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Getting on the Radar | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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EP1311 Jeff and David Perry discuss the mistakes people make with their LinkedIn profiles and much more.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

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

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

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

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

Connect with me on LinkedInLike me on Facebook.

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

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

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.” 

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

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

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Why Are You Connecting? | JobSearchTV.com


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.

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.

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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Are LinkedIn Profiles Still Relevant? | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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EP 1248 What do you think?

Summary

The question is, “Is having a LinkedIn profile still relevant?”

Usually this question is asked by a younger professional, a recent grad, not a lot of experienced individuals, those kind of people. So, I want to speak to you in terms of investing.

If I told you putting two dollars a day aside had any sort of meaning you might scratch your head and go, “Two dollars a day? What’s that going to do for me?” Well, if you had zero interest and put down two dollars a day, you would have over $700 at the end of the year. You would have over $1400 at the end of two. And you have 3500 at the five. This might get your attention.

LinkedIn is kind of like that, as well, in that the investment in time and effort in a LinkedIn profile and becoming involved on the site pays off big dividends later. Here's how.

Recruiters are basically looking for people to fill jobs. That's corporate and third-party recruiters. So, both are on LinkedIn looking for backgrounds to fit jobs. So, you start getting messages from firms are trying to hire. So, you have to think of your profile in terms of SEO. Thus, you keyword optimize your LinkedIn profile to draw attention to yourself. You become involved in groups and you start doing networking online through LinkedIn.

The investment in time and effort pays off at times when you really need to make a change. Like, if you think you are going to get laid off in the next 30 years of your career, 40 years of your career, trust me. You are wrong.

So, making the investment NOW in building your profile out, keeping it up-to-date, regularly (like at least twice a week), take the app, logon, see if anyone's trying to reach you. Do that regularly and you are going to get tantalized by some of the jobs that people present to you.

Opportunity is going to knock and, even if you're not interested, you can start building relationships with people just by basically responding say, “Thanks. Not really a good time for me to change jobs right now. Keep me informed of other things. Okay?”

Doing that is how you, in the current economy, I'm not saying five years from now it might not be different, but for now, LinkedIn is the place to be for job hunters. Don’t miss out.

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. 

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.

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Are LinkedIn Profiles Still Relevant? | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

EP 1248 What do you think?

Summary

The question is, “Is having a LinkedIn profile still relevant?”

Usually this question is asked by a younger professional, a recent grad, not a lot of experienced individuals, those kind of people. So, I want to speak to you in terms of investing.

If I told you putting two dollars a day aside had any sort of meaning you might scratch your head and go, “Two dollars a day? What’s that going to do for me?” Well, if you had zero interest and put down two dollars a day, you would have over $700 at the end of the year. You would have over $1400 at the end of two. And you have 3500 at the five. This might get your attention.

LinkedIn is kind of like that, as well, in that the investment in time and effort in a LinkedIn profile and becoming involved on the site pays off big dividends later. Here's how.

Recruiters are basically looking for people to fill jobs. That's corporate and third-party recruiters. So, both are on LinkedIn looking for backgrounds to fit jobs. So, you start getting messages from firms are trying to hire. So, you have to think of your profile in terms of SEO. Thus, you keyword optimize your LinkedIn profile to draw attention to yourself. You become involved in groups and you start doing networking online through LinkedIn.

The investment in time and effort pays off at times when you really need to make a change. Like, if you think you are going to get laid off in the next 30 years of your career, 40 years of your career, trust me. You are wrong.

So, making the investment NOW in building your profile out, keeping it up-to-date, regularly (like at least twice a week), take the app, logon, see if anyone's trying to reach you. Do that regularly and you are going to get tantalized by some of the jobs that people present to you.

Opportunity is going to knock and, even if you're not interested, you can start building relationships with people just by basically responding say, “Thanks. Not really a good time for me to change jobs right now. Keep me informed of other things. Okay?”

Doing that is how you, in the current economy, I'm not saying five years from now it might not be different, but for now, LinkedIn is the place to be for job hunters. Don’t miss out.

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. 

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.

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The Question You Need to Be Able to Answer for Them | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

EP 1228  I talk about the most important question you need to prepare for  . . . and you’ll never be asked it!

Summary

I promised you a question that is really the most important question you need to be prepared to answer and you are never really going to be asked it. . . And I’ll prove my case in a second.

The question really is, “In a world of infinite choices and alternatives, why should you be chosen? Why should you be the one that they make the offer to and want to hire?”

Infinite possibilities? Have you ever gotten on a job board and search for something like yourself? Okay. You haven’t. Go to indeed.com for a second. Pretend you are going to be searching for skill like yours specifically in your area. See how many people you turn up. There are a lot and if you don't want to use indeed indeed.com, firm's are buying the LinkedIn database using LinkedIn Recruiter and they are searching their brains out to find people fill jobs.

Third-party recruiters are doing the same thing. But the employers are actually the one doing the hiring and that's the question that they have -- why should they choose you versus maybe that next person we haven't looked at yet? Why should we choose you?

You can start off (I have a video about this) but you can start off with your opening questions. For example, I always encourage people to start off the interview, the first call that you get, the first in-person interview you get, before they ask their first question, you thank them profusely for making time. Then, continue by saying, “I spoke with Jeff Altman (or I recall the ad) but I want to get your take on the role. Could you tell me about the job as you see it and what I can do to help?”

In this way, they define the role for you, instead of you sit passively there asking questions. Then, from there, once they start with “tell me about yourself,” here's the follow-up answer I want you to give. It's pretty traditional.

“I’ve been in the field there for X number of years. For the last few years, I’ve been working for so-and-so where I’ve been responsible for . . . “ You’ll will start to notice what they're doing is hearing the confirmation that caused you two get the interview and you are regurgitating a certain number of facts for them that they already know.

Then, you continue on, “but what makes me different than the other 27 people that you have already probably really spoken to, who have said much the same thing… or, you can say, “I'm sure you heard a lot of very talented people say similar things. But what makes me different is . . . “Now, you are in there selling personal qualities of yourself.

I don’t want you talking about being a team player. I'd rather have you talk about professional attributes that you have that tie in with what you have been told.

So, for example, they told a problem that they have in that answer to tell me about yourself or just in defining what the job is for you in answering that question earlier on. When you going into, “tell me about yourself, you can talk about what you've done that's been similar to what they need to have done.

So, you might say, “I know a lot of people will say similar things but what makes me different is in my current organization (or in my previous one) I dealt with a similar problem. I can’t say “identical” because I don't know all the nuances of your situation. But this wouldn’t be a new experience for me. This is something that I’ve attacked before and done it successfully. As a matter of fact, if we get to the point and I expect we will, where you want to check references, you will hear my references talk glowingly about what I did for the organization.”

So remember, you are always answering the question in a world of infinite choices or almost infinite choices, why should they choose 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 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.

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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LinkedIn Profiles: A Small But Important Tweak | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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EP 1183 I discuss an important thing to do with your LinkedIn profile.

Summary

I’ve got a little LinkedIn tweak I want to make sure that you use. It's very easy to implement. It's an important 1 and I will explain why in a second.

The tweak is go back to the firm's names as you have entered them and see whether or not, if you start typing them again, like delete the name and start typing them again, LinkedIn offers a name for your firm.

So, for example, if you worked for Morgan Stanley, just make sure you would spell Morgan Stanley the same way LinkedIn does and when they will offer the choice of corporate name, take theirs. Why? Real simple. LinkedIn has a data dictionary. It's a way that it likes to see things. And it’s a way it wants its users to see things and it’s a way it wants its users to see things. Same thing with job titles, by the way.

Using their data dictionary for corporate names allows people who are searching for someone like you at your specific firm to find you more readily since, what LinkedIn tells people like me to do, and corporate recruiters to do, is use the name that they offer up for your firm.

So, if you are using JPMorganChase and you type it as one word, yet LinkedIn offers JP space Morgan but (I don't know how it is actually done but it just follow my example), if you offered is JPMorganChase as one word and LinkedIn offered up his JP space Morgan space Chase, for the sake of argument, people looking for you with that firm will never find you because LinkedIn's data dictionary would not recognize your definition.

Same thing with job titles. If you put software developer-C++, just for the sake of argument, and people were looking for your title plus the skill in the body, that title doesn't correlate correctly and LinkedIn could reject you as a choice because it doesn’t match with you with their data dictionary.

So, again, go back to company name, go back to title and change it to the choice that LinkedIn offers so that, this way, when people are searching for you, you can be found. If you think to yourself, “hey! I'm not really looking for a job. Now it doesn't matter,” I want you to remember one thing. The person who gets ahead isn’t always the smartest or work the hardest moments… Although those are great qualities to have. People get ahead by being alert to opportunity. Sometimes those opportunities are internal; most of the time they are external and LinkedIn is the primary way people reach out to individuals like you to find you in order to discuss opportunities.

Make it easy for them, okay?

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for 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.

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Differentiating Your LinkedIn Profile | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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EP 1181 I discuss making your profile standout from others.

Summary

A mistake people make with their LinkedIn profile is it becomes a “me to profile.” By that, I mean it's really a little different than their resume. It’s not like you have to make radically different than your resume, but there are opportunities using a LinkedIn profile to really enhance how you demonstrate your experience and expertise that a resume doesn't really offer well. Let me give you a couple suggestions.

So, in the case of a resume and LinkedIn profile, firms are using keywords in order to locate you. You can think in terms of repeating the same keywords over and over again, or you can make sure that you have lots of keywords in the longtail. So, for example, if you are a developer, you will talk in terms of the applications you worked on in detail so that this way, your drawing in more information, but longtail is a concept that came from a book that was written by Chris Anderson about why Amazon will always have better and more sales than Barnes & Noble.

The concept was all book stores sell the same on enormous number of bestsellers and there's no money in that. It’s a commodity business. So, where bookstores make their money is on the ones and twos of these odd titles and because Amazon is a virtual store (it's basically a warehouse), they make a lot of money on selling one copy of an obscure book at list price or above. Barnes & Noble, by contrast, their superstores can only carry 100,000 titles, 150,000 titles and each 1 has to generate revenue versus Amazon which is able to make money on an infinite number titles. So, you want to ensure that you have lots of those keywords to draw people to your page.

Next thing is, once there, what are they going to see beyond your resume is to catch their eye and make you stand out. One thing is recommendations. I want to be clear, I am not talking endorsements. Endorsements is clearly the 2nd fiddle to recommendations. Recommendations are those lengthy testimonials that people will write to support you demonstrating that you're an expert at what you do.

So, a great recommendation isn't 1 of those, “He’s a really good God. I really like working with him.” It’s one that really talks in about what you did and how you did it and how you did it and how you were a hero to that group or organization.

So, you can call it “the hero story,” call it whatever you like. The fact of the matter is you want people to give you great recommendations and really speak to what you can do a for the next firm.

You also want to have a summary that speaks in glowing detail and is fresh with those keywords AND includes contact information for you. You don't want to necessarily force people to connect with you. You want to make it easier for them to contact you and that will go a long way toward helping you.

You will also want to post articles and those will get linked to your profile. So, think of LinkedIn as having a blogging area that allows you to demonstrate great expertise in a variety of fields.

If you're out of work, do not change your date of employment to nothing. Do not put a completion date unless you're going to include the phrase that your job hunting from such to such date to such and such date. I don't really like that, to be honest with you because I don't believe you can don't companies from your profile and thus this becomes a record of being unemployed that really isn't helpful to you. So don’t make that change unless you’re really compelled to do so.

Another thing. There is a lot of space for linking to photos, videos, presentations, a whole host of things. So, you can post your resume on to your LinkedIn profile and link it to your summary or an employer. You can link with a SlideShare presentation, a YouTube video, a whole host of things that might reside on the web.

You can take a picture now with LinkedIn and, thus, all of these things make your profile unique and cause people to spend time reviewing it and make you more attractive. Once they understand what you want to do, I can assure you that they are going to pick up the phone and contact you (because you have given them your phone number, right. You put in the summary like I recommended) and thus, it will go a long way toward getting you the results that you want. No deception. No lies. Complete honesty.

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
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

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Make It Easy for People to Reach You on LinkedIn | JobSearchTV.com


In this video, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter shares a personal networking success and a mistake many people make with their LinkedIn profiles.

Summary

I want tell you story and then tie it all in at the end. The story involves how I picked up a new client by using LinkedIn and its going to lead to one of the mistakes I see people making with LinkedIn.

So, I’ve got more than 10,000 1st level connections on LinkedIn (I actually have more than 23000) and, every once in a while, I like to send an email to people who are in HR, talent acquisition, obvious areas of hiring where I try to reconnect with them and see if there is any business there for me (NOTE: This was recorded wen I still did recruiting).

There was one person who I chose not to reach out to because I wasn't sure if he was working for a recruiting firm or not. I really don't connect with recruiters who are working third-party firms. But what he did is that he noticed I looked at his profile decided to give me a call and reintroduce himself because it had been probably 10 years since we last spoke and say, “Hi! How are you?” We chatted for a little bit and, then, he told me he was trying to hire a number of people. Now, what's the point of the story?

The point of the story is my profile made it easy for him to reach made. How did I do that? I want to point out how many people don't do this. Looking over at my profile, just to make sure you understand what I am doing. There is a way on LinkedIn to set up your contact information. You can provide your email address, phone number, your address, your IM, Twitter, websites that you are involved with plus and easy to work with LinkedIn URL to reach you.

I have in my office number and my email address. He went to my profile since we’re first level connections and found my phone number and called me. How many of you have your phone number there? I am going to tell you point-blank, of the 10,000 and change connections I have, very few people do. Why? You don't want to get interrupted at work. I understand that.

You you can put your home phone number in.

“I don’t want to get a phone call at home.”

What are you networking for? You call this networking? By having a connection on LinkedIn that you try mooch off of all the time? That you make it next to impossible for people to reach you with you call this a network? This is not how people network.

Networking involves developing a relationship with another person with variable to think of you when they have an opportunity and (watch this one) be able to reach you. Obviously, sometimes, you get calls or emails from people that the position description is off but, I want to point out to you, the person who gets ahead isn't always the smartest, they don't always work the hardest … Although those are great qualities to have… people get ahead by being alert to opportunities. Sometimes, those are internal to their firm; more often than not, they are external.

One of the reasons you have a LinkedIn profile is so that opportunities (The sound of knocking) can knock at your door. If you make it hard for people to reach you, you are not networking.

So, put your email address and phone number in your profile. If you change jobs, update your email address and office phone number. Make it easy for people to reach you so that opportunity can knock at your door

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.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

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

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

If you want to know how to win more interviews, order “Winning Interviews.” You’ll learn how to win phone interviews, in-person interviews, the best question to ask on any interview and more.

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

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

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

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10 Words to Avoid Using on LinkedIn | JobSearchTV.com


In this video, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses the most frequently abused words on LinkedIn and why you should avoid them.

Summary

A quick story. I saw this story that talked about the most often used words on LiniedIn. Frankly, I believe most of them should be avoided like the plague because, basically, they demonstrate that you are ordinary.

There is one that I can give you pass on. That's the number 1 used word on LinkedIn-- responsible. I don't think they're saying, “I'm a responsible individual.” I believe people are saying, “I'm responsible for . . . “ Such and such. But the other words include strategic, creative, effective, patient, expert, organizational, driven, innovative and analytical. Creative is the 3rd most of is often used word on LinkedIn. How can you define yourself, as creative if you're using the same word as everyone else is? How can you describe yourself as being “effective” or “strategic” or “expert” when so many other people are claiming the same attribute?

When all is said and done, with the exception of “responsible” (which I'm not real fond of that because it makes you profile read like a job description, these are words that should be avoided like the plague.

Instead, like a recent guest of my show, “Job Search Radio” said, what you should be doing is defining your worth by talking about how you increased sales or decreased the cost or, in terms of revenue generated or revenue saved, talk about your successes.

Avoid the generalities because, ultimately, using terms like these and the bland description that cover around these words just makes you look ordinary.

In the question I posed in and earlier video is, “Do you want to be 1 of the pack?” In other words, 1 of the many or the appointing 1 of few?

I think it's more important to present yourself as exceptional, rather than ordinary. And as another guest on the show on “Job Search Radio” said to me, he helped craft someone's LinkedIn profile and encouraged them to say, “Ask me how I turned a swamp into $2 billion.” He was in the construction business and used that example of a project that he worked on to demonstrate his value.

There are things that you can be doing that are comparable so that you don't use these words on your resume or on your LinkedIn profile. Being part of the pack is just an awful strategy. It's why, again, I’m going to point 2 something that I've commented on recently, this 1 was in my podcast “No BS Job Search Advice” on BlogTalkRadio, think of yourself as being like a fish. There are some hooks that are thrown in the ocean. But, before you can get to them, there is always another fish up there going for the hook.

You want to be swimming in less populated waters so you can have less competition in competition that's really interested in you, so that you're not seen as a commodity like all these folks who use these terms 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 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.  

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.