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EP 1667 Things can go wrong in many places in your Job Search. Here I break down the Problem Points for You.

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You're involved with a job search. It just isn't working for you. How do you critique what's going on in order to figure out what to "course correct?"

It's very rare that a job search goes well enough that we could chart ut as following a perfectly straight line upward and that you wind up in a job instantly. Often the situation breaks down so let;s dissect it.

If you're sending out resumes and not getting interviews,

you have a resume problem. The resume isn't working for you. How you are submitting it isn't working for you.

If you aren't getting phone calls about resumes that you posted on job boards, the issue may be one of two things – – the career that you've chosen for yourself is a particularly marketable or, more likely, your resume is not keyword rich in the skills that recruiters are looking for; you may need to change the language on your resume

If you're getting calls for phone interviews and are not being invited in, you have a problem with phone interviewing. You just don't know how to do it well enough to entice people to want to continue the conversation. You need to improve upon that. There are many ways that you can do that; I have quite a few available through

If you are having phone interviews, getting invited in for in-person interviews in not being asked back, you don't interview well in person. That can be caused by a variety of things, too numerous to mention here, but that's where the breakdown is occurring.

If you are getting invited back for final interviews in not getting past "The Boss of Bosses" for the organization, the person who the job ultimately reports, not the immediate manager but "The Overlord," you are not making connections with people, certainly not at the high levels.

If you are getting job offers by getting lowballed, you haven't done a good enough job on your interviews to make them believe that you can solve their problems. So, they basically are tossing a bone at you and seeing the field bite. You haven't made them fall in love yet.

This is how a job search can get deconstructed. There are obvious tasks along the way and often people go through the process by going through the motions. They send out resumes and don't prepare for phone calls, they haven't made their resume keyword optimized to make it attractive on job boards, their flipping resumes across the transom like they are burgers at a fast food restaurant, how well is that working? Do you find them tasty? No, of course not and neither does the employer. You're a spammer.

If you are interviewing and not practiced for it, it's your fault because you haven't done the homework necessary to impress people.

All in all, job hunting involves skills that you can learn and develop. provides those answers for people. Sign up on the site, it's inexpensive, there's a lot there that you can learn from.


JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter
JeffAltman, 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 1600 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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