Stupid career mistake

There are stupid career mistakes people make early in their career AND throughout their middle career that prove very damaging and may never be rectified. Let me explain.

No stupid people beyond this point


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This video is about a stupid career mistake that people need to avoid, you need to avoid. You can avoid it during your interview process; you can avoid it when you're considering the job offer. There's lots of places to avoid this scenario. But it's one that you have to look out for, because it can be so self destructive.

I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game hunter. I'm a career and leadership coach. I used to work in search. And one of the things I used to advise people to do is focus in on the corporate brand, particularly when they were less experienced. Now, the reason I did this is, it's kind of like guilt by association except it's benefit by association.

If you have a good brand, after all, as I've said for years, if I said that a person was working for Apple, or Facebook, or Google, or whatever firm it is, that has a recognized brand name that tends to be positive, people have an association with the employees, right?

But if I said "three guys in a garage doing a start up," they don't know how to, to, to peg you to that. So, branding on the corporate level is important. But people forget that branding with your manager is important, too. That's with the current organization. And with your professional development, with the current organization, what's the rep your manager has internally? Are they thought of favorably? Are they on the upswing? Or have they been there for 10 years and are dying on the vine?

Take a look at their LinkedIn profile. Notice how long they've been working there, and what their career growth has been? Because that affects you too? Are they someone who mentors and coaches or do they "manage?" By manage, they're basically handling productivity. And people who are focused on productivity. . . . It's not a place where you're going to grow a lot. And no matter where you are in your career, you need someone who's going to support your career development.

Now, if you're very senior, you need to have allies internally. So who are the people who support you as a C suite professional, who are not there competing, who you can have candid conversations with? Or do you need to go outside to a coach or trusted advisor to obtain that? Wherever it is, you need allies to assist you in in dealing with your thinking.

No matter, the mistake here is not setting yourself up for success. Whether it's in your career overall, or internally with an organization by focusing purely on the company brand, and not on who it is you'll be reporting to, and how they can support you and your growth.

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JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter
JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff 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, all 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 more than 1900 episodes, and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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7 Responses
  1. Avianca G

    This is so true!
    When I worked at my dream company, I seen mentioned play out the C suite management had been there for years. They were not interested in helping developing talented grow.
    Some were but not all. I remember working with another teammate that showed me more in 6 mins then my boss did in 7 months.
    I’ve been in many C Suites , I’ve found many of these “ high level professionals/ management are very selfish and backstabbing. Definitely not supportive . Not all C Suite professionals are non supportive, if you get lucky you can find individuals that can change your life.
    Another takeaway I experienced ,is some of the C Suite management restrict opportunities to people of color , ethic groups. I also seen this in HR . I was offered rolls i wasn’t a fit for like admin , receptionist, EA , office manager. All these rolls are very important. They weren’t my area of specialty. Over all great video. I’m a new subbie:)

    1. Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

      Avianca, welcome! I’m sorry I am right about this but I know it happens, too often. One of the things a person can do is during interviews with peers, you can ask, :What is s/he like to work for? Are they someone who helps you develop in your career? How have they done it for you?” You may need to read between the lines because many people are afraid to tell the truth. But most people will spot it.

    2. Avianca G

      @Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter thanks !
      I agree with you . I was younger then and have learned now. This is very important as diversity and inclusion is still an issue with these companies.
      It’s a huge emotional toll only being person of color, and constantly having to prove yourself and being treated as less than and under paid , but the management has unrealistic expectations of you.
      This stress caused my health to decline and has also effected all other aspects of my life.

    3. Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

      @Avianca G if you work in organizations with HR departments, you can meet with someone and ask a question along these lines, “As a person of color, when I hear that I am being less than others in my department, I start telling myself stories about why,” and, “when I am being offered inferior opportunities than others with lesser backgrounds than mine, I start telling myself stories. Would you get back to me after you look into why this has happened?” No threat. HR will initially feed you a BS story but you have alerted them to a problem and that you have noticed it. And I am an old white guy who has not been in your position. And brave conversations like this, in your way, are something to consider. Thanks for commenting and opening up

  2. Knutt Laarsen

    Can’t know how I stopmed onto this. All in all GREAT clip 🤩🤩🤩. I also have been watching those rather similar from MStarTutorials and kinda wonder how you guys create these clips. MStar Tutorials also had amazing information about similiar things on his vids.

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