Change is Coming |

By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter encourages you to expect change and get support now. NOTE: In the video, I refer to contacting me through I no longer work through that service. You can schedule a time to speak through my website,

From Paycheck to Purpose

This is going to be a quirky show for me and an important one for you. Most of the time, I talked about how you can tactically deal with job hunting – – I help you with resumes. I talk with you about how to handle interview questions and negotiate salary, a whole host of things related to job. On this show, I want to go “bigger picture.”

The bigger picture is that, when you find a job now, most of you make the mistake of thinking it’s all over. I’ve got my job. Yippee! I’m done.

What you need is someone to work with you over the course of your career who is someone you can bounce ideas off of.  Someone who can give you advice about how to handle professional situations.

You know. A coach.  You may think you have that person in place, but you really don’t. That’s because you never call upon them. You never reach out to them for advice. That’s what I want to talk to you candidly right now.

If you think your professional circumstances are safe now, you are mistaken. Change is clearly a part of our life landscape. Let me give you perspective for my career.

I started off in recruiting in 1972.  At that time, you delivered resumes by US mail. Then, we progressed to the messenger delivering resumes in your local city. We used the messenger service. Then you hired your own messenger. Then, this great thing happened – – the fax machine.  The fax machine eliminated the job of the messenger, just like the messenger cost jobs at the post office.  Now, obviously, we use email.

Now, we do recruiting, not by waiting for resumes to arrive in our inbox through the mail, not by waiting for fax, waiting for it to be emailed. Now, recruiters are finding people aggressively online using a variety of different tools where we can research people online and find them.

When push comes to shove, in that simple illustration, I probably talked about 9 or 10 different changes, all of which cost jobs. In doing the research, you are impacting jobs at job boards.  When job boards came around, does anyone use a fax machine anymore? No. It’s built into the software or PCs and we never use it, anyway.

The point I’m trying to make is that, in your career, you’re going to need to anticipate changes in your career. You will need to be proactive in order to position yourself in a way that allows you to stand out from others. This isn’t simply about branding, because branding is only one aspect of it. You have to anticipate that the firm you are working for. Could go out of business tomorrow. With the change.

Now, I know a lot of you are thinking, “That can’t happen to me. I work for Megalopolysis, the biggest and most important firm in the field.” 

Didn’t the recession teach you anything about safety at firms? Lord knows, there were millions and millions of people throughout the world who thought their jobs were safe and their careers were well positioned because they work for good firms.  These people all went up out on their butts. People at Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns before that… We can go through all sorts of firms where people did great work and, through no fault of theirs. The sand shifted under their feet and they wound up being out of a job.  Painfully out of a job.

My encouragement for you is to get someone to sit and talk with.

You need a trusted advisor to work with to ensure that you don’t wind up losing going forward.  Reach out to me through my website, I’ll be happy to answer your questions. Happy to set up a schedule where we can work together for many years so that you are well-positioned going forward in your career and you don’t get caught short.

Staying Relevant



Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with over 2300 episodes.

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