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Is It Possible to Find a Job When You Are Over 60? | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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EP 1421 A question from someone who is feeling discouraged about looking for work as someone who is over 60 years of age.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

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 1400 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. JobSearchTV.com was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Schedule a free Discovery call.

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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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.” 

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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.

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Stop Asking “Tell Me About Yourself” | No BS Hiring Advice


“Tell me about yourself” stopped working as an interview question years ago. Instead ask this one. You will be able to rule out people much faster.

Summary

One thing you learn when you prepare people for interviews is that somewhere, somewhere along the line, someone's going to ask an opening question like, "tell me about yourself--" you know, that basic open-ended question.
Now, if you're in HR (I'm going to focus in on HR and small business owners), because for those of you who are in large organizations, and you're working as a hiring manager, you've got people screaming for you. So, this is really for the first phone call, the first in-person interview that I want you to flip this around. You see, most of the time, firms have gotten lazy and they use, "Tell me about yourself,"and they do. You know, they're rehearsed with an answer that's pretty well prepared. I've created videos to help people around this . . . 10s of thousands of views. Lots of stuff I've created to help people answer a question like this. Other people have done the same thing, too. So, if they can't answer the question, they're obviously morons. The real thing comes down to what can you ask that's going to help you assess whether or not this person will fit your organization?
That's not really where most firms start off with. They go through the auto biographical stuff of how "how'd you wind up here today?" That is another question that firms may ask which I think is more textured, but I want to help you rule the people out quickly. This can be in the phone interview.
So, you get a resume; the background looks pretty decent. Here's the opening question I want to ask now after the chit chat.
"Hi, is this Jeff Altman? Hi, my name is so and so from such and such firm. Is this a good time to talk? Yeah, terrific! Now, we received your resume and we respect people a lot. We don't want to waste your time in any way, so, give us a sense of what's going to be important to you in the next job or organization. What are you going to need to see or hear to believe it's a good choice for you. Because if we can't deliver it, we don't want to waste your time and if we can refer you to another organization or to another position, we are thrilled to do so. We probably can't, but we'd like to at least try. So what's going to be important to you in the next job or organization? What will you need to see or hear to believe it's a good choice for you?"
Now, they may say, "I want to feel happy here."
Oh! What's going to help you feel happier?"
"Interesting work."
"What kind of interesting work would that be?"
You want to spend time talking with them about what they're looking for because this is going to flush out, number one, they're not prepared for this question, right? And it's going to flush out a lot of the insane people who you might be evaluating because, you know, invariably, there are problems. You see, the thing that firms have gotten so complacent about is that they think the system can't be changed. The result winds up being. . . it depends on the statistics you see, it's as few is one out of two hiring managers has buyer's remorse within the first year about someone that they hired. I've seen this as high as 75%. So, we know the interviewing isn't working. We've got to try something different.
Part of it is unreasonable expectations. All you normally do is try to figure out, "does this person have the skills to go my job?" That's what you always do. So you take the hammer out, and you're hammering it over and over again. But you're not finding out about the human being behind that.
What makes people successful employees? Yes, there's a degree of skill that's involved and you'll evaluate for that. But there's also the human being and, with a human being, it is a problem. They're going to wind up failing, and they're going to fail you and you, as a hiring manager, are going to be impacted by that. You're going to waste an enormous amount of time trying to manage this person who should be inspired. I'm not going to differentiate inspiration and management another time. I've done that in other videos, but I'll just simply say, where you have problem people, it's normally about the human being, it's not about their skills.
You know how to evaluate for the skill, but you have to learn how to flush up the human being. Again, just start asking, "what's most important to you in the next job or organization? What would you need to see or hear to believe it's a good choice?"
Now, again, happiness, money, authority recognition, status. These are going to be variations on some of the things that you'll hear, but explore them with them right away.
Don't waste time on finding out skills, only to hire someone who's going to be a malcontents because the environment doesn't work for them. Flush this out early. So, I hope you found this helpful. Try this out for a week or to see how it works for you.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

No BS Hiring Advice
No BS Hiring Advice

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1300 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. JobSearchTV.com was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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.

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

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

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Tell Me About a Time When Something Went Wrong at Work and You Took Charge | JobSearchTV.com


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This is one of those tough interview questions that can be asked of people both had a senior level in the staff level.

Summary

The question I'm going to work with today is one that it's pretty clear. It's a behavioral interview question. It asks about a behavior that you've had previously and this one is geared towards leadership. You can always recognize the signal a behavioral interview question because it starts off with, "Tell me about a time when you . . . " and in this particular case, "tell me about a time when something went wrong at work, you took control to charge took action ..." something along those lines is what I'm looking for.
That really is the launch point. They want you to tell them a story and, again, following the format that I teach -- the story starts off with a situation, what the objective was, the action and the result and, in providing the result, you want to provide a metric for whatever impact was. That's a numerical measure of money saved, money earned, percent improvement, how you turned around the project and what the impact of your work was.
Now, if you're at a staff level, instead of this acronym of SOAR (situation, objective, action, result), I suggest situation, task, action ,result. Slightly different when you you are at a staff level than when you're at a leadership level.
So, what do they want to hear from you?
Number one is a time where you actually stepped up because a lot of people talk the talk and when asked the question like that, they provide a story that doesn't indicate that they've ever done it. So, they are listening for cues that indicate that you actually did step up, that you didn't take a back seat. In the course of working with other people that you actually stepped out front.
In telling the story what they don't want to hear is a lot of criticism. They don't want you complaining about your colleagues. They don't want you to get triggered emotionally and freaking out in front of them.
They want to have someone tell them a story that's clear, concise, and to the point that demonstrates that when the going gets tough, you step up. That, in a sense, that there's enthusiasm and passion and a commitment to lead no matter what's thrown at you . . . dare I say a little bit of bravery maybe. So, that's what they're listening for in your answering the question. Give it to them. It's really that simple.
If you don't, it's a void that they can fill in with their story about weakness and lack of suitability for leadership roles.

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
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1300 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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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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

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

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.

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

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You Are Missing Different Groups in Your Recruiting | No BS Hiring Advice


In this video, I point our 3 different groups most organizations do a terrible job of sourcing

Summary

I'm going to talk with those of you who are involved with hiring. And I'll start by saying, I worked in search for more than 40 years, and filled more than 1200 full time positions, plus consulting assignments. I now coach people, so I'm not you're trying to sell you recruiting business. What I'm here to do is to offer some very simple advice in a no BS kind of way because your hiring managers are screwing themselves out of their ignorance and their bigotry. So, there are a number of different groups that could be interviewed and could be hired and do great work for you.
I'll start off with the one group that, time and again, delivers results but for many of your managers, they're worried about nonsense. That group is older workers --seniors, individuals who are close to retirement age, whatever that means these days. They are generally older than the hiring manager and the story they tell themselves is that these people will not take direction, they're burned out tired has-beens. That's a simple way of putting it, right?
And it's a lie that they're telling themselves and you and HR needs to confront it because you're staring at productivity issues. You're staring at them, complaining that they're not seeing enough people and demographics are such that they can take 22 year olds from Gen Z who have no experience. They can do that. Their work ethic is very similar to the older generation.
I'll simply say that, you know, the studies that I've been seeing point to Gen Z as being like a clone of the Baby Boomers in terms of their work ethic. So what's the issue with the Boomers? if you're liking Gen Z, the Boomers actually have experience, they will take direction and they'll work hard. They're not rushing out to retirement because they can't afford it. So, that's one group that you're hiring managers should pay attention to.
Another one, for certain types of positions, are ex-offenders. You know, people who've been incarcerated. Now ex-offenders, as long as they're involved with social services, as well, will work very hard, do a lot of good work. They need certain types of training, and then they need certain types of supports in your organization. But it's a population that gets ignored and often can do jobs that you really need people to do because these are not people who've been trained for accounting and finance or technology. They are labor for a lot of your organizations. Don't neglect ex-offenders, even if you have to pay to train them because once they've trained, they will be loyal.
The third group is moms who are returning from maternity or raising kids, for that matter. This is a workforce that wants to work, has decided that they're ready to work and there are a lot of jobs that they can do and, as an HR professional, you need to fill jobs, right? And your hiring managers want very simple behaviors out of people. What's the cost of training to get someone up to speed on things that they did before? Not all that expensive believe it or not.
I don't care what field this person worked in. They can do the job with a certain amount of training. You can also, if you're paying for training, get them to commit to work for your organization for a certain period of time or be obligated to pay the firm back for that training. It's not difficult. Just don't go crazy with . . . "You have to work for us for three years or else you will have to pay us back."
Nonsense. Absolute nonsense. Don't do that kind of crap. Just amortize it out over the course of a year. If they leave the within the year. They owe you the money back.

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

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

40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1300 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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)

No BS Hiring Advice
No BS Hiring Advice

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 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.

Two of My People Leave at 6PM Every Day & I Don’t Like It! | No BS Management Advice


“I have two employees that usually leave work at 6 pm. They are good, but I don’t like that their commitment lasts for work hours only. What should I do as a CEO?”

Summary

I run into situations sometimes when I coach . . . They're absolutely hysterical. Let me just give you an example of one of from someone. I do this with their permission.
"I have two employees that usually leave work at 6 p.m. They are good, but I don't like that their commitment lasts for work hours only. What should I do as CEO?"
Now, I work with the assumption that this is a start-up organization, a smaller firm because at a large firm they'd never noticed this happening. So, let's work with the assumption it's a small firm and this person's throwing around their CEO title.
Now I have to ask a follow-up question because I give no BS advice, right? So, the follow-up question is how do you know they're only working during office hours? Seriously, how do you know that, with every sort of mobile device known to humanity, with every laptop that's out in the world today, how do you know?
I know, you know, their body isn't at work, but how do you know that they're not working? What do you think the wife, husband or partner thinks? I know you don't give a shit, even though you probably care about your wife or husband or partner.
But you know, they are entitled to that relationship, right? You didn't buy that. And then the last thing is only during work hours. Like that assumes that you understand that there's a non-work hours time available. And when is that supposed to exist?
You hire them for a job. You didn't hire them for slavery and that someone actually has this attitude at this day and age is insane to me. I've worked as a recruiter for startups; I've worked for smaller organizations. I understand that owners want to control their people. It's just the nature of things particularly in smaller firms.
But the reality is you don't own them. They're entitled to a life and you probably didn't explain your expectations to them when you hired them, did you.
So, I'll simply say that you may not like it. Tough shit! Seriously. Tough shit. You don't like it. You didn't tell them what you expected of them. They're leaving at six. What time are they getting in eight? Help me understand this because it is already a 10-hour day and that's not enough for you?
What statistics have shown time and again is more hours doesn't yield more productivity. If anything, there is a diminishing return on the productivity with time. People make more mistakes. We don't know the nature of the work these folks are doing. We just do know that they're leaving at 6:00 p.m. and you don't like it.
Well, if you want them to work more hours, pay them more. Seriously. Pay them more. See if they're willing to do it for more money because, again, I don't believe you ever told them what your expectations are and you're just sitting there clock-watching, not looking at what's reasonable.
Again, just to repeat, their bodies are leaving at 6:00 p.m. You don't know if they're working after hours from their home, but they're just there. They're just leaving the office and going home to work, spending a little time with their family or kids, putting them to sleep and then getting right back to work

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 1300 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He 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.

Creating a Template for Cover Letters | JobSearchRadio.com


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http://webtalkradio.net/internet-talk-radio/2018/09/11/creating-a-template-for-cover-letters-jobsearchradio-com/

A simple format for your cover letters that will save you time and help get results.

Summary

Here, I’ve got one of my 15-minute job search tips that’s quick to implement and it's going to save you a lot of time going forward. It's the notion of setting up templates for your cover.

Now, I want to be clear, when I speak about a cover letter, I’m not talking about a separate attachment in your email. I’m talking about the body of the email that you are going to send with your resume to whatever situation you looking at. So, there are two basic formats. One is when you're applying to something that you found online.

Sentence number 1. I’m forwarding my resume to you based upon an ad that I saw on (fill in the blank) where you are looking for (fill in the blank). You are going to skip some spaces and then go down further and I’m going to tell you what you are going to use with the spaces in the second. I look forward to hearing from you about the next step in scheduling an interview. Have a great day.

What you are going to put in the middle when you see the ad is a list of the skills in the left column and how long and how recently you’ve worked with them. Let me just backup for a second.

After the first paragraph. “I saw your what you were requiring for the position. The following table will summarize my experience with the requirements of the job.” And then you’re going to you and the paragraph.

In the left column, you are going to put down the required skills and in the right column, how long and how recently you worked with it. If you haven't used one of those skills, just eliminate it. Don’t mention it.

Version number 2. “I’m forwarding my resume to you because I was referred to you by so-and-so. So-and-so mentioned (you go by first name this time) that you are trying to hire someone for such and such position. The rest is exactly the same.

So, set up these templates. It won't take long to do. Set them up in Word and when you need them, just copy them into the body of an email that you send or set them up as a signature file in Outlook and send them in that way.

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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The Faster . . . FASTEST Way to Find a New Job | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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EP 1223 I have alluded to this on other shows but this really is the FASTEST way to find a new job.

Summary

I call is video, “the faster FASTEST way to find a new job” and it really is the fastest way. It can have a slight delay, hence why did the faster piece at the beginning but really it’s the fastest way to find a new job.

Ready?

Do you want to hear it?

Okay, here goes.

Once you have decided it's time to look at other things, I want you pick up the phone and call your former boss, that man or woman that you worked for before who is now off at another organization and just simply say, “Jeff, I’ve decided it's time to move. I really loved working for you. I learned a lot from you period I had a great experience with you. I was so disappointed when you left. I understand everyone as to make professional choices, but I really miss working for you. Can you use me in your group, in your team (however you would want to describe the environment that you be working in).”

They may say, “YES” or “I can’t use you right now. Could you hold out for a couple months? I have a knew budget coming in,” or “I could take you on a September as a contractor initially, but then I can bring you on to staff.”

They may say, “I don’t think this is the kind of place . . . I I don’t think I can use you. I’m fully staffed and I have a great team here.”

“Is there someone in your organization that you could point me to or introduce me to who might be able to use someone like me?”

Hence, this really is cutting the line. It's getting into the situation very quickly and seeing if … I’ve seen so many people over the years been able do this over the years. You know the story, too.

So, instead of being a nice boy a nice girl and applying for jobs through human resources, just go to an old boss that you liked working for and see if this tactic will work. If it doesn’t, hey, it was one phone call and it took seven minutes.

They may remember at a point when they hear about something and come back to you, but, the end of the day, this really is the fastest way to find a new position.

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.

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

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