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Tips to Get You Started & Get You Going | No BS Job Search Advice Radio


FROM THE ARCHIVES (2011). NOTE: any jobs mentioned on the show were filled years ago PLUS I no longer do recruiting. I’m an executive job search and business life coach.

 

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.

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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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10 Steps to Prepare to Job Hunt | Job Search Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses his ebook, “Get Ready for The Job Jungle.”

Summary

Well tell you very simply, is that you need to understand that there are steps in preparation for job hunting that I know that almost everyone fails to take. It's not just writing a resume; writing a resume is probably 1 of the least important things that you can be doing.

I have 10 things to do to prepare to get ready for a job search in this short guide.

How to work with recruiters well. Lord knows, most of you create adversarial relationships with recruiters.
Your LinkedIn profile and things that you can do there.
Career assessments.
Getting clear about what your goals are and how you want to live your life beyond simply finding yet another job.

10 things that you can do to get ready to job hunt.

This book is also good if you are in the middle of the search because, frankly, I would encourage you to stop for a short period of time in order to backtrack to do the steps here.

10 steps. Not a big deal.

1 of them. Take some time, but it's important one. At the end of the day, if you do these 10 things, you're going to find the job hunting is a lot easier than you are finding right now.

The book is called, "Get Ready for the Job Jungle: 10 Steps to Prepare for Your Job Search." Is an Amazon for the Kindle. Come over to www.TheBigGameHunter.us for the PDF of the product.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter encourages you to take notes of the things you tolerate at work so that when your current firm makes a counteroffer you can decide whether it is worthwhile to accept.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and business life coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

If you are an executive who is interested in 1 on 1 coaching, email me at JeffAltman(at)TheBigGameHunter.us​.

Would you like to have a question for me? Send $25 through PayPal to TheBigGameHunter@gmail and then forward your question to me at the same address.

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.

Connect with me on LinkedIn as well as 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.”

Please give “Job Search Radio” a great review in iTunes. It helps other people discover the show and makes me happy!

Job Search Preparation #8: Activating Your Network

I speak about getting your network active to help you.

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Do you really 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.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com 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.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

Preparing for the Next One

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter encourages you to network and prepare yourself for the next recession now before you experience the crisis.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a recruiter for more than 40 years.

Follow him at The Big Game Hunter, Inc. on LinkedIn for more articles, videos and podcasts than what are offered here and jobs he is recruiting for.

Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us. There’s a lot more advice there.

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Getting Ready for The Next Downdraft and Your Next Job Search

In August, 2001, I started writing about the job market in the first issue of this ezine; the timing was extraordinary because two weeks later, I was able to chronicle the affects of the attack on the World Trade Center, Pentagon on the job market.

What we in America commonly call 9/11 affected job hunters and recruiters alike. With firms not hiring and laying off in large numbers, all of us in recruiting were on a huge hamster wheel of speaking with people we could do little to help. Like theirs, my income slid dramatically, falling to 15% of what it previously was.

As the economy improved, a friend asked a chance question and I was starting to feel good about my prospects, a friend asked a chance question–“Jeff, if you hadn’t had a mortgage would it have been a lot easier for you?” From that, began a series of events.

I had already been working hard to eliminate my debt. At the time I met my wife in graduate school in the late 90’s, I had already adopted a habit of paying off my credit card each month. Getting married meant that I had already paid my own graduate school bill but now needed to pay hers, too (she was going to stay home with our son). we now had a house with a mortgage and I took on her accumulated credit card debt and was working to eliminate it.

When Joe asked that question, I answered that, of course, it would have been easier. He replied, “Jeff, I haven’t had a mortgage in 7 or 8 years.” He told me about owning his home in Princeton and not having a mortgage on any of the other properties he owned.

After speaking with my wife, we began a process of selling our home on Long Island (at the top of the real estate market), buying a new lower cost house for cash, pocketing the profits, and saving feverishly for the next catastrophe.

For those of you who have followed me for a long time, you know that I warned in 2007 about a meltdown in the job market. What followed was worse than I warned about but I was prepared. I had enough money that if my income cratered again, I had a lot of cash available to ride through the hurricane.

So whether you have found work already or are relatively secure in your circumstances, NOW is the time to prepare for the next calamity–the one that may hit you hard and cause you to lose your job.

Here are a few things you can do to prepare for the next calamity:

1. Eliminate your credit card debt. For those of you with credit card bills and mortgages, the past few years may have been hard for you. You may have needed to juggle when you pay your bills. Pay off your credit cards.

There is conflicting advice on how to do this. Some say pay off the high interest cards first to reduce new charges. Others say to get rid of the payments on the cards with the lowest total amounts due so that you feel the success of having accomplished it. Whichever way you do it, just do it!

2. Resolve to take on no additional credit card debt. I have not had to pay a finance charge for a purchase I have made in 20+ years because I pay my bill off at the end of the month. Develop the habit of paying your credit card bills within the billing cycle.

3. Pay off your mortgage or move to a lower cost home. Not having a mortgage payment to make has made riding through the hurricane that has been the US economy the past few years easy for me. Even though we lost money on our recent sale (April, 2011), I made three times as much when we sold in 2005. This has given us the freedom to move to North Carolina (June, 2011), research the local market and plan a new purchase there for what will be cash, too.

4. SAVE MONEY! While you pay down your debt, save money in accounts you don’t touch specifically for emergencies like job loss. Without a cushion and with debt, you can sink under the weight of your obligations.

5. Increase your income and save it. If you changed jobs twice in the next five years and earned $10000 more each time and received a 3% raise in years 2 through 5, here’s what would happen.

Year 1: + $10000

Year 2: + $20300

Year 3: + $30,609

Change jobs again Now you have your original $10000 increase PLUS a second one.

Year 4: + $50,909.

Year 5: + $61,536.27

If the government takes half, you will have more than $30000 saved just by having changed jobs twice in 5 years, getting a modest $10000 raise and a far more modest 3% increase.

And if you start a small business on the side you can save even more.

6: Stop buying crap. The book, “Fight Club,” has a wonderful quote:

“You buy furniture.  You tell yourself, this is the last sofa I will ever need in my life.  Buy the sofa, then for a couple years you’re satisfied that no matter what goes wrong, at least you’ve got your sofa issue handled.  Then the right set of dishes.  Then the perfect bed.  The drapes.  The rug.  Then you’re trapped in your lovely nest, and the things you used to own, now they own you.”

This does not mean that you should live with torn old ugly stuff, but it does mean acting like an adult, setting priorities and not just buying something to feel good or because you want it NOW. Children do that.

 

I know all of this is obviously but most people don’t do it and lurch from crisis to crisis unprepared.

You do not have to repeat the hardship you’ve experienced the past few months or few years and you can be prepared for the next down draft in your fortunes with a well executed plan that allows you to ride through the next disaster–but you need to put your plan in place NOW!

 

© The Big Game Hunter, Inc. Asheville, NC  2011

 

Do you really 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.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com 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.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

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