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Do Recruiters Read Cover Letters? | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

EP 1080 Things have changed since the days of old and now hope someone questions whether recruiters actually read cover letters.  Here is my answer.

Summary

The question for today is, "Do recruiters read cover letters?"

The answer is: Not if you send them as a separate attachment.

I'm looking to pop open the cover letter sent to me as an attachment. However, if you send it as a "cover email" (you know, using the body of your email to communicate what would have been a cover letter to lay out a case for yourself), then you have a chance of my reading it. However, it has to be clear as to what it is you're attempting to communicate about your background and how it fits the role, including for.

I'm not going to read, "I'm forwarding my resume to you because I understand you're trying to fill a position for a such and such. I believe my background with such and such, coupled with my driving determination would make me a strong person for your client." I'm not going to read that nonsense.

Here's what I want to read:
I want to read something that takes the requirements of the position and sticks them in the left-hand column in the right-hand column. I want to see how long and how recently you perform that function. If you want to include what the tasks of the job are, I would like that, too. That's because what you're doing is using the cover email to make a case for your candidacy instead of sending a bunch of fluff.

No one wants to read fluff! After all, you're not selling anything. You just saying a bunch of garbage.

Use the body of your email to lay out a case for yourself in the way that I suggested and then you have a chance of people reading it.

Not just name, but corporate recruiters at agency recruiters, as well.

ABOUT 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 and life coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1000 episodes,“ Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers 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.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

How Can I Quit a New First Job? | JobSearchRadio.com


Listen to the full episode here:
http://webtalkradio.net/internet-talk-radio/2018/03/29/how-can-i-quit-a-new-first-job/

I just started a couple weeks ago, but I have been offered a better job. How can I quit this job without hard feelings from my boss? I promised her I would work holidays and now I feel really flaky to just quit…This is my first job so I am really inexperienced.

Summary

The question for today is, "How can I gracefully with a new 1st job?  I just started a few weeks ago and have been offered a better job.  How can I quit this job without hard feelings from my boss?  I promised her I would work holidays and now I feel really flaky quitting. This is my 1st job  and I am really inexperienced. This happens quite often for beginners.  This is not the 1st time I proceed to question like this from someone and I decide to answer this

You cannot control your boss's reaction.  Your boss is going to react if she reacts and is nothing to do with you.

How can you minimize it?  
With sincerity.

You can walk into your boss's office and say, "Can I see you for a few minutes on Friday afternoon?"  Sit down with her and say, "I'm not sure how to do this well, so I apologize and I am quitting my job.  A dream position I interviewed for before has come through, something I have always wanted to do.  I cannot let go by.  I'm giving you my notice and my last day of employment will be at the end of this week, next week, whenever it is."

You are supposed to give 2 weeks notice, but if your employer needs you there sooner, then, you have to do it.  If yours, if your boss responds with anger or upset, loudness (WHAT!)  And some sort of barking at you, just take it.  Don't respond.  Listen to it.

If she demands answers from you, "Listen, I understand that you are upset. I can't let this go by; I am 22 years old.  I don't want to wake up when I was 52 and wondering what I should have done when I was 22 and wondering whether I made the right choice.  This is what I've always wanted to do.  It came in like a bolt out of the blue.  I interviewed for this months before we talked  and now it's here.  I didn't expect it ever to arrive when they called me."

"They should have told you sooner!"
"I agree.  Unfortunately, they were not ready to do that.  Now that they have, I'm going to be following up and taking the job offer. I'm so sorry if this catches you short but this really surprised the heck out of me. As I said, my last day is going to be" 

and you tell her the data again. Hand her a letter of resignation at that time. Don't quit until you have an offer letter in hand from your new employer.

Go out there and be spectacular during your last few days with this firm. It's distressing, I know, but you have to take it because you are upsetting them. Let them have their upset. Don't take anything personally. You made a choice. It was the right choice for you. It has an impact on them. AND you will probably never see these folks again.

Good luck in your new job.

ABOUT 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 and life coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1000 episodes,“ Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers 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.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

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Why Won’t They Give Me Feedback When They Reject Me? | JobSearchTV.com


In this video, I explain why firms don’t give feedback to job hunters.

Summary

Why don't companies give feedback?
I am going to give you very, succinct answers.1. By not responding, they are giving you feedback.Your background doesn't fit a job you applied for. That is very clear feedback. You just don't like it. You want to be told why.

Why they don't tell you why they don't respond to your resume or chose someone else to interview, why your interview, cause them to reject you in the 1st place, the 2nd plot point, the final interview… Why aren't they communicating?

Why should they? Because you want to know? When did you wind up on their payroll? When did you become the individual that they were supposed to focus on?

"Oh, it would be very nice if they did that. It would show great respect and care for me if they did that."

That is not the job. Their job is to fill positions and to hire people to do stuff.

"But it would only take 2 or 3 minutes!"
Not when you start arguing with people and that is really what happens a lot of times. People go, "But but but but but… I know I can do this job!" And there is no convincing them at that moment that their background doesn't fit.

As a result, firms have learned by the behavior of your predecessors not to risk wasting time by giving you honest information.

Sorry, the people who have preceded you have soured the well. They have poisoned it by arguing. They've done it by behaving in ways that cause employers, "Screw it. There is nothing in it for us. Don't bother."

I know as a third-party recruiter, every once in a while, I have shown mercy and have told someone what has been said. I want to acknowledge that at times I have heard discriminatory things from firms and I argued with them about their bigotry and been taken off the vendor list as a result. I won't stand for bigotry.

That's the issue, often with employers. They don't want to be identified as bigots because the real reason is you are too old, you are too young,, you are to this, you are to that.

If it is a knowledge issue, let's break it down further.

Your resume doesn't show that your background fits the job. Sorry. What else are they going to tell you. They didn't respond.

They saw better resumes. "What made those better resumes?" What difference does it make? Your background wasn't good enough to get in the door.

If it is in the interview phase, I must, in all honesty tell you that you already know.You know there are points in the interview that you didn't perform well so just accept the fact and you learn something from it. 

You don't have to be told to your face that the issue was your performance.

Duh!

You sensed it during the interview, you lost their attention at particular points… If you are a fresher or an entry-level person at 1 of these mass interviews (a firm brings in 40 people), a certain number of people performed better than you, they had better education, the better answers to interview questions, they prepared better for the occasion.

A lot of the reasons you don't get results, I cover at JobSearchCoachingHQ.com because the issue often is lack of preparation or poor preparation. I coach people through the site and answer questions. But, more importantly, I provide time by offering great content that you can review at your leisure. Videos, podcasts, articles, all my books are there to teach about job hunting. Everything is there that allows you to learn you need to know in order to be effective with your job search. 

You don't need them to tell you. You see where it is breaking down. As I've said many times, if you are not getting calls about your resume, your resume stinks or you don't demonstrate that you have the skills to do the job that you are applying for.

If you're getting to the phone interview, but not being invited in for an in person interview, you don't phone interview well.

If you invited in for the in person with the hiring manager and you are not invited back,… You see where I'm going with this? Everything in the process gives you feedback.

The thing you need to do is improve, not whine. That's really what this question is. "Why didn't they give me any feedback? I want to know why question!"

They are telling you and they are giving you feedback. The system demonstrates why and where it is breaking down. Don't be foolish. Just improve.

ABOUT 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 and life coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1000 episodes,“ Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers 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.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

How to Change Careers Part 4 | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

EP 1058 I discussed another step in your journey to change careers… This one is focused on you and the life that you want to live.

Summary

This is part 4 in my series about changing careers. I hope some things had been percolating so far but, if not go back and dig deeper. The idea behind all of this is to get clear about some things that you are weighing about what's going to be important to you in your career ending your life.

Your life is the next part of this because we can't partialize or divide work and life as distinctly as some think we should. How is that working for you to make those different things? 

I think that is all part of the same thing which is the life that you live. So I'm going to invite you to look at a few different things today and, again, as always, I want you taking down notes and spending time with this.

The 1st thing I want you to look at is your health. How are you physically at this point? I said in other places that one day I woke up and, try though I might, my weight got away from me. One day I woke up and weight and saw numbers on the scale that I never seen before

I have been working on my health, working with the trainer and that's become really important to me… To get my health in shape and be fit. As a matter of fact, this morning I had the pleasure of my wife say I look younger!

What kind of environment do I want to live in? Is it an urban area? Is it a rural area?

If it is urban, what type of neighborhood? Where is your ideal place to live in the world? After all, these days, people can do work from a lot of places in the world.

What kind of income do you need?

What you need to support yourself and your family?

What kind of goals do you have for your future?

Is your family important to you? I'm not just speaking about your immediate family. I'm speaking about your extended family. Aging parents, for example or maybe you are the aging parent and you want to be closer to your kids. How does that fit in? Do you need to have some flexibility in order to spend time with them? Do you need time to go to the kids soccer games?

What sort of personal development goals do you have? We tend to focus on work so much that we tend to forget that we can be students in our lives, too. For us to really excel, we need to learn and grow in order to master our circumstances.

These are all things you need to sit down and think about. Take at least an hour with this. Seriously. Minimally, an hour with this exercise. Learn your lessons from it and apply it to your life.

ABOUT 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 and life coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1000 episodes,“ Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers 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.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

Ask Me Anything Done No BS Style | JobSearchTV.com


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This video answers 7 questions just like my mother would– with No BS, right between the eyes.

How Do You Cope With Constant Job Rejection?

How should I handle my recruiter that offered me a job, when he monitors my job search profile and cross questions me about being active, during my notice period?

Does anyone get any real value out of their LinkedIn profiles?

How good is the idea to customize the resume for each job application and what effect does a cover letter make?

Why does it seem hard to find a job when you really need it, but not when you don’t?

What is the best response to a question, “If you get hired, what is the guarantee you will still work with us if you get a higher salary offer from other company?”

Has a job offer ever left you feeling offended, i.e., because the pay was too low or something else like that?

 

ABOUT 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 and life coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1000 episodes,“ Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers 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.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

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What Is The Best Way to Locate the Recruiters With the Jobs I Am Looking For? | JobSearchTV.com


A member writes with a bigger question than just this. Watch the video for well-constructed question and my answer.

Summary

"As you know, a job seeker cannot hire a contingency recruiter.  Contingency recruiter's work on behalf of companies, so there's no such thing is working with a single recruiter, as no single recruiter represents the wide array of jobs available on the market."  I want you to understand how well measure this is right off the bat.  They are basically saying, given how the economy is and how job searches done and how firms conduct themselves, no one recruiter has access to every job that is open.  Absolutely correct.

"As a consultant who changes jobs about every 18 months" (so now he's looking for consulting agencies), "I have literally dealt with hundreds of recruiters in the past 5 years.  The problem is is that the contingency recruiter business is staffed with people who have no relationship with the employer's whose jobs they are calling you about and cannot tell you the money. Even the most superficial things about the hiring company and its wants and needs."

"If I cannot hire recruiter and if no single recruiter, no matter how good, will represent all the jobs for which I may be qualified and desirous of, what is the best way to find those recruiters who have the jobs I'm looking for?"

There are couple of suppositions in this question that I want to deconstruct here.

"The contingency recruiting business is staffed with people who have no relationship with their clients."  The reason for that is that clients have developed push-back with a lot of the recruiters that work with.  They want that hands-off relationship, although they talk about wanting to have a close working relationship with a few search firms, they view contingency recruiting firms and consulting agencies as being nothing more than commodity providers.  Thus, the issue isn't the recruiter, it is the corporation.  But I digress a little bit.

"If you can't hire a recruiter and no single recruiter, no matter how good represents all the jobs for which I may be qualified, what is the best way to find the recruiters who represent the jobs I'm looking for?"

I'd like to turn this around and call attention to the fact that you are outsourcing your job search to recruiters. Why would you ever why would you ever outsource your career to third-party, recruiters and consulting agencies who have no interest in you?  Who can't tell you anything?  Now, you say you want the best who represent the jobs that you are looking for, well, obviously, you tried the way of looking at job boards, getting on LinkedIn and doing a whole host of other things, I'm sure.  Well, the answer isn't just with the recruiter it's with you and the choice that you've made to outsource to recruiters.

You have to put yourself in the position of being found.  You have to develop a brand for your work.  You have to market yourself directly to firms in order for them to know you so that when it comes time for them to need a consultant like you, or attempt like you (I don't know the kind of work that you do. I'll call you a consultant because that's the way that you refer to yourself).

As someone who is worked in consulting and is done so for the last 5 years, you've probably already accumulated a database. Probably small, but you need to maintain contact with people. You need to network.  You need to put yourself in the position of being found in marketing yourself as as a successful individual who can help organizations.

You'll probably say, "but I'm doing my job all day!  I'm coming home at night and I'm tired and I'm putting a lot of effort and you are asking me to do more."  You are absolutely right.  The fact of the matter is (and it is a fact), if you outsource your effort to recruiters, you will get more of the same.  That's because there is no answer to your original question.

Let me talk about myself.  I've been in the search business for more than 40 years.  I have successfully filled more than 1200 full-time positions plus a boatload of consulting assignments. I'm good at what I do.  People love me.  Don't believe me?  Read some of the quotes on my LinkedIn profile.  There are a ton of them there.

For you, you have to develop a reputation for yourself, a brand for yourself, where people in your geographic market area or in the market area that you want to serve know about you.  You have to attend meetings for the specialty that you serve.. If there is no group, start one.  Start to create one, be the go to person. Create a LinkedIn group.  Same topic.  Make yourself known. If that is what is needed.  Promote yourself. Write.  Be interviewed for podcasts.  Be interviewed in the trade press.  There are lots of different ways.

Get a subscription to HARO (Help A Reporter Out). Do a Google search for it.  Start reviewing the 3 times a day emails that you get with offers that reporters and broadcasters and TV networks have for experts about particular subjects.  A lot of it is going to be useless to you and then you get the special ones were suddenly you're in front of a huge audience and have an opportunity to promote yourself.

You have to be a marketing machine.  You need to develop the expertise to cellular service and not outsource it to people who you obviously don't think can really help you.  You are right. They cannot help you as well as you can.  Their job is not to brand you.  Their job is to fill jobs with clients.  Their job is not to represent you.

So, yes, some of them will have jobs for you that will fit you?  It will be hit or miss, you already know that.  The solution is not with the agency, not with the consulting firm. It's with you.

ABOUT 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 and life coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1000 episodes,“ Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers 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.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

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Why Is It So Hard to Find a Job After Graduation? | JobSearchRadio.com


Listen to the full episode here:
http://webtalkradio.net/internet-talk-radio/2018/04/19/why-is-it-so-hard-to-find-a-job-after-graduation-jobsearchradio-com/

When you are in school, everything is not super hard. You work hard and get straight As, do research and internships. However, after you graduate the real tragedy begins. You applied for jobs hoping at least you can get interviews due to your good academic record, but get rejected all the time.

Summary

The question for today is, "What is it for some frustrating looking for a job?" It goes on to say, "When you are in school, nothing seems superhard. You work hard to get straight A's, do research and internships. After you graduate, the real tragedy begins. You apply for jobs, hoping at least to get interviews based upon your good academic record but get rejected all the time. Why is it so frustrating. Looking for a job?"

The answer is really very simple.

You were lied to when you are younger. The lie is that this is going to be good enough to get a job. In point of fact, there are different skills that they never teach you what university. The skills needed to get a job are different than the ones they have to do a job. So far, what you have decreed for yourself is that you got good grades. Well, there are a lot of people who got good grades, the same as you. What is the difference between you and 10,000 other students like you in your geographic area?

The answer is probably not a heck of a lot.

That's where it all starts. You have lied to me at the university level where they told you they getting good grades is the key to getting a good job, just like you were lied to. When you were a kid and told to be good, or else you wouldn't get into a good school. They got into the good school about the good grades and did everything that you are told and now you're not getting the good job even though you did everything right up until this point. As a result, learn the lesson that the advice was not right.

Yes, you had internships. Maybe you coasted. Maybe you worked very hard. It doesn't really matter. I don't know what jobs you been applying for. Often that is an issue because you up if you are applying for things that you are not qualified for, you are not going to be interviewed, let alone hired. Just because the people at the University told you to send your resume for this job doesn't mean they are take on it was right. Just because you have good grades doesn't mean anything to them. They just care that you bring a value to them or you can do something that they need to be done. If you don't have that value, you are just another barista to them.

There are a lot of reasons why this comes up, but the reason why you are not getting interviews usually boils down to that people have lied to you about what it is going to take to find that 1st job, just like the lies will continue once you get that 1st job, what it is going to take to get ahead.

Don't follow the conventional advice. All that happens if you do is the same thing that's happened to all those people in their 40s and 50s who wake up one day and are fired from their jobs and wonder, "Is that all there is?"

Start looking out for yourself as early as possible in your career because, trust me, your employer sure as hell isn't going to.

ABOUT 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 and life coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1000 episodes,“ Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers 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.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

 

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The Two Doors Brainteaser | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2016/09/06/the-two-doors-brainteaser

Jeff Altman, The. Big Game Hunter offers an answer to the classic brainteaser. “You have two doors and two people that you can ask questions of. One always tells the truth. One always lies. You can only ask one question of one of the people. What’s the question you ask?

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and leadership coaching.

Are you interested in my coaching you?  Email me at [email protected] and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers 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.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Are you interested in executive job search coaching, leadership coaching or life coaching from me?  Email me at [email protected] and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

Executive Job Search | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2018/04/19/executive-job-search-nobsjobsearchadvicecom

EP 1079 You won’t find a job or use the same tactics as when you were starting out or even a manager. 

Summary

I want to talk to those of you who are in an executive role about what not to do in your job search. Some of this should be painfully obvious, but I'm going to speak with you as though you are a complete newbie. After all, you may be a newbie at this level.

If you think finding your next job is going to come as a result of using the same tactics you employed when you are a less experienced individual or a manager, it is not going to work that way. What is going to work is your Rolodex. It's your branding. How many people know you, no I love you and how easily people can find out about you online.

This is it something that you can do in 10 minutes. This is a career exercise that is as important as what you actually do professionally and how you have delivered for your organizations.. After all, your,, network is your net worth. Your relationships with people who you have met professionally are going to be the currency that would will help you arrive at your next position.

I am not saying you should not connect with executive search firms but frankly, they don't want to hear from you. They want to contact someone who they believe will be appropriate which again translates into the people in your network who are known to them and your visibility online.

I'm certainly not going to suggest you run in and that says, "This is who I am and this is what I do." This is not about blogging on LinkedIn to create visibility. It is about maintaining your social contacts, speaking at group functions, being in the press releases for your organization, creating personal visibility for your successes. This is how branding is going to go for you. Your search will go longer because often you have neglected these parts of your background. Were these parts of your career efforts to emphasize the work that you do.

The place to start is the friendly "reach out call" that you haven't done in a year or more because frankly you and they had been too busy. You start with a, "Hi! How are you," phone call that talks about how they are doing, seeing if there is a place where you can help them, and responding if they ask you a question that asks about the fact that they haven't heard from you in 100 years. If they were busy, and depending upon the time of year, you can always kick off by saying, "it's January and I had memories of…" And you reference something that happened several years ago." Or, "it's June, " and you mentioned something that came into your mind from June years ago, "and I thought I would pick up the phone and call you." Or drop you a note if you are uncomfortable with a phone call.

ABOUT 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 and life coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1000 episodes,“ Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers 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.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

Job Search Radio

How Do I Get a New Job When My Manager is Giving A Bad Reference? | JobSearchRadio.com


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http://webtalkradio.net/internet-talk-radio/2018/03/28/how-do-i-get-a-new-job-when-my-manager-is-giving-bad-reference/

A job hunter who is learning that references matter asks what s/he can do When his manager is getting a bad reference.

Summary

The question for today is, "How do I get a new job. When my manager is giving up that references about me?"

Before I answer the question, I want you to learn a lesson- -Don't put yourself in that position. You discovered how difficult it is to find work when the best person to evaluate you is not in your corner.  They are not your ally.

Whether the issue is around bad behavior in the office, whether the issue is around poor performance or excessive lateness is, this all comes back to bite you in the butt.  This person is not an ally or willing to lie for you, they are not going to stick to a story.  You are going to need to find someone else to do it for you.  Maybe a former coworker will (the key word in that is former); maybe a former manager -- someone who predates your current manager who can attest to your work.

Let's assume that you were fired for poor performance.  Why would your firm give out a good reference?  After all, they fired you because you did a bad job. Understand that firms will comply with one another about confirming dates of employment.  They're not going to lie about things related to your work with them.

You can go to HR (and I think this would be the smart move) and ask whether the firm has a policy against providing references because, frankly, "Mine will be poor and I don't want to be in a position where I have to sue because the impact of the reference your firm provides is going to keep me from finding work. I don't believe I should be punished for the rest of my life for mistakes I made. I'm sure you don't want to deal with litigation. What I would like to have everyone cautioned about is that it is not company policy to give references out we can confirm dates of employment."  That can get you off the hook.

You still need to get people who will talk about you and say that they are a former colleague, former manager… Stuff along those lines… And talk positively about you.

ABOUT 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 and life coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1000 episodes,“ Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers 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.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

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