Do I Look Like a Job Hopper?


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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter answers a question as to whether someone looks like a job hopper.

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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The premise is that the person is concerned that the resume makes them look like a job hopper. The question goes like this, “I’m a software developer with a job that I’ve had since college. 1.5 years. 4 years. 2 years. 3.5 years. 2.5 years. I’m a year into my latest gig and started to think about switching industries like from going from finance to tech. How bad does this look?”

Great question. I think there is a more complicated answer to this. Let me start with the premise that I have the idea that some of these might be consulting assignments. Where that is the case, you can aggregate dates into one combined area that shows that you are a consultant during that period. Let’s say the 2 years and the 3 1/2 years were as consultants, aggregate the dates there. The reason I have the idea is your choice of the word “gigs”or, “gig” for that last position . I have the idea from not that you might be a person who is been a consultant. If that’s the case, aggregate some of those dates to demonstrate clearly.

More important than a tactic, is the bigger picture. You are not talking about career progression. You’re talking about how over 10 years as a developer. If my math is right, for 14 1/2 years, you are talking about yourself being purely a developer; do not talking about being a lead. You not talk about being an architect and you’re not talking about being a manager. You talking about being a developer.

That may have been a conscious choice of yours but some employers of the start looking down on you because you haven’t progressed in your career. That may be a bigger issue for you. Why are you still a developer? Why are people not give you the opportunity to get ahead?

If you’ve always wanted to be a developer, that’s going to be a real easy question to deflect. You’re going to have to address in the cover letter.
Again, I don’t see these dates as being intrinsically wrong. I just think the bigger issue is that at some organizations, and organizations that like fast-track individuals, they’re not going to see you as being fast-track. There going to see you on the slow road.

How Do I Deal With a Fly In Interview In The Future | No BS Job Search Advice Radio


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EP 804 I respond to someone’s fly in interview gone terribly wrong.

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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I received a message today from someone who posed a scenario asked different opinion. He has done a phone interview and is told that it will is a technicality for the client wanting to meet him. The recruiter tells him he needs to pay the airfare and travel and that if he is offered the job and takes it, he will be paid back for the trip.
Let’s read between the lines. You lay out the money. If you get the job, I will pay you back. If you don’t get the job, you will get nothing.
When he asks about what happens if they don’t select me, the recruiter says that this is for sure them to stop talking negatively. Like I said, the recruiter is going to pay him back if he gets the job and if he doesn’t get the job, he is out of luck.
Everything sounds find any books a flight from one city to Atlanta and rents a car. The night before, he goes to a friend’s wedding and he is on a 3 AM flight the next morning. Let’s get practical. He knows the guy for long time. It’s a big decision to go to the wedding, but he is only 3 AM flight so his at the airport at [1:30] AM. He is sleep deprived when he lands; he has an interview going on for in the long and the short of it is, he doesn’t get the job. His body just wants to get to sleep and he didn’t perform on the interview.
He tells the recruiter what happens. I want to explain it to the company. “I don’t even care about the expenses.” The company doesn’t want to talk to him; the recruiter has no interest. The company doesn’t want to talk to him. At the end of the day, he asks this question, “Is it a good deal to go on these fly outs prepaid? Does it come across stronger to say that I want half the money up front? Is it worth taking the risk of the client not paying up front?” He is looking for a way to protect themselves.
Here’s my thinking.
1. If you have a wedding the night before, it isn’t like the wedding wasn’t on the schedule when the interview showed up, right? You knew about that before hand and you miscalculated. As a result, you will that going out sleep deprived. That has nothing to do with whether or not you are going to get paid back. That has to do with you making a mistake
2. The way you handle this in the future is that you don’t put yourself in the position where you are going to be sleep deprived and unable to perform. This is nothing to do with the money. This has to do with you.
You didn’t deliver the goods on the interview and who would want to pay for you to have an excursion to stink up the joint. At the end of the day, what you could’ve done is say, “I can’t do Monday. I can do Tuesday. I have plans on Sunday that I cannot change. Tuesday I can be there on an early morning flight.” Do you know what you could have also done? You could go out Monday afternoon for a Tuesday interview, get a good nights sleep in a hotel and then walk in refreshed.
Instead, you made a mistake. People make mistakes and you ask for my advice… I give no BS advice. In the future, don’t put it back to back like this on yourself. You’ve already demonstrated that you can’t deliver under these circumstances; don’t do it again.

Should I Respond to a 3rd Party Recruiter or Apply for a Job Directly? (VIDEO)


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Should I respond to a 3 party recruiter for a job that their client or apply directly at the company’s job page. If I don’t like working with pushy recruiters?

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,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching or interview coaching from me? Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us
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I had a great question asked that I paraphrased in the title: “Should I respond to a 3 party recruiter at their client or apply directly at the company’s job page. If I don’t like working with ‘pushy recruiters?'” Ooooh! Pushy recruiters!
1st of all, we don’t know what makes you think THIS RECRUITER is pushy. As someone who used to work in the search (and I no longer do so I don’t have skin in the game), a lot of people think a recruiters pushy because they reached out to them to talk with you about the job or because they wanted to talk with you about the job. That is not a pushy recruiter. That is someone who is doing what the company hires them to do– locate talent to fill So if you think this definition of pushy is pushy you are mistaken.
If you think someone is pushy because they are yelling, arguing and abusive, I suspect you gotten nowhere near that point you. That’s because this is a person who’s done a cold call or reached out to you through LinkedIn for advice. This is not being pushy. Again, this is what firms hire them to do.
Next is whether you should apply directly. Hmmm. You mean, go through the black hole. Go through the computer system that is designed to filter people out. One in a million years would you want to put yourself in that position? Why would you ever apply for job in that manner? Let me go one level deeper. Why would you ever be a thief and still proprietary information and use it to your advantage?
To me, this is no different than stealing software. This is no different than being a thief. That’s because you are taking information. It is not known to you at the beginning and using it to your own advantage, taking away the ability of someone to earn a living from it. Bad karma, folks, the stated very clearly. It is a very bad move on your part. You are just being a thief.
Should you respond to the recruiter? Yes. If they decide not to submit you, find out why. . From there, if the reason is cogent, accepted. If not, then apply directly. The probability is that they are not there to filter people out; they are there to screen people in because they are not paid to reject people. They desperately want to refer people who are qualified. If they tell you you are not qualified, you probably aren’t… Unless you done a bad job of presenting yourself, of course.
Go through the recruiter who told you about the opportunity and then, from there, if you are not presented to their client, then apply for the role.

Naming Your Resume File | Job Search Radio


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Jeff Altman,The Big Game Hunter explains how you should name your resume before you start to email it to people.

Summary

I get tons of resumes. You save them. You have to rename them. That's because all of you take no time and name your resume, "resume.doc." That's a big help in finding your resume. Your is a very simple convention for naming your resume.

Ready?

1st name.last name.resume.doc

Really simple, isn't it? 1st name. Last name.resume.doc or put – 's between each of them.

Your resume needs to be found easily. Naming it resume.doc does nothing to help people find you in the morass of her applicant tracking systems, and the morass of our Outlook files. Just change the naming.

If you are sending a cover letter, I'm not good tell you to do the same thing. there. Only put the cover letter as the body of your email instead of as a separate file.

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,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

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Why Jobs Go Dark | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 865 I discuss why you don’t hear anything from a company for long stretches of time after an interview.

Summary

This came as a suggestion from someone I was representing to talk about why you don't hear anything from firms for long stretches of time. Let me just share his experience.

I'm doing this recording in mid-September. I 1st represented him to a client of mine sometime in July. They responded by having them do a one-way video interview after an initial HR conversation. Then, nothing happened. A month and 1/2 or so goes by when nothing happens. Suddenly, they surface and go, "Hey! We would love to talk with you! Can we fly you out? Can we meet with you. We would love to have you talk with a few people one morning! How does your schedule look?" This happens much more often than you think.

I will also use the example of you doing an interview, to interviews, 3 interviews that there is nothing. No nothing.

What is going on? What is happening behind the scenes. Why are they not responding?

I 1st want to deal with the agency scenario where you have an agent representing you and they are the middleman between you and the company.

There are instances where the agent knows what is going on and isn't ready to share it with you. Why? It's because the firm is ready to communicate their decision or they want to manage you to the point where they want to get you another interview with different firm and then dropped the bomb that you're no longer under consideration... Or million 100 things like the client is saying, "We're not sure. There are 2 of people we want to see 1st." Delay delay delay. They don't want to let you know that the client is instantly enamored with you and isn't instantly ready to pull the trigger. They are 1 of 3 recruiters who is representing you, so they want to keep you on the hook. Those a typical agency scenarios.

Now, let's assume there is no buffer between you and the company. You've interview directly, they double the scheduling. You've done all the interviewing. Let's use the example of this person. What's going on behind the scenes?

Well, sometimes, as was the case here, a new C level executive joined, wanted to survey the landscape and then make a decision and they are not communicating with me. Actually, it's an unfair situation because that's another agency scenario. Did not communicating with me and I'm saying that I'm not hearing anything. That will be compacted to a communication situation.

Liken the situation that I was just outlining where on the recruiter than not communicating, so they may be going on a high level of their organization where they decide to reevaluate the requirement. I'm doing this in September every had one person be frozen on their interviews. He was flown out for meetings. He was clearly the number 1 person that they seen. They're coming up on October budgets. They are stalling a little bit in order to make sure that they have funding next year for the project that they want to hire him for. Position frozen. That took 3 weeks to do. Not terrible in terms of length like what this person went through, but 3 weeks is still long time to go without knowing what is going on.

Sometimes circumstances have changed for them; they are trying to manage their budget; there trying to see what is going on.

2. They are stalling for time. There stalling because they've already committed to seeing for the people and they are not prepared to commit to you. After all, Moses may walk in the door. Mohammed may arrive! The Buddha may walk in! Then the perfect individual to do this job (and would you want to hire the Buddha). Seriously. The Buddha walks in. You want to hire the Buddha right? That sometimes occurs. There stalling for time, or sometimes there stalling for time because you didn't really knock it out of the park. Their shopping for a better alternative. That's the most common scenario really as to what's really going on behind the scenes.

Sometimes, hiring manager has a lot of things to do. They really thought about what took place in your meeting with them for some time and they are bucking their own internal HR organization that is basically going, "Court you ready?. Don't you want to hire them? " After all, HR wants to close these jobs out as much as you want to join. The hiring managers just too busy to make a decision, let alone think about it.

Sometimes there are stalls that go on for that reason , OR they are trying to talk themselves into hiring you because they're just not sure. And they have to get over the hump in their waiting for magic words to be uttered to them that makes them go, "Okay. I'll do it."

Those are some of the reasons why jobs go dark. It doesn't make it any easier for you. But, understanding that, will make it easier for you to feel more comfortable.

1 of the tactics in response sometimes is to drop them a quick note and say, "A lot of time has gone by and I'm not trying to be difficult or push you, I just want to let you know my continued interest. Is there any way that we could talk further so I can help you resolve whatever doubts or questions you might have about me." This way, they will respond by going, "no, no! That's okay!" Or they will say, "Yeah. That's a good idea." Reaching out to them in that way can often be a good tactic.

To be clear, I'm not talking about a day later. I'm talking about a week, 2 weeks later and you are not hearing anything. You can drop them and noting give them a sense that you're open to talking with them again and what's your schedule like to schedule something for the 2 of you to speak. I'm sure you get some version of response.

And if you're working for a recruiter, contact them is the intermediary. They had these interest of closing you on the job and collecting the fee from the client. I'm sure they will advocate for you. If they're not willing to advocate for you, there is a message in that as well.

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,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching or interview 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 function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

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Effective Interview Preparation | No BS Job Search Advice Radio


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On the previous show, I spoke with Eric Kramer, author of “Active Interviewing” and owner of www.interviewbest.com offers ideas about what you can do . . . and they are really good.

This show stands alone from the first one as we continue our discussion of what he calls, “Active Interviewing,” helping you to prepare for your next job interview.

 

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,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

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The Easiest Way to Negotiate a Higher Salary for Yourself


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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers simple to follow advice for how to improve a salary offer that is lacking without you “stressing out.”

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,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching or interview 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.

Do you have a question you would like me to answer? Pay $25 via PayPal to TheBigGameHunter@gmail.com
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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.”

The Nuances to Writing a Resume | Job Search Radio


Debra Mastic and I spend time helping you understand how a resume navigates a hiring pipeline and how to write a great 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. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching throughout your search, interview coaching or help with a salary negotiation?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line. In the body of the email, tell me what you would like help with.

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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Understanding Confirmation Bias When Interviewing


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EP 847 Most firms use confirmation bias when interviewing.What should you do to combat it?

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,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching or interview 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.

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

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You Certify Yourself | No BS Job Search Advice Radio


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EP 845 This is a repeat from last year that I thought would be helpful Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses how we certify ourselves during a job interview as the person to be chosen. You’ll may notice that on this show what my usual outro music was used as an intro . . . I was experimenting then!

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,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching or interview 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.

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

Do you have a question you would like me to answer? Pay $25 via PayPal to TheBigGameHunter@gmail.com
and then forward your question to the same address.

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

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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