You’re Out | Job Search Radio


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.

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 1:1 coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

Do you have a quick question you would like me to answer? Pay $50 via PayPal to TheBigGameHunter@gmail.com  

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.”

Things They Don’t Teach You in School About Job Hunting (VIDEO)


Most colleges don’t offer courses in how to find a job after graduation, even though they should. Here I offer a few pointers to help you avoid missing some points that you may not know.

Summary

I want to talk with you today as a graduating senior . . . It hit the graduation trial; your parents have shown up. Congratulations. You are out of school. You think it is time to look for job.

I'm not going to criticize you for things you did not do in the past. I'm just going to make sure you are doing the best that you can in the current climate, given how much or how little you have done to market yourself and to get yourself out and into the job you want to be starting with. This is going to be about tactics that you can use to help you find work.

The 1st thing is that by now you have your generic resume, however good or bad, that is. If you want me to critique it, send an email to me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us. Among the things I do is critique resumes and will offer you a discount of over what I charge people who have a ready entered the workforce. In the body of the email, but the phrase, "I saw your video." I will charge you $99 (these days, that is 1/3 of what I charge people for resume critiques).

Send me your generic resume so I can review that and, from there, before you submit any organization, tailor your resume to demonstrate the fit. I think the generic resume should be as big and expansive as possible for your online persona. Thus, if you're putting it up on a job board, there is fine for it to be. However, when you're actually applying for jobs, there, you want to demonstrate a fit. My 1st point is about tailing your resume and how important it is.

My 2nd point is about networking. You may not have the biggest network in the world but you do know people who graduated the year before you. If you are not sure where they are right now, LinkedIn has a function that allows you to find alumni from your school.

NOTE: Click on the name of your school from your home page. It was recently changed.

Network with alumni. Network with faculty with whom you have a relationship. Network with everyone you possibly can like family who might be willing to help you. The people you went to high school with who may be out in the work world. Your family. You may not like ask your parents for help, but your parents may know people around the world who might be able to help.

Part of what you want to be doing is what are called "informational interviews." These are meetings where you ask people for advice, but not jobs.

"Hi! I'm a recent grad with a background in such and such. "Reach out to someone who is in that kind of a role already in a particular organization and use LinkedIn for this purpose. You go to LinkedIn and do a search for profiles that fit a particular background or work at a particular organization and message them and say, "hi! I'm out looking for a job. I wanted to see if I could get a few minutes to pick your brain by Skype, in person or some other way. When you think I might be able to speak with you?"

It's a nice strategy where you get advice and put yourself in front of more people, practicing some of the communications that might seem clumsy to so that in this way, you get better. I have videos about informational interviews on YouTube which is at http://blog.thebiggamehunter.us. You can search for them. They are or on YouTube.

3. If you or someone with great grades, don't forget venture capital firms. Don't forget investment banks. There are lots of different organizations that hire people into their ranks for what are called "portfolio companies." These are firms that they own that they might be able to point you to.

Get a website for yourself if you don't already have one. There are lots of different services that will give you a space on the web for free. Don't do stupid stuff and keep you resume there is a way of letting firms find it and recruit you. After all, there are a lot of organizations that don't have LinkedIn premium accounts and don't have access to job boards and are searching on the web for them. Use Squarespace, wix or weebly to get a free site going and make sure that is well searchable by using keywords in the resume to reflect the work that you're doing look at relevant answer on Indeed to make sure that you have them..

On LinkedIn, make sure that the line underneath your name reflects the work that you want to be doing. Think about a headline there that would be attractive to someone.

Keep taking classes, what are you doing it online or as part of the program at your university. Keep training yourself to ensure that you remain on top of your game.

For interviewing purposes, figure out what makes you different. There are hundreds of thousands of people who are graduating from schools all over the United States and whatever country you might be located in. You have to think in terms of what makes you different that you can sell against the tide.

I want to be clear that if you have a 4.0 average and think that is a special quality, It isn't. There are a lot of people who graduate with a 4.0 index.

What makes you different?

A lot of resumes will look at online look pretty flat. Put a little color in your resume.

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.

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.

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

Connect with me on LinkedIn http://bit.ly/thebiggamehunter

He is the host of “Job Search Radio” and “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” both available through iTunes and Stitcher.

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.”

Transitioning from School to Work | Job Search Radio


The jubilation of graduation is often replaced with a sinking feeling as a student graduates school and has to figure out how to use their degree and find work.

Dr. Markel Quarles explains what it is like for a student to begin navigating the job hunt, figures out what to do next and how to transition into the workforce.

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.

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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.”

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 0 GPA and No Interviews


“I have a 4.0 GPA and have yet to get an interview. What the heck is wrong?”

 

Summary

Someone wrote to me complaining that they have a 4.0 GPA and have gotten no interviews. Obviously, they are annoyed and frustrated and wondering what is going wrong.

Here's my answer: right now, you are fixated on the 4.0 GPA… That's great. Right now, I don't know what school you went to. There is a difference between a 4.0 GPA from Stanford and a 4.0 GPA from school no one is ever heard of before.

Let's assume it was a good school and concede that point. I don't know anything else about what you did while you were in school because you are fixated on the GPA. Firms care about whether you had an internship that related to your degree. Whether you work in a part-time job. What kind of jobs are you applying for? If you are applying for jobs that require 5 years of experience or positions where you will be managing people. . . You are not qualified for those positions.

There is more than the GPA that is at play here. Without my going into, "You should pay your dues and work your way up," I am not going to give that speech. You need to start talking to people who are already working who you know to see what is wrong. What are you doing wrong in marketing yourself that is standing in the way of you getting a job.

Now, that may seem frustrating. "Why do I have to do that?" What you are doing isn't working. You have to adapt. The world is not waiting for another 4.0 GPA. Unless the 4.0 GPA has done something that matters to them.

I don't know if you have a 4.0 GPA with a major in history and applying for IT positions for which you are not qualified. I could go on and on but the fact is you announcing that you have a 4.0 GPA doesn't tell me anything that's useful and you are probably sabotaging your own job search. Talk to people locally who you know. Talk to friends who have already landed. Talk to your parents. Talk to your college advisor. Be prepared to show them your resume and talk with them about what you are doing wrong and be prepared to talk about what you should be doing differently.

My site, JobSearchCoachingHQ. com can help you a lot. I hope you find it helpful.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a 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.

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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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If you are interested in executive job search or leadership coaching, email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us.In the subject line, include the word “Coaching.”

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