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You are invited into your boss’ office, S/he asks “are you looking for a job?” What do you do?

Summary

The question I want to address that is, what do you do if your manager finds that you're looking for a job?
You know, years ago, when I was a rookie, and I was working in an agency, I remember the time that the owner brought one of the sales people into his office, because he left his resume in the copier. Whoo, horrible thing! And that was how it would happen years ago. Today, it's a little bit more subtle. You may have inadvertently posted something on LinkedIn, or a friend of his at another organization may have called him or her and let them know that you were looking for job. He recognized / she recognized the firm or it's there, call them up and said, "Hey, do you know so and so?"
I know it's not supposed to happen that way, but it does. That's the reality to it. Now, you're being confronted. Now the good news is like that episode I discussed from early in my career in search, it doesn't happen tend to happen in front of other people. But the reality is, they got you. They got you and the notion that you can lie your way out of this is absolutely ridiculous. They know it. They've got the proof, or they've heard the phone call from someone that they know. So what do you do?
The answer starts off with don't lie. You're caught.
"Yeah, I'm looking for something else," which invariably follows up with, "but why?" It is kind of like the spouse who has been caught cheating. You know, they want to know what the issue is for you. And you have to speak calmly. So once you've acknowledged it, and you hear the "why question," I want you to take a deep breath and say, "so, you know, I've been frustrated here for a long time." And just calmly speak with them about what your issues are. And I'm not going to tell you that they're going to resolve them, because they may not. They may say, "you know, this is the way we work and if you don't like it here, you can certainly go".
"I'm not prepared to go. " At which point, you can continue by saying, "you know, my intention is to continue doing good work and, you know, if things change, I'm happy to stay but in the meantime, I am exploring other things." Notice. I'm speaking very calmly with this person.
Now, if they choose to fire you indicated you want a letter of termination so this way you have documentation that you were fired; you didn't resign. You were fired. If you're in the process of talking about your issues, I want you to be able to support your case and, in this way, talk about specific stories.
"Now, there was this time not long ago where . . . it's almost like, there's a storytelling model that I teach with the acronym of SOAR-- situation, objective, action, results.
So, there was a situation you gave me to work on, where I started addressing it and, out of the blue, you came in and just took it back from me. . . . and you did it in front of a bunch of people. The result of this wound up being and you talk about what happened to you. What the impact was.
Notice how I'm calmly speaking about this. I know there are people that I coach, where they and their boss sometimes have a misunderstanding or there's a misinterpretation of what is going on. They listen very carefully and they go, "thank you. That completely resolves what my concern is," and they're able to move on.
If that happens for you, do that. By all means, indicate that it's all resolved and you're not going anywhere. But the one thing not to do is to get into an argument. You do not get into an argument with someone who can either pave the way for improvement for you or make it smoother for you on your way out the door. You have a reference that you're looking at, right opposite you that you're going to want to use in the future. And a negative reference can be problematic. Yes, there are obviously ways that can work to get around this person and provide others with a reference.
But, fundamentally, if one of the issues is, "You know, I need to spend more time with my family. I'm working 90 hours a week here, right? I just don't see them. I've got a three year old at home. I am a single parent, my mom has been helping me." You know, you talk about the stories and say, "This isn't what I signed up for and I respect that this is the way you want me to work. But this isn't what I expected. So I'm looking at other alternatives.
"Do you want to leave now?"
"I don't want to quit but, at the same time, I can't afford to quit. But at the same time, I want to explore other options." Notice, very calm, very sincere, very heartfelt.
You always want to maintain that calm. You always want to maintain that concern. And you always want to be respectful of the other person, just like you want to be treated with respect as well.
So, again, a lot of different ways to approach this but it all starts off with the truth and then calmly stating what's going on for you so that they get it. I hope you found this helpful. I hope you don't experience this.

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.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Schedule a free Discovery call.

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 LinkedInLike me on Facebook.

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

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

Join Career Angles on Facebook and receive support, ideas and advice in your current career and job.

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.” 

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

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

Job Hunting is Getting Frustrating. Does Anyone Have Any Suggestions?


Listen to the full episode here:
http://webtalkradio.net/internet-talk-radio/2018/02/15/job-hunting-is-getting-frustrating-does-anyone-have-any-suggestions/

Yeah. I do. Follow my advice carefully. It will make a difference.

Summary

I wrote a short ebook for Kindle. $0.99. I'm going to summarize it for you.

By the way, the way I'm selling it now. It has 2 additional features. A guide to writing resumes and a guide to interviewing. Even knowing how to do this, it is still worth buying for those 2 items.

Here it goes. The book is called, "Diagnosing Job Search Problems." Here is how to diagnose them.

Assuming that you have the skills required, if you're not getting interviews, your resume sucks. If you're not getting calls from recruiters based upon your LinkedIn profile, your LinkedIn profile sucks. If you are getting initial phone interviews but you are not getting invited in for in person interviews, you don't know how to do a phone interview. If you are getting to a 1st round in person interview but no invitations back, you don't interview as well as you think you do… You see where I'm going?

You can diagnose the problem. Every step along the way.

You don't do a good job selling yourself in any of these modalities. If you are not getting results. So, break it down for yourself. That's how you diagnose the issue.

At the end of the day, what you need to do is make changes. There, I can't help you right now because I don't know what you doing in order to give you specific advice. But, for job hunters. In general, JobSearchCoachingHQ.com has a ton of great content to help people find work and correct mistakes that they're making in the job search . AND It is not enough to watch a video or listen to a podcast or read a book or what have you. You have to put into practice

I was coaching someone yesterday before the interview. He's a guy who isn't particularly sophisticated, very talented in what he does but he needs some work. Suddenly, after starting to work on my site, he has interviews going on. He asked for some advice for how to prepare for in person interview because it was the 1st 1 that he had been close to 20 years; he went on his interview on short notice, well prepared, did a great job. The hiring manager told him he was the 1st person in the door, I'm away next week, let me know if anything changes for you… All the right sort of things, doesn't guarantee these getting the job. But he put on a good show and feels good about himself.

Why? Because you learn what's necessary and has been practicing in order to execute. Great athletes practice. Michael Jordan? Lebron James? Pick the sport. There is not a person in the game who is not practicing relentlessly and you walk into interviews and you wing it.

By the way, you have, how much experience writing resumes? Zero. You may read them as a hiring manager, but that doesn't make your resume writer or good interviewer. Trust me. 40 some odd years of doing this… Most of you guys are awful.

Get help. Get a coach to help you. I'm not talking about a third-party recruiter because all. They are going to do is coaching into a job that they represent. They're not there to represent you. They are representing a client of theirs who was trying to hire someone and they are going to try to "the nests you" into that job. That's fine up to a point, but it is not impartial advice.

Get some help. In a coach. Don't just simply rely upon friends, family, former managers… You know, people who know little more than you do. Maybe? These people haven't been through it as long as I have.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com has more than 400 videos, podcasts, books, articles, all designed to help you find work more quickly. In addition, you can ask me questions and, as I did with this person, I will prep you on interviews, help you with the salary is and I'll walk you through different steps of the process, personally.

Again, that is JobSearchCoachingHQ.com. Hope to see you at the site. Hope you have a great day and, you know, you need help. You are an amateur in this area. I will finish this up by saying, we've all heard of the 10,000 hour rule popularized by Malcolm Gladwell….It takes 10,000 hours of focused work in order to become expert at something.
And you have, how much experience writing a resume?
Interviewing,

I can go on and on with this, but you are a babe in the woods and you don't know what you are doing., Acting like an amateur. Do with the professional athletes do – – get a coach. Practice with that approach. Get better. You'll get a job.

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.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Schedule a free Discovery call.

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 LinkedInLike me on Facebook.

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

Join Career Angles on Facebook and receive support, ideas and advice in your current career and job.

Job Search Radio
Job Search Radio

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.” 

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

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

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What Should I Do If I am Rejected For a Job I Love? | JobSearchRadio.com


Listen to the full episode here:
http://webtalkradio.net/internet-talk-radio/2018/02/12/what-should-i-do-if-i-am-rejected-for-a-job-i-love/

Being rejected for a job can feel very painful but there are two things you can do and one of them may help you win the job you love.

Summary

"What should I do after being rejected from the job. I love?"

He or she follows by saying, "I'm desperately looking for a job in a foreign country where I got my degree and finally went to the final round for position. I love. The positions I can apply for our rear end, after the final interview, they said, 'No.' I feel so devastated and don't know what to do next."

With regard to this firm, it's over for now. I say for now because it doesn't mean that you can try working there for other positions or other opportunities. The fact is, you have been turned down for this job. What can you do?

Answer. Learn from this. What did you do, right? What could you have done better? Where was the background just to be superior? Where was adjudged to be not as good as the person they chose?

You might try messaging back to the firm and says to them something along the lines of, "I'm obviously disappointing choice, but I would like to learn from the experience. I understand you chose someone else. I am not going to argue the point. Where did you perceive the other person was superior to me?" You have to keep the promise of not getting into an argument because then you will knock yourself out from years to come because everyone there will remember you. Not only that, when they leave, they will remember you at the next firm and block you from joining there.

I understand you have an issue because you are looking for something in a foreign country, and you may be dealing with visas and other bones of contention that this firm was willing to handle for you. This job is gone and all you can really do is learn from it. If they tell you, "We didn't find you strong enough in such and such," improve upon it. If they say, "you are too aggressive," look at that as to whether it was true or not. If they say you are not aggressive, look at that and see if that was true or not. After all, sometimes there is pushback because they are afraid that you're going to try and argue with them. Sometimes there is pushback in giving an honest answer. for a million reasons, including, they are too busy.

What ever it is, from the vantage point of view, this is a learning experience. For now, you are not getting this job. The person that they hired may not work out. You might just put a tickler in your system for 60 or 90 days out that politely says, "I know you hired someone for this role, but perhaps they are not performing as well as you would've liked. I thought I would reach out and see if you are satisfied."

You may not get a response which actually is a response. But, this is a fun way to see if by some miracle, there's an opportunity for you to reenter the scene here. Not right now. Like I said. For now, you have to learn from it. In the future, do like I said and put a reminder in your phone to contact them 60 days from now, 90 days from now, as if they are completely satisfied with the person they hired. I suggest this because there's a statistic about employer remorse related to people that they hire.

I think the statistic is that 60% of hiring managers have buyers remorse after they hire someone. Take advantage of that. See it see if there's a possibility that you can reintroduce yourself if you are not goofing now.

In the meantime, you're getting information about how you can improve and do it so that this way, if the miracle happens and they do want to talk with you again in 60 or 90 days, you've done some work to improve yourself in the area that they perceived the deficiency today and you can do a better job.

This strategy applies to any job. It's not just the foreign job. Any job for which are turned down, try to improve and see if in 60 or 90 days after you've gotten the notice of rejection whether they are completely satisfied with the person they hired, and whether they consider talking with you again.

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.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Schedule a free Discovery call.

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

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions. 

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

Connect with me on LinkedInLike me on Facebook.

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

Join Career Angles on Facebook and receive support, ideas and advice in your current career and job.

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.” 

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone

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

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

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

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Will My Own Project Help Me Land a Job? | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2019/04/19/will-my-own-project-help-me-land-a-job-nobsjobsearchadvicecom

EP 1438 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter answers this question about whether a person will have an advantage finding a job by doing a special project or extracurricular project.

Summary

I have a question that someone posed on Quora that I will answer for you. "I'm about to graduate in months. Will my own project help when I'm seeking a job?" Then he or she goes on to describe the nature of the project. There are computer professional or planning on becoming 1 of after graduation , but I think the question could be applied to any field or any situation where someone is graduating and you think about whether or not to do something beyond the coursework.

Will that be helpful in finding a job? Absolutely!

That's true, not simply in IT but in other fields as well. The key to this isn't that you did the project, but how you talk about the project and how you explain the decisions that you have made in the course of doing this work.

In the example of internships, you have some basic work experience. Great. If you need to look for job outside of that particular employer where you interned, they want to know more than just simply what were the tasks that you performed if the role, if they were little more than doing grunt work, unless you are going to be doing that same grunt work, they don't care.

For you who is doing the special project that is a special situation. Again, it's not just simply that you did the project. It's the decisions that you made that delivered the outcome.

So, for example, this is an IT person. Why did you choose that particular database? Why did you do this? Why did you do that? Give them an idea of what you accomplished and why in order to demonstrate that you have a thought process beyond simply the typical rookie who is there to take orders and, you may wind up taking orders if you go to work for them, but they will see that you have potential, two.

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.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Schedule a free Discovery call.

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. 

NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com
NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

Connect with me on LinkedInLike me on Facebook.

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

Join Career Angles on Facebook and receive support, ideas and advice in your current career and job.

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.” 

 

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

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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.

Do Zombies Get Jobs? | JobSearchTV.com


Look around when you interview. Do you see ZOMBIES? Do you want to become one, too?

Summary

The title of this video is, "Do zombies get jobs?"
Now, what do I mean by a zombie? I'm not talking about what you've been watching on Night of the Living Dead or any of the horror movies. But, when and they're dead on their feet. They have a flat affect. They kind of drag their leg. They walk methodically, their eyes are dead. There's nothing that communicates life.
So the question of do zombies get jobs? Well, what will you think about zombies in the workplace? There are a lot of them out there.
But do you want to be one? Do you want to act like a zombie? Do you want to show your boss that you are a zombie? Do you want to show the people that you interview with that you're a zombie? Is that the best way to really present yourself?
Now I know work is hard, and a lot of effort goes in; you're burning the candle at both ends. Not getting enough sleep, you go home, you're trying to have a conversation with your husband, wife or partner. It is rough, especially in large urban areas where you have complicated commutes. Is that how you want to live your life? Is that how you want to present yourself? Is that the kind of work environment that you want to be in?
So, I bring this up in the context of interviewing. In the context of an interview, the person who just gives the flat recitation of facts and experiences is acting like a zombie. The person who's showing energy and desire, who demonstrates that they're a hard working individual, not just because they say, "Hi, I'm a hard working individual I want to work for in a place where they will like hard working individuals." That's a zombie.
You know, I've got a son who's in a school right now he's loving. It has a culinary arts program and he's there early. He's setting up the workstation for the chef that's teaching. He shows himself putting in a lot of effort. They notice this. That's the thing that you want to do. You don't want to conform to mediocrity. You want to show, in your interviews, that you are the person who bust a gut, who puts in effort, and, even when you're in your 50s and 60s, as an older worker, this is the way you live your life.
So, yes, zombies get jobs. But do you want to work for a firm that's going to want you to become a zombie? Or do you want to work for a firm that's going to admire these qualities in you and is actually going to reward you for being excited about work and putting in effort.
One last thought. When I did coach training, there was a statement that was made repeatedly. Environments win. And if you work in an environment where everyone is the walking dead, if you work in a place where effort is not recognized, you know what's going to happen? They're going to stop putting in effort. You're going to turn into the other people. Is that what you really want?

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.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Schedule a free Discovery call.

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 LinkedInLike me on Facebook.

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

Join Career Angles on Facebook and receive support, ideas and advice in your current career and job.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume

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

Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.” 

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

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

Do Applicant Tracking Systems Actually Care About Descriptive Keywords on a Resume? | JobSearchRadio.com


Listen to the full episode here:
http://webtalkradio.net/internet-talk-radio/2018/02/17/do-applicant-tracking-systems-actually-care-about-descriptive-keywords-on-a-resume/

A companion show to “Do Firms Actually Care About Descriptive Keywords on a Resume?”

Summary

Do Applicant Tracking Systems Actually Care About Descriptive Keywords on a Resume?

My in answering this question, I want to delete the phrase, "actually care," because caring is a human emotion; these systems have no care whatsoever. Looking for keywords and in particular context is their entire reason for being.

That's what their job is. That's all that matters to them. There is very little discernment in most of the systems.

As someone are linked in group commented upon, as they turn this conversation in this direction, if the job description and the programming for the ATS says, "information technology" and you say data processing, there is a disconnect there. The system may not know that term unless it is been programmed to recognize that and you cannot make that assumption.

Applicant tracking systems are looking for a number of things. They are looking for:
1. Where in the document do you have the key terms for this job? Is it on page 4 word is likely to be 100 years old, or is it on page 1 word is likely to be more current?
2. They are trying to see where you live in relation to the job. Are you within reasonable proximity because some firms are not prepared to go through long distance job hunting.

On and on and on, an applicant tracking system is designed to narrow the field down based upon preprogrammed criteria that don't translate into caring but translate into, "Can this person get to our office and do this job? Do they have a history of dooming this job. Based upon these criteria?"

The answer to my question with regard to an applicant tracking system is, "Yes, it matters to the system and, thus, whether or not these keywords are there."

Going back to that LinkedIn group, which was a veterans group, 1 of the people who commented on the previous video called attention to the fact that he had gotten more than 100 responses on one post that he had put up for job. He knew some of the respondents had the right skills, but the resume did not get through the system because they did not use the correct terms.

If you are applying through an applicant tracking system, you always have to use the correct terms because the systems don't have much in the way of discernment programmed in.

You have to understand, they are not looking for gray. They are looking for , (black or white. Whether or not you have the experience or you don't. If you don't, or you are in the wrong geography (buzzer sound). If you do, you make it through the funnel.

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.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Schedule a free Discovery call.

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.  

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Where Can a 70 Year Old Man Find a Job? | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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EP 1404 An answer to this question I read got me angry.  I answer the question for myself here.

Summary

I was on Quora this morning and saw someone posted a question. The question was, "Where can a 70-year-old man find a job?" The most uploaded answer was the 70-year-old man can find the jobs at a lot of places. Grocery stores. Landscaping offices. Clerks at gas stations. Consultant in the tech field. Tutor. Temp worker. Uber driver. Model for art school. Pizza delivery. Salesman.

There are 20 answers that this person gives and I read this and thought to myself, "Man! They don't have any idea that they are being ageist and have a bias that shows up." We look at these choices, they have no idea what this person's experience is. All that they know is that this is a 70-year-old man is looking for a job.

Why can't they find the job in whatever their field is? That wasn't addressed and wasn't even a consideration in coming up with these answers! It goes back to this notion that older workers are less able and less competent than workers who are not as old or younger workers. It is nonsense.

I just want to say that if you are 70 or above, if you have expertise in a particular field, go for that area of expertise. You know you will have to deal with the issue of bias and you might as well just take it head-on. I have videos and have spoken the individuals who are 60 and above about finding work in questions that they will be asked on interviews. Take a look at those videos. I think the playlist on YouTube talks about "over 50." That's really when the bias starts to come in.

Again, for you as a 70-year-old worker, for any person who is a 70-year-old worker. Yes, you can find jobs doing the kind of work mentioned answer. That assumes that you may only want to do part-time work or work that is less "strenuous." Looking at their answer , I think they are talking about less mentally strenuous, not necessarily physically strenuous.

Working at a Home Depot or a Lowe's or being a security guard. Those are some of the answers that were given! Why can't you do the kind of work you've always done if that is what you want to do? Why can't you consult organizations that want to bring you on and just don't have the hours needed so you work some hours for them and hours for other people?

There are lots of things that you are able to do you just have to learn to sell your ability to a market that may not understand it. It's not that tough. All you have to do is take it straight on , and if they don't believe you, you haven't established the. Credibility with them yet. You have to brand yourself within your field and not simply knocking on doors applying for jobs. Have job seeking you out.

Again, the notion that you are "less man," is ridiculous. Go out there and do whatever you did before and that will be perfectly fine.

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.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Schedule a free Discovery call.

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. 

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Negotiating: Should I Get The 6 Month Review in My Contract? | JobSearchTV.com


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People sometimes use the wrong language to describe things. Contract? Probably offer letter

Summary

Someone wrote to me with a question. They were a little fuzzy with their language, but I'm pretty sure I know what they mean.
"Hi, Jeff. I'm negotiating and offer (Yay), a salary review after six months is promised. Should I ask for the review criteria to be stated in the contract?"
Two things could throw me in answering the question. Number one is review criteria. Number two is contract. You're not going to get a contract if you're asking this question. So, I suspect, what you really meant to say is "offer letter." So, are they going to put review criteria in the offer letter? And, if you're thinking "review criteria" is "performance criteria for the review," they're not going to do that.
But if you're saying, I want them to put the six month review in my offer letter, that is clear. Here's what I think.
Number one is if their normal policy is not, I will repeat, not to provide a six month review, it must be in the offer letter.
Why?
Because then there's no proof without that being in the offer letter that has been promised to you. However, if this is normal and customary practice, it's going to be in the benefits for sure. So, the thing to do very simply is to say to them, "With regard to the six month revioew, Is that normal r is this some thing that you're doing for me? If it's normal? Where is it in the benefits material I've received as part of my offer?" They'll pointed it out to you. "Great, thank you." Then, from there, you know, it doesn't have to be in the offer letter.
So that's it in a nutshell. If it's not normal practice, it needs to be there. If it is normal practice, ask, "Where is it in the benefits brochure?"

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.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Schedule a free Discovery call.

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. 

JobSearchTV.com
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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.” 

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.

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Why Would a Company Pay a Fee to A Recruiter? | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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EP 1436 I think the answer is obvious but I worked in search for more than 40 years. Here’s the reason.

Summary

Having worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years, I have a perspective on answering this question… "Why would a company pay a fee to a recruiter? They are so expensive!"

When you stop and think about it for a second and look at it from a company's perspective, I will divide this between contingency a retained search firms, if they are working with a contingency recruiting firm, you can work with multiple firms and only pay the one that provides the person that was hired. That means you have a sales force available to you that is enormous out there trying to find the right talent for your firm to hire.

But still, it seems expensive. A company will pay a fee of 20%, 22.5%, 25%, 30%, 35% or even more on a contingency basis. For retained firm, is always the high end of the scale plus expenses. This seems expensive. Again, let's look at from the employer's perspective... You may have a few people doing recruiting for your firm. Some firms may work with a team of individuals who are able to source, interview, assess, and refer talent because they have a big pool of. Individuals available to them doing the recruiting.

Using IT or accounting as an example, most firms are not going to have a team of individuals that their firm. They may have one individual who is responsible for filling a certain type of role. Not only are they filling one type of job, but they are filling multiple jobs. They have to find these people.

You may say, "Just run an ad!" That's easy for you to suggest. Typically, you get many many many bad responses, hoping against hope, that one person comes through their that you want to actually talk to. You see, there is a lot of kissing frogs and talking to frogs before you decide you actually want to go out on a date with them let alone customer want to get married to them! As a result, there is a lot of time that goes into sourcing talent.. The result is a decision that you would be better served by having a bigger salesforce out there serving you to find talent and qualifying people for you.

What third-party recruiters and sourcers often do is that they are out there finding the talent and referring people for interviews. From there, companies take over and do the rest of the process. They don't do the scheduling; the 3rd party recruiter or the sourcer or might do that. It just saves them a lot of time he gets an access to a bigger pool of talent because their "sales force" is bigger.

In addition, you may be thinking of one job. They may be trying to fill 15 or 20 different types of jobs. As a result, there just isn't enough time and in the day to do that. Without a doubt, companies find it cost-effective to pay the fee on a contingency basis to whoever finds the right talent.

On a retained basis, it is different. On a retained basis, you are paying them for focused attention. They ARE going to find that person you will eventually hire. Thus, you are prepaying them a certain amount of money to purchase their attention and commitment to filling a particular job. This tends to be done for positions in a high level within an organization. C suite and senior positions in an organization will generally be put out to a retained search firm. They are definitely going to fill that job. It is cost-effective for them. Is cost-effective because they can't dedicate the resources to do everything they need to do.

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.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Schedule a free Discovery call.

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. 

NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com
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Connect with me on LinkedInLike me on Facebook.

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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.” 

 

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What’s the Best Way to Get Your Resume Noticed? | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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EP 1401 What is the best way to get your resume noticed?  There is a better way to get an interview that I offer as well as answer the question.

Summary

The question I was asked is, "What's the best way to get your resume noticed?" I want to preface my answer, which will be directed to the point like they always are, by saying that if you are submitting your resume, you are swimming in the pond with everyone else. It's hard to be caught as a fish if you're in there with millions of other fish., What you're telling me is that you are attempting to approach this through traditional channels by submitting your resume through an applicant tracking system or some other form of direct communication, rather than working at networking through the hiring manager, developing a relationship with that person, and trying to gain entrée that way.

Be that is it me, I just given a summary of the preferred way to do things -- you would not submit a resume; you have an introduction to someone by someone who knows them will vouch for you and give you the opportunity to present yourself to the manager.

If you really want to submit your resume, the best way, if you are determined to send it through an applicant tracking system, is to DEMONSTRATE THAT YOUR BACKGROUND ACTUALLY FITS THE JOB. Make it obvious as though the reader is 6 years old reading the resume that you fit this.

How do you do that?

If you have a job description (after all, you question tells me that you want to submit your resume against the particular job), make sure that all the criteria of the job description are your resume. Make it so it is obvious!

In doing this, you want to use their language. For example, there was someone I was coaching, who is in a sales role. He would normally talk about how he it helped increase sales by a certain percentage. However, the firm he was interviewing with spoke in terms of 4X or 10X. Language along those lines. You want to use their language because you want to be understood by them. It's like speaking French and interviewing in Germany. If you don't speak the same language, it is harder to connect.

Take the time to speak their language. Use their phrasing in your resume. Make the fit obvious even if you're going to use a summary at the very top of your resume that takes care of the requirements of the position, the functionality of the job, and lays out each of them.

For example, this is always an easy one. when I use IT as an example, you list the skill and next to it you might write, "3 years/current." Then you would list the next skill and say, "2 years/until one year ago." Item by item into columns so that the fit is obvious to the reader and you're not making them struggle to find the information.

(2) As you proceed, the rest of your resume needs to confirm what you've just written and use their language.

(3) Finally (this is one the people sometimes forget), make sure your LinkedIn profile is congruent with what you say your resume. If the profile isn't congruent (it doesn't have to use the same language because I'm assuming that you're not submitting your resume to just one company), you want to make sure that your profile is as all-inclusive as possible, telling the story of what your background is so that, as I said, a 6-year-old knows that you can do this job.

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.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Schedule a free Discovery call.

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 LinkedInLike me on Facebook.

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

NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com
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Join Career Angles on Facebook and receive support, ideas and advice in your current career and job.

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.

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