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Feeling Trapped? Time to Do a Career Pivot (VIDEO)


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers advice about what to do if you feel trapped or stuck.

Summary

You're working in a job, you have been doing the same thing for a long time. It has gotten to feel stale and old. What can you do? What can you do to bring some life and vitality to your work life?

Many of you feel trapped because you haven't really what to do next. What is the next stage or platform for your career? I want to help you think a little bit differently and to encourage you to reinvent yourself.

I am in my 60s at this point. Many of you in your 30s, 40s and 50s. You're feeling the same thing so many people do. Is this all there is? This has gotten boring. I'm not just happy doing what I'm doing and I want to do something differently. Maybe of a new manager who you reporting to who doesn't really know your work. What can you do?

Reinvent yourself. Take the skills that you have and think creatively about them. After all, if statistics bear out, many of you going to live to into your 90s. Why would you put up with this for so long?

Instead, think of how you can import your skills to something new. Think about how you can approach life differently and how you can approach your career differently. Maybe it is about going into business for yourself. Maybe it's about doing something on the side and what you do business as a part-time gig while you are working full time.

No matter. Think about how you can get out of the trap that you feel that you are in. It is not simply about changing your attitude. You feel trapped. Maybe this isn't the right career for you. Start working at doing something differently.

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 or interview 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.

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.”

 

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.

Do You Consider Yourself a Strategic Thinker? (VIDEO)


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This is a trap question for people who are managers, directors, VP or C suite professionals.

Summary

Today, I want to answer 1 of those tough interview questions that, to me, is a trap question that you need to be prepared for if you are asked it on an interview. The question is, "Do you consider yourself a strategic thinker?"

I'm sure most of you are scratching their heads and going, "Sure, I'm a strategic thinker." You are racing into the trap if you immediately answer that way.

What you want to be doing is answering from a textured perspective and give them a more complex answer. Again, this is a question is being asked a manager level and above , and depending upon where you are in the pecking order, you have a perspective of what is appropriate and your level.

Conceptually, the right answer would be, "Yes I am a strategic thinker but to be effective as a strategic thinker you have to think tactically. Like in the military, it is not enough to have an effective strategy; you have to be able to implement it. Unless you able to implement it, all you have are some great ideas

And some great intentions but nothing changes.

To be an effective strategic thinker, to work with a strategy that helps an organization, you have to look at the implementation of it, what the rough edges might be, where it runs up against resistance forces."

Do you weren't coming from here? Always try to give them a textured answer that basically translates into, "Yes, I'm a strategic thinker but to be that way, you have to think tactically. It's like in the military. Military leaders, if you've ever spoken to them, our brilliant people. Incredibly smart. They can think in conceptual terms and technical terms for the battlefield."

It's really the same thing for you. You have to be able to talk about both the big picture and tactics.

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.

Two Second Interview Tricks (VIDEO)


Here I discuss two second interview tricks that will help you bond with people you meet with.

Summary

I have to tricks for 2nd interviews that I think will help you stand out from other people and help build connections on the interview. On previous shows, I spoke about how important is to appear congruent with what you set your 1st interview. That is, if you talked about something at your 1st interview, you want to be consistent with what you say about it at the 2nd interview, right? Otherwise, it makes them scratch their heads and wonder, "Okay. Are they being truthful?"

Here's a little trick. You always want them thinking as though you are part of the team. You always want them thinking that you are 1 of the folks.

Let's say, you're coming back to interview and meeting with someone, you've already spoken with. Maybe was a phone interview. Maybe they were part of the set up before the next group of people. As you speak with them this time, here is what you say, "I was thinking about our last conversation. You spoke about such and such. I was really getting excited about. My mind is been racing about that since we spoke last time and I was wondering if you would tell me a little bit more about that and how I may contribute to this." You just try to get them to talk more because, if you see 1 of my other videos called, "The Headhunter Secret to Knowing If You Did Well on Interviews," the idea is that the more they talk, the more they like you.

It's like you are allowing them to be magnificent and you are just basking in their magnificence and listing adoringly what they say. Always get them to talk by saying, "You know, I was thinking about that last conversation we had it not been thinking about since the time my mind really hasn't stopped mulling that over. Would you tell me a little bit more about that please because it is really very exciting to me?" That's one little trick. Getting them to talk.

The other one I want to bring to your attention today is the, "referring to the other person conversation." Let's say you're speaking to John, Phil, Brenda, whomever in the 1st conversation and there was a point that was made that stuck in your mind. Your meeting with someone new. You say to them, "I was speaking with Brenda last time and she was talking about such and such. It was really very interesting to me. Would you give me your take on that, please. Do you see it the same way she? It was really very exciting."

The idea is that by referencing a person that you spoke with before, you get an idea as to whether they are being congruent, right? For example, if last time you spoke to subordinate and now you're speaking with an overall manager or director or VP, you are getting their take on the role. The ideas always reference something from the previous conversation.

Again, the key piece on this from your standpoint, whatever you reference has to be accurate. You can't just make stuff up because otherwise the scratch their heads and just reject you, assuming that you can be accurate, then referencing the conversation that you had with Brenda asking for their take on it, but some of the position of imagining you in the role, expanding upon what you been told, talking in ways that allow you to see that they are consistent with their thinking because the last thing you want to do is to step into a situation where there is conflict about what your role is going to be and how they are going to measure success.

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.

Hedge Fund Brainteaser: The Number of “T’s”


Listen to the full episode here:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2017/07/19/hedge-fund-brainteaser-the-number-of-ts

EP 809 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter provides you another deflection brainteaser involving the number of “T’s.”

Summary

I've got a brainteaser for you! As I've said in previous videos,, I happen to enjoy deflection brainteasers and today I have one as a deflection twist to it. Here is the scenario.

Tommy Tucker took 2 strings and tied 2 turtles to 2 tall trees. How many "t's" are in that?

The 1st sentence is completely irrelevant. It is a deflection. It's the one that says, "Look at that hand, but don't look at the other hand." That's what a deflection brainteasers does. You see, the real question is, "How many "t's" are in that?"

The answer is two. There are 2 "t's" in that. That's how you answer the question.

Because of the set up for the question, there is a set up for a joke, the set up. Here the set up is the sentence about Tommy Tucker. All they care about are how many "t's are in that.

They are not using the word. They are just asking how many "t's are in that.

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.

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.

The Stages Before The Layoffs

​The Stages Before The Layoffs | Job Search Radio


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EP 424 I discuss a few signals to look for BEFORE the layoffs start.

Summary

Right now, we are in relatively good economic times that doesn't mean a layoff isn't going to becoming. That's because the reality is, as you know I both know, intellectually, there are business cycles and there are good times and in their bad times. When the bad times occur, that's when the layoffs show up. When there are good times, no one ever thinks they are ever going to be laid off. But, I want to get you prepared. I want you to recognize the cycles and how the layoffs come in.

The 1st stage of the layoff cycle is that your office may start to grumble with rumors and people start to talk and gossip about things that they've heard and what is going to happen next. The fact of the matter is the staff doesn't know anything and is trying to make sense out of what seems like a scary situation. No one really knows anything and never was starts to believe something. As a result, everyone talks and a lot of people start to interpret different things and speculate about things they hear from one another that have no basis in reality.

Often, what starts to happen is absenteeism starts to increase as people start to become "ill" (if you get my meaning), or try to get a head start on job hunting. Managers start to approach, select employees. That's the 1st step.

The 2nd what is you are not on the list. A list starts to be rumors about and you are not on it. That may be true today, but it may not be true 3 weeks from now. I met with someone a while back who is told that she wasn't on the list. She was told by her boss who was extensively privy to know who's on the list. Apparently, 3 weeks later, she was on the list and for boss wasn't at the meeting where he was put on the list and they both wound up being out of a job. Suddenly, "you're not on the list," changes to you being on the list.

What is often helpful is if they give you pre-notice. Your manager comes you and says, "You know, Susan, you are on the list." What happens is that you get a head start for heading for the doors. You know you could be fired with the next layoffs to start looking now.

There's a guy I knew sometime back who was working for bank and was told by his boss that he was going to be the next where the job cuts. According to bank policy, you knew what his severance was going to be so that you can use this time before the actual layoff to get his resume ready and get out on some interviews. It worked beautifully for him.

There are a few other contingencies... Actually one big one.

"If you stay until such and such date, we have a great deal for you!" In this situation, you can have an acquiring firm that is going to consolidate. There will be layoffs. As a result of that. In acquisition, sometimes in your management says and what happens with the new management comes in can be completely different.

There is an instance where the old Bear Stearns was being acquired by J.P. Morgan Chase. There was a support guy who is doing executive support for Bear Stearns whose approach to stay on with the firm during the acquisition until it closed. Then, he was going to get this huge severance. There is only one problem – – the acquiring firm wasn't told anything about this. They know anything about the promise that if he stayed on until the end, they would double is pay his severance.

I understand what he stayed until the end , but the acquirer didn't know anything about it. The result was you got the standard back layoff package from the acquiring firm instead of $180,000. Just be aware that this kind of stuff happens and when they start talking with you about the sweet deal, particularly in acquisition, who, on the other side of the deal is going to know about this and sign off on it before you get hoodwinked.

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.

The hammer and nail brainteaser

Hedge Fund Brainteasers: A Hammer and A Nail Cost $1.10

EP 913 Here’s a fun little brainteaser that most people get wrong

Summary

This is a fun little brainteaser. It is a math problem. Before you roll your eyes, it is not really that difficult.

A hammer and a nail cost $1.10. The hammer cost $1 more than the nail. How much does the nail cost?

The way this question is often asked, you would be dropped right into the middle of an interview out of the blue so that you have no sense that it is common. This question can be asked of people at any professional level of experience so that it makes it that much more, shall we say, "complicated."

Imagine that were talking and have been asking you a number of questions and then suddenly I say, "A hammer and a nail cost $1.10. The hammer cost $1 more than the nail. How much does the nail cost?"

Most people mistakenly say that the nail costs $0.10. There's only one problem. That doesn't make the hammer cost $1 more than the nail.

The correct answer is that the nail cost $0.05. Thus, the hammer is $1.05.

You just have to pause for 2nd and sorted out. I'm sure there is an algebraic way of computing this. I'm not an algebra guy, but I think this is a fun little question. It can be dropped right into the middle of the interview out of the blue, making it a really fun question.

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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