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Should I Always Answer When a Recruiter Contacts Me? | JobSearchTV.com


What do you think?

Summary

Should I always reply with a recruiter contacts me? That's today's question. Now, why does your recruiter contact you? They've got a job available. That's reason number one. Reason number two is they're trying to get you to refer someone to them for a job that's available. They think you're hiring someone. They want you to introduce them to someone who's hiring at your firm .Those tend to be the four basic reasons.
Now why should you NOT resond? You have no interest in what they're peddling. Okay, perfectly valid reason. The issue is () () or let me just debate back with you () sometime in the future, you may need them and, yes, you can say, " well they'll work with me anyway, I've got a great background," but why would you turn them off and not try to build a relationship with them?
You can always reply by saying. "Hey! Thanks for reaching out to me about that position. I'm not really interested right now." You can refer someone to them who might be interested or you can simply say, "I don't really know anyone who's looking who might fit that role but I do appreciate your reaching out to me." if you don't want to write that out? Create a signature file in Outlook or created in Word If you're using Gmail or Yahoo mail or one of the web-based services so that you can automatically copy and paste iti in.
If they are looking for a referral, you just respond by saying, "hey, thanks for reaching out. I don't know anyone who fits that profile who? Might consider something right now. No one's voiced it to me and I hope to hear from you in the future if you think there's something that makes sense."
They think you're trying to your hiring someone. You can respond by saying, " I'm not trying to hire right now and I appreciate you reaching out with the offer to help ."
They want an introduction. "I don't want to introduce someone to my boss who I don't really know well, and I'm a little busy right now to get to know you. So, no disrespect intended, you have to go a different way. "
All of these are very quick emails that you can pre write that allow you to communicate, not be rude and just very simply say. "Thanks, but no thanks,"in one way or another. Obviously if you're interested, there's a different response that you have.
But ,you know, I'll simply say it's not a lot of effort to offer quality results. So, don't just blow them off and ignore them if they're reaching out to you through inMail. It's costing them money to do that. LinkedIn will penalize them. If you don't respond. If you do respond, they get credited back the inMail to use towards contacting someone else.
Don't penalize people who are basically trying to help you. Yes, they'll help themselves in the process. But so what ?So what ? They're trying to help you by reaching out to you about an opportunity. You've got a free will and a choice. You can say yes or no. If they have reached you had the right time or what they say piques your interest, terrific!
But my belief is that every time you have an opportunity to build a relationship with someone ,you try to do it, especially if they're in a role where they can help you in the future.

ABOUT 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

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 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? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

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.  

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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

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Review: “Live Your Legend” Tedx GoldenGate Talk


In this video, I review this inspiring Ted Talk by Scott Dinsmore. Listen to the talk.

 

ABOUT 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.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 episodes 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? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

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 LinkedInLike me on Facebook.

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

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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

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

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Are Cover Letters Always Needed? | JobSearchTV.com

I answer this simple, yet important question. 

Summary

“Are cover letters always needed?”

No.

The history of the cover letter is really very simple. In days of old, like when I got into recruiting what seems like hundred years ago, you had one resume that you mailed to an employer or you dropped off at their offices as you went from building to building trying to find a job. Back then, a cover letter became a complement to that one standard resume and would talk about some of the additional things that you did had done that were relevant to that job. So, you might just simply have typed up a letter that you put on top of the resume or stapled to it. Or, you might say something politely like, “I’m forwarding my resume to you for the role of (fill the blank) that I saw advertised in (fill in the blank). I believe my experience with such and such and such and such would make be a viable individual for your organization). That was paragraph two.

Paragraph three was, “I look forward to hearing from you about next steps in the process,” or, if you were doing drop-offs that day because you have no idea if there was a job, you would do one of those your self-promotion type of things, staple it onto your it resume and use it is a sales tool.

Obviously, cover letters are not used for that purpose anymore and know if your background as demonstrated on your resume shows that you fit the requirement perfectly, you don't need a cover letter. However, few resumes do. So, why not use it is a sales opportunity to promote yourself?

Now, I want to be clear, you don't use a cover letter as an attachment with your resume. Use the body of the email like the old cover letter. What do you do you? How do you demonstrate the fit? It’s really very simple.

So, whether you are sending it to a recruiter or a hiring manager, you might start off by saying, “I am submitting my resume for a role that I understand is available in your organization for (such and such). My understanding is this is what you're looking for.”

In the left-hand column, you put a list of skills and, in the right-hand column, you indicate how long and how recently you used those skills, used those technologies or employed those qualifications. How long and how recently. If you don't have one or two of those items. You omit them from your list. Then, from there, you could conclude by saying, “as you can see, I matchup very strongly with the position and I look forward to hearing from you and meeting with you in the next week. If I don't hear from you I will put in a quick call to you . . . “ Something along those lines that ties the bow so that there is going to be a next step. But you use it as a sales opportunity, linking your qualifications with the role.

So, no, you don't need to use it; it is not a requirement that you use a cover letter. But since few people are submitting resumes that demonstrate a perfect fit, why not use the body of your email instead of using it as stupid whitespace, use it as a sales opportunity to promote yourself?

ABOUT 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 1200 episodes, “Job Search Radio,” “and his newest

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

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? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

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.

Join Career Angles on Facebook and receive support, ideas and advice in your current career and job.

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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Being Prepared | JobSearchaGram


Today’s new JobaGram from Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

 

ABOUT 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 1200 episodes 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? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

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 LinkedInLike me on Facebook.

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

Join Career Angles on Facebook and receive support, ideas and advice in your current career and job.

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

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

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How Lucky Are You and Why? | JobSearchTV.com

I explain what the trick is in this question and how to answer it.

Summary

This is one of those fun trick questions. I have to say, "trick" because let me explain the trick to you because it suggests the answer and most people miss it entirely. The question is, "How lucky are you and why."

The key to suggesting the answer is the "and why" part because most people are going to go off on a tirade about an incredible luck lock luck or they have no luck. Pretty predictable answers.

Now, what the employer is suggesting with the question is that there are reasons why people are lucky and they want to know what your reasons are so it let's you know right off the bat they're thinking it isn't about luck afterall. Now, you might just simply start off by saying, "You know, luck is one of those funny things. You know, for example, there are musicians who are incredibly lucky but no one talks about the 25 years they've spent in the studio working up to the point where someone would notice them. Thus, they become the luckiest musicians on the planet because they've got the hit record. Or, you know, a variety of things. You can use movies as an example of that.

But, fundamentally, what employer generally wants to hear is, "Some people talk about karma and I've thought a lot of great things in my life that help to create circumstances where I receive good fortune. And thus you translate luck into good fortune. "But I don't want to make it seem as though these things happen by accident. I work incredibly hard to make my "luck" as you will to put myself in the position where I have the opportunity to have good things happen to me. You know I do the work. You know I drive the sales (You talk about the nature of work).

You know, in answering the question, you lay out a couple things that you do that helps make you "lucky" so that it is really about the luck. Most people don't know how much I've done up until this point to arrive at the stage. Where they think it's luck, I think it's the effort that's gone into it."

And then they'll ask you, "Can you give me an example of that? Can you talk about something from your history where people were amazed that you did something but you spent 20 years of my life working up to that point?"

Maybe it was how you came up with a solution to a problem where you'd seen something similar or in junior high school. On and on and on. You can use examples like that but you know the trick is not that it's a luck but that you've put effort into getting "luck" to put yourself in the position to be able to be lucky.

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 1200 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? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

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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Maybe It Isn’t The Job Market | JobSearchTV.com


Struggling to get results? Maybe it isn’t the job market?

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

Summary

I was talking to someone yesterday, doing a little bit of research for project I am working on. He is someone who has been with this current firm for about 10 years. Good background. Resin through the ranks. All that happy kind of stuff you want to see in an employee. He has decided to move elsewhere. He says he’s stuck. That's okay. I understand that. That happens. But he's running into a roadblock. The roadblock is he knows exactly how it's done at his current firm but he has not been exposed to other organizations. He has started to blame the job market. It’s not the job market. It’s the choice he made.

If you're someone who is in a situation where you're not getting the interview results that you want, have you practiced interviewing? I don’t mean just simply flippantly practicing the answers but doing mock interviews with someone who is able to critique you. Who can talk with you about your experience.

You know, if you're in a technology field of some sort – – engineering, IT , whatever – – are you someone who has practiced answers to predictable questions with a friend of yours who can really grill you hard to see how you respond to a grilling? Do you answer the basic questions well? Do you know how to answer behavioral questions well? I bring this up because, most the time, the answer is no. I know that because when I do it, I sit and listen to the results that I get from people.

It's not the job market. It's you. You not working at finding a job.

So, I’ll just simply if you want to keep getting these results and eventually stumble into something by accident, keep doing what you are doing. It's okay. You’ll go through a lot of trial and error. You will go through the heartache. You’ll have to listen to a lot of your friends go, “So, how’s the job search going?” And not being able to report any sort of results.

You have to change it up. You got to do things differently and you’ve got to get some help. Most of you don’t even know how badly you interview. You don’t even know what you're doing wrong. I was looking at someone’s resume yesterday-- spelling error in it. He didn’t see it. It happens . . . And repetitive words and the marketing lingo in a technology resume. . . It’s ridiculous.

You know it's so stale and in some offensive these days that someone talks about an old language like it’s out of the 50s. It’s ridiculous!

So, get some help, dammit. Work with someone who understands what you do and who can guide you through your resume, critique it for you and turn things around. Otherwise, you are going to interview for jobs that you really desperately want and you are going to fail. You will have to tell your friends how you failed, look at your wife or husband or partner and tell them how you failed.

It’s awful. Just get some help, okay?

ABOUT 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 1200 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? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

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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An Easy Upgrade to Your Executive Resume | JobSearchTV.com


There is an easy upgrade to your executive resume that will help you get more interviews.

Summary

This is a tip can be used by anyone but I’m going to focus in on executives because it’s an easier implementation for you.

If you're working with a resume, most of you are sending out a pretty flat looking document. It's boring. Everyone says the same thing. But we’re living in a more visual age and, yes, I could be talking with you about fonts and how your fonts look on a page. It’s really a screen because no one is really working with paper anymore, right?

If you are asked to submit a resume, here is a small change I want you to make and that is graphics. It can be as simple as a chart demonstrating the impact of what you’ve done in the organization.

So, for example, you reduced costs. Have a chart that indicates a graph of previous costs and let them see the downward trajectory of costs. Increased revenue. Ideal for salespeople, C-level professionals. Show how would you increased revenue over a couple of years.

If you're not in a role where you are helping a firm make or save money but you can measure it in terms of improved performance, show the previous performance levels and metrics in a graphical format and then demonstrate the improvement that you afforded the organization.

The visual goes a long way toward helping people see your impact. It doesn't have to be a big thing period it doesn't have to be real elaborate. It just has to make it obvious to people by using a chart inserted into your resume to show the impact of what you’ve done.

Again, this can be used by anyone but clearly it's an ideal tool for a senior level professional who's trying to show that they affect change.

ABOUT 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 1200 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? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

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 Do You Spot a Bad Recruiter? | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

An easy question with a complicated answer.

Summary

The question for today is, "How do you spot a bad recruiter?" I think it's a wonderful question, but, I'm not going to give you the answer that you expect.

Here's what my thinking is. Most of you think that a bad recruiter is someone who doesn't get a job for you. You think a bad recruiter is someone who doesn't find you work. As a matter of fact, they may never arrange for an interview for you.

The problem with that is you are confused about what a recruiter is supposed to do. You make the mistake of thinking that recruiters work for you when, in fact, recruiters are paid by employers, not paid to find positions for someone.

I read an answer on Quora. I want to acknowledge it and poke holes in it. It starts off, "From the beginning when you get a first email message from a recruiter, skim to the bottom. Was it written to you. If you could change the name of the top and so the 200s of people… That's the sign of a bad recruiter!"

No. That's an indication that they are casting a wide net. They don't know if you're going to be interested. As a matter of fact, most people will never respond. It's not that they send out bulk email (because in some way, shape or form, you pay contact with them in the past). They have a database that lets them know that one time, when you are in touch with them in the past, you did similar work to what was being sought by the client.

They are presenting an opportunity. You have to accept that opportunity. That's fine.

"They use buzzwords and pick up lines. Bad recruiters have conversations where they use buzzwords and weak pickup lines."

I have no idea what this person means by, "weak pickup lines." They are obviously being sarcastic. However, buzzwords may reflect technology and functionality within a particular profession that a client may require. You have to find out whether the person has those skills pretty quickly in order to see if you are wasting your time and theirs.

"They don't understand its structure of an interview. They ask questions out of left field that seem like they are out of order."

No. Something may have popped into their mind that they forgot to cover. I'm a human being. I do make mistakes. I do forget they ask certain things. If you think, bad recruiter, having filled more than 1200 positions plus consulting assignments, having gone 1500+ YouTube videos on job search, having done three podcasts and a whole host of things because I have something that didn't seem like was in the right sequence for you, how do you feel if someone criticize you for that in your work?

I'm imperfect being. So are you. Give me a break. Don't expect perfection.

"Hard sell." That might be the side of a bad recruiter. I'm going to conceive that point. Some people sell hard. If the reason that they are selling hard is because you changed your story will beg, well, excuse me!

There is an inconsistency that you have not communicated, you've changed your mind, we've gone to bat (as you must realize, contingency recruiters are only paid it if you are hired and remain in the employ of the client for certain period of time).

As a result, your change, on communicated, is a surprise. When we are surprised, often, we are looking at a substantial portion of our income going away. I know that doesn't mean anything to you, but you have to expect that there will be a human reaction to that.

"The questions that they ask are dumb." An employer often requires us to ask and take questions to ensure that a person is qualified.

"We don't follow up do they do all the talking? Are they listening to what you are saying? Do they do the things they say they will when they well?" Do you?

I will simply say, recruiters are imperfect beings. We are sometimes held up by our clients who change their mind and have their circumstances change.

At the end of the day, we don't work for you. We work for an employer who is paying us just like you work for an employer who is paying you. When push has to come to shove, you can do whatever you wish, however, what you interpret as being a bad recruiter often isn't.

I will give you one thing. One of the best indicators of a good recruiter is longevity. They have had success in their field. Worked for their organization (organizations in general) for lengthy periods of time.

I'm not saying this to blow my own horn, but I have survived many recessions and thrived for more than 40 years. That should send a message to you. Will it be perfect for everyone? Absolutely not. A lot of people will judge me as a bad recruiter because I haven't help them.

Okay. Your background doesn't fit what my clients want to hire. Do you think I'm going to get on the phone and call thousand companies for FREE (because you're not paying me anything) to find a job for you? NO!!! I paid by organizations to find talent for them, not to find you a job.

So, remember, who does a recruiter work for? That's the basis of the question. The answer is an employer. They make the judgment by hiring the firm the recruiter works for, doing it time and again, hiring that individual recruiter time and again to fill positions

ABOUT 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 1200 episodes, “Job Search Radio,” “and his newest

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

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? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

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.  

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Don’t String Them Along | No BS Hiring Advice


In this video, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discourages you from stringing job applicants along.

Summary

Hi, it's Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter and I hunted down leaders and staff for organizations for more than 40 years. Let's talk today about some of the mistakes that hiring managers make when trying to hire people and what the impact is. Here's the mistake I want to focus on today and that is stringing people along.
What's stringing people along?
You're not going to hire them but you can't just cut bait. You just can't release them from the search process so you keep looking for someone better. And you know, you're not going to hire them but you kind of string them along for weeks on end under the off chance that maybe, just maybe ,they're gonna be the one that's chosen.
But it doesn't work that way.. You don't choose them. you wind up choosing other people. They become like the worn-out shoe in your closet, the one that you never wear, but it gives you a sense of security that at least you've got them. Well, you never wear those shoes anyway, and you're not going to hire this person.
So, why are you stringing them along? Cut bait cut them off. Let them know that you're not going to be choosing them. Let them know the reasons why .Now, if we're not quitesure about the reasons why, invite them back in and talk with them again. Maybe you're wrong. I know no one ever tells you that but maybe you're wrong.
Maybe that "red flag" that you had or that uncomfortable feeling that you had about them is just bogus and a reflection of that particular day. Regardless, make decisions because, in these days of social media and networking, I'm telling you people are sharing information with one another about how they are being treated during the job search.
Don't believe me? Go to sites like Glassdoor ,Vault,go to Facebook you'. ..you'llbe shocked at what you find'll people writing about firms all over the world. The reality is that that person that you're stringing along may be qualify . . . But there's just something about them that makes you uncomfortable to bring them on board. That's okay. If you take the time to investigate what that is by giving them a second chance .If you're just going to string them along forever, again, you're not going to hire them, you're hurting them and you run the risk of hurting yourself or your firm's reputation within the marketplace by conducting yourself like an amateur.
So, this is Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I hope you found this video helpful. If you did and you're watching on YouTube share it ,leave a comment,click the like button . . . Do something that lets people know that was worthwhile. I also want to encourage you to come over to TheBigGameHunter.us
Again, TheBigGameHunter.us
this is Jeff Altman. I hope you have a great day.

ABOUT 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 1200 episodes, “Job Search Radio,” “and his newest

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

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? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

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

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.

Join Career Angles on Facebook and receive support, ideas and advice in your current career and job.

 

Your Best Salary Negotiation Strategy | No BS Hiring Advice


In this video, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter points out what he believes is your best strategy for negotiating salary,

Summary

I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm referred to as the Big Game Hunter because I've hunted own leaders and staff organizations from more than 40 years. I'm back with some more no BS hiring advice to help you do an even better job of recruiting and hiring people, whether your an HR professional ,hiring manager or small business owner.
So, the advice I have today is about salary negotiation and the simplest advice I want to offer you is don't offer your top number right away. Hold on to a few dollars from it– –$5,000 $10,000, whatever you think is appropriate depending upon the level of the job. So, this way the job hunter who believes that they can negotiate to get progress off of the original offer feels like they have a victory.
They feel good about themselves. They feel good that you cared enough to up the offer to get them. And it was already slotted into what you were planning for. And the other thing is some people will say, "yes." So, they're just very calmly say, "we're making you an offer. The offer is for such . . . " Justlike you would for any offer . . . But hold on to a few dollars from the offer and try to enter into a negotiation with them.
Don't say, "well,this is negotiable" . But just, very simply, extend the offer, see if they accept and then you have more money available in case you need to go a little bit higher.
So this is Jeff Altman. I hopeyou found this video helpful. If you did it, and you're watching on YouTube. Share it, leave a comment, click the like button – –do something that lets people know that this is worthwhile.
In addition, come over my website which is www.TheBigGameHunter.us and you can read articles of I curated from around the web,sign up for a complimentary subscription to No BS Coaching Advice Ezine, which I publish twice montthly. It has advice for HR professionals, hiring managers and small business owners to help you make even better staffing decisions. Go exploring on the website. This good content there. I hope you find it helpful.
If we aren't already connected on LinkedIn, send me a connection request at www.linkedin.com/in/TheBigGameHunter
This is Jeff Altman. Have a great day. Take care.

ABOUT 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 1200 episodes, “Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

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

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.

Join Career Angles on Facebook and receive support, ideas and advice in your current career and job.