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Take Nothing for Granted

Take Nothing for Granted | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 929 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter reminds you of the importance of preparing whether it is for a job interview or a standardized test.

Summary

I want to remind you about something that sometimes we take for granted, sometimes were casual about limited you in the context of the story.

As you know, I was a professional recruiter and did work as a headhunter for more than 40 years. In the course of doing my work, I try to prepare people for interviews. More more firms these days, no matter what level looks of experience some has, are relying upon standardized testing as a way of evaluating and assessing different candidates. The more senior someone gets the more likely that they are going to blow these things off or take them for granted or be casual about the tests. After all, "I can do this. I've done it before. I don't have to study for this."

There was a person is representing who took 1 of the standardized tests and did well. But they're not looking for "well." Do not looking for "good enough." They are looking for "exceptional." He knows this. He has been told this. He was told to do a little bit of homework before hand so that if he was rusty and some of the subject matter he would be well prepared. Instead of scoring 3.5 or better on the exam, he scores 3.15, which may or may not be good enough to get him onto the next step.

When I spoke with him, he was (I want to say he was blasé about it because I think that's unfair) disappointed in himself because he coasted. You can't afford to coast. When you interview. You may be competing (more often than not, you are). You're competing with yourself. You're competing with the standards an organization sets. The matter where you are interprofessional cycle, your job is to score an A+ on any exam that you take. I'm not talking about written exams necessarily. Interviews or form of exam, too. You want to be well prepared before you walk in the door, knowing what it is that they are looking for and be able to talk with them about what your role, responsibilities and accomplishments are (and if you're in IT, you have to include the technology that you've been using in order to accomplish your goals).

No more coasting. No more taking it easy. Go all out.

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?


Listen to the full episode here:
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.

Training Camp | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

Training Camp | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 925 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter talks about the importance of training camp for athletes and job hunters. 

Summary

Today, I want to offer you some no BS job should drive that is designed to help you really catapulted job search and wind up crossing the finish line a lot faster. Today's advice is really simple.

Let's start off with a scenario. Can you imagine a pro football team or pro basketball team or baseball team that doesn't practice and just shows up and wins? Can you imagine them avoiding trading him and just showed up that 1st Monday of the season and performing well? Can you imagine lots of injuries, lots of guys getting hurt. A lot of women on the basketball court winding up a pulled muscles? Can you imagine this team having a great record and winning a championship ? Frankly, I can't.

Yet this is how a lot of job hunters conduct themselves. They just show up for an interview, they expect to do well and are sharp when they don't. They are shocked when they don't get the job. It's no different. It's really no different for you as a job hunter. You need to get out there and practice. You need to practice with someone else. You need to rehearse your answers to the point where they'll say unrehearsed because otherwise you are nothing more than that athlete who expects the shop on Sunday, having done no practice and expects to win.

I understand in team sports that the other members of the team may carry this person for a given week. Let me give individual sports example. On the tennis court, can you imagine a tennis player who doesn't practice winning many titles? Frankly, I can't imagine it. I don't care if they are visualizing all the time that Paul going over the net and landing the perfect placement, that they are imagining all those overheads that they are smashing or those lobs that land in the perfect spot... It just doesn't work. They have to practice; they have to keep their muscles limber. Time and time again, they have to, over hours and hours of practice, actually hit the ball. You walk into the arena of a job interview unrehearsed, unpracticed and unprepared. Unprepared with no research. Unprepared to answer obvious questions. Unrehearsed for the entire thing.

Let me give you a joke from another YouTube video.

Stop it! There is a Bob Newhart video called, "Stop It!" Go watch it sometime. I think it is hysterical.

I'll simply say stop doing the things that are getting into trouble. You are acting like an amateur when you do that. Get out and do a professionals do. Professionals don't walk into meetings and wing it. They have spent years getting ready. They walk out onto the practice field, they walk into the arena of the game in the stadium and they are practiced. They are at peak condition at just that moment, ready to perform. You need to do much the same sort of thing and get your muscles ready, and your plays down pat so that, in this way, you can nail it.

Now, there's a difference between being well practiced being over rehearsed. I've been watching this 1 series called, "The Next Food Channel Celebrity." 1 of the finalists there is someone who seems to well prepared that they don't connect with people. That is the feedback that she's been getting time and time again. She seems really good and really talented, but is too prepared. There is a fine line when you crossover and just missed the connection that you have to make with people..

Don't over rehearse to the point where you sound canned and phony. You have to always make it seem as though that this is the 1st time that you are saying these words, even if it is the 400th.

Again, practice. Prepare. Rehearse. Sailed wonderful. Send like you talking to your best friend on the other side of the desk.

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: The Question to Ask Yourself BEFORE You Start Your Job Search

Preparing to Job Search: The Question to Ask Yourself BEFORE You Start Your Job Search


Listen to the full episode here:
http://webtalkradio.net/internet-talk-radio/2017/11/10/preparing-to-job-search-the-question-to-ask-yourself-before-you-start-your-job-search/

EP 431 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter tells you the critical question to ask your self at the beginning of your job search.

Summary

Let me just dive into it and say most people begin job search and is only one question on your mind – – How am I going to find a job?That's a good question, but it works with the assumption of desperation.Frankly, most of you don't need to be desperate. I understand that you may be scared or worried or frightened about this entire thing. What's going on? Where am I going to find work? All the sort of doubts start to show up when you begin job search.

Let's look at things from a different perspective. Let's work from the place of "I'm going to have choices to make." Quite obviously, you may not but I would like you to start off by at least getting clear about this 1 question: "What's most important to you in the next job organization? What will you need to see you are hear to believe is the right place for you to join?"

You may have a lot of different answers from this... That's terrific. I want you taking and hour. 40 minutes. Whatever amount of time, you may feel comfortable. You can always add to the list. The idea is to ask yourself these questions.

Here is the follow-up tasks to this. I want you to prioritize your answer to the 1st question.

Why is this important?It's really simple. From the time to begin your job search until you get your job offer or multiple offers, you are going to go through ping-ponging that goes on in most job searches. You are going to get confused. People are going to say a whole bunch of stuff to you. They are going to deal with their interests but you always have to remember yours.

Let's go back to the situation where you have multiple job offers. Everyone is going to be talking about why their job is the best for you. They don't know you. They are trying to persuade you, hypnotize you, Using very subtle forms of coercion into accepting your offer. Having this list gives you something to refer to And use as part of the evaluation criteria.

No firm may hit all the items on your list will or will wind up looking perfect based upon your list. It is still a reminder for you. Is to look forward to a grounding place for you to evaluate and assess different alternatives.

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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Proper Preparation

Proper Preparation . . . | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 920 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter encourages you to act like an actress, actor, or athlete before your next job interview. 

Summary

I want to give you some no BS job search advice for how to prepare for your next job interview. Hear me out. I know most of you are going to take the lazy approach to help you get through some of you will actually put in the effort to excel.

Let me start by saying that when actor or actress walks out of the stage to recite those lines, they didn't just read the lines in the past, what they've done is command stage before an audience to perform those lines as though they were in front of the audience. When and athlete comes out of the field for a game, whether it is football, basketball, whatever the sport is they have practice in a number of times in front of people who are there to critique and evaluate them in order to ensure that they are performing to the maximum capabilities. You are going to need to do the same thing.

You may say, "I know how to answer these questions," but you don't know the nuances of how you are answering them and there are only a few ways to find out. One bit of homework for you – – there are certain predictable questions that everyone is asked in an interview. What might you be asked? Write down your answers.

Here's the fun part. What I want to do is to get two friends together for a mock interview one person is going to ask the question. The other one is going to take the phone out and record you while you answer the questions. Have them stand behind the interviewer so they are looking directly at you. There are a few things that you want to notice when answering questions.

1. What you actually say.
2. You also want to notice your bad habits so that you can work at correcting them.

Some people think their maintaining eye contact but really aren't. Some people have lots of "uhs," and pauses and "ums," and "you knows". They may stagger when the answer questions. Isn't that better to correct before you actually interview through practice and rehearsal than at the interview. When you walk out the door and go, "Oh, well. I will be better next time." You wasted everyone's time and blown an opportunity that you may have really wanted.

Don't just shrug it off to a learning experience athlete. Some shrug it off to a learning experience. There prepare before they get out on the field, the when they get out of the court. Actresses and actors don't flub line and call it a learning experience. The audience would be annoyed at them. They are in the theater watching them. Having spent good money getting an amateur performance. Do you want to be seen as an amateur? Of course, not. You want to be the position where you have the opportunity to choose whether or not to join this firm for this job and not leave it up to them to make that decision on their own.

Get out there with a video camera. Get 2 friends together. It could be a wife, husband, partner, friend… Whoever it is… It could be a person in your networking group. It could be your coach. It could be someone they know. Whoever it is, get them there and videos you so that you can listen to your answers and watch your bad habits. This way, you can correct them before the question very much.

By the way, even if you get the job, you may question money with a lower offer because they don't think you're quite that good and you are good enough. You never want to be seen as "good enough." You want to be seen as the 1st choice. Period. The best choice. Period. Not the "good enough" choice because there never compensated quite as well as the best one.

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.

Researching Companies | Job Search Radio


Listen to the full episode here:
http://webtalkradio.net/internet-talk-radio/2017/11/03/researching-companies/

EP 426 I talk about the big mistake people make when researching companies

Summary

I want to talk with you about a big mistake job hunters make when they are researching companies, trying to figure out who to connect with to apply for job without going to the applicant tracking system... All the stuff that you can do through researching.

The most common mistake people make is the only contact current employees of the firm. They don't think of contacting the previous ones.

Yes, previous ones can be jaded. They left. However, they may know is much as the current employees about the job that you are applying for, about the organization, the good points, the bad points and before more willing to share them in the current employees are.

Why might the current employees not talk?

Because they may be afraid that you will get back, they don't know you from a hole in the wall, and, as a result, they become reluctant. My encouragement to you is really very simple.. On LinkedIn. You use the advanced search option to search a previous employer. Look for, "Past Company." Choose that. Enter whatever search terms are relevant. See if you can find the hiring manager by contacting previous employees of the firm., Rather than just simply going to the applicant tracking system.

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, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line and tell me about your circumstances in the body of the email.

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.

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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.

Don’t Be an Amateur | No BS Job Search Advice Radio


Listen to the full episode here:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2017/09/26/dont-be-an-amateur-no-bs-job-search-advice-radio

Ep 877 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter stresses the importance of interview preparation and tells you what to look for. 

Summary

Let's talk today about preparing for an interview. I would start by saying most of you do next to nothing to prepare. You know the name of the company you know where you're going, you about 3 words of information about the job. You walk in the door completely unprepared answer basic questions. Let's not kid ourselves. This is what 95% of all job hunters do when they go to interview. In other words, you act like an amateur.

Let me give you a comparison. Pro football teams. Baseball teams soccer teams (we call it soccer in the US; the rest of the world calls it football). Basketball teams. Do you think these teams walk out on the court and decide to run a bunch of plays that they've never practiced before? Tennis. You think a professional tennis player gets on the court without having spent tens of thousands of errors on the tennis court practicing every element of their game. Emily back into the hidden life just in practice? How many overheads? How many services they practiced to get on the court for this 1 moment?

And you go to a job interview where your career is on the line and you do nothing. It's ridiculous.

Understand that 60% of getting a job is already accomplished before you walk in the door. Each of you believe that you have something that the other one wants. 20% is involved with convincing one another that it's true; 20% is purely subjective. Most of you feel that part because you're not prepared.

What you prepare with? You rehearsed answers to basic questions. You know that they're going to ask you, "Tell me about yourself and what you been doing." Why don't you have a canned speech that doesn't sound canned available to answer that question? Did you talk with you about your role, responsibilities and accomplishments. How much of you helped an organization making a way of income or save in the way of income. While to prepare with an answer like that?

The good ask you, "Where you see yourself 5 years from now?" What you have an answer for that? You know all the basic questions and, if you don't, they are all over the web. I think I have them in some of my e-books. Get on the web and go looking. Start practicing your answers.

Don't just simply know the question that they're going to ask. Practice the answer.

When a basketball team steps out on the court, they are so fluid. They know exactly what they're going to do if this player is defended against in a particular way. Same thing with a running back in football. They know, and alignment know exactly how to respond if a defensive player moves in a particular way that they didn't anticipate the running back is going to compensated particular matter. Everything is noted advance the practiced just in case. That's what makes them a professional.

You think of yourself as a professional in your career? It's time to act like a professional.

I start talking about some of the canned questions you're going to be asked? What is you do some research into the firm. Where they are in their field. Read the news stories about them. Where are they in their industry? What are they doing professionally? You're going to be meeting a number of people on the interview. What you look at the LinkedIn profiles and see where they have come from. Do a Google search about them. See if they have been published or written about. All sorts of stuff.

Learn about the firm's competitors. See how you can help. There are some questions that employers are going to ask you, like, "What makes you the best person for this job?" Many of you answer that question regarding be sounding like a gorilla touting wonderful you are." I can do this. I can do that." It sounds like you're beating yourself on the chest like a gorilla does.

The fact of the matter is you need to have answers rehearsed in advance so that you can answer stuff like this.

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, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line and tell me about your circumstances in the body of the email.

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.

Getting Past Ugly in Your Interviews (VIDEO)


Referring to an article by Alain Hunkins about presenting to groups, I discuss getting past “the ugly phase.”

Summary

My friend, Alain Hunkins, wrote an article recently for LinkedIn (that's A-L-A-I-N H-U-N-K-I-N-S) about people who want to build an executive presence. People who want to demonstrate their command and leadership in organizational settings. And he wrote about preparation, calling it "the ugly phase."

The ugly phase occurs when you've done a certain amount of homework, you've prepared your thoughts and the first time you stand up and present to your dog or cat or to the mirror and you do it a few times and the words come out of your mouth and you think to yourself, "Oh this is awful!" And they say, "You know, this is probably good enough." you know you haven't gotten to the point where it's completely refined, where it's second nature to you and you kind of go, "it's good enough." The ugly phase happens in interviewing, as well, as, Lord knows, the first time order to you go on an interview, you have an idea of what you want to say in answering questions, but it comes out of your mouth in a half assed way and you wince afterwards and you blame it on the interviewer. But the fact is, it is you're doing.

The only way to get past the ugly phase is with preparation. As the six Ps from sports is proper preparation prevents (excuse my language) piss poor performance. It'll help you work through these thoughts so they come out of your mouth eloquently.

Now, remember there are people who are professionals and their are people who are amateurs and in business it's easy to spot the amateurs because they're just not prepared. They may have the knowledge but you put them into a situation and you can tell their preparation is inadequate.

Interviewing is the same way except you only have one chance. So, it once you are working for a firm, maybe you have one chance to present to a particular group and you go "Ah! Ah!"and the next time you've learned your lesson. You do it differently.

We build any sort of a lost image in the organization through better preparation but it is a interview, you only one chance because then, I think, it is likely they will reject you.

So take the time to get past the ugly phase in your preparation. There are lots of different questions that you are going to be asked. If you don't know what some of them are, look at my video playlist called, "Answers to Tough Interview Questions," because I have a ton of them there. And, if you want to have some fun with hedge fund brainteasers. There's that playlist as well that you can rehearse with.

But practice doing what you sound like as you answer these questions. Talk to someone. Let them ask the questions of you and demonstrate that you're working through this phase to the point where you appear like a master, to the point where you appear polished.

Another venue that you can improve that, and you're not going to do with interview questions but you would be doing it with hs short extemporaneous one to two minute speeches it is the organization called Toastmasters.

Toastmasters is an international organization where people are refining their public speaking skills. And there's a section of the meetings called Table Topics where you are called up to the lectern, and have an opportunity to speak for one two minutes on some topic that you have no idea what the topic is in advance but what you wind up doing is refining spontaneous speaking which is one of the characteristics of the job interview.

So Toastmasters is another way of doing it although not specifically for a job interview will it help you tremendously.

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, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line and tell me about your circumstances in the body of the email.

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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