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The Preferred Application Process | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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EP 1460. Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter answers a question from someone about the preferred application process.

Summary

There was a question on Quora today., "When applying to jobs, do you prefer filling out forms, one click solutions like on LinkedIn where you can apply using your LinkedIn profile, or a simple career specific email address?"

Let me start by saying that the question has a flaw to it. The flaw is whether you prefer the ease of doing something and you're looking at the question from the job hunter perspective. From the job hunter perspective, everyone wants the one click solution because it involves no effort. But there was a flaw.

The flaw is what gets results? Frankly, one click solutions where they are just sending off your LinkedIn profile, fail more often than not. Because the profile is not tailored to demonstrate what you can do for the organization. It is a generic thing... The same resume sent to job after job. The result is that you are focused on ease of submission; I'm thinking of demonstrating the fit. Employers are thinking of you demonstrating the fit, too.

If your profile happens to do it, great! Unfortunately, most don't. Don't take the lazy way out of here. Submit a resume (or actually contact the hiring manager, finding them using LinkedIn, see if you have a friend who can introduce you) and going in that root, rather than just simply sitting back and saying to yourself, "I would rather just sit back and let someone or something else to all the work... That they don't do.

At the end of the day, the even recruiters want to see something that vaguely looks like what they are trying to find for their clients. Again, don't get lazy about this because you will reap the consequences of that laziness.

Now, you might have the most wonderful skills on the planet but, eventually, it is going to shift and they are not good be quite so dominant. Trust me. There were a lot of Java developers out there who one day ago were heroes and now are ordinary as their skills became commoditized. That is going to happen to you, too,oh, Ruby professional, oh php developer, oh startup maven.. You may be ruling the roost now and hopefully will never need a job again. Your firm may wind up cashing out and you will become a gazillionaire.

However, the question is, what do you prefer? The answer should be, "I prefer a submission that is going to get the best result. One click apply does not do it..

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
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 1400 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. JobSearchTV.com was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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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.

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

Only 2% of Applications Get Interviews. What Can You Do? | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


Listen to the full episode here:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2018/06/01/only-2-of-applications-get-interviews-what-can-you-do

EP 1122 The odds of being chosen for interview are 2%.  What can you do to improve the odds?

Summary

Hi Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter, the head coach for JobSearchCoachingHQ.com and NoBSCoachingAdvice.com. I host “Job Search Radio” and “No BS, job Search Advice Radio, “and I coach people because, frankly, I learned a long time ago that the skills needed to find a job are different, but complement, the skills needed to do a job. So I try to share a lot of information that is designed to help job hunters.

I do a lot of reading, generally web-based stuff, and there was an article that someone pointed me to that was being shared at SXSW. The article was entitled at “6 Shocking Job Search Statistics That Will Surprise You.” None of the main 6 did. So I will just simply state them together.

Only 4% recruiters don't use social media when hiring.
LinkedIn is the number 1 social network for recruiters.
Recruiters spends 6 seconds reading a resume.
50% of job candidates are considering a new job in 2016 and more than half of companies are googling candidates.
90% of job seekers use mobile.

Okay, this is pretty predictable stuff, but there was one thing that they threw in at the end that, got my attention and makes sense as well. And that is only 2% of candidates receive a job interview. Translated 90% of job seekers are unqualified for the role that they are applying for. So, it begs the question what can be done?

1st of all, why that happens is that you find it so easy to apply. Most job hunters, “what the heck.” Then, they submit a resume and you are not going to get an interview because you've done nothing to tailor your resume to demonstrate how you would fit.

And, from employer’ s perspective, they don't want to know that you that you want to do the job. They want to know that you are qualified to do the job. Unless you put that together for them, they're not going to bite. So, you wind up being rejected and wonder, “Hey! I didn’t hear from them. There was a reason for that.

So, here's a couple of very simple suggestions for what you can do you get more responses.

The 1st 1 is only apply for jobs you actually qualify for. This should go without saying, but. When you read a job description, there is a section that says, “qualifications.” Look at your resume. Do you demonstrate those qualifications easily in your resume or are you expecting someone to read between the lines? If you expect them to do the latter they are just not going to do it. They are just too busy. You have to give them a document that is pre-chewed, predigested, and easy to spot how your background fits the role. Got it?

So, if that means tailoring your resume to pull that stuff to the surface, you do it. You use the message area of your email in order to demonstrate the fit. So, if they have a list of qualifications you lay it out the left-hand column and in the right-hand column, you might list how long and how recently you have done it. But it all starts off with only applying for jobs that you actually qualify for.

Next, talk about how you stand out on the job. What makes you different in some way open (and obviously in a good way), and do it in a way that the employer is going to go, “Huh! Okay. That's interesting.”

There is one more that has a quirky title – – apply to the job that you are applying to. I shook my head way when I read that and I'll give credit to Workopolis.com for this article. It's entitled, “Why Only 2% of Applicants Actually Get Interviews.” I would add something on top of what they've written, but what they say is it goes back to what they mentioned earlier about people using one generic resume to apply for numerous jobs. If the job title on your resume doesn't match the job that you are applying to, there is little chance of you making the top 2%.

Similarly, even if you have the qualifications for the job, if your career objective doesn't match the role, you're unlikely to be hired for it. It gives the impression that you be a bad fit for the job. It makes perfect sense to me.

So, you want to make sure that your resume shows in title, structure and language that you fit the role. I went ahead and added something else on top of what they have written. Applying for a job is not ideal. What you are better off doing always is networking to a hiring manager. I say that, even though firms always tell you apply to there applicant tracking system.

I say it because when you swim in ocean with lots of fish and one hook, everyone is trying to leap onto the hook and get caught. Thus, applying for jobs is like being in the lake or ocean with a lot of fish going for a hook.
Him
When you're contacting the hiring manager directly, when you're contacting someone on the team directly and saying, “Who is the manager that you report to or who is involved with hiring for this role, what you're doing is cutting the line and getting to the front of the line and saying, “ I don’t want to play with the other fish. I want your attention on me,” and asking them to review you directly without will these filters like the applicant tracking system, parsing software, artificial intelligence I (which certainly does seem artificial doesn't it).

So, t those are the basic ways that you can improve and I'll simply say that if you want to be 1 of the 2%, be prepared to answer the question, not just simply tell me about yourself but tell me about yourself and makes you different from all the other people that they are going to see. That is my bonus for you. Tell me about the work that you do and what makes you different in a good way from all the other people they are going to talk with.

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.  

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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Ask Me Anything About Job Hunting | JobSearchTV.com


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On this show, I answer these questions:

My offer was rescinded!

What does “Candidate Withdrew” mean on a job application?  

Can you do skype job interview through your phone?

Is Twitter an effective tool for professional networking?

I have asked many recruiters/companies about this but I always get either non-answers or useless buzzwords.

What do you look for while recruiting a graduate with no job experience?

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 1 month 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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I Was Late Because of The Application | JobSearchRadio.com


Listen to the full episode here:
http://webtalkradio.net/internet-talk-radio/2018/03/05/i-was-late-because-of-the-application/

There is a lengthy reason for why the interview started late and the application was a big part of it. Should I be worried?

Summary

I had a question from someone that was so lengthy that the title of this video is not complete so I'll just read the question

I have an interview and was about 15 to 20 minutes before my interview time. I walked in and asked the receptionist where the restroom was; he directed me there. I thought it is time to go and gather my thoughts and when I came out of the bathroom, the receptionist told me to fill out an application. I was taken by surprise because I just didn't expect to do that. Anyway, the application is about four pages long. I ended up having to see the interviewer 10 minutes after my initial time. Is it very bad or not so much because I was there on time? And then she tells me that she believes she heard a big side coming from one of the interviewers in the next room; the type of sigh that says "I wish she'd hurry up anyway." When they were in the interviews, I believe they liked me; I just don't know how much. Can you give me feedback? Thanks!

Long scenario! Let's dissect it.

She got there really early and went to the restroom. That's a pretty normal thing to do. We don't know how long you were in there--that is the one detail we don't know. Did she get there 20 minutes early and walked out two minutes before the interview? Yeah, I can understand if someone was little distressed by that.

If you were, shall we say, behaved normally and just spent some time, I don't want to get specific or graphic, I'll simply say completed what you needed to do and then focused your energy on what you need to accomplish and then was surprised by the application, I'm just going to tell you, "Don't sweat it."

This is not something that can cause them to reject you. After all, they may have made a sound or sighed and made a sound like that to indicate their own frustration because wanted to start talking with you because they have an interview after yours.

So what can we can determine? Number one, if you did well on the interview they are not to reject you because you took extra time on the application. I want to say that again. If you actually did well on the interview, they are not going to reject you based upon the extra time to complete the application. They may reject you if you interviewed poorly.

What you want to always be doing is there put yourself in the situation (I know you know this now) but you always assume when you have an in-person interview that there could be a need for them to do an application and, as a result, give yourself time to complete an application

Seven minutes. 10 minutes tops! Although your penmanship should make it legible I never use terms like, "see my resume,"

Just complete the darned application.

But for your situation, I would not sweat. You are not going to be rejected because they got off to a late start.

The last thing, for the future, when you're doing it anin-personn interview, you might just simply say, "Will you need me to complete an application while I'm there?" Then try getting there a few minutes earlier to complete it. Then they'll say, "That's really cool!" or "That's great. We really appreciate it."

So always try to time things in a way where you're going to be taken at the time designated and, for now, don't sweat the scenario.

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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Only 2% of Applications Are Getting an Interview. What Can You Do? | JobSearchTV.com


I read an interesting article on Workopolis that quoted an amazing statistic. The odds of being chosen for interview are 2%. What can you do to improve the odds?

Summary

Hi Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter, the head coach for JobSearchCoachingHQ.com and NoBSCoachingAdvice.com. I host “Job Search Radio” and “No BS, job Search Advice Radio, “and I coach people because, frankly, I learned a long time ago that the skills needed to find a job are different, but complement, the skills needed to do a job. So I try to share a lot of information that is designed to help job hunters.

I do a lot of reading, generally web-based stuff, and there was an article that someone pointed me to that was being shared at SXSW. The article was entitled at “6 Shocking Job Search Statistics That Will Surprise You.” None of the main 6 did. So I will just simply state them together.

Only 4% recruiters don't use social media when hiring.
LinkedIn is the number 1 social network for recruiters.
Recruiters spends 6 seconds reading a resume.
50% of job candidates are considering a new job in 2016 and more than half of companies are googling candidates.
90% of job seekers use mobile.

Okay, this is pretty predictable stuff, but there was one thing that they threw in at the end that, got my attention and makes sense as well. And that is only 2% of candidates receive a job interview. Translated 90% of job seekers are unqualified for the role that they are applying for. So, it begs the question what can be done?

1st of all, why that happens is that you find it so easy to apply. Most job hunters, “what the heck.” Then, they submit a resume and you are not going to get an interview because you've done nothing to tailor your resume to demonstrate how you would fit.

And, from employer’ s perspective, they don't want to know that you that you want to do the job. They want to know that you are qualified to do the job. Unless you put that together for them, they're not going to bite. So, you wind up being rejected and wonder, “Hey! I didn’t hear from them. There was a reason for that.

So, here's a couple of very simple suggestions for what you can do you get more responses.

The 1st 1 is only apply for jobs you actually qualify for. This should go without saying, but. When you read a job description, there is a section that says, “qualifications.” Look at your resume. Do you demonstrate those qualifications easily in your resume or are you expecting someone to read between the lines? If you expect them to do the latter they are just not going to do it. They are just too busy. You have to give them a document that is pre-chewed, predigested, and easy to spot how your background fits the role. Got it?

So, if that means tailoring your resume to pull that stuff to the surface, you do it. You use the message area of your email in order to demonstrate the fit. So, if they have a list of qualifications you lay it out the left-hand column and in the right-hand column, you might list how long and how recently you have done it. But it all starts off with only applying for jobs that you actually qualify for.

Next, talk about how you stand out on the job. What makes you different in some way open (and obviously in a good way), and do it in a way that the employer is going to go, “Huh! Okay. That's interesting.”

There is one more that has a quirky title – – apply to the job that you are applying to. I shook my head way when I read that and I'll give credit to Workopolis.com for this article. It's entitled, “Why Only 2% of Applicants Actually Get Interviews.” I would add something on top of what they've written, but what they say is it goes back to what they mentioned earlier about people using one generic resume to apply for numerous jobs. If the job title on your resume doesn't match the job that you are applying to, there is little chance of you making the top 2%.

Similarly, even if you have the qualifications for the job, if your career objective doesn't match the role, you're unlikely to be hired for it. It gives the impression that you be a bad fit for the job. It makes perfect sense to me.

So, you want to make sure that your resume shows in title, structure and language that you fit the role. I went ahead and added something else on top of what they have written. Applying for a job is not ideal. What you are better off doing always is networking to a hiring manager. I say that, even though firms always tell you apply to there applicant tracking system.

I say it because when you swim in ocean with lots of fish and one hook, everyone is trying to leap onto the hook and get caught. Thus, applying for jobs is like being in the lake or ocean with a lot of fish going for a hook.
Him
When you're contacting the hiring manager directly, when you're contacting someone on the team directly and saying, “Who is the manager that you report to or who is involved with hiring for this role, what you're doing is cutting the line and getting to the front of the line and saying, “ I don’t want to play with the other fish. I want your attention on me,” and asking them to review you directly without will these filters like the applicant tracking system, parsing software, artificial intelligence I (which certainly does seem artificial doesn't it).

So, t those are the basic ways that you can improve and I'll simply say that if you want to be 1 of the 2%, be prepared to answer the question, not just simply tell me about yourself but tell me about yourself and makes you different from all the other people that they are going to see. That is my bonus for you. Tell me about the work that you do and what makes you different in a good way from all the other people they are going to talk with.

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.

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.

Only 2% of Applications Are Getting an Interview. What Can You Do?

Only 2% of Applications Are Getting an Interview. What Can You Do? | Job Search Radio


Listen to the full episode here:
http://webtalkradio.net/internet-talk-radio/2018/01/22/only-2-of-applications-are-getting-an-interview-what-can-you-do/

I read an interesting article on Workopolis that quoted an amazing statistic.  The odds of being chosen for interview are 2%.  What can you do to improve the odds?

Summary

Hi Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter, the head coach for JobSearchCoachingHQ.com and NoBSCoachingAdvice.com. I host “Job Search Radio” and “No BS, job Search Advice Radio, “and I coach people because, frankly, I learned a long time ago that the skills needed to find a job are different, but complement, the skills needed to do a job. So I try to share a lot of information that is designed to help job hunters.

I do a lot of reading, generally web-based stuff, and there was an article that someone pointed me to that was being shared at SXSW. The article was entitled at “6 Shocking Job Search Statistics That Will Surprise You.” None of the main 6 did. So I will just simply state them together.

Only 4% recruiters don't use social media when hiring.
LinkedIn is the number 1 social network for recruiters.
Recruiters spends 6 seconds reading a resume.
50% of job candidates are considering a new job in 2016 and more than half of companies are googling candidates.
90% of job seekers use mobile.

Okay, this is pretty predictable stuff, but there was one thing that they threw in at the end that, got my attention and makes sense as well. And that is only 2% of candidates receive a job interview. Translated 90% of job seekers are unqualified for the role that they are applying for. So, it begs the question what can be done?

1st of all, why that happens is that you find it so easy to apply. Most job hunters, “what the heck.” Then, they submit a resume and you are not going to get an interview because you've done nothing to tailor your resume to demonstrate how you would fit.

And, from employer’ s perspective, they don't want to know that you that you want to do the job. They want to know that you are qualified to do the job. Unless you put that together for them, they're not going to bite. So, you wind up being rejected and wonder, “Hey! I didn’t hear from them. There was a reason for that.

So, here's a couple of very simple suggestions for what you can do you get more responses.

The 1st 1 is only apply for jobs you actually qualify for. This should go without saying, but. When you read a job description, there is a section that says, “qualifications.” Look at your resume. Do you demonstrate those qualifications easily in your resume or are you expecting someone to read between the lines? If you expect them to do the latter they are just not going to do it. They are just too busy. You have to give them a document that is pre-chewed, predigested, and easy to spot how your background fits the role. Got it?

So, if that means tailoring your resume to pull that stuff to the surface, you do it. You use the message area of your email in order to demonstrate the fit. So, if they have a list of qualifications you lay it out the left-hand column and in the right-hand column, you might list how long and how recently you have done it. But it all starts off with only applying for jobs that you actually qualify for.

Next, talk about how you stand out on the job. What makes you different in some way open (and obviously in a good way), and do it in a way that the employer is going to go, “Huh! Okay. That's interesting.”

There is one more that has a quirky title – – apply to the job that you are applying to. I shook my head way when I read that and I'll give credit to Workopolis.com for this article. It's entitled, “Why Only 2% of Applicants Actually Get Interviews.” I would add something on top of what they've written, but what they say is it goes back to what they mentioned earlier about people using one generic resume to apply for numerous jobs. If the job title on your resume doesn't match the job that you are applying to, there is little chance of you making the top 2%.

Similarly, even if you have the qualifications for the job, if your career objective doesn't match the role, you're unlikely to be hired for it. It gives the impression that you be a bad fit for the job. It makes perfect sense to me.

So, you want to make sure that your resume shows in title, structure and language that you fit the role. I went ahead and added something else on top of what they have written. Applying for a job is not ideal. What you are better off doing always is networking to a hiring manager. I say that, even though firms always tell you apply to there applicant tracking system.

I say it because when you swim in ocean with lots of fish and one hook, everyone is trying to leap onto the hook and get caught. Thus, applying for jobs is like being in the lake or ocean with a lot of fish going for a hook.
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When you're contacting the hiring manager directly, when you're contacting someone on the team directly and saying, “Who is the manager that you report to or who is involved with hiring for this role, what you're doing is cutting the line and getting to the front of the line and saying, “ I don’t want to play with the other fish. I want your attention on me,” and asking them to review you directly without will these filters like the applicant tracking system, parsing software, artificial intelligence I (which certainly does seem artificial doesn't it).

So, t those are the basic ways that you can improve and I'll simply say that if you want to be 1 of the 2%, be prepared to answer the question, not just simply tell me about yourself but tell me about yourself and makes you different from all the other people that they are going to see. That is my bonus for you. Tell me about the work that you do and what makes you different in a good way from all the other people they are going to talk with.

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I Was Late Because of The Application | No BS Job Search Advice Radio


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EP 951 There is a lengthy reason for why the interview started late and the application was a big part of it. Should I be worried?

Summary

I had a question from someone that was so lengthy that the title of this video is not complete so I'll just read the question

I have an interview and was about 15 to 20 minutes before my interview time. I walked in and asked the receptionist where the restroom was; he directed me there. I thought it is time to go and gather my thoughts and when I came out of the bathroom, the receptionist told me to fill out an application. I was taken by surprise because I just didn't expect to do that. Anyway, the application is about four pages long. I ended up having to see the interviewer 10 minutes after my initial time. Is it very bad or not so much because I was there on time? And then she tells me that she believes she heard a big side coming from one of the interviewers in the next room; the type of sigh that says "I wish she'd hurry up anyway." When they were in the interviews, I believe they liked me; I just don't know how much. Can you give me feedback? Thanks!

Long scenario! Let's dissect it.

She got there really early and went to the restroom. That's a pretty normal thing to do. We don't know how long you were in there--that is the one detail we don't know. Did she get there 20 minutes early and walked out two minutes before the interview? Yeah, I can understand if someone was little distressed by that.

If you were, shall we say, behaved normally and just spent some time, I don't want to get specific or graphic, I'll simply say completed what you needed to do and then focused your energy on what you need to accomplish and then was surprised by the application, I'm just going to tell you, "Don't sweat it."

This is not something that can cause them to reject you. After all, they may have made a sound or sighed and made a sound like that to indicate their own frustration because wanted to start talking with you because they have an interview after yours.

So what can we can determine? Number one, if you did well on the interview they are not to reject you because you took extra time on the application. I want to say that again. If you actually did well on the interview, they are not going to reject you based upon the extra time to complete the application. They may reject you if you interviewed poorly.

What you want to always be doing is there put yourself in the situation (I know you know this now) but you always assume when you have an in-person interview that there could be a need for them to do an application and, as a result, give yourself time to complete an application

Seven minutes. 10 minutes tops! Although your penmanship should make it legible I never use terms like, "see my resume,"

Just complete the darned application.

But for your situation, I would not sweat. You are not going to be rejected because they got off to a late start.

The last thing, for the future, when you're doing it anin-personn interview, you might just simply say, "Will you need me to complete an application while I'm there?" Then try getting there a few minutes earlier to complete it. Then they'll say, "That's really cool!" or "That's great. We really appreciate it."

So always try to time things in a way where you're going to be taken at the time designated and, for now, don't sweat the scenario.

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 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? 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.  

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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.”

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I Was Late Because of The Application | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

EP 951 There is a lengthy reason for why the interview started late and the application was a big part of it. Should I be worried?

Summary

I had a question from someone that was so lengthy that the title of this video is not complete so I'll just read the question

I have an interview and was about 15 to 20 minutes before my interview time. I walked in and asked the receptionist where the restroom was; he directed me there. I thought it is time to go and gather my thoughts and when I came out of the bathroom, the receptionist told me to fill out an application. I was taken by surprise because I just didn't expect to do that. Anyway, the application is about four pages long. I ended up having to see the interviewer 10 minutes after my initial time. Is it very bad or not so much because I was there on time? And then she tells me that she believes she heard a big side coming from one of the interviewers in the next room; the type of sigh that says "I wish she'd hurry up anyway." When they were in the interviews, I believe they liked me; I just don't know how much. Can you give me feedback? Thanks!

Long scenario! Let's dissect it.

She got there really early and went to the restroom. That's a pretty normal thing to do. We don't know how long you were in there--that is the one detail we don't know. Did she get there 20 minutes early and walked out two minutes before the interview? Yeah, I can understand if someone was little distressed by that.

If you were, shall we say, behaved normally and just spent some time, I don't want to get specific or graphic, I'll simply say completed what you needed to do and then focused your energy on what you need to accomplish and then was surprised by the application, I'm just going to tell you, "Don't sweat it."

This is not something that can cause them to reject you. After all, they may have made a sound or sighed and made a sound like that to indicate their own frustration because wanted to start talking with you because they have an interview after yours.

So what can we can determine? Number one, if you did well on the interview they are not to reject you because you took extra time on the application. I want to say that again. If you actually did well on the interview, they are not going to reject you based upon the extra time to complete the application. They may reject you if you interviewed poorly.

What you want to always be doing is there put yourself in the situation (I know you know this now) but you always assume when you have an in-person interview that there could be a need for them to do an application and, as a result, give yourself time to complete an application

Seven minutes. 10 minutes tops! Although your penmanship should make it legible I never use terms like, "see my resume,"

Just complete the darned application.

But for your situation, I would not sweat. You are not going to be rejected because they got off to a late start.

The last thing, for the future, when you're doing it anin-personn interview, you might just simply say, "Will you need me to complete an application while I'm there?" Then try getting there a few minutes earlier to complete it. Then they'll say, "That's really cool!" or "That's great. We really appreciate it."

So always try to time things in a way where you're going to be taken at the time designated and, for now, don't sweat the scenario.

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 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? 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.

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

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How Easy Is It to Lie To Employers on an Application That You Have?


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How Easy Is It to Lie To Employers on an Application That You Have a college degree or great credit when you don’t have either?

Summary

The question I received was, "How easy is it to lie to to employers on a job application that you have a university or college degree and no credit problems despite the contrary?"

Now, it's very easy to lie. It's hard to get away with it. That's the real issue. You can lie and you can gamble. If a firm is concerned about a credit history, they are going to do a credit check on you. There no way to get away with it because the firm that they use to check your background Will discover the fact that you have a credit problem. Tthat one is absolutely impossible to get away with. With a university degree, it is likely a small company is not going to do a meticulous background check. It is likely a large firm will. The ones in the middle, it all goes into the category of "It depends."

If you really want to risk losing a job and explaining to your friends and family, your former colleagues, how you got fired for being a liar, go ahead and gamble! It your life. It's your career and it's your choices. But your question was how easy is the lie. Yes, you can lie. But getting away with it is always the challenge on this stuff.

Years ago I remember representing someone who was interviewing for a position at a very senior level with a large firm and telling him that the firm would do a meticulous background check. DO NOT I repeat do not lie to them on the application. They will find out and fire you I told him.

And what did he do?

He lied on the application about a trivial detail and he was fired at the end of the first week broad into the office of the corporate head of H.R. furnishing a role equivalent of the chief of H.R. role. He was confronted with the data; he admitted to it. He was handed a box with his possessions and sent on his way. Is that what you want to risk happening to you. Most of you will say, "no." You want a smooth path in life. But that was not smooth.

The fact of the matter it is if it's a large firm, it it is with most mid-level firms, lying about a degree is something that they will find out because they send information to your previous university to verify the data.

Since records our automated these days, it's very easy to find that out. With regard to your credit history, again, if they're asking, it matters to them. They will find out.

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 JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us 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.

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Should I Apply for a Job At Half My Previous Salary? | Job Search Radio

“Should I apply for a job at half the salary I once earned given I”m almost 60 and the options are slim?”

Summary

Here's a question I received through quora.   I want to read the full question..

"Should apply for job at half the salary I once earned, given that I'm almost 60 and the options are slim?"

We don't know what this person does professionally;  we just know that they don't have choices.

So I get a look at a few scenarios.  You make $150,000 per year And want to look at a job paying $75,000 per year.  You are a $200,000 a year person  looking at a job paying $100,000 per year.  You are a $100,000 a year person looking at a job paying  50.

Here's the reality to it.  In most of these scenarios, you're not qualified to do the job  at a lower level, nor firm is going to hire you because they are not going to trust whether or not  you are going to jump ship when the market for what you do gets better.

I want to help you and, I have said this in videos that I've done, if you are not getting interviews, the problem is your resume.  If you are getting interviews and not invited back, the problem is you don't interview as well as you think you do.  If you are being invited back for 2nd interviews but not getting job offers, you don't have good relationship skills with senior professionals.  Lastly,  if the situation  is that you are getting offers are coming in  lower than what you wanted, you may not be the 1st choice and they are basically saying, "Screw it.  Let's give him a shot and see if he will come in at a lesser price."

It's easy to blame the market Again, we don't know what you do..  Perhaps, you don't have skills that are particularly viable. After all, you may be a $50,000 a year person looking at jobs paying $25,000 per year. That's possible, for example, in social work where you may be a manager at an agency, and are now looking at positions as a caseworker.  You can do that.  You will probably need some refresher because you have been doing oversight for people and haven't been sitting opposite someone Doing case management for a long time.

Recognize that, as a more experienced person, you may no longer have the qualifications  to do the staff level position and you are going to need to be proactive to get the skills up to speed in order to be effective.

So, again, you can do it, but it is not likely to work.

You also say that the opportunities are relatively slim..  I am going to work with another assumption here.

You are passively bringing age discrimination into the conversation and you are using that as the excuse for why you are not getting hired.   It is certainly possible, but, more than likely,, you are not selling yourself real well when you are meeting with the younger manager, either male or female. You are looking across the desk and thinking, "Shit!  They are 30 years old.  They are not going to be interested in me." That's going on in your subconscious and, unfortunately, that's a mistake. There are ways to deal with that issue  but you are not going  into the interview "all in."

That's what you need to be.  All in in these situations.

Hear me out.  Try it.   Go all in.  Push yourself. Don't cop to the belief that it's 60 you're not employable.  I speak from the perspective of  being older than you are and  have worked in search for more than 40 years.  People  would hire me in a heartbeat because they know how talented and successful I am. On an interview, you have to make sure they learn how talented you are.

So get out there  and raise some cane on your interviews and don't use excuses.

Now there was one other phrase that you used – – "options are slim."

You may only be looking on job boards.   When you only look at job boards, there are a finite number of jobs.  You are not out there doing network.  You are staring at the same things coming up over and over again  and saying to yourself, "the options are slim."

In fact, job boards fill, depending upon the statistics you look at, 3 to 6% of all positions..  Recruiters fill another 20 to 25%..  Between the 2, they fill between 30 and 32% of all positions.  The rest are filled by networking.   Of those, approximately 70%, The statistics also say 70% of the 70%  are filled as a result of introductions to people That you didn't know at the beginning of the job search.

You have to go network. You need to talk to people and be referred  to absolute strangers and practice doing informational interviews and practice networking. Get out there.  No excuses.  Don't surrendering to this,, "oh woe is me,," attitude that is implicit in your question. Get hungry again.

 

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 No BS Job Search Advice  and Job Search Radio” both available through iTunes and Stitcher.

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