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How to Manage Your Job Search | Job Search Radio


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses how to manage your job search to avoid wasting time and put you in control, instead of it running you ragged.


Today, let's talk about how to organize and manage your job search in order to get into production more quickly. To put it in a nutshell, most of the waste a lot of time. I want to get everything consolidated in a good way so that you can get rolling quickly.

Step number 1. Find an old resume. It has a lot of the data that you need from the "antiquities" in order to lay the position or rewrite your resume.

Step number 2. Start writing down updated information about your role, responsibilities, accomplishments, technology utilized if that is appropriate, money saved, money earned. Start to compile that information.

The ideal thing to do to update your resume is to farm it out to affirm that actually does this. What you will receive back is "a core document" or sometimes called "a base document" to work from. You will need to tailor it a little bit for individual jobs that you apply for. But this is the base document that you start with (the one that goes up on job boards and other places).

Step number 3. Make sure your LinkedIn profile shows this stuff so that is congruent with what your resume is saying

Step number 4., In the summary area of your LinkedIn profile. Put your phone number and email address.

"The recruiters will start calling me then!"

Don't you want them calling you? You want them hunting you and not wasting all your time reaching out all the time, right? This is the time to make sure that your phone number and email address are in your profile.

Step number 5. Make sure your LinkedIn profile as well as your resume is SEO optimized. That is, it contains lots of terms that firms are going to look for when they are hunting for someone like you. After all, if your posting on job boards, firms are looking for someone with your background. You want to make sure that your resume and profile are SEO optimized.

Step number 6. Get your resume up on the job boards. Get that done with. Once you get it back from the resume writing service, put it up on the job boards. I'm not just talking about "the majors." Many of you are in disciplines that allow you to use specialty sites.

Step number 7. This is a tricky one because you're going to have to do a number of things concurrently. You need to start practicing what you are going to say and how you're going to say it for phone interviews, in person interviews to talk about your work (for you. Hiring managers who think you have a big gauge because you interview people all the time, trust me. Most of you don't do a great job of interviewing).

I'm going to throw in a commercial here for This is a site where I have a lot of video, podcasts, articles, all my books are there for one low price from. There's a lot of material there. That is going to help you because you need to practice. You need to be more effective. You need to use LinkedIn better than you are doing. That's at

Step number 8. While you are practicing, you need to start networking. A lot of you spend a lot of time studying every ad that you see on the job board. Set up agents to deliver things based upon keywords. Just like the employers do, you didn't need to have agents set up based upon keywords delivering jobs to you.

Will you get a lot of crap? Absolutely. Just delete it. Don't make a fuss out of it. Start looking for things to cover the keywords that you are looking for. Then start tailoring your resume as you start to apply for jobs.

Practice. Practice for interviewing. Practice hard for interviewing. I can't stress this enough because most of you go to interview after interview getting "warmed up."

Meanwhile, you have had 3 or 4 bed interviews. You have a wife, husband, partner were all saying, "Hey! How is it going?". Then, you whine your answer back to them and say something like, "I didn't do a good job. They were so mean to me." You start whining that the employer is the problem when you're the problem. You haven't learned to do your homework yet.

Step number 9. While you are practicing, you have to start networking. You need to be out there networking with people, far more often that you are studying the results from your agents that are set up with the job boards, talking with absolute strangers. Get out to a Chamber of Commerce meeting.

I don't care if you are a senior individual or a junior person or recent college grad, Chamber of Commerce meetings is an underutilized resource for a lot of you. Get to chamber meetings and start networking with people they are.

Go to networking meetings with groups, alumni groups – – there are a lot of different places where you can get out there… And get a business card. They are not expensive anymore. Get a personal business card seeking handed out or get a few apps on your phone that will transmit from one device to another. Don't make the assumption that you can do this with everyone because not everyone has these apps.

While your networking, you want to continue to practice and practice and practice interviewing, tailoring your resume for individual jobs, networking till you're blue in the face and this, now, becomes your job.

If you are working now and deciding to look for a position, this process gets stretched out. You definitely need to hire a resume writer because most of you stink at resume writing.

Hire a resume writer. Get your LinkedIn profile up to date. You can hire someone like me to critique it. Once you get back from the resume writing service but, at the end of the day, outsource a lot of the nonsense, network, practice, go to and sign up. If you have questions during your search, I will answer them for you. That's the key thing about the site. You can ask me questions and get answers back so that you don't make mistakes.

And if you ask yourself, "Why do I have to pay for content," most of you never look for content and you need to get better at job hunting. This is a place where great content is consolidated in one place and you can talk with me and ask questions about your search.

I'm not functioning as a recruiter here. I'm functioning as your coach, answering their questions and I don't have a financial interest in which job you take


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. 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. 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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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.


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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