"Any Given Sunday"

Job Search Lessons from The Movies (VIDEO)

 

In this video, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter looks at the movie, “Any Given Sunday” and pulls out a great quote to motivate you to prepare.

Summary

This 1 that comes from an old Al Pacino movie, not 1 of his better ones, called, "Any Given Sunday." He plays a football coach and in it, there's a lesson that I think is very applicable. It's something I stress but I've never said quite as directly as this line.

"You find that life is a game of inches. So is football. That's because in either game, life were football, the margin for error is so small, I mean, want to have a second too late or too early and you don't quite make it. One half second to slow, too slow, too fast and you don't quite catch it."

This is about all the preparations. I encouraged my videos and podcasts, and articles that are designed to help you understand the importance of preparation. You can go out there and wing it but, at the end of the day, you want to rely on luck and good fortune or would you rather be like a professional athlete or college athlete and betrayed that had a muscles honed so that you can can execute perfectly at the time of combat?

I think that's really where you want to be. It's only amateurs to go out there and try to figure it out on the fly. Amateurs miss out on things that they could've gotten. A professional, a great amateur, what is it be ready for those moments from all that time in preparation.

This is being recorded in March, 2015 where we are at the Final 4 of the NCAA tournament. These teams been practicing for the entire season and beyond to get ready for this time and ultimately to compete for the championship. There going to be small differences between one's human another that the preparation is invoked in this quote makes a difference for.

Don't just rely on luck. Don't rely on good fortune, your charm, your personality. Those are skills that you have developed over the course of a lifetime. Prepare your answers and prepare a plan. 2 things to get yourself ready. You will do much better.

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Stupid Interview Mistakes: Not Knowing When to Shut Up (VIDEO)


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When I did recruiting, this mistake drove me crazy! It cost too many people way too many opportunities.

Summary

I have interviewed a lot of people in my career. When I worked in search, I'm not sure what it was just over three quarters of a million people that I interviewed. They were interviews that I conducted with people were I just want to put a bullet in my head. Why? Because this person just didn't know when to shut up. They just kept selling way too hard way too long, not knowing when they were scoring points with me and just feeling compelled to over-talk the situation. I will tell you, folks, if you've ever been on the same side is me in a situation like that, you know exactly what I'm talking about.

For you job hunters, consider the following: the attention span and most interviews is between 30 and 60 seconds. After that, most interviewers stop listening and start to "mentally channel surf." As a result, if you start talking for longer than 60 seconds, you're going to be putting them to sleep.

I encourage most people talk from no one than 45 seconds; for most of you that's close to the outer limit. If you are skillful with your voice and know how to pause at times, and you suggested you are thinking (or know how to fake that you're thinking of your answer), and you can be theatrical without being DRAMATIC (no one cares for hysteria in an interview), or uber drama . . . what they are looking for is answers to the question that demonstrates fit and be entertained in the process which is why you always hear about stories being affected but an interview.

Keep your answers down to about 45 seconds in life. AT TOPS, for skillful people, you go to 1 minute and 15 seconds. Otherwise, you're putting your foot in your mouth and kill your candidacy.

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.”

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How to Sabotage Your Job Search Part II | Job Search Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses another way job hunters sabotage their job search.

Summary

I find it incredible that people take so much time to write resumes and find jobs to apply to. Although applying for jobs not the ideal way to find the job, is a path a lot of people take. That isn't the way that you're sabotaging your search. Here is how you are doing.

Again, you write a resume, you look for places that are positions for you, you send the resume out, you get a phone call and you never call back! It is incredible somebody how often I make a call to someone after receiving a resume or send an email to someone with a few questions and I get no response. Help me understand how that makes sense.

At the end of the day, you are trying to find work. You found the position that you think your background fits, you submit a resume and you don't respond.

That is another way to sabotage your job search.

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.

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Stupid Interview Mistakes: Not Following Directions | No BS Job Search Advice Radio


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EP 832 This is a mistake that hangs too many people.

Summary

I wanted to discuss 1 of those stupid interview mistakes that you many people do. It's the notion of not following directions. The obvious places you have a job application and they tell you to do certain things with the application and you don't follow through. For example, I think 1 of the funniest things that I've ever heard of that someone did (a client told me about this 1) is the place of their application where it said, "Give us one word that describes your strengths." One word! Got that one? They wrote, "I'm very good at following directions."

Was that one word? Was that really one word? Of course, not. This person didn't pay attention.

You see, what happens to a lot of job hunters is that they go on autopilot. They don't really listen. They built so many interviews that what happens is that they think they know what the question is, but they don't do it. They don't answer the question. They anticipate with this person is really looking for without really knowing what they are looking for. That shows up on applications in that way. It also shows up as you "basking your own magnificence" as you answer questions.

I mentioned this will many times before, the person who went off on this lengthy answer that had nothing to do with my question, but it got to a point where I said, "By the way, do you member what my original question was?" The answer, which I thought was wonderfully honest, was, "No."

You just have to follow directions. He answer the stupid question that is presented to you, whether is on the application or on an interview. That's what they are looking for at that point. In the therapy business, is referred to as, "following the contact function." They are reaching out to you about something, they want to know that answer, you can guide them with your answer to the next part but the idea is just give them what they want. Do it in your particular way.

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.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

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