"Any Given Sunday"

Job Search Lessons from The Movies (VIDEO)

 

In this video, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter looks at the movie, “Any Given Sunday” and pulls out a great quote to motivate you to prepare.

Summary

This 1 that comes from an old Al Pacino movie, not 1 of his better ones, called, "Any Given Sunday." He plays a football coach and in it, there's a lesson that I think is very applicable. It's something I stress but I've never said quite as directly as this line.

"You find that life is a game of inches. So is football. That's because in either game, life were football, the margin for error is so small, I mean, want to have a second too late or too early and you don't quite make it. One half second to slow, too slow, too fast and you don't quite catch it."

This is about all the preparations. I encouraged my videos and podcasts, and articles that are designed to help you understand the importance of preparation. You can go out there and wing it but, at the end of the day, you want to rely on luck and good fortune or would you rather be like a professional athlete or college athlete and betrayed that had a muscles honed so that you can can execute perfectly at the time of combat?

I think that's really where you want to be. It's only amateurs to go out there and try to figure it out on the fly. Amateurs miss out on things that they could've gotten. A professional, a great amateur, what is it be ready for those moments from all that time in preparation.

This is being recorded in March, 2015 where we are at the Final 4 of the NCAA tournament. These teams been practicing for the entire season and beyond to get ready for this time and ultimately to compete for the championship. There going to be small differences between one's human another that the preparation is invoked in this quote makes a difference for.

Don't just rely on luck. Don't rely on good fortune, your charm, your personality. Those are skills that you have developed over the course of a lifetime. Prepare your answers and prepare a plan. 2 things to get yourself ready. You will do much better.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a recruiter for more than 40 years.

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"Any Given Sunday"

Job Search Lessons from The Movies: Any Given Sunday | Job Search Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter looks at the movie, “Any Given Sunday” and pulls out a great quote to motivate you to prepare.

Summary

This 1 that comes from an old Al Pacino movie, not 1 of his better ones, called, "Any Given Sunday." He plays a football coach and in it, there's a lesson that I think is very applicable. It's something I stress but I've never said quite as directly as this line.

"You find that life is a game of inches. So is football. That's because in either game, life were football, the margin for error is so small, I mean, want to have a second too late or too early and you don't quite make it. One half second to slow, too slow, too fast and you don't quite catch it."

This is about all the preparations. I encouraged my videos and podcasts, and articles that are designed to help you understand the importance of preparation. You can go out there and wing it but, at the end of the day, you want to rely on luck and good fortune or would you rather be like a professional athlete or college athlete and betrayed that had a muscles honed so that you can can execute perfectly at the time of combat?

I think that's really where you want to be. It's only amateurs to go out there and try to figure it out on the fly. Amateurs miss out on things that they could've gotten. A professional, a great amateur, what is it be ready for those moments from all that time in preparation.

This is being recorded in March, 2015 where we are at the Final 4 of the NCAA tournament. These teams been practicing for the entire season and beyond to get ready for this time and ultimately to compete for the championship. There going to be small differences between one's human another that the preparation is invoked in this quote makes a difference for.

Don't just rely on luck. Don't rely on good fortune, your charm, your personality. Those are skills that you have developed over the course of a lifetime. Prepare your answers and prepare a plan. 2 things to get yourself ready. You will do much better.

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

If you are an executive who is interested in 1 on 1 coaching, email me at JeffAltman(at)TheBigGameHunter.us​.

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The Big Career Management Lessons from The Shawshank Redemption (VIDEO)


In this video, I look at 3 characters from the movie, The Shawshank Redemption, and use it to speak about a career mistake. They too many people make.

Summary

If you've never seen the movie, "The Shawshank Redemption," you are missing a gem. It is based upon the story by Stephen King. It is a wonderful, wonderful American movie focusing on Andy Dufresne, Red , and a minor character that shows up named Brooks. Between the 3 of them . I think there person terrific lessons for employees who work for firms. Brooks is someone who works in the prison library, my thoughts about this came together for me this morning.

Brooks is released from prison and not long after he is out and doing the work that is expected of him on the outside, he comes to realize that he can't really function on the outside and commit suicide. Red is released and checks into her room and seeing his car into the beam are the words, "Brooks Was Here." Red has been bagging groceries in a supermarket, working hard, asking for permission to do things like he did in prison. Red comes to realize that he is on the same path that Brooks was on.

Then, there is Andy Dufresne. He is the embezzler, the bank robber, the guy who embezzled money from his bank and no one has ever found it. He makes a path for himself in prison the hard way. It is a very hard path, let's not kid ourselves. If you seen this movie, you'll know what I'm talking about.

Andy refuses to become institutionalized like Brooks was and read discovers he was in a very different way. Red is a little bit of a con man, the one you can get cigarettes from from the outside. If there's something special that you want, he will arrange for it. Yet, he has worked in that system and doesn't really know how to function in the real world.

For many of you job hunters, for many of you who worked in one organization for a long time, you have become as institutionalized as Brooks. You've learned to believe the BS that you been told by your employer about what you're capable of and what you are incapable of. When you finally get to the outside, you'll learn that you're capable of a lot more.

And there is a risk because you may discover that it is scary out there. I'll let you in on a secret – – it is. When you step into an environment outside of your comfort zone, it feels a little scary. But doing so is going to be the way that you will survive and eventually thrive by getting out of the places that put these deadening rules on you that cause you to conform and behave and do things that you really don't want to be doing.

It starts with courage. It starts with the courage to realize that there's more to your life and more to your work life than just doing this. That's the lesson from Andy Dufresne., Andy looks like someone who is becoming a part of the system and she isn't. He is willing to take risks-- calculated risks.

Eventually, he winds up making it to the outside and living.

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.

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Networking Advice from “The Godfather” About Reciprocity | Job Search Radio

Ep 261 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter uses a quote from the movie, “the Godfather” to illustrate the importance of reciprocity when networking.

Summary

(Speaking like the Godfather) "I've done you this favor.. Someday I will ask you for a favor, and you will not refuse me." That's Marlon Brando in, "The Godfather." He is speaking with the funeral home director.

You keep reaching out to people all the time to network. Suddenly, someone reaches out to you who has been helpful to you and you act in an almost indignant manner.

Get over it! You're asking people for favors and they are entitled to ask you from for favors, too.

Recognize there is supposed to be reciprocity and networking. Just remember the advice from the Godfather. "I done you this favor. Someday I will ask you a favor and you shall not refuse me." And they are right to ask you for the favor. You've asked them and they had been helpful to you.

Come on! Be generous. If you want to advance professionally, if you want to find work, not just simply in this search, but throughout your career, don't burn your relationships. Make sure that you are always there being generous with what you offer, so that this way you can turn around to someone and say that line.

"I've done you this favor. Someday I'll ask you…" You get the idea.

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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Another Job Search Lesson from “The Godfather”| No BS Job Search Advice Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers another pearl of wisdom from “The Godfather” to teach you about loyalty to your employer.

corleone-family

Summary

This is a quote from the 1st movie where the oldest son, Santino, talks to Michael is about to enter the military.  I think this is the scene where he gives in a noogy.  This is the quote: 

"Your country aint your blood.  Remember that."  It is not in typical James Caan fashion.

The lesson here is going to pertain to job search.  It isn't about your country. It's about the company you work for.  

A lot of the way you've been trained to think about employers is propaganda from the employer's perspective.  The training you to be loyal.  It's about working hard for the organization and rising up through the ranks.

"Don't change jobs too often.  After all…" Lots of cautionary tales that basically tell you to keep your mouth shut and go to work.

The lesson here is really what do employers do on their side?  They do whatever is necessary to stay afloat.  Most firms will do that ethically; on occasion, there are some firms that will do it unethically and sometimes, illegally.  With regard to how they deal with employees, frankly, employees are disposable.  They use you as long as they can. If they don't need you, you are gone.  If economic circumstances change, your gone.

You need to conduct your career in much the same way, too.  You can't just sit there waiting patiently for some of the tapping on the shoulder and say, "I think you're ready for that promotion to program her grade level II."  (I just use that as an example of 1 of those stupid institutional titles that employers sometimes use)

Instead, think in terms of what is going to advance your career.  What is going to help you get ahead?  That can be internally or externally.  As I've said many times, the person who gets ahead isn't always the smartest or work the hardest (although those are great qualities to have).  The people who get ahead are the ones who are alert to opportunity.  Sometimes those are internal to their current organization. But, more often than not, they are external to it.

When you're tapped on the shoulder for an internal opportunity, is normally as a result of the patient, slow ascent up through the ranks.  When you're tapped on the shoulder externally, it is because someone sees something in you that they want.  They believe they need.  They think you have it.  

That is a halo that allows you to leverage that situation much more aggressively.

Isn't that really what is about?

It isn't about rising through the ranks slowly because the think you're ever going to get to the point where the 65 years old and retiring from these firms? Of course not. They will get rid of you way before then, or make the conditions untenable for you way before that.

You need to think of your career as being a series of steps, up through the ranks. Sometimes, you will make mistakes. You want to be in a position where you are in charge of your life, not your employer.

 

 

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.

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Advice from “The Godfather” About Negotiating Salary | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter uses a memorable quote from “The Godfather” to offer advice about salary negotiation.

the-godfather

Summary

I’m back today with more advice from The Godfather about job hunting.  In the movie, it isn’t done a better job hunting. Marlon Brando plays The Godfather, James, Caan plays Place his older son, Sonny. Sonny is a hot tempered guy, very quick. There is a point where Sonny says something about what he is thinking and The Godfather says these words:

“Never tell anyone outside the family what you are thinking again.”

The idea behind this is often, in negotiations, people are asking you, “What do you think about the job?

I think it’s okay to answer them.  With regard to compensation,, you are always best served if you hold back a little bit.  You can say something like, “I’m thinking pretty favorably about this.  I’m hoping this is a high offer.

Avoid giving them a number in the negotiation phase.  Why? Because as soon as you give them a number, that’s the one that they are focused on.  No higher. No lower.  That’s it.

If you have 2 or 3 firms on the hook, then they will start bidding against one another.  You can start playing one off against the other

Recruiters may say something to you like, “Tell me what you are thinking.  What is it going to take to close the deal?”  In all candor, I do this all the time.  What serves you best is if you hold out what that number is problem is going to cause you to say yes.  Sometimes, the character strategy is that the recruiter will come back and lowball you.

You will respond by saying, “What! That is ridiculous!  I would never take an offer like that!”

“What would you take?”

At that point, you start talking about the number and then they’ve got you.

Hold off on talking about specific numbers that will cause you to say yes.  Like The Godfather says,, “Never tell anyone outside the family. What you are thinking.”  What will happen is that’s the only number they are going to be concerned about.  You’re better off if you have multiple situations going and tell them what the other firms are thinking, not what you are thinking.

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

Networking Advice from “The Godfather”

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter channels the voice of Marlon Brando in, “The Godfather” to make a point about a mistake people make when they network.

Summary

I met have a little fun today and offer job search tip in the process. The phone is going to be around the idea of job search lessons from “The Godfather.”

One of the best ones comes early in the movie when someone comes to the Godfather to ask for help… Marlon Brando adopts a look that is wonderful and teaches one of the best lessons of networking.

You never even invite me to your house for a cup of coffee and now you ask me for a favor.

What is he telling him? You only contact me when you need me; the rest of the time, I’m nothing to you. That’s how many job hunters go about networking. They go out there and repeatedly ask, “Can you help me? Can you help me? Can you help me?” The person that there networking with, that there reaching out to respond by thinking, “You never even invite me to your house for a cup of coffee and now you ask me for a favor. Like I’m supposed to do something for you something

In other words, you are being selfish. You’re showing no consideration. No respect for the other person.

I don’t know how it is for you but I received calls from people every few years when they’re looking for job. If I call them and ask for help with the search I’m involved with, their responses not to return my phone call. Why should I help them?

“Your earn a fee.”

I can earn plenty of fees and I do. The question is, “How should I conduct myself?

You want to work toward creating and building a relationship of trust where people want to help you. Just waiting until someone calls you up or you call someone, you can expect the same response that the Godfather gives, “You never even invite me to your house for a cup of coffee and now you ask me for a favor.”

Again, don’t be selfish. Don’t be a mooch. Treat your relationships well and they will be very happy to help you. That will take time but hopefully you can learn this lesson and don’t have to repeat it year in and year out, lurching from one desire the network with the person to another and, instead, making it a part of your life

 

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.”

Should You Consider a Counteroffer? Following Advice from “The Godfather”

Pacino Godfather

 

On any given Friday afternoon, bosses around the world are going through mental calculations when they hear you say, “Can I see you for a minute.”

I remember hearing the question when Ford came to me at [2:30] that day (you never forget your first time). He was not a stellar performer and had disappeared for a 4 hour lunch only two days before without giving us the courtesy of a phone call. Thus, I was not surprised when he asked to speak with me. He was obviously looking for a job.

The question I was now faced with was how to respond to what was coming. Ford awkwardly explained his decision to leave and the opportunity he received from a new firm in a new field. He was taking a job outside of recruiting. I decided there was nothing to wish him good luck. How could I extend a counteroffer to someone who had decided to leave the work he was doing?

But you may be facing a different challenge as a job hunter. You may be joining a firm doing similar work to what you are currently doing but for different people. How do you respond? How do you respond?

For years, it has been agency gospel to reach into a desk drawer or email an article written by Paul Hawkinson called, “The Road to Ruin,” that discourages people from taking a counter offer.

The article points out

  • Any situation in which an employee is forced to get an outside offer before the present employer will suggest a raise, promotion or better working conditions, is suspect.
  • No matter what the company says when making its counteroffer, you’ll always be considered a fidelity risk. Having once demonstrated your lack of loyalty (for whatever reason), you’ll lose your status as a “team player” and your place in the inner circle.
  • Counteroffers are usually nothing more than stall devices to give your employer time to replace you.
  • Your reasons for wanting to leave still exist. Conditions are just made a bit more tolerable in the short term because of the raise, promotion or promises made to keep you.
  • Counteroffers are only made in response to a threat to quit. Will you have to solicit an offer and threaten to quit every time you deserve better working conditions?
  • Decent and well-managed companies don’t make counteroffers…EVER! Their policies are fair and equitable. They won’t be subjected to “counteroffer coercion” or what they perceive as blackmail.

Now some of the points may have some validity. Your loyalty may be suspect . . . for a while. But are they really a stall tactic to replace you? Unlikely. But the last bullet point is ridiculous . . . well-managed companies DO make counteroffers. But should you consider one?

 

Pacino It's BusinessAfter Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) is shot in Little Italy, young Michael (Al Pacino) saved his father from being whacked at the hospital he was recuperating in, having his jaw broken in the process by a crooked police captain. At a meeting with the various capos of the Corleone family, Michael suggests that Sonny (James Caan) agree to a meeting with the thug who orchestrated the hit and that he would be willing to kill Sollozo and the police captain.

Sonny mocks him.

“Hey, whattaya gonna do, nice college boy, eh? Didn’t want to get mixed up in the family business, huh? Now you wanna gun down a police captain, why, because he slapped you in the face a little bit? Hah@ What do you think this is the Army where you shoot’em a mile away? You’ve gotta get up close like this and bada-bing! You blow their brains all over your nice Ivy League suit.”

Michael makes his persuasive argument that he can do it, concluding with a look of death and words said with steel.

It’s Not Personal, Sonny. It’s Strictly Business.

Making decisions for personal/emotional reasons, rather than from a place of calculating cost/ benefit is silly.

There are a lot of things we can put behind us if we are paid enough or if previous circumstances have changed.

After all, haven’t you argued with your wife, husband, partner, father, mother, son, daughter, friend or others and gotten over it?

Of course you have!

The questions you need to ask yourself are

Why Did I Look for a Job?

What is Going to Be Different?

Is That Enough?

Preparing Michael for what will be the inevitable attempt to kill him about Barzini, the head of another family, Don Vito has great advice couched in a sexist statement.

“It’s an old habit. I spent my whole life trying not to be careless—women and children can be careless, but not men.”

Applying this statement to a counteroffer, you need to go over the changes being proposed to you and whether they are enough.

Let’s say, they match the $10,000 raise. Is that enough? After all, if they had to hire a replacement for you, they might have to spend $20 – $75000 or more to replace you based upon your salary level (Obviously for executive positions, the numbers used would be higher). Why only settle for $10000.

Will you be doing the same job for the same manager who has gotten under your skin? What will be different between the two of you? Is that enough?

What about the work?

The department?

Advancement opportunities?

What about that co-worker who has been grabbing credit for your ideas?

What will change about your circumstances? Are these enough for you? Can you negotiate additional changes?

Kay Adams

Over time, Michael’s sociopathic nature emerges and the lies in the relationship with his wife Kay (Diane Keaton) become more profound. She realizes that she can’t lie to herself any more about who Michael really is and decides to leave him.

Your boss may not be a sociopath, your work may not be so terrible, but statistics say that you will leave within the next 24 months after deciding to stay.

Going into the discussion with open your eyes wide open is preferable to deluding yourself.

Whatever your decision, I hope it works out for you.

 

© 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 as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

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.

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Job Search Lessons from The Movies: Jerry Maguire

I discuss a huge job search lesson from this 1996 blockbuster . . . and no, the advice is NOT, “SHOW ME THE MONEY!”

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