Today, someone sent a connection request to me on LinkedIn that I would not except. Play big there don’t look like a mouse. Here I discuss what this person did wrong.

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Hi, I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm called The Big Game Hunter because I coach people to play at the game of their lives, their career, their job search . . . big. And this is another of my daily Periscopes about playing bigger. It stems from a LinkedIn connection request I received. from someone who said he was an oil and gas engineer and, basically, his profile had his initials. It didn't identify his current employer (It basically said, "Confidential") and generally obscured the person's background.
It had two lines about this, three lines about that. Maybe it was a spam profile. But I've seen enough of these that I recognize them as not necessarily being a spam profile. The image of the guy . . . well it wasn't. It was an oil rig, a refinery picture. It is the second time I've received this profile connection request from someone.
So, I'll simply say that, if you're going to be on LinkedIn, you got to play big, and instead of hiding who you are, because you're afraid your boss is going to find out you're looking (everyone on LinkedIn is open to something), reveal who you are, talk about your background, create a great profile.
At the end of the day, you know, what's going to happen is you're going to start getting results instead of looking like a worm or looking like a spammer. Spam profiles are pretty clear here. There are a lot of profiles of people with that Aquamarine background behind them that basically suggests, this is a Photoshop image that got put up. There are other versions of that.
But the important thing is your LinkedIn profile has to sell you as a professional. It's part of your branding and it's part of the way you distinguish yourself from everyone and everything on LinkedIn. Don't be a little mouse and hide who you are. Play big.
I'm Jeff Altman. Hope you found this helpful. My website is There's a lot more there that you can watch, listen to or read to help you find work more quickly and play bigger.
And if we aren’t connected on LinkedIn, send a connection request at
I'm Jeff Altman. Hope you have a great day.
Take care


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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