The American Headhunter: Planning Your Day

 

Having been in the recruiting field for as long as he has, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has owned agencies and worked for agencies.

On this show, Jeff speaks about planning your day

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

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Two Things to Do Today

Your job search may be among your most important priorities but, to others, it isn’t.

When was the last time you checked in with people you knew to remind them that you were looking for a new job? When was the last time you reminded them of what you do?

Make a call or two today.

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Networking with new people requires putting yourself in a position where others know of you and what you do. As someone said to me last week, most LinkedIn  connections are useless. As I reminded them, they are useless if most of your connections are people who you have no relationship with and you expect them to do things for you.

Send periodic messages to your contacts telling them what you do and how they can help you. Ask them to tell you and what they do and how you can help them. Offer to forward connection requests for them. Most won’t take you up on it but you’ll be able to take ask them.

The groups on LinkedIn have replaced groups on Yahoo and Google as places for useful online interaction. Find groups that fit what you do professionally, join and become involved. Be seen as knowledgeable or even an expert to further your personal and professional brand.

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Organizing Your Job Search with Outlook

5 Tips to Using Outlook Effectively When Job Hunting

 

Many use Microsoft Outlook in their offices but have you thought of using Outlook in job search?

Here are a few quick tips for using Outlook to your advantage in a job search:

Use the Contacts area to keep track of every ad you respond to. Enter the name of the person and their company in the appropriate field of the contact form and copy and paste the ad into the body of free-form notes field.

Set reminders for follow ups instead of relying upon your memory. I have a very good memory but I sometimes make mistakes by relying upon it. Outlook won’t let you forget about those things to follow up on.

Send resumes at times when people will read them. It’s good that you are looking for job leads at 1 AM or on the weekend. If you send your resume then it may get lost in the recipient’s inbox lost behind other resumes that arrived more recently. Use Outlook to delay sending your resume to normal business hours in the time zone of the recipient. To do that, when you have your message open, click on Options, then Do Not Deliver Before and set the date and time.

Use Tasks for those ideas that pop into your head.

Use the message area of your email like a cover letter. No one opens an extra file beyond the resume file when they receive an email. Use the message area of your email like a cover letter and tell the reader about how you fit the job you are applying for.

 

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Keeping Your Activity Organized

Since buying my first computer in 1983 (gasp!) I have struggled to find a tool that would be easy to work with that would help me stay organized.

I’ve used Outlook, Lotus Agenda, a Palm Pilot, software designed for my industry but found gaps in all of them. Difficult to use. Really only work related. Could only use on one device. Complicated to use. These are my reasons for failing with them. Maybe your experience is different but most people I speak with have a similar story about staying organized.

I read a story recently about a product that I have quickly grown to love called Wunderlist.

Wunderlist runs on almost everything you might want to use– iPhones, Android phones and tablets, PC’s, Macs and iPads, even Chrome extensions to facilitate entering items– and is very easy to use. It comes with a few categories built in but you can easily create more.

As a job hunter, it means your to do list is available anywhere you are. As human being, it means you can easily enter something you need to do, set a date for completion and check it off when it’s done.

Enter when to follow up with a call or email

Create to do’s for each resume you submit and follow ups with reminders to follow up with calls and emails.

Did I mention that it’s free?

I don’t mean freemium with in-app upgrades.

I mean free.

The only thing you now have to do is enter your to do and actually do it.

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