the path that you used while you are a junior employee (applying to job ads), you will be wasting your time. What you want to be doing is getting yourself found in discovered by organizations. Yes, you can do that with a great LinkedIn profile , but that is only a small piece of what you should be doing. You should also be looking at putting yourself out publicly so the people discover you, your knowledge, your competence and have a positive impression of you so that they want to reach out to you about jobs and opportunities.

I'm in the process of researching the book now. I'm getting contacted by publicists for people, not just simply try to get their author on my podcast but as a result of researching a book for how people can make a certain level professionally, but publicists are reaching out to me in order to get their executive in front of me as part of the book.

For you who may be aspiring or you who is already in the role, a publicist can play a big part in your career progression. Don't neglect publicity with think that is for someone else because it then will be for someone else and they will get the job. They'll get the contact. They will hear about the opportunity that you don't.

Again, see if you can research publicists. I'm not to recommend any because I don't want you to think of getting a commission for recommending a particular publicist. I want to recommend the concept to you. Research them on your own. Start with Google. Ask friends or family. Start looking for people who can advance your career by getting you into media, getting you into conferences, getting you in front of influential writers who will be happy to quote you and happy to put you out there as part of their articles.

​Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and business life coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

If you are an executive who is interested in 1 on 1 coaching, email me at JeffAltman(at)TheBigGameHunter.us​

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 as well as 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.”

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

Two Questions to Ask if You Want to Hire Someone With Ambition? (VIDEO)


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Here are 2 questions that you can ask in order to identify potential hires who are ambitious.

Summary

Money, power, recognition, status, variety, career.

Today I have a question for employers that is designed to identify people who are ambitious. Here are 2 questions you can ask in the course of the interview.

The 1st question comes from Reid Hoffman. It is apparently a question he uses and encouraged to be used at LinkedIn when they were interviewing staff. The question is, "What job do you want to have after this 1?" Interesting question, isn't it?

The assumption the question is that you're not going to stay here forever and the truth is, no one does, right? So let's not kid ourselves. What is this job going to be the steppingstone for? Is the elephant in the room for employers. They know you're not going to stay. They know you're not going to jointly work for the company for 40 years, right? Let's find out how ambitious someone is.

If you are beginner and start talking about becoming the Grand Poobah a C level professional, you can work with the assumption that there going to be there for a long time , but I don't think that I believe it and think your unrealistic. Again, I think it's a great question for identifying ambition.

Here's another one and I think you have to recognize the subtlety in it. I want you to rate these factors: happiness, Money, power, recognition, status, variety, career.
Happiness is a throwaway answer because everyone should want happiness.  The answer isn't necessarily in the answers themselves but in the follow-up.

When I would use this question, I would only be curious about happiness if it wasn't their 1st choice.  To me, not putting happiness. 1st was the quirky answer.  From there, money, power, recognition, status, variety and career… You want to ask questions . . . Why is this important to you?  It is in the follow-up that you learn.  There is no right answer to this.

So, for example,  if you are in the business for you want people more money motivated, you might want money is the 2nd choice But you have to ask the follow-up question.  What is a lot of money to you means different things to different people.  I  remember following up with one person with that question and learned that he would buy a used car and fix it up.  His definition of a lot of money and other people's definition of a lot of money were very different. Had I not asked that question I never would have known and would have wound up with what someone with low drive on the financial side. 

So, again, it's not important what the specific answer is until you start collecting data about who works in your organization and who works out well. That is going to take time. With time, you can find that help people with certain qualities work out for you. Again, It is a very simple question where all you have to do is hand them a sheet of paper, s pen and asked them to rate the 7 factors for you.

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.”

 

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B011GK0ADE

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hedge Fund Brainteasers: The Monk’s Morning Routine

EP 830 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter walks you through this math problem that is used in hedge fund interviews.

Summary

I have a fun 1 of those brainteasers for you.

There is a monk who is climbing up the stairs of his temple. He has a very specific morning routine. 1st, he goes up to the middle step and meditates for minute. Then he climbs up 8 steps and listens for a bird singing. Then, he walks down 12 steps and picks up a pebble. He takes one step up, tosses the pebble over his left shoulder and then walks up the remaining steps 3 at the time and that only takes in 9 big steps.

In total, how many steps are there?

The answer is 49 steps.

Here is how it works. He goes up to the middle 1 which we live figure out to step 25. Here's the birds singing on step 33. He picks up a pebble in the 21st step and tosses it on the 22nd he bounds up the remaining 27 steps through the time (remember, 9 big steps). It totals up to 49.

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.”

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A Great Indeed.com Resume Hack | Job Search Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains how to get faster action on your resumes on Indeed.

Summary

Indeed is a great service. It is aggregating all sorts of jobs from all over the place. It's to be replaced upload the resume and have it distributed to people. There was one thing about the indeed resume service that is a little quirky. They shield the contact information from people who are searching for it and, thus, you have to contact the candidate through their system.

Someone should be a workaround for that because 1 of the issues with doing that is that it makes. Indeed, more importantly needs to be in this process. If you want to have that delay with people contacting you, if you want that sort of "emailing messages sort of thing" that indeed offers, great! Leave it as it is. Most people I know want to have speed in their communications. They do because, the fact of the matter is, you are competing with other individuals for these jobs. Any delay can cost access to an opportunity that will make sense for you. I think you get that.

Here's what I saw someone do. Melvin, great job! I really like this!

What he did in the body of his resume, under his current job and worked into the content, he put his phone number and email address. Indeed is not going to purge that. As a result, for recruiters who wanted to reach him, they will be able to get his name, phone number and email address and reach out immediately to him. No delays. Beautiful!

If you are actively job, that's a way for you to go. When you are not actively job hunting, see if you can remove the resume from the site or edit that area so that you're not getting more calls or emails..

Great little hack. I thought I would bring to your attention.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and business life coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

If you are an executive who is interested in 1 on 1 coaching, email me at JeffAltman(at)TheBigGameHunter.us​
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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 as well as 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.”

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

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