Don’t Tip Your Hand

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter talks about the behaviors you may have that tip off that you are looking for a job.



If your job search mode and you are working, there are signals you may be sending you that you don’t want to send out that will reveal to your boss that you’re looking for a job.

When I started off in recruiting many years ago, the joke in my office was that, when a recruiter came to work in the suit, we knew they had an interview. If they took the long lunch hour, we took that as a signal.

Since many interviews are now being done by phone, the long launch our is a less reliable indicator that it once was. After all, everyone has an excuse for the occasional long lunch. It used to be that you took a half day or common late one morning and would be dressed in a suit.

Now the signals are less obvious and more subtle. You are quieter at meetings. The productivity is going down. There are personality signals you send off.

We’re once you are passionate and enthusiastic about what you are doing, now you are more withdrawn.

My reminder for you is that, for however long you remain in this job, to go out there great guns. There are several reasons for it beyond not revealing that your job hunting.

In the future you may need these folks for references and, from the standpoint of providing you with great references, you don’t want the last memory of you being how you goofed off or pulled back. You want that memory of you going great guns, all-out like your hair is on fire, conducting yourself all in until the very last, until the moment you gave notice and beyond.

That’s the number you want them to have because you’ll never know where you run into people again or when you might need them as a reference again.

Don’t get lazy. Don’t get despondent. Don’t pull back from the current workplace. Always go all out what you’re looking for something else.




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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