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How Do I Increase My Chances of Finding a Job? | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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EP 1287 I will answer this and a sister question.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years.

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

He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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

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

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

Connect with me on LinkedInLike me on Facebook.

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

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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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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.

Dissecting Where The Breakdown Is in Your Job Search | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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EP 1266 Things can wrong in many places in your job search. 

Summary

You're involved with a job search. It's just not working for you. How do you critique what's going on in order to figure out what to course correct? Right?
It's very rare that a job search goes in a perfectly straight line with absolute progress and you wind up in a job instantly. Often the situation breaks down. So let's look at how to dissect it
If you're sending out resumes, and you aren't getting any interviews, you've got a resume problem. The resume isn't working for you. How you aresubmitting it isn't working for you.
If you're not even getting phone calls about resumes that you've posted on job boards, the issue may be one of two things. It could be the career that you've chosen for yourself isn't particularly marketable or, more likely, your resume is not keyword rich in the kind of skills that recruiters are looking for. You may need to change the language on your resume.
If you're getting calls for phone interviews and aren't being invited in, you've got a problem with phone interviewing. You just don't know how to do it well enough to entice people to want to continue the conversation. So,you need to improve on that. There are many different ways. I have a bunch of the posted as JobSearchCoachingHQ.com. But I'll simply say that you need to improve your phone interview.
If you getting phone interviews, being invited in for in-person ones and not getting asked back, you don't interview well in person. That could be caused by a variety of things too numerous to really mention here but that's where the breakdown is occurring. If you're getting invited back for finals and not getting past "the boss of bosses," you know "the Don" for the organization, the person to whom this job ultimate the reports, not the immediate manager, but the over "the overlord," you're not making connections with people, certainly not at the high levels.
And if you're getting offers and you're getting low balled,you haven't done a good enough job on your interviews to make them believe that you can solve their problems. So, they're basically tossing a bone at you and seeing if you'll bite. You haven't made them fall in love yet.
So this is how a job search gets deconstructed. There are obvious paths along the way and often people go through the process of just going through the motions.You know, they send out resumes. They don't prepare for phone calls. They haven't really keyword optimized their resume to make it attractive on job boards. They're flipping resumes across the transom like they're burgers at a fast food restaurant. How well does that work? Do you find them tasty? No, of course not. Neither does the employer. You're a spammer.
And if you're interviewing and not practiced for it, it's your fault, again. You haven't done the homework necessary to impress people all at all.
Job hunting involves skills that you can learn and skills that you can develop. JobSearchCoachingHQ.com will provide those answers for you and, I'll simply say, sign up on the site. It's very inexpensive. There's a lot there that you'll be able to learn from.
Hope you found this helpful, and hope you have a great day.

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 and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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

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

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

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How Do I Stay In Contact With My References During A Long Job Search? | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

EP 1261 References are important. How do you stay in contact with them?

Summary

How do you stay in contact with the references when you know you to be involved with a lengthy job search?

So much of this question reveals a lack of confidence on the part of the job hunter. First of all, I don't know how long a "long job search" is. Let's assume this person knows it will be a long job search because they realize that they are a beginner or they have antiquated skills or experience that will cause it to be a long job search.

First of all, you need to accept the fact that you will need to do work in order to make this not a long job search. By that, I mean that there are things you will need to learn or relearn that the job market demands of you that will improve your chances, instead of being like a feather in the wind blowing from place to place. You take charge of your own career and learn what you need to learn. That's step number one

Step number two is how do you stay in contact with people? You stay in contact are limited basis but not an abusive basis. For example, you write what seems like a personal note. Instead of doing a bulk copy or blind copy to five people who might be references, and send it to one person at a time.

The subject line could be something like, "Status update." The message could read, "I'm not at a point yet where my interviews will yield an offer, but I want to let you know that I'm still looking, keep this in your mind." Then remind them of the few points you want them to make at the right time so it just doesn't hit the like a ton of bricks.

Continue by saying, "Have no fear. When I need you I will contact you immediately and say," 'It's time.'" That will give them the habit of knowing that that is the code phrase for, "I really need you."

Doing it every 4 to 6 weeks is fine, just to send a quick report on your job search and where you are. You don't have to mention companies by name. You just want them to know that she was still looking for a position and you'll be in contact when you need 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 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

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

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.

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

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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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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Repeatedly Rejected After The Final Interview? | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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EP 1222 On today’s show, I speak to a job hunter who this has happened to several times and offer a possible reason.

Summary

p>I received the question through Quora that I thought was quite interesting that I'm going to share with you. The headline is, "I always get rejected in the final or pre-final phase of interviewing. What am I doing wrong?"

Basically, he describes a situation where he has been rejected 9 times already. In the last round of interviews, he was asked simple questions like what his hobbies were he answers them to the best of his ability in a very soft manner. That's the way he explains it. I'm not making it up.

So he talks in a soft manner. He doesn't know what mistakes he's making. But, ultimately, he knows he is making mistakes because he is being rejected. In another interview, he was asked if he has any questions and he responded by asking, "Would you suggest any areas where I need improvement?" He was told, "Be confident." It begs the question of what is going wrong for him?

I suspect this is a cultural thing, even though I don't know the ethnicity of the person involved or of the hiring manager but the classic scenario is that the hiring manager is perceived as being powerful; the potential employee who is very junior is, on the power scale, much lower. The result is that that power differential becomes very pronounced with a potential higher speaks in a soft manner.

Imagine them speaking with you in an interview and I'm talking very softly and the interpretation of the soft manner was lack of confidence. Understand that there are 2 major things that firms look for.

In my original article on the subject, I described is Cx5=PL. I'm going to simplify it.

Hopefully, a firm is looking for skills, competence. After all, they are trying to hire someone to fill a particular role. What does this person know? What can they do that fits our job? Skills competence.

Ultimately, the next thing that they are looking for is being inspired that you are the solution to a need. Part of that is demonstrating your knowledge, but the 2nd part of it is in your matter. For example, if you are talking to them and look into it a side. If you are not maintaining eye contact. If you are speaking softly. If your hands shake is perceived as being gentle (obviously I'm not talking about hand the breaking handshakes). If your manner doesn't make people feel confident that you know your subject, you will be rejected, as much as you may know, that is the extra ingredient.

I always tell people not to ask a question like that-- where can I improve? You know where you can improve. You brought up the subject of being soft-spoken for a reason. Understand that that is a variable that is within your control.

It may take practice. It may take effort on your part. I will relay a story from Toastmasters, the international speaking organization but I always encourage people to become involved with. The reason I do is because they offer you an opportunity to practice your speaking. It may be later in your career that you may be asked to present something on a topic. They have a function in this section of the meeting that they call Table Topics where you are asked to speak for 1 to 2 minutes extemporaneously on the subject. You don't know what that subject is going to be until you are asked a question.

The notion that you can practice speaking is a great opportunity. You will be critiqued afterwards on that one to 2 minute speech that you gave.. They are very supportive. They always start off with praise for what you did, especially as a beginner. They want to encourage you to keep working on your perceived deficiencies and teach you areas for improvement. You will absorb these. You will practice. You will get better.

For the soft-spoken job hunter who believes that that soft-spoken Dennis is holding them back on getting a job or in advancing in their new job, it is important to practice speaking and speaking extemporaneously because you are just asked to do that all the time. After all, what you're doing is giving 30 second speech.

If someone is asking how the project is going, you are giving a 45 second to 1 minute speech. What you are trying to do is communicate ideas to people that allow you to satisfy their interests (if the rule their interests are either your boss or someone you're providing help to). Recognize that that opportunity speaking to practice speaking is so important for you in your career because, at the end of the day, even if you are hired, do you want to stay in the same job for the next 40 years of your life? 30 years of her life. It is a long time!

Like I said, firms want to be inspired that you can be the solution to their need. Practice speaking. Practice speaking up. Get to Toastmasters. Great story from their!

There was a man who spoke at the international gathering of Toastmasters. He was an individual who had a stutter up until the age of 4. It was from the Middle East (I believe Saudi Arabia). He gave an inspiring 10 minute speech that brought down the house. This is a tough audience at the international gatherings of Toastmasters.

Here's a man who didn't speak and wouldn't speak without a starter until the age of 4. Developmentally delayed and he was funny, he was tender and he clearly had control of a large group of people and he won.

You can achieve the same thing yourself. You can practice-- that's really what it involves. Practice. Practice getting better at what you do. Make the mistakes now when it is less costly.

Right now, you may not get your 1st job or your 2nd job because you are not well practiced. Do you want to keep doing the same mistakes? Of course not. You want to get better at things and not stay stuck in the same paradigm that you are in of being confined to certain types of opportunities because you don't perform well in situations where you are being judged by others.

Get yourself out and about. Practice speaking. Think in terms of ways that you can communicate that inspire confidence and get better.

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

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.

Why Is It So Difficult for an Unemployed Person to Get a Job? | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


Listen to the full episode here:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2018/03/13/why-is-it-so-difficult-for-an-unemployed-person-to-get-a-job

EP 1042 The answer is simple and, no, it is not that all employers have entered into a conspiracy against unemployed people.

Summary

The question is, "Why is it so difficult for an unemployed person to get a job?"

To me, the answer involves confronting a belief that a lot of people have about all the bias that companies have about hiring unemployed people. That's the easy answer; the honest answer, the one that you don't want to hear is that (#1) you don't have the skills that the market wants or (#2) you don't know how to job hunt. Let me break it down for you.

In terms of job hunting, if you're not getting interviews, your resume stinks. If you getting interviews but not being invited back, you don't interview as well as you should. If you are being invited back and nothing is happening further, you are connecting with people as well as the need to.

See where I'm going with this? There are clear skills deficiencies that you have that can be corrected.

There are lots of different ways to learn how to do things better. Yes, you can hire a professional resume writer to write your resume for you. You can also join the site like mine, JobSearchCoachingHQ.com, where I have curated information that can pick you up all along the line and help you dissect the problems plus you can ask me questions so I can help you dissect it.

After all, as Malcolm Gladwell points out so well in, "Outliers," an expert would be someone with 10,000 hours of job search experience. You have how much? You are by no means an expert and you have about no idea what firms look for. You are guessing at it.

Get some help. That's the thing you really need at this point. It's not that firms go out of their way to discriminate (although some firms do for chronic long-term unemployed people). They do it because they believe that in a good job market, as they believe it is now, there is a reason why someone is unable to get a job for a long period of time. For those people, they use the fact that you been unemployed for a long period of time as code for, "Other people have screened he or she. They found you deficient. We're not gonna find anything different."

That's the problem – – you know how to do the search right. You're an amateur and you think you know how to do the search better than you do.

Tough message but one that needs to be heard.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career

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

coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching and life coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1000 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.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

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

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 1 month 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

I’m Afraid That They’ll Find Out I’m Looking! | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

EP 1249 What do you do if you are afraid your employer will know you’re looking for a job.

Summary

This comes from a variety of situations where I have been coaching people 

Who are concerned that their current employer is going to find out that they're looking. I see this also showing up on tv on the show, "Better Call Saul." She was about to give notice when her boss found that she was interviewing with a competitor. What do you do to head this off?

The first thing is that if you are posting your resume on a job board paid to make it a blind resume; by that I mean a resume with no name on it, no address and your email is obscured. On one site, email addresses appear as lots of letters and numbers at their domain name. Contact request by employers and recruiters are sent to you by the site for you to respond. This means your employer never knows that that is you on a website wanting to be contacted about job opportunities.

Take out the name of your current firm and call it a major such and such, like Major Bank or Major Tech Firm-- you get the idea.

Look at the text describing the background and make sure there is nothing revealing there to help them figure out that you work for their company. For example, take any acronyms that are unique to their company or any department names that might reveal who you work for.  Instead, describe it generically.

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

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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

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

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

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How Do I Look for An Out-of-State Job? | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

EP 1244 I take a crack at answering this question.

Summary

The question for today is, “How do I apply for job in another state?”

There are a lot of variables, so I’m going to work with the assumption we’re not talking about closely neighboring states like New York City with northern New Jersey or southern New Jersey with Philadelphia. We’re talking about something like New York with Florida, Florida with Dallas, on and on and on. Thus, I am going to work with the assumption the second.

The first thing is, I going to also assume that your phone number doesn't correlate with the area that you're moving to. So, for example, in that New York-New Jersey equation, you harm moving to New York and you don't have a phone number that correlates with that area. So, let's say you're in Dallas and moving to New York. You’ve got a 214 number. What do you do?

I would not put your address on the resume. I know that runs counter to the advice I normally give about putting your city, State and ZIP Code on your resume, but you are moving to a completely different area. What you can do is if you have a friend’s address that you can work with from that area, put that city, State and ZIP Code on it. In this way, it correlates to the new area. I will explain why in a second.

The next thing is to get a Google voice number that automatically forwards to your phone numbers. So That can be your home number. It could be your mobile number but when you're sending out a resume, put your Google voice number that includes an area code related to the new area. Got that?

The next step is, if you have a friend whose address you can use for applications you put their city, State and ZIP Code on. Get their permission first.

Number three. When you get the phone call for the phone interview, you indicate in the course of that conversation, at the back end of it, where they express their interest in meeting with you, that you're out of the area right now and would be happy to come up with a few days’ notice because you want to be doing this at your own expense and so few firms will pay for the interview trip. If you can't afford it, what you do is indicate, at the end of the interview where they express interest in meeting with you, or at the time that they are interested in meeting with you that you're out of the region and used a friend’s address that you will be staying with as the city, State and ZIP Code on your resume. Got that?

So, once they've expressed interest, that's when you do the reveal so that, this way, you're asking them to compensate you for the trip up. If they're unwilling to do it, you've fully prepared, in advance, for this possibility so that you can make your own arrangements.

If you can't do that, well, frankly, their unwillingness to pay brings this to a conclusion. But at least you gotten down the road with the firm and demonstrated your competence to the hiring manager and to HR in order to get them interested. Usually that's going to be enough to bring this to a subsequent interview or an in-person interview. If not, see if they'll arrange for a Skype or two or three before they bring you in.

So, once you've raised the reveal, once you've done the reveal and indicated that you are outside the region, see if they will do Skypes (or multiple Skypes) and then come on up to meet with 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 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

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

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.