Applying for Jobs? Are You Forgetting to Look in Two Places? |

Although I am not a fan of spending all your time online looking for job openings, here are two places that are very good that people forget to look.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm the head coach for And I want to remind those of you who are applying for jobs, looking for ads online . . . by the way, quick detour. Try to avoid applying for a job through the applicant tracking system. You know, it's like you're going through the black hole, why are you doing this? Try and get around it and find the hiring manager. That was my digression. Let's come back.

You're applying for jobs;; you're doing in the public facing way, rather than through networking. I got it. This is the choice you've made. My digression was my one encouragement to avoid applying though the tracking system. Even though the statistics say 70% of positions are filled as a result of networking. You've chosen to go through applying through ads. Let me support you in that way and remind you that LinkedIn and indeed are not the only places where companies advertise. There are two more places I want you to look at.

Number one, have you ever considered going to the firm's website? Like if you see that there's something close on the web, go to the firm's website. Not every firm is spending the money to put out ads on LinkedIn, or paying to look at resumes through indeed. They're trying to draw people to their own website. So, if you're interested in working for a specific firm, go to that firm, see what positions they have listed there. You may be pleasantly surprised.

Here's the other one-- Google. If you Google the company you want to work for and the word jobs and keywords for the for job descriptions just like you would on a job board, on LinkedIn, Google is functioning as an intermediary between the postings and individuals. And that's what you're able to do is see a whole slew of things that will include what's on their website and a variety of different places that to which they post.

Now, again, this is just about identifying jobs that are available. You put in the city that you're looking at. If it's a large city in particular, maybe you put it in a county if you're in a part of the country where that's how firms would advertise. No matter. Don't lose sight of the company website. Don't lose sight of Google as a source of leads and, then, from there, ideally, network your way to the hiring manager, rather than applying through the applicant tracking system.

Hope you found this helpful. I'm Jeff Altman, if you're interested in one coaching from me throughout your job search, connect with me on linkedin at or you can email me, of course. And once we're connected or once you've messaged, let me know that you're interested in coaching; we'll set up time for a free discovery call.

I also want to mention, I've got a ton that's available at my website, which is Go over to the site; go exploring; you will find a lot there. Lastly, I've got classes on Skillshare. And I'll just simply say take my classes on Skillshare. There is a lot that you can learn about job hunting from me.

Have a great day and take care!


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, 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 1700 episodes and “The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was named a Top 10 podcast for job search. is also a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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