Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses the idea of using a one page job proposal to get attention, get interviews and get hired.

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I want to talk with you about a job search strategy that I think is terrific, that can be used at so many different parts of the of the search process. It's not a substitute for a resume. I just think it's something that, for the proactive job hunter, can be very strong tool. It can also be used in the interview process to kind of cinch the situation.
What is this tactic? What is this technique?
It's called a one-page job proposal. Now, the idea behind the proposal is really very simple. What you're going to be doing is proposing a new job. You're going to define what it is you're going to do for your employer and how much it's going to cost them. Define what the situation is as it currently is and what you're going to do to correct it or improve upon it. It's really only than one page.
So I'll give you an example. You hear about an organization that's hiring. You have an introduction that you want a friend to do for you. Instead of sending a resume, you can send the one page proposal that talks about what your role and responsibilities will be, what you would accomplish within what sort of a timeline, what it would cost to the way of salary, benefits and compensation, what's your timelines are, what the status is of their current situation and the action that you will be taking for them. It's really a terrific strategy.
Imagine, for example, you're on an interview, the employer has a copy of your resume, you are talking with him for a while. You reach into your briefcase or bag. You pull out a copy of the one page proposal; you hand it to the hiring manager and you say, "I spent a little time doing some homework because I was thinking about the opportunity and I jotted down some notes about some of my ideas of what I could really do for your organization." You hand it to the hiring manager.
What impact do you think that might have? You meet with that person's boss at a final interview. You hand them a copy of the proposal and very simply say, "these were some of my thoughts based upon my conversations. I want to get a sense. Is there anything you might want to add to that if you were to hire me?"
That's a great strategy! A great approach. They may say, "You may be a little ahead of the game here."
"I've been thinking about this a lot. If it doesn't work out, yes, I'll don't be disappointed but, you know, whether it's me or someone else, this might be a framework for what the next person might do."
So, that's the idea behind the one-page proposal I think it's a great selling tool for the proactive job hunter. Like I said it's something that you could have a friend submit on your behalf to talk with a person or a hiring manager about what you might be able to do for them.
For the active job hunter, it's a great technique in different parts of the process. For the person who's trying to sell consulting services, it's kind of like a proposal. It's just done in one page, talking about the current situation and the action that you would be able to take and what it will cost. It’s really that easy.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
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 BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1300 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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