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An Easy Upgrade to Your Executive Resume | JobSearchTV.com


There is an easy upgrade to your executive resume that will help you get more interviews.

Summary

This is a tip can be used by anyone but I’m going to focus in on executives because it’s an easier implementation for you.

If you're working with a resume, most of you are sending out a pretty flat looking document. It's boring. Everyone says the same thing. But we’re living in a more visual age and, yes, I could be talking with you about fonts and how your fonts look on a page. It’s really a screen because no one is really working with paper anymore, right?

If you are asked to submit a resume, here is a small change I want you to make and that is graphics. It can be as simple as a chart demonstrating the impact of what you’ve done in the organization.

So, for example, you reduced costs. Have a chart that indicates a graph of previous costs and let them see the downward trajectory of costs. Increased revenue. Ideal for salespeople, C-level professionals. Show how would you increased revenue over a couple of years.

If you're not in a role where you are helping a firm make or save money but you can measure it in terms of improved performance, show the previous performance levels and metrics in a graphical format and then demonstrate the improvement that you afforded the organization.

The visual goes a long way toward helping people see your impact. It doesn't have to be a big thing period it doesn't have to be real elaborate. It just has to make it obvious to people by using a chart inserted into your resume to show the impact of what you’ve done.

Again, this can be used by anyone but clearly it's an ideal tool for a senior level professional who's trying to show that they affect change.

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 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 1200 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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An Easy Upgrade to Your Executive Resume| JobSearchRadio.com


Listen to the full episode here::
http://webtalkradio.net/internet-talk-radio/2018/09/19/an-easy-upgrade-to-your-executive-resume-jobsearchradio-com/

There is an easy upgrade to your executive resume that will help you get more interviews.

Summary

This is a tip can be used by anyone but I’m going to focus in on executives because it’s an easier implementation for you.

If you're working with a resume, most of you are sending out a pretty flat looking document. It's boring. Everyone says the same thing. But we’re living in a more visual age and, yes, I could be talking with you about fonts and how your fonts look on a page. It’s really a screen because no one is really working with paper anymore, right?

If you are asked to submit a resume, here is a small change I want you to make and that is graphics. It can be as simple as a chart demonstrating the impact of what you’ve done in the organization.

So, for example, you reduced costs. Have a chart that indicates a graph of previous costs and let them see the downward trajectory of costs. Increased revenue. Ideal for salespeople, C-level professionals. Show how would you increased revenue over a couple of years.

If you're not in a role where you are helping a firm make or save money but you can measure it in terms of improved performance, show the previous performance levels and metrics in a graphical format and then demonstrate the improvement that you afforded the organization.

The visual goes a long way toward helping people see your impact. It doesn't have to be a big thing period it doesn't have to be real elaborate. It just has to make it obvious to people by using a chart inserted into your resume to show the impact of what you’ve done.

Again, this can be used by anyone but clearly it's an ideal tool for a senior level professional who's trying to show that they affect change.

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 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 1200 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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Executive Networking Mistake #1 | JobSearchRadio.com


Listen to the full episode here:
http://webtalkradio.net/internet-talk-radio/2017/06/09/executive-networking-mistake-1/

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses the biggest mistake executives and others make when networking.

Summary

Have you ever gotten 1 of those emails that says, "Hey! How are you? How's it going?" The next line basically translates into I'm looking for a new job. Can you help me?

You just want to hit the delete key because you haven't heard from this person for the longest time and suddenly, they are sending a message to you, like they are your long lost cousin and they need $20,000 from you.

You hate those emails yet so many of you operate that way of doing networking. You see, the biggest skill that you can develop professionally (other than the core job skills that you have) is maintaining your network. That's because at the end of the day, there is going to come a point where you going to need them. You may want to hire someone that they know or you may need help finding another position. Not nurturing your network is a huge mistake that way too many of you people make.

I don't care if you are in the C suite, the have a corporation, or the most senior person that firm. You as an individual have to cultivate and nurture a network of contacts because, one day, you don't want to be in the position of lurching to someone and say, "Hey! How are you?? How's it going? It was going real well for me until…" And then having to ask for a favor.

How many favors like that you grant? Most people I know don't grant many of them… If any of them.

Nurture your network during the time that you don't need so that they are available during the times when you do need them.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and business life coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

If you are an executive who is interested in 1 on 1 coaching, email me at JeffAltman(at)TheBigGameHunter.us​

Would you like to have a question for me? Send $25 through PayPal to [email protected] and then forward your question to me at the same address.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com changes that with 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 as well as on Facebook

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.”

Please give “Job Search Radio” a great review in iTunes. It helps other people discover the show and makes me happy!

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Executive Networking Mistake #1| NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

EP 1138 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses the biggest mistake executives and others make when networking. 

Summary

Have you ever gotten 1 of those emails that says, "Hey! How are you? How's it going?" The next line basically translates into I'm looking for a new job. Can you help me?

You just want to hit the delete key because you haven't heard from this person for the longest time and suddenly, they are sending a message to you, like they are your long lost cousin and they need $20,000 from you.

You hate those emails yet so many of you operate that way of doing networking. You see, the biggest skill that you can develop professionally (other than the core job skills that you have) is maintaining your network. That's because at the end of the day, there is going to come a point where you going to need them. You may want to hire someone that they know or you may need help finding another position. Not nurturing your network is a huge mistake that way too many of you people make.

I don't care if you are in the C suite, the have a corporation, or the most senior person that firm. You as an individual have to cultivate and nurture a network of contacts because, one day, you don't want to be in the position of lurching to someone and say, "Hey! How are you?? How's it going? It was going real well for me until…" And then having to ask for a favor.

How many favors like that you grant? Most people I know don't grant many of them… If any of them.

Nurture your network during the time that you don't need so that they are available during the times when you do need them.

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? 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.  

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.

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How to Get Noticed By an Executive Search Firm | JobSearchTV.com


Listen to the full episode here:
http://webtalkradio.net/internet-talk-radio/2016/10/25/job-search-radio-how-to-get-noticed-by-an-executive-search-firm/

Although this show talks about getting on the radar of executive search firms, the advice pertains to people at all levels of experience.

Summary

I received a message from someone today asking me how To get noticed by an executive search firm-- The retained people, the ones who are looking for individuals in a very high level.

In days of old when I got into recruiting  a used to be very hard.  You need to be quoted in trade publications, the newspapers, be referred by someone who is already in their "Rolodex" in order to be considered. Sending a resume went directly into the trash. What they were looking for was someone who they could find who came with "celebrity" to them, who they could find who had "brand recognition," Who were noticeable because they were already industry leaders.

Let's fast-forward to today. How do you get noticed by these firms even though they are still not looking for resumes to be submitted to them. What they are looking for are people who are already perceived as leaders.  How do you get noticed as a leader?

All the old ways still apply.

You speak at conferences, you get quoted in the press, you do a lot of different things so that if they Google you they will be able to find you and see some quality information about you. Social make this a lot easier.  Social media can be a big catapult for a lot of you if you play your cards right. The key word in that last sentence was, "if."  Let me explain..

You can't just simply decide at the time that you look for position, "Oh!  Let me decide to use social media and post a whole bunch of "stuff." This has to be part of your professional repertoire for years in order to have the kind of notice you are going to want. You are kidding yourself if you believe that for posts and search firms will be knocking down your door.

To be clear, I'm not simply talking about blog posts on LinkedIn. Although those can be helpful, they start to notice That you've only had 2 or 3 and thus you are looking for position and not part of who you are.

Think long-term strategy.  Think big picture. What would cause you to notice someone online?

The answer is all the obvious things-- You are online and posting content, publishing material that is attractive, interesting and smart that gets engagement. You are a visible figure and known as a thought leader. When they call someone and they ask, "who do you know who…" Yours is the 1st name that comes off of people's tongues.

Why?  Because you carry that celebrity with you.  It doesn't mean that you're creating videos for YouTube or Facebook or anywhere else for that matter. Although it can help, of course. It does mean that you are a personality now, much more so than ever before.

Again, I want to make sure you hear this.  It is more important than ever before that you become a visible personality online in order to be noticeable.   Firms are still looking for exceptional people..  What often makes someone worth the contact for these firms, even for contingency firms, is that you are a visible individual, that when people research you they will know a lot about you already.

Let me give you an example from my own experience.

I received the call recently from another recruiter I know.   We don't know one another well but we've spoken a few times and he wanted to speak with me about how I do social media.  I responded with  the standard joke (if I told you I would have to kill you). After all, he is looking to do the same thing I do in order to compete with me.

If you think about from an employer's perspective, if you're on social media and they find that you are interesting, engaging,  smart and present well, this can help make you salable to the client that they are representing to be considered for 1st interviews,, or to be thought of as the "safe bet," the  "safe hire"  or the "smart hire" for the role.

Safe.  Smart. Two ends of the pendulum, but some firms look for safe and others look for smart.

Consider this part of your career strategy is building a social media presence for yourself where you become known as a go to person in your field.

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 “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and 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

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.

Executive Networking Mistakes

Executive Networking Mistakes | Job Search Radio

EP 413 on today show,I discuss the second biggest mistake executives make in their approach to networking.

Summary

As someone who's been in the search business for what seems like 100 years, I run into executives all the time who commit many many mistakes with their job search. And I did a another video about the #1 mistake I see executives making, Other people do this well, but executives doing it prolifically.

Here is another one mistake that executives make and the real big one here is that you don't network! Really that simple.

You so immersed in your job that you don't take time on a regular basis to build relationships. Now, if you watching this video or listening to this podcast, you may be immersed in a job search. So it may be to late to head off this problem. But, I want you to think that after you get this position, while you doing this search, you always take time to network.

"You know, I'm too busy."

Well now you're not busy because you are out of work and do you want to be out of work or do you want to be able to easily activate the #1 way that people find positions and that is an effective network.

As I said in mistake #1, lurching from networking and networking only when you need people, shows you as a mooch. That all you care about is yourself. Building relationships that come between the interview cycles when you were there to help people, where you are available to offer advice, where you can be a mentor to others in their searches and where offerleads to people graciously, not as though they're dragging it out of you, will go a long way toward setting you up in the next search.

So, again, don't lurch from networking situation to networking situation while you learned from search to search. Always be networking.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. His work involves traditional life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching or help with a salary negotiation, email me at [email protected]. In the subject line, tell me which service you are interested in and in the body how you would like me to help you.

If you would like me my help critiquing your resume and/or LinkedIn profile or performing a Job Search Makeover, visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us, look for the tab on top, place an order and follow the instructions for scheduling an appointment.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com is a website with 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 in your job search with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

Connect with me on LinkedIn as well as on Facebook

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.”

Please give “Job Search Radio” a great review in iTunes. It helps other people discover the show and makes me happy!​​​

Do You Consider Yourself a Strategic Thinker? | TheBigGameHunterTV


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This is a trap question for people who are managers, directors, VP or C suite professionals.

Summary

Today, I want to answer 1 of those tough interview questions that, to me, is a trap question that you need to be prepared for if you are asked it on an interview. The question is, "Do you consider yourself a strategic thinker?"

I'm sure most of you are scratching their heads and going, "Sure, I'm a strategic thinker." You are racing into the trap if you immediately answer that way.

What you want to be doing is answering from a textured perspective and give them a more complex answer. Again, this is a question is being asked a manager level and above , and depending upon where you are in the pecking order, you have a perspective of what is appropriate and your level.

Conceptually, the right answer would be, "Yes I am a strategic thinker but to be effective as a strategic thinker you have to think tactically. Like in the military, it is not enough to have an effective strategy; you have to be able to implement it. Unless you able to implement it, all you have are some great ideas

And some great intentions but nothing changes.

To be an effective strategic thinker, to work with a strategy that helps an organization, you have to look at the implementation of it, what the rough edges might be, where it runs up against resistance forces."

Do you weren't coming from here? Always try to give them a textured answer that basically translates into, "Yes, I'm a strategic thinker but to be that way, you have to think tactically. It's like in the military. Military leaders, if you've ever spoken to them, our brilliant people. Incredibly smart. They can think in conceptual terms and technical terms for the battlefield."

It's really the same thing for you. You have to be able to talk about both the big picture and tactics.

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 business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching?  Email me at [email protected] and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line and tell me about your circumstances in the body of the email.

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.

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

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.

Recognizing the Signals And What to Do | No BS Job Search Advice Radio


Listen to the full episode here:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2016/12/17/recognizing-the-signals-and-what-to-do-no-bs-job-search-advice-radio

Ep 595 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter encourages you to pay attention to the warning clouds and prepare for your search. He uses a metaphor to explain how to do it.

Summary

I want to talk to you senior professionals who have just been laid off, or think your job is in trouble.  You know the signals.  I'm not going to go through them all but you know there are problems that your firm or, politically, there is been someone partying over you who doesn't really know you and you know the signal and don't ignore it.

Rather than this being exercise and why you should change jobs, I want to go to the next step.  That is, preparing for the search.  Over the course of time, most execs I talk to have had a lot of branches on the tree and a lot of leaves on the branches.  Invariably, what happens is the leaves start to wither and die; same with the branches.  They are left with the trunk.

For you, I want to encourage you to take some time to figure out what the trunk of your tree is.  What the core element is of what you do, want to do and what your successes have been so that as you start to lay out a marketing campaign for yourself and your capabilities, you can focus in on those as your primary objective in some of the branches and maybe a leaf or 2.  As some of the ancillaries.

As you know from your own experience when hiring, you want to hire exceptional people.  You don't want hire someone else's failure.  By being able to focus in on what you excel at and marketing your capabilities for that, you will go a long way toward finding work fasterBut it starts with recognizing the signals and making the preparation for that time.

By the way, looking at what the trunk of the tree is, that can include your financials, too. As you start getting the signals of problems, you know what deals have been negotiated previously with the firm and you want to get something comparable or better.  You k now what your financials are like and you know it will take you a while to land something.  Start getting down to the trunk of the tree for your financials. Look to cut off some of the extraneous dead branches Or some of the unnecessary dead branches so you can focus on the core.

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 business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio” and “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” both available through iTunes and Stitcher.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching from me?  Email me at [email protected] and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

Do you have a question you would like me to answer? Pay $25 via PayPal to [email protected]  

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.

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.”

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

The 1 Question Every C-Level Candidate Should Be Asked (And a Lot of Non-C Suite Potential Hires, Too)

Meaning.

Few of us like to think of ourselves as cogs in a machine. No where is that more true than in the C suite where a man or woman is hired to embody an idea or concept and lead an organization.

Yet so much of their interview, so much of how a man or woman is measured translates into two things:

Do you have what I believe are the requisite skills and experience that will need to execute in this role.

Do I trust you.

Of the two, usually by the time of the interview, what a firm is really doing is confirming your assertions that you have the requisite experience and looking you square in the eye to see if they believe you.

No wonder interviewing has become such an unsatisfactory way of evaluating potential hires. In most cases, it has turned into “business blind dating” . . . and we know how unsatisfying most blind dates have turned out.

What if I told you that there was one question you could ask that would allow you to identify the special people, the ones that should grade out head and shoulders above the others, would you be interested in using that question in your interview, whether you were a potential employer or C suite hire?

Here’s the question:

Are you familiar with our firm’s mission and what does it mean to you?

There’s only one problem with asking this question of Potential C-Suite Hires

There’s only one problem . . . Most corporate mission statements are as dry as sand and equally inspiring.

Here are a few examples that may yield defensive responses:

Serving Others. For Customers, A Better Life. For Shareholders, A Superior Return. For Employees, Respect and Opportunity” (Yawn)

To provide our policyholders with as near perfect protection, as near perfect service as is humanly possible and to do so at the lowest possible cost.” (I guess it wasn’t good enough to provide policyholders with the right protection; they had to give themselves some wiggle room)

Helping our customers manage document workflow and increase efficiency through best-in-class products and services. Fostering the growth and development of our employees. Providing a distinct advantage to our suppliers as a distribution channel of choice. Growing shareholder value through strong execution of our strategies.” (Are you excited?)

It is the policy of xxxxx to provide products and services to the market which meet or exceed the reasonable expectations of our customers. Satisfying our customers with the appropriate level of quality is a primary goal and a fundamental element of our business mission.”  (Not a mission statement. It is a policy statement, hence a goal).

Let me contrast these with:

(Our) mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. People use (us) to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what’s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them.”

or

to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

or

“We enable businesses to thrive and economies to prosper, helping people fulfill their hopes and dreams and realize their ambitions.”

When did business stop believing in becoming bold and breathtakingly great? In our search for meaning, do you think we will be more inspired by offering a leader the opportunity to help a firm become “near perfect” or “helping businesses thrive, economies prosper and people fulfill hopes and dreams?” Do mission statements that could be used in a greeting card help attract exceptional leaders or cause them to be repelled?

And, if you tell me that the mission statement means nothing and the last time it was referred to by management was during the last century, what are you telling the public about your words having meaning?

Mission statements should be a rallying point for everyone to be extraordinary so that your firm can be extraordinary. If they ave no meaning to you, take it off your website and abandon the lie. However if they do have meaning, ask potential hires if they are familiar with your firm’s mission (first tip off of adequate preparation) and what that mission means to them.

And if you are looking at a firm as a potential employer, ask the people you meet with about the firm’s mission and what it means to them. You will learn something about the leadership of the organization and its congruence with its avowed values.

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Recognizing the Signals And What to Do | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

Ep 595 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter encourages you to pay attention to the warning clouds and prepare for your search. He uses a metaphor to explain how to do it.

Summary

I want to talk to you senior professionals who have just been laid off, or think your job is in trouble.  You know the signals.  I'm not going to go through them all but you know there are problems that your firm or, politically, there is been someone partying over you who doesn't really know you and you know the signal and don't ignore it.

Rather than this being exercise and why you should change jobs, I want to go to the next step.  That is, preparing for the search.  Over the course of time, most execs I talk to have had a lot of branches on the tree and a lot of leaves on the branches.  Invariably, what happens is the leaves start to wither and die; same with the branches.  They are left with the trunk.

For you, I want to encourage you to take some time to figure out what the trunk of your tree is.  What the core element is of what you do, want to do and what your successes have been so that as you start to lay out a marketing campaign for yourself and your capabilities, you can focus in on those as your primary objective in some of the branches and maybe a leaf or 2.  As some of the ancillaries.

As you know from your own experience when hiring, you want to hire exceptional people.  You don't want hire someone else's failure.  By being able to focus in on what you excel at and marketing your capabilities for that, you will go a long way toward finding work faster but it starts with recognizing the signals and making the preparation for that time.

By the way, looking at what the trunk of the tree is, that can include your financials, too. As you start getting the signals of problems, you know what deals have been negotiated previously with the firm and you want to get something comparable or better.  You k now what your financials are like and you know it will take you a while to land something.  Start getting down to the trunk of the tree for your financials. Look to cut off some of the extraneous dead branches Or some of the unnecessary dead branches so you can focus on the core.

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 business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio” and “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” both available through iTunes and Stitcher.

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