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Being Accountable (VIDEO)

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter encourages you to be accountable for your actions when you are job hunting


1 of the amazing phenomena that I find time and again is a job applicant who misses a call time that they scheduled with me and never acknowledges it.

I wanted to turn that around.

If the employer didn't call at a specified time or missed interview, would you be angry? Of course. What you be frustrated? Would you worry? Would you doubt yourself for or the firm? Of course you would. Why don't you think the reverse is true? Why do you think you get a pass when you miss an appointment and don't make apologies or offer an explanation?

When you don't account for your actions, what ultimately happens is an employer starts to wonder about your character. And you know that competence, self-confidence, CHARACTER, chemistry and charisma all translate into personal leadership in the evaluation process.

You don't want to give them any reason to doubt you. At the beginning of the process. You want to build up a head of steam where they trust you, where you are likable and there are no red flags in their mind that make them hesitate about making the offer.

If you are going to miss an appointment, send them an email, send them a text, but a quick call in and give them a heads up. If you miss it and reschedule, provide an explanation when you speak with them. It's not that tough!

"The meeting ran long. I'm so sorry. I wasn't in control of the meeting agenda. It went long. There was no way I could extricate myself. Please accept my apologies. Can we do the call at such and such time?"

It's real simple. Not making mention, not making an apology, very bad form..

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. 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.

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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.”

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Pair Up or Get a Coach

I have been coaching people about their job search for many years and helped people with from staff to management to executive positions. If you click the link you just passed, you’ll see that I have constructed several extremely flexible approaches designed to deal with every job hunter’s circumstances and ability to pay.

And understanding that there are many of you who still need coaching and cannot afford the expense of most modestly priced program, I encourage you to find someone to “buddy up who is also looking for work and support one another daily.

Two calls a day. One in the morning. One in the early afternoon.

“Hi! What do you have planned for the day,” is your first call. Your afternoon call is, “What have you done so far? How can I support you completing what you’ve planned?”

You’ll make commitments to one another. You’ll encourage one another and talk with one another. Find leads to help one another and hold one another accountable for your commitments to each other.

You’ll do interview coaching for one another and push one another.

It’s not as good as having a recruiter with coaching experience pushing you but if you can’t swing it, you do what you can to get the next best thing.


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