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Mistakes Recent Grads Make Job Hunting | Job Search Radio

Everyone makes mistakes. I make mistakes. You make mistakes.

Here are a few of the things recent grads often do you wrong when they start job hunting.

Summary

I want to talk to you today about mistakes you as a recent graduate often make that prove costly that resulting you being in the job search mode longer than you want to be and sometimes lose your career through inertia. Let me point to a few things.

1. You overestimate your value. Sometimes, career services, sometimes your professors blow smoke up your derrière. They tell you you are worth more than the market really thinks you are. Want to get a clearer picture of what your real value is? On LinkedIn there is a drop-down that allows you take a look for alumni from your school. Reach out to a few of them. Find out how much they were earning at the time they started their career. I'm talking about people from the last year or two. Find out what they got and what their process was like.

2. You don't network particularly well. These folks that you're reaching out to are like gold because they can introduce you to their boss, people at their firm, AND THEY ARE PAID FOR IT. Firms offer employee referral bonuses to their employees and they make money if you join. While you are speaking with them, get friendly with them, talk with them about what it is like working there, and ask them if there any open positions that you as a new grad can be introduced for.

3. You don't customize your resume.You keep sending out the same resume over and over again To every job known to mankind, because your parents are telling you,, "You've got to get a job,"You don't want to send it out to "stupid jobs," (things you are qualified for or interested in). Don't just send it out to everything. Tell your resume to each individual position you are applying for so that the fit looks obvious. Certain jobs are going to emphasize certain points; You will want to emphasize those things in your resume..
4. Your online all the time and not talking to people. You are sending emails, you're texting, You are on Snapchat trying to connect with people. That's fine, but you have to do the conversion from shooting the bull with them and saying, "Do you know of any jobs that might fit?"Especially with people you don't know particularly well, Talk with them about what you're looking for because your goal is to expand your network a lot to talk to more people. , even if these are people who are friends of your parents, they are people who are in "the world of work" And they might know some things that can become valuable to you. They might not be the right person right away, but they might be able to introduce you to someone Who might be the right person who could steer you better.
5. You don't follow up well.You get a message back from the firm because was sent as email, You're not checking your email and not responding quickly. I want to thinking about responding as quickly as you do your friend when a company sends you a message.You have to get crisp with your answers. You have to learn what to say and how to say it properly. If someone leaves a message for you on your phone, you want to call them back very quickly So that, if they want to talk with you about the job, you want to wait a week to get back to them, do you? By that time, 35 other people may be Interviewing for this role and you are going to be out of luck.
6. Not being proactive enough. You are not reaching out to people And doing what are called "informational interviews." Setting up time to pick someone's brain for about 15 minutes By phone, in person or Skype to see how they might be able to steer you on your search. Start to think about what you want new job, the kind of role you want. Talk with them about what they see the labor market is like for what you do or want to be doing. This is going to help you a lot Because you will be out there talking to people.

As a statistic you need to hear. Networking fills 70% of all jobs.70% of the 70% (49%) are filled by introductions the people that you didn't know at the beginning of research who recommend you to opportunities or from whom you hear about opportunities. You've got to expand your network.You can't connect with people. If that talk to people.. Otherwise, You are going to be in mom and/or dad's home a lot longer than you want and that's no fun Because they are going to nag you to no end.

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” and “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” both available through iTunes and Stitcher.

Are you interested in executive job search coaching, leadership coaching or life coaching from me?  Email me at [email protected] and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

Do you have a question you would like me to answer? Pay $25 via PayPal to [email protected]  

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.  

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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.”

What Should I Do Before My First Interview For a Job? (VIDEO)


Here are a few ideas if things you can do before your first job interview.

Summary

I was asked the question on Quora today. The question translates into, "What should I do before my 1st job interview?" I think it's a pretty simple question and that most people know the answer to it . But this person is a little frightened and it's understandable.. It's the 1st 1.

1. Lighten up on yourself.. Reduce some of the pressure. There will be other interviews after this. You want to do well. Think of it as great practice. Even with thinking about it is great practice, you want to do a certain amount of preparation.

2. Make sure you have an appropriate wardrobe. You want to be dressed properly for the kind of job you are interviewing for. Obviously, if you are interviewing for training program at an investment bank, you would dress differently than a job in Silicon Valley and differently than you mind if you are interviewing at Whole Foods for job. So dress appropriately for the dictation.

3. Start to do a little research about the job is involved. How do you do that research? In all probability there was a job you that you applied for or you are referred by someone. Look for the job description or talk with your friend who referred you for the job about the position and what is being sought.

4. Start to prepare answers to predictable questions that firms might ask you. Don't notice what some of them are? Go to www.thebiggamehunter.us and visit the blog area. Look for tough interview questions among the tags that I have for the blog. Start the practice answers for tough interview questions. Start with the basics like, "Tell me about yourself," and then go on from there.

It isn't enough to think the answer. You have to hear it come out of your mouth. It is best if not only you hear come out of your mouth but you practice with someone who is able to give you constructive feedback. I'm not talking about feedback like, "That's sucked." You want to get someone who will listen to you speak and say something like, "The way you spoke you sounded a little frightened or scared. " Maybe they say something like, "The way you spoke, you spoke quickly and was hard to follow you." Whatever it is, look for someone who can give you that kind of feedback in order to help you improve.

5. Practice. Practice. Practice.

6. Everyone tells you research the firm. It isn't like it's hard to do that. Go on the web. Go on the website. See what they do. You probably already know it. But, assuming that you don't, find out what they do. Go on LinkedIn and look at the person or people you will be interviewing with. If you aren't connected to them in any way, try a Google search or one using www.li-usa.info. That's a US centric site to look at LinkedIn public profiles of people in the United States. If the person doesn't have a LinkedIn profile, obviously, you're not defined. But it searches all public LinkedIn profiles in the United States. Look at their background; that will let you know if they are it in HR or a hiring manager.

Again, practice, practice, practice. Practice to the point where you seem sincere and believable. After all, when you go to the theater and watch the show or go to a movie, you don't start thinking, "Oh! That's so and so on the screen or on the stage." You start seeing them in character pretty quickly. They have rehearsed to be that simple in their presentation and so believable in the role, you forget that they are human being playing a part. You see them in that part and has that part. That's what you want to be doing. You want to be believable, credible. You want to be a human being who is looking for a job, not just simply an "applicant."

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.

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.

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Mistakes Recent Grads Make Job Hunting (VIDEO)


Here are a few of the things recent grads often do you wrong when they start job hunting.

Summary

I want to talk to you today about mistakes you as a recent graduate often make that prove costly that resulting you being in the job search mode longer than you want to be and sometimes lose your career through inertia. Let me point to a few things.

1. You overestimate your value. Sometimes, career services, sometimes your professors blow smoke up your derrière. They tell you you are worth more than the market really thinks you are. Want to get a clearer picture of what your real value is? On LinkedIn there is a drop-down that allows you take a look for alumni from your school. Reach out to a few of them. Find out how much they were earning at the time they started their career. I'm talking about people from the last year or two. Find out what they got and what their process was like.

2. You don't network particularly well. These folks that you're reaching out to are like gold because they can introduce you to their boss, people at their firm, AND THEY ARE PAID FOR IT. Firms offer employee referral bonuses to their employees and they make money if you join. While you are speaking with them, get friendly with them, talk with them about what it is like working there, and ask them if there any open positions that you as a new grad can be introduced for.

3. You don't customize your resume.You keep sending out the same resume over and over again To every job known to mankind, because your parents are telling you,, "You've got to get a job,"You don't want to send it out to "stupid jobs," (things you are qualified for or interested in). Don't just send it out to everything. Tell your resume to each individual position you are applying for so that the fit looks obvious. Certain jobs are going to emphasize certain points; You will want to emphasize those things in your resume..
4. Your online all the time and not talking to people. You are sending emails, you're texting, You are on Snapchat trying to connect with people. That's fine, but you have to do the conversion from shooting the bull with them and saying, "Do you know of any jobs that might fit?"Especially with people you don't know particularly well, Talk with them about what you're looking for because your goal is to expand your network a lot to talk to more people. , even if these are people who are friends of your parents, they are people who are in "the world of work" And they might know some things that can become valuable to you. They might not be the right person right away, but they might be able to introduce you to someone Who might be the right person who could steer you better.
5. You don't follow up well.You get a message back from the firm because was sent as email, You're not checking your email and not responding quickly. I want to thinking about responding as quickly as you do your friend when a company sends you a message.You have to get crisp with your answers. You have to learn what to say and how to say it properly. If someone leaves a message for you on your phone, you want to call them back very quickly So that, if they want to talk with you about the job, you want to wait a week to get back to them, do you? By that time, 35 other people may be Interviewing for this role and you are going to be out of luck.
6. Not being proactive enough. You are not reaching out to people And doing what are called "informational interviews." Setting up time to pick someone's brain for about 15 minutes By phone, in person or Skype to see how they might be able to steer you on your search. Start to think about what you want new job, the kind of role you want. Talk with them about what they see the labor market is like for what you do or want to be doing. This is going to help you a lot Because you will be out there talking to people.

As a statistic you need to hear. Networking fills 70% of all jobs.70% of the 70% (49%) are filled by introductions the people that you didn't know at the beginning of research who recommend you to opportunities or from whom you hear about opportunities. You've got to expand your network.You can't connect with people. If that talk to people.. Otherwise, You are going to be in mom and/or dad's home a lot longer than you want and that's no fun Because they are going to nag you to no end.

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” and “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” both available through iTunes and Stitcher.

Are you interested in executive job search coaching, leadership coaching or life coaching from me?  Email me at [email protected] and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

Do you have a question you would like me to answer? Pay $25 via PayPal to [email protected]  

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 for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Why Is It So Hard to Find a Job After Graduation? (VIDEO)


When you are in school, everything is not super hard. You work hard and get straight As, do research and internships. However, after you graduate the real tragedy begins. You applied for jobs hoping at least you can get interviews due to your good academic record, but get rejected all the time.

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

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Job Search Radio – You’re Out

All the hard work is over and you’ve graduated. Congratulations. Celebrate and have a wonderful time.

And start to prepare for your life after school and beginning your career.

Beth Kuhel and I speak about several things that are useful for new graduates, early career professionals (and their parents) to hear.

We talk about:

What to do if you haven’t found your passion?

When you have little real world experience?

We provide a window into a hiring manager’s mind

What the most important character trait is for you to develop in order to be successful in your career

And much more.

 

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Also in iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn and others

 

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

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com opens May 17th with advice for job hunters that will streamline your search, help you avoid making costly mistakes and land your next job faster.

No B. S. Hiring Advice: Only Hiring People with a Four Year Degree

 

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter questions firms that use a four-year degree as a job requirement for someone with several years of experience.


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