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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter looks at successful athletes as an impetus to encouraging you to go all out.

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Hi, I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter and, in all honesty, no matter how much coaching again, no matter how much advice you could absorb, no matter how much effort you put in, there may be times in your job search where you're going to struggle.
Now, I'm a sports fan and one of the things I learned a long time ago, is that there's an edge that winning teams have over teams that are not winning teams. One of the advantages that winning teams have is that they've learned that winners will find the way to win, and that losers will find the way to lose. How does this apply to you?
One of the things that teams seem to do over and over again, the losing teams, is they keep doing the same thing-- They keep methodically trying to defeat the winning team without that sort of emotional energy to win, that ability to get themselves revved up in a powerful, aggressive way the champion is. Hey, I don't care which sport you like, I don't care which team you like, you know what your athlete is like, when they will walk off the field and they've won, you know their behavior when that final overhead is hit, at a major tennis match, and that person just drops to the ground with exhaustion, exhilaration, because they've given their all.
Is that what you're really doing in your job search? Of course not. You need to perform like great athletes perform, putting in full effort, maximum effort, passion, drive, the willingness to give it your all, even if you'll lose because at times you are going to lose. At times, you are not going to be successful, sending out that wonderfully crafted resume that you and maybe your resume writer have worked on for hours. It just doesn't connect but, I will tell you, if overall, you engaging your search with drive, passion, joy, effort, and 100%, one hundred and 10%, whatever that high number is for you, and not 30% 40% and, you know what I'm talking about when I'm when I'm quoting these numbers. you know the difference between you and peak performance and you just going through the motions.
You need to operate at peak to reach into an organization, develop relationships with people that they're going to want to refer you to that firm. You're going to be wanting to operate at peak on your interviews so that people look at you and go, "Wow, that guy is a force of nature. I'd love to have this guy around. I'd love to have this woman around."
So ,don't play small. Play like a champion, because, again, I'm going to repeat it one more time--Winners find the way to win, losers find the way to lose. And one of the reasons that winners find the way to win, is that they know that losers will find the way to lose.
So, this is Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I hope you found this helpful. If you did andf you're watching on YouTube, share it, leave a comment, click the like button, send it to folks, do something that lets people know it was worthwhile. Then go over to my website which is Go exploring because I've got a ton of great content there available free.


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 1300 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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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
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