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The Forgotten Job Search Strategy | Job Search Radio


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http://webtalkradio.net/internet-talk-radio/2017/08/01/the-forgotten-job-search-strategy/

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter reminds you of this old but forgotten job search strategy, particularly if you are in sales.

Summary

The strategy is START KNOCKING DOWN DOORS, DAMN IT!

Don't just sit behind LinkedIn. Don't just sit behind your computer screen. Call people. Reach out to them! Don't just simply sit back passively and apply to jobs to applicant tracking systems.

You may leave a voicemail message for them. You may leave for messages for them. The fact of the matter is, particularly if you are in sales, is the single best representation of your persistence and determination that is going to attract you to employers.

In a lot of other fields, if you wait for the applicant tracking system to refer you to the hiring manager for them to see your resume and not get weeded out by it, you are making a huge mistake.

Start banging on doors and demanding to be seen. Not rudely. Not saying things like, "YOU MUST SEE ME! YOU MUST INTERVIEW ME!" Make your presence felt.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

Do you have a quick question you would like me to answer? Pay $50 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.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

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.”

Stupid Job Search Mistakes: Believing It Is in the Bag


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I was reminded of this from listening to a podcast and how fans of the Atlanta Falcons thought the Super Bowl was in the bag until it wasn’t.

Summary

I want to talk with you today about 1 of the stupid job search mistakes that is reminder by listening to a podcast. It was talking about how in the world of sports, There was the humbling defeat of the Atlanta Falcons in The Super Bowl last year.

I want to be clear that the podcast cannot speak in these terms. The Falcons were up 28-3, It is the middle of the 3rd quarter and they are destroying the New England Patriots.The fans are celebrating. The players aren't celebrating but the fans are, thinking it is in the bag. But I know, that in job hunting, there are People who at a certain stage in the job process Think it is in the bag and start to ease up. In the course of easing up, they make stupid mistake after stupid mistake or one critical one that proves so costly.

I remember when I was a beginning recruiter back in The Stone Ages, when was still working at employment agency as a beginner, and hearing a story about a guy who is interviewing at General Foods , which, at that time, was a behemoth consumer products firm that made lots of cereal products and other well-known products. This was a talented technical guy, well spoken, Great appearance, and he has been in for all day. Is soon to meet the Director of mIS Which, at that time, was the title for the top person in technology. Is there talking to this person And ask him, "why are you looking for a job now?" He answers by saying In his cocky and arrogant manner, "I want to work in a better organization. Right now, I work with a bunch of (I apologize if you are listening to this nd are a member of one of these categories; this is what he said) slobs and Indians. I want to work with a better class of people."

Suffice it to say that the director had the good sense to escort this person out the door Immediately. The candidate said, "I don't understand what's going on."Well, you just present yourself as a racist and as demeaning to people who had worked their way up. Thank goodness you were escorted out and that is what happens when you let your guard down, thinking that you have it in the bag.

Sports is a great humbling vehicle for so many who in their arrogance believe that everything is fine and everything is good. They are taught pretty quickly that if they ease up their opponent will come back and destroyed them. Don't make that kind of mistake. Always remember that you are always selling until the time you are in the ground. The reality is that once you are on the job, selling your ideas occurs, right? You have to sell your ideas constantly or else you become another person working there with nothing special about you.

You are always selling. You never let your guard up.

About Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

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

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

Preparing to Job Search: Getting Clear About Your Target

Preparing to Job Search: Getting Clear About Your Target | Job Search Radio


Listen to the full episode here:
http://webtalkradio.net/internet-talk-radio/2017/11/15/preparing-to-job-search-getting-clear-about-your-target/

EP 43​5 I discuss the importance of understanding what your target is when you are job hunting.

Summary

If you are driving from New York to Boston or maybe Paris to Rome or Brasília to Caracas and you didn't have a GPS or roadmap, how would you get there are how would you even know you are driving in the right direction? The same is true in your career, isn't it? How do you get from junior staff to a director position? How do you from manager to C suite? How to go about doing it?

Most people have magical thinking and believe that if they wish it and hope it and do a good job, that will be their eventual destination. You can also do with smart people do and start interviewing people who have already gotten to where you want to get to that how they got there. This is a form of informational interview where, basically, you meet with someone, not to ask for job, but to ask for information and advice. Some people make the mistake of meeting with one person and believing that they have all the information that they need to know in order to get to their goals. You know, 1 Person Has Their Particular Way. But, instead, I want you to meet with multiple people and look for common threads to their stories and unusual suggestions.

For example, if I people tell you that you need a Masters degree or particular training and one person says that you can get by with an Associates degree, which opinion do you think you should discard? Seriously? The probability is it is going to be the Associates, right? What you have that information, once you've had your questions answered, act on the information. That's the most important thing that people don't do. Don't treat the revised like just another weight loss book or another self-help book to be read and ignored. Act on the advice that you receive.

When I attended school in New York to become a psychotherapist, I remember the teacher at the Institute say that is important to charge a good fee for therapy services. His reasoning was that by paying a good fee, you could afford to be there to help them to receive treatment and continue to help them.

He also said that is important for people to pay because, at the end of the day, the patient is more willing to act on the advice, the insights that they receive in the session. Simply put, free advice is often ignored. Advice that people paper for is likely to get them to take action. That's going to be true of you, too. It's 1 of the reasons that I do coaching is in order to help people take action and do it in a way that my unique skill set (and I do have a very unique skill set, having done recruiting) will go a long way toward helping them break through.

By treating the advice that you receive is being valuable because you paid for it, and telling the person or people they gave it to you what you are doing with their advice, it helps them feel as though you have value their opinion and that they did not just wasting time by speaking with you. A lot of people do that because they get free advice. They don't act on.

So, I'll simply say, if you meet with someone stay in touch with them. Hire a coach because coaching will be something that you will pay for in the good coach will help you move faster than just a friend give you the advice.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching,  all as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

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

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

What Makes Your Heart Sing?

​Preparing to Job Search: What Makes Your Heart Sing?


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http://webtalkradio.net/internet-talk-radio/2017/11/14/%e2%80%8bpreparing-to-job-search-what-makes-your-heart-sing/

EP 434 I discuss a few ways to figure this out. On the show, I mentioned Core Map. To take the Core Map test and receive a discount, email bruce@spectracomm.com  and mention Job Search Radio.

I also mentioned a book, “How The World Sees You.” http://amzn.to/1CNfJId

Summary

I'm happy to be back today talking about another step in the preparation for job hunting. This is the hard one for a lot of people and that should be the natural one, but it becomes the hard one for a lot of people. It's called, "What Makes Your Heart Sing?"

Many people take the time to figure out what makes them happy professionally or a way to achieve it. Some people do it, but most people don't. I think what happens is they work a job that leaves them deadened. You've learned the hard way that work is just something like WORK. It's painful. This is an opportunity to explore alternatives that can make your heart rejoice and feel free.

For a lot of people, that is an alien thought. What you really good? What do you really love doing? What is something that you really love doing that someone would pay you for?

I know for myself, I became a headhunter many years ago and then there was a point there were decide to go to graduate school to get an MSW. I had the good fortune of meeting my wife there. We decide to have a child, buy a house... All sorts of different things. So is chilled my psychotherapy practice idea and became a social worker for job hunters. In doing so and now moving into coaching, I start to share certain things and ideas the really get excited.

The idea of coaching, job hunters, more than "placing them in jobs," has become something that really floats my boat.

For you, if you are not sure what to do or how to go about doing it, take 1 of the quality tests I want to be clear that why speak about Myers-Briggs or Strengths Finders or Core-Map (I thought this was a really interesting one), whichever one you use, don't do the online versions of the test because most of them are just not validated, don't necessarily cover all the material as well as a person administering the test well. Making investment in yourself to figure out what your natural tendencies are.

I really liked Core-Map when I took it. I'm probably going to get a core map certification to administer it, but I don't have it now.. Even if I did, I wouldn't put it in the show notes. I will point you to someone else so that you don't think it's a plug for me making money.

At the end of the day, people learn with their natural tendencies are and what their skills are really good at, what their interests are what leaves them passionate. There was a book that I read the have the fascination test in it. It is Sally Hogshead's book, "How The World Sees You."

When all is said and done, find what your true nature is and start exploring those possibilities so that, in this way, you don't have to be deadened in your next job or in your career. Even if you don't apply it in this job search, you can start thinking about over the next few years and start exploring avenues we can start maximizing your true nature.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching,  all as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

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

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

Job Hunting as an Introvert | Job Search Radio


Being an introvert, can be extremely painful in a world that seems so darned social. You may feel lonely, or like a fake, sad, or pained, just like non-introverts but you have your own unique way of engaging that, often, others don’t understand.

My guest, Bob McIntosh, is someone who is an introvert and runs workshops for job hunters (he’s an introvert, not someone who wants to be a shut in).

We discuss strategies for introverts to use when job hunting.

 

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching,  all as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

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

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

What's transferable?

Preparing to Job Search: What’s Transferable? | Job Search Radio


Listen to the full episode here:
http://webtalkradio.net/internet-talk-radio/2017/11/09/preparing-to-job-search-whats-transferable/

EP 430 Here is another step in your preparation to job hunting

Summary

One thing I would like you to do, you start looking at what your skills are and what your experiences are that are transferable to another industry or field, or even your own business. For example, if you work in the insurance industry and you are doing actuarial work, there is an analytical experience that you have from that. We can go profession by profession , but I think you get the idea that there are things that you can dissect from your working responsibilities that could be transferred to something else.

At the end of the day, start compiling a list that you 1st start thinking of changing jobs. It's not like you're only going to apply for jobs in insurance or baking or what have you. You're going to apply for positions in a whole host of industries and the more senior you are, the more expensive you are and firms want to know what you've done that relates to what they do. Not just simply the tasks but even lines of business.

Get yourself prepared by thinking of what's transferable about what you've done that relates to another industry might look for. Again, just put a list together. You can put it in your cover letter, rather than your resume. In many cases, you can use it in your tailored resume that you sent to a specific firm.

Again, transferable skills are critical.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching,  all as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

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

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

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Instead of a Permanent Position


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses the morning mindset shift in how you approach your new job.

Summary

I would like you to take a moment and think about the language of work.  If you are looking for a job, most of the time you are looking for a. "permanent position," or "a full-time job."  A permanent position is the language of our times, and the result is that we trick ourselves into believing that this job that we are interviewing for is permanent.In point of fact, there is ample experience an ample information to let us know that it really isn't permanent.

I would like you to change your thought process a bit and think of it as a "tour of duty" that what you are doing is signing on to accomplish a particular task , and that when those are complete you are to think of going.  This could be true like having a consulting mentality but for those of you like the security of a full-time position it is a shift in attitude that basically says, "Yes, I'm going to join this firm as a permanent employee (wink wink) and, at the end of this assignment, I'm not wed to what they are going to assign me to next. Because, in point of fact, if I am not going to learn anything, there is nothing new. I'm going to get out of it,, no marketability. I'm going to achieve, on to the next thing and do it with no harm, no foul, no recrimination."

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 1:1 coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

Do you have a quick question you would like me to answer? Pay $50 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.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

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

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Finding the Firm That is Hiring

 

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains how to find out the name of the company that is hiring for that job when the Recruiter drops the ball.

Summary

I spent two thirds of my life as a recruiter. So talking about this, I will never suggest that you go around the recruiter because there are a lot of advantages that come with working with the search firm. But, if a recruiter drops the ball and you disagree with their opinion or action, I am offering a way to get at the hiring firm so that in this way, you have a chance to present yourself.

I want to help solve the puzzle that some of you have about finding a hiring firm. Here's a situation that happened to someone that I knew. I was coaching him and this happened a few years ago.

He saw a listing from a recruiter, contacted the person, but they didn't get back to him for 3 or 4 days. Even though they said they would get back to him the next morning. He called. No response. He called. No response. You really thought he fit the job. He asked me for advice. Here's what you do.

Sometimes, recruiters are little bit lazy. So they will copy and paste job descriptions and turn them into ads.. Why don't you do a Google search, taking some lines out of the job description and see if you can find the position. Sometimes a recruiter will change a few words in the description so you will start off with a broad statement, maybe in the 2nd sentence, or the 3rd sentence, not necessarily the 1st. You look at the requirements of the job and work with 2 or 3 bullet points. ESPECIALLY if there is lengthy text there. Enter into Google and see if something turns up for you.

You can try Indeed or SimplyHired and try the same thing but start with Google. That's what happened for this person. They were able to find the position and apply for the job (the firm didn't hire him). The recruiters judgment was correct. He wasn't really a fit.

However, if you believe you are and want to do this, this is the simplest way to find the firm involved . I see if you can find a third-party recruiter that is sufficiently lazy that they copy and pasted the job description that you can find it.

Remember, there is always the advantage of working through the recruiter. I want to be clear about that. If you can work through her recruiter, you are advantaged, the firm is advantaged, and there are lots of benefits to it for you, including (1) they are going to handle scheduling, (2) they are going to be the ones hocking the employer to see you, (3) they are going to be negotiating,. After all, they know the rough edges and have a relationship with the client. They can speak to those rough edges and handle them for you. There are lots of advantages to working with a recruiter.

However, if for some reason they dropped the ball, where they make a judgment that you disagree with, this is the way to find out about the job so you can apply directly.

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 1:1 coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

Do you have a quick question you would like me to answer? Pay $50 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.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

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

How to Sabotage Your Job Search Part II


Listen to the full episode here:
http://webtalkradio.net/internet-talk-radio/2017/08/11/how-to-sabotage-your-job-search-part-ii/

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses another way job hunters sabotage their job search.

Summary

redible that people take so much time to write resumes and find jobs to apply to. Although applying for jobs not the ideal way to find the job, is a path a lot of people take. That isn't the way that you're sabotaging your search. Here is how you are doing.

Again, you write a resume, you look for places that are positions for you, you send the resume out, you get a phone call and you never call back! It is incredible somebody how often I make a call to someone after receiving a resume or send an email to someone with a few questions and I get no response. Help me understand how that makes sense.

At the end of the day, you are trying to find work. You found the position that you think your background fits, you submit a resume and you don't respond.

That is another way to sabotage your job search.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching 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 on function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

Do you have a quick question you would like me to answer? Pay $50 via PayPal to TheBigGameHunter@gmail.com

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.

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.”

Can I Pick Your Brain?

Can I Pick Your Brain and Other Nonsense.

Stupid Expressions People Use When Job Hunting

Tell me the truth. Do you really like the idea of having your brain “picked?”  Picking someone’s brain is one of those completely ghastly expressions that people use habitually to describe asking for advice.

It is like listening to a podcast and hearing a guest answer a question by saying, “Absolutely!” How did that become de rigueur for answering interview questions on tv and podcasts?  All you are doing is showing yourself as an amateur since pros never say, “Absolutely!”

Picking Your Brain and Other NonsenseHere’s another one. Describing yourself as visionary. Are you really someone “who thinks about or plans the future with imagination or wisdom.”  I assume you don’t ascribe to the definition that describes a visionary as someone who “sees visions in a dream or trance, or as a supernatural apparition.” If so, there is medication for that or a part in the final season of “Game of Thrones” for you.

Are You Really “Unique?”

OK, snowflake, you are “special.” I will concede the point. But what makes you unique? What makes you special?

I have spoken to very few people who can back up the claim to being unique. Most of us,  myself included, are well-conditioned people who have learned through schools, media, friends, books (you remember what a book is, don’t you) and other venues how to think and what to believe. Yet, we often go into situations proclaiming our uniqueness while in a room of similarly costumed and made up people who look around the room feeling affirmed by their belief that by appearing like others, they are unique. Crazy, isn’t it.

Do You Really Want to Be a Team Player?

Stars make star money in sports. They are head and shoulders above the other player on their team or in their sport. Team PlayerThey are paid accordingly. Team players in business are generally paid ordinary money because they are “solid,” but not spectacular. Even if you are the best of the solid, you are a commodity to most organizations and replaceable. Yes, stars may do “the little things” that the rest of the team does. But don’t you want to be viewed as a star? Any time an organization talks about hiring a team player, they are telling you that they want another soldier to send into battle and get slaughtered or a person who will do what they are told. Thinking is unnecessary.

I worked in executive search for more than 40 years. I now coach job hunters into new roles. I never received a resume from someone who claimed to be “the perfect fit” for a job that actually was. The joke in my office was that the person who claimed that they were “the perfect fit” saved us time and we could treat the claim as a signal we could delete their resume. Prove it. Don’t proclaim it and not back up your claim.

I Feel Unappreciated.

Lastly, one of my biggest laughs comes from people who have told me that they felt unappreciated in their previous position. I find it funny because (1) they have allowed themselves to be taken for granted or (2) they are a team player and you can re-read what I said before about team players.

You are not underappreciated. You are valued at a level that a firm sees your value to be. This goes back to being unique and a snowflake. Most of you aren’t. You are 21st century factory workers working at identical desks doing identical work to other 21 century factory workers. You are commodities who will be disposable again when the next recession lands (particularly you, Ms. or Mr C Suite Executive who think of yourself as so essential to your firm’s well-being). 

Every era has its snowflake. In the movie, “The Graduate,” which introduced America to Dustin Hoffman as a recent college grad, the audience breaks into hysterics when his character, Benjamin, is told by his parents’ friend that there is one word he must remember in order to be successful . . . Plastics. Plastics was the hot tech circa the 1960’s that would guaranty his future.

We can all laugh at the line, even now. After all, Benjamin would probable have been laid off 5 or 6 times had he pursued his dream as a visionary leader in plastics.

Take your ego out of the equation and describe yourself and your work in 15 words without using a cliche. Speak as person to another without using a cliche. Communicate clearly without sarcasm (yes, I have used sarcasm to make a point about how unappealing it is). Overselling yourself and your abilities is a waste of time.

 

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