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There is Nothing Permanent About a Permanent Position

Every show tends to have actionable advice to help you with job hunting, but this one is a “strategic show” focused on your mindset in your career.


There was something interesting going on on my other show, "Job Search Radio," where four guests in a row pointed out a fallacy the job hunters hold, that employees hold.

You see most employers try to seduce people (for you) by describing their jobs as "permanent positions," when they aren't.

Here I  point out that there is nothing permanent about a permanent job and what you should do about it.

The term, "permanent position," is an anachronism.

You see, there are full-time jobs that occupy your time for 40 hours per week or more. But they are not permanent. They just occupy your time.

Philosophically as you evaluate positions there are a few things you need to think of.

What are you going to get out of this experience?
What sort of knowledge, skill or experience can you plunk on your resume they will make you desirable to the next employer?
Think of this job as having a tour of duty-- 18 months, 24 months, whatever it is. How will they determine what your next tour will be with the firm. What sort of benchmarks will they use to consider you for another role?
Remember, just as the achievement you would have if you were to change jobs will be measured by another employer, the job you perform for this firm will be used to measure you for other opportunities internally. Don't let their chump job be how you are evaluated by them.


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.

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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