Asking For Help With Job Hunting | No BS Job Search Advice Radio


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter speaks out about the challenges many people have with asking for help in their job search.

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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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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.

It’s Harder to B. S. Companies | Job Search Radio

EP 278 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains how LinkedIn makes it harder for you to BS an employer.

Summary

I did an interview last night that's going to be on job-search radio very soon , with a tilt acquisition director for a firm. The idea of the show is what firms look for when they hire. part of what I want to do was understand how his organization selects people to interview.

Yes, there is the obvious stuff– – Does the resume demonstrate a fit with what they are looking for? They don't want to have to read between the lines. You need to be explicit.

People argue with me all the time that they have the experience to my client is looking for. However, when I look at the resume, there is nothing there to indicate it. They then ask, "Why didn't you call?" Who has time! That was one detail.

Another thing that they do that I thought was really interesting is that they have an account with LinkedIn that lets them see that the entire LinkedIn database. Fabulous! What they look for his how you explain what you have done on your profile to see if it is congruent with what you've written on your resume. They are also looking for endorsements and recommendations on your profile. With endorsements,, I'm going to use an example (he didn't use this one; . I think it is a good example). Because it is something that I did recently.

A person sent they are resume to me for a PHP job. I look at their profile on LinkedIn. They have 25 endorsements for Java and 2 for PHP. What is the message? Obviously, that they are not as experienced in PHP as they are in Java. You have to have a profile that is congruent with how you are marketing yourself. Because recruiters are looking at your profile for clues. They are trying to see whether what you are communicating your resume is BS or whether it is accurate.

They look at recommendations as a way of seeing what kind of what kind of references you have. It's a really interesting approach that this guy talked about.

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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Get Off Your Butt. Do Something! | Job Search Radio

EP 273 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter encourages executives to get offline but and get out of the house.

Summary

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

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

Get busy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

You don't have to be high-octane workaholic Joe or Jane. What you need to be is "on." Doing something while you're looking for work will go a long way toward helping you

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is 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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. It helps other people discover the show and makes me happy!

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5 Dumb Mistakes Job Hunters Make WAY Too Often and How to Correct Them | Job Search Radio


Each time job hunters try to change jobs, they make mistakes that prove costly as they re-learn the skills needed to find work.

On this show, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter speaks with Karen Mattonen about 5 of those mistakes and what you can do to avoid them and not cost yourself a job you really want.

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 function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions. NOW WITH A 7 DAY FREE TRIAL

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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.”

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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.

Past Performance Does Not Guaranty Future Results and Other Mistakes (VIDEO)


Three mistakes people make that prove so costly.

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 function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions. NOW WITH A 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.”
Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes
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.

The Emotional Side of Job Search (VIDEO)


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses the emotional side of job hunting and encourages you to get support.

Summary

Today's show i him him him s about the emotional side of job hunting, how touchy you may be, how frustrated you may be and not even be conscious of it.

For many of you, job hunting is harder than it needs to be.  However, let's work with the premise that you are in the middle of this slog and you are trying your best, and all that is happening is that you are hitting your head against the wall or nothing is happening for you fast enough.  Your impatience is working its way under your skin.  These are pretty common responses to the process of jobhunting.

Your anxiety is higher.  You feel tense.  You may not amount.  When all is said and done, you may find yourself testy.  The people that you love, care for, your family, a lot of individuals around you may start walking on eggshells because they are afraid to set you off.

There are way too many of the people who been out of work too long. Who killed their families and then kill themselves.  I'm surely not suggesting that you are in that boat, but it is indicative of the emotional side of job search, how much we have our identity wrapped up in our work and when it is taken away from us. Or, even if you are working, and you're trying to find something else. How frustrating the process can be when it just doesn't go your way.

Be aware that there's times where people are going to make suggestions to you.  They are doing that because they are seeing things in your behavior or seeing things in what you are doing, where they think they can help you.  I don't want you to push them away.  If anything, I want you to be inclusive with them. Even if you think they are wrong.  I want you to say, "Tell me more about that." Then listen and respond by saying, "You've given me a lot to think about and I don't want to respond right now because my instincts may not be working properly.  Trust me, I am going to think about this and circle back to you."
Don't push anyone away.  You never want to be pushing someone away under any circumstance and particularly in the job search circumstance, you want to have as many allies around you as possible to support you emotionally as part of research.  If the advice you get is bad. I still want you to think people for taking the risk of talking with you about. It may be better than you think it is about. For now, let's assume that it is bad advice and you still want to thank them.
People may say that you are angry all the time.  You are snapping at people.  Well, you don't want to be snapping at people or feel angry all the time.  You certainly don't want to respond by saying, "What do you mean by that?"  It is a joke here, but when all is said and done what you want to be doing is taking in things from people, keeping them in your sphere of influence, inviting them in, encouraging them to support you.
Most job hunters don't fully appreciate the emotional side of jobhunting.  They think that is soon as they start looking for work. The heavens will open up, they will instantly be successful and unfortunately it doesn't work that way.  You need emotional support throughout your process.

Most of you don't know that I am trained as a psychotherapist so I can help you with the emotional side of your job search, as well as with the concrete things to be done.

The best way to engage me is by joining JobSearchCoachingHQ.com in order to have access to all the concrete material as well as discounts on my coaching work with 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 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 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.

 

Stupid Job Search Mistakes: Being on the Wrong Side of History (VIDEO)


With data mining developing so quickly and firm’s ability to check you becoming easier, I remind you make a conscious choice about sharing your opinions.

Summary

This is a simple video to remind you 1 of those stupid job-search mistakes that people make way too often. I call it, "Being on the wrong side of history."

We let it a very hyper-charged times with people arguing relentlessly about one issue or another. I don't want to take you away from any conscious decision you choose to make but I want to encourage you to make a conscious decision.

Whether you are right or left makes no difference because there is going to come a time where your opinion is not going to be enough to satisfy "the revolutionaries." I want to be clear, if you're progressive, there's going to be someone who's going to overturn your opinions later on. Don't believe me? Just remember that the policy called "Don't Ask. Don't Tell" was popular among progressive years ago and see how that is turned out?

The issue more than anything that is that data and data collection has become so dominant for so many organizations and that is only getting more so. Understand that firms are using data mining techniques now that are relatively immature be getting better every day to find people and learn everything about them before they meet.

How does that affect you? Real simple. It's your choice as to whether or not your speech is protected and whether or not you want to sue if someone chooses not to interview you based upon your opinion

If you don't think this is an issue because you're in business for yourself, think twice about that. There are people out there looking to see what people's political opinions are.

I just want you to be conscious. Make decisions that you think are right for you. I'm not going to lecture you about your politics. I personally don't care. All I want you to do is be conscious that what you say and what you do online may have an impact, even though you may think it's popular now, it may come back to bite you in the butt in the future.

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

NOW WITH A 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.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

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.

A lifetime is not a long time

A Lifetime is Not a Long Time | Job Search Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter encourages you to get to work to find work sooner rather than later. After all, a lifetime is not a long time.

Summary

Let me say something to you that is very simple and I hope will be very helpful.

A lifetime is not a long time. We like to think of ourselves as immortal, but life is a way of showing us how foolish we really are.

How do you want to live between now and that inevitable conclusion to your life?

Because people wander through life with purposelessness. Then, they come upon the end of their life and ask themselves, "Is this all there is?"

For you as a job hunter, stop fooling around. It is time to start getting down to work. It's time to take it seriously and confront the fears that you have about talking to absolute strangers. Confront all the things that you do to procrastinate. That's because, at the end of the day, you're either going to have a life that you're proud of or not. I will have to do with you.

Yes, there is bias out there, but a lot is going to have to do with you.

You want to always be blaming people, or would you rather take charge of things?

Personally, I may not have done more than create a few hundred videos that wind up in the trashcan of life. I tried to do some things to help people. I encourage you to do the same thing.

Do your best. Find inspiration in the people around you and the things that you read.

Stop wasting time. Take it seriously.

At the end of your life, like I said, you are only going to have yourself look back on and the choices that you've made and the consequences of those choices

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.

NOW WITH A 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.”

Please give “Job Search Radio” a great review in iTunes. It helps other people discover the show and makes me happy!

Bah Bah Sheeple, Where Do You Roam? You’re Hurting Yourself! | Job Search Radio

So many of you run your job search like a bunch of sheeple. What do I mean?

Summary

A friend of mine John, uses the term, "sheeple," to describe sheep-people.. Most of you conduct your job search like a bunch of sheeple. You act as though you are powerless to do anything… So you think. You get taken along the conveyor belt of behavior to the point where, eventually, you are dropped into a new job. Most of the way through the process for variety of reasons, you conduct yourself like an amateur. You write a resume. You uploaded to an applicant tracking system. You wait for a response. You disparage the system as "the black hole" because your resume doesn't get any responses, even though the reason it doesn't get any responses, at least 2 out of the 3 reasons, are your fault. The 1st reason is that you didn't make a case for your experience that fits the job that you are applying to. And the 2nd is that you should never send a resume to an applicant tracking system.

You go on interviews ill-prepared. You don't know what questions to ask early on in order to advantage yourself over the competition. Instead, what you wind up doing you are on the conveyor belt, the firm lurches forward and then pulls back… And you take it. You take it when they leap all over you and then go away for 3 weeks and then suddenly show up again and go, "Are you still available?? And you say, "Yes!" And then they disappear again for another 2 weeks.

There is no reason to tolerate bad behavior by employers. A lot of employers are engaged in bad behavior. There is no reason for you to engage in bad behavior on your own because you're angry at someone else and take it out on the person that is in further view.

You act like amateurs under interviews. Don't believe me? Tell me about the last interview you went on we are, at the end of the day, at the completion of the interview, you know you screwed up. Come on! Be honest with yourself! As soon as you walk out of an interview and say to yourself, "I am not sure," I know you have been rejected. That's because if you were sure you would know in your bones that you will be going on to the next round because you are just not that out of the park.

That's why JobSearchCoachingHQ.com it is so good. From the beginning of the process to onboarding with the next organization, the site covers enormous material that gives you an advantage over your competition AND it levels the playing field between you and the potential employer so that you're not just put on the conveyor belt. If you just want to be another drone or another widget that is on the belt and is going in one door and out another, keep what you been doing, learn through trial and error, keep making mistakes until eventually. You say to yourself, "Thank God I got a job!" There is no reason for that.

For now, the economy is decent; there are cities with our great employment opportunities, and others word is a lot harder. Regardless, whether you are in a city with a lot of advantages that is higher in droves or not, there are things that you can learn to allow you to command more money when it comes down to the are making you an offer.

You see, sometimes employers make lukewarm offers because you haven't really sold them well enough. Sometimes, it is just because they have a budget that limits them. The budget is for less money than what you are looking for and they throw a, "Hail Mary" at you. Then, it's up to you to say, "No, let's negotiate. I'm not prepared to accept $10-$20,000 less than what I'm looking for. Let's talk about what we each need to do to reach a successful conclusion."

Most of the time, people simply act irrationally, immaturely and without perspective. I'm not trying to be chopped except to point out what is obvious. If you talk to recruiters all over the world, corporate or agency recruiters, they will tell you in all honesty, how badly people interview, how badly they run their job search, and that they need help. It is up to you to act and get help.

I saw a piece the other day that asked, "Should I talk to a recruiter or a career coach?" Recruiters are there for one purpose – – to fill jobs with their clients and then get paid. If you think you're going to get impartial advice from a recruiter, you're wrong. They'll help you get the interview, they will help you get the job WITH THEIR CLIENT, but they are not there to help you get a job, except with their client.

JobSearchCoacahingHQ.com will help you no matter who the client is and you'll get great advice from me. One on one advice that deals with your situation. Check out the site. There is a time there that can help you. All my books and guys the job hunting… Videos… Podcasts… Articles that I have written... All there for one low price.

Again, JobSearchCoachingHQ.com

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 is a leadership and career 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.

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.”

No BS Coaching Advice

Believing the BS | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

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Ep 596 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter debunks one of the career myths we all act as though we believe.

Summary

I have made mistakes in my career; I suspect the same is true of you, too.

Just to talk about career mistakes of my own, for quite a few years I worked for agencies for long spans of time. Invariably, what happened, was that we got to a point where management start the blame staff pretty regularly because they weren't perfect.

There are a variety of things that happened. For example, at the last agency I worked with, what would happen is the owner would cut back on tools and resources and we had less support to help us. We did more "stuff" and we weren't getting the same results as we were used to getting what we had more of those assets. At a previous firm, we had an owner that, in my opinion, was "nuts" at times. He will become psychologically abusive to the staff. Staff will become sufficiently frustrated but, kind of like an abused spouse, we hung in there because we were all making a living until we weren't. 9/11 happened and Noah can make a living in the aftermath.

When all is said and done, you look at your own circumstances. Many of us focus in on our immediate comfort and try to make things work because we have grown up to believe you go to work for company, you work your way up the ranks, you achieve a modicum of success, and, invariably, things will work out.

Let me let you in on a secret. Even at the biggest firms, particularly at the biggest firms, the ones we've all been propagandized to believe are the bastions of stability, there is no stability whatsoever. All the major banks laid off during the last recession. All the major manufacturers label substantial numbers of people. Every industry, every organization of any size or substance laid staff off.

What stability was there?

Zero.

But we all believed that we go to work for company, work hard, you get ahead, you work your way up through the ranks. It isn't true. When times get tough, business now, unlike what they did in the 1950s, does what's right for management and shareholders and lets people go in order to survive or last through the storm. I'm not being critical of them. I'm being critical of those of us who believe that working for a large firm means stability.

The only stability that exists is the stability that exists with having the skills and experiences that are desirable. And, I have had this in, learning the skills needed to find a job, different than the skills needed to do a job.

Again, catch that one. Learning the skills needed to find the job different than the skills needed to do a job. Putting yourself in the position to be found. Having desirable expertise. Marketing yourself, or just simply when you are looking for work, but uniformly. It's not like suddenly companies market their toilet paper, for example, on Tuesdays. They are out there marketing all the time. You have to be marketing all the time.

You want to be practicing and rehearsing how to respond if the phone rings and there is a recruiter on the line. Most importantly, you have to break the cycle of BS that you've been brought up to believe and have internalized to believe that you go to work for company and work your way up through the ranks. The fact is, in this economy, in this new economy that has gone into place, I'm not exactly sure whether it was in 2001 in the post 9/11 era or after the economic collapse in 2008… It doesn't matter. The way we are now is that business wants to hire disposable people who they can get rid of at times where it is inconvenient.

You have to think of it in the same way. If they are going to get rid of you, what will the next firm be looking for that you can sell to them? What will make you attracted to the next firm apart from all your competition? What makes you unique? What makes you special? What makes you someone that they want to hire?

 

 

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.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

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