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Thank You Notes | No BS Job Search Advice Radio


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EP 805 Should you still send a thank you letter?

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.

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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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.”

Thank you letters. Should you send a thank you after your interview?

The purpose of the thank you letter was originally exactly that – – thank you. The unintended benefit was that you put yourself in front of the firm one more time, put yourself in front of the employer one more time. It was a reminder.

The history of thank you letters is that you mail them 100 years ago. You mail them 10 years ago. Because they got there a few days after the interview it was one last reminder for the firm that was hesitating. These days, it doesn’t work to mail a thank you letter. It’s really about an email and if and when you should send it.

1 of the advantages of a thank you letter is that it communicates interest. You’re going to go an extra step and express that and have a selling opportunity. That’s really the key. If we were going to do is send a thank you letter that says, “I just want to thank you for making time today. I believe I agree qualifications for the role. I look forward to hearing from you about next steps,” that’s not a useful letter because it really nothing to sell you as being the solution to a problem.

If you sell yourself in this way, “I want to thank you for making time tonight. I was thinking about our conversation and I wanted to drive home a few points with you.” Then you start selling yourself in the context of your qualifications for the role. If you start promoting yourself and your capabilities to solve the problem, “My mind is really been racing since our conversation thinking about different ways I could contribute. I was wondering if we might be able to get together next week for another conversation (another interview) and I can discuss some of those thoughts I’ve had.” That is a useful thank you letter.

That works for certain types of positions. However, if you are an administrative assistant, if you are in a role like customer service, stick with the “enthusiasm approach” and reinforce that you are qualified to do the job. For example, if you work at a call center, you might say, “Thanks for making time to speak with me today. I just want to let you know how interested I am and I want to drive home a few points with you.” Then you might list some things that were in your resume… “I handle 15% more calls than the typical call center person without escalation.” If you’re an accountant, you might say, “I have yet to miss a deadline in my time with my firm. I hope the organization save X amount of money by doing such and such. I’m the kind of person who thinks after hours about ways to improve operations…” On and on and on. You start emphasizing additional qualities about yourself that may have surfaced in the interview, but may not have surfaced of the interview that really allow you to differentiate yourself from others.

“I have a lot of enthusiasm for this kind of work. Would be possible for us to continue the conversation next Tuesday?” That becomes a way that you are making a suggestion and if they don’t respond in a timely way, there is a message to it. The message may be that they are not interested or they may not be ready to move forward. Remember, it is 1 of those 2. After all, if they are excited, they leap all over it.

Thank you letters can go a long way toward helping you IF YOU THINK OF THEM AS ANOTHER SALES DOCUMENT. If you think of them as an ordinary “thank you,” then, they are really crap.

Signal They Can Get You (VIDEO)


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It is very easy to overplay your hand when a firm asks you, “So, what you have going on,” and make them believe that they have no chance of getting you. There is a different approach.

Summary

Because my career executive search, I spent a lot of time talking with people who are negotiating. In creating suddenly content, like podcasts, videos and such, I will offer some strategies and opinions about how to do it well. This 1 I haven't covered before. This 1 is a really cool one. It deals with the risk some people play by overplaying their hand. Let me give you an example of what I am talking about.

Sometimes, when job hunters are out there and the firm is trying to find out about their interest, there sometimes asked, "So, what you have going on for you?" In their answer, they talk about every firm known to mankind. All the interviews that they been on. All the firms that seem excited about them. Their 4th interviews with this 1, 3rd interviews with that one, 6th interviews with another one . . I should be hearing about an offer from that one tomorrow. What they are doing is overplaying their hand.

Here's what you should do instead and look at it from an employer's perspective. Again, we are not committing you anything here. Not asking you to tell them, "I am going to accept the job offer from you." Here me out. I want you to say, "I have a number of things in various stages of progress. Some are closer than others but I want you to know I'm really interested in your opportunity."

Then they will follow up by saying, "Why is that?" You have to be prepared to talk about the good things that you are seeing in the organization and in the job opportunity.

"1st of all, the person at the working force fabulous. She is a terrific individual. I see her leadership qualities. I think I can learn a lot from (him or her)."

Then, from there, you talk about the nature of the work. Then, you conclude by saying, "Obviously, everything has to align properly. I'm not going to take the lowest offer just for this job opportunity because, at the end of the day, have to be properly am I want to make sure my children are well cared for. But I really like this job!"

Did you notice my little theater in their? I being exuberant and how I'm speaking about the job. "I really interested in this job!" You change your voice a little bit while expressing your interest. But you also told them that you are not going to take a bad offer, right?

What you want to do is signal your interest, signal that they can get you and not talk about the 37 other things that you have going on. After all, when they hear that, they rolled their eyes into the back of their head and think to themselves, "Oh, man! We're never going to get this person." Then they will make the offer for that reason. You talk them out of it because they don't think that they can win.

You have to give them the belief that there's a shot they can get you. That's why your follow-up in answering this question is so important.

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, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line and tell me about your circumstances in the body of the email.

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 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.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

How to Get a Job With Zero Experience | Job Search RadioJobs


Listen to the full episode here:
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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains several ways to find a job with no experience.

​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.

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

Do you have a question you would like me to answer? Pay $25 via PayPal to TheBigGameHunter@gmail.com
and then forward your question to the same address.

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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.”

Right off the bat, I want to encourage you to realize that you are going to be perseverance. This is not an instant strategy. There is no instant strategy for finding work unless mom or dad walks you in the door of the firm and you are hired because of them. That strategy works 100% of the time.
Assuming you are not born with a silver spoon in your mouth, this is the way to really do it.
There are 3 strategies.
1. Try to have someone introduce you to hiring manager. I need the quip about mom and dad, maybe it is an alumni from your school, who provides an introduction. Want to find some of those alumni that you don’t really know? Go to LinkedIn and there are series of drop downs along the top. Locate the one that says, “Find Alumni.” It will connect you with former students from your school and they can provide information about they found work at their organization and introductions.
2. You might try doing something related to what you do. You may not get hired as a teacher, but you might get hired as a teacher’s aide. You may not be hired as an accountant at the firm that you want to join but that could be related position at that big 4 firm that could be a steppingstone to accounting. Maybe you have to temp at that firm before they consider hiring you. If you do temper the firm, make sure there is no noncompete in the temp agencies contract before you commit to joining.
3. This is “the guts one. ” This is the one we are going to need to have some income to pay for this while you are doing it. Find the individual that is a leader an organization that you want to work for in the role that you wanted to do. Reach out to them an offer to do pro bono work. In turn. Be an assistant. Volunteer to do stuff for he or she. In doing that, what you will be doing is building a network of relationships within the firm because you will wind up in situations where you will be there assistant. Obviously, you have to do great work. If your intention is to do half-assed work and expect them to hire you, this is not a strategy for you.
However, if you put your effort and make connections, if you reach out to this person while you’re working there, and ask “Please give me a sense of how I’m doing and what I can be doing better.’ Again, you have to make some money elsewhere. You see were coming from with this? You’re doing free work in order to get attention, a network, which, when you’re coming out of school, you may not really have.
Building that relationship with an individual order two becomes a way that your entrée into an organization where some of you might notice you and poach you to their project or team.
These are 3 great ways in order to find positions (plus of course the 4th 1 which, of course, is, Mommy or Daddy get you the job.)
I hope you have the courage to not download stores and build those relationships because it will make all the difference to you, not just simply in this job search, but in every single one from this point on.

Questions to Ask The Interviewer

Tom Mucha forwarded a link to me with the web-based article that suggests different questions that you can hear skin interviewer at the end interview.

I would stick with some of mine first because I think they create a strong 1st impression.

You can choose some of these to supplement those and collect more information.

 

You can read the article here

 

 

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, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line and tell me about your circumstances in the body of the email.

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 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.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

 

Getting Past Ugly in Your Interviews (VIDEO)


Referring to an article by Alain Hunkins about presenting to groups, I discuss getting past “the ugly phase.”

Summary

My friend, Alain Hunkins, wrote an article recently for LinkedIn (that's A-L-A-I-N H-U-N-K-I-N-S) about people who want to build an executive presence. People who want to demonstrate their command and leadership in organizational settings. And he wrote about preparation, calling it "the ugly phase."

The ugly phase occurs when you've done a certain amount of homework, you've prepared your thoughts and the first time you stand up and present to your dog or cat or to the mirror and you do it a few times and the words come out of your mouth and you think to yourself, "Oh this is awful!" And they say, "You know, this is probably good enough." you know you haven't gotten to the point where it's completely refined, where it's second nature to you and you kind of go, "it's good enough." The ugly phase happens in interviewing, as well, as, Lord knows, the first time order to you go on an interview, you have an idea of what you want to say in answering questions, but it comes out of your mouth in a half assed way and you wince afterwards and you blame it on the interviewer. But the fact is, it is you're doing.

The only way to get past the ugly phase is with preparation. As the six Ps from sports is proper preparation prevents (excuse my language) piss poor performance. It'll help you work through these thoughts so they come out of your mouth eloquently.

Now, remember there are people who are professionals and their are people who are amateurs and in business it's easy to spot the amateurs because they're just not prepared. They may have the knowledge but you put them into a situation and you can tell their preparation is inadequate.

Interviewing is the same way except you only have one chance. So, it once you are working for a firm, maybe you have one chance to present to a particular group and you go "Ah! Ah!"and the next time you've learned your lesson. You do it differently.

We build any sort of a lost image in the organization through better preparation but it is a interview, you only one chance because then, I think, it is likely they will reject you.

So take the time to get past the ugly phase in your preparation. There are lots of different questions that you are going to be asked. If you don't know what some of them are, look at my video playlist called, "Answers to Tough Interview Questions," because I have a ton of them there. And, if you want to have some fun with hedge fund brainteasers. There's that playlist as well that you can rehearse with.

But practice doing what you sound like as you answer these questions. Talk to someone. Let them ask the questions of you and demonstrate that you're working through this phase to the point where you appear like a master, to the point where you appear polished.

Another venue that you can improve that, and you're not going to do with interview questions but you would be doing it with hs short extemporaneous one to two minute speeches it is the organization called Toastmasters.

Toastmasters is an international organization where people are refining their public speaking skills. And there's a section of the meetings called Table Topics where you are called up to the lectern, and have an opportunity to speak for one two minutes on some topic that you have no idea what the topic is in advance but what you wind up doing is refining spontaneous speaking which is one of the characteristics of the job interview.

So Toastmasters is another way of doing it although not specifically for a job interview will it help you tremendously.

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, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line and tell me about your circumstances in the body of the email.

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 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.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon. 

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