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The Real Disadvantage Older Workers Have When Job Hunting | JobSearchTV.com


I discuss the major way older workers sabotage themselves when job hunting.

Summary

This is a video that's designed to speak to older workers who, I believe, certainly, you know that you do the terrific work, but you're competing in the job market where you think the deck is stacked against you. Yeah, I'm not going to say that age discrimination doesn't exist because obviously it does and there are instances where you are going to compete and there's no chance that they're going to do a nice job interview, they are going to treat you fairly or, at the end of the day, you know, they're not going to get you just don't have the skills to do the job that's involved. That's fair.
But the mistake that most of you make is you cannot in your head that there's age discrimination and you use that as a fallback position time and time again and make excuses for poor performance when, in point of fact, if you got coaching early in the process, if you'd learn some of the things that you've gotten stale about when interviewing, you wouldn't be missing out on some really good opportunities.
So, how do you get coaching? Well, yeah, I do coaching and there'll be information about that a little later on the video but there's a lot of people who do coaching. There's a lot of information online. I don't think it's enough to just read a book I don't think it's enough to just simply ask your friends about how to do it differently because I think, at the end of the day, what winds up happening is . . . it's not the same as getting the message personally.
I've read a lot of books. I've pulled a lot of information back from them. Sometimes, the way to synthesize the materials with personally is with one on one direct coaching that catches the mistakes that you're making when they aren't obvious to you.
Hire a coach. Get interview preparation. Talk with this person about your job search as a friend of mine did recently with me. He hired me and he sold his business. He was coming out of a one year non compete. Now, he was looking for another role for himself. It's been a long time since he needed to look for work. He's been very successful. Clearly sold a lot of businesses for a lot of money, but he's not ready to retire. You know, guy in his early 60s.
So, let's look at it from the standpoint of, here's a guy who's clearly on the far side of the golf course of his career. And, you know, he still wants to continue to work. He has an idea about what he wants to do. He has an idea about what he doesn't want to do. It comes to someone like me to help construct the plan for him to get himself to market even though he hasn't had to look for a job probably in 30 years.
He's about to go to offers to join businesses in senior roles that came about directly from the coaching. Yeah, I did head hunting but that's not the role that I served with him. I functioned as his coach, teaching him what he needed to know in order to find work and correcting his mistakes before they became critical mistakes. We've been working with one another for about six weeks (though he's at the point where he's starting to get offers and proposals) all because he approached things a little bit differently they might have otherwise.

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

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

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.” 

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

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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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The Over 50 Career Changer | JobSearchRadio.com


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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers a launching strategy to someone who asked for advice about making a career change who is over 50 years of age.

Summary

Here's the scenario. A person is over 50 and they are in a job that they have done well at but someone that they hired is now their boss. They recognize the handwriting on the wall and are feeling bored and stuck. They want to consider a completely different career related to what they're doing but still different. What do you do?

I recognize that as I was talking with him. This is a guy with the house, the wife, the responsibilities... He is not 20 without a care in the world. He has to recognize and act in a very precise way in order to ensure the financial stability of his family. So what do you do?

You start off by looking at job descriptions to see what firms look for in this related area. Then, from there, you start working on scheduling informational interviews with people who are doing this work for different organizations. It doesn't matter if they are within your immediate area; find people to speak with. When you do that, you are looking for common threads.

For example, on salary, if 4 of them say one thing and 1 of them says something that is an outlier either high or low, go with the foursome. If for them talk with you about one type of background that is needed in one talks about something completely different, don't disregard the one but the probability is going to live with the four. Then, gather information so that in this way, you understand fully what you are getting into.

Recognizing that a lot of veteran people are making career changes because they are bored, the tired, they don't compete anymore, but they are going into new field where they are going to have to compete, you have to make sure you understand what you're stepping into. You have to understand what you're stepping into before you make the leap. This is where the research of the informational interview comes in.

I want to be clear, it's not like you going to ask 2 questions and then go, "So, do you have a job for me?" No, you really get to be going out and asking questions.

Call someone up and asked, "Can I get 15 minutes of your time. I'm thinking of going into your field. Let's have coffee." Or, "Can I schedule 15 minutes of your time by Skype or phone, and I'd like to just chat with you because I'm thinking of making a career change." Just keep it that simple.

That's your starting place on this search. Research as to what firms look for from job ads, then have conversations with people who are doing the work so that you fully understand what you are getting into and not going into it like an amateur.

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

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.  

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

Connect with me on LinkedInLike me on Facebook.

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

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

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.” 

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

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


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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.

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Should I Apply for a Job At Half My Previous Salary? | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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EP 1271 Should I apply for a job at half the salary I once earned given I’m almost 60 and the options are slim?

Summary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com
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You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.” 

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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Over 50? Over 60: Your Unique Job Search Problems & How to Solve Them | JobSearchTV.com


I discuss a few unique issues that relate to you and your job search.

Summary

So, I just want to start off by saying there are unique issues that come with being an older work. Yes, ageism is an issue, but a lot of the issues that job hunters have who are over 50 (and certainly over 60) relate to the fact that a lot of you have gotten sloppy about so much, you don't really feel like doing it, and it oozes out of your pores.

You don't have the same drive. You don't have the same determination. Frankly, you don't put in smart effort in order to find work. So, yes, I am going to blame the victim here because at the end of the day, you are responsible for all of your outcomes. You can blame ageism to your hearts content, but you still need to find the position.

There is a way that you can short-circuit all of this and that is to start a business, to become a consultant, because, in the case of business owners, in the case of consultants who are operating at a high level like interim roles, looking to be in an interim C level executive for organization, experience is valued.

So, you were brought in in order to be the pro, to do it for a fixed period of time and then leave. So adopting those kind of positions, whether it's starting a business or being an interim exec for a role is a way of short-circuiting the process. .

However, some of the same pointers still apply even to you. And the 1st 2 are kind of linked.

Number 1 is stay fit. I will speak for myself. It's been hard to take off weight period it's been hard to look good. I have gotten fat. I have clothes that the fit me extremely well and a lot of people I talked to don’t. So, I'm at the gym regularly I (right now, I am getting over and injury but still I'm at the gym regularly working out). I sweat. I lift weights. I push myself. You need to do stuff like that plus have your wardrobe do things that call attention to you from a positive perspective, that don’t give people a reason to go, “How old is that that outfit he's wearing? Or, is she wearing something that is from the 70s?”

You know how people are? They get so dismissive. If you don't believe me get on Facebook, again, and take a look at some of the things that people post that are so snarky. So, just be aware of your appearance because that has an effect.

Another thing is practice your skills. Do it at home. You just make the effort to make sure that you don't get sloppy with how you present your knowledge. So, a lot of people I know have been doing their job for so long and so well that they don't have to talk about it well. And they get lazy with. What I will call, “current events,” within their field. You talk to someone 20 years younger than you, it rolls off the tongue so smoothly.. It may not happen that way for you if you practice.

You might also consider, in your presentation, without of alluding to your age by talking about the grandkids, for example. You can talk about the benefits of maturity and your life experience in supporting the lead person or providing access to certain skills and life experiences that a younger worker hasn’t.

You have been there, you've done a lot. It doesn't make you burned out or tired. But what it does do is help you avoid some of the problems, the less experienced worker might not know., So, emphasize some of those attributes when your interview.

I also want to mention networking. Networking is extremely important for you in the value of your network is far greater than the younger workers network. You know senior executives. You know people who are in a position to hire and who can introduce you to other people who can introduce you to roles. So, get out there and talk to people that you know and don't just sit back on your laurels.

The last thing is the tendency that the those of you who are 50 and over have not to take as many interviews. I want to encourage, especially when you 1st getting back in the job search, get out there and take more interviews, even if it's a job that you would never take, even if the commute is too far, because you are going to need some practice. Even if you been a role where you have hired, now you are the other side of the desk period you need to put yourself in the position to practice interviewing so that you don't screw up jobs that really matter.

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

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.

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EP 1271 Should I apply for a job at half the salary I once earned given I’m almost 60 and the options are slim?

Summary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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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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Over 60 Job Search | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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EP 1170 Job hunting when you are over 60

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ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

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

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

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

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

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

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

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

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

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Tough Interview Questions: Are You Sure You Want an Entry Level Position? | JobSearchTV.com


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This is a question it’s often asked of older workers who are considering a career change in order to do work that they like.

Summary

I’ve got a good tough interview question! I summarized it with the headline for this 1 and it says, “are you sure you want an entry-level position?”

Here's the real scenario. Someone is “an older worker.”

“Are you sure you willing to start a position just to get your foot in the door?”

I am going to take a further. You’re 40, 45, 50! Older than that! Would you be willing to go entry-level here?

So, this is 1 of those dilemmas for firms because they get the idea that career progression means being you start at 20; you work your Way up the ranks and they don't understand that people actually want to do things that they want to and not just be a dumb drone sitting in the corner somewhere.

So, how do you respond to an imbecile like this who wants to know whether you're sure that you be open to an entry-level position?

The answer is really very simple but you have to act. You have to treat this as theater and you have to be personally persuasive. You have to look ask them square in the eye and change your tone of voice and speak a little bit more slowly. Then, say something to the effect of, “You know, sometimes you have to take a professional step back in order to move your career forward. So, joining you in an entry-level role basically is going to help me learn. What I'm looking for is a chance-- a chance to interact with customers, retailers, suppliers (whoever the user population would be) and basically learn the product over the course of time. What I'm looking for is a chance. Yes, I am willing to take an entry-level position just to get my foot in the door so that, in this way, I can start building my credentials, have people trust me and be able to do the kind of work I enjoy.”.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

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

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

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

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

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

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

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I’m Over 60. Should I Hide My Age? | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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EP 1156 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter answers a question from a job hunter about whether they should remove references to age in their resume.

Summary

I received a message this morning from someone with I phone interviewed last week who had a question for me. I thought this would apply to other people beyond him, so, I thought I would as a video, rather than just to write back to him. So, there is the question. For people over 60 and looking for a job, should we consider removing reference to age on the websites, my life etc. to better our chances of getting interviews?

I want to start this by saying that bigotry obviously exists but the particularly, ageism. So, let's recognize that, accept that and make firm squirm. That to me doesn't mean removing items from your resume based upon age, but I think in terms of relevance.

I'm 64 so when I think in terms of things that I did in 1971 when I graduated college or in 1972, this could probably be best put on a resume as a summary. So, as you look at your resume, look at relevance, rather than age as being the variable.

I would take of the year on the degree if I were you? Probably. But the truth of the matter is, what difference does it make? You are going to walk in the door, and are they are going to talk to you and they are going to say, “Gee! It’s an old guy,” if they are going to be bigoted.

If they aren’t going to be bigoted, they are going to look at you for your skills and experience and that's the firm that you want to work for. Why put yourself in the awkward situation? To me, it's always better to reveal and not do stupid interviews with people who are bigoted, rather than put myself in the position where I'm dragging myself to a location to talk to someone who is only can give me a courtesy interview because their biases are so profound that they're not going to listen.

Then, I’m going to have to work hard to last that long period of time and have no chance of getting hired.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

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

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

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

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

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

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

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

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

 

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EP 1170 Job hunting when you are over 60

Summary

Mostly advice I read online for people who are over 60, frankly, it is infuriating. It basically suggested all you want to do is retire, have the easiest job imaginable... You might as well be a Walmart greeter or work for messenger service as a dispatcher. Awful stuff!

Most people I talked to who are over 60 aren't ready to slow down. They are looking for careers in income comparable to what they been earning throughout their lives. What good is it to be advising someone to take a job as a dispatcher? Ridiculous.

Here's what I want to suggest. There are lots of people who know your work who are in different organizations. In this is the prime time for networking. You get yourself out there talking to people who know your work, who you been involved with before who are different organizations. You get yourself a networking groups, You start talking to people. You apply for jobs.

Focus on recent work that you done, not the stuff that you did, let's say, not the stuff. When Richard Nixon or Gerald Ford were president. Focus on work that you done over the last 10 or 15 years of your career in your resume.

Again, network relentlessly. If you're not in shape, make sure you get into shape. Spend a little time at the gym. That's if you're out of work. If you are working at want to change jobs, they look at is like any other job search. You're looking for quality opportunity. You're not looking for someone's third-rate choice..

Don't buy into the bull. You have options out there galore. Yes, it is true that there is ageism and there going to be some firms where their bigoted managers who are good be out to get you. Welcome to the world.

And, that was certainly true when you were 20 and their bigoted managers there who wouldn't give you a shot either. This is just the other end of the curve.

Get yourself out there talking to people. Get yourself out there with responses to ads. Focus on the networking because you have far more options and far more opportunities now with networking than you did when you are beginner.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

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

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

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

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

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

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

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

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