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Stupid Career Mistakes: Not Being Clear About What You Want

EP 1473 Another one of those stupid career mistakes too many people make that cost them PLENTY!

Summary

I debated whether to make this into a "stupid interview mistakes," or a "stupid career mistake." I eventually decide is about a person in their career and how they viewed it, rather than just simply an interview mistakes. The mistake I'm going to address today is not being clear about what you want and where you are going.

Think about for second. If you are driving from New York to Boston or from Chicago to Kansas City or from Kansas City to Los Angeles and you didn't have a roadmap or GPS and were not very clear about where you wanted to get to if you just got into your car and drove, how would you know if you got the right place? Often, people going to their job search and view their career kind of like the leaf in the movie, "Forrest Gump" that floats around from place to place, eventually landing somewhere. Is that really how you want to manage were unmanage your career?

I think most people want to have a clear idea w they are aiming for. Instead of letting corporations make that decision for them. To be clear, if you are not qualified, you have to develop the qualifications to get there. After all, no one year person is going to make the C suite in their 2nd year unless it is their own company. When job hunters look at their career and decide they want to look for job, that is as far as they really think about it. They start looking for a job. I don't care if you are a junior person or a senior individual that is how people conduct themselves more times than not. It's foolish. It's self-destructive.

If you are not sure, you need to spend time talking with people and getting advice. Maybe, coaching for the picture. Here, I'm not to sell myself to you. I am available and there are many people you can talk with who can help you sort it out and point you in the right direction.

The mistake here is not really being clear about it. As a result, you want going to interviews and firms try to persuade you that their job is wonderful and you forget the benchmark against your own aspirations. You are not evaluated against your own needs except for money, location . . Concrete stuff but not the bigger picture. The bigger picture is what you want to do with your professional life and how does this role fit into it?

Thus, whether you're interviewing or looking at your career in general, it winds up being a huge mistake that many people make.

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.

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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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Career Mistakes Too Many People Make | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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EP 1409 Here I speak about a few of the mistakes people make in how they view their career.

Summary

I'm not sure that these are specifically career mistakes; I think some of them could go into business category as well. I'm going to try to cover both and start off with the big one.

1. You made a mistake. You are going to make more mistakes.. The real question is how you will respond to the mistake. Do you beat yourself up? Do you punish yourself? You spent hours or days or weeks fixating on the mistake or do try to learn your lessons and move on?

I wrestle with this 1 myself. I'm a guy who spent a lot of time searching for perfection and not spending in time, accepting excellence. Maybe you are the same way, too. I think there's a chance to learn and be kinder to oneself because there's a chance that you are going to make mistakes and more mistakes! It happens.

What can you learn from the experience? What can you do to learn and move forward from it?

2. If you are interested in being happy in your work, it is probably going to take time. Especially when someone is junior, what tends to happen is you get what is called, "grunt work." It tends to be the foundation for how people learn the fundamentals of the craft.

For example, in IT, someone starts off by being a coder. Although the technology will change over the course of time, they will use it as the baseline for how they learn and grow to manage people, how to lead organizations and such. Certainly being a kind coder doesn't guarantee that you will be a good manager, but understanding the fundamentals of your craft and not taking shortcuts will help a lot.

That's the important thing – – learning the fundamentals of your craft and not taking shortcuts. What are the fundamentals? You ask for help and advice? I'm not talking about asking your manager, but from other people? That is what's going to help guide you and help you progress.

3. Another thing is about being patient with yourself. It takes time to be successful. As I said before, the secret to success without hard work is still a secret. What can you do to lay the foundation? If you think you can figure it out by yourself, you are going to make it a lot harder than what you need to do.

4. Always be networking and always be asking other people for advice. Save the information. Collate it. Start creating spreadsheets or data categories that kind of fit with one another so that you can learn what's being told to you constantly and see whether it meets with your experience. Adapt and change.

5. The last thing going to talk with you about is the fact that so many people separate the work from the personal life. It's hard of these days, but I remember an old story from the original owner of the New York Jets. He was trying to figure out whether or not to promote someone into particular role and one person over another. The reason he made the particular choice he made as he tell the loser in the situation, that for the loser this was a job with all the template of being a job. This contrasted with the other person who loved what he did.

Your goal is to find work that you love. I don't presume to know what it is and there are a million ways to find it and figure it out. Think of your career as being a longer race than just today, even if you are in your 60s, and start laying the foundation, working at it and finding work that you really love.

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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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.” 

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
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The Big Career Management Lessons from The Shawshank Redemption | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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EP 1405 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
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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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

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I saw an article with this title and thought their answers were simplistic. Here’s the “No BS” way to do it.

Summary

I saw this article, I use an app called feedly that gives me some information about different things I'm interested in, and I found a job search topics because frankly, the advice that I see is awful. I like the topics that sometimes people choose.
So this is one that was on feedly; that's an app. I know, it's for iOS, because that's what I use. And let me just give you the infantile answers that were offered in this particular article.
You must be proactive. Now that part is true. And the notion that you let the opportunity come to you without trying to create the venue for opportunity, you know, as this one suggests, is infantile.
Over perform. Let's see now . . . be likeable. Network. Network is an interesting one because most people think of networking as only done while they're job hunting. I think it is a career thing. You want to have opportunities come back to you.
Oh! Be attractive. Nonsense. Continue learning and developing skills. Know how to manage yourself. Know how to market yourself. Okay.
Here's what I'm going to suggest is the correct answer. Networking and marketing yourself are, truthfully. things that you want to be doing. So, yes, being proactive in creating a brand so that people are drawn to you magnetically, is an excellent approach.
You want to be found online. You want to be sought out online. You don't always want to be chasing opportunities. You can do that in many, many different ways. I've covered that in other videos. Ultimately, the notion that you lurch from job search to job search and do it then is stupid. It is the wrong approach. You want to be doing it continuously.
The next thing you want to be thinking in terms of is changing jobs or your life because here's the reality. If you change jobs every two to three years, I'm going to work with three years because I want the math to be shown to you. If you change jobs every three years, let's go through what its value is to you over six years.
So the first thing, you change jobs, and you get a $10,000 raise, and you get no increases after that. You are $30,000 ahead pre-tax. If you change jobs three years after that, you have the first $30,000, right, you have that money. you now have $60,000 over the next three years. So that totals up to $90,000. All because you changed jobs twice over the course of that period of time.
Now another smart moves is to go to an organization that offers a bonus, because bonuses increase the value. If you got a $10,000 bonus each year from these organizations. And, again, six years time, $90,000 plus $60,000. Already $150,000 ahead of the game. So think about or proactively, consciously look for organizations where you can learn and grow.
You want to remain marketable, because, otherwise no one wants to hire you, right? So think in terms of changing jobs every two to three years, for at least $10,000 more. You will get raises within that period of time. Join an organization that offers a cash bonus, even if it's $5,000. That's an extra $30,000 and $120,000 ahead of the game.
So. that's how you manage your career in order to make millions more. You always think in terms of how do you draw people to you? How do you build your brand so that people are interested. And, as importantly, you change jobs regularly for an increase, and to organizations where there's a bonus.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 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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Career Mistakes: Not Paying Attention to The Tea Leaves | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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EP 1393  I discuss a career mistake that I headed off someone from making.

Summary

I was speaking with someone who I coach who discussed a situation he was in. We are preparing for an interview that he was doing and then discuss the situation that he was in. There is a guy who has joined his organization who has a lot of power and authority. This guy seems to be gunning for someone in my client's group. The person is in over their head, they are doing well enough, even though the person Is in fact doing great. They want my coaching client to interview someone for the same role.

The person who I coach suggested that this individual is negotiating some deals and that they should ride it out for a few months longer Because of this person you want me to interview comes on and doesn't produce it may come back to haunt you. "Yeah yeah yeah yeah. Sure. That sounds interesting" A day later, the 2 of them meet and lo and behold, he is pushing this person out the door and wants my client to interview someone to replace them.

What's the message here? The message is that there are tea leaves the need to be spelled out.. You can't stall a freight train with ideas. That's because a freight train is coming if it is going to come for you.

In this particular case, the way I read the tea leaves is pretty simple-- The new guy with power steps in and wants my guide to replace a person reports to him. That puts my client in the middle here. My guy time tries to temporarily hold off the freight train with the suggestion that could impact this person. However, the fact of the matter is one person wants another one gone and replaced with someone of his choosing and then later can put the squeeze on my guy.

Pay attention. There are messages that your boss or people in authority are sending you. Sometimes they are great messages and sometimes they are not. You can try to put your head down and work harder (I know I have made that mistake) but the fact is, when the train is coming down the tracks in your in the way, guess what is going to happen? It is going to run you over.

Rather than let it run you over, be proactive and take steps to get ready.

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.

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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.” 

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.

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The reality is your career is in your own hands, When you get lazy about including that effort, you place yourself at risk. Here, I help streamline what and why you should do these things.

Summary

This is a video that talks about career management and I know the history and the programming that people receive about working hard and working your way up. We know it's not true anymore. I know I remember watching TV as a kid and there was always the guy getting the gold watch after 40 years of service, the retirement ceremony, the big buzz around this person finally living life and here's the reality -- It doesn't exist anymore.
So, I want you to think a little bit differently and start paying attention to your programming because, one of the reality is, is that job stability doesn't exist anymore. You're responsible for your career. Every time you take the opportunity to outsource your career and your career planning and management to your employer, you're putting yourself at risk. That's because their interest and yours often are very different. The result winds up being so many people get caught by surprise when they're let go, not because of performance, but because their firm isn't doing well or they take on assignments or projects that have no real value outside their organization. So, think in terms of each job each task, how it will impact your career going forward.
The next thing is you want to be in this situation where you'd become more well-known than your organization would really like you to be. Think in terms of putting yourself in the position of (I'm going to put a marketing term together) creating a brand for yourself where people know you because of what you've put out into the world.
Now, this is not a "I do it one time and that's how I create my brand." This is a sustained strategy where you work to write and create video and to promote yourself as a speaker and in a variety of other venues as an individual who has a reputation for excellence at what you do. Remember, every time you put yourself in the position of being ordinary, just one of the pack, You are at risk of getting weeded out.
In a new organization, you want to be referred in and put in the position where an organization has heard of you or people in the organization have heard of you and they want to refer you in for an opportunity because they've read your material. they've watched your videos . . . they just know of you and they're curious and they want to refer you. This is branding.
This version of self-promotion is really the big pivot and how career planning takes place. It's not like you want to be out there every day with something (although that's really what I did). But, as a coach, as a person who wants to work with more people and understands that people want to know about you, this is my career. This is my work; that's not going to be the case for you.
As an employee of an organization, you will always have to be in a position where you're balancing your job with the need to promote, the need to network and to stay in contact with people with whom you've had a successful relationship for many years and do it going forward. So always think of yourself as a promoter.
Always think of yourself for how you can be known in the world. Whether you can be world class or just another person and everything that you're doing to take charge of your career will have benefit to you for many years to come.

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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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.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
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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.

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.

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Reading a news story this morning reminded me of how important it is to stay professionally and personally relevant.

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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 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

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

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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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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.

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


Listen to the full episode here
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2019/03/16/the-big-career-management-lessons-from-the-shawshank-redemption

EP 1405 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
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
NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

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.

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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Preparing for The Inevitable | JobSearchTV.com


Jeff Altman The Big Game Hunter discusses what you need to do to prepare for that inevitable change in skills employers demand.

Summary

I saw to statistic in the book I was reading that I thought was really interesting. The 1st 1, in 2008 to 2009, when so many millions of Americans were laid off, 2.8 million in 2008, and another few million in 2009, the unemployment rate for individuals earning over $100,000 per year was approximately 1%. What does that tell you?

It tells me that there are experience and skills that firm's value for that compensation level that you need to develop.

The 2nd statistic. When you look back in time, the American population worked primarily in agriculture 100 years ago. 80% of Americans worked in agriculture 100 years ago. Now it is less than 2% who work in agriculture. They feed, not only the United States but a good part of the world as well. It tells me that skills need to be adaptable. You can be working in agriculture and listening to this podcast. That's great. Agriculture today is very different than what it was 100 years ago.

For you working in certain white-collar or even blue-collar skill areas, you need to constantly be looking at what is going to be needed going forward. 1 of the new skills that you need to build on or to build into your portfolio in order to be marketable? When I start recruiting in the early 1970s, there were 2 hot skills-- COBOL and BAL. OS/COBOL. OS/BAL. DOS/COBOL. DOS/BAL. 4 basic areas that you could recruit for. If you are trying to fill IT positions.

These days, who cares? No one is looking for the skills. There were times when C# and Java developers were incredibly valued; now they become commoditized, becoming the COBOL of the current era. I would expect that the need for people with those particular skills is going to decline.

Regardless of whether I'm right or wrong about that, you need to think in terms of what's going to cause you to be marketable going forward. You need to constantly be adapting to the new realities.

"I don't want to do that.
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That's the reality of things. Markets are dynamic. Firms needs are dynamic. You want to place your self in the position, like those people in 2008 and 2009. Who knew that they got laid off, they could find work easily.

It is going to be another recession. That's the reality of things. You you want to put yourself in the position where your skills are going to be valued in the market.

What's it going to take? What would you need to know? Are you in the peak area now or are you in a tangent area that may not necessarily be marketable? Are you using some obscure technology that may cause you to be marketable? Do you have an obscure skill that a few firms use that make you highly desirable? I don't know, but you need to think this through. You need to take time in order to sort out what you're going to need to know so that if you are laid off, you are not going to be caught short and that you have time to prepare, constantly be looking ahead because you are responsible for your career, not your employer. You're responsible. If you have to write a check, write the check to do it.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

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

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 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.

JobSearchTV.com
JobSearchTV.com

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.

Career Mistakes: Not Paying Attention to The Tea Leaves | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


Listen to the full episode here
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2019/03/04/career-mistakes-not-paying-attention-to-the-tea-leaves

EP 1393  I discuss a career mistake that I headed off someone from making.

Summary

I was speaking with someone who I coach who discussed a situation he was in. We are preparing for an interview that he was doing and then discuss the situation that he was in. There is a guy who has joined his organization who has a lot of power and authority. This guy seems to be gunning for someone in my client's group. The person is in over their head, they are doing well enough, even though the person Is in fact doing great. They want my coaching client to interview someone for the same role.

The person who I coach suggested that this individual is negotiating some deals and that they should ride it out for a few months longer Because of this person you want me to interview comes on and doesn't produce it may come back to haunt you. "Yeah yeah yeah yeah. Sure. That sounds interesting" A day later, the 2 of them meet and lo and behold, he is pushing this person out the door and wants my client to interview someone to replace them.

What's the message here? The message is that there are tea leaves the need to be spelled out.. You can't stall a freight train with ideas. That's because a freight train is coming if it is going to come for you.

In this particular case, the way I read the tea leaves is pretty simple-- The new guy with power steps in and wants my guide to replace a person reports to him. That puts my client in the middle here. My guy time tries to temporarily hold off the freight train with the suggestion that could impact this person. However, the fact of the matter is one person wants another one gone and replaced with someone of his choosing and then later can put the squeeze on my guy.

Pay attention. There are messages that your boss or people in authority are sending you. Sometimes they are great messages and sometimes they are not. You can try to put your head down and work harder (I know I have made that mistake) but the fact is, when the train is coming down the tracks in your in the way, guess what is going to happen? It is going to run you over.

Rather than let it run you over, be proactive and take steps to get ready.

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.

NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com
NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

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.” 

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

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