How Do You Package Your Experience for Employers |No BS Job Search Advice Radio


How do you get results on your interviews instead of being passive?

 

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 executive job search coaching, leadership coaching or life coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

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It’s Time to Promote Yourself Like The Big Kids Do | Job Search Radio


If a tree falls in the woods and no one hears it does it make a sound? If I’ve heard that question once, I’ve heard it a thousand times.

Yet many professionals could ask themselves the same question.

After all, if no one knows they’ve done a great job, will their career advance (I can answer that question).
My guest, Rick Gillis,” is the author of “PROMOTE!: It’s Who Knows What You Know That Makes a Career.”

We’re going to speak about promoting yourself and your career without acting like a blowhard or acting like a jerk.

 

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 executive job search coaching, leadership coaching or life coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

Do you have a question you would like me to answer? Pay $25 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.  

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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.”

 

Creating a Great Impression Online | Job Search Radio


Beginning with her advice of taking 15 minutes per day commenting about and sharing info from others, ​branding expert ​Natacha Ginocchio​ and I have a conversation about how to begin to build a brand online for yourself and demonstrating your expertise that will help you, not just in the job search for years to come.

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

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

He is the host of “Job Search Radio” and “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” both available through iTunes and Stitcher.

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.”

Are you interested in executive job search coaching, leadership coaching or life coaching from me? Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us
and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

Branding Yourself in 2 Minutes or Less | Job Search Radio


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter invited Manhattan career coach Ellis Chase, author of “The Fund Forever Job” back to speak about branding and the importance of avoiding the typical 30 second “elevator pitch.”

Together, they discuss a formula for constructing and branding statement that can be used at network meetings, when running into someone, at interviews and other places that will help you standout in people’s minds, help you get more interviews and more effective results.

 

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.

Are you interested in executive job search coaching, leadership coaching or life coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

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.

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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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.”

Job Search Radio: Owning vs. Renting Your Career


Once upon a time boys and girls, a person went to work right out of high school confident that they would be able to work for an employer until retirement, Fat chance of that happening now!

On this show, I speak with Kevin Kermes of All Things Career about constructive ways to look at your career. Rather than allowing yourself to get “stuck” doing work you don’t enjoy, Kevin offers a formula to help you think holistically about your career and come up with an answer for yourself

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.

Are you interested in executive job search coaching, leadership coaching or life 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.  

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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.”

 

Personal Branding and Job Search (VIDEO)

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses the basic rules of job hunting and how branding contributes to that.

Summary

Yesterday, I received an email from someone who asked the wonderful question. "Are we seeing careers that are more profitable than ever with people acting as the room temp agencies and if you don't brand yourself, do you get left in the dust."

I'm going to start with the 2nd question 1st. The simple answer is, "No." It helps, but you won't necessarily get left in the dust. People who have branded themselves are clearly advantaged over those who haven't. Let me just take a minute and talk about the rules of job hunting these days.

The basic rule of job hunting is to remain marketable. Marketable doesn't mean that you have great skills work that you are the most competent although that's my position to put yourself in. Marketable really translates into salable. You possess something that is salable. Skills and competence are only one element of being salable. Do you have a charismatic quality about you? Do you have a way of engendering trust that causes people to want to take a chance on you? Thus there are other qualities that come into play beyond simply marketability and being salable.

People found work back in the Stone Ages when I started recruiting in 1972. They work for a company that had a great brand or even a mediocre brand. It is always a lot easier to work for a firm with a good brand because you have a halo by association.

These days, that still exists. After all, if I said someone worked for Google, you would probably have a very positive association with the Google brand the transfers to them. You might think they were smarts. You might think they were an elite individual. You might think they were very intelligent, as well as a number of other factors that can associate with the Google brand.

People used to find jobs to, "the old boys club." The old boys club has been joined by, "the all girls club," as well as any number of individuals that some function as support groups for different groups of individuals that provide mentorship and advocacy for career development.

Recruiters existed then in the exists now. Trade groups existed then and now. Alumni associations. All these were tools that support a networking back in The Stone Ages and still exist today.

The real thing that has changed since when I start recruiting a social networking and the ability to brand oneself, branding apart from the organization.

How do you do that and is that particularly important? Answering starts off at the 1st part of the question that the person asked (Are people being successful by in effect running the room temp agency). I want to address that by talking about running one's own temp agency, but by owning one's own career instead of surrendering one's responsibility for their career to their employer.

Back in the 50s, 60s and 70s in the US, if you went to work for a "good company" at age 20, you expected to work there until you got the gold watch. Obviously, that doesn't exist anymore. Why would you want to surrender responsibility for your life as well as the health and welfare of your family to an organization whose goals are probably very different than yours? An organization who at times may have to make very specific business decisions in order to protect their firm that may impact your family? Clearly we have learned that over the last few recessions and that were back here again talking about the same issues.

What personal branding does is allow you to develop a reputation apart from your organization. For example, I used to be associated with a recruiting firm in New York, but have clearly developed the brand as "The Big Game Hunter" apart from that organization by writing a number of books, blogging, articles, videos, podcasts, and a number of other ways that allows me to be separate from that firm so that you have an impression of me. Apart from that organization. Thus, when I did recruiting, when organizations were trying to hire leaders and staff, often they thought of me and The Big Game Hunter , apart from the organization I was associated with.

That could exist for you as well because 1 of the things you need to do in order to promote your career is to develop a personal brand. Whether that will allow you to do is to passively look for work.

Why would you want to do that if you are really happy doing what you are currently doing? The answer is pretty clear in that the people who get ahead aren't always the smartest or work the hardest, even though there is a great qualities to have. People get ahead of the ones who remain alert to opportunity. Sometimes those are internal to the organization; more often than not, they are external. What personal branding and social networking allow you to do is develop a reputation and image of being an expert.

More often than not, what I'm talking about is a white collar phenomena. For blue-collar workers, I'm not sure how someone who is works in construction or landscaping develops a personal brand in the way that I'm talking about. There might be but am not aware of how it is done for employees of those firms. It is a reputation for hard work and reliability. But how you develop that reputation at your job and have people talking about you so that others learn about you?

In the white-collar marketplaces, it is a lot easier because you can create a brand through blogging, networking, social media that allow recruiters both third-party and corporate recruiters to want to find you. There are times that you would receive an email or the phone is going to ring because people have learned something about you. They see an article that you've written, a LinkedIn profile that interests them that allows them to find out about you and be curious about YOU and YOUR experience and what YOU have done and what you can deliver to another organization.

There are times that the phone is good be raining and it is (Knock. Knock. Knock), "It's opportunity knocking," and someone to call you, email you or inMail you and say something to the effect of, "I'm doing a search for client and your background looks interesting for this role and then want to have a chance to chat with you." You may be happy in the job but if someone offered to youth $50,000 more or $5000 more, depending upon where you are in your life, as well as an opportunity to do work that is more interesting to you than what you are doing now with people who are quite talented, why would you be interested? Although it might involve risk, it would certainly be worth exploring the opportunity. Later on, you can decide it is not worth doing. The idea very simply, is to always be open to the possibility of another job.

This certainly became true in the 70s and beyond, but given the labor markets as they exist today. I'm going to reiterate what I've been telling people for more than 40 years now, you are the CEO of your organization. If your organization went out of business, you are still responsible for earning an income for your family, right?

You need to think of what you can to protect your interests and advance them. It people change jobs with some regularity, doing the strategic job change was some regularity (I'm not talking about every 6 months but every few years), it will allow people to have a catapult to their income that can be quite significant.

For example, if you are an administrative assistant in change jobs for $5000 raise, and in 3 years you change jobs for an additional $5000, the probability is that in succeeding years (watch the math on this). You would ever earn $35,000 more in base salary plus raises along the way. Thus, you would've earned somewhere between $36,000 and $40,000 in additional income just by making 2 job changes.

I'm not telling you to go out and look for job. I'm just pointing out that you have to look out for your own career planning so that you look after your own interests, because your employer is in for looking out for 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 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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Networking Mistakes: Not Working on Personal Branding (VIDEO)


Continuing my series on networking mistakes, I discussed the mistake of not working on personal branding when you are NOT actively looking for work.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and leadership coach who worked as a 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. 

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Branding Yourself For Job Search Success | Job Search Radio


Most people do not appreciate how important branding is to your job search and professional success.

On this show, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter speaks with Kevin Kermes about the importance of branding, both the strategy and tactics as well as the underlying message, and then arming people with the information to advocate for 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 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.

START YOUR 7 DAY FREE TRIAL

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.”

 

Are you interested in executive job search coaching, leadership coaching or life coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

Personal Branding and Job Search (VIDEO)

FROM THE ARCHIVES

 

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses the basic rules of job hunting and how branding contributes to that.

Summary

Yesterday, I received an email from someone who asked a wonderful question. The question was, "Are we seeing careers that are more profitable than ever with people acting as their own temp agencies and, if you don't brand yourself, you get left in the dust?

I want to start with the 2nd question first (If you don't brand yourself do you get left in the dust). Simply, the answer is no. It helps, but if you don't brand yourself you won't necessarily be left in the dust. People who have branded themselves are clearly advantaged of people who haven't branded themselves.

Let me take a minute and talk about the rules of job hunting these days. The basic rule of job hunting is to remain marketable. Marketable doesn't mean that you have great skills or that you are the most competent, although those are great experiences to have. Marketable really translates into "salable." You possess something that is salable. Skills and competence are only one aspect of this.

Do you have a charismatic quality about you?

Do you have a way of engendering trust that causes other people to want to take chances with you ?

As you can see, there are other factors beyond skills competency that come into play when we are looking at marketability.

How do people find jobs back in the stone ages? I start recruiting in 1972 and worked for company that had a great brand. Having a great brand made it a lot easier because we had a halo by association.

These days, that still exists. If I said that someone worked for Google, you probably have a very positive association about them. You might think that they were smart, that they had a great degree, very intelligent… A number of other factors that comes with the Google brand.

In days of old, people used to find jobs through the "old boys club," that is now been joined by the, "all the girls club" plus other organizations that are advocacy groups for other types of individuals that provide mentorship and advocacy, as well as, development.

Recruiters existed then and now. Trade groups existed then and now. Professional associations existed then and now… These were all factors back in the stone ages and beyond.

The real change that has developed is social networking and the idea of branding oneself, apart from your organization. How do you do that? Why is that particularly important?

It starts up with the philosophy that relates to that 1st question about people being successful by running their own temp agency. I don't want to think of it as being a temp agency; I would rather speak of it as being responsible for their own careers, instead of surrendering responsibility for one's career to an employer.

You see, back in the 50s, 60s, 70s in the US, it was pretty clear that if you went to work for a big company at age 20, you expected to work there until you got "the gold watch." That, obviously, doesn't exist anymore. So why would you want to surrender responsibility for your life and the health and welfare of your family to an organization whose goals may be very different than yours, who, at times, may have to make very specific business decisions in order to protect their firm that may impact your family? Clearly, we have learned that over the past few recessions, yet we are back here again talking about the same issues.

What personal branding does is allow you to develop a reputation apart from your organization. For example, I used to be associated with the recruiting firm back in New YorkBut I clearly developed the brand of The Big Game Hunter by writing a number of books, blogging, developing videos and much more. As a result of all the things I've done, people would think of me, apart from the organization I was associated with.That can exist for you as well because 1 of the things that you need to do to promote your career is develop a personal brand.

What that allows you to do is, basically, look for work. Why would you want to do that if a basically happy doing what you are already doing?The answer is pretty clear in that people who get ahead Orient always the smartest or work the hardes t, although there is a great qualities to have. People tend to get ahead by being alert to opportunities.Sometimes, they are internal to an organization; more often than not, they are external.

So what personal branding and social media allow you to do Is develop a reputation in an image of being an expert. Now, more often than not, what I'm talking about is a white collar phenomena. I'm not sure how this would work for someone who's doing tree work, construction, . . . How they would develop a personal brand In the way that I am talking about.It may be of work reputation of reliability and excellence but how you would develop that reputation, except by doing a good job. . . I don't know.

In the white-collar marketplaces it is a lot easier to develop a brand for your blogging, videos, social networking that allows recruiters, both third-party and corporate recruiters to find you. , There are times when you are going to receive an email or the phone is going to ring.

Do you really 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.”

What Do You Want to Be Known For?

What Do You Want to Be Known For? | Job Search Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter encourages you to figure out what you want to be known for professionally and start building your brand.

Summary

When you see a graphic of an apple, what company do you think of?

When you buy a box of detergent, have you ever looked at a list of ingredients to see which group of chemicals is going to actually make the wash whiter? I doubt it.

We are all influenced by brands. When I will speak with you about branding, I'm not to be speaking with you about this job search, but about the rest of your career, both in terms of how you are seen at work and how you will be seen in the job market. For you to develop a brand now is just not going to be effective because you both have had the time to create a space in people's minds to accept it. Yet it is so important to you while you are in this job search mode to begin the process of branding and identify for yourself what you want to be known for, what you want to do to help others and/or influence others and how you want to be seen as a professional.

For example, I use the phrase, "The Big Game Hunter." It creates an impression in your mind about me as a recruiter and as a coach. I'm sure there are other people who have developed comparable things. I also use the tagline when I did recruiting, "Helping the world find work. Helping companies hire talent." It defines what I do. Whether it was in my work as a recruiter, my videos, my podcasts, and all the other things, that's what I'm trying to do. Help the world find work. Help companies hire talent.

What can you be known for and what do you want to be known for? What matters to your audience and what can you be doing to communicate with them? This is not a 1 minute conversation that you have with yourself. This is something to spend time with and start thinking about it a very serious way because, otherwise, you're just another stalk of corn out in the field, waiting to be seen, noticed, plucked, and, you know, to most people, all that corn kind of looks alike.

If you can do something to stand out from the pack, you will have gone a long way to influencing how your career shaped.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

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