Regularly Update Your Resume | Job Search Radio

Ep 270 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains why it is important to regularly update your resume.

Summary

I know all of you have heard me say the person gets ahead isn't always the smartest or work the hardest… Although those are great qualities to have. People get ahead by being alert opportunity. Sometimes those are internal to the organization. More often than not, they are external.

You may be looking for a job now, but I'm planting the seed with you. The seed is that once you get this job, you need to update your resume. Every 3 or 4 months. Why? Because you're going to be getting in males through LinkedIn, you're going to hear about jobs through friends, networking has been afforded an opportunity that you will hear about stuff that you are not "applying for." Firms will want to get a resume from you and you are not ready.

In addition, by updating your resume regularly, when it comes to review time you be well prepared with the best information about yourself, especially in those frequent circumstances where your boss has left midcycle, you have a new person in the are evaluating you, they don't know everything about you and what you've accomplished and instead of freaking out, you have an opportunity to be ready by having this old document.

Yeah, you think you can do this right before the review. Want to be more thorough if you do it every 3 or 4 months?

All I'm talking about is adding some bullet points to your resume. Every 3, maybe 4 months tops. 3 times a year or 4 times a year in order to make sure your resume is up to date.

This way, if an opportunity presents itself to you, you are ready to act.

You may think that when you get the email or inMail or request, you have time to write it then. Sure. Like that recruiter is sitting there waiting for you and they are now reaching out to a whole bunch of other people. Like all the other recruiters that that client has engaged are just waiting for your resume submission from the 1st recruiter while all the others are saying, "Oh, gee! It's Jane were competing with. I give up." Of course not. They are trying to fill. This job is much as the recruiter has who contacted you.

So, update your resume regularly. It will allow you to act quickly when opportunities present themselves..

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com changes that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions. NOW WITH A 7 DAY FREE TRIAL

Connect with me on LinkedIn

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

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

If you are an executive who is interested in 1 on 1 coaching, email me at JeffAltman(at)TheBigGameHunter.us

Infographic Resumes | Job Search Radio


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses submitting an infographic resume when you submit your stay in standard 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 life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and leadership coaching.

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

NOW WITH A 7 DAY FREE TRIAL

Connect with me on LinkedIn

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

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

Are you interested in executive job search coaching, leadership coaching or life coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

 

4 Steps to Getting Better Resume Results (Lose 25 Pounds, Grow Hair and Lose 3 Inches Of Belly Fat)

Before it closed last year in anticipation of a move to its new home, I took my son to The Four Seasons Restaurant in New York for lunch. One of the owners, Alex, is an old friend and my son and I hadn’t been back to New York for a few years since moving to North Carolina. Everything came together beautifully.

We sat at the bar with Alex and ordered lunch. The appetizer arrived for each of us. My son looked at it.

“It’s beautiful!”

We ate it, an entrée and dessert and each time he exclaimed how wonderful each item looked and tasted.

Each dish was beautifully prepared, plated and presented with a discerning eye to how a guest would receive it.

START YOUR 7 DAY FREE TRIAL

When an employer asks for a menu to order a new hire, s/he is not looking for a Quarter Pounder or Big Mac. They want something aesthetically beautiful that delights just like my son was delighted by each dish.

They want something special.

Is every job description you read the same? No.

Is every job you submit your resume to the same? Of course, they aren’t. 

If all these job descriptions are different, why do you submit the same resume as though you are flipping burgers at a fast food restaurant? 

Every day, people send the same generic resume out as though each position was identical and each employer was attempting to hire identical skills and attributes. Too often, the results they receive are like the broken watch that is right twice a day—hit or miss success.

They list their name, phone numbers and email address, list an objective, education, and chronology of experience with dates of employment. The resume includes some successes or accomplishments. This is their resume.

In the days prior to computers when changing a resume required you to re-type different versions, this made sense. Today, when computers allow you to customize, spell and grammar check documents so easily, you are missing out on opportunities and costing yourself money by being lazy and not tailoring your resume for each opportunity you are interested in. You are not serving a beautiful meal. You are preparing a Quarter Pounder!

Here are several steps that you can do to improve your resume and get better results.

 1.    Each employer will be interested in different attributes of your experience. They often indicate it by the items they describe in their job ad or the recruiter described to you. Emphasize the experiences that you have that relate to the skills being sought and the functions you will perform in the job they will ask you to perform. If you are applying for a staff position, emphasize your staff experience and minimize your management experience. If you are being hired to be a leader, write about your recent leadership.

2.    Employers are more interested in recent work, rather than work you did many years ago. Use more space in your resume to highlight recent experience, rather than things you did before Barack Obama became President.

3.    Like setting a goal where you make them specific, measurable, achievable within a specific period of time, describe your successes or achievements concretely. Reducing costs is a nice start but it is more powerful to describe something as reducing operational costs globally by 2%. Increased departmental sales by 27% resulting in . . . You get the idea. Use action verbs wherever possible

4.    Ask someone you trust to critique what you’ve written. Too often, people believe that they can do everything by themselves without asking for help. Ask a friend in your industry to critique what you’ve written to insure you’re on target and aren’t missing the mark.

If you were buying a sports car and the car salesman started showing you a minivan, you would probably scratch your head and ask, “Uh, excuse me but I want to see a sports car.

“But this is a great car!”

“And I want a sports car..”

Every day, job hunters try to sell minivans to sports car owners. Their resume in no way, shape or form fits the requirement and they become indignant at not hearing anything from the employer or recruiter.

You’ve served them a Quarter Pounder when they wanted something special.

One more thing. If you follow these instructions, you will feel better about yourself, lose 25 pounds instantly and take 3 inches off your waist. The growing hair stuff is wishful thinking on my part.

© The Big Game Hunter, Inc. Asheville, NC 2017

START YOUR 7 DAY FREE TRIAL

If you liked this article, read, “Should I Stay or Should I Go. Playing ‘The Counteroffer Game'”

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and leadership coaching.Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions. NOW WITH A 7 DAY FREE TRIAL

Connect with me on LinkedIn

Are you interested in executive job search coaching, leadership coaching or life coaching from me? Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

Infographic Resumes | Job Search Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses submitting an infographic resume when you submit your stay in standard one.

Summary

I want to talk with you today about a type of resume that I think is a good supplement to the current one. It's called an info graphic resume. The idea of an info graphic resume is creating a visual depiction of what you do.

I don't consider that a good substitute for an actual resume, but I think it's a way that you can complement your resume in a way that will be quite striking.

Although many of you may think that you are not in a field that would respond well to that, because I'm not in a graphical field, baloney! I don't care for a recount to an engineer, a programmer or working retail, there is a way that you can use an info graphic resume to really highlight your skills and stand out from your competition.

Again, what you do is send the standard resume, but you might use the info graphic in the body of your email or send it as a separate attachment. You could put it on your LinkedIn profile in a way that it demonstrates many of the things that you do. After all, LinkedIn profiles are very flat and this is a way that you can show people more of what you do and how you do it. How you have created affect and successes.

How do you create an info graphic resume? Their software online that is available that will allow you to do it. Do a Google or Bing search for info graphic resume maker. You will see different products that are available, suggestions about how to make one. Look into adding an info graphic to your skill set as a way of complementing the traditional resume.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com changes that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions. NOW WITH A 7 DAY FREE TRIAL

Connect with me on LinkedIn

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

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

If you are an executive who is interested in 1 on 1 coaching, email me at JeffAltman(at)TheBigGameHunter.us​

Is It OK To Lie on My Resume?

Is It OK To Lie on My Resume? (VIDEO)


Is it OK for my to lie on my resume? I have someone who will cover for me.

 

Summary

My sojourn without my best laptop continues. Here, I answer the question, "Is it OK to lie on my resume?"

The possible answers are, "No," because you will not be able to perform in the role and will get poor reviews that will haunt you when you leave, and "Yes," because the likelihood of being caught is small, (I point out how that may not be true).

And then there is the big reason not to do it-- Is this who you want to be in the world?

 

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. 

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

7 DAY FREE TRIAL

Connect with me on LinkedIn

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

Stupid Resume Mistakes

Another Stupid Resume Mistake | Job Search Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses another stupid resume mistake. What would his Mother say? :-)

 

Summary

Here's another 1 of those stupid resume mistakes that people make. They think they're fooling someone. But, as my mother used to say, "The only person you are fooling is yourself."

Here's the mistake.

You have a resume that says 2010 - 2013 and where you work. Then it says 2014 to present or 2013 to present.

Right off the bat, both corporate and third-party recruiters believe that you are trying to pull the wool over their eyes. No one likes that. If your hiring manager and you see resumes like that, your 1st reaction is, "How long were the out of work?" Right?

Why do you thing it's any different when it is you that is involved?

But the months in. It is going to come out, it's not like you are fooling anyone. Just put the months in your resume along with the year, let's get right out on the table.

If it is going to be an issue for someone on the resume, I can assure you that it is going to be an issue for them in person. They're going to go through the dates before they go through anything else, just to find out what you have been lying about or withholding from them.

 

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

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

NOW WITH A 7 DAY FREE TRIAL

Connect with me on LinkedIn

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

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

Resume Pet Peeves | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

Listen to this episode of No BS Job Search Advice Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers effective resume advice that will keep you from annoying the people screening your resume. No jokes. No B.S..

 

Summary

I want to talk with you today about 2 of my resume pet peeves. The 1st 1 is embedding your contact information into the header of your resume. I'm not speaking about not having it there; I'm talking about using the embedding feature in Microsoft Word to place your contact information. The 2nd peeve is separating your phone number from your resume. It's all part of the same thing.

As someone who was a recruiter for many years, whether I speak as a third-party recruiter or as a corporate recruiter, we are all using parsing software. After all, did you really think we were really typing your resume to get them into our database? Of course not. 1 of the things that embedding your contact information into your resume may do is cause someone to need to manually parse that information. That is, open up the embedded header, , close it, paste, select all, copy, paste… Come on! Be considerate! You may think it looks good but it is a pain in the rear!

Same thing with separating the phone number. I just saw a resume a few minutes ago. The person puts the name and email address on the resume. I then have to go find where they put their phone number and if they provide me with the phone number. I found in the message area of, their email. Okay. They provided it. By then have to copy it into the resume or copied into my database. It doesn't sound like much but I'm reading 300 resumes a day! HELP ME HELP YOU!

I'm selling for 11. I'm trying to help a lot of people who are out of work find work. I'm trying out my clients find people to hire. It's a pain in the rear! Make it easy it easy for all of us and stop doing the stupid little things that waste people's time.

 

Do you really think employers are trying to help you?

You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell you as much as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a job search and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

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

NOW WITH A 7 DAY FREE TRIAL

Connect with me on LinkedIn

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

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

Stupid Resume Mistakes | Job Search Radio

Stupid Resume Mistakes | Job Search Radio

Ep. 224 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses another stupid resume mistake that too many job hunters commit.

Summary

This is 1 of my favorite mistakes people make-- including an objective.

Objectives are a residue from 40 some odd years ago when it was too complicated to type a cover letter.. Why? Because back then, you type in a typewriter, if you made a mistake you used white out (a product that many of you will think, "Huh?? What's that? .. It was a liquid that was designed to allow you to cover up mistakes she could type over them again). It looked real good. When you send a resume (please note losing sarcasm). Copying was not as ubiquitous as it is now. It was expensive to have your cover letter copied. As a result, people opted for an objective on the resume to talk about what they wanted to do for the next organization.

Let's fast-forward to today. The outcome of an objective is to accomplish the same thing. However, when you read them, they say 1 of 2 things – – they are bland and boring. They will say something like, "I want to work for a progressive organization where I can use my talents and grow... On and on and on. The 2nd way they are used makes them very limited. "I am looking for (they describe something very limiting and very specific). As a result, they really had and toss your resume out or deleted because you disqualified yourself because what you described tells them that you would not be interested in the role that they have.

Ditch the objective. Just don't use it. It is a waste of time. It will only hurt you. And accomplishes nothing positive.

 

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.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com 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.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

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

Kill Blocky Resumes! | Job Search Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter gives you some No BS Resume Advice by encouraging you to think of the reader when you write your resume.

Summary

I'm back today with more no BS resume advice to help you develop a better resume, one that is going to get you more results.

I'm sorry I have to do this podcast because some of you just don't get the point. Most of you get right, but a large number of you make a huge mistake that is incredibly annoying.

You write your resume and share it in small print, in ugly fonts, and enormous blocks that are completely unreadable. Understand, all of us who read resumes are reading lots of them. The statistics are that we make decisions, and 6 seconds. Do you know what I do when I get a blocky resume? I hit the delete key. I know a lot of other people do as well.

The reason is that you haven't made it easy for me to find the experience that you have that is relevant to my clients. Do you think I'm going to sit there and read every word that you have written in that 6 or 8 point font in F-15 wine paragraph that you have written to find what I'm looking for?

No. You are supposed to accommodate me. You are supposed to accommodate the HR people in an organization, the hiring managers in an organization and make it easy.

What you should be doing your resume and is a comfortable sized font. I personally like 12; some people like 10. Take a look at it.

I have preference for certain phones but I get surprised sometimes by other fonts. I'm not going to make a font recommendation. I am again going to recommend a font that is sized at 10 or 12; I also recommend judicious use of white space. You don't want to have your text go all the way out to the left side or all the way out to the right side. You want to be able to keep your text so that it has adequate whitespace so that it is easily viewable.

What is the easiest way to know whether it has adequate white space? After you have written a resume and have printed it out,, folded in thirds. Hand it to someone and say, "tell me the 1st thing your high lands on when you look at this."

Time then for 6 seconds. Then, from there, turn it over to the next 3rd. Do the same thing.

Then, ask yourself, are these the points that you want the reader to really notice about? If not, you need to rework the resume so that the things that are really of value in the background that you want to be recognized for our easily visible to the reader. Without that, all you doing is throwing a bunch of stuff out there without consideration for the reader.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com 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.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

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

Resume Pet Peeves

From The Archives


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers effective resume advice that will keep you from annoying the people screening your resume. No jokes. No B.S..

 

Summary

I want to talk with you today about 2 of my resume pet peeves. The 1st 1 is embedding your contact information into the header of your resume. I'm not speaking about not having it there; I'm talking about using the embedding feature in Microsoft Word to place your contact information. The 2nd peeve is separating your phone number from your resume. It's all part of the same thing.

As someone who was a recruiter for many years, whether I speak as a third-party recruiter or as a corporate recruiter, we are all using parsing software. After all, did you really think we were really typing your resume to get them into our database? Of course not. 1 of the things that embedding your contact information into your resume may do is cause someone to need to manually parse that information. That is, open up the embedded header, , close it, paste, select all, copy, paste… Come on! Be considerate! You may think it looks good but it is a pain in the rear!

Same thing with separating the phone number. I just saw a resume a few minutes ago. The person puts the name and email address on the resume. I then have to go find where they put their phone number and if they provide me with the phone number. I found in the message area of, their email. Okay. They provided it. By then have to copy it into the resume or copied into my database. It doesn't sound like much but I'm reading 300 resumes a day! HELP ME HELP YOU!

I'm selling for 11. I'm trying to help a lot of people who are out of work find work. I'm trying out my clients find people to hire. It's a pain in the rear! Make it easy it easy for all of us and stop doing the stupid little things that waste people's time.

Do you really think employers are trying to help you?

You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell you as much as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a job search and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

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

NOW WITH A 7 DAY FREE TRIAL

Connect with me on LinkedIn

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

%d bloggers like this: