Would/Should You Pay a Career Coach/Consultant to Write Your Resume & Coach Interviewing (VIDEO)


I may be biased, but I believe my answer is right.

Summary

The question I received was, "Would you or should you ever hire a career coach to write your resume or help you with interview skills?" I'm assuming the question really comes down to, "Why should you do this? What's the advantage to doing this to a prompt you doing this?"

It's really an easy answer, AND I want to acknowledge the fact that I am a coach. I don't write resumes. I do help people with interview skills. Here's why I think it is worth your while.

The reason is that you are an amateur. You don't know what you're doing.. Yes, you can follow a formula online but, you know, you are not Average Jane or Average Joe. You are who you are with your unique set of skills and, yes, you can create or use a template for your resume (although I don't. Recommend that you do so), you could read lots of books, but is not the same as interacting with someone. Let me use the example of resume writing. There is a difference between a professional resume and an amateur resume. You can spot right away and it is a discernible difference.

Interview skills. People come to me to help them answer interview questions and, Lord knows, I have done a lot of videos about how to answer individual questions. However, it's different interacting with someone and not just simply watching a video. How to answer the question seems to be absorbed better and more deeply than when you simply watch the video and click the equivalent of the remote (or the actual remote) and go to the next channel to watch something else.

I'm sure you know that the 10,000 hour rule that Malcolm Gladwell popularized-- 10,000 hours of focused effort under the auspices of the master will help you become an expert.

You have how much experience writing resumes? Seriously, how much experience you have writing resume? And how much experience do you have interviewing? As I've said before, you hiring managers you think it's the same thing because you've gone out and hired people for yourself, you think you have this big advantage now that you're out interviewing… Your behavior and the behavior of others like you demonstrates to me consistently that almost all of you are awful at interviewing.

The fact of the matter is, you don't know what you're doing, you think you do and then put yourself in a bind. When you don't get the results that you want. Coaches will help you by helping you improve quickly and, perhaps, proactively resume writers will work with you to help you craft a great document. Yes, you will pay money for this, but no one works for free. After all, do you? You have a job. They have a job. Each of you wants to get paid for it. The benefit to you is huge because doors get open to you that would normally be closed because you would not know what you're doing and make goofy mistakes.

Interviewing. You will get better results faster having worked with a coach, than not working with a coach Because, again, I will speak for myself,The people I work with perform better on their interviews because they have had a chance to test things out with me and they can ask me questions proactively

For example, there is this 1 guy who is going up for very senior roles in organizations and he is asking me for advice about each interview step along the way as well as the things they are going to be looking for from him what is going to be the theme of the interview, not just simply answer the question and, as a result, he can position himself effectively by doing that.

It doesn't matter where you are because all of you can benefit from coaching because you think you know what you doing and think that is good enough . . . But good enough isn't.

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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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

What is Going to Be Different? (VIDEO)


Too many organizations suffer mediocrity because they have industrialize their workforce and turned them into machine-like disposable commodities.

What is going to be different?

Summary

This morning, I was thinking about a workshop I attended many years ago that Tony Robbins gave. In it, he spoke about his Stanford University research study where it identified that people are sold to in a number of different ways.

The study according to Robbins identified a number of different categories that people fall into. There are people longer's, achievers, emulators, societally conscious people, and needs driven people. When you look at modern advertising, you can see that they all fall into 1 of these 5 categories.

Up the longer is someone who wants to be a part of something. Those result in the classic beer commercials where everyone is sitting around the bar having a good time, laughing and joking. They want to be a part of something.

There are the achievers who know they are successful and are sold to in an understated sort of way. There are certain products that are sold to that market.

There are the emulators who want to be achievers but are too young and don't make enough money. They tend to be sold to every commercial where you see a leg get out of the car or see someone who is great looking, staring at you through the camera, that tends to be a commercial geared toward emulators.

Societally conscious individuals are where I am going to focus on today. They don't want to be sold to.. Give me the facts and stop selling to me. The Internet is a great tool for information being delivered to that marketplace.

Needs driven people are poor and there are not a lot of products geared toward them because they don't have enough money to buy much. They are not the focus here. We are going to focus on those people considered "societally conscious."

When we deal with people at work, we tend to deal with them as though "Don't ask me for anything. This is what your job is. Shut up and just do it." We don't say it that way; we just have expectations as though they worked in a factory still, even though they now work at the desk at your offices or at their home office. You treat them as though they are disposable individuals who are going to be measured, analyzed, evaluated, critiqued and punished as though they worked in a 19th-century factory.

Don't believe me? Look at how you deal with people on a day to day basis. Do you really care or are you more concerned about what your boss is going to think about you unless your people do something in particular?

If you're honest, most of you conduct yourself with that factory mentality, where you are worried about the boss upstairs, looking down and penalizing you if your people don't do what they are supposed to do and get the results that they are supposed to get.

The issue comes down to how do you relate to them? How you interact with you people that makes them want to not be factory workers or information workers or whatever kind of 21st-century robot or drudge that you are turning them into.

I will simply say that you are functioning like a "manager." The big mistake you're making is that your managing behavior. Instead of "managing," I want to encourage you to lead, to inspire, to get them excited about their work again.

How do you do that? I don't know your office to give you a convenient handy-dandy ways to the you can just unzip a solution from a plastic bag. (Another industrial solution), shakeup and poor and everything is going to be fine. You have to wake up and do some things differently. Otherwise, your work is going to be tedious, so is their's, you will get best effort from them… And that is really what you want.

For you, you want to feel great going to work instead of the monotony of the bus/the train/the traffic... The "what time can I leave today." You want to love what you do, enjoy it and delight in it and be able to inspire people to feel the same way.

Don't just simply treat them like factory workers in the 19th century. It isn't working; you have to do it differently. . . Or else.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked in recruiting for what seems like one hundred years. He is the head coach for JobSearchCoachingHQ.com and NoBSCoachingAdvice.com

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.

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Secrets of Successful People They Are in Charge (VIDEO)


Continuing my series on secrets of successful people, I discuss another quality that they possess– they are in charge . . . But not in the way that your thinking.

Summary

I am continuing the series that I'm doing about the secrets of successful people. The title is a little misleading in that most people will think they when I say, "THEY ARE IN CHARGE," that I mean that they are the boss of their own enterprise. They are the owner. They are that this. They are the that. The fact is that that is not what I am talking about.

People who are successful act like professionals. They work at their craft. If they don't feel like doing something that is part of their job they do it anyway. You see what they learned over the course of time is that practice does make perfect. Maybe not perfect but it does make better than they are now. The result was a being that for most (for lack of a better term) "amateurs," they quit on themselves. They sell themselves short. They think, "I'm not good at this," and as a result, don't strive to achieve more.

I was coaching someone, a week or 2 ago who is trying to put together a program for an organization that she is involved with and she was saying, "I'm not a creative sorts. I can do a lot of the tactical things and I'm not really good at thinking creatively." That was her patented excuse for why she couldn't do this project.

As I start to explore things with her, I got her to see that creativity, although there are gifts to it, for many is an acquired craft. As you start to develop more objective skill and more measurable skill, often the creativity comes in later. For her, her mind was so locked in. That was hard for her to see anything differently.

For you who may be looking at how to be successful, there are times where you're going to want to shut up, shut down and not do the work. I'm often reminded of a quote, "The secret to success without work is still a secret." I love that quote!

There are no accidents. There are no guarantees. Putting the effort in and taking charge of your mind, and the ways that it sabotages you is a starting place for a lot of successful people.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked in recruiting for what seems like one hundred years. He is the head coach for JobSearchCoachingHQ.com and NoBSCoachingAdvice.com

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.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

Follow The Big Game Hunter, Inc.

For more No BS Coaching Advice & encouragement, visit my website.

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In Much of Life, Safety Isn’t Safe (VIDEO)


Jeff speaks about the problems of playing it safe, offers two suggestions and closes with a quote from Confucius.

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 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 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.”

Why Is Change So Hard?

Originally published at www.NoBSCoachingAdvice.com

I don’t know for sure how it is for you, but, for me, changing is no easy matter. I feel like every “I” must be dotted and ”t” crossed at least a dozen times before me to think it was even possible to consider taking a leap.

Years ago, when I decided to get my Masters while pursuing my existing career as a headhunter, I remember having to overcome my fear of returning to class after 25 years, making time out of my already busy schedule to attend class PLUS make more time for field work, my fear of feeling foolish, failing at both my current career and getting mediocre grades in school, subjecting myself to mocking by co-workers (recruiters are not particularly a sympathetic breed of animal by and large), my parents’ questioning (You have a good job. Why do you need to spend so much money), how I was going to do all the reading (it was common in one class to read a 400 page book weekly) and more.

I remember saying to myself, “I will eat and sleep work and school for a few weeks until I sort out how to do this,” and push aside anything else for a few months. The challenge of grad school and work was hard and has served me well for the past 18 months when I started coaching AND headhunting with an eye toward transitioning to full time coaching at the end of 2016.

The later in the year I got, the greater my fear and anxiety grew (I am not going to differentiate between the two in this article) until reaching its zenith during my final course for the year, amusingly enough called, “Inner Freedom.”

When I started to examine some of my physical reactions when my fear was heightened, I discovered some old triggers resurfacing. I remembered a time in first grade where a teacher slammed me against the back if my chair when I didn’t know the answer to 3+2 after being out of school for a week and very ill. I remembered times I failed in my mind, even though to others I had done extremely well and was very effective however my interpretation of the events as they unfolded minimized my help and emphasized my self-evaluated inadequacies.

I started to construct a logical plan to move forward with my coaching practice and constructed a simple blueprint: List what I was afraid of in excruciating detail. No item was too small or trivial to make the list. All that needed to happen was that it pop into my mind. Pretty easy, so far except I kept telling myself, “That isn’t important enough,” until I made the rule that required me to list it no matter what.

From there, next to each item, I started to list what I could do to minimize that item from occurring. For example, if I were afraid I might have no coaching clients, what could I do to minimize the likelihood of that occurring (to be clear, I am currently working with quite a few men and women around the United States regarding one professional or personal challenge or another. Reality has no basis for my fears).

My final step in addressing my logical mind was to ask myself, “If all else fails, what could I do if I failed at this? What could I do to return to my previous circumstances?” That was a very easy way to address . . . all I needed to do was return to my current career.

And admit failure.

That was a painful one for me. I HATE to fail (You, too, huh). I like to present myself as an expert and am in most situations I step into. But if this one didn’t work out, I would have to confess that I was unsuccessful marketing myself effectively. “It wasn’t that I was a bad coach,” I reminded myself. I just didn’t market myself well.

All of this didn’t address the emotional side of my struggle. I know that in our current world, people are being asked to think mathematically in terms of risk when making decisions. For me, logic was an incomplete measure. For me, the emotional component standing in my way, as illogical as it seemed, was that no one would want to hear what I had to say.

I found that along the way, I accepted the industrial age programming that my parents, the schools I attended, even my employers instilled in me to, “Shut up. Do what I am told. Regurgitate a bunch of stuff on command . . . or else.”

Or else I wouldn’t get into a college.

Or else I wouldn’t get a good job.

Or else I would be fired.

This was all the nonsense of voices in my mind that I heard from others, took on as my own, and that had inhibited me in so many ways. Any of you have voices in your head that aren’t really your own and inhibit you?

I have always been a strong performer but all the programming said, “Don’t take the risk! You could fail!!”

So back to the list I went to look up, “You could fail,” and saw, “Anything is possible but if you do, you can always go back to recruiting. It might take a few months to become productive again but you can always go back.”

What holds you back? What is the story you have been telling yourself to keep yourself small and avoid the career, business or life you want?

Working with a coach provides you with different eyes and ears on a problems and can give you a missing perspective on what you are wrestling with.

Great athletes and entertainers all have coaches. Many business leaders do, too. All of them develop relationships with their coaches that gives them perspective on their leadership and their lives.

Make the new year your best ever.

© The Big Game Hunter, Inc. Asheville, NC 2016

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been coaching people to play their professional and personal games BIG for what seems like 100 years.

For more No BS Coaching Advice & encouragement, visit my website.

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Why Do People Hire Career Coaches?

I offer one basic reason and offer two scenarios for why someone should hire a career coach.

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Summary

"Why Do People Hire Career Coaches?"

The 1st answer I'm going to say may sound flip to some of you and self-serving to others, but is factually correct. The answer is, "because they are smart."

They know they need help. They haven't been able to figure it out for themselves so they do the smart thing. They are getting advice. They are getting help from someone who knows better than they how to get the result that they want. Let me illustrate. Let's start with the job search scenario and then go on to a few others.

In a job search, a person has been hitting their head against the wall. They're not getting the results they want. They had been talking to friends, family, former managers, anyone that they know who know little more than day in order to get advice.  Doesn't it make sense to ask someone who has far more experience than they in helping people find work to help them get results?  Of course it is.  It is smart.

Let me give you another scenario.  Someone is in a career they don't really care for. They are bored. Listless.  They are behaving weirdly with family.  Behaving this way because they are just not happy doing the work that they are doing.  They go to a career coach for help.

Career coaches have tools and experiences that will help a job hunter, help you as a professional who is struggling with what to do next. They may be able to help you get to where you want to faster.  Now you may still fumble around because it's not like I'm going to listen to you and say, "Oh!  You should be a dentist!"  It doesn't work that way.

We only learn a certain amount from each person AND we can move things along much faster than if you don't see a career coach.

My site, JobSearchCoachingHQ.com is geared toward the job hunting side of life.  

It is very inexpensive if you join there. You'll get access to curated information that will help you find work much faster PLUS the ability to ask me questions, all at a very reasonable price.

If you want to do one-on-one coaching with me, I will help you get to the finish line fast..

If you want to do career coaching,. I do it, and a lot of other people do it. But, coming back to the original question, the goal is not to wander through your life, dissatisfied,, wandering through life unhappy. Life is hard enough. Get help.

Certainly in job search, certainly in other then venues, the people who you go to for advice, have little more experience than you do. What makes you think you're giving you the right information?

Better to get to a coach than fumble around.

 

 

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.”

 

Asking for Directions

 

One of the great stereotypes of the 20th century was that men don’t ask for directions when they are lost. How many arguments occurred in the car between a couple, trying to figure out where the next turn was and he not been willing to pull into a gas station to ask the attendant?

It must’ve been a woman who came up with the idea for GPS and, if not, certainly the GPS app on a mobile phone. How many relationships were saved with those inventions?

Difficulty asking for help is not unique to men. Women have the problem, too.  The fact is, both genders seem to find it preferable to figure things out on their own without help or assistance, even though it is harder, takes longer and is often met with failures along the way.

We all know that asking for help from someone who actually knows what they are talking about is a useful, though underutilized shortcut. Why is it so damn hard to ask for help?

Continued

 

© The Big Game Hunter, Inc. Asheville, NC 2016

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.

Get encouragement at NoBSCoachingAdvice.com

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.”

Keep Your Wits About You

Have you ever lost it? I have it wasn’t a pretty picture. In this video, I talk about the importance of talking yourself down from the cliff and how you should never split the difference.

 

Summary

I wanted to talk with you today about the importance of keeping your wits about you, especially as you go into a negotiation.

I’m sure you realize that there have been times where you’ve lost your cool, gotten into arguments with people, and just felt like destroying them.  Maybe you’ve done it with your wife, husband or partner, maybe with a coworker or friend, and you started dredging up things from your collective past and started throwing it in their face. You start making threats.

How did that work for you? Did you really think that you would get what you wanted?

The result that you’ve gotten is that you thrown a tantrum.  You were a big baby in an adult body but you are still a baby.

If you’re trying to get your way in a negotiation with someone, if someone has said or done something that takes you off and you just lose it, I want to encourage you to just pull back a little bit and say, “I’m sorry. Something that you just said activated an old memory for me.  Can we start this from scratch? I apologize.”

The reason is you’re just not going to win.  All you’re going to do Is cause hatred and resentment.  You’re not going to get your way.

That’s why it’s important to keep your wits about you and pulling back the reins at times.

You can even try to remember whose voice that is. Whose voices that that set you off?  What’s the memory you have of the similar situation back in time?

If this is a negotiation where money is involved, unless you concede the point there, you will concede money in the negotiation. And if they throw their hands up in the air and say, “Okay.  Let’s split the difference,” never ever split the difference because the person who is offering that is getting their way. They are trying to make you think that it is “fair,” And, frankly, it isn’t.

Again, pull yourself back from the abyss, that crazy moment, when you lose it. Get a hold of yourself. Never ever split the difference when you are negotiating.

 

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been coaching people to play their professional and personal games BIG for what seems like 100 years.

For more No BS Coaching Advice and encouragement, visit my website.

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Breaking Out


There is a price we pay to have the life and career we want.

Summary

I want to speak with you today about this notion I have of playing big in the world. There is a price that you pay where you try to break out of the box that organizations try placing you in. For example, if you think back to when you were young, you are brought to school, told to sit at the desk, do what you were told, regurgitate a bunch of facts or else… Or else you might not get into a good college.

You did your best and then went to that good college, told to do the same thing or else you wouldn’t get a good job. These threats go on and on and on and never stop.

In breaking the mold at this stage in your life, and living a little differently, in ways that satisfy you and not necessarily “the machine,” you are changing the dynamics. As a result, there is a price that you pay for doing that. The price usually is criticism.

People start telling you that you are doing the wrong thing. In their own way, they’re trying to show you that they care about you and don’t want you to be hurt. But their dream is not your dream and you need to live yours.

A lifetime doesn’t last as long as we would like it to. Trust me. I remember talking to my dad before he passed, he missed things they want to have happen in his life. But there were more things they want to do and feel and experience… But time didn’t permit him to do them. The same is true of all of us.

Criticism is that tax or price we pay for breaking out on the confines of that box that institutions you try to socialize us into. If you are willing to pay that practice and face rejection and criticism, there is a potential for hope,

for change for living the life we want to have. There are no guarantees, just possibility of learning the lessons that you need to so that you can live the life that you’ve always wanted.

Your choice. Whatever is good for you is good for me. I would like to support you with it. If you are interested, reach out to me.. My web address is www.NoBSCoachingAdvice.com; schedule some time with me.

I would love to help you play big in the world.

 

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been coaching people to play their professional and personal games BIG for what seems like 100 years.

For more No BS Coaching Advice and encouragement, visit my website, www.NoBSCoachingAdvice.com

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Sometimes, You Don’t Use the Whip

 

Most managers tend to use a whip.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been coaching people to play their professional and personal games BIG for what seems like 100 years.

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