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Naming Your Resume File (VIDEO)

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.”

Are you interested in 1:1 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.  

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.”

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

 

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The Companion Mistakes People Make with Their Resume | Job Search Radio


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http://webtalkradio.net/internet-talk-radio/2017/08/31/the-companion-mistakes-people-make-with-their-resume/

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses mirrors mistakes people make with 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. 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
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.”

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

4 Steps to Getting Better Resume Results (Lose 25 Pounds, Grow Hair and Lose 3 Inches Of Belly Fat)

Before it closed last year in anticipation of a move to its new home, I took my son to The Four Seasons Restaurant in New York for lunch. One of the owners, Alex, is an old friend and my son and I hadn’t been back to New York for a few years since moving to North Carolina. Everything came together beautifully.

We sat at the bar with Alex and ordered lunch. The appetizer arrived for each of us. My son looked at it.

“It’s beautiful!”

We ate it, an entrée and dessert and each time he exclaimed how wonderful each item looked and tasted.

Each dish was beautifully prepared, plated and presented with a discerning eye to how a guest would receive it.

When an employer asks for a menu to order a new hire, s/he is not looking for a Quarter Pounder or Big Mac. They want something aesthetically beautiful that delights just like my son was delighted by each dish.

They want something special.

Is every job description you read the same? No.

Is every job you submit your resume to the same? Of course, they aren’t. 

If all these job descriptions are different, why do you submit the same resume as though you are flipping burgers at a fast food restaurant? 

Every day, people send the same generic resume out as though each position was identical and each employer was attempting to hire identical skills and attributes. Too often, the results they receive are like the broken watch that is right twice a day—hit or miss success.

They list their name, phone numbers and email address, list an objective, education, and chronology of experience with dates of employment. The resume includes some successes or accomplishments. This is their resume.

In the days prior to computers when changing a resume required you to re-type different versions, this made sense. Today, when computers allow you to customize, spell and grammar check documents so easily, you are missing out on opportunities and costing yourself money by being lazy and not tailoring your resume for each opportunity you are interested in. You are not serving a beautiful meal. You are preparing a Quarter Pounder!

Here are several steps that you can do to improve your resume and get better results.

 1.    Each employer will be interested in different attributes of your experience. They often indicate it by the items they describe in their job ad or the recruiter described to you. Emphasize the experiences that you have that relate to the skills being sought and the functions you will perform in the job they will ask you to perform. If you are applying for a staff position, emphasize your staff experience and minimize your management experience. If you are being hired to be a leader, write about your recent leadership.

2.    Employers are more interested in recent work, rather than work you did many years ago. Use more space in your resume to highlight recent experience, rather than things you did before Barack Obama became President.

3.    Like setting a goal where you make them specific, measurable, achievable within a specific period of time, describe your successes or achievements concretely. Reducing costs is a nice start but it is more powerful to describe something as reducing operational costs globally by 2%. Increased departmental sales by 27% resulting in . . . You get the idea. Use action verbs wherever possible

4.    Ask someone you trust to critique what you’ve written. Too often, people believe that they can do everything by themselves without asking for help. Ask a friend in your industry to critique what you’ve written to insure you’re on target and aren’t missing the mark.

If you were buying a sports car and the car salesman started showing you a minivan, you would probably scratch your head and ask, “Uh, excuse me but I want to see a sports car.

“But this is a great car!”

“And I want a sports car..”

Every day, job hunters try to sell minivans to sports car owners. Their resume in no way, shape or form fits the requirement and they become indignant at not hearing anything from the employer or recruiter.

You’ve served them a Quarter Pounder when they wanted something special.

One more thing. If you follow these instructions, you will feel better about yourself, lose 25 pounds instantly and take 3 inches off your waist. The growing hair stuff is wishful thinking on my part.

 

© The Big Game Hunter, Inc. Asheville, NC 2017

 

If you liked this article, read, “Should I Stay or Should I Go. Playing ‘The Counteroffer Game'”

 

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 Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterAdvice 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.  

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.”

Naming Your Resume File | Job Search Radio


Listen to the full episode here:
http://webtalkradio.net/internet-talk-radio/2017/08/16/naming-your-resume-file/

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.”

Are you interested in 1:1 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.  

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.”

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

 

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

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.  

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.”

 

Explaining Employment Gaps in Your Résumé (VIDEO)


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses how to explain how to discuss the gap in your employment history.

Summary

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Today, let's talk about how to deal with that gap in your resume . . . You know, that time in your background were took you 5 months, 8 months, 7 months . . . whatever it is to find a new position 3 years ago. How do you deal with that interruption your experience?

Some people have this silly idea that they are supposed to lie and cover it up. I must in all honesty tell you it doesn't work anymore. Employers are cooperating with one another and do background checks post-employment (after you join their firm). They will send a note to your previous employer and say, "So, Jane told us in their application that you work for your firm for such and such period of time. Does that seem somewhat accurate?" If they find inconsistency in your job application, it is grounds for termination. They can't keep you on board because, frankly, lying can get them into trouble.

Imagine for a 2nd that you are employed by them and commit some sort of crime. For example, you work on Wall Street and trade grandma's life savings down to zero. Can you imagine what happens when a lawyer gets a hold of the firm and asks, "you knew he lied on his employment application and you still kept them on board!" How do you think that would play out in the courts?

Employers have a very simple policy. They will terminate you. They will terminate you without any warning whatsoever. What they will do is meet you at your desk with security and hand you a box with your personal things and send you on your way. You don't want that to happen. Here's how you deal with it.

When you have a gap in your background, you use the cover email that you send your resume in (these are like the old cover letteyrs people use to mail the resume with. Today, that is the message area of your email) to sell yourself.

You might write in the cover email, "I'm forwarding my resume to you because I was recommended by so-and-so, you told me that your position for such and such." Or, you might say, "I saw your ad on such and such site that told me that you trying to hire such and such type of person. "

The 2nd paragraph my talk about your qualifications and how your background fits the role. The 3rd 1 might say something like, "you may notice my job history that for years ago I was unemployed for 6 months. During that time, the on the economy was terrible and they found it difficult to find work. Ultimately, I was able to land a job with another organization. "

Or, you might just simply say, "I had an injury at that time. I was in a car accident and had surgery. It was impossible for me to work." Or you might talk about how you assisted your dying mom during the last 6 months of her life. These are pretty common stories that employer hears.

Another one that they here is, "I took a package to leave my organization. I decided that I had not had a lengthy vacation since I was in college and decide to take 4 months to travel in China before coming back and resuming my career." What ever it is, do that in the 3rd paragraph and then come back and sell yourself in the remainder of the cover email.

This is the easiest way to deal with the gap in your background. Then, you have to remember what you told them in your email. So when you meet with them in person and raise the subject, they are looking for consistency. Thus, if you talk about that vacation that you took, you say, "I know a lot of people would find it difficult to believe, it was 1 of the great 4 months of my life. I love my work, but it was an opportunity to travel. I had money in the bank and decide to take advantage of this time." You just speak to them in a way that sounds absolutely sincere.

This is the easiest way to deal with the gap in the background.

 

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.”

 

More Advice About Resumes That Get Results (VIDEO)


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers more advice for creating resumes that get results.

Summary

Today, I'm going to give you a little bit more, no BS resume advice.

Let me start by asking, "do you enjoy receiving spam?" You know, all that garbage will receive an email… Thousands and thousands of pieces of garbage that waste our time. It's ridiculous!

I don't like receiving it anymore than you do but most people are too lazy to tailor their resume to demonstrate how they fit the job that they are submitting their resume for. Instead, they flip their resumes like they are burgers at a fast food restaurant. Over and over again, they are spamming resumes that are a colossal waste of time. I don't know about you, but when I was doing recruiting, I was reading 300 resumes a day! I don't have a lot of time to waste..

My clients were asking me to find people with specific backgrounds. If you're thinking I'm going to call 300 people and asked them, "Have you done this? Have you done that?" I'm not. I don't have the time.

Do the math on my schedule. On a light day, I'm receiving 150 resumes plus lots of emails, following up on interviews from hiring managers trying to find out more about people that they have been interviewing. There's a lot of work that I do and I just don't have the time.

I think what you'll find is if you tell your resume to demonstrate the fit that your experience has with the job requirement, you are going to get a lot more results.

You may say, "I don't really know a lot about the job. I need to know more in order to tailor it."

Bull. What you have is a job description, you saw something on the web that prompted you to send your resume, you just didn't gratuitously send it, right? Tailor your resume. Use the keywords to tailor your resume. I'm telling you, you're going to get results. You are not going to waste people's time.

If you are not sure if your background fits, you can politely send your resume, saying, "I saw this job. I'm not sure if my background is perfect for it. This is what my background has that fits it. This is where I am not sure."

If you just want to send resumes to people who are in your area (by that I mean, people who are recruiting for positions in the field that you work in), you seen a job description and want to put a resume in a recruiter's hands, in the subject line, put the phrase "On Spec." Don't just simply submitted as though your background fits the particular job. If you do, all you're doing is wasting people's time.

If you do that with corporations, do you think you are going to get results? I don't. If you do that with third-party recruiters, all that, they will probably do is hit the delete key or imported into their database. Come on! Save us all some time.

My advice for today is to tailor your resume. Make the fit obvious. Pretend that a 4-year-old is going to read your resume (Frankly, there are a lot of recruiters who have the experience of 4-year-olds). Do that and you're going to get more results.

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.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

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.”

Instead of “Responsible for” (VIDEO)


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers words you can use instead of “Responsible for” in your resume so that you don’t bore the reader.

Summary

Let's talk today about some No BS Resume Advice. This advice is very straightforward and simple; it is going be read to you, but ultimately comes down to a lot of resumes use the phrase, "responsible for." Read the 10 or 15 times and your eyes start to glaze over and it becomes hard to pay attention to what has been written.

Instead, here are a few alternatives for that phrase that you can substitute depending upon the circumstance. You can pick and choose which ones they are. But this will eliminate the repetition of the phrase, "responsible for."

Here they are:
Handled
Managed
Led
Chaired (as in, "chaired a committee")

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.

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How Do I Successfully Pad My Resume?


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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 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.

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.”

Someone wrote to me with the question and this is my way of responding to them and the question is, “How do I successfully pad my resume?”

It seems that this person has a four year gap in the background during which time they took some college classes and dealt with some mental health issues and had been on disability. Actually, it seemed lies they are currently on disability the way it’s written.

So I’ll just start by saying it starts off with your own thoughts about yourself. You describe this period as “padding my resume” versus you had an illness and I’m well enough to return to work and would like to do so.

Now if you think you’ll be able to return at the same level, compensation, and a variety of other variables as existed 4 years ago, there you’re kidding yourself. You will not be able to do that. Firms are not going to suddenly assume that after 4 years you know exactly as much as he did before and you are is capable of you were 4 years ago.

If you did not drive a car for 4 years and got behind the wheel of one, it might feel little awkward . . . and the same id going to apply to you returning to the workforce. From their vantage point, it’s not about padding; it’s talking about what you did the last 4 years “I had an illness. I’m returning to work. It’s really that simple.

Are going to love that? No. Not every firm is going to be excited to interview you for obvious reasons, but the right firm will and that’s the most important thing I can say to you. The right firm is good be interested in your background despite the four year gap.

So stop referring to this this as padding your resume as though you are going to con someone into a job. Instead, think of it is as taking this issue straight on, knowing that some people are going to be pleased with what you explain to them; some firms will never be convinced; and the right firm will.

Don’t Waste Peoples’ Time (VIDEO)


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter encourages you to not waste peoples’ time when you submit your resume.

Summary

So far today, I have been wasting my morning reading resumes that in no way, shape or form fit anything that are submitting them for.

There is one example. Resume I just received for an IT director's job. The cover email they sent was terrific. I must say, this person writes a great cover letter.

The only problem is that the resume doesn't back it up. So I write this cover letter, he tells me about all this wonderful work that is done at the last firm, and in the last industry he worked in. He has been consulting since then. Then, you open up the resume and discover that he has worked as a consultant for the last 10 years (that is absolutely fine). However, he summarized that last 10 years in 5 lines of which 2 of those lines were less than half of a line.

Let's just say it is for lines to cover 10 years of experience.

Do you think my client will actually believe this cover letter? I know I don't. I had a lot of smoke alone at me and my time wasted because this person is too lazy to actually give me some data about what he did, probably because he knows that will knock them out of consideration because it was nonsense work.

For you out there, be considerate of other people and their time. By being considerate I'm asking you not to spam your crap at me.

If you have the skills needed for the job, demonstrated the fit in your resume. If you don't, don't spam your resume. You are nothing more than a Cialis spammer at that point.

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.”

 

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