Job Search Lessons from the Presidential Election of 2016

In this video, I discuss a lesson we can all take away from the recent events of the US presidential campaign.



This is a video that some of the job-search lessons that can be gleaned from the presidential election of 2016.

As I recorded this video, it was a very dynamic week.  Donald Trump was exposed for a video where he was speaking of women in a degrading way. In addition, Sec. Clinton and, shall we say, some of her “vacillations” were exposed by WikiLeaks where they released some of the speeches that were given at Goldman Sachs that she had not wanted released.

Thus, we can take away from this a very simple and profound lesson–There is no hiding anymore.

If you post something online that is in any way, shape or form controversial it can be found, it can be exposed, you just can’t hide anymore. I have to assume that candidates have decent levels of security around them and they are being found out now, right?

A few weeks ago we had Trump and his old tax return that revealed a huge loss that he took. Obviously, this is something that someone paid for to obtain that tax return or blackmailed someone to obtain it.

How does this happen? The privacy feature on all the sites seems to be next to nonexistent.

Email security.  Companies are not going to hack your email to find out about your past unlike what they did with John Podesta. Recruiters are not going to hack your email. Every 1 of us is going online to see what additional information other than the carefully cultivated image that you are trying to present that we can find.

Are we going to spend hours, days or months trying to find it like people do with presidential candidates?  Of course not. We are looking for obvious chinks in your armor, Dean was in what you are trying to present, that allow us to see behind the image and find out that which you are trying to hide.

So, this is a great lesson and, unfortunately, our country is being affected by this lesson but your family can be affected by this lesson as well. I know early in this election season, I made a decision not to engage in any online conversations about politics, hiding posts and not responding to them, no matter whose position was and whether I agreed with it or not. Politics is 1 of these areas where people are absolutely incensed, enraged and beside themselves. I’m not taking a position on any of these candidates.  I’m simply pointing out that you cannot engage in online conversation about anything that can come back to haunt you.

If you are self-employed, if you are a business owner, you can lose business. If you are a job hunter, you can lose opportunities. Just recognize that dynamic and don’t fall prey to it here.



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.

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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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