Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter reminds you of the importance of being professional in all your dealings during your job search.

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Hi, I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm called the Big Game Hunter because I hunted down leaders and staff organizations for more than 40 years. I want to talk with you about "behaving" in your dealing with recruiters. Now. I know there are a lot of people in that line of work who are not considerate, not nice, not kind and just plain outright incompetent.
The "however" is you never know when you're going to run into these people again. That's true with recruiters. That's true with managers of corporations. . . . And you never know what Impressions you've created with people. Let me tell you a story.
There's a guy I spoke with today who didn't fit anything was working on but I thought some of my office might have something for him. So, I called my colleague, submitted a resume and his response was, "he's weird."
I don't know what made him weird and, if I did, I wouldn't talk about it on the video for fear that it might get back to the individual. But, I'll simply say that I followed up by asking, " does this mean that what his behavior was a few years ago is going to dissuade you from representing him to your client anyway?"
"Yeah."
The guys on paper fit this job very very nicely. He had an obscure skill that this particular client happened toneed but, he had so offended my colleague ,that my colleague was unwilling to submit him. I know I've had that reaction act times with job applicants who have just been rude or obnoxious or haven't followed up with me when they promised to. I'm not talking about being ten minutes late for a phone call. I'm talking about, when I leave a message about a job that they've wanted to see and I'm calling to schedule an interview and they don't call me back. they don't respond to an email .Nothing ever happens! I've wasted my time and you never know when the situation becomes such that you hurt yourself in finding a job.
Classic situation, I'm a Headhunter. I try and do business development. I reach out to hiring managers pretty regularly to try and do work for them. I don't get a call back. Suddenly, they're out of work. They expect me to jump through hoops. They tell me what time I should call them. They've been out of work now. They never returned the call from me before when I tried reaching out to them and they're telling me what time to call them?
Excuse me for a second. I'm happened to be a busy guy, just like they were and what I'm looking for is courtesy, respect in professional dealings with one another. I'm not looking to be catered to, I understand you don't call back sometimes but my response to an email is saying "sorry, I don't have anything right now for you." I don't have to hang up the phone on someone who's calling to do exactly what you ask them to do, which is find a particular job lead for you.
So, my reminder to you in this video is be professional in all your dealings. you are at a trade show. You meet someone you never know when you're going to run into them again.You never know when you're going to be in a circumstance where that individual is going to be a hiring manager for a role that you want and doyou think you're going to get in the door if you've been rude to them?
This is Jeff Altman and if you found today's video helpful, come over to my website, which is JeffAltman.com. I have more videos there that will help you with your job search. Finally, if you'd like to connect with me on LinkedIn, reach out to me at www.linkedin.com/in/TheBigGameHunter
Hope you have a great day.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No

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12 Responses
  1. Jim Shippey

    If you listened carefully to your example of the obscure talent candidate
    and your client, and you say the canidate was declared ‘weird’ by your
    collegue, so was your client ever satisfied after that? If the need is
    rare, and you discount the candidate so out of hand, you hurt your client,
    the candidate, and your company. Try talking to the ‘weird’ ones and see
    why they come across that way. Some understanding on your behalf is needed
    here. That is no BS!

  2. Jim Shippey

    If you listened carefully to your example of the obscure talent candidate and your client, and you say the canidate was declared ‘weird’ by your collegue, so was your client ever satisfied after that? If the need is rare, and you discount the candidate so out of hand, you hurt your client, the candidate, and your company. Try talking to the ‘weird’ ones and see why they come across that way. Some understanding on your behalf is needed here. That is no BS!

  3. Jim Shippey

    If you listened carefully to your example of the obscure talent candidate and your client, and you say the canidate was declared ‘weird’ by your collegue, so was your client ever satisfied after that? If the need is rare, and you discount the candidate so out of hand, you hurt your client, the candidate, and your company. Try talking to the ‘weird’ ones and see why they come across that way. Some understanding on your behalf is needed here. That is no BS!

  4. Jeff Altman

    I don’t know what it was my colleague experienced with this person. At
    times, the weird ones do things like, beg me to get them in to my client
    for an interview & then never return my call to schedule them a day later.
    Another sent me a resume and when I called him an hour later blasted me for
    interrupting his home improvement (like I knew he was working on his
    kitchen at the time). That’s weird behavior; knowing my colleague, he is
    very level headed. Something happened.

  5. Jeff Altman

    I don’t know what it was my colleague experienced with this person. At times, the weird ones do things like, beg me to get them in to my client for an interview & then never return my call to schedule them a day later. Another sent me a resume and when I called him an hour later blasted me for interrupting his home improvement (like I knew he was working on his kitchen at the time). That’s weird behavior; knowing my colleague, he is very level headed. Something happened.

  6. Jeff Altman

    I don’t know what it was my colleague experienced with this person. At times, the weird ones do things like, beg me to get them in to my client for an interview & then never return my call to schedule them a day later. Another sent me a resume and when I called him an hour later blasted me for interrupting his home improvement (like I knew he was working on his kitchen at the time). That’s weird behavior; knowing my colleague, he is very level headed. Something happened.

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