Today’s video focuses on one of those job search mistakes people make it just never works. #shorts


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I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter, the head coach for I do career and leadership coaching, and have helped people all over the US reposition themselves, and be successful in their new roles.

Now, when people think of resumes, they think of resumes in the context of the job search process. They think of resumes as being this document that they have to put together, you know, when they're aggressively looking for work and frankly, nothing could be further from the truth. Let me give you two examples of situations where you'd want to resume for going into your review.

You want to have a sense of your accomplishments over the year. What do you do? And the answer is, every two to three months, maybe in Evernote, maybe in OneNote, whatever note taking device or application you work with, you talk you jot down your successes over the period of time. What have you accomplished? What have you done during these past 90 days. The reason I always suggest doing this is, you know, you're not the only one who may leave.

What happens when your boss leaves because you know, your boss is either going to get rotated someplace else, or move to another organization? It may not happen this year; may happen next year. And you're stuck with someone who has to review you who doesn't really know your work. Suddenly, the tension builds up. And you have to fly into flight or fright mode, and put together something that allows you to be prepared for your review with this person who doesn't know you.

The easiest way to do that is having regular notes, saved that talk about your successes, talk about the people that you've served, talk about thethings that you've done-- role, responsibilities, accomplishments. If you're in a technology field, the technology that you've utilized, who was impacted, what business unit was impacted, things along those lines include mentoring in there as well because it is a time suck for you and a benefit for the organization.

So you may not actually have to do the update but I'll give you a couple of reasons why you should. Number one is you're an individual who's going to be speaking to a group of podcasts, being introduced by someone at a small meeting, and they need an intro for you. You want to emphasize your recent work rather than the old one. Updating your resume allows you to be able to quickly put together something as an introduction, as most introductions of three or four sentences long, and allows you to be introduced to the group or on the podcast.

Like, you know, when I interview people, they send me these long bios that I distill down to three, four sentences, and they try to give an overview in something specific about the person. It's really helpful for that.

Number two is if you get the call from the recruiter who says "I've got a great opportunity," and it actually seems great to you, it doesn't take long to update your resume, does it? Because you've got all this stuff in the queue from your extemporaneous savings in Evernote or OneNote or, like I said, whatever app you use for note taking.

So just jot things down every quarter. Set an alarm for yourself every three months. Do it. It will save you a lot of time. It will save you a lot of heartache.

So I hope you found this helpful. If you're interested in my coaching you and helping you step into your leadership even more fully, reach out to me through linkedin at Mention that you saw the video. I like knowing I'm helping some folks. Once we're connected, messaged me that you're interested in coaching. We'll set up time for free discovery call.

I hope you have a great day. Take care


JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter
JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2000 episodes and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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