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The 6 big mistakes active job hunters make on LinkedIn.

Summary

Today, I wanted to talk with you about mistakes I see people make on LinkedIn, particularly those of you who are not working and trying to get you to correct them. Now, I know a lot of people will talk in terms of that line under your name. And a lot of what I'm going to talk about does relate to the profile and how your messaging yourself.
Now, understand, number one is that if you indicate that you're not working by having a completion date for your last job, LinkedIn shows you lower in search results. They penalize you for not working. So, do not, I repeat, do not show a completion date for job. You are better off, instead of putting the month for your dates, you're better off just having the years for reach job to avoid the appearance of being out of work.
The ideal thing, of course, is not to show that you've completed working anywhere; just let it roll as though you're presently there. So that's number one.
Number two is you make it hard for people to reach out to you. And the way you do it is by not, I repeat, not including an email address in your summary. Minimally, have an email address there.
"But I don't want them contacting me if I'm not looking for work!"
Well, the easiest thing to do is to have a special email address, like Gmail account, specifically, for your job search that forwards through to your real address. In this way, recruiters, both corporate and third party, don't have your real address to message you. I think that's dumb because, frankly, people get ahead by being alert to opportunity. Sometimes they are internal to an organization; most of the time they're external.
If you cut people off, well, frankly, number one is you're missing out on opportunities. Number two is, the truth of the matter is, for a lot of recruiters they have LinkedIn Recruiter accounts. You have yours and they'll be able to contact you as a result of LinkedIn Recruiter they purchase in the entire LinkedIn database and, then, they can inMail you. So,you don't really need to worry about that. So, the second thing again, is not having an easy way for people to contact you.
Number three is, if you're out of luck, you talk about being in transition or you say something like, "I'm seeking new employment." Now, again, along with that idea of it being a negative to LinkedIn that you're not working, you know a lot of recruiters want to contact people who are working because they they've got this crazy belief system that if you're actively looking for a job, if you're out of work, you are, in some way, shape or form, inferior to those who are in the job.
I'm not going to go through this for you. I'll just simply say, trust me, that is a belief system with agency recruiters and corporate recruiters. So don't indicate that you're not working by saying you're, "in transition," a job seeker "seeking new opportunities," stuff along those lines.
They are recruiters who, as part of the LinkedIn recruiter search, will indicate that those are words that they don't want to see in a profile that's returned to them. So, you know, that becomes something that you avoid.
Another thing is if you're trying to give the illusion that you're working and putting volunteer work in as though it were a job, you know, the impact of that is, number one is, you can't get rid of that when you find a real job. It's going to stick there forever.
The result is, you look like you have a choppy history. you're better off not having a completion date, rather than putting in volunteer work.
Another mistake (and this one is huge these days) is you're not using the messaging function on LinkedIn, which has really gotten to be good. Whereas before, it used to be really an email service that would message you through LinkedIn and it would sit in your inbox and take a long time to deliver, Now it is basically instant messaging on LinkedIn. It works very well. As a matter of fact, on the mobile app for LinkedIn, you can use audio to message someone so you can do an audio recording if you don't want to sit there with your thumbs and type. So, don't hesitate to use the mobile app. It's really good.
Last thing, and I think this is a bonus number here. Let me just say, Oh, I'm sorry, one more thing before I hit the bonus! Your profile doesn't have information underneath each employer or it's not keyword rich. Now, when recruiters are trying to find someone like you looking for a job, how do they do that?
Well, they may, but it's unlikely they may use the primary search being your employer if you work for a large firm, there are thousands of people who work for your firm, right? How do they find you? If you work for a small firm, they'll never do that. The way they're going to do it is by selecting keywords like they would on a job board to find you. In doing so, if you don't have any information to describe your work that's keyword rich, you're invisible. So you have to get keywords into your profile and not just in the summary. Although that's helpful, because that is one of the early things that people notice, it has to be congruent in the profile itself. Otherwise, people think it's old information. So, build out your profile and include lots of keywords that are relevant and congruent with your resume.
The last thing, which is a bonus, where is it? Oh, yes, you're not using visual content in the profile. You can include video. You can include SlideShare presentations, you know, you can be posting stuff now on LinkedIn. You can upload video. You can upload audio (I believe you can upload audio I'm not sure about that). Take a look for yourself. You can upload images on LinkedIn. Make yourself known. Use the blogging platform to share information. If you're not doing that, the stuff in the LinkedIn profiles are, very simply are going to not get found as readily. Use LinkedIn to demonstrate that you're an expert at what you do and build your brand, not just simply during this job search but forever! in your career, you will be discovered more readily. You'll be found more readily and more opportunities will come to you.

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Jeff Altman – , The Big Game Hunter – Job Hunting Coach – Job Search Coach

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.

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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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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 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.

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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It is bizarre to me what people do on LinkedIn.

Summary

This is a show where I want to do dealing with the goofy things that people do on LinkedIn that are absolutely bizarre to me. I got requested to connect on LinkedIn; most of the time, I'm not reaching out to connect. I’m doing sourcing and recruiting (as you can tell, this was previously recorded when I still did search) and I'm not really going out aggressively and say, “hey! Connect with me on LinkedIn!” But people do that with me. After all, I am a very recognized figure it and people want to connect with me.

There are two things that are absolute bizarre to me. The first one is the person who has a first name and last initial. Like if my profile read, “Jeff A.” Why? Are you embarrassed by your last name? Are you ashamed of your last name? Or are you trying to hide something from me?

I don't know which of the above it is but I would assume there is a fear of racism orientation. So, if you’ve got a long foreign name, your concerned that native US people are going to discriminate on the basis of your name. Okay. So, you think if there's a connection request and you try to build out the relationship, we’re not going to find out about your name? Like in the first phone call or first conversation.

“Jeff A? Hey Jeff, what is your last name?”

That is really my first question because I want to know who I’m talking with. I have gotten to the point where I don’t accept those requests. For me, that’s not my concern. My concern is getting to know someone. I don't want them holding out on me during my first interaction with them. So, I I delete those immediately.

The other thing that is absolutely bizarre to me is no contact information. I connect with you and there is no way to reach you. You want me to talk to through LinkedIn by messaging you? That isn’t a relationship to me. It's nothing to me. So, someone reaches out to connect with me today on LinkedIn and they seem like they’re a normal human being. I connect with them and there is no email address, no phone number, no way that I can reach out to them except through the system.

In case you haven't noticed, LinkedIn is pretty clumsy and, in addition, or you on LinkedIn every day you? Probably not, but you expected me to sit there waiting while I'm trying to do some networking, I’m trying to ask some questions, I’m trying to get an opinion, do some informational reach out and why did you reach out to me? Was this supposed to be a one-way street where I'm the one who supposed to give and you are the one who supposed to take period I'm not allowed to ask you anything?

So, right off the bat, I have a trepidation and recognize that if I do, and I'm a very open networker, what are you doing with other people? The answer is you or annoying them. There is no value to your connection if it's a one-way street.

So, I just pause for a second and say, “don't be foolish.” You are on LinkedIn, trying to connect with people in order to get some help. Don't be a mooch. Reach out. Connect. That's fine.

Be generous. Be gracious. Be helpful to people. Don't start hiding at the very beginning. After all, if you're looking for job, you want to make it easy for people reach out to you, right? Right?

So, be open with your information. Email address. Phone number. State your preference as to how you want to be contacted. People will respect that.

In terms of your name, put your damn name there. Don’t hide it. People will find out anyway and what have you accomplished? It's goofy and racism will occur if you have a 47 letter last name with no vowels in it that people can’t pronounce or they're going to wind up seeing a letter, “L” because you have your picture there, right?

Don’t be foolish about these things. Be generous, be gracious and recognize that, obviously, bigotry exists. I know I'm the target of bigotry at times and you’re going to experience the same thing. There's no hiding it’s. I wish it were different but putting the first initial of your last name there, doesn't do anything.

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

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.

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Why Do Some LinkedIn Profiles Use General Job Functions Where the Title Usually Goes? | JobSearchTV.com


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Answer to yourself before watching my answer.

Summary

So I've got a fun question today. The question is, "why do some people on LinkedIn use general job functions where the title usually goes?"
It's a good question and I see that from time to time. There are a couple of possible reasons why people do it .Before I go into those, there are two areas where this can occur.
Number one is In the headline are The headline is where your name is. And then there's the line underneath it. So, underneath your name is one area where people often put their title. The other one is underneath their current and previous employers.
Both of areas where titles are pretty common. Now, in the in the case of the first one where we're dealing with, the. title, sometimes, isn't the best way to describe oneself. It's often best to think in terms of keywords and what the attraction would be in someone doing a search for you. So, if you think of LinkedIn and your individual profile as being something that needs to be search engine optimized like a website ,you want to have keywords there that will be attractive to firms looking for you.
So , inmy case, I might use the term recruiter .Headhunter. Terms along those lines because those describe what I do professionally and will be recognized by LinkedIn. (NOTE I NO LONGER DO RECRUITING)
Now, In either case, title sometimes are not quite descriptions. So, I sometimes see titles like "associate level 13. "What the hell does that mean? How is it different from an associate level 12 or 11 or 15? Instead of that, a pe?Rson might use a descriptor in that field in order to describe what it is that they do. So, that's one possible reason why someone might use terms that are search engine optimized or searchable or searched by people in order to be found in that spot It's not my ideal choice, but it's really a reason why.
Another reason why people do it is they made a mistake. They don't think their title is particularly relevant and it might be. So, sometimes people have mistaken notions of what should go in there, even though it's very clear. It says position so they duck the subject.
Maybe they're trying to indicate that they are not as high level or not as low level and they're trying to be described by function. But, when all is said and done, you know, when someone is being interviewed or spoken with my phone, they're going to be, "so what's your title," because it's a missing piece of information. Anything that's an omission or a conscious ommission becomes an area of Investigation by interviewers because they're curious.
Why did you choose to do that? Most people are relatively compliantand they do put in the position title. And why didn't you? That's the way I think. Anything that's out of the norm, I want to know more about . It doesn't make it bad, but it leaves me curious.
So far., I'm giving you the answers of. "they wanted use a search term and make that immediately visible." Sometimes it's a mistake that, most of the time, frankly,it is a mistake that job hunters make by putting it there because, frankly, you know at the end of the day, there's so much text particularly in the summary area where you can keyword stuff your profile to make it very attractive for search terms though.
Three main reasons I see .What do you think? Leave us a comment below. Let me know what your thoughts are.

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 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.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

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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Why Are You Connecting? | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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EP 1238 It is bizarre to me what people do on LinkedIn.

Summary

This is a show where I want to do dealing with the goofy things that people do on LinkedIn that are absolutely bizarre to me. I got requested to connect on LinkedIn; most of the time, I'm not reaching out to connect. I’m doing sourcing and recruiting (as you can tell, this was previously recorded when I still did search) and I'm not really going out aggressively and say, “hey! Connect with me on LinkedIn!” But people do that with me. After all, I am a very recognized figure it and people want to connect with me.

There are two things that are absolute bizarre to me. The first one is the person who has a first name and last initial. Like if my profile read, “Jeff A.” Why? Are you embarrassed by your last name? Are you ashamed of your last name? Or are you trying to hide something from me?

I don't know which of the above it is but I would assume there is a fear of racism orientation. So, if you’ve got a long foreign name, your concerned that native US people are going to discriminate on the basis of your name. Okay. So, you think if there's a connection request and you try to build out the relationship, we’re not going to find out about your name? Like in the first phone call or first conversation.

“Jeff A? Hey Jeff, what is your last name?”

That is really my first question because I want to know who I’m talking with. I have gotten to the point where I don’t accept those requests. For me, that’s not my concern. My concern is getting to know someone. I don't want them holding out on me during my first interaction with them. So, I I delete those immediately.

The other thing that is absolutely bizarre to me is no contact information. I connect with you and there is no way to reach you. You want me to talk to through LinkedIn by messaging you? That isn’t a relationship to me. It's nothing to me. So, someone reaches out to connect with me today on LinkedIn and they seem like they’re a normal human being. I connect with them and there is no email address, no phone number, no way that I can reach out to them except through the system.

In case you haven't noticed, LinkedIn is pretty clumsy and, in addition, or you on LinkedIn every day you? Probably not, but you expected me to sit there waiting while I'm trying to do some networking, I’m trying to ask some questions, I’m trying to get an opinion, do some informational reach out and why did you reach out to me? Was this supposed to be a one-way street where I'm the one who supposed to give and you are the one who supposed to take period I'm not allowed to ask you anything?

So, right off the bat, I have a trepidation and recognize that if I do, and I'm a very open networker, what are you doing with other people? The answer is you or annoying them. There is no value to your connection if it's a one-way street.

So, I just pause for a second and say, “don't be foolish.” You are on LinkedIn, trying to connect with people in order to get some help. Don't be a mooch. Reach out. Connect. That's fine.

Be generous. Be gracious. Be helpful to people. Don't start hiding at the very beginning. After all, if you're looking for job, you want to make it easy for people reach out to you, right? Right?

So, be open with your information. Email address. Phone number. State your preference as to how you want to be contacted. People will respect that.

In terms of your name, put your damn name there. Don’t hide it. People will find out anyway and what have you accomplished? It's goofy and racism will occur if you have a 47 letter last name with no vowels in it that people can’t pronounce or they're going to wind up seeing a letter, “L” because you have your picture there, right?

Don’t be foolish about these things. Be generous, be gracious and recognize that, obviously, bigotry exists. I know I'm the target of bigotry at times and you’re going to experience the same thing. There's no hiding it’s. I wish it were different but putting the first initial of your last name there, doesn't do anything.

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

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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It AMAZES me that people do this stuff . . . yet they do . . . but don’t you do it?

Summary

I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I coach people. I'm an executive job search and Leadership coach The head coach for JobSearchCoachingHQ.com. And by the way, I'm LinkedIn members 7653. Yeah. You heard that number, right 7653. I was in the first 10,000.
Today, I got a connection request from someone. I didn't know who this person was. I accepted the connection request and did as I often do– – sent a reply back because, frankly, I want to engage with people. Isn't that what networking is about ?And my message to them said, " curious. Did you reach out to me because you were recommended by LinkedIn ,listened to one of my podcasts, watched one of my videos or was interested in one on one coaching with me? Why didyou reach out and, by the way, if you like, I can send you a video that might be helpful about final interviews. I'm paraphrasing it here.
I God a response back. You're obviously a spammer. I'm going to disconnect. Okay. Help me understand why you connected. All I wanted to find out is why you contacted me. That was a terrible thing on my part. Folks, you're on a networking platform that's designed to help you professionally network. When someone responds to your networking requests with a question, It's a pretty reasonable thing. I'm not a spammer. You know, LinkedIn has not blackballed me or punished me in any point for over soliciting or anything like that. My 23,000 first level connections . . . Almost all of them reached out to me.
I'll just simply say this is a place to network. If you want to connect with someone, they have the ability to network with you. It's not a one-way thing, folks. So, I just want to encourage it. Be smart. If you wanted the network, if you wanted to connect, start working on the relationship. It doesn't have to be a big thing.
Like what I sent was not a big thing. Hey, why did you reach out? Was it one of these reasons or something else? Whatever it is start the conversation. For the record, LinkedIn seems the like when there's engagement. So, if you're in a conversation with someone, especially right after you connect, it assumes that you know that person and starts feeding more people for you to connect with ofpeople reaching out to you.
So, I hope you found this helpful. If you did and you're watching on a different platform or you're watching on LinkedIn, click the like button. Let people know it was worthwhile. Share with others and, I'll just say that if you're interested in my coaching you, connect with me on LinkedIn at www.Linkedin.com/in/TheBigGameHunter .Mention that you saw the video because I just like not knowing how people find me and, you know, just know that I'm going to send you a message once we're connected to find that why you reached out.
By the way, the last thing. I only accept connection requests from people in the US these days and I do that because I'm starting to bump up against LinkedIn's limitations for how many people you can be first level connections with.
So, I'm Jeff Altman. Hope you 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.

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

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

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The Most Misused Part of Most LinkedIn Profiles | JobSearchTV.com


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter points to a part of your LinkedIn profile that most people misuse or use terribly.

Summary

Hi! I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm called The Big Game Hunter because I've been hunting down leaders and staff organizations for more than 40 years. Today, I want to talk with you about the most misused or underused piece of real estate on your LinkedIn profile. Now, if you go to LinkedIn and look at your profile, I'm sure you can spot your name but there's a line directly underneath your name and that's the real estate that I'm talking about. There is so much you can communicate to a potential employer, recruiter through the real estate there.

Think in terms of keywords. Don’t think in terms of that ridiculous job title like Programmer Level 3.2 that your employer gives you don’t think in terms of generic titles. Think in terms of something that would communicate to someone what you do for a living.

So, for example you might talk about civil engineer focused on such and such. You might talk in terms of Program Manager or PMP who's run onsite-offshore projects globally. There's a lot of stuff that you can communicate in that space including your email address. See, in this way If a recruiter’s try to get a hold of you, if a corporate recruiter is trying to get hold of you, they don't have to connect with you.

They don't have to call up your employer and try and find you. You are giving them a way that they can find you without using up one of their inMails, without using up one of their connection requests and you're making it easier for them to hook up with you and talk with you about job opportunities.

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 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)

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

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.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

 

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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Why Are You Connecting? | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

EP 1238 It is bizarre to me what people do on LinkedIn.

Summary

This is a show where I want to do dealing with the goofy things that people do on LinkedIn that are absolutely bizarre to me. I got requested to connect on LinkedIn; most of the time, I'm not reaching out to connect. I’m doing sourcing and recruiting (as you can tell, this was previously recorded when I still did search) and I'm not really going out aggressively and say, “hey! Connect with me on LinkedIn!” But people do that with me. After all, I am a very recognized figure it and people want to connect with me.

There are two things that are absolute bizarre to me. The first one is the person who has a first name and last initial. Like if my profile read, “Jeff A.” Why? Are you embarrassed by your last name? Are you ashamed of your last name? Or are you trying to hide something from me?

I don't know which of the above it is but I would assume there is a fear of racism orientation. So, if you’ve got a long foreign name, your concerned that native US people are going to discriminate on the basis of your name. Okay. So, you think if there's a connection request and you try to build out the relationship, we’re not going to find out about your name? Like in the first phone call or first conversation.

“Jeff A? Hey Jeff, what is your last name?”

That is really my first question because I want to know who I’m talking with. I have gotten to the point where I don’t accept those requests. For me, that’s not my concern. My concern is getting to know someone. I don't want them holding out on me during my first interaction with them. So, I I delete those immediately.

The other thing that is absolutely bizarre to me is no contact information. I connect with you and there is no way to reach you. You want me to talk to through LinkedIn by messaging you? That isn’t a relationship to me. It's nothing to me. So, someone reaches out to connect with me today on LinkedIn and they seem like they’re a normal human being. I connect with them and there is no email address, no phone number, no way that I can reach out to them except through the system.

In case you haven't noticed, LinkedIn is pretty clumsy and, in addition, or you on LinkedIn every day you? Probably not, but you expected me to sit there waiting while I'm trying to do some networking, I’m trying to ask some questions, I’m trying to get an opinion, do some informational reach out and why did you reach out to me? Was this supposed to be a one-way street where I'm the one who supposed to give and you are the one who supposed to take period I'm not allowed to ask you anything?

So, right off the bat, I have a trepidation and recognize that if I do, and I'm a very open networker, what are you doing with other people? The answer is you or annoying them. There is no value to your connection if it's a one-way street.

So, I just pause for a second and say, “don't be foolish.” You are on LinkedIn, trying to connect with people in order to get some help. Don't be a mooch. Reach out. Connect. That's fine.

Be generous. Be gracious. Be helpful to people. Don't start hiding at the very beginning. After all, if you're looking for job, you want to make it easy for people reach out to you, right? Right?

So, be open with your information. Email address. Phone number. State your preference as to how you want to be contacted. People will respect that.

In terms of your name, put your damn name there. Don’t hide it. People will find out anyway and what have you accomplished? It's goofy and racism will occur if you have a 47 letter last name with no vowels in it that people can’t pronounce or they're going to wind up seeing a letter, “L” because you have your picture there, right?

Don’t be foolish about these things. Be generous, be gracious and recognize that, obviously, bigotry exists. I know I'm the target of bigotry at times and you’re going to experience the same thing. There's no hiding it’s. I wish it were different but putting the first initial of your last name there, doesn't do anything.

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

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.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Ask Away: Live Q &A with Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter


I answer 3 questions:

How do you answer, “Tell me about yourself.”
How to use Instagram in a job search
What mistakes do people make on LinkedIn?

 

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

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.

LinkedIn Mistakes Too Many People Make | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


Listen to the full episode here:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2018/07/17/linkedin-mistakes-too-many-people-make-nobsjobsearchadvicecom

EP 1174 I discuss mistakes WAY too many people make on LinkedIn that cause them to miss out on opportunities.

Summary

Here’s one that is bizarre to me. The 1st mistake I see people make is that they don’t have a LinkedIn account all. They’ve done nothing. I see people who are very successful who don't want to be on LinkedIn because it's hard being assaulted by recruiters. I get that. But, otherwise, you’ve got be there. Otherwise, the door is getting knocked on and you are not there. And you don’t have to say yes, but the door’s open and you're not there to answer.

Another mistake people make is they don’t put a photo on there LinkedIn profile and thus there is a little icon or nothing there and it's a awful. It misses an opportunity to market yourself that you need to take advantage of. After all, when folks are considering making a job change, you don't want to be in a situation where no profile or missing the opportunity do you have your appearance help sell you.

Another thing people do is that they have multiple LinkedIn accounts for themselves. Why have multiples? I see this all the time where people wind up having a account and they forget that they have an account and sign up again. I can tell that because 1 of their profiles only goes back to about 2 jobs ago. They could've updated it, but they forgot they had it.

Here is one I enjoy. You have a network of individuals and you don’t connect with them on LinkedIn. So, all these friends of yours who you been connected with for 100 years in real life… you don't connect with them on LinkedIn.

Here is another one. You don’t turn off notifications when you are doing an update. Thus, your entire network is updated every time you make a change. Awful! Awful! Especially if you are looking for work and you are connected to a boss, a director, if someone in your organization may not be completely trustworthy. Why would you do that?

Here is something that people do. They show things that are just not appropriate to be shared. So, for example, there are personal types of memes that are shared; there are things from a political standpoint or a religious standpoint that you share on LinkedIn. It is not for that venue. What is is for is Facebook.

Another thing people do is they start talking about the fact that they're looking for work while they are still working. So, their stream is filled with things that it should not be filled with if you don't want your hiring manager to you to know that you are looking.

Another thing and this is, to me, the great cardinal sin, is to make it hard for people to reach out to you. There is no email address. Their contact information is not up to date and they do a lot of things that make it harder for someone to find them with the result being no one ever does. Again, a stupid mistake.

So, I will simply say that if you are qualified, interested and available 4 positions, you put your email address for yourself and the phone number in the summary so that, in this way, people can find you. They can do it easily without “hocking” you, arguing with you, pushing you to do something. Just make it easy for them.

So, in the summary area, at the end of it, however much text you write, say something along the lines of, “if you want to speak with may about opportunities, email me at . . . or call me at . . . I would be happy to get acquainted with you.”

That's a real easy way for people to contact you.

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 what 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 1100 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.  

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

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.