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Job Search Mistakes: Being a Drone | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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EP 1168 Jeff discusses two examples of people who did not toe the line and what happened afterward.

Summary

There are these two articles I've seen recently that really spoke well to unconventional responses to unconventional situations.

The first one was a cover letter story. It involved an intern and the young man (and I know it was a young man) wrote to a senior individual at a fund or an investment firm in New York. It's probably a better way to describe them and what he did very simply was write a letter that basically said you know, " I know that I've gone to mediocre school. I had good grades with a bad school. You normally don't hire people like me. You consider people like me for internships. However what I'll do is whatever you want me to do. You want me to get coffee I'll get coffee. Want me to shine shoes? I will shine shoes… whatever it takes, I will do in order to get this opportunity." And he wound up getting hired for the internship and he's there and he is there now on full time staff.

So, what does this really say? Well, I'll give you another example. This one came from an article I saw yesterday on LinkedIn that Liz Ryan wrote and the article basically described the situation where a woman went for an interview. She's kept waiting for about 15 minutes. And, at that point, she's invited in to speak with H.R. and H.R. has a cup of coffee and doesn't offer anything. So she responds by saying, " Oh, coffee great! I haven't had a chance to have any today. Can I have a cup as well?" The H.R. person was kind of stunned and you kind of pointed toward the break room was where someone helps her with getting a cup which was the guest mug and things like that. Then, she comes back and she sits down in the room in the interview room with the H.R. person who then says, " You have 20 minutes. Impress me."

And the response that she gave was, "If that's what you want me to do, I'll just sit here and have my coffee and you can leave. BBut I have no intention of doing that."

So after a minute or two of a staredown, the person started to ask conventional questions. She didn't expect to hear back but did a day or two later from the hiring manager who said, "I heard that you had spunk. I like to talk with you."

There's a message that you should take away from here and I hope the one is they are looking for real people. They are looking for clones. And if they are, it's not good to be you. Do not conform to behavioral things that are going to subjugate you to torment . . . particularly on a first interview. If you're in a situation where you're trying to get an internship or trying to break into or for firm, taking a tried and true method is going to get you the tried and true results. Better to do something that makes you standout.

Also go the extra step of saying that if you're put in the situation of having a tormenting interview like this woman was offered up, the best thing to do is kind of slap it away because obviously you wouldn't want to go to work there anyway and get to the other side.

In her case, she was able to break down the resistance that the HR person had to we're giving a more typical interview and got invited on to the hiring manager. Maybe that works for you. Maybe it doesn't. But so what? It's like if they're not going to allow you to get any further because you're not going to be all performing monkey with an organ grinder there for them, trying to guess what it is that they want you to do in order to move on, that you are going to want to move on to the next person that you are going to want to work for their firm, better to just do something different and break down the doors in as gentle a way as this woman did and move on.

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 what 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 1100 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? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complementary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

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.  

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

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.

You’re a Fool If You Represent Fools | American Headhunter


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter uses the example of a recent call with an applicant to explain why you should not work with foolish people.

 

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 what 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 1100 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? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

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.

Stupid Interview Mistakes: Weak First Impressions | JobSearchRadio.com


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http://webtalkradio.net/internet-talk-radio/2018/07/17/stupid-interview-mistakes-weak-first-impressions-jobsearchradio-com/

I explain how they occur and easy ways to avoid them. 

Summary

First impressions are critical. You only have a few seconds to create them and unfortunately, too many people make the mistake of creating a week 1st impression. Here's how it occurs and I will give you a few different scenarios.

You're getting a phone call out of the blue. Maybe someone and seen your LinkedIn profile; maybe they found your resume online. However, it occurred, it is a phone call that was unexpected. You're caught by surprise. You start to stumble and stammer; you sound uncomfortable because your meeting with people. The simplest way to respond to that is by saying, "I would love to talk with you but I made with other people. Can we speak it around 1:30 or 3:30 PM?" "Or I'll have time when I'm in the car driving home (or on my commute) at 5:30 PM. Does that work for you?" Offer a few different alternatives for them. If that doesn't work on their schedule and they say, "Why can't you talk right now," you just learn something about them that's really useful.

Try to schedule a time where you know you can speak. That's really the smoothest way to do it.

If you have a phone interview that has been scheduled, you want to be ready to roll right away. You can't sound uncomfortable if they are calling you. You have to sounded ease and, at the same time, have personality and be excited that they've reached you. The simplest way to do that, "Hey, thanks for making the call. I appreciate you being on time. I have a tight schedule today and let's get to work!" That's a fun way to do it instead of simply saying, "Oh! I didn't realize it was 2:30 PM." When you do that you make yourself seem like an idiot.

In the in person interview, what often happens is you are left waiting for a little while. You are in the reception area or in some conference room, waiting to speak with someone. The mistake people make is being too engaged in something else during the waiting period. Thus the retention is taken off of their upcoming performance and how to perform well in the 1st few moments of the interview and instead they're looking at the phone, their reading, they are on their laptop, pacing around looking at the 4 walls... There doing everything other than being mentally prepared..

During this time that you're waiting, you can do a quick review of how to answer certain interview questions, the stories that you have planned out that you're going to tell that are planned out to emphasize points that you expect they will ask you about. There's a lot that you can be reviewing in your mind, so that when someone opens the door or someone comes out to greet you and says your name, you can stand up and be ready to give them a great handshake, eye contact and, of course, a big smile.

When you are escorted into the interview room and sit down, you can start by proactively saying, "Hey, I really appreciate you making time to meet with me today." Then you can go into what I call The Single Best Question You Can Ask on Any Interview {I have a video about that. So not going to go into that now.). I just say that there is a lot that you can do to always appear ready. You always want to appear engaged and ready to seize the moment.

At the end of the day, this is your opportunity. You have no 2nd chances here. You have one opportunity to create the great 1st impression and the weak one won't do it. The weak one is going to let them know that you don't have a lot of confidence in your ability to talk about this stuff, or that you are in certain. They are looking for someone who could inspire confidence that you are the solution to a need that they have.

Unless you do that right out-of-the-box, you are missing a golden opportunity to lay the framework to convince them to want to hire you.

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 what 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 1100 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? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complementary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

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.  

Job Search Radio
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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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Making The Screening Process More Effective | No BS Hiring Advice


It’s obvious how overworked, under-resourced and overwhelmed most HR organizations and hiring managers are. HR and talent acquisition professionals have way too many resumes to screen, hiring managers have no time, too many meetings and wish their next hire magically appeared before them . . . but it doesn’t work that way.

On this show, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses some ways you can be far more effective, organized and get better results without taking any more time.

 

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 what more than 40 years. He is the host of

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

“No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1100 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? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

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.  

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

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.

 

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Ask Me Anything About Recruiters | JobSearchTV.com


On this AMA, I answer 5 questions about recruiters:

What is the maximum period that recruitment agencies and even companies can keep resume in their databases?

What’s the best way to handle a recruiter who reached out to you that has stood you up multiple times?

Should a recruiter be obligated to explain specifically why a candidate is not chosen to move forward?

Do recruiters respect tenacity or does it look desperate?

How can you hide your LinkedIn profile from recruiters?

 

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 what 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 1100 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? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

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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Developing Your Brand | The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast


Listen to the full episode here:
https://anchor.fm/no-bs-coaching-advice

A No BS episode about developing your personal brand.

 

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked in recruiting for what seems like one hundred years. He is the head coach for NoBSCoachingAdvice.com. He is the host of “The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast,” “No BS Job Search Advice,” and “Job Search Radio.”

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

Subscribe to the “The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast.”

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Can A Positive Attitude Beat Experience in Interviewing? | JobSearchRadio.com­­


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This is an interesting question from someone.  The answer I gave may surprise you.

Summary

The question I received from someone basically translates into can positive attitude basically beat experience in interviewing? The question overall reads, "I professionally network, done informational interviews, and that feedback from interviewing, cover letters,, resumes,, research target companies, really practice interviewing for any flaws.. Basically, Jeff, can a positive attitude beat experience? The prior was setting the stage for an interview; I was just curious if you have ever seen it?"

It is my answer: yes. The reason I say that is when I look at how firms evaluate there are different criteria that they use. Competence is the 1st 1. Self-confidence. Character. Chemistry. Charisma.. All of these lead to personal leadership.

I know from personal experience that when people report to me, sometimes they tell me about individuals that they are working with who are absolutely incompetent. They are awful at what they do.. It begs the question how did this individual got hired in the 1st place! Someone like them. Someone really like them and was willing to give them a chance. Why did they like them? There are a million reasons. It doesn't matter. Ultimately, personality one out.

I also want to say bad personality loses out. No one wants to hire a depressed individual. No one wants to hire an antagonistic arrogant person.. There are a lot of negative personality types as well. Personality is an attribute that firms pay attention to.

I also want to say that I'm not a supporter of companies interviewing for fit.. My bugaboo about this historically has been no one is measuring internal staff using objective measures to identify their personality characteristics and trying to use objective measures to blend the personality of an external resource with their existing internal staff. I'm not a big believer in fit. I'm a believer that most interviewers make surface level comparisons.

"They kind of remind me of…"

"I like them!"

Nonsensical things like that and they take action based upon it. It's why statistically, firms/hiring managers have buyers remorse certainly after 18 months of someone joining more than (I believe the number that I saw was) more than 65% of the time. From that statistic you can tell that they are certainly doing something wrong. Part of that is projecting personal attributes onto people who are on their best behavior. They are doing it while they themselves are on their best behavior.. As a result, no one is being real with one another. Most of the time. Almost all of the time.

As a result, each of you is presenting affection and making decisions based upon it. How could this possibly ever work out?

Again, I am not a big believer in fit , but your question is, can a positive attitude beat experience in interviewing. I'll answer that question with,, "Absolutely!"

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 what 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 1100 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? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

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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Preparing to Job Search: Getting Your LinkedIn Profile Right | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


Listen to the full episode here:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2018/08/16/preparing-to-job-search-getting-your-linkedin-profile-right

EP 1198 This advice focuses on your LinkedIn profile.

Summary

Now, I want you to understand that LinkedIn… resumes our used when you are hunting for a job. LinkedIn is designed to draw people into you, to allow people to hunt for you when they have a position to fill. The chief magnet, the chief bait that you are setting is your LinkedIn profile. So, your profile has to be good in order to attract people because more and more agency and corporate recruiters, usually LinkedIn as the play pen for finding people

So, what do you do? How do you go about doing this? The answer is simply creating a great profile. So, starting off with a great professional photo, even if you have to pay for head shot, do it. Dress properly for it you don't have to be in a suit and tie, but certainly not the tuxedo shot from the wedding or the ballroom dress from a wedding. Those are not good.

The line under your name is the first piece of important piece of real estate and it should be appropriate for your job title. Don't use, “accountant level four,” or “bookkeeper par excellent!”, because par excellant doesn't do anything for you and level IV doesn’t mean anything. Describe yourself there. The line under your name is the first piece of important piece of real estate and it should be appropriate for your job title. Don't use, “accountant level four,” or “bookkeeper par excellent!”, because par excellant doesn't do anything for you and level IV doesn’t mean anything. Describe yourself there. Yes, you might say accountant, but. From there, let's say, SOXS or compliance or risk an audit. Do things that will attract people to you and the nature of the work that you do

Then, from there, the second most important piece of real estate is the summary area. There's a lot of text that you can use there to write about yourself. Don't use that hokey kind of “I'm a team player who will do whatever it takes to get a job done.

It doesn’t work and it is just fluff. Go into a lot of detail about what your capabilities are. At the end of it, put your Email address and phone number there to make it easy for recruiters to reach you. Why? Because you want them to reach you, right? You want them to reach out and contact you about opportunities. Even if you're not aggressively looking for a job, you want that to happen so that you hear about choices?

Because, at the end of the day, people who get ahead are not the ones who work the hardest, and they're certainly not the smartest. The ones who get a head remain alert to opportunity. So, why are you putting roadblocks in the way?

So, this one is number two. This one's a subtle one. The job title under your company name. So, company name. As you start the type it in except So, for example, if you use JPMorgan Chase, if you're working there, for example, the correct way of spelling it on LinkedIn is the one that will auto populate the field. Use it. Don't use the incorrect way. Same thing with job title. You want to use a uniform title with the way LinkedIn describes people. So, if you type in “executive” LinkedIn may not recognize that term.

If you type in “g m” but it wants “general manager,” you ought to use general manager. However LinkedIn suggests you fill in that title area given watch with typing. Hello there, the auto suggests that you fill in that title area, you want to demonstrate uniformity with the way that LinkedIn describes people when they are searching for someone like you to be found found.

If you're out of work, do not have a completion date for when you stopped working for the firm. Keep it to present. Why? Because in the LinkedIn search engine, they will push you down lower down the pantheon of search results by being out of work than those who are working. So, use that little deception but, at the same time when you talk to people, make sure that it's obvious when you finish up.

Lastly, people are going to respond to you. Check in on your LinkedIn profile at least daily at a minimum, if not multiple times a day. People our reaching out to you because they have jobs, you will have jobs available, and you're looking for one. Don't keep them waiting.

So if they don't choose the contact you directly, if they are messaging you through LinkedIn, you want to be able to respond quickly.

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 what 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 1100 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? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

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.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

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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Conversation Starters When Networking | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

EP 1167 I discuss a few conversation starters for shy people, introverts and others to get you started.

Summary

There are a lot of people who are very shy. they consider themselves introverts. So I thought I would do a show about networking that will encourage you to start doing conversations with people. After all, whether you are at a formal networking event, with your meeting someone outside of work and you want to work on developing relationship with someone, to me, this is all networking. Thus, putting yourself in the position where you can have conversations freely goes a long way toward building your business, building your career. Here are a few ways to start:

You are going to find this 1 amazing. This is the magic one. The number 1 way to start a conversation with someone, walk over to them and say, "Hi!" Or "Hello!" And, if you are the networking event, continue by saying, "What brought you here?" Or, "What attracted you about this meeting tonight?" What you're doing is starting the conversation.

A variation on this is, you have been there for a little while you see someone there off in a corner. They are even more shy than you are. Walk over to them and say, "Hi!" What you're doing is beginning the conversation with them. It encourages them to open up a little bit.

Another thing you can do is make a joke. "You know, I love the food with these things. What about you?" There is no networking event I have ever been to where the food is just going to cause people to stop in their tracks and go, "Wow! This is incredible!" It all tends to be mediocre crap. Making a joke like, "I come here for the food. It's incredible!" Then, roll your eyes and you will probably start the conversation with laughter.

You can complement some. "Hey! Great tie!" Or, "I love your shoes. Or something else that complements appearance goes a long way toward starting a conversation with someone.

That's what you're really doing is looking to start a conversation. "Have you come to meetings like this before?"

If you see a group of people talking with one another and you want to get involved but you don't want to overwhelm, you stand there and listen for a while and then popping a remark from the outside. That will start the process of engaging you a little bit in their conversation.

Those are a few ideas I have for how you can start networking with people at formal events or in formal situations where you might run into someone.

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 what 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 1100 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? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complementary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

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.  

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter talks about some of the similarities between sports and job search and how important it is to manage yourself over what can be a long season.

Summary

Today, I want to talk with you about you and your emotions and managing them through the job search. I was reminded of this because today's opening day of the baseball season. Whether it's baseball or football or hockey our basketball, whatever the sport is, the players have to deal with their emotions over the course of the season. That’s true in job hunting, as well.

So, using today's example of opening day in baseball, I thought I would call attention to some of the things that you're going to be going through in your job search. The obvious one is it's the beginning. There's excitement and there's a certain amount of apprehension that people feel when they start a season when they start a job search. They have no idea how this is going to end up. They hope for the best but they never really know, and that excitement and that apprehension and that thrill is pretty normal as part of job hunting. Then, it progresses. I’ll speak from the standpoint of being a former marathon runner; I still run but that's more a 5K run now but I remember that day when I lined up in New York to run the New York Marathon 26.2 miles and 385 yards.

I trained for a year. I worked my way up to running a marathon for several years before that. I had much the same sort of feeling-- excitement and exhilaration, fear. Then you start running the race. You start the baseball season. You start the football season. Everyone's all excited around you and then the apprehension starts to takeover because it's not going as perfectly as you had hoped for. Certainly, that’s true for the players. That's always true with job hunting.

You always hope things go more smoothly and when that apprehension starts to hit, the critics start to show up. The ones who will point out that everything that you're doing is wrong. There is a difference between Monday morning quarterbacking (if you know what I mean by that expression), the people who watch from the sidelines and second-guess every decision you made and when you're on the playing field and being involved with the process and try to coach you through. The Monday morning quarterbacks are basically sniping and you. They are not there to help you there. They’re really there to pick that you. It’s so easy to get caught up in that. I’ll just simply say that your job along the way is to manage your emotions, to recognize that this may be a long race that you are going to be running that is not always going to go smoothly.

Just like in the baseball season, 162 games from April and if you're lucky to the beginning of November, seven months of baseball. It's a long season and it's very easy to feel tired, bored, rundown, annoyed, lazy and not at peak performance … yet, for you as a job hunter, your goal is to always be at peak so that every time the phone rings, every time you responded to an email, every time you see a job listing, every time you are networking, you are out there trying to connect with people and not do a halfway job, but doing A+ job. That’s because that's their only sense of you during those brief transactions that occur.

There are times where you, as an athlete, you just going to get beaten. Another team is going to win and it's very frustrating at times. It can be demoralizing because you really want to win that particular game. It is important to you. You think your season is riding on it… and same thing is true in job hunting.

There are people who are going to be better than you who you will try to compete with or they are equal to you on that’ particular day that just came up with the right answer at the interview, or, for that matter, they’re willing to work for little bit less than you and firms will make that decision. It's frustrating but you gotta get through it! You gotta get yourself to the other side where you're back at peak performance, always striving toward getting that job done.

Another thing from sports. I think is pretty apparent it's easy to give up. There a lot of people who accept defeat in their job search. Who accept that they're going to be mediocre in their careers. Maybe, they have earned that privilege to be mediocre because they never really strove hard.

For those of you work hard, who put in a lot of effort, who work in to continuously improvement, who are always applying themselves at 100% capacity and who have pedigree credentials to go along with it, for you to surrender to an initial failure is a mistake. Any number of sports teams come back from the slow start of their season to win championships.

I can point to the football Giants any number of times – – mediocre teams at the beginning of the season who got to the playoffs and won the Super Bowl. In hockey, it shows up all the time. Some teams get out the slow starts and they wind up winning the Stanley Cup.

The same is true job hunting. Sometimes people just get kicked in the teeth at the beginning, some of them wind up accepting defeat, other people push hard to wind up being victorious. What kind of athlete are you? Are you the one who's going to wind up pushing or giving up? Are you the one who's in a position where you are going to put in best effort all the time, or you be at best effort 50% of the time and coasting the rest of the time?

As I've said to many people many times, waiters find the way to win. Losers have excuses or explanations for why it didn't happen and accept mediocrity.

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 what 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 1100 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? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

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.