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Only Ask for LinkedIn Recommendations from People You Know

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter encourages you to only ask for recommendations from people you know.

Summary

Have you ever received a message from someone overseas who asks you to recommend them on LinkedIn?

I have and I receive them all the time. For me, it is infuriating and for you, you should be embarrassed.

Do use a recent example, what do I know about your work as a shipping clerk in Pakistan that would cause me to recommend you? Do you think people can figure out pretty quickly that this is a phony recommendation?

I do.

I will not help game the LinkedIn system by giving fake recommendations and it says a lot about you that you have to reach out to someone like me and others to get recommendations from us.

Only asked for LinkedIn recommendations from people you know. They are the ones who could write textured and detailed and nuanced recommendations that will reveal something about you that an employer will care about.

What can I say about this person in Pakistan?

"He's a really good guy!"

Do you think that would be helpful or, do you think someone reading it with think of you and me as being liars?

I know the answer that and so do you.

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

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

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

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com is there to change that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to jobhunting, 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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The Right Way to Use a Cover Letter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains exactly how you should be using your cover letter as a teaser for your resume.

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

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

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

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Should I Ask My Boss For a Reference?

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter answers a question from a viewer who wants to know whether he should ask his current boss for a reference given that he has worked for the same firm for 10 years.

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

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

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

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Take The Pillow Test to Decide Whether to Change Jobs

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers a simple test for helping you to decide whether to change jobs.

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

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

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

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Coping with Job Search Rejection


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains how to cope with job search rejection and improve.

Summary

If you've been job hunting for any length of time, you've been turned down for a job. Maybe, it was in the no reply to the resume you uploaded to someone's applicant tracking system. Maybe, you went on an interview or two or three with a firm and got turned down. Whatever it was, you've experienced that feeling of rejection and disappointment that often comes with a job hunt.
Now, in this video, I just want to offer you some simple pointers for how to deal with rejection. And, number one is try not to focus on your excitement and your desire for this job because the statistical probability is you are going to get turned down for more jobs than you're going to be accepted for them.So get used to the notion that you're going to get turned down.
Secondly, if you are actually turned down, I would like you to ask the employer or the recruiter what it was that caused you to get turned down or rejected. Now, if it's an applicant tracking, yeah, I hate tracking systems. They are . . . I use a very simple one so that I'm able to screen everything but most applicant tracking systems like Taleo, for example, the one that's used by more corporations than any other . . . Basically, all they are doing is they're screening resumes for keywords in an automated way with no discernment. So, if your resume isn't one that uses keywords in a particular sequence, you're going to get rejected. It's really that simple and, as a result, no one's going to see your resume. No one's going to be able to see that you've actually done the role except expressed it differently.
I really detest them but that's not the purpose of this video. I just want to simply say you're not going to get a response as to why you got turned down by an applicant tracking system.
If you got turned down on an interview, step number one is to ask the employer or the recruiter why it was that you got turned down. Often, you hear the answer to lights too light in what regard. Just follow up with a question and simply say,"You Know, I'm not here to get into an argument with them. You just want to learn from their observations and apply it to future situations." Often, an employer isn't going to tell you. often, a recruiter isn't going to tell you; at least ask the question. Why they won't tell you? These are litigious times and, as a result, if they turn around and say., "your oral communications were horrible. You know, you you were featherweight in this line of work." They're just afraid of getting sued. So, don't expect an answer from them. However, what you can expect to do is to take some time in self-reflection., what could you have done better? How could you've delivered your interview even better than the way you did?
I'm not saying you did a bad job. Often, the reason you're not taken is that someone with more experience comes in and as willing to work for the same amount of money or someone with more equal experiences wants to work for less. It's often that simple. But if there are things that you can learn, ask and, if they're not willing to share them you've got to spend some time learning from this.
Now, here's the most important thing that I can tell you. Just because you failed on this interview doesn't make you into a failure. And, as a result, you need to get right back on the horse and get back out there and start networking and talking to organizations and working on finding your next job and not just simply going, "oh, woe is me! I feel terrible. I'm so disappointed!" I'm being facetious of course, but so often, people go into this great funk from which it takes days to come out of.
I was talking to someone I coach recently who didn't return my calls for a few days and then decided to surface and and he told me that he really expect to get a job he was interviewing for. He didn't so he decided to take a couple days off. Okay, not the way I would suggest. If anything, you go back out there again. You spend some time having focused on what it is you could have done better .If it was in your control or had to do with them. If it was them ,you go, "okay, it wasn't me," and move on. If it was you, you figure it out and you change it. It's that simple.
So, getting turned down for a job doesn't have to be a death sentence for you. All it is is an opportunity to improve your skills to learn more and work harder on finding your next 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.

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.

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person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

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A Story of Determination to Inspire You in Your Job Search

Jeff Altman, the Big Game Hunter shares a story of struggle and perseverance that will inspire you in your job search.

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

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Become an A Player Again (VIDEO)


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter tries to discourage you from taking it easy and encourage you to become an A player again.

Summary

I don't know how it happens but there was a point for most of us in the US where we start thinking about getting along and being average rather than being extraordinary. You hear the words, "Take it easy," enough times that I think it has an influence. I think there is a part of us that doesn't want to stand out because, at least for some people, they think they'll be chopped down at the knees by the other people and, on the other side, there is a part that basically says, "Maybe I'm not good enough."

I'm not going to be a therapist here. What I want to say is start thinking differently. Think about becoming "A" performer, not the average performer. Average performers get paid average money. Exceptional performers, ones that developed the habit of being extraordinary, whether it's with the firm that you're working for now or the next firm that you go to, they pick up on your ability to be extraordinary. They seek being the best and firms want to pay you for.

Stop being average. Go back to really pushing yourself. After all, I would say to you many times over the next few months,... At the end of the day, you want to be paid like a top performer. You don't want to be paid an average wage do you? The way to be paid more is to be extraordinary and to create more value for yourself and your work..

If your firm is it want to compensate you for it , I'm sure that there is another firm that will. But, it all starts with you. It starts with your attitude. It starts with your effort. It starts with you trying to be the best, instead of being just 1 of the pack.

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 business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

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.  

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

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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.

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More Useful Campus Recruiting | No BS Hiring Advice


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. Discusses a more effective way of doing campus recruiting.

Summary

This one's involved with college recruiting.
Most of you at this point have a pretty predictable routine with doing campus recruiting and, frankly, doesn't it stink. You stand there. Get some resumes. You talk to the kids, you bring them in later on. People interview them. You know the routine.
Have you considered before you have the day that it be a purposeful day? That you arrange for the University to do testing of the graduates or the potential employees as a way of determining whether or not they know anything?
Let's assume that they know very little but what are your expectations for what these kids know when they graduate? How could you test those people before you even shake their hands in order to determine whether or not they're qualified? Now, some of you will say, "well, no one will show up."
Well, that's a criteria that you can use for evaluating. If they're hungry enough to show up, aren't you more interested than if they don't give a darn. Of course, you' are.
A lot of the kids out there are being coddled and you don't want to hire babies. You can get them a year or two later after someone else's broken them in and focus on the ones that are prepared to drive hard and dive hard into challenges. That's who you really want. You don't want the ones who are really disguised infants. Those people may be very qualified but not on the personality side, not on the temperament side, not in terms of the effort that they're willing to expend side. You want to get them after they have that.
So, wait a year or two. Contact them later. You can find them on LinkedIn, right? But, at the end of the day, set up testing for these people. Find out what they really know. You may discover that that University that's been encouraging your firm to hire really doesn't do such a good job of teaching and you can start assessing different schools based upon what the outcome is from your test

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)

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.

Who You Work for Matters


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains why it’s important for you to look at the brand of the firm you’re joining when deciding about a job offer.

Do you think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.
Job hunting is a rigged game with you the patsy.

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

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

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

Getting More LinkedIn Connections


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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers simple ways to get more LinkedIn connections.

Summary

One of the bashful places that people have is not doing enough to promote your LinkedIn identity.

You send out emails to people, right? Why don't you have a link to your profile, there? It can say something as simple as, "Connect with me on LinkedIn." In bed the link in your signature.

You have a business card? Don't have one? Why not? If you have a business card, but your LinkedIn profile there. It becomes another way that people can find you. Connect with me on LinkedIn have a bit.ly link next to it with how to find you. You could also have a QR code that allows people to connect with your LinkedIn profile on the back side of your card.

However you do it, just put out your LinkedIn profile, in more places will invite more connections. Even if you if you hand the card out to someone that you meet at a meetup, your LinkedIn profile or to be there So the people know how to find you later on and follow you and connect with you.

Whether you are in, job search mode actively now or you are at your new job, have them include your profile link on your new card. In this way, you're building up more connections, able to create more business for them of course, those connections become the basis of relationship building for many years to come.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching or interview coaching from me? Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us
and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

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 on function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

Do you have a quick question you would like me to answer? Pay $50 via PayPal to TheBigGameHunter@gmail.com

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