google-site-verification: googleb943d61bcb9cdbf7.html

Should I Call Recruiters Directly to Find Me a Job or Wait for Them to Call Me? | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


Listen to the full episode here
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2018/12/18/should-i-call-recruiters-directly-to-find-me-a-job-or-wait-for-them-to-call-me

EP 1319 Should I call up recruiters directly to ask them to find me a job, or wait for them to call me?

Summary

The question for today is, "Should I call up recruiters directly to ask them to find me a job or wait for them to call me?"

I'm not sure what you think recruiters do...When you are calling them up, are you paying them anything for this? And you expect them to "find you a job?" Seriously, when you say, "find you a job," you have the equation all wrong.

The equation for a recruiter, headhunter, any professional that is in the employment business is they are there to fill jobs and get paid for their efforts. They are not there to "find you a job" except coincidentally in that process. So, in terms of waiting for them to call you, (1) See if you can identify people who work in your field. Seriously. Don't just call recruiters up at random; see if you can find people who work in your field.

(1a) See if they have any jobs open that fit your background. They are not there to find the job for you. They are there to fill a job with you or someone like you. I say it that way because if you act like a jerk, There is someone there who is not going to act like a jerk who they are going to work with To fill this position with because they don't want to get embarrassed in front of their client. That's because the client is going to stop calling them If there are too many people that they refer who act stupid.

So, you always want to be in the position where recruiters are contacting you. That's because it is clear that they have a role open that might fit you. You can always look at job ads on job boards for local newspapers, websites and a whole host of other places to find individual recruiters who have positions open that fit your background. Again, I want to be clear – – "that fit your background." Don't spam your resume and send it like so much garbage. They don't have time for this. If you do that you are Being like the people who spam them with Viagra ads that landed in their inbox all the time. It is just a colossal waste of time! To call them up and simply say, "Hey! I'm looking for a job,," It is no different than spam.

However, I don't want you to be passive. If you are in a professional field, what I want you to do Is have a quality LinkedIn profile that is keyword optimized So that you attract recruiters who have positions open for someone like you. You want to have your resume on a job born because that can ask you pretty wide net to people who are looking for people like you. You want to have your resume on Indeed, SimplyHired and Other sites in order to draw people to you who have positions open AND you want to be setting up search agents on different job boards so that they notify you When positions get listed. You want to be out there networking.

If you're not in a professional field, networking can take a different form. For example, if you are a recent grad you can go on LinkedIn, go across the ribbon on the top and see alumni from your school who may be a year or 2 ahead of you and you network with them. In blue-collar work, you can network with people you have worked with previouslyAnd see if they know about a position.

However, to call up a recruiter out of the blue To find a job for you? You are just kidding yourself.

Also say that you need my help. If you think this is the way it works, I want to encourage you to join JobSearchCoachingHQ.com. I have curated information that will help you find work, PLUS You can ask me questions that will help streamline your process and make your search go faster.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 episodes and “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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

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

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters 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.

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.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 episodes and “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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

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

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters 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.

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.

I Have Recovered After a One Year Illness | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


Listen to the full episode here::
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2018/11/21/i-have-recovered-after-a-one-year-illness-nobsjobsearchadvicecom

EP 1293 How Do I Explain the Gap?

Summary

And the question for today is "I've been sick for a while. I had an aneurysm but out of work for a year. I'm now able to go back to work. What do I do? How do I explain this time? What do I how do to market myself?" Well, I think the simplest thing to do is, number one, people who know you, people who are your friends, former workers, your network of relationships . . . These are people to reach out to. They probably already know and there's no explanation necessary other than, I'm well .Thank goodness. I am well, I want to relaunch my career and it's time for me to get rolling again.."So they're the easiest ones to speak with. However, there are other people in other situations for marketing yourself, and if you'd send the resume with a one-year-old gap in it, it's really easy for firms to go (buzzer noise () ) and disqualify you from consideration. So, you need to be prepared to talk about what your last year of life has been like. I'm not talking about going into details of every operation you've had or every doctor appointment that you've been to. That's irrelevant. All you have to say in your resume is, " I recovered from an illness for the past year. I am now able to return to work. No issues with my health. I'm ready to roll." Words to that effect. And you may need to compromise on your previous salary. What a surprise but it's no one's business what the nature of the illness was. You can talk about it and that's your choice, but if someone says, " what was wrong," you can turn around and say, " you know, I don't know that that's really necessary. I'll just simply say I had a serious illness and almost died. I'm healthy, again. Doctors love my prognosis. They've encouraged me to get back to work. That's what I want to do." So you don't need to go into all the personal stuff. And if they insist upon it, what's the message to you about that. The message to me is they' don't trust you. They may not trust you because you haven't presented it in a convincing way or because they've had previous experience with liars. That happens! After all, there are three jokes in the recruiting business. First one is how do you tell a job applicants is lying to you and the answer is their lips are moving. So don't be surprised if some firm tries to test you there, but just very politely deflect them by saying, "Hey, look, do you want you want to see all my doctor reports ? Do you want to see my medical stuff? I'll get that over here but a chitchat about is, frankly, unnecessary. I was sick for a year. Legitimately, I was sick for a year. I'm healthy now. It's time for me to get back to work. It's really that simple.

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.

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

He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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

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

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

Connect with me on 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

NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com
NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

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.

Should I Try to . . . | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


Listen to the full episode here:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2018/07/05/should-i-try-to—jobsearchtvcom

EP 1155 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter shares and discussion to be had with someone can supplies it to job hunting for both college grads and experienced professionals.

Summary

Demonstrate your excellence, at the end of the day, if they choose someone else,. They choose someone else.

The same is true of you adults out there who go, “Oh! They’d never talk to made.” Well, maybe they would. Maybe they wouldn't. That you have already decided for them that that will not talk to you. It's kind of like, in interviewing, there is a video that I did a while back. I say this in many of the preparation calls that I do for with people. I will say that there two dirty words in interviewing.

The 1st dirty word is “only.” As in, “I have only done this,” or “I have only done that.” The 2nd dirty word is , “light.”. An example is, “I have light experience with . . . “ whatever it is they are asking about. By using those to words and never saying anything more, all that you done is say to the interviewer, “I don't have any confidence in my ability to answer questions on this subject. Would you want to something else?”

Instead, I tell people tell them what you know what you've done. If that is sufficient, great! If it isn’t, that's okay, too, but you made it clear for them about what you can do.

In interviewing, whether you are a student or you are an adult, whether you are networking to try 2 get into an organization that you're interested in all or moving to a career that you want to move into, at the end of the day, what's most important is not the attitude that says, “Oh! They would never to me.” That's the loser’s attitude. Go for the winners attitude of trying. After all, to use a sports metaphor here, the quarterback in Seattle, Russell Wilson, was too small, went to a school that wasn't good enough and all the statistics were wrong. He was able to come out as a rookie, almost get to the Super Bowl, in his 2nd season get the Super Bowl, in his 3rd season, is one play away from winning his 2nd Super Bowl. You try and you'll learn what you need to in order to excel, but don't prejudge and don't set your own constraints.

Try.

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 1300 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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

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

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

Connect with me on 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.” 

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.

NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

I Haven’t Heard Back After My Interview | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


Listen to the full episode here::
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2018/11/24/i-havent-heard-back-after-my-interview–nobsjobsearchadvicecom

EP 1295 Should I email the recruiter or my interviewer? What are some tips in order to hear back after I email either one of them?

Summary

The question is, "I haven't heard back from anyone after my interview. Should I email my recruiter or the interviewer? What are some tips I should know before I hear back from either 1 of them?"

Here is one observation-- I don't know you recently you did the interview. If you did it today and you haven't heard it by 4 o'clock it may just be too soon for them to get feedback. Also, I don't know what kind of recruiter this is. Are you talking about a corporate recruiter? Third-party recruiter? I'm going to try to address a lot of my contingencies with this answer but, in the meantime, let's work on this question..

I haven't heard back from anyone.. You obviously want to hear back. Here's the easiest way to hear back-- Knock their socks off. Blow everyone else out of the water. Impress the heck out of them so that they go, "Oh! We cannot let this person leave our offices. . We cannot let them leave our domicile without a job offer!

Obviously, this did not happen. So let's go on to the next scenario.

Sure I will email the recruiter or my interviewer? Let's start by looking at the recruiter. Corporate recruiter? Third-party recruiter? If you are introduced by a third-party recruiter, definitely contact them,,,, not the interviewer. If it is a corporate recruiter,, it depends on what the initial introduction was. If you are introduced by someone within the firm and the 1st interview that you did was with the hiring manager and then with the recruiter, go to the hiring manager 1st because you are introduced by someone to them..

If this was just, "I answered an ad. They called me and it was a good interview," contact the corporate recruiter.. They are really running point on the relationship with you. They may not have heard anything yet.

How can you get some feedback after the interview in order to hear back? The easiest thing to do is, at the end of the last meeting that you had, get a sense of their timeline.

When they asked, "So do you have any questions for us," go through a series of questions.. When they ask, "Is there anything else," ask them, "Could you give me a sense of your timeline for next steps? This way, I have reasonable expectations about what I might hear back from you. . I know it is not cast in stone. I know it may take a few days longer, . But, if., "You will hear from me tomorrow if it is good news,," and that is a week later, I know my answer. that's one thing.

Another way that you can do it is, when they ask, "Is there anything else,," ask, "What were your impressions of me today? What did you perceive my strengths to be? Where could I do better? And I compare with others that you've interviewed?"

You see, you are looking for feedback and you're waiting for them to call you with it, so it is either thumbs-up or thumbs down. There's not a lot of room in the middle. Every once in a while, you get a, "Were not sure about this guy." With time, that always turns into a rejection..

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.

NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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

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

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

Connect with me on 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

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

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.

There Is More Than One Way | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


Listen to the full episode here
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2018/12/17/there-is-more-than-one-way-nobsjobsearchadvicecom

EP 1318 Although we like to think of our way as being the best, in fact, there are many very good ways to do something.

Summary

The title of this video is, "There Is More Than One Way." The full expression is one that I didn't want to encourage which is why did make it the title of the video is "there is more than one way to skin a cat."

I hate the expression. I used to be a cat owner in the past; I had 9 of them. I don't want to do anything that suggests that might endorse the kind of behavior.

The saying came to mind after appearing on Mac Prichard's podcast, "Find Your Dream Job." Mac is a very even keeled man from Oregon. He runs several businesses, but the one that relates here is Mac's List. He makes information available to a community of people, puts on a podcast and helps job hunters. He charges employers to post positions and offers a number of services as well.

I came onto his podcast appeared with my usual energy. For those of you watch or listen to me for any length of time, I am not a calm and collected individual like Mac is on the air. Most of the time of the high-energy New York type personality. I don't live in New York anymore so I can't claim to be a New Yorker. I live in Asheville, North Carolina now. That kind of case is much more akin to my personality now. When I get on someone else's show. I crank it up to where it was in the old days.

Mac was very gracious. He loved my interview as did his team. He was kind enough to write a review of my 2 podcasts; I reciprocated by writing a review of his show, not out of obligation, but because it's good.

I wrote back to him as we exchanged pleasantries and said, "It is very obvious that we have different personalities and that's okay. We approach this, me with my energy which tends to be high-octane and high energy and you with you more even keeled approach AND they both work."

I think as we get on in life, we tend to believe that we are right because it works for us. We tend to apply that "knowledge" to other people and other situations. We keep thinking our way is right. Our way is the best way because it works for us. We try to apply it to other people and other situations. So we keep thinking our way is right and we are right and it just leaves us unhappy when we don't get our way. And when others see things differently. We can become like infants throwing a tantrum.

Let me simply say that this was a great reminder for me that there is more than one way to approach a situation. Mac show is terrific, but it is not the show that I would put on. When I did a 30 minute interview show, mine fit my personality; his fits his. We each serve different audiences and he does a great job.

Think of it from that perspective, that your way is not always "the right way." Your way is not always "the perfect way." There are many ways that the message can get out to people. You can help folks, make a living, and be successful.

This is a good lesson I thought I would share.

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 1300 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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

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

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

Connect with me on 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.” 

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.

NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

What Do Recruiters Look For in a Resumé At First Glance? | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


Listen to the full episode here::
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2018/11/25/what-do-recruiters-look-for-in-a-resum-at-first-glance

EP 1296 Resumes are only looked at for a few seconds. What do people look for?

Summary

The question for today is, "We have all heard the stories, how few seconds people take to look at a resume. What 2 people actually look for in those few seconds?"

The question is actually very easy to answer. When we're looking at a resume, we are not looking at a full document. After all, when you think about it, when you look at a document on your screen. How much of the page shows up? Two thirds? Three quarters? That is about it.

So we are looking at a document that within two thirds or three quarters of the page ideally should be able to demonstrate some version of fit for a role.

I want to backtrack because you have a message area of your email and most people open, or have displayed on the screen and are using Outlook and have an additional pain available to them.

In an email, you want to indicate the position you are applying for. Maybe there is a job code or a title in the position description. If it is just the title provide something more because there could be multiple positions for the same title.

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.

NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com
NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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

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

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

Connect with me on 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

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

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.

Do Applicant Tracking Systems Actually Care About Descriptive Keywords | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


Listen to the full episode here::
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2018/11/23/do-applicant-tracking-systems-actually-care-about-descriptive-keywords

EP 1294 A companion podcast to “Do Firms Actually Care About Descriptive Keywords on a Resume?”

Summary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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

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

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

Connect with me on 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.” 

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.

NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

Over 60 and Job Hunting: 10 Ideas for You | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


Listen to the full episode here
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2018/12/16/over-60-and-job-hunting-10-ideas-for-you-nobsjobsearchadvicecom

EP 1317 Here I offer 10 ideas for the over 60 job hunter that will help you find work more quickly

Summary

When working as a coach, I often work with people who are over 60. I did this while as a headhunter, too. There is a dynamic for the worker who is over 60 that I heard think you've heard of before (whisper) AGEISM. Part of it is self-inflicted in that you don't look sufficiently at yourself and what you have done wrong in the interview so you find it easy to blame others. Thus, I thought I would do a video about 10 things you might consider doing in order to shorten your job search.

The 1st 1 is (and I know it's a tough one) is NOT to get fixated on the past. When you are over 60, you tend to be interviewing with people who are younger than you (DUH!!!). Often when those of us (I'm 66, by the way) who are over 60 tell stories, it sounds like (old man voice), "I remember back in the old days when things were right, we did things right! Not like they're done now!" The stories sound like we are patronizing. You have to tell your stories without going into the "patronizing tone." You have to do it by going into "selling mode," which is quite different.

As you know, stories are valuable part of interviewing , but they have to be practiced before delivered. I want to make sure you hear that. Your stories have to be practiced in such a way where you're talking TO someone and not AT someone. You don't want to offend them and cause them not to listen to you. Brevity is best. Don't turn this into a 3 minute or 2 minutes or 1 minute and 45 seconds of the monologue. Keep the story succinct.

2. Consider getting a consulting or temp assignment. All of us tend to be better when we are not sitting around the house watching TV or doing nonsense. Get out and about. Take a temp assignment. Consider volunteering. Again, it is about activity. I am a believer that we set ourselves in motion where we are doing "stuff" we maintain our mental energy and perform at a higher level. Temp or consulting assignment. Volunteering. Do something to get yourself out and about with people.

Working out. I'm not talking about sweating bullets all the time, but if you're not used to exercising, get yourself onto a treadmill and start walking. Don't just simply walk at the lethargic pace. Do short intervals. Let me use myself as an example. I had a few injuries and now I'm working with a trainer. My cardio work is not as good as it once was. Often, it is bike for 5 minutes to loosen up at 80 RPM or better and then sprints for over 100 for 1 minute, increasing resistance during the sprints and then dropping it down to 80 RPMs with no resistance. It goes a long way toward getting me charged and going and I believe will be of help to you, as well.

When you're talking to organizations, don't get fixed on the money. Don't worry about the money for now. Do not exactly making a lot of money sitting at home, or you? I understand that for people who work in the professional areas, money is important because it reflects the value of the work that is involved. For example, in IT, if you are a $250,000 your person, you are more see you senior then the people making $150,000 In terms of the quality of the work that you do. It is unlikely that they will see you as being suitable for the $150,000 your job. Within your professional bracket, whether that is between $150,000 and $75,000 or some other level, be flexible about your money. Don't look at the $75,000 jobs, if you are making $150,000. Or $150,000 jobs, if you are used to making $275,000. The jobs are very different. You think you can do it, but you are just wasting your time. They won't consider it. But you can still be flexible.

Be involved with social media. LinkedIn, obviously. Facebook ads. Facebook now has job postings. Look for job postings on Facebook as well, but answering job ads should be your primary focus. It's about who you communicate with and how you reach out to folks so that they become aware of who you are and the stuff that you do; that of course involve social media, but it should also involve face-to-face networking. You need to be talking to more people by phone, Skype, in person. Get out of the house and talk to folks. It makes a big difference.

When you are interviewing, research the firm. Research the hiring manager. Do stuff that is going to give you a leg up on your competition. Just having some degree of familiarity with the organization and the hiring manager will help. I heard a story from an affiliate who they had sent for a job. . . The job was his! It was an unusual position with very specific skills required. He had that background. No relocation was involved. The guy asked no questions to speak of at the end of the interview. Always be prepared with questions! Show curiosity!

If nothing else, ask these 2 questions: "Let's say you hire me. What are your expectations of me for the 1st 30, 60 and 90 days after I join?" Question number 2 is, "Let's them on board for year and I have done a great job. The best you job you might've seen someone perform in that role. What what I've accomplished during the 1st year that would cause you to think that way?" Again, it gives them a sense that you want to be a high achiever and, as such, that normally piques their curiosity. Get involved with networking groups

Get involved with networking groups. Don't just simply network for yourself; get involved with groups. Help other people. You have relationships that can benefit others. They have relationships that can benefit you. Networking fills 70% of all positions. Even if you think about who it is that you know, there are far more people that they know that you don't. You want to be introduced to those people.

Always look at things that you are doing or have done that can be portable in your career for starting a small business. Let's get real. You don't have a lot of years in the workforce. Let me use myself as an example. I'm 66.. Do you think I'll be working till 90? I don't think so, but in doing so, think in terms of what you can do to get yourself out and about. Starting a business consulting, temping, doing stuff for other businesses. Other individuals, and what your skills are that can help.

You can write an e-book and sell it. You can speak to groups and be paid for that. You're not going to get rich from it. It's unlikely it's going to replace a full-time income. Again, it is part of being active.

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 1300 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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

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

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

Connect with me on 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.” 

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.

NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

Do Firms Actually Care About Descriptive Keywords on a Resume?


Listen to the full episode here::
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2018/11/19/do-firms-actually-care-about-descriptive-keywords-on-a-resume

EP 1291 Words like “managed” or “assessed” or “oversaw.” Do these matter to them?

Summary

The question is, "Do firms actually care about descriptive keywords on a resume?" You know, words like "managed," or "assessed," or "oversaw?" Words like that. Descriptive keywords.

"I listen to this question. My first reaction is, "What planet are you on? Of course it matters to them."

And you haven't managed before, this is not a descriptive keyword. What it is is a function that you need to demonstrate experience having done. It is bizarre to me that people actually think that this is a keyword and that it doesn't represent a function, a task that you, as an employee, need to have experience performing in order to be qualified for role.

So, cut the crap. I give you no BS jobs search and you are thinking that these are just "suggestions," that if you do whatever you want someone is going to hire you… That may be true but you will stroke a lot of relationships with a lot of people who will ask themselves, "What is wrong with this person??? We are very clear about what we are looking for and this person is a Purdue chicken plucker!" You may laugh, but I've gotten those resumes for software engineering positions where they have no computer science background and what their experience is plucking feathers from chickens… And they think they are qualified. No! They want to do the job but they are not qualified.

I understand that you want to do the job and thus are demeaning the language that is in the job description and calling it a "descriptive keyword." What it is is a function that you need to have experience with in order to be considered and qualified for the role.

When they use the word, "requirements" or "qualifications" over a specific section of the job description, that is no joke! You need to have that experience. Otherwise, you are a spammer! Got it? You are a spammer!

Don't screw around with this stuff. If you want to be considered for a particular job, have the experience that they are looking for. Otherwise, all you are doing is wasting time.

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.

NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com
NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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

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

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

Connect with me on 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
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

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.

Finding Where The Hidden Job Market is Hiding | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


Listen to the full episode here
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2018/12/15/finding-where-the-hidden-job-market-is-hiding-nobsjobsearchadvicecom

EP 1316 Shally Stackerl explains many best practices for finding opportunities, information and people to network with on this show.

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 1300 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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

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

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

Connect with me on 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.” 

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.