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A Huge Job Search Mistake | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


FROM THE ARCHIVES (2011). PLEASE DISREGARD ANY JOBS MENTIONED. THEY WERE FILLED YEARS AGO PLUS I NO LONGER DO RECRUITING

 

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 leadership coaching.

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.

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

He is the host of “Job Search Radio” and “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” both available through iTunes and Stitcher.

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.”

Are you interested in executive job search coaching, leadership coaching or life coaching from me? Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us
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Speaking The Language to Corporate HR | Job Search Radio


I love interviews with corporate HR leaders because they reveal a lot about what firms are looking for and how they evaluate talent.
Chris Brown is head of corporate HR for West Corp, a US firm that recruits a lot of people annually. We have a wide ranging conversation about using tools to research companies and the language they speak.

We have a wide ranging conversation about using tools to research companies and the language they speak.

 

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” and “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” both available through iTunes and Stitcher.

Are you interested in executive job search coaching, leadership coaching or life coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

Do you have a question you would like me to answer? Pay $25 via PayPal to TheBigGameHunter@gmail.com

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 for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Nail the Interview & Land the Job


We all know how important it is to prepare for an interview yet so few people actually do it.

Michelle Tillis-Lederman is the author of “Nail the Interview, Land the Job.” http://amzn.to/2nvO2Pq

She and I discuss exactly what needs to be done to shine during an interview and set yourself apart from the crowd of people you are competing with.

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 leadership coaching.

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.

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

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

Are you interested in executive job search coaching, leadership coaching or life coaching from me? Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us
and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

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Do I Need to Worry About My Contacts Being Hassled If I Connect With a Recruiter?

Do I Need to Worry About My Contacts Being Hassled If I Connect With a Recruiter? (VIDEO)


I’m concerned that my contacts will be harassed by recruiters if I accept a connection request from a recruiter.

 

Summary

This is a job search question that someone asked me that I thought would be a good one to answer. Most people tend to think of answering this in the "old way." The old way is it relevant anymore.

The old way is, "Do I need to worry about my contacts being hassled or harassed. If I accept the connection request from a recruiter?"

In the old way of thinking of things, if you accept the connection request from a recruiter, you would be inundated with connection requests that asked, "Would you introduce me to so-and-so. I would like to speak with them about a job." Maybe, you would be asked, "Do you think they would be interested in land in the Poconos?" All sorts of nonsense.

It isn't that way anymore because recruiters, salespeople, business executives don't need introductions to get contact information from LinkedIn. Putting aside the premium accounts for 2nd, there are Google chrome extensions that, as long as you are on a page for someone will reveal, generally very accurately, the email address for person and sometimes the phone number. Thus, if they want to reach out to someone, they can reach out by email to them as long as they are a 1st, 2nd, 3rd level connection with them or in a group with them.

For someone like me with 17,000+1st level connections, I can reach a hell of a lot of people in the US with that in a hell will want in a lot of other countries, too, because those chrome extensions are really quite good. In addition, for those of you who don't want to go through LinkedIn, there are Google custom search engines like www.LI-USA.info that searches all the LinkedIn public profiles in the United States. Once you have the profile up on your screen, you can use the chrome extension to get an email address. Thus, there's really no reason to worry about it.

What are the chrome extensions? My favorite one is candidate.ai (NOTE: They may be shutting down the extension shortly). Then, there is Prophet

 

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

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

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Executive Job Search | JobSearchTV.com


You won’t find a job or use the same tactics as when you were starting out or even a manager. Your network is your net worth and now is the time to explore its value.

Summary

I want to talk to those of you who are in an executive role about what not to do in your job search. Some of this should be painfully obvious, but I'm going to speak with you as though you are a complete newbie. After all, you may be a newbie at this level.

If you think finding your next job is going to come as a result of using the same tactics you employed when you are a less experienced individual or a manager, it is not going to work that way. What is going to work is your Rolodex. It's your branding. How many people know you, no I love you and how easily people can find out about you online.

This is it something that you can do in 10 minutes. This is a career exercise that is as important as what you actually do professionally and how you have delivered for your organizations.. After all, your,, network is your net worth. Your relationships with people who you have met professionally are going to be the currency that would will help you arrive at your next position.

I am not saying you should not connect with executive search firms but frankly, they don't want to hear from you. They want to contact someone who they believe will be appropriate which again translates into the people in your network who are known to them and your visibility online.

I'm certainly not going to suggest you run in and that says, "This is who I am and this is what I do." This is not about blogging on LinkedIn to create visibility. It is about maintaining your social contacts, speaking at group functions, being in the press releases for your organization, creating personal visibility for your successes. This is how branding is going to go for you. Your search will go longer because often you have neglected these parts of your background. Were these parts of your career efforts to emphasize the work that you do.

The place to start is the friendly "reach out call" that you haven't done in a year or more because frankly you and they had been too busy. You start with a, "Hi! How are you," phone call that talks about how they are doing, seeing if there is a place where you can help them, and responding if they ask you a question that asks about the fact that they haven't heard from you in 100 years. If they were busy, and depending upon the time of year, you can always kick off by saying, "it's January and I had memories of…" And you reference something that happened several years ago." Or, "it's June, " and you mentioned something that came into your mind from June years ago, "and I thought I would pick up the phone and call you." Or drop you a note if you are uncomfortable with a phone call.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and leadership coach who worked as a 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 on function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

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

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


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

Summary

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

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

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

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

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

Do you really think employers are trying to help you?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Summary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Do you really think employers are trying to help you?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Summary

The question for today is:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Do you really think employers are trying to help you?

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

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

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

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

Connect with me on LinkedIn

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

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


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

Summary

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

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

Here are a few points:

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

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

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

That will usually "guilt them" into surfacing.

 

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

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

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

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

Connect with me on LinkedIn

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

Job Search Lessons from the Presidential Election of 2016


I believe there are lessons that can be learned from the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Sec. Clinton that you can apply to your job search. Both made mistakes that you can learn from.

Summary

Today, I want to point out another one of those lessons that’s coming from this year’s presidential election. The lesson I want to point out comes from the debate that took place this week with Donald Trump and Sec. Clinton and entering “the deathmatch.” One on one. “Manno a Femmo.” I want to offer a less biased opinion of what I saw and what the media seems to be providing.

Universally they seem to say Trump was awful. When I saw was that in the first 30 or 40 minutes of the debate he matched up well. They obviously disagreed on items and you would expect that. I thought he was accurate and some of his statements on the impact of trade policy and matched up well with her there.

There was a point after the 30 or 40 minute mark where the tide clearly turned. At this juncture, Sec. Clinton’s preparation served her very well. For you as a job hunter, I believe there are lessons that you can learn from both candidates. Critiquing both of them I think there are things that you can take away.

He was not as well prepared as he could have been. Yes, we all read these stories about how he wasn’t going to be doing debate prep and a variety of other things. It’s kind of like going to an interview without preparation and deciding to “wing it.” Presidential debates on job interviews and were seeing the two people in making decisions about them.

Trump didn’t do well he did well in the first part of the interview but in the next hour of time, I thought he did poorly and revealed his lack of preparation. The words didn’t come out well. Even his snarky comments where he whispers into the microphone to disagree with her, he hadn’t done them with an audience before and appeared to be snarky.

I think Clinton made mistakes, too, and the biggest one was that she was smug. She appeared to bask in her own magnificence and missed opportunities to connect with the audience. Yes, she had punches to the ribs and kidneys throughout. Here is one example. Talking about how Trump and his businesses didn’t pay bills to small businesses like her father’s. Her father’s business never did business with Trump. she used it to illustrate that a lot of small business owners who were stiffed by Trump.

She would have a smile on her face that was arrogant, smug and not likable.

To me, that was a missed opportunity. Yes, the intelligence is there but part of what you try to do as a job hunter is connect with the audience, the interviewer, the panel. You can’t sit back and be so cocky that you turn people of.

So, I want to point out that there are lessons we can take from their mistakes that you can apply to job hunting. I’ve done shws about dumb interviewing mistakes that candidates make involving lack of preparation and being so full of yourself that  \\you are sitting there with a big smile on your face, enjoying yourself, instead of focusing on the audience.

 

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 yet complement the skills needed to do a job.

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

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

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