(From the archives–2013) Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter tells a story about a coaching session he did and how he helped someone look for their edge against their competition.
I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm referred to as The Big game Hunter because I've been hunting down leaders and staff organizations for 40 plus years now.
Yesterday, someone reached out to me for some advice and coaching and I spent some time with them. It reminded me of a mistake many Job Hunters make when they look for work. And that mistake is found a pretty linear path. Let me tell you a story.
I don't know the man personally. He was referred by someone I know. And he reached out to me looking for help. He works for a government agency in a mid-US state, and wants to get out of working for government. He's someone who immigrated or emigrated to the United States from Latin America. He's someone who came to the US Soccer scholarship, has become a naturalized citizen,
A very decent guy in his 20s and he's just trying to do the right thing all the time. If I were to just look at his credentials, working with the government, there's certain things that will transfer to the private sector, but many things wont. No disrespect to government workers. It's just a different environment. And the private sector looks down at government workers.
However, there was something that this man had that I thought would allow him to stand out. Now, he doesn't necessarily want to stay where he's living now; he's willing to be flexible on location. But this could apply to anyone. And in his case, the extra quality that he has that will make it easier for him to find work outside of government is he's bilingual.
You can't tell me that there isn't a foreign bank that isn't willing to give someone a chance who could speak Spanish fluently? Who can speak Portuguese fluently.And there may be a talent like that you have that's going to allow you to stand out from the pack and identify you as someone different than your competition.
One of the things I tell people when they answer that "tell me about yourself question is there's a pretty pretty generic way to answer and I'm not going to review it here. I have another video, actually two videos one about a standard answer. And this relates to the more advanced answer I suggest people use.
So, you go through the pretty much standard answer that people might have. And then you pause for a second and you go. "But what makes me different is . . . " and you start talking about the qualities that make a difference, that are going to allow you to stand out in a positive wat than the people that you're competing with.
Always look for those variables that make you not a "in the pack individual," but a "stand out from the pack" person. Always look for those experiences that you've had. Maybe they're life experience. In this man's case, he's someone who immigrated to the US or emigrated depending upon which way you're looking at the United States, and he did it on an athletic scholarship. Some people are going to love his story and they're going to be lesson enamored with his role and responsibilities as a government worker.
Always look for the hook. Always look for that special quality that makes you different than your competition. As I said in a previous video, you don't always want to be swimming in the ocean with all the other fish that are jumping at the same hooks. You always want to be looking for ponds where there are fewer fish in them, where you get at the hook. And that's what, for this man, both his bilingual skills and his scholarship can do for him.
Look for yourself. You'll find places where you can stand out and then tell your story in a way that people will appreciate these differences and be interested in hiring you.
So this is Jeff Altman. I hope you found this video helpful. If you did and you're watching on YouTube, share it, leave a comment, click the like button. Do something, please thats going to let people know this is worthwhile.
I also want to encourage you to come over my website, which is JeffAltman.com and while there, sign up for a complimentary subscription to my e-zine, No BS Job Search Advice. I publish it weekly with advice for Job Hunters good anywhere in the world. It's a $499 value I give away for free (Discontinued).
There's lots of great contents at the site--my YouTube videos, podcasts and my two radio shows. Job Search Radio, which is on WebTalkRadio and in iTunes, and No BS Job Search Advice Radio, which is on BlogTalkadio (now on Anchor.fm), also in iTunes, and both are in a host of other podcast directories as well.
So, there's also previous articles from my ezine, places you can post your resume to (Discontinued), information about my books and guides to job hunting (Discontinued), lots of great content, obviously, positions on recruiting for (Discontinued), just good stuff that's going to help you with your job search. So go exploring ther.
A few final points. First of all, do you need coaching? Do you need a few questions answered? If you have a few questions, contact me through liveperson.com (Discontinued--schedule it through the website). LivePerson is a site where basically it's an interface between you and I that will also handle billing for me. And it allows you to connect with me and ask some questions.
You can also sign up for my coaching program VIP personal search that allows you to develop a more extended relationship with me, right coach you about different elements of job search (Hire me to coach you through the schedule option on the website).
In addition, if your firm's trying to hire someone, send me an email at the address below. Let me know who to contact and whether I should mention the name. I'd love to help you firm staff positions (Discontinued).
Finally, if we're not already connected on LinkedIn, send me a connection request at linkedin.com/in/TheBigGameHunter. I accept connection requests from people all over the world except if you're a third party recruiter, or in a country known for scams or spam.
This is Jeff Altman. Hope you have a great day. Take care
ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER
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