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Breaking Rules and Leadership (VIDEO)


We all live by certain rules but do they really work for us, or have they just become deadening habits. Here, I encourage you to test some of your rules and lead your life again.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been coaching people to play their professional and personal games BIG for what seems like 100 years.

For more No BS Coaching Advice and encouragement, visit my website, <a href="http://
www.NoBSCoachingAdvice.com” >www.NoBSCoachingAdvice.com

Ready to schedule your first coaching call? https://gum.co/JAcoaching

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Why Was The Job Re-Posted After I Did So Well On The Interview? | JobSearchTV.com


There are many reasons why would jobs are reposted after a good interview. Here, I offer a few alternatives. They’re very logical if you place yourself in the employer’s shoes.

Summary

Why was a job re-posted after I did so well on an interview? This is a question I am asked very often and I want to offer you a few reasons why this might have occurred.

The 1st 1 is the most likely one. When they place the ad, they placed it for 30 days and the system offers them the option to automatically reposted for another 30 days for free. From their vantage point, they have 60 days of paid advertising that is all handled. They don't have to worry about reposting the ad. It is all handled for them. That's the most likely one. The system is automatically determined the job should be reposted.

Another one is that you may have only met 1 of 5 people that is on the calendar, you have only met the 1st person and you have 4 more people to get through before your hired. They can't count on the fact that just because you did well on the 1st interview that there is enough of a reason that you're going to make it through all the others. From their vantage point, you are early in the process and they have a ways to go before this job is filled.

Another reason is that until that person walks in the door to start work and has been there for a week or 2, they don't know with certainty is that you are going to join at the price at the price they are willing to pay you. I'm sure they have had situations where people have agreed to join and accept the counteroffer, another position and they are still left with an open job. Thus, they are going to continually interview until such time until such time as this position has been closed out altogether, a person is on board and there are no worries about whether this person is going to get "flaky" on them.

So, there are a lot of logical reasons and they all stem from you having to put yourself in their shoes cannot be the anxious job hunter for second.

Do you really think employers are trying to help you?

You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell you as much as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com is there to change that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

Connect with me on LinkedIn http://bit.ly/thebiggamehunter

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Interview Questions to Determine Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO)


As organizations grow or expand, emotional intelligence becomes a more important factor when interviewing new leaders. In this video I offer several basic questions that any person can ask to assess for whether someone is self-aware.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been coaching people to play their professional and personal games BIG for what seems like 100 years.

For more No BS Coaching Advice and encouragement, visit my website, <a href="http://
www.NoBSCoachingAdvice.com” >www.NoBSCoachingAdvice.com

Ready to schedule your first coaching call? https://gum.co/JAcoaching

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What Do You Do If You’ve Been Out of Work So Long Employers Won’t Hire You? | JobSearchTV.com


This is a followup to a video I did yesterday that asked why employers don’t hire people who have been out of work for a while.

Summary

Yesterday, I did a video that asked a question, "Why do employers not hire people who have been out of work for a while?" My answer said some difficult things that I thought were worthwhile to hear. Someone responded with a great question. "Okay. Fine. What do I do?" It was a great question to ask and I thought I would address it in this video.

The answer is going to be a little bit different based upon whether you are inexperienced or relatively junior in your professional circles or more experienced. Whether you are white collar or no collar or blue-collar.

If you are relatively inexperienced, you basically have to go out there and talk to people in different sectors; you have to start talking to temp agencies about the skills that are being sought and, if necessary, go back to school in order to learn those skills.

If you are more experienced, if you are white collar, you may have to get on a plane and go somewhere in order to do the work that you do. I know that is not ideal. But, if necessary, do it. Temp agencies/consulting firms are an option for you if your skills are marketable in other parts of the country. Even if you been out of work for a while, there is a way that your resume can address why you have a gap and you can, if you have done this legitimately, put the word, "Consultant," in there. Even though it is not a full-time job, you can indicate that you have done consulting and talk about the kind of work that you have done as a consultant.

In terms of marketing yourself for the next position, the basic call to action is temp firms, getting on a plane, starting your own business (which I think is probably the least likely option because frankly, if you had the capital to start your own business, you would've done it already. You may not think that way but now that you've been out of work for a while, you've run through savings pretty quickly).

I would say get to a temp agency in your area of the country that places people in jobs that you do. But don't just simply talk with them about what jobs they have opened now. Talk with them about what they look for in a background for their clients. Get a human being to talk with who can adopt you and be flexible to what they want you to do.

Don't just simply say (I'm going to use a New York example), "I will only work in midtown Manhattan." Don't say, "I will only drive 15 minutes from my home."

You're not going to find work. If you do that because you are setting down barriers that will make it much more difficult for you. You need to start developing flexibility.

Here's the other part. This is the part job hunters don't want to hear but is necessary to say. The probability is in your previous work, you are not as good as you thought you were. You need to get better at that which may require that you start taking classes or practice by volunteering at an organization to re-energize your skills and get better at them.

Another thing that you don't want to hear is that you probably don't interview particularly well. You need to get better at that part. I will quickly say that JobSearchCoachingHQ.com has great content that will help you with interviewing and, if you have questions, you can ask me your questions.

Fundamentally, you need to get better at your skills and you need to get better at interviewing because those are completely different skill sets. After all, the skills needed to find the job are different than the skills needed to do a job. You need to get stronger at those and that requires practice and effort and not just simply watching Netflix will being on the phone all day.

You need to treat looking for a job like a sports team does preparing to play on Sunday or preparing for a tennis match. Teams and athletes don't just simply run around and do stuff. They practice plays or how to respond to situations. You need to practice the plays of interviewing. You need to practice job hunting in order to get results.

Athletes make millions of dollars doing this and you expect to get the same results while putting in no effort. Your effort needs to get higher and everything that you are doing, both in terms of your craft/your work whether you are white collar, blue collar or no collar… You're going to have to get stronger. If that means giving away your talent for a while. By volunteering or interning, you do that.

You practice interviewing so that you get better at that. You get feedback from people about how you sound and how well you answer questions. My dilemma about this is that most of the people that you might ask for advice about that may not be the best they giving you advice about that.

If you can't afford a coach, you work with what you've got. Maybe your local unemployment office will have someone there who will take mercy upon you and give you that kind of support.

No matter what, you need to practice interviewing, you need to practice your craft, you need to figure out how what you do fits into your geographic market area AND you need to become more flexible. This is effort. I know in our modern times, people don't want to expand efforts.

You've been sitting home for a while and you have been unsuccessful doing what you are doing. You have to learn to do it differently and get feedback on how you are performing in order to be more effective.

Do you really think employers are trying to help you?

You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell you as much as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com is there to change that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

Connect with me on LinkedIn http://bit.ly/thebiggamehunter

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Don’t Talk So Much! (VIDEO)


Stop problem-solving for people so much. Start looking at things differently.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been coaching people to play their professional and personal games BIG for what seems like 100 years.

For more No BS Coaching Advice and encouragement, visit my website, <a href="http://
www.NoBSCoachingAdvice.com” >www.NoBSCoachingAdvice.com

Ready to schedule your first coaching call? https://gum.co/JAcoaching

Mistakes, Shame and Learning


We all make mistakes but often respond with shame for having made them. Here I discuss how to so that you can learn and grow from the experience.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been coaching people to play their professional and personal games BIG for what seems like 100 years.

For more No BS Coaching Advice and encouragement, visit my website, <a href="http://
www.NoBSCoachingAdvice.com” >www.NoBSCoachingAdvice.com

Ready to schedule your first coaching call? https://gum.co/JAcoaching

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What Does It Mean When The Recruiter Isn’t Returning My Calls or Emails? | JobSearchTV.com


If I’m a job applicant and the recruiter I’m working with stops returning my calls and emails, what does that usually mean?

Summary

The question for today is:

If I'm a job applicant in the recruiter. I am working with stops returning my calls and emails, what does that usually mean?  
Well, let me pose a different scenario.  If you are going out with someone and they stop returning your calls, texts and emails, what would that mean?

You know what it means. Who are you kidding?  You just don't like it.

Here is what often happens.  Job hunters have this mistaken notion that recruiters work for them.  They don't.  They work for employers who pay them.  You aren't paying them anything, right? You have to get this notion out of your head that you are working with them.  You aren't working with them. They are trying to fill the positions.  Your background either fits or it doesn't.  When they have something that makes sense, they will be in contact.  

You can drop them a message every once in a while (that doesn't mean daily) to say, "I just wanted to let you know that I'm still available. If something comes up."  

Often, what job hunters do because they are "working with the recruiter" is nag and pester the recruiter. 

Understand you are getting a message in the behavior in much the same way as in a dating scenario, if someone you were going out with stop returning your calls, you will get a message from that that they didn't want to talk with you, right?  

So, you know what it means.  You just have to adjust.

Some people will say you have to work with a lot of recruiters.  I have no idea where you are, geographically, or where you are in your career.  For most people who do not have unique skills or are not at a leadership level, yes, you do have to connect with multiple recruiters.  Recruiters are not pounding on doors to persuade employers to speak with you.  That isn't how the business works.

They are hired by employers and give them requirements for positions that they need to have filled and, if they find the right person, they will be paid for that.  They are not getting on the phone to make 100 phone calls to companies just for you using a call was that they have prearranged so that whenever someone walks in the door they call 100 people every single day.

No. They are filling jobs. They are not "placing people."

Let's assume that you are a relatively inexperienced person, you do need to be contacting multiple people and, more importantly, you do need to be contacting people who graduated from the school that you went to and learn how they got there current job and whether there might be something of their employer that might fit you. You are trying to work with multiple recruiters and responding to ads.  Networking to people that you don't already know and doing informational interviews, networking, going to networking groups, telling everyone that you know repeatedly that you are looking for work…

It's not enough to just simply tell them one time, you have to say it multiple times and the people are reminded that you are looking for job.  After all, when someone has a cold, do referred your doctor to them?  Probably not.  People need constant reminders to refer you to things that they care about.

Back your original question.  It probably means that they don't have anything for you right now and leave them alone.

Do you really think employers are trying to help you?

You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell you as much as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com changes that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Want to Start a Business? Don’t Have Time? Here’s How. (VIDEO)


Jeff Altman,The Big Game Hunter explains how to figure out how to get the time to start that business that you want to start.

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Summary

I want to talk with you if you’re someone who’s been interested in starting a business, you are working full time, you don’t feel like you have time.  I want to help you figure out a way where you can get your time and be able to do what you want to do.

If you wait around to when you have a few minutes, you’ll never do it.  Experience tells me that most people won’t do it. If they wait to find the time to do it.  Here’s what you need to do.

  1. Create a 24 hour a day grid/7 days a week with 15 minute intervals.  Track how you currently spend your time.  This way, you have a view of it.  Start by tracking the time.
  2. Create a 2nd grid.  Redo your time grid for how you needed to be.  For example, if you work all day and are watching cable TV at night, that can be time for you.  You can take that out of the schedule.  Decide what time is not negotiable.  For example, you sleep or go to work, your commuting time, you do your job, these are nonnegotiable times.  To be clear, I want you to be great at your current job.  These all go into this grid.  You want to spend time with your wife, husband, partner and/or kids … put these on the grid.  You want to go to different events that the kids do.… These go on the grid.  These are all scheduled in.  You want to be there for bath time with the kids. This goes on the grid  there are things that you will discover from the 1st read that you can take out from the 2nd 1.For example, if you are someone with lots of alerts on your phone, get rid of all your alerts.  Just login and see what messages you have.  Same thing with text messages.  You don’t need to respond to an text message immediately.  Turn off the alerts; batch respond.  This way, you are not being interrupted.  If you are finding it hard at work to avoid responding when someone asks, “Did you see this show,” maybe what you want to do is pull out cable and/or pull out Netflix so that this way you start on your time again, not Netflix.

You see where I’m going with this?  You need to own your time I can then start plugging in your work.  Like I said, if you need to turn off cable, if you need to turn off Netflix, do it.  Not only will you get the time back, but you will save some money, too.

 

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been coaching people to play their professional and personal games BIG for what seems like 100 years.

For more No BS Coaching Advice & encouragement, visit my website.

Ready to schedule your first coaching call?

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How Do I Get a Recruiter to Respond to A Salary Negotiation? | JobSearchTV.com


There has been no response to emails or instant messaging. I don’t want to bother my boss. Why aren’t they getting back to me?

Summary

I was asked, "How do I get a recruiter to respond to a salary negotiation?"

The person has been an intern and they have made an offer to them.  The recruiter for this firm hasn't been responding to emails or instant messaging and the intern is frustrated.  They want to find out how they can reach this person for negotiating.

Here are a few points:

As an intern who is converting to full-time staff, you are small fish on their plate.  I have other, more important fish to fry, too.  HR has a lot of things on their plate; they have hiring managers who are demanding service; they are interviewing; they are trying to fill positions; they are writing a heads… There are many things that HR is doing… You are not a big concern for them.
This HR person may be out of the office.  They may be traveling. They may be doing campus recruiting, hence why they may not be responding to you.
You are right not to trouble your boss.  This is not a major priority.  If the rule, they offered you a job  and you have already done parts of this job before.  They will probably be asking themselves, "What's the big deal?  You knew what the price point was we brought you want for this internship?"
They just don't care.  There's no point or concern that they have, because, after all, it's not like you're the only intern on the planet or qualified to do this job.  There are others. Their desire to negotiate is really small.
Let me summarize for you where you stand.

On the one side there is a rock. On the other side, there is a hard place.  You are somewhere between the two.

If your goal is to just make the connection and they are not respond, send an email to HR with the subject line, "Are you okay?"  The message may read something along the lines of, "I have emailed and I am do you and had not received a response.  I have a few questions about the job offer.  Would you give me a call, please?  I just want to make sure you are okay?  My experience of you is that you would normally get back to me but since I haven't heard, I just want to make sure that you are all right."

That will usually "guilt them" into surfacing.

 

Do you think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell you as much as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com changes that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

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Why Do People Hire Career Coaches? | JobSearchTV.com

I offer one basic reason and offer two scenarios for why someone should hire a career coach.

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Summary

"Why Do People Hire Career Coaches?"

The 1st answer I'm going to say may sound flip to some of you and self-serving to others, but is factually correct. The answer is, "because they are smart."

They know they need help. They haven't been able to figure it out for themselves so they do the smart thing. They are getting advice. They are getting help from someone who knows better than they how to get the result that they want. Let me illustrate. Let's start with the job search scenario and then go on to a few others.

In a job search, a person has been hitting their head against the wall. They're not getting the results they want. They had been talking to friends, family, former managers, anyone that they know who know little more than day in order to get advice.  Doesn't it make sense to ask someone who has far more experience than they in helping people find work to help them get results?  Of course it is.  It is smart.

Let me give you another scenario.  Someone is in a career they don't really care for. They are bored. Listless.  They are behaving weirdly with family.  Behaving this way because they are just not happy doing the work that they are doing.  They go to a career coach for help.

Career coaches have tools and experiences that will help a job hunter, help you as a professional who is struggling with what to do next. They may be able to help you get to where you want to faster.  Now you may still fumble around because it's not like I'm going to listen to you and say, "Oh!  You should be a dentist!"  It doesn't work that way.

We only learn a certain amount from each person AND we can move things along much faster than if you don't see a career coach.

My site, JobSearchCoachingHQ.com is geared toward the job hunting side of life.  

It is very inexpensive if you join there. You'll get access to curated information that will help you find work much faster PLUS the ability to ask me questions, all at a very reasonable price.

If you want to do one-on-one coaching with me, I will help you get to the finish line fast..

If you want to do career coaching,. I do it, and a lot of other people do it. But, coming back to the original question, the goal is not to wander through your life, dissatisfied,, wandering through life unhappy. Life is hard enough. Get help.

Certainly in job search, certainly in other then venues, the people who you go to for advice, have little more experience than you do. What makes you think you're giving you the right information?

Better to get to a coach than fumble around.

Do you think employers are trying to help you?

You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell you as much as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com changes that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”