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How Do I Write an InMail to a 2nd Degree Connection . . . ? | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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EP 1254 How Do I Write an InMail to a 2nd Degree Connection  Without Looking Like I’m Going Behind a 1st Degree Connection?

Summary

Episode 1254 of No BS Job Search Advice Radio. This is Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm called The Big Game Huntetr because I used to hunt down leaders and staff . . . Did it for organizations for a hell of a long time. And now I coach people to play big . . . HUGE and help you in your job search, help you be more effective in your work, life. . .
This show is about one of those peculiar questions that I've been asked before about how awkward someone feels about contacting or I should say inMailing a second degree connection and feeling like they're going behind the back of their first degree connection. Hope you find this helpful. Hope you give it a great review and I hope you listen to the end of the show where there's information about different services I have that I believe can help you and with that,let's get going.
Okay, the question is "how do I write to a second degree connection without making it look like I'm going behind the back of my first degree connection "
Now, my philosophy is you are inconveniencing the first so, it's quite okay to go directly to the second and if you're looking for tactically how to do this, well, yes, you can reach out to them directly and reach out to them with the idea of them becoming a first before you actually reach out to them.
what you can also do is have the first degree connection provide the introduction, but that seems so old school and so passe in these modern times. I think you're best off just and best served by just reaching out to the the person that you want to get to, connecting with them or going around the entire LinkedIn system altogether.
You know where they work .You call them up on the phone and you reach out to them and say, "hi. My name is . . . And I'm looking for position doing such and such. I saw you work for the firm that I like to work for. Can I pick your brain for a minute and see if you might be able to introduce me to someone . . . If you're comfortable doing that? I want you to feel comfortable that I have a background would be appropriate. But, you know, I'm wondering if I could just pick your brain for a couple of minutes."
What that does is circumvent this entire "reach throughyour first degree connection" to introduce you to the second, getting the connection request accepted If you're going to them directly.
Just call them up on the phone, introduce yourself and say, " I understand the firm is looking for such and such. I was wondering if you might introduce me to the hiring manager. Can I ask who that might be or would you feel more comfortable interviewing me for a couple of minutes to see that I'm competent before referring me?" That will save you a lot of time,a lot of Agony, have you develop an advocate within the firm instead of worrying about this extraneous thing called LinkedIn.
LinkedIn is a database. It gives you information. How you use that information is your choice. You don't have to use their system. There's no requirement. Just use it and get your. interview.
So that's today's show. I hope you enjoyed it. And if you did, here are a few ways that I can help you. First of all, you can hire me to coach you throughout your job search in every way imaginable that includes a resume and/or LinkedIn profile critique interview preparation helping you with a salary negotiation and/or networking, answering your questions about your job search, give you advice about a decision you have to make once you have the offer.
We can work in 30 minutes or 1 hour increments throughout your search and the easiest way to talk with me about it is by connecting with me at linkedin.com /in//thebiggamehunter. Mention that you listen to the show. I just like knowing that I'm helping folks and, once were connected, message me that you're interested in coaching. Will do it a free discovery conversation with one another if you're not interested in coaching. If you just have a few questions, the easiest way to do it is by reaching out to me through the Magnifi app for iOS or, if you don't have an iOS device, if you are and Android user or you just want to call me on the phone, do you through PrestoExperts.com where I'm a career coach and job search expert.
For those of you been listening to the show, you know I always talk about JobSearchCoachingHQ.com and recently we've been changing the focus of the site to really emphasize interviewing and answering tough interview questions. You'll have access to curated information that you can watch, listen to or read that's designed to help you find work more quickly as well as videos and podcasts and other information that emphasize interviewing and answering tough interview questions.
You can also take my classes on Skillshare and become a premium member using the link in the show notes and get two months for free, instead of the one month that the site offers.
And the last thing I want to mention to you is . . . Scheduled me for lunch. I do it at 12:30 most days. For now, I'm making myself available Monday Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for lunch at 12:30 eastern time. We'll meet over Zoom and be able to see one another you bring something to eat or if it's early for you, very simply bring some coffee with you will sit and talk for 45 minutes. I'll answer your questions. For $175 that's less than what I charge for comparable time for my coaching. So, again, reach out to me through Linkedin and we'll schedule a time for lunch.
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

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.

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

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

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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How Do I Write an InMail to a 2nd Degree Connection . . . ? | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

EP 1254 How Do I Write an InMail to a 2nd Degree Connection  Without Looking Like I’m Going Behind a 1st Degree Connection?

Summary

Episode 1254 of No BS Job Search Advice Radio. This is Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm called The Big Game Huntetr because I used to hunt down leaders and staff . . . Did it for organizations for a hell of a long time. And now I coach people to play big . . . HUGE and help you in your job search, help you be more effective in your work, life. . .
This show is about one of those peculiar questions that I've been asked before about how awkward someone feels about contacting or I should say inMailing a second degree connection and feeling like they're going behind the back of their first degree connection. Hope you find this helpful. Hope you give it a great review and I hope you listen to the end of the show where there's information about different services I have that I believe can help you and with that,let's get going.
Okay, the question is "how do I write to a second degree connection without making it look like I'm going behind the back of my first degree connection "
Now, my philosophy is you are inconveniencing the first so, it's quite okay to go directly to the second and if you're looking for tactically how to do this, well, yes, you can reach out to them directly and reach out to them with the idea of them becoming a first before you actually reach out to them.
what you can also do is have the first degree connection provide the introduction, but that seems so old school and so passe in these modern times. I think you're best off just and best served by just reaching out to the the person that you want to get to, connecting with them or going around the entire LinkedIn system altogether.
You know where they work .You call them up on the phone and you reach out to them and say, "hi. My name is . . . And I'm looking for position doing such and such. I saw you work for the firm that I like to work for. Can I pick your brain for a minute and see if you might be able to introduce me to someone . . . If you're comfortable doing that? I want you to feel comfortable that I have a background would be appropriate. But, you know, I'm wondering if I could just pick your brain for a couple of minutes."
What that does is circumvent this entire "reach throughyour first degree connection" to introduce you to the second, getting the connection request accepted If you're going to them directly.
Just call them up on the phone, introduce yourself and say, " I understand the firm is looking for such and such. I was wondering if you might introduce me to the hiring manager. Can I ask who that might be or would you feel more comfortable interviewing me for a couple of minutes to see that I'm competent before referring me?" That will save you a lot of time,a lot of Agony, have you develop an advocate within the firm instead of worrying about this extraneous thing called LinkedIn.
LinkedIn is a database. It gives you information. How you use that information is your choice. You don't have to use their system. There's no requirement. Just use it and get your. interview.
So that's today's show. I hope you enjoyed it. And if you did, here are a few ways that I can help you. First of all, you can hire me to coach you throughout your job search in every way imaginable that includes a resume and/or LinkedIn profile critique interview preparation helping you with a salary negotiation and/or networking, answering your questions about your job search, give you advice about a decision you have to make once you have the offer.
We can work in 30 minutes or 1 hour increments throughout your search and the easiest way to talk with me about it is by connecting with me at linkedin.com /in//thebiggamehunter. Mention that you listen to the show. I just like knowing that I'm helping folks and, once were connected, message me that you're interested in coaching. Will do it a free discovery conversation with one another if you're not interested in coaching. If you just have a few questions, the easiest way to do it is by reaching out to me through the Magnifi app for iOS or, if you don't have an iOS device, if you are and Android user or you just want to call me on the phone, do you through PrestoExperts.com where I'm a career coach and job search expert.
For those of you been listening to the show, you know I always talk about JobSearchCoachingHQ.com and recently we've been changing the focus of the site to really emphasize interviewing and answering tough interview questions. You'll have access to curated information that you can watch, listen to or read that's designed to help you find work more quickly as well as videos and podcasts and other information that emphasize interviewing and answering tough interview questions.
You can also take my classes on Skillshare and become a premium member using the link in the show notes and get two months for free, instead of the one month that the site offers.
And the last thing I want to mention to you is . . . Scheduled me for lunch. I do it at 12:30 most days. For now, I'm making myself available Monday Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for lunch at 12:30 eastern time. We'll meet over Zoom and be able to see one another you bring something to eat or if it's early for you, very simply bring some coffee with you will sit and talk for 45 minutes. I'll answer your questions. For $175 that's less than what I charge for comparable time for my coaching. So, again, reach out to me through Linkedin and we'll schedule a time for lunch.
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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

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.

No BS Hiring Advice

The Candidate You Should Never Hire | No BS Hiring Advice


In this video, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers his opinion of the one type of candidate You should never hire and how to find out if the candidate you are interviewing is one of them.

 

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

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

“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)

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

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

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

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

 

LinkedIn Mistakes Too Many People Make | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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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.

 

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No BS Job Search Advice: Run Your Race! | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


Listen to the full episode here:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2018/08/17/no-bs-job-search-advice-run-your-race-nobsjobsearchadvicecom

EP 1199 What do I mean by, “run your race,” in the context of job hunting and your career?

Summary

When I think of job hunting, frankly, it is like walking into a casino for most of you and sitting there the tables. You don't really know the rules. Thus, you are easy pickings for the casino. Even if you do know the rules and how to play the game, most of the time, the casino is going to make money on you no matter what.

Understand that the way job is stacked right now, you're playing a game that is rigged against you. What can you do?

Obviously, you can refuse to comply, but eventually you'll be chewed up by the system. You can refuse to comply by refusing to apply for job through an applicant tracking system until you spoken to hiring manager. It's an easy way to do it on your room.

The real thing though is about attitude. You see, the Attitude that you have been instilled with is the one being the compliant employee. And fitting in. And doing what is demanded of you every step along the way to the point where you are a little cube you're being fitting amongst other cubes. In job hunting, Ideally from your vantage point, it is best to learn what the rules are and play your own game. Let me give you an example from sports.

Football teams. Basketball teams. Baseball teams There are lots of set plays That are involved. There are also lots of situations that they practice in order to put themselves in the position to put themselves in a position to execute the basic game plan, right? There is a lot of creativity and originality within those frameworks. You need to find the place for organizations respect you and your unique way of doing things.

If you want to be a drone, by all means… Do it. You can have messages piped into your head all day about being compliant doing what is demanded of you. Shut up. Do we tell you to do and don't have any original thoughts. Or, you can do things in your particular way and be sought out by firms. You see, LinkedIn is 1 of the greatest tools that we have in our modern times because it allows firms to reach out to you and for you to call more shots.

Remember, they are hunting for talent. If they want a person to fit into a box, that doesn't mean that you want to fit into a box, does it? I want to think in terms of a race. The race has a finish line – – the end of your career. How do you want to run the race? Do you know what could happen along the way? Do you know how to get you from where you are now and how to get to the finish line?

If you don't, you need to learn quickly. Let me give you an example. I was doing online coaching call I blab.im on the platform was still up. It is on YouTube as "No BS Coaching: Play Your Game Big!" At the end of the day, this person wants to move in the direction for their career a little bit differently than the obvious path. I spoke about informational interviews and you said, "Yeah, I have one scheduled." I asked him, "How about 5? How about 10? You can't just take one person's viewpoint for how to get to the finish line. And, even if the viewpoint is right, maybe it is right for you."

One thing I've learned over the course of the years in recruiting is that everything works in job search. It never works as well as we would like or as often as we would like but, at the end of the day, everything works. You may be turned down for a bunch of jobs but, eventually, you will find one that fits you. If it's your drive. It fits your ambition. If it's the kind of career goals that you have. Run the race in your particular way. Don't worry about what recruiters might tell you because a lot of them will tell you that you doing it all wrong. "It is a terrible mistake you're making! GROAN!"

Your job is to make a work recruiter a fee. YYour job is to make the corporate recruiter happy. Your job is to make yourself happy. Don't sell out your own ambitions for what the company wants.

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.

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.

Talking to a Previous Employee About the Hiring Manager | JobSearchTV.com


A coaching client asked me to show him how to find someone to speak with who previously worked for the firm they are interviewing with. Here’s how.

Summary

Someone asked me for more information about how to search for someone who works at a particular company. And my idea was, because this person is interviewing four particularly organization, he should talk with former employees to get some insight into the person he's meeting with had the culture of the organization. So I want to show you how to get to the area where you do that search.

So, I'm going to use a company here as an example. We’re going to use Accenture. It could be any company, and we're gonna ‘do an Accenture search. We’re going to do it in “People.” And once we’re there, we want to go to “All Filters.” And from “All Filters,” you have lots of different choices.

Now, I have a subscription where I am a paid customer, but I'm not a Sales Navigator or Recruiter function. But if you notice here, you can search by name, title. This is going to be “Current Company,” school they went to, connections. Where this is, (which is going to be in the United States), I'm not looking for current companies. I'm going over to the lower left to “Past Companies.”

Now, they happened to have a populated with Accenture, but you could put in any firm whatsoever into that area. As you can see, you could look at whether this is going to be an English-speaking profile, what industry this person might be in, the schools that they've attended, any number of criteria. But overall, the idea here is really very simple.

If you're looking for someone to speak with who previously worked at an organization, you go to the “All People” filters, Accenture, People (And I didn't put it in Accenture at that point). So again, People as bringing up everyone, I know which is currently 21000 some odd people I know, the “All Filters. “

If you're looking for someone to speak with who previously worked at an organization, you go to the “All People” filters, Accenture, People (And I didn't put it in Accenture at that point). So again, People as bringing up everyone, I know which is currently 21000 some odd people I know, the “All Filters. “ And then scroll down in the lower left, like I said, in this case, Accenture is there, but you could put any company into the area.

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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Who Should I Connect With on LinkedIn? | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


Listen to the full episode here:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2018/06/29/who-should-i-connect-with-on-linkedin-nobsjobsearchadvicecom

EP 1150 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter answers a question about who to connect with on LinkedIn during a lengthy job search.

Summary

"What is the best way to determine whether a stranger on LinkedIn would be an ideal contact during a lengthy jobs are?"

The language in this question just makes me want to go crazy?

I'm going to avoid "the lengthy jobs are" part of this question. To me that is irrelevant to answering the question. What is important is how do you determine whether someone is able to help you? You can't guarantee outcomes, but you can look at probabilities.

If you are targeting organizations, you want to target someone who's in authority at that organization. You are not looking for the CIO if you are a programmer. You are not looking for the president if you are an accountant. The power disparity is too great; they will kick you down through the chain of command very quickly.

What you want to be doing is building relationships. This is not about being transactional. That is what you criticize third-party recruiters for and then you try to go out there and become transactional yourself. What you need to be doing is looking at people who are in positions of authority within an organization that you are targeting so that in this way, when you do outreach to them ("hi! I am looking for advice."), Think of an informational interview.

"I'm looking for some advice. I am a such and such. You are further along in your career trail than I am. How did you get to where you are? Can I schedule time for a Skype or a phone call or an in person interview with you?"

Your preference should be in person or Skype to chat with them for just 10 or 15 minutes and what you are doing is trying to build a relationship. If you think you are going to get one connection request, what acceptance and think you're going to get hired, you are deluding yourself and you have been going for your search all wrong.

Again, this is the slow road to using your LinkedIn network. If you think about it, if you are 24 years old and you are thinking ahead to being 34 years old (I note that seems like a long time from now) or 44 or 54, the relationships that you build now can be very pivotal. I am older than that; I'm now 66 and worked in recruiting for more than 40 years.

From my vantage point there are a lot of people that I have known from the beginning, with whom I have develop relationships, who have hired from me, they have taken jobs from me and we have become friends over the course of time. This is really how you use LinkedIn. It is building your network of connections.

If you are in a long jobs are and have been looking for a long time without getting any results, you've got bigger problems than just simply the LinkedIn connection. There is something wrong with how you are conducting your job search. Your resume may stink; you may interview terribly. You need coaching along those lines, and I will simply say that I have a lot of videos that you can watch at JobSearchCoachingHQ,com that will help you with that

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? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

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

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.