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The New LinkedIn Profile (VIDEO)

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LinkedIn has changed its profile page. How should you change yours?

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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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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.

Give Yourself an Advantage on LinkedIn (VIDEO)

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NOTE: THE NAME OF THE EZINE IS NOW, “NO BS COACHING ADVICE.”

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers an easy to follow strategy to help you stand out from the pack on LinkedIn.

 

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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.

NOW WITH A 7 DAY FREE TRIAL

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.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

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.

Why Am I Not Getting Emails from Recruiters? (VIDEO)

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I am a gainfully employed data scientist with a solid career history and I have a good network in the data science community online. I am active on Twitter and have a LinkedIn profile. However, I have never received an email or message from a recruiter. What can I do to start getting recruited?

I think my answer is valid for any profession.

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

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.”

Do I Need to Worry About My Contacts Being Hassled If I Connect With a Recruiter?

Do I Need to Worry About My Contacts Being Hassled If I Connect With a Recruiter? (VIDEO)

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I’m concerned that my contacts will be harassed by recruiters if I accept a connection request from a recruiter.

 

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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!

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.”

Should I Include My LinkedIn URL on a CV or Resume?

Should I Quit LinkedIn? (VIDEO)

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I have a large network on LinkedIn but no one will help me. Should I quit LinkedIn?

 

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Do you really think employers are trying to help you?

You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell you as much as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and 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.

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.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

How to SEO Your LinkedIn Profile | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 592 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains how to SEO your LinkedIn profile.

How to SEO your LinkedIn profile

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Do you really think employers are trying to help you?

You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell you as much as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and 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.

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.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

Ask The Big Game Hunter: Can No LinkedIn Profile Be a Problem? (VIDEO)

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter answers a question about whether the lack of a LinkedIn profile Can cost someone an opportunity at a company.

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This is a question I was asked recently:

Are you less likely to get hired and a large tech company. If you have no LinkedIn profile, but you have no problem providing links to a hidden code hosted website profile with some of your codes and links to some of your hidden projects indicating your availability?

The answer is a definite, “Maybe!” Let me give you perspective..

The 1st question is how this firm even find out about you if you don’t have a LinkedIn profile and the code is hidden? What is going to entice them to reach out to you? Now that’s in the circumstance where they are out there recruiting you. How did they even find out about you? 

Maybe it is on Github. Maybe they’ve seen some stuff that you have written. Maybe it is elsewhere. But you are talking about the fact that your best code is hidden away. They know that they should want to contact you?

On the other hand, if you are applying for a position, that is, submitting your resume through applicant tracking systems

or networking your way to other organizations, the absence of a LinkedIn profile may not be a problem.

I’m seeing that some organizations are asking for links to LinkedIn profiles at the time of submission. They are doing that in order to make sure that the profiles are consistent with what is on the resume. Understand, I look at a lot of LinkedIn profiles and there is often a disconnect between what a person says on the resume and what is on their profile. These firms are looking for a very simple baseline.

In the case that you are citing are they reaching out to you (in which case you are making it hard for them to do, and that begs the question why?  Why don’t you have the LinkedIn profile to begin with?),  You have to make it easy for organizations to find you  in order to get found and hired by them.Then, in the other cases when you are applying, in which case you can put a link to your code and have firm see it, then they may go looking for your LinkedIn profile, discover they can’t find it and ask you, “I went looking for your LinkedIn profile and couldn’t find it.  What is that about?” In this case you have an unnecessary question to answer under interview.

So, like I said, it is a definite maybe but it’s your choice as to how you want to live your life and manage your career.  I would just simply say get a LinkedIn profile done.

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Do you really think employers are trying to help you?

You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell you as much as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and 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.

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.”

Looking Like an Expert on LinkedIn | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains one of the ways to look like a subject matter expert on LinkedIn.

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Today I want to tell you how to appear like a subject matter expert on LinkedIn. It’s very easy and it is a fairly new feature on LinkedIn called the LinkedIn Publisher Platform. Almost everyone now has access to this feature. It allows you to post longform articles on almost any subject whatsoever.

Don’t be stupid and post ridiculous things. Be smart. The game plan with LinkedIn is to appear like a subject matter expert wherever you can. By writing regularly (I’m not saying to write daily or weekly). If you write one article every 2 or 3 weeks and posted and keep to a schedule of doing that, you will develop followers who like what you write. I’m seeing ordinary individuals who are getting 2 to 4000 people following them.

Your game plan is to establish a regular schedule of writing quality articles about what you do. Obviously, in some fields, this will work. If you are an administrative assistant, I can’t see you doing an article every 3 weeks. You can talk about organizing someone’s calendar. You can write about how to be defective administrative assistant. To do something like this on a regular schedule may be too hard for you.

I do see IT people doing. I do see accounting and finance people doing. Certainly headhunters do it. There are lots of different things that you can do to demonstrate that you are an expert using this platform. Because it is going to allow you to write longer articles that people will follow, read, and develop an impression of you.

That’s really what LinkedIn is all about– being seen and heard professionally, not like on Facebook, so that you develop the professional reputation where people want to connect with you and they want to hire you and retain your services.

When I look at the future in the United States. I’m not seeing the future of full-time jobs. I’m seeing a lot more freelance work ahead for us– where people work for stretches with an organization and then go on to another organization, more like the free-agent model.

If I’m right, this is an ideal platform where people are going to reach out to you and want to hire you. If I am wrong, companies are going to reach out to you. There is no losing proposition here!

When all is said and done, start using LinkedIn’s Publishing Platform to get articles published.

Where do you find it?On your homepage, if you have access to the features I suspect you do,on your homepage, beneath your photo, approximately 1/3 of the way down the page, there are 3 boxes to choose from.  The right hand most 1 says, “Write an article.”

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Do you really think employers are trying to help you?

You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell you as much as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and 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.

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.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

LinkedIn Mistake #1 (VIDEO)

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses a major mistake people make when they are on LinkedIn.

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I want to talk with you about 1 of the mistakes I see time and again on LinkedIn. That way too many people are making with their profiles.  It’s what I call, “the skimpy profile.”

Yes, the skimpy profile.  The skimpy LinkedIn profile.  Maybe you’ve written 2 lines underneath each employer and you have this enormous summary.  Maybe. You have this profile I’ve seen all the time – – 2 lines in the region. Employer. 2 lines in the summary.  How do you think people are going to find you?

Seriously, how do you think people will find you unless they already know you?

Part of what you use LinkedIn for is to attract opportunities to you.  People knock on your metaphorical door and reach out to you to say, “hey, I have an opportunity. Let’s talk.”  You say yes or no, after you hear about the opportunity.  Not before; after.  Then, if you think about it, if you have 2 lines there, there are probably no keywords there, there is no SEO (search engine optimization). There is nothing there that would be interesting to them. Potential employer or recruiter that would cause them to reach out to you.

If you stuff the summary area within enormous list of keywords and then have nothing to back it up onto your jobs, employers have no idea when you did this thing.

Employers are all trained by the resume experience and they will believe that job hunters are trying to con them in order to get an interview.  When they see lots of summary stuff at the beginning of a resume, and relatively little later on (like the functional resume that tells you everything about a person in their life, their career and where they worked, but it’s all separated from one another). You will learn that this person did some of this stuff, but did 15 years ago.  No value.

You have to look at your profile like it is an extended resume.  I don’t mean a longer resume.  I mean an extension of the resume.  You have to have a good quality summary that outlines what you have done and how you went about doing and a few metrics.  You want to have your contact information. There email address and phone number.  This is true particularly if you are job hunting.

From there, underneath each employer or consulting assignment, depending upon how you have it listed, you want to have supportive information to what you have in the summary.  That is also going to help you with your search engine optimization with LinkedIn because LinkedIn will see multiple instances of those keywords and help rank you higher.

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Do you really think employers are trying to help you?

You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell you as much as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and 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.

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.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

Give Endorsements to Get Endorsements on LinkedIn | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter encourages you to give endorsements on LinkedIn in order to get endorsements on LinkedIn.

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Here’s a way to really stand out from your competition.

Understand that there are a lot of recruiters both corporate and third-party recruiters who are using a product called LinkedIn Recruiter to identify candidates on the web.  What we are doing is going out there to evaluate skills and (1) search engine optimizing your profile with keywords that might be used as part of the search for what you do is a big part of how you might become visible. Another way to stand out is by receiving endorsements.

You can ask your entire network to endorse you, but, frankly, you look like a mooch when you do that.  I want to suggest that you reach out by giving endorsements.  Remember the old saying, “Give more.  Get more.”  Giving endorsements, particularly to those who know you so that they profit by the relationship, will help you get endorsements back in return.

I want to say that there is reciprocity because I don’t give endorsements because I don’t really know the work that you do.  I don’t sit next to you. I’m a coach.  I’ve done recruiting.  If I give endorsements, people will believe that your entire list of endorsements is bogus!,  Instead, I want to encourage you  to give endorsements to those who you have a basis of judging their work.  Complement people.

You’ll discover that your number of endorsements will increase.  Knowing that there is a bias that recruiters and employers have toward passive candidates, you will look like the superior person to them by having large numbers of endorsements.  After all, when you think about it, when you look at my LinkedIn profile and see that I have been endorsed 500 some odd times for one attribute or another, there is a message and that, especially, especially when you notice that the average recruiter may have fewer than 20.

Stand out from my work because people have seen it and like it.  Look for that same thing, too, but give it in order to get it.

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Do you really think employers are trying to help you?

You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell you as much as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and 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.

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.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes