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Marketing Yourself


Listen to the full episode here:
http://webtalkradio.net/internet-talk-radio/2017/08/25/marketing-yourself/

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains how to market yourself in your Job search and in your career.

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 on function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

Connect with me on LinkedIn http://bit.ly/thebiggamehunter

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.”

Get Off Your Butt. Do Something! (VIDEO)

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter encourages executives to get offline but and get out of the house.

Summary

I want to talk to you as an executive who's trying to find work and what you need to do while you are looking for work.

You run a line of business you have been an important player in your organization. Now, you are channel surfing. You are watching Netflix. You are waiting for the phone to ring. You know you're supposed to be out there networking. But, the fact of the matter is, a degree of lethargy has said it because you're just not as busy as you once were.

Get busy.

What I find is, like the old saying from "The Shawshank Redemption," "Get busy living or get busy dying." You gotta get out there and make things happen.

Yes, that involves networking, but you're not in a network 8, 9, 10 hours a day. You know that already. Yes, you can go to the gym but how long are you going to work out? Do they get on the treadmill. You're going to walk or jog for a period of time. You're going to lift some weights. You will be out in an hour. Maybe you do a sweat and/or steam afterwards, then maybe it is 2 hours.

What are you going to do the rest of the time? Answer. Find the contract for yourself. Volunteer for an organization. Do something that floats your boat.

Find something that gives you some excitement and some joy. Here's why say that.

If you let the lethargy take hold, what ultimately happens is that is that you interview in a lethargic way. If you've got some joy going on in your life, if you're having some fun on a contract, if you're having some fun doing some volunteer work, lo and behold you perform that much better.

It is so important for you to stay active, rather than sitting around on a meditation cushion for 4 hours a day developing your practice. Don't get me wrong. I like meditating, too, and I do it regularly. But you know what I'm talking about. You have to be ready to perform for an interview.

You don't have to be high-octane workaholic Joe or Jane. What you need to be is "on." Doing something while you're looking for work will go a long way toward helping 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 career coaching,  all 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? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

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.

Stupid Final Interview Mistakes | No BS Job Search Advice Radio


Listen to the full episode here:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2017/07/21/stupid-final-interview-mistakes

EP 811 I outline a few stupid final interview mistakes that too many people make.

Summary

I'm back today with what I call stupid final interview mistakes. To be clear, these are the kind of mistakes that are little bit different than the ones that I have pointed out previously because these are the ones to just killed it off at that moment when the opportunity could be yours. Where you are competing on a final interview, and you just do something dumb. Let me just point out some of the things that people can do that will just shoot themselves in the foot and send the candidacy down the drain. They are in no particular order.

1. You arrive late.

2. You just barely or inappropriately for the interview. I'm looking to tell you how to dress because you may be listening to this at a time when styles are different. I simply say the dressing inappropriately for this audience . . . I use an example from a hedge fund the used to recruit for... They used to hate people who wore ties. If you suddenly were talking to an interview, they got turned off. They used to think of ties is something to catch food on if you are sloppy eater.

3. You start feeling arrogant because you think the job is yours. That attitude starts to leak out. You get too cocky and forget that you might be competing with someone and act like the job is yours. In fact, you are competing. You are competing against another person or people or your competing against, "Let's go back and see if there's someone else." Never treat this as though it is a formality.

I remember one time I was a relatively junior person, 1 of my colleagues had someone on interviews with someone in Westchester New York. The person was there from 8 AM until 5 PM. His final interview is with the head of the function he will be working for. What happens is is that the head of the function asks why he is looking for a job. It's hard to imagine someone delivering a racist moment like this. But he did. The candidate says, "I work with a bunch of slobs and Indians."

How do you expect someone to respond to this? Do you expect is can act like a best friend? No! Suffice to say, he didn't get the job offer, thank goodness. Recognize that you can shoot yourself in the foot by thinking that the job is yours and your arrogance comes out.

4. Your answers to questions are incongruent with things you said previously. As a result, people start to compare notes and go, "He said this. But is now saying this? Something doesn't add up." He makes them hesitate. When firms hesitate, they reject. They know they can trust you.

5. They ask stupid questions of the interview. How many weeks of vacation do I get? Immature stuff that seems ridiculous.

6. They arrived unprepared. MINIMALLY you look at the LinkedIn profile the person you will be meeting with to get an idea of your background. See what they look like if there's a photo there. Do a Google search to see if there's any new news about the organization to see if this is a subject that you want to ask questions about.

7. You start making new demands. This is part of that arrogance thing that people sometimes do. New demands make firm scratched her head and wonder, "What's with this person? I don't get it. We've been talking about this all along and now they bring this up? They ask for $20,000 more? No explanation? They just up the price?"

8. They are too casual and forget that there still competing. I mentioned this on a video and is the notion . . . It came from the story where represented someone for position, the firm flew him out and he is talking with his future boss. She asked him a question, everything had been going so well for so long in this interview for such a hard to find skill and experience. He is 1 of the few people in the world who have this background. His response to 1 of her questions was to say, "I'll talk with you about that when I come on board." She thought this was ridiculous and rejected him. Rightly so.

Recognize that you are always competing. You're always doing something to sell yourself into the role or cause you to be rejected. Don't get lazy. Don't get arrogant. Don't become casual and never EVER think that the job is in the bag.

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.

Applicant Tracking System

Never Apply for a Job Through the Applicant Tracking System (VIDEO)


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter Encourages you to avoid the applicant tracking system when you apply for a job and offers another way you can.

Summary

I want to speak with you today about how to best apply to an organization. Sometimes, they're going to go online and want to apply for job that you're interested in, look at their procedures for applying for a job.

nd guess what? They point to the applicant tracking system. Never, never, did I say never yet, never apply through an applicant tracking system. .

Why?

First of all, you just another piece of paper, just another piece of data at that point period. Human beings are not scanning the resume at that point; they have systems in place in these tracking systems that are looking for keywords that indicate that you fit the role. Unless it is the exact language that they're looking for, there is no discernment in the systems. They are going to reject you. Hence the use of the term, "the black hole."

Do you think the hiring manager is looking at your resume afterwards? The hiring manager at least has a shot at discerning whether or not you might fit this role. Often in organizations it is the least experienced person in HR whose job it is to do the final scan of what gets spit out of the systems and and, I must in all candor say, some firms are getting thousands of resumes a day there are little bit better than spam. I understand why they are doing it, but that doesn't mean that you as a qualified individual sit should subject yourself to it.

I don't believe you should ever apply for the job through and applicant tracking system like these. Taleo is is a huge offender. There others as well, but most of my clients use Taleo. If you see, you just click your way out. It is a waste of your time.

I'm encouraging you find the hiring manager hperiod ow do you do that? A couple of simple ways period.

Number 1 is, of course, LinkedIn. Get yourself connected with someone at the firm. You can do that by (number 1) by joining large numbers of groups with large numbers of members other within your field find, ing someone within the group whose a member and then sending them a private message asking them if they might know the hiring manager for such and such or could point you to someone who knows that individual who might know that individual.

Only apply to real people. Never ply to the HR organization. I used to have many good clients who were HR professionals. I m in all candor say there a lot who really don't give a darn. I wish it were different but the human resources that they management are there's, not the corporations. Don't apply to HR. Always try to apply to a hiring manager.

If you get turned down by the hiring manager for a job you were qualified for, it's your fault. You didn't do a good enough job to make case and you deserve to be turned down.

Always make sure your resume demonstrates your fit for the role, if it's not obvious as though a 6-year-old could read the resume and see the fit for the job, tailor your resume to the position description. Use exact language from it IF TRUE up to demonstrate you fit for the role. Otherwise, don't waste people's time.

Did you hear me?

Don't waste people's time.

You don't like getting spam about one thing or another. A res resume that doesn't demonstrate a fit for role is nothing better than spam. I will simply say always find someone, a real person, to apply to. Never apply to the HR organization. Only apply to hiring managers.

Always make sure your resume demonstrates the fit for the role by tailoring your resume to the specific position description and I can assure you they get some more interviews.

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.

Stupid Interview Mistakes | Hysterical Mistakes People Have Made

Stupid Interview Mistakes | Hysterical Mistakes People Have Made

EP 917 With kudos to The Reader’s Digest, these are some of the funniest pieces of stupidity job hunters have committed.

Summary

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I've been doing a series of about stupid interview mistakes and I stumbled into this article that the Reader's Digest published and it has some hysterical ones. So I thought I would share them and credit Reader's Digest for this. I think it's a very funny piece. 

So, the first one is . . .  One person took the edge off by having a beer before walking into the reception. So as someone says, " I swear this is true. Someone through his pure can in the outside trash can before coming into the reception area. Probably not a smart idea, you know. Another person reported that a guy talk through his interview how an affair cost in his previous job. Probably a little too much information. 

This is a classic. This firm asked prospective job applicants to fill out a questionnaire. There's a line that says choose one word to summarize your strongest professional attribute. Well, one person wrote, "I'm very good at following instructions."  Remember . One word.  "I'm very good at following instructions."  

OK another one. Someone blew their nose and lined up the used tissues on the table in front of the interviewer. 

Not a smart thing to do.

Another person misunderstood the work and, in this case, what they did was they were applying for a customer service job and when asked what he might not like about the job he said, "dealing with people!"  Obviously, in customer service, that's all you're doing. 

So, another person was being interviewed and he reported that he came with a friend and the friend wound up sticking there head in the door and asking, "How much longer?"

In another instance reported on was about the job hunter who asked, "Tell me about the business." 

He'd never heard of the Internet. You can look it up.

Another person listed their prison time as a job and there was an exotic dancer who called themselves a customer service representative. You know it's not exactly a smart move.

One person reported that someone ate all the candy from the candy bowl while trying to answer questions.  Yes, they knew it was this person It was obvious.

A person came to an interview. Well they didn't come to the interview. This guy sent his sister to interview in his place. Another guy didn't just do a handshake at the end of an interview. They hugged the interviewer.  

One person had their prepaid Chinese food including the fortune cookie with his name and phone number on it. Not smart. 

Another one put up posters of himself in the company parking lot.  This is amazing stuff. 

One person came to an interview in a catsuit. An applicant announced his candidacy with a singing telegram.

Then there was the person who rented a billboard with which the hiring manager can see from his office listing his qualifications. One person indicated that his availability was limited because Friday, Saturday and Sunday was his drinking time. 

One person explained their arrest by stating, "We stole a pig but it was a really small pig.".

So one person had had a spelling error.  Didn't you think of spellchecking your resume?

So they wrote that advertising, "is a tough business." which maybe why one perspective ad man wrote a cover letter boasting, " I'm getting and getting to my goal slowly but surly."  Instead  of "surely.". 

And then there's the weird person who came in with a cockatoo on the shoulder. 

Another one forgot to wearing dark socks with his suit to the interview. So he colored his ankles with a black felt marker.  Only a man would do that.

 Then there was a person who saw a clipping her fingernails while they were speaking. 

The interviewer was interviewing someone who took a cell phone call and asked them to leave their office while they talked. So the candidate's on the phone. They asked the interviewer who's in their office to leave. 

The candidate who told the interviewer he was fired from his last job for beating up his boss.

 The candidate said that by crossing the Maryland state line he was in violation of his probation but felt the interview was worth risking jail time. 

Then there was the people person not the numbers person in the interview for the accounting position. 

And this is the last one for today… The candidate complained that she was hot. She then said, " excuse me," and she removed her socks and then placed them on the interviewer's desk and then continued it like everything was OK. 

When you think that corporate or third party recruiters our obnoxious or insane, I must in all honesty tell you I had this experience when I did recruiting. People who just did ridiculous things and tried the truth and what they were completely normal. So I understand the other side of this. And I would just simply say look the fingernails broken interview.

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.

Answering The Fatal Flaw Question

Answering “The Fatal Flaw” Question (VIDEO)


Jeff Altman, The Big Game, The Big Game Hunter offers an easy 3 step technique for responding to a “fatal flaw” question.

Summary

Today, I will talk with you about 1 of those tough interview that comes up from time to time. I don't know what is going to be like for you but, invariably, on some interview, someone is getting asked that question about your background that deals with "the fatal flaw." You know that quality in the background that is missing from the job description. Maybe it is the lack of a degree, maybe it's the absence of some certification, maybe it's the absence of some small component of your background that they really would've liked you to have had, but you just don't.

So they ask about that degree or that certification. How do you deal with that?

We start by saying that you don't deny it.. You have to acknowledge it because it is obvious to them. You can trivialize it, but what you can do is start by acknowledging.

"Yes it is true I don't have a degree (or I don't have a Masters degree. I don't have a PhD in some particular field. Remember, they saw nothing. Your background to invite you in for this interview. They are tempted. You have to make them want you even more). There was a time in my life where I made a decision. It wasn't necessarily the best decision long-term, but, at the time, I needed to start my career (or maybe money was tight and I can afford to go back for the Masters). I've been meaning to do it, but my career has taken off." You do something that acknowledges the choice that you made back when.

Then, you continue by saying, "The impact of that decision is been. I've always competed with people with that credential and I've always had to work that much harder to achieve in competition with them so that the firm attains its goals." You can language this in your own way. The idea is to simply talk about how you've had to double down on your performance and how you've had to put in more effort to overcome the objection that even those in your previous firm that had or their apprehension about whether or not you could do what they want you to do, even though you didn't have that qualification.

Then, you continue by saying, "Consistently, I have been a top 2% performer at my firm. I was a top 5% performer my previous organization." Whatever the statistic is, cite it. You were promoted over others with it. Cite it. Tell me that you want to bring those same qualities of effort, diligence and determination to your next employer. If it seems like it works into the schedule, you have been thinking about going to get that certification, get that advanced degree, but 1st things 1st, you have a responsibility to the organization to get the job that you being hired for done.

That's the simplest way to handle "the fatal flaw question.". Again, just repeat the tactic, you don't deny it, you acknowledge it. You very briefly explain why it was that you made the choice. The impact on how you perform was that you always work that much harder. In situations where you are working with or competing with people who had that credential.

 

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.”

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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