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Hiring? You’re Missing a Huge Skilled Market (VIDEO)


In this video, I discuss a huge market you’re missing when targeting your recruiting efforts.

 

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, 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 and life coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1000 episodes,“ Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers 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. Like me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

Will a Recruiter Give Up on Someone If They Are Turned Down Too Often? | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

EP 1073 The answer to this question shouldn’t surprise you.  But if it does, is a message that you need to learn.

Summary

Will a recruiter give up on a job applicant or a candidate If they are turned down for jobs too often?

HELL YEAH!

If you're asking the question, my assumption is you are working with contingency recruiters who aren't going to be paid unless you are hired for a position they refer you to With the result being they have already invested/wasted a lot of time trying to help you get interviews at clients of theirs and you are turning up empty. How many companies do you think they have in their hip pocket that will want to talk with you given the skills that you have?

There are a finite number of firms that want to hire someone with a particular background. I don't care if you are a kid freshly out of school, you are someone with 2 years of experience or have 22 or 42 years of experience. There are only a finite number of firms in your market area that are going to care. Your lack of performance is on you, not on them. After all, they have gotten you interviews and you are not delivering the goods.

Either you have lied to them about your capabilities OR you just don't know how to interview. . Ultimately, these are skills issues that you can improve upon. But you asked whether recruiter would give up on someone . . . Of course they would. You are a waste of time. You are costing them money. Every time they send you out and you fail to deliver, you are costing them a fee.

If you are staff person at this agency (And the statistical probability suggests that the person you are dealing with is a staff person), They are receiving a percentage of that fee that the agency gets. They are hustling. They are working for you and you are failing.

Get better. Stop wasting time and worrying if a recruiter will give up and start worrying about delivering a better performance under interviews.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, 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 and life coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1000 episodes,“ Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers 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. Like me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

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Finding The Back Door to a Job | JobSearchTV.com


On this show, I talk about how to find the back door and avoid the front door

Summary

This is a show where will be talking about how to get to the back door, how to get the people who are the actual decision-makers, instead of being the foolish individual who is applying through the applicant tracking system, applying through human resources . . yadda, yadda, yadda.

Firms want you to do that because, from their standpoint, they’ve got government reporting to contend with and that doesn't help you. That's just their meatgrinder. They put their sausage meat on the top and they want to hand wring it. You come out the bottom predigested pre-chewed. It's awful.

And even the best applicant tracking system, at the end of the day, is going to be largely ineffective. So here is a couple ways to find the hiring manager and see if you can entrée to that person, instead of doing with the company want to do.

The 1st thing is, of course, you have a network, you’ve got friends . . . reach out and see if they might know the person or know anyone who works in that firm. Check Twitter. Check Facebook. Check LinkedIn. See if you have a 1st level connection and reach out and see if they might know anything about the job and see if they can supply you with the name, email address, phone number . . . something along those lines.

Next thing is LinkedIn, of course. You go to LinkedIn and there's a couple of tools that you can use for researching on LinkedIn beyond your 1st level connections. These days, LinkedIn is a lot more open about this sort of stuff. It generally gets your 1st, 2nd 3rd level connections on LinkedIn. Reach out to those folks any way you can.

You can also, on someone's page, that you might be connected with on LinkedIn, look along the right-hand column and what you will discover is people who look at this profile also look at such and such. And the result winds up being you get even more contacts to reach out to.

I want to remind you CALL THEM. How do you get their phone number? Real simple. Do what recruiters do. You pick up the phone, call the firm, you try to connect. They’ve got a voice response system? Okay, work your way through the voice response system. Is that so tough? You type in the letters of the person's name, see if it will give you an extension, then just connect through, and when you get through, simply say, “ Hi! My name is .. . I’m looking for a job at your firm. Would you happen to know so-and-so?” You do this if you're not going that person you just found on LinkedIn or for trying to get to the hiring manager. “Could you point me to the person who heads the function or heads up programming, accounting, engineering . . .What have you . Then, you go to that individual and see if you can network your way through the admin, through the individual, to the actual hiring manager.

If you get to that individual (CIO, CTO, CFO, . Whoever has that “C” designation) what you do is really very simple.

“Hi my name is . . . This is what I do. I understand your firm is trying to hire such and such. Is the person I would reach out to, not HR,, but the actual hiring manager?”

“Why don’t you want to talk to HR? That's the way we do things around here?”

“Well, all that is going to happen is they are going to be a filter, and maybe they will submit it to the hiring manager. They are busy; they have lots of things to do and miss resumes. I can send it to both. I am happy to do that. I'd like to get the name of the hiring manager and submit a resume. HR will see that I copied them on it. So, I am not trying to circumvent them in any way. I just want to communicate with the hiring manager.

The hiring manager is going to get your resume and respond or not. Your resume may stink for the job. Lord knows, most resumes I see are in no way shape or form qualified but this is the way you approach it if are actually qualified.

If you are just going to be sending out stupid resumes for sport because you think you want to work for this firm and have nothing relates to what they're looking for, you will be wasting your time and their time.

But, again, this is assuming that you have qualifications that will matter to this firm or they are trying to fill a position.

So, know what you’re trying to do is get to the c-level individual in an organization and have them direct you down and when you make that call to that hiring manager, you just simply say, “Jennifer so-and-so gave me your name and number,” or “Her office gave me your name and number. Or, in the case of a friend or family member, “I was referred by so-and-so who told me you were involved with hiring for this position,” and then you going to a quick commercial about your background and how it fits with what the organization is looking for.

Another way to circumvent the meat grinder or the sausage maker as some people refer to it is see if you can find your way through the corporate website to different people. In doing that, generally, you're going to get executives but, sometimes, it will look for a PR person. Sometimes you can find someone in investor relations and, through them, get to the right person period.

I know in work that I've done in the way of business development to develop client relationships with firms, one of the best tactics has always been to go to investor relations or public relations with the firm. But again, you're making phone calls. Don't send email. They usually do not respond.

Another way you can find out . . .This, again, depends on your level of seniority, think in terms of a school’s alumni association. You can reach out through the alumni Association, be told who went to your school and is working at that firm, but they may not be motivated and certainly not get back to you promptly. Think in terms of the importance of promptness because, all the while, people are applying for jobs and this person’s schedule is going to get full.

You have to act quickly and the easiest way to get is on LinkedIn. There is a drop-down box. Go across the ribbon along the top and I believe it's in the profile area or find people something along those lines.

Just go to the web and along the top some black with white print and you will find the drop them for your people who have gone to your school work at this organization and then reach out to them.

Begin making phone calls talk to people, try to do some networking, trying to find who the hiring manager is for this role. “Can you point me to this individual?”

Again, if you not getting through the person, always try alumni for the organization.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, 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 and life coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1000 episodes,“ Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers 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. Like me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

How Do I Recognize a Good Recruiter or Headhunting Firm? | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

EP 1066 My answer to this question is crystal clear.

Summary

Today's question,

"How Do I Recognize a Good Recruiter or Headhunting Firm? "

I'm going to give you the answer that you don't want to hear… But it is the truth.

The answer is you can't.

You can pickup a clue or 2 along the way but I think the issue is the disconnect between what you define as a good recruiter and what a client might define as a good recruiter.

To you, a good recruiter is someone who can find you a job.  To a corporation, a good recruiter is someone who can fill a position, who has good discernment, who has the ability to understand a person's experience and ability. Who can understand with their particular corporate culture was like, save them time and deliver great potential new hires to them.  The recruiter can't guarantee that the firm will actually hire someone from them, but they can't deliver good quality potential hires that make the decision difficult for an employer.

Let me go back to you, for example.

You want to hire someone who is a good recruiter or as a good headhunting firm.  As a result, they have to have jobs that fit you.  That basically translates into seeing what jobs that they have to fill in job hunters have a pretty loose idea of what fits their background. Judging by what I received in my inbox each day which tends to be hundred to 150 pieces of email that are little more than spam.

You send a resume to someone, you don't hear back. And you say to yourself, "Hey! This is a bad recruiter. They didn't call me!"  However, you send a resume that did nothing to demonstrate that you are qualified for the role that they are trying to fill. So, to you, a good recruiter is always going to be the one who finds you a job.

I think there are clues to a successful recruiter or a good recruiter through longevity with one agency. For example, if you see someone who has been with the firm for 10 or 15 years, you know they are filling jobs. You know that firm has an environment for them that allows them to be able to perform at a high level for their corporate clients. That's one indicator that guarantees that there is a possibility they could be effective for you, but there are no guarantees.

How can you recognize a good headhunting firm?

Longevity is normally a variable. As the firm did in operation for, I don't know, pick a number of years? However, there are people who start off firms who may be out on their own now. They had been with the firm for 10 or 15 years and recently started a search firm that is only been open for 3 months. Does that make them less capable? I don't think so.

I don't think size of firm matters. After all, you can contact Robert Half, 1 of the largest recruiting firms in the world or Manpower, again, 1 of the largest recruiting firms in the world, you got the wrong person, what happens is that they miss out on opportunities for you. They aren't sending you out on things because he got the wrong person at the right firm. To be clear, I am not endorsing either of those firms in case you misconstrue that I was using their names as an endorsement. I was just using them as an example of huge firms in the recruiting sector.

There are boutique firms that do a far better job than the larger firms, but they are specialized or "narrow focused." They may be a part of a network of recruiting firms like n NPA Worldwide that allows firms to have good market penetration so that even though this person might be a solopreneur, they have access to 500+ other recruiting firms around the world and can submit your resume to affiliates in other places. Again, it doesn't guarantee anything.

At the end of the day, I think the issue comes down to the question and how the question really implies, "Who can get me a job?" Remember, there are no guarantees. After all, all they can do is get you in the door. They can't get you the job because your performance on the interviews may stink, your expectations may be atrocious, the resume is even worse, yada, yada, yada.

The fact is 70% of all positions are filled as a result of networking. 70% of those 70% are filled. As a result of introductions to people that you didn't know at the beginning of your job search. You need to go out there and network and not just simply outsource your efforts to recruiting firms. Don't just simply apply to job boards because, between job boards and recruiting firms, they only fill 30% of all jobs.

Don't be a fool. Get out there and start meeting new people. Start talking to others. Don't outsource just to recruiters.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, 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 and life coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1000 episodes,“ Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers 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. Like me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

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How Can I See Another Person’s LinkedIn Profile Without Them Knowing? | JobSearchTV.com


There are currently two ways.

Summary

The question is, "How can someone look at a LinkedIn profile without someone knowing?"

There are 2 ways that I know of. The 1st 1 involves your privacy settings on LinkedIn. So, if you go to your LinkedIn page and click on your photo in the very top right above the ribbon, what you will have access to our your privacy settings. I think it actually says account and privacy settings. When you go there, you actually want to click on the option toward the top that says privacy. Within there, profile, viewing, options. You see in that area that you have a few choices. One is that people can actually see your name and choice. You can demonstrate what it is that you do..

For example, in my case it says, "Life/Professional Coach in the Human Resources industry.", Why it says, "Life," I have no idea. That is what LinkedIn has chosen for me. Then, there is a completely private one that says, "Anonymous LinkedIn member." Oooooooooh! It's almost like having the bogeyman there. That's one option. You make access to what someone else sees private.

As I understand it, if you choose this completely private option, LinkedIn stops carrying statistics about you. So, for example, if you want to know how you rank on LinkedIn in the role that you are in, they are not going to be able to give you any data about that. For example, I rank either 1st or 2nd for people in search in my network. It depends on the number of articles that I write and how many views that I get and things like that. You don't receive any data like that. If that doesn't matter to you, that's okay. That's option number 1.

Option number 2 was doing search outside of LinkedIn. For example, if you use a site with the address www.lia-usa.info, this is a Google custom search engine that I created where I am able to search LinkedIn profiles specifically within the US. I have to do Boolean search and I have to, within that, look for people within a particular geographic area. I have to use the LinkedIn naming convention for that particular area. For example, it doesn't say New Jersey. It may say, "New York metropolitan area." Find the convention for the area that you are searching.

The skills in a Boolean search AND that local area in quotation marks or parenthesis. This allows you to see information without people seeing that you are looking at them. Even if you click through.

Those are 2 ways that I know of. Do you know of any others? Leave a comment in the notes for this video letting people know what it is and I will take a look at and comment on it.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, 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 and life coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1000 episodes,“ Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers 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. Like me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

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Signing a Non-Compete Agreement | JobSearchTV.com


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses his own experience with non-compete agreements and whether you should sign one.

Summary

I am going to talk with you about non-compete agreements that reminded of this by a former colleague of mine who is interviewing for a position with another recruiting firm and after multiple interviews, they slipped a non-compete agreement in front of her and asked her to sign it. She took it to an attorney who basically said that this was nonsense, but if they try to enforce she would have to pay to defendant. She of course turned down the job opportunity.

I'm also the mother my own circumstances where, years ago, there was an agency that I was working for, and, after 9 years of working for them, the owner slipped a non-compete in front of me and asked me to sign it. I started laughing at the guy. "Why would I possibly sign this? You're not giving me any consideration for doing that and, I want you to know, I would not a little money to sign this. You will have to pay a lot of money for me to give up my rights here."

From there, I said, "if you want me to leave because you to fire me because I will sign this, I'm okay with that. There are plenty of other agencies that will be happy to have me. It's your choice."

I'm going to tell you that, when you interview, hopefully they tell you early enough in their process that they have a noncompete agreement. If they do, you say, "That's terrific. I would like to take a look at it, have my lawyer look at it to make sure that there is nothing ridiculous and."

"What could be ridiculous?"

"I don't know. I haven't seen your agreement. You and your lawyer has spent time crafting us and you think it's fair to you and I need to have a lawyer look at it to see if it's fair to me, too." Just leave it at that.

If they bring the scene at the very end with a job offer, you have to go insane much the same thing as I suggested before, but then take your time.

Simply say, "I'm on the schedule to meet (him or her) early part of next week. I'm not going to make any decisions until I have a professional look at this because, after all, you didn't write this up. You had a lawyer draft it. I need to have my interests protected, too."

Personally, I'm not a fan of non-competes from a job hunter standpoint. I think it's a signal that the firm has problems and that the only way that they can keep people long term by binding them with the contract that is onerous. The contracts will say that you can't compete with them for one year, 2 years, 4 years, what ever it is , and take away your right to earn a living. Not a good practice for you to engage in because all they are doing is offering you a job and they are basically signaling that everyone leaves us and we want to make sure that you don't compete.

And what is "complete?"

I will pick a name out of the blue. You work for Big Brokerage Firm or Mondo Brokerage Firm and they slipped a non-compete in front of you. Well, Big Brokerage Firm might also on the bank or an asset management firm or an investment bank. They might also own any number of other firms. You will want to see what specifically, the agreement binds you from not doing.

Compete with any business that they are in? If you sign that, that can turn you into a shoe salesman!

Don't sign non-competes without an attorney. Recognize the messages that are in a noncompete.

A non-compete is like a pre-nup. I love you dearly, but in case this doesn't work out I need to make sure that you don't hurt me.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, 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 and life coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1000 episodes,“ Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers 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. Like me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 1 month free.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

Make The Changes the Recruiter Asks for

Make The Changes the Recruiter Asks for | TheBigGameHunterTV


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter encourages you to make quality changes to your resume when you were asked to make them.

Summary

Hi! I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter and let's talk about working with recruiters again.

You sent the resume to a recruiter and had a phone interview. They made a suggestion for you to tweak your resume in a particular way. You send back a resume where you've changed 2 words. Why did you do that? The recruiter is tell you exactly what he or she needs there telling you that, not to waste your time, but because the client is communicated exactly what they need to say. Let me give you an example.

I was doing a search for client for a C level position with the firm. They have changed directions on what they are looking for and now want someone who is come up through the technology ranks, can still do some technology work, but has managed resources for a firm of the particular size. They are clear now about what they want. I can handle that they change directions. I'm not happy that waste a bunch of time up until this point but I can deal with it. I got back to 1 of the candidates I represented and told them that I thought they change directions in a way that suits you better. "I am looking at your resume and needs a few tweaks. Can you get back to me later today or tomorrow?" He said back a resume with one sentence changed and addressed none of the concerns about size and scope of the firms that he had worked for, did make clear is technology expertise currently… He wasted everyone's time.

Don't be a fool. Do what you are being coached to do as long is it is not a lie. . I want to be clear about this. Do what you are being coached to do as long as it is not a lie. I don't believe in lying. I know you don't as well. When lies occur, BUT the recruiter is telling you something when they are asking you through revision to your resume. If you tell them, "You can make the change," know they can't. They can change a few words. You know the depth of your skill far better than they. Put in the resume when they ask for it. It takes 5 to 10 minutes for you and an hour for them because they don't know you. Then, they're going to send it back to you for approval and you're going to say it is not exactly right. Save everyone some time and changed a few words to make it different and correct.

This is Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter and if you are watching on YouTube, share it, leave a comment, click the like button… Just do something that lets people know that it was worthwhile. Then, go over to www.thebiggamehunter.us. There's a lot more content there that you can watch, listen to or read that will help you find work more quickly. Then, you can also search positions. I am still recruiting for (since recording this, I am no longer recruiter; I am a career coach, coaching people into their new roles).

Finally, if we are not connected on LinkedIn, send the connection request to me at www.linkedin.com/in/thebiggamehunter. I accept connection requests worldwide, except if you look like a spammer or a scammer.

This is Jeff Altman. I hope you have a great day. Take care!

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, 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 and life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers 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. Like me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

 

For College Seniors and Recent Graduates

For College Seniors and Recent Graduates | TheBigGameHunterTV


The one thing you need to start doing now in order to be ready for interviews

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, 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 and life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers 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. Like me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

Should I Include My LinkedIn URL on a CV or Resume? | TheBigGameHunterTV


As usual, “Yes,” but . . .

Summary

The question for today is, "Should I include my LinkedIn URL on my resume or CV?" Every time of answering the question, it seems like I'm answering, "yes, but…" If it fits, I'm going to say it. Yes, but… Here's the but.

1st of all, let me explain the yes. Firms are going to check your background, regardless. They are looking for congruence between what you say on your resume and what is on your LinkedIn profile. Why do they do this? They do it because people lie. They exaggerate one component of your background and minimize others. Suddenly, you discover this programmer (I will use the programmers the example) who is applying for a job doing Java development has been doing C# or, worse, C programming for most of their career and the last 6 months they have been working in job and that shows on their LinkedIn profile. Again, this is an exaggerated example, but it is among the things that you find out.

You find dates that are different on LinkedIn profile than what is on the resume. How stupid can you be??? Understand, if you are going to put a URL, as you should, because it makes it more convenient for people because are look for you anyway and is better that they find you easily and someone else who looks or acts like you were has a similar background to you, and rejects the resume because there background just seems weird to them and they become confused. After all, I only did this for about 40 some odd years. There are people with identical names who are working for the same large firm and suddenly discovered something in congruent with the wrong person's background.

Just make it easy for them. You don't have to put the full link on but underneath your name, city, State, ZIP Code, phone number where you want to be called (but your mobile number there, please; don't put a phone number there were you are going to wait until you get home there that night, forget to check messages, wait another day, and then get angry at the recruiters who are in your inbox and they have call once, maybe, twice because you haven't gotten back to them... And that is your mistake that you are pistol off at them)

Just put the LinkedIn profile in the resume. LinkedIn profile and then embed it. Make it a live link. Embed the URL in whatever text you write on your resume so people can find you quickly. If the role, the things that you do to inspire confidence but being smart about your presentation seem small but they build on themselves like blocks or bricks in the building. Suddenly, you have a very firm structure there. Firms love to see things, they love to talk to people who inspire confidence. They don't like to hesitate. When they hesitate, they pause for a second and normally go on to something else.

Just make it easy. Just put your LinkedIn URL underneath your name, city, State, ZIP Code (ZIP Code, in particular, is important), phone number that you want to be called at. Check your phone messages if it is on your mobile twice a day, before lunch and before the end of your workday respond to messages when you get them. Don't wait until you get home to write a message back with your time and availability. Just call. It will take you 15 to 20 minutes tops to have a quick chat with someone about your background,

I will simply say, "Just do it." It will serve you well and doesn't take a lot of effort.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, 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 and life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers 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. Like me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

 

What Is The Best Day & Time of Day to Email a Resume and Cover Letter to a Recruiter? | TheBigGameHunterTV


My answer probably isn’t what you expect.

Summary

When is the best time and day to email a resume and cover letter to a recruiter?

That is the question for today. Let me start off by asking, why are you sending it to recruiter? Why not just try to find the hiring manager?

The hiring managers the actual decision-maker who's going to make the choice about whether or not you're actually going to be interviewed. Some recruiters may do that so why not go directly to the hiring manager? That's point number 1.

Point number 2 is, "But I can't find the hiring manager!"

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com has some tips about how to do that.

3rd. If you insist upon sending it to the recruiter, I saw one opinion it's a Tuesday through Thursday night from 9 PM or later. Why? The opinion is because it is waiting in the inbox for the recruiter to say 1st thing in the morning when he or she walks in.

Maybe a sense of what happens from a recruiters perspective. This is a corporate recruiter for more well-known firm who spoke at an organization. They are well known, well regarded, well-liked, and I don't know what her day is like, but that 9 o'clock, email is pretty well buried in my inbox when I walked in the door.

I'm getting stuff sent to me all night long from people who are trying to get my attention. If there is someone sending it to me at 9 PM, is also summing sending it to me at 1 o'clock in the morning. At 2 o'clock in the morning. At 3 AM. At 4 AM. At 3:05 AM. At 3:07 AM. On and on and on until the next morning.

It is my suggestion. Instead of playing that game of being the 1st 1 in the inbox to be noticed, consider conceding that time because, in my case, let's say there are 50 messages I walk into on a Tuesday morning (it's actually more than that) or a Wednesday morning, I will start off with the top few of them and the one sent to me at 6 PM the night before… I won't see them right away. I'm not starting with the oldest 1 1st. I'm starting with the more recent 1 1st… I'm kind of working my way down.

Then new stuff comes in and I'm responding to, and then I'm going to the older stuff. Newer than older.

My thought is that instead of sending for a 9 AM arrival where we are playing that game, send it for a 10:30 AM or 11 AM arrival. Monday you could go later morning than that, like 11:30 AM, noon, or 12:30 PM arrival.

Or Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday… Do it then. Don't do it for 9 AM. Do it for later in the morning where people have a chance to get caught up on some things. Mondays may be hard because they do on boarding, or they may have 3 days worth of emails (Friday after close of business, Saturday, Sunday or early Monday morning). You don't want to be competing with all those.

My thought is late mornings are ideal. It could even be late morning early afternoon on Monday. Tuesday Wednesday Thursday – – mid-to-late morning. Friday, do not send it in the afternoon. You are better using Outlook to delay the send of your resume and cover letter. By using delay/send, your preventing yourself from being caught up in the weekend emails but so that it arrives on the following Monday.

I get calls from people on Friday at 5:30 PM as though I'm waiting around to have a detailed conversation with someone Friday at 5:30 PM or 6:30 PM or 7:30 PM! It's bizarre! Are you sitting around waiting for recruiters to call you? Why do you think I'm so excited to be talking to you at those times?

Again, think of what it's like to be the recipient of your contact. Pick times that are relevant (which is what I've been suggesting here) and work within those frameworks.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, 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 and life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers 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. Like me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

For more about LinkedIn, order “Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters and Unlock LinkedIn.”

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

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