What Did He Say???

By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

I am married and had been so for many years. In addition to my wife at home, when I worked in recruiting, I had an “office wife” and, in the past, I had a “train wife.” These wives are good friends to me and we look out for one another, covering for one another when one of us is on vacation and bouncing ideas off of one another when we are unsure.

Not long ago, my office wife was speaking with someone who had replied to an ad she had run for a client, an airline targeting an upscale market. The ad was clear that airline industry experience was required.

After reviewing the resume, she called the person, whose resume does not mention airline experience and asked, “So what’s your experience with airlines.”

And then he answered those words that instantly became legendary in my office:

” My wife works for an airline.”


I understand. A wife replies for a surgeon position at a hospital with the explanation, “My husband is a surgeon and we sometimes talk about his day and operations over dinner.”

How about this response to a teaching position:

“My daughter is in 4th grade!”

Please only apply for positions for which you meet minimum qualifications or are extremely close to meeting minimum qualifications.

If you do this you will have a chance of being interviewed and eventually hired depending upon your interview and competition, of course.

If you don’t do this, you are stealing time that the potential employer or recruiter can never regain with no purpose other than to hope against hope and reason that they interview you.

Outplacement firms often encourage people to blanket every ad with resumes but they don’t have to open and read all the e­mails or mailed resumes. They just have to talk and offer advice that may or may not be good.

You don’t like to get spam and neither do recruiters, managers, and business owners. Make sure your resume demonstrates a fit before you send it and only send it if it meets or is extremely close to meeting minimum job requirements.

Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2008, 2011, 2020, 2021



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

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, as well as executive job search coaching, job, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2100 episodes.

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