Job Search Lessons from The Movies: Jerry Maguire |

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EP 1554   I discuss a huge job search lesson from this 1996 blockbuster . . . and no, the advice is NOT, “SHOW ME THE MONEY!”

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Now, Jerry is fired in the movie. He is presented as a top agent as a sports management firm and is fired from his job. He wants to go and start his own management firm and no one wants to join them.

There is a point where he needs help. There is a time where he needs support. There is Renée Zellweger as his support and her family. Jerry is able to come back from "the dead" and rise up because he is the support of people who care about him, and are willing to help him.

That is the lesson for you.. You are looking for a job, you may or may not be out of work. You don't have to do everything by yourself. You can get advice and you can get help and you should put support someplace in all of this.

Support takes a lot of different forms. Family is a great place for support if it is the right family. If it is the wrong family, they are going to be torturing you. "When are you going to get an interview?" You don't need this. You don't need a guy looking over your shoulder telling you that you doing it all wrong. You don't need your wife, husband or partner lashing out at you for not doing enough..

What you need to do is put a supportive system in place. It can be friends. It can be clergy. You can get coaching.

When all is said and done, you need to think outside of yourself and get help early so that, in this way, you don't go through weeks of depression. You don't go through weeks of frustration. You learn your lessons before you make mistakes, rather than after them by working with individuals who know more than you about job hunting and can help you navigate in the right direction.

I do coaching. I want to simply say the good coach is going to teach you what you need to know when you need to know it so that you can work your way through your job search without making mistakes or making fewer mistakes. We can't control what you do in the interview , but we can prepare you for interviewing. We can prepare you for salary negotiation. We can look at your resume and recognize, "You know, it needs some work. It's not as good as you think it is."

We can encourage you that even if you get a job you be worthwhile few to be doing some training to get your career untracked.

There are a lot of things that a good coach can do from their experience.


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

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1500 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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