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Why Do People Hire Career Coaches? | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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EP 1053 I offer one basic reason and two scenarios for why someone should hire a career coach.

Summary

"Why Do People Hire Career Coaches?"

The 1st answer I'm going to say may sound flip to some of you and self-serving to others, but is factually correct. The answer is, "because they are smart."

They know they need help. They haven't been able to figure it out for themselves so they do the smart thing. They are getting advice. They are getting help from someone who knows better than they how to get the result that they want. Let me illustrate. Let's start with the job search scenario and then go on to a few others.

In a job search, a person has been hitting their head against the wall. They're not getting the results they want. They had been talking to friends, family, former managers, anyone that they know who know little more than day in order to get advice.  Doesn't it make sense to ask someone who has far more experience than they in helping people find work to help them get results?  Of course it is.  It is smart.

Let me give you another scenario.  Someone is in a career they don't really care for. They are bored. Listless.  They are behaving weirdly with family.  Behaving this way because they are just not happy doing the work that they are doing.  They go to a career coach for help.

Career coaches have tools and experiences that will help a job hunter, help you as a professional who is struggling with what to do next. They may be able to help you get to where you want to faster.  Now you may still fumble around because it's not like I'm going to listen to you and say, "Oh!  You should be a dentist!"  It doesn't work that way.

We only learn a certain amount from each person AND we can move things along much faster than if you don't see a career coach.

My site, JobSearchCoachingHQ.com is geared toward the job hunting side of life.  

It is very inexpensive if you join there. You'll get access to curated information that will help you find work much faster PLUS the ability to ask me questions, all at a very reasonable price.

If you want to do one-on-one coaching with me, I will help you get to the finish line fast..

If you want to do career coaching,. I do it, and a lot of other people do it. But, coming back to the original question, the goal is not to wander through your life, dissatisfied,, wandering through life unhappy. Life is hard enough. Get help.

Certainly in job search, certainly in other then venues, the people who you go to for advice, have little more experience than you do. What makes you think you're giving you the right information?

Better to get to a coach than fumble around.

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 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.  

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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.”

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Stupid Career Mistakes: Not Asking for Help With Your Blind Spots | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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EP 1486. Our brilliant ideas can land like led and sabotage us because we don’t see what we can’t see. 

Summary

Today, I want to talk with you about a dumb mistake the way too many people make professionally and, I have to say, personally, as well. The mistake is lack of awareness that you have blind spots and doing nothing about them.

In the workplace, he can show up in the obvious where you have an idea that you think is brilliant and you don't seek any input about it. As a result (and this is 1 of my favorite phrases), you don't know what you don't know and things blow up on you. I had a brilliant example (and I know I'm guilty of this), I know I had a time years ago where I thought I had a great idea for selling consulting services and how to market it to firms in a way that I thought would be a "can't miss" opportunity . . . Except a lot of firms thought that they could miss out on this opportunity.

What I didn't realize what was wrong with the idea. What I could've done differently (this is what I would suggest for you) is seeking input. Talk to people who are more knowledgeable than you and get some advice from them about this brilliant idea of yours. After all, when you think about it, so many problems can be headed off, if only time were taken to seek input to evaluated that you don't say that others pick up on immediately.

That was my mistake. I didn't seek input from others and, as a result,, "my brilliant idea." Later that like lead in the marketplace of ideas or it could have been flat out wrong and that could have been the reason. I didn't understand that and, as a result, the impact was this "brilliant idea" failed.

From the standpoint of what you can do, always ask for advice. Always ask for input. You can say to someone, "I have this idea in this is why think it would work and why it would be effective. I'd like your advice. What do you see will be wrong with this? How can it fail? What could not go right with this idea that would cause it to land like lead and just sink to the bottom?"

You don't know what you don't know and you can see what you are unable to see. Getting extra eyes on the problem can go a long way toward intercepting. Again, that's a point about coaching that makes it so helpful to people. A coach winds up being able to see things that other people can't but you can do this with your wife, husband or partner, a colleague at work, anyone who you think is knowledgeable who can help you see things that you can't.

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.

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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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Sometimes You Need a Bridge Job With a “M.E.A.L. Plan” to Change Careers | JobSearchTV.com


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What do I mean by a “M.E.A.L. Plan” TM ? It has nothing to do with the cafeteria at your college or school. It can make a big difference in stepping up into a new career.

Summary

As I've gotten more involved with career coaching, as I've helped more people do transitions along the way in their career, one of the things I've been doing is looking at methodologies for helping people make choices.
There's an interesting idea that a fellow named Mitch Mathews has developed. He talks about bridge jobs. In the old days, we used to talk about them as stepping stones in your career. That is, if you think of the notion of a stepping stone in a pond, it's a way that you're able to traverse from one side of a creek to another, of a lake or a river to the other side. It's a smart idea.
Here, he thinks in terms of a bridge job, and the notion of the bridge job is one where . . . he's trademarked a term for it . . . That the job should have a M.E.A.L. plan to it. I think it's a funny term but just follow me for a second as I walk you through his idea and he goes into more depth in the book that was released in January 30 2018 called
"Dream Job Redefined: The New Rules for Creating a Career That Matters and Doing the Work That You Love." I hate the term, "dream job." I think it's hard to find something that really is a dream job. It's also abused by recruiters to suggest that this next opportunity they're going to present to you is going to be wonderful; it's going to be perfect, to be the job of your dreams. It is going to be a dream because it certainly isn't going to be a job of your dreams. It's going to be a job of their dreams because they're going to collect a fee for it and that's exactly what they dream of all the time.
But looking at this realistically, Matthews talks about the MEAL plan when looking at a dream job. "M.E.A.L. is an acronym. Who can you MEET in this job? So, in my particular case, there been times in life where, I worked in recruiting for many years, I met some phenomenal people who've been very instrumental in helping me launch as a coach. So, particularly, in the last couple of years as I started to make it very clear, I was going to go full time with the coaching, there are a lot of people who surfaced and wanted to help me and friends of theirs. So, the first letter of the acronym is "M" from meet.
What can you EARN? That's the E in MEAL. Think of it from the standpoint of doing a transition to a new career or a new role. You have to think in terms of, "are you going to have the earnings, will you have the reserves available to you, to make this transition because, for so many people, doing a transition to a new role to a new business, they need to have cash reserves because, as adults, we've got responsibilities.
There was someone I was talking to the other day . . . he wants to really do something else but "I've got responsibilities. I can't just do a leap and hope that it all works out. I've got kids would like to eat." So, as you think in terms of what can you earn in this job and how will that support you saving money so you can do this transition?
AVAILABLE is the"A" in M.E.A.L. What can you be available to do, try or experience? Matthews tells a great story about a woman who was in a workaholic job, took a position to take a step back to something more nine to five. She made less money, but what she was able to do is to find the time to start writing and, in doing that, 20 some odd books later through the discipline of writing, she would leave work at five have dinner with her husband sit down at a desk and do an hour and a half of work, four times a week, she was able to write 20 some odd books. That's really what she wants to do.
The L is LEARN. What can you learn from this experience? What is what can you take away from this job that you could apply to what you really want to be doing?
Sometimes people should take a job for less money to learn what it is like to work in the field that they hope to be in. I'm not going to make that judgment for you. But I want you to think in terms of the opportunities that can be available to the next job to learn things that can help you step up in class in the next role. That role can be in a new job, in the right job and it can also be in new business.
So, again, MEAL plan. Great concept and you know, when I coach people, I approach it a little bit differently. But I like this method. So,nice touch.

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 1300 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.

 

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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.” 

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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Career Mistakes: Giving Away Your Power | JobSearchTV.com


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People make many mistakes that damage their careers. Here is one of the big ones.

Summary

Let me just start off by saying people are very trusting and that's a great quality in the workplace. However, there are situations where people make terrible mistakes in managing their own careers. Let me just explain.
I worked in search from many, many years before going into coaching. There was a time in the New York area where there was a firm that had technology that was fine, but it was, shall we say, proprietary and people were programmed in a Honeywell computer in a language called English. Yes, this is a long time ago.
The result was that if they were unhappy at work, there was no place that would hire them because of their technology and another was different. Now before you say, "Oh no, this could never happen to me. Your version of this is taking the assignment that sends you off into left field to do something that's unmarketable to any other organization, uninteresting to any other organization and its career suicide. Now, you may think I've being very dramatic, but I coach people now and try and help them rectify their mistakes and it's really hard to get back into the mainstream or into any any stream, even a tributary, and allow them to get back to work.
Giving away your power and allowing an organization to assign you to work that has no market value is career suicide. If you're in a situation where a firm talks to you about a transfer, talks to you about doing work that doesn't quite sound right to you, before you agree to take on the assignment or the project, just say to them, "I want to think about doing this for a day or two," and start reaching out to people who you know to see what the marketability is of this role.
The impact of this may be that, for this organization, for a while, they may say to themselves, "this guy isn't a team player." Thank goodness. Thank goodness you're not a team player. Even if you change jobs, you'll go to an organization that will say to themselves, "This guy would have been idiot to take this work on. I'm glad to take him on right now."
So, understand, if your boss comes to you to have you do something that's your intuition is telling you not to do, PAY ATTENTION!
Don't give away your power.

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 1300 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? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

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

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

Connect with me on LinkedInLike me on Facebook.

JobSearchTV.com
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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 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 You Can Learn About Career Management from Kitchen Nightmares | Career Angles


Because my son is starting at a culinary arts school in NYC, I’ve started to watch some shows and found that fascinating. Every episode of Kitchen Nightmares is the same AND provides great lessons for you and managing your career.

Summary

My son is starting culinary school and, thus, I've started to pay more attention to some of the cooking shows on TV. One is an old series apparently called "Kitchen Nightmares" where Gordon Ramsay goes into different restaurants that are having problems. Let me dissect the plotline of every episode.
A terrible restaurant. No people in the seats. Food is awful. Chef in the restaurant doesn't know what he or she is doing. I've only seen "he's" so far but I'm sure there'll be some female chefs that are involved. The places are mismanaged. The owners don't know what they're doing. Ramsay walks in, calls attention to all the problems, comes up with a simplified way of addressing the menu and packs the place in one way or another and they go off happily. Now, so far every restaurant I've watched has since closed but that's not important to the story.
What's important to the story from a career management standpoint . . . you are the amateur here, just like the owners of these restaurants are really amateurs. They don't know what they're doing. They allow themselves . . . I don't want to say they get taken advantage of, but they're being taken advantage of by people who don't care as much as they do about the success. They give away their power to everyone in the restaurant. Suddenly they're going through a crisis where they're losing a lot of money and close to closing,
Think about your career for a sec. Who's the amateur here? You! You're dealing with people who are professionals. The professionals can be the recruiters that you're dealing with you; you change jobs once every couple of years. Even if you're a consultant that changes once every couple of months, by comparison, experienced recruiters are handling job changes all the time,
With regard to what I see on the show, time and again, people make it too hard on themselves, or they surrender their power to the so called expert. The expert takes advantage of the situation. This starting to sound a little familiar? Even in your current workplace, you give away your power to the people who are running the organization to look out for you. Instead of managing your own career. This is where it keeps breaking down for people.
You need to take charge of your career, talk to people who are further along, bring in experts to help you. Like I don't claim to be an engineer and to have the knowledge of an engineer, but I know how to help people be more effective in the workplace, in a job change, with hiring and a couple of other areas. So, if the issues a skills issue, you look for a way of simplifying sit o you get down to a core element.
For most of you, that's not going to be the factor. The factor is everything around the process of career management. You don't have a lot of knowledge and you don't make the time to learn anything. You don't make the time to ask for advice hence, why I'm calling you an amateur.
Don't act like the folks on these shows. Act like professionals do. Whether you hire a coach like me, or you've talked to people just from the standpoint of understanding how your career could go, Don't just talk to two people and think you've got it all mastered. Do it continuously.
Talk to people who are further on, further along in their careers than you about how they got there. Talk to leaders, talk to people who are just four years ahead of you and do it regularly. Make a point every other month, every third month, to have an appointment set up for the rest of your career. I know it sounds overwhelming.
Do you know what's more overwhelming? When you wind up doing crap work because your boss doesn't really care and just assigns it to you. Or your ownership starts passing you over because they start to take you for granted and you haven't really done anything to network. Continue to network and start planning for your future. Don't be like the folks on Kitchen Nightmares act like a pro instead of an amateur.

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Career Angles
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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 1300 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? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

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

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a

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

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 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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Why Do So Many Employers and New Employees Become Disappointed Once They Join a New Company?


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I have addressed the subject in different places before. Here I tackle it directly.

Summary

I received a great question that I've answered indirectly for a long time. So, as to the question pointedly today, so let me use it as my subject.

'What is somebody employers and new employees become disappointed wants to join the new company?"

To me, this is very very easy. It's also the fact that both sides, both employers and employees forget 1 of the basic truths of job hunting and hiring. The basic truth is that everyone is on good behavior.

The employer was presenting things in a good light; their subordinates are presenting things in a good light. The job hunter is putting on a "happy smile button face." They are showing the credentials as being exquisite and perfect.

In other words, everyone is lying.

Everyone is lying because they are not telling you what is wrong.

For example, I've never heard of the job hunter say, "You know, I get cranky unless I have a chocolate bar by 4 o'clock each day. Sometimes that crankiness pisses off my coworkers." It's never happened! No employer has ever talked about those last for people who sat at the desk. They want you to sit at and why they quit. Never happens.

Even if you have asked them about what happened to the person using the job before, they will talk about going onto another opportunity without discussing where the failure was. They will never say, "You know, I pissed them off. They got annoyed with my constantly needling them about getting things done on time and within budget." Or, "They kept running away with stuff that got me annoyed and eventually, blew my stack at them." No one ever says that.

Thus, that lie that both sides tell becomes the seed of the eventual discontent.

There is a statistic that says that within a year of a hire, employers have buyers remorse and judge a higher as being a mis-hire. Job hunters are no different. That's where the seat of the soul lies. Everyone is presenting themselves in the best light and no one is being completely honest about what they are stepping into. No job hunters ever told, "Do you see that woman over there? I have no idea what they work here. I can't fire them." Or, "she gets on everyone's nerves." Or, "he's a jackass." No one ever says that.

No job hunter ever talks about how he was the jackass or how he annoys everyone and his current firm that they have suggested he start looking elsewhere. There can provide a great reference because they don't want him around.

So, understand that the problem stems from the fact that each side is lying. Worse than that, each side looking for "a good fit." How will you ever know that someone will be a good fit. If each side is trying to deceive one another?

That's what I see.

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 or interview coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

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

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

 

 

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I Am 29 With a Useless Degree. How Can I Have the Career I Want ?| JobSearchTV.com


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This is a common and sad story for so many. How do you approach finding a career?

Summary

I shortened the title for this video because I just didn’t have the space. The question is, “I’m 29, have a useless degree, in debt, want to change careers and am completely lost. How can I managed to pursue a new and great life?”

This is a painful question. I'm not being sarcastic. There is an entire generation that feels this way. And they are right. Many of them have been sold useless degrees, wound up in debt and need to figure it out and don't know how to because the system is just treated them like sausage and put them to the meatgrinder to sell them degrees and not really outcomes. Horrible. Absolutely horrible.

To you older workers, I just want to say, shut up!” You weren’t any different at this age.

For those of you wanted to have careers and did have careers, God bless you. I know you took a linear path. You started off with that. But, I have to tell you, a lot of you in the same boat at this age, not sure what to do and couldn't figure it out and now that you are established, you’ve forgotten what it's like to be young and unsure and having been put through a system that doesn't try to help you get any more sure.

So, for you who are in this position, don't listen to the “ass wipes” because they are useless to you. However, what you can do is (#1) be patient with yourself. You don't have the answer and you're not going to have it tomorrow but you have to start beginning your process where you begin figuring it out. I know you think you been doing this up until this point by taking different jobs and that's can be part of the process for maybe another year or 2. Part of the process is also going to be being patient with yourself, easing up on yourself and just trying different things.

And in trying different things, I want you to not just take them at random. I would like you to start talking to different people who are already a little further along than you about how they got their jobs and what it’s like to work in that field.

So, I just started a series a little while ago about careers where I am interviewing people. I don't have a lot there yet but I will fairly soon. I talk with people who work in different professions about what it's like to work in that field. There will be more but consider taking a look for the careers playlist on my YouTube channel which could find JobSearchTV.com.

Try different things. Talk to different people about what it's like to work in different fields. Don't just listen to them complain because complaining is useless to you. Listen between the lines about what they do, what a typical day is like, what the problems are, what they like and don’t like, and what the future is like.

You can't get stuck in other people's complaining and you have to learn to read between the lines to the stuff that really matters to you period you can be doing a great profession in a crappy firm and feel like crap and then, you stop and say, “ what and I taking away from this. I'm learning something that's very marketable peer a” but the idea is to talk to different people, bounce around a bit, (because, frankly, it’s normal as you figure things out and get experience in that profession.

Always talk to people period connect with people who our doing the kind of work. You can do through LinkedIn, Facebook, a whole host of different places and try to arrange quick conversations with them by phone, by email, on facetime, on Skype. . . Whatever way it is, just find a way to talk to people about what it's like to work in a particular profession.

Make sure you maintain the contact information for them so that, in this way, you can get back in touch with them in the future and say, “I really appreciated the time that you took to help me. This is where I am right now. Your advice gave me a lot of hope, potential and guidance. Thank you.”

These people can become mentors to you in the future if you take the time to reconnect with them from time to time. You don’t want to be doing this every week, but if you land in a profession, or if you choose to exclude it, where you can tell them, “I really appreciate the fact that you took time with me period based upon what I heard, I learned enough to know that this really wasn't right for me. Now, I’m doing such and such and your advice was really helpful by helping me to decide not to make a mistake and go into the same field.

See where I am going? It's all about building a relationship and it's also about trial and error.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1100 episodes, “Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complementary session.

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

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

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.

Would/Should You Pay a Career Coach to Write Your Resume & Coach Interviewing | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2018/05/13/wouldshould-you-pay-a-career-coach-to-write-your-resume-coach-interviewing

1103 I may be biased, but I believe my answer is right.

Summary

The question I received was, "Would you or should you ever hire a career coach to write your resume or help you with interview skills?" I'm assuming the question really comes down to, "Why should you do this? What's the advantage to doing this to a prompt you doing this?"

It's really an easy answer, AND I want to acknowledge the fact that I am a coach. I don't write resumes. I do help people with interview skills. Here's why I think it is worth your while.

The reason is that you are an amateur. You don't know what you're doing.. Yes, you can follow a formula online but, you know, you are not Average Jane or Average Joe. You are who you are with your unique set of skills and, yes, you can create or use a template for your resume (although I don't. Recommend that you do so), you could read lots of books, but is not the same as interacting with someone. Let me use the example of resume writing. There is a difference between a professional resume and an amateur resume. You can spot right away and it is a discernible difference.

Interview skills. People come to me to help them answer interview questions and, Lord knows, I have done a lot of videos about how to answer individual questions. However, it's different interacting with someone and not just simply watching a video. How to answer the question seems to be absorbed better and more deeply than when you simply watch the video and click the equivalent of the remote (or the actual remote) and go to the next channel to watch something else.

I'm sure you know that the 10,000 hour rule that Malcolm Gladwell popularized-- 10,000 hours of focused effort under the auspices of the master will help you become an expert.

You have how much experience writing resumes? Seriously, how much experience you have writing resume? And how much experience do you have interviewing? As I've said before, you hiring managers you think it's the same thing because you've gone out and hired people for yourself, you think you have this big advantage now that you're out interviewing… Your behavior and the behavior of others like you demonstrates to me consistently that almost all of you are awful at interviewing.

The fact of the matter is, you don't know what you're doing, you think you do and then put yourself in a bind. When you don't get the results that you want. Coaches will help you by helping you improve quickly and, perhaps, proactively resume writers will work with you to help you craft a great document. Yes, you will pay money for this, but no one works for free. After all, do you? You have a job. They have a job. Each of you wants to get paid for it. The benefit to you is huge because doors get open to you that would normally be closed because you would not know what you're doing and make goofy mistakes.

Interviewing. You will get better results faster having worked with a coach, than not working with a coach Because, again, I will speak for myself,The people I work with perform better on their interviews because they have had a chance to test things out with me and they can ask me questions proactively

For example, there is this 1 guy who is going up for very senior roles in organizations and he is asking me for advice about each interview step along the way as well as the things they are going to be looking for from him what is going to be the theme of the interview, not just simply answer the question and, as a result, he can position himself effectively by doing that.

It doesn't matter where you are because all of you can benefit from coaching because you think you know what you doing and think that is good enough . . . But good enough isn't.

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.  

Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterConnect 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.

The Big Career Management Lessons from The Shawshank Redemption| JobSearchRadio.com


Listen to the full episode here:
http://webtalkradio.net/internet-talk-radio/2018/05/25/the-big-career-management-lessons-from-the-shawshank-redemption-jobsearchradio-com/

I look at 3 characters from the movie, The Shawshank Redemption, and use it to speak about a career mistake.  They too many people make.

Summary

If you've never seen the movie, "The Shawshank Redemption," you are missing a gem. It is based upon the story by Stephen King. It is a wonderful, wonderful American movie focusing on Andy Dufresne, Red , and a minor character that shows up named Brooks. Between the 3 of them . I think there person terrific lessons for employees who work for firms. Brooks is someone who works in the prison library, my thoughts about this came together for me this morning.

Brooks is released from prison and not long after he is out and doing the work that is expected of him on the outside, he comes to realize that he can't really function on the outside and commit suicide. Red is released and checks into her room and seeing his car into the beam are the words, "Brooks Was Here." Red has been bagging groceries in a supermarket, working hard, asking for permission to do things like he did in prison. Red comes to realize that he is on the same path that Brooks was on.

Then, there is Andy Dufresne. He is the embezzler, the bank robber, the guy who embezzled money from his bank and no one has ever found it. He makes a path for himself in prison the hard way. It is a very hard path, let's not kid ourselves. If you seen this movie, you'll know what I'm talking about.

Andy refuses to become institutionalized like Brooks was and read discovers he was in a very different way. Red is a little bit of a con man, the one you can get cigarettes from from the outside. If there's something special that you want, he will arrange for it. Yet, he has worked in that system and doesn't really know how to function in the real world.

For many of you job hunters, for many of you who worked in one organization for a long time, you have become as institutionalized as Brooks. You've learned to believe the BS that you been told by your employer about what you're capable of and what you are incapable of. When you finally get to the outside, you'll learn that you're capable of a lot more.

And there is a risk because you may discover that it is scary out there. I'll let you in on a secret – – it is. When you step into an environment outside of your comfort zone, it feels a little scary. But doing so is going to be the way that you will survive and eventually thrive by getting out of the places that put these deadening rules on you that cause you to conform and behave and do things that you really don't want to be doing.

It starts with courage. It starts with the courage to realize that there's more to your life and more to your work life than just doing this. That's the lesson from Andy Dufresne., Andy looks like someone who is becoming a part of the system and she isn't. He is willing to take risks-- calculated risks.

Eventually, he winds up making it to the outside and living.

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 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.

Would you like to connect with a motivated audience of job hunters. Email MaryLou@WebTalkRadio.net for information

Job Search Radio

The Big Career Management Lessons from The Shawshank Redemption| JobSearchRadio.com


Listen to the full episode here:
http://webtalkradio.net/internet-talk-radio/2018/05/25/the-big-career-management-lessons-from-the-shawshank-redemption-jobsearchradio-com/

I look at 3 characters from the movie, The Shawshank Redemption, and use it to speak about a career mistake.  They too many people make.

Summary

If you've never seen the movie, "The Shawshank Redemption," you are missing a gem. It is based upon the story by Stephen King. It is a wonderful, wonderful American movie focusing on Andy Dufresne, Red , and a minor character that shows up named Brooks. Between the 3 of them . I think there person terrific lessons for employees who work for firms. Brooks is someone who works in the prison library, my thoughts about this came together for me this morning.

Brooks is released from prison and not long after he is out and doing the work that is expected of him on the outside, he comes to realize that he can't really function on the outside and commit suicide. Red is released and checks into her room and seeing his car into the beam are the words, "Brooks Was Here." Red has been bagging groceries in a supermarket, working hard, asking for permission to do things like he did in prison. Red comes to realize that he is on the same path that Brooks was on.

Then, there is Andy Dufresne. He is the embezzler, the bank robber, the guy who embezzled money from his bank and no one has ever found it. He makes a path for himself in prison the hard way. It is a very hard path, let's not kid ourselves. If you seen this movie, you'll know what I'm talking about.

Andy refuses to become institutionalized like Brooks was and read discovers he was in a very different way. Red is a little bit of a con man, the one you can get cigarettes from from the outside. If there's something special that you want, he will arrange for it. Yet, he has worked in that system and doesn't really know how to function in the real world.

For many of you job hunters, for many of you who worked in one organization for a long time, you have become as institutionalized as Brooks. You've learned to believe the BS that you been told by your employer about what you're capable of and what you are incapable of. When you finally get to the outside, you'll learn that you're capable of a lot more.

And there is a risk because you may discover that it is scary out there. I'll let you in on a secret – – it is. When you step into an environment outside of your comfort zone, it feels a little scary. But doing so is going to be the way that you will survive and eventually thrive by getting out of the places that put these deadening rules on you that cause you to conform and behave and do things that you really don't want to be doing.

It starts with courage. It starts with the courage to realize that there's more to your life and more to your work life than just doing this. That's the lesson from Andy Dufresne., Andy looks like someone who is becoming a part of the system and she isn't. He is willing to take risks-- calculated risks.

Eventually, he winds up making it to the outside and living.

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 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

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

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.

Would you like to connect with a motivated audience of job hunters. Email MaryLou@WebTalkRadio.net for information