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Restraining The Voice in Your Head

Restraining the Voice in Your Head During Your Job Search | Job Search Radio


There are times when you may get down on yourself while job hunting. On today’s daily episode, I discuss a simple tactic for managing that critical voice in your head.

Summary

I'm here to talk with you about managing that inner voice within you. You know, the one that says, "You are not as good as you think you are. This is going to be hard. You suck."You know, that critical voice that lives inside most of us, almost all of us... Maybe all of us that sends messages to us that say were not as good as we think we are.

It may show up earlier in your job search; they may show ablative or job search. I just know that shows up. The voices the part of you that doesn't believe in yourself and it needs to be silenced.

You can have a friend to talk with; you have a wife/husband/partner/clergyman... Any number of people who you can talk with about it, but ultimately the most effective person to talk with you about it is you to calm the voice down. The voice is really the voice of your fear. It's the fear that this isn't going to work out. It's harder than you thought it might be; it's taking longer, etc. etc.

Let's say you're feeling stuck in your job search and someone was who you speaking with yesterday. You have the choice of going to a networking event or not. He talked to the boys whose basically telling you, "Well, you know, I'm not going to meet anyone there; it's going to be a big waste of time." You know, that voice? You very calmly say to you, "But I may need someone there. I may want of meeting someone who is going to be helpful. It's also good to get out the house and do something a little bit different AND, as I'm traveling to that networking event, I can reach out to someone else and parlay the trip into 2 or 3 different things. I appreciate your input, Voice, but, at the end of the day, I would like to make this trip with your okay and give it a shot. Maybe I'll do other trips like this and give them a shot because you never know what is going to happen."

That's one example of negotiating with The Voice. You can do it with, "My resume isn't getting results. " Maybe need to work on your resume or hire someone to work on your resume or get a resume critique to have it done. Same with your LinkedIn profile. If people are reaching out to you through LinkedIn, it is likely that there is something very wrong with your profile because it is not attracting recruiters who are out there relentlessly trying to find folks.

The Voice is not really useful in a job search. You need to contain it little bit because, at times, it has worked well for you and help you. In job hunting, however, most of the time, almost all of the time, it is the voice of fear and In a job search isn't going to help.

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.

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Avoiding Depression While Job Hunting

Avoiding Depression During a Job Search | Job Search Radio


I discuss several things you can do to keep yourself on point during your job search avoid the malaise and depression too many people slip into. I mentioned connecting with me via coach.me in the video. I no longer work with the service. Instead, reach out to me through www.TheBigGameHunter.us

Summary

Today's video is to help individuals who may be fighting depression in the middle of their job search.

Depression is insidious. It shows up in lots of different ways and the simplest way it becomes obvious is you find it difficult to do the things you know you need to do. And, as a result, it kind of feeds on itself and sends you into a spiral where nothing is getting done, you start to punish yourself for not getting things done and then criticizing yourself for not doing the things in order to get done. You get the idea.

So here's a couple of ways that I've learned over the years in my work as a recruiter and my training as a therapist to help people defeat the depression that comes with job search.

Because after all it wasn't just that you decided that you were being treated fairly or that you got laid off or fired from your employer. It's all the build up to that that may have wore you down.

So here's a couple of things to do.

First of all, establish a routine for yourself and maintain it. So, for example, if you are used to getting up at 6:30 to go on work, get up at 6:30 to start your job search. Go through the same routine you did in the morning. I'm not going to walk you through your normal routine. You know what you normally do and just continue on with them. When I was working from home many years ago when I was living in New York the one additional thing I did as part of my routine was I would go out to get a copy of The New York Times, come back, get into my jacuzzi and take a long bubble bath for a while. And I felt as though by going out in the morning and just getting a sense of the weather I just learned what other people were going through. It kind of got me connected with work. You'll find your version of a good routine but establish one.

From there, I want to encourage you to do some exercise. It doesn't have to be sweat and grunt exercise. You don't have to, If you haven't exercised before, go for a three mile jog. It's beyond reasonable to expect that. But even if it's as simple as going for a one mile walk, it's something that you can do that will get you out and invigorate you. Starting doing something like reaching out to people as part of your search just to check in with them, Say, "hi," chat a little bit, let them know that you are looking for work that can be part of the networking and just re-connect will with folks to help them and help yourself stay connected.Go to a support group. You know there are any number of networking groups out there that will help individuals make more connections and support with one another with leads and support one another with coaching. So get to a network support group or networking group and just chat up people and that will help you feel good.

You know, him and in there are things that you can do to volunteer or sometimes one day a week for an afternoon like a Friday afternoon. You might find a volunteer opportunity.

They'll give you motivation and inspiration to appreciate what you have, him .even though it's not going perfectly. I'm going to remind you of one of those qualities that served you very well which is perseverance.

You've always had a determination or been determined throughout your career. This is going to be another way that you're going to need to show that perseverance and determination.

Try a job search journal. Talk about some of the successes that you've had the positive feedback that you've received along the way. Just jot down some notes for yourself because there are times where you know the funk may get too profound and it becomes a good way to remind you of things that you can do that will inspire you because you've inspired others.

And I don't want to neglect the idea of getting some professional help. You know sometimes the rut or the depression becomes too profound and you need help. Don't skimp or scrimp on spending money to him take care of yourself. After all if you are depressed and you go to an interview feeling depressed, how motivated do you think others are going to be in hiring you?

So get some help. Often talking to your friends will be enough to take you out of the funk. But if it doesn't work. Definitely get some professional advice and support in order to help you break through.

Hope you found this helpful. Hope you visit my Web site which is www.TheBigGameHunter.us. There's a lot more that early watch, listen to or read to help you find work.

And if we're not connected on LinkedIn, send a connection request to www.linkedin.com/in/thebiggamehunter. I accept connection requests from people worldwide.
Finally, job search coaching.

I have coached people for years. Schedule time with me as a coach at TheBigGameHunter.us

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.”

How to Stop Procrastinating (VIDEO)


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter identifies the real reasons for procrastinating and offers solutions so that you can stop procrastinating.

Summary

Procrastinating isn't just avoiding. It is the notion that you're avoiding something because of self-criticism. You don't think of yourself as being good enough. You don't think that this is really right.

Boulders in your job search will translate into self-imposed barriers most of the time. Obviously there are other barriers that can come up. Mostly, they are self-imposed barriers to taking action because you don't believe in yourself..

Catch that one.

Self-imposed barriers that you place in front of yourself because you don't believe in yourself.

Where did that negative self talk come from ? Why don't you believe in yourself? Is it true?

I had a guest on Job Search Radio not long ago named Chance Taureau who spoke about how most of what we believe in, most of what we do, and pretty much who we are, is the sum of our habits.

If you have a good habit, repeat that habit and you will feel great. Have a bad habit and the habit of negative talk starts to show up.

I want to encourage you to start breaking down that procrastination and start looking at what it is really about. I want to start looking at small wins against that barrier, that boulder, that huge mountain that is in front of you. In this way, you can start having the career that you want and get to the organization that you really want to be in and not just simply take a job because it is a JOB and you need a JOB.

Again, you have to think of your life in the context of the fact that is going to be a lot of years, is good be a lot of time and it is going to be a lot of effort. How do you really want to spend that time? What you really want to be doing? There are always going to be obstacles but how are you going to get those obstacles out of your way quickly by developing new habits that allow you to defeat them.

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.

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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Turn It Up! | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter shares some of his observations about working with recruiters and applies it to job hunting.

Serious mature businessman on call in front of laptop at desk in a bright office

Summary

In my career, I’ve trained a lot of very successful recruiters. I’ve also trained some people who have washed out.  I put my best effort to try to help these people. But, when push comes to shove, ultimately, the onus falls on them to follow through a lot of the coaching that I give. Often, the biggest failure is around effort.

Most people (including job hunters in this) say they want to do a hard days work and they want to put in. Best effort. They want to be successful BUT when you examine what they do, they are not working as hard as they think they are.  That is true of job hunters, too.

How People Find Jobs

For you as a job hunter, statistically, people are finding work in a number of ways.  Consistently, statistics show, the job boards fill between 3% and 4% of all positions.  Recruiters fill an additional 20% to 22%.  I’m going to combine the numbers because some recruiters use job boards to find candidates.  And I will add a little more than that.  So, let’s assume that 30% are filled by job boards and by recruiters.  

70%, though, is filled as a result of networking.  In a recent statistic that I heard, 70% that of those jobs (70% of the 70%) or filled as a result of a network connection to someone that they didn’t know at the beginning of the job search.

Here’s the point.  You are not working as hard as you can to find people to connect with and develop a relationship with in order to become 1 of those people in the 70%.  What you need to be doing is putting in a “Max effort.”  You need to try that much harder, to operate at a much higher capacity than you are now.  I’m not saying to work like a maniac.  You need to have some fun and there, too.  At the end of the day, you need to kick it up some notches. You need to put yourself out there with some people you are not really talking to yet.  You need to track these relationships so that, in this way, you remember your conversations, what your commitments are and follow-up… Stuff flows along those lines… When push comes to shove, you have to kick it up. Some notches.

Again, it’s not who applies to the most jobs on the job board.  You are swimming in the lake with a lot of hooks out when you’re swimming in job boards.  There is a lot of competition with other fish in their for that hook.  You want to be out there swimming in streams and rivers that have hooks out there, but not a lot of fish there. This way, you are able to swim up and be able to connect with the organization.  In addition, you need to be able to come in with a referral from someone you know.

Do you think employers are trying to help you?

You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell you as much as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

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

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

How Do I Overcome My Fear of Interviewing? – Job Search Radio

Fear of interviewing is a common problem for people. Arguing with the fear won’t work but there are different things you can do that will work. Here, I discuss a few things you can do to to overcome your fear.

Summary

The question for today is how do I overcome my fear of interviewing?

I want to start by saying that arguing with your fear and telling it that it’s wrong, it’s crazy, it doesn’t work. You can’t argue with it.

Generally, what you’re going through his fear of the unknown, fear of what’s going to happen and being unprepared for it. As generally with this kind of fear is all about.

You just don’t know what’s can happen and you are afraid of what will happen… Or worse – afraid of the consequences of what will happen if you fail to perform.

The best way to overcome your fears by preparing to perform. What were doing is learning how to interview well.

How do you interview well? There are many different ways. The way I’m recommending is by joining my site, JobSearchCoachingHQ.com. It is a great vehicle for helping people learn how to interview because there are tons of questions that are asked that you can practice answering.

You see the question first, answer for yourself, listen to how I teach you how to do it, and then practice it again. And again. And again.Part of what I teach is the theater of interviewing.

So JobSearchCoachingHQ.com is great for basic questions, advanced questions, those annoying brainteasers and a host of other questions you might be asked.

You can also work with a friend, someone who is in your field, give them a series of questions, or tell them the kind of job you are interviewing for and destined to interview you. Have them critique how they see you. Have them give you feedback. Go over it again. And again. And again. Until you become more masterful.

I want to be clear. I said, “more masterful.” I didn’t say perfect. Perfection takes time and with an interview, the first time or two you go on a real interview, you may not be perfect at it.

After all, practice DOES make perfect and you are going to need practice. So, the best way, the very best way to overcome your fear is by practicing questions and answers with people’s when it comes to those magic moments you are well prepared.

Do you think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com is there to change 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.= http://www.JobSa

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Dealing With the Emotional Side of Job Search- No BS JobSearch Advice Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter speaks about the emotional toll job hunting can take and what you can do about it.

Summary

I thought I would do a show about the emotional side of job hunting because most of what I deal with in the shows involves tactics… Strategies… Things along those lines. There’s an emotional side, and emotional toll that comes with job hunting.

A lot of people come home from work and develop procrastination skills.

“This is hard.”
“I’m too tired.”

Or maybe you’re not working because you’ve lost your job and you start spending a lot of time staring at the refrigerator and what’s in it.

Or suddenly you start drinking or getting high in different ways.

I just want to point out that these are common and maladaptive responses (bad responses) to your circumstances. You are far better off doing two things:

Getting coaching advice to help you with your job search or working on the emotional issue that’s causing the anxiety or depression that’s causing you to take out your fears in these kind of ways.

You’re not good to any employer if you walk in with a hangover. It’s not that they’re going to know that you have a hangover but you’re just not going to perform well on your interviews. United to get job so easily if your pantsuit doesn’t fit you properly.… If your blouse or shirt opens in inappropriate places.… It just doesn’t work.

Better to spend time on a treadmill if you are out of work or if you are working. Better to spend time on a crosstrainer. Better to spend time doing meditation, rather than acting out from your frustrations/fears/depression rather than in ways that are going to hurt you. And they will hurt you unfortunately.

No one really talks about this stuff but I see it all the time in my work as a headhunter and as a coach. I talk to people who are panicked (and understandably so). They are down to their last dollars. They are becoming frightened. They are talking to be because they are hoping that I can find something for them quickly and I can’t.

Companies have their own timeline and it’s not like you can pressure them into acting differently because they don’t care about your circumstances; they are trying to hire the best person for themselves.

Work on the emotional side of you looking for work. If you are working and you’re procrastinating about looking for work, if you’re not doing the kind of things to develop your skills or network properly, to post your resume on job boards, to respond to ads, to contact recruiters, what’s that really about? What are you frightened about that’s keeping you from doing that? What’s at risk for you to take the appropriate steps to act in the right way?

Lord knows, you don’t want to be in your current job and there is a fear of going to the next one. You need to solve that in order to break free. Unfortunately, it takes some time and take some effort.

I happen to do coaching but if you want to contact someone else, that’s certainly fine. I have a lot of videos that deal with tactics and strategies… That can help you break through some things but fundamentally this is an emotional issue. I trained as a therapist for a lot of years, practiced for a lot of years, I can help you.

Do you think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com is there to change 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

Mojo. Swagger. Attitude. Whatever You Call It, Show It!

Whether you call it mojo, swagger, or attitude, make sure you show it on your next interview.

Summary

This is a show about Mojo… Swagger… Attitude… Whatever you want to call it.. Whether you are a leader, executive or a staff person, firms buy into it. Often when you’re out looking for work, and on your turf and don’t feel completely confident, you feel like you want to feel about the other person… Mistake.

What you need to do is deal with the other person as you presuppose them today. After all, 95 times out of 100 when you meet people in the social situation your instincts about them right. Don’t waste time feeling out of the people; just go right into trusting your instincts about the other person.

As you walk into the interview, shake hands assertively with someone. I’m not talking about one of those ridiculous handshakes that almost seem like someone is pumping water from a well.

I’m talking about a firm confident handshake. An assertive manner about yourself (Being assertive is not rude or obnoxious. It’s just confident, certain and decisive).

We think about certain actors or actresses and how they carry themselves in front of the , a have “IT.” You want to have “IT” and show it. You want to have that great handshake, a great smile in your face, as you talk you don’t want to seem concerned or worried or like you are wondering. What you want to be doing is speaking confidently and with certainty about the subject.

At the end of the day if they choose someone else, it makes no difference because someone is going to hire you. You have to conduct yourself with that belief. Someone is going to hire you. It’s just a question the right firm finding you and you demonstrating your skills in a way that makes sense to them.

Do you think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com is there to change 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

Preparing to Job Search #1: Changing Your Attitude

I discuss the first step to preparing to job hunt–changing your attitude.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

Follow him at The Big Game Hunter, Inc. on LinkedIn for more articles, videos and podcasts than what are offered here and jobs he is recruiting for.

Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us. There’s a lot more advice there.

Email me if your firm is trying to hire someone.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

Pay what you want for my books about job search

Subscribe to TheBigGameHunterTV on YouTube  for advice about job hunting and hiring. Like videos, share and comment.

Trying to hire someone? Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us

Do you need more in-depth coaching? Join my Coaching program.

Want to ask me questions via phone, Skype or Facetime? Have your job search questions answered.

Remember Your Passion

In this video, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter encourages you to look beyond the money when you decide on a job offer.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

Follow him at The Big Game Hunter, Inc. on LinkedIn for more articles, videos and podcasts than what are offered here and jobs he is recruiting for.

Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us. There’s a lot more advice there.

Email me if your firm is trying to hire someone.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

Pay what you want for my books about job search

Subscribe to TheBigGameHunterTV on YouTube  for advice about job hunting and hiring. Like videos, share and comment.

Trying to hire someone? Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us

Do you need more in-depth coaching? Join my Coaching program.

Want to ask me questions via phone, Skype or Facetime? Have your job search questions answered.

Don’t Act Desperate!

 

In this video, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter compares dating and interviewing and discourages you from acting like a stalker or a creep.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

Follow him at The Big Game Hunter, Inc. on LinkedIn for more articles, videos and podcasts than what are offered here and jobs he is recruiting for.

Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us. There’s a lot more advice there.

Email me if your firm is trying to hire someone.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

Pay what you want for my books about job search

Subscribe to TheBigGameHunterTV on YouTube  for advice about job hunting and hiring. Like videos, share and comment.

Trying to hire someone? Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us

Do you need more in-depth coaching? Join my Coaching program.

Want to ask me questions via phone, Skype or Facetime? Have your job search questions answered.

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