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Should I Connect With Everyone on LinkedIn or Just People I Know?

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter answers the question of whether you should only connect with people you know on LinkedIn or with everyone.

Summary

So, this question’s is about LinkedIn and the question translates into, “Should I connect with strangers or just with my friends on LinkedIn?”

There are two schools of thought, one that was initially propagated by LinkedIn which says only connect with people you know and the other one that says with everyone . . . And their are places between those two extremes. I tend to operate between the two extremes. Let me give you the case for only connecting with people you know.

The original idea of LinkedIn was to create an environment where social proof was created for people in small networks. So, in that model, if a friend of yours, a professional colleague of yours was looking for a position, you would write a recommendation four that person that would appear on their LinkedIn page (and you should be doing that, by the way, and not just “they’re a really good guy,” or “I really like her a lot”) a really good quality professional recommendation for someone. Again, I digress.

The original model was networks of people who know one another who can support one another in finding work, introductions and the like. Now, understand, I am member 7564 so I remember those days. In other words, I was among the first 10,000 people ever signed up on LinkedIn. And I conducted myself in that way for a long time. I’ll simply say that the LinkedIn algorithms favor those with larger networks and they are able to sell product to people like me who want to find individuals with small networks. After all, and this point, I have 23,00 1st level connections. In the LinkedIn universe, that’s some mega number. However, if you're outside my network or that mega number, I can't find you.

So, LinkedIn sells products like LinkedIn Recruiter to me (when I still did recruiting) to be able to find someone like you. As a job hunter, as a career professional, you want to be able to be easily found so that opportunities present themselves to you there.

You may not want to get “inundated.” I respect that and whether you're a larger network or in a small one, LinkedIn is selling the Recruiter product to people who find you anywhere. So, your goal is to always make it easy for people to find you because, professionally, think about it for second.

The person who gets ahead isn't always the smartest or work the hardest . . . Although those are great qualities to have. People get ahead by being alert to opportunity. Sometimes, those are internal to your firm. More often than not, they’re external to it.

So, given that you those opportunities, statistically our more probably to be outside of your firm, you want to be found. That doesn’t mean you have to respond to every opportunity or every offer (although it's courteous to respond back, saying, “thanks, but this isn’t my time to consider other opportunities. Keep me in mind for future things”). No problem whatsoever. But, again, you want to be found and, in doing so, you need to be more networks.

Now, let me go to the other extreme, which is was called a LION-- LinkedIn Open Networker. I don't participate in that and the reason is, in my former line of work, I don't want to help someone who might be a competitor, who will fill a position at a client of mine because they found someone in my network, because they’ve got a small network period but by getting connected with me, get access to my huge network period if I make a mistake it, I don't want to help someone make $20,000 or $30,000 at my expense at a client of mine.

So I don't accept connections with other recruiters and I don't connect with profiles that look like spam profiles (they have two connections. They are in Nigeria on and on and on or they have that aquamarine blue background behind them as they photographed you can't quite tell if that's a real image or it's something that is a drawing. So, I don't accept connect with profiles like those. You can pick your own criteria. You may say I want to connect with recruiters. That you're prerogative. I don’t think it’s smart on your part but, hey, it's your life and your choices.

At the end of the day, I think you more advantaged by getting into a large network. So, whether you are a student or an experienced individual, build up your connections. Look for Open Networker groups and connect with people. If you are in the US, connect with lots of US people. That doesn't mean you have to connect with every real estate agent, financial planner or whomever, but look for people in your line of work who might be part of these open networks and that's can build up your contacts so that, as you aggressively start looking for things, there are going to be up opportunities that people can find you easily for.

Don't forget to put your phone number and email address in the summary area of your LinkedIn profile so that way if a recruiter wants to reach out to you, they are able to do it by direct email and not have to spend money on inMails. inMails in are expensive for recruiters, both corporate and third-party, and LinkedIn does limit the number of inMails that they can send.

So, again, put your contact information in the summary area of your LinkedIn profile.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 episodes, “Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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

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

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

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

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

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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EP 731 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter helps to explain the format and reasoning behind what occurs at a panel interview and how to ace them every time.

Summary

Today, I'm going to talk with you about panel interviewing, which is a different sort of orientation and feel to it than a traditional interview. Why? Because 3 or 4 people are sitting opposite you putting you through "The Great Inquisition" to figure out how you fit.

How do you prepare for panel? Real easy. Let's start by figuring out who you are going to be sitting and facing, what their particular backgrounds are, what their role is in the organization and thus, you can figure out what their agenda is.

You see, the members of the panel aren't four people from the same group or department; often they are from related groups and departments. They may do similar things. They may interact with one another, but ultimately, they have a different agenda in mind.

The other thing to remember is what ever it is you may answer may engender a response from 1 of the other panel members. If the role, you may be talking to a panel member from one department (let's use IT as an example)... You may talk to member the programming team, but there was someone there representing the user community. They want to understand how your answer relates to them. It's not that they don't understand by your answer may trigger something for them.

Also remember that the 3 or 4 people there... They are all vying for their questions to come out. They are all looking for face time with you. They're all looking to evaluate because ultimately have to give you a thumb up or thumbs down at the end of this process.

As you answer questions, understand who you are talking to and what their role is. As you speak to the questioner, the person who poses the initial question to you, you start talking with them , but then start turning your head to start talking with the other people who are part of the panel. Always in your answer talking to the original question.

It is a subtle thing that allows you to do what is really important in the room-- that is trying to develop rapport with each person who is there.

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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Stupid Resume Mistakes: Misconfigured Resumes | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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Ep 1185 I speak about a mistake almost everyone makes, particularly if they use page headers.

Summary

I want to speak with you about another 1 of those stupid resume mistakes way too many people make so I can try to hate you all from doing it anymore. Now, on your screen, when you type the resume, particularly if you use the page header where you have your contact information on page 1 in an embedded header that’s going to wrap; the same header is going to appear on page 2, 3 etc., or if you use tables or frames or templates that use frames, often, when you send your resume to someone, it doesn’t lay out the same way on their screen as it does on yours.

Why? Different monitor. Different software. Different versions of the software. There are many reasons for it. At the end of the day, your job is to make your resume look good for everyone, not just simply for yourself.

Also, embedded headers (that area where you put your name, address, phone number, email address, stuff like that) when you use embedded headers, sometimes software that used to recontact you in the future (I don’t want to call it an applicant tracking system. Let’s call it a CRM) A CRM may have trouble parsing the information from your resume into their system so that they find it difficult to contact you in the future.

So, my advice, very simply, is to stop using embedded headers. Stop using tables in your resume. Don't use frames. Don't use templates that use frames. Instead, you are so better off, for example, instead of using the template, following the model of the template but just in it freestyle, instead of embedding a header. Just type in on the top of page 1. You don't need to put it on every page because, it's not like the old days, where people actually printed resumes out and they could lose a page. They had to staple the resume immediately or they could lose the page. Then they wouldn't know “where is page to of his resume!”

So, just, very simply, remember, other people use different monitors, different versions of the software that can figure your resume differently. Then, it looks awful and they take it out on you because, suddenly, they’ve got work to do on the resume and often say, “screw it. I’m just going to delete it.”

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1100 episodes, “Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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

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

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

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

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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What’s Most Important to You | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

EP 1216 Most people skip over a critical step when launching ther job search. Here’s how to start off right.

Summary

With a lot of job hunters, they enter into a search, just having decided it's time to move on, but they forget to take some time to figure out what’s going to excite them about the next place or they fantasize about what is going to be. They neglect to go through a process that allows them to get crystal-clear. So, I just wanted to walk you through what I think is the best way to approach this so that you will make this mistake and you can wind up zeroing in on a job that makes sense for you.

The first question I want you to ask yourself it is, “What's most important to you in the next job or organization? What will I need to see are hear to believe it's the right choice for me?” I just want you to say whatever comes to mind and write it down and don’t worry about it being in any order because the next step is going to be to prioritize it.

So, make up a long list of what is going to be important to you in the next job or organization. For some of you, you might’s start off by talking about the nature of the work. Be specific. What kind of work to you want to be doing. Are you qualified for or it? Let me give you the example of the accountant wants to be CFO for a major corporation. You are not qualified for it. Be realistic about this. Start jotting down the things that are going to be important to you. Let me just guide you and say the work, the money, the benefits, how you relate to your boss, what your boss is like-- you create a lengthy list and from there, start to prioritize these items one through whatever.

Once you have that list prioritized, I then want you start asking yourself this question-- “How will I know I've gotten it? How will I know I've gotten the quality work? What sort of manager is it right for me to work for?

Here is part 2 of that question.

I have to preface it by saying I was a recruiter for a heck of a long time. It didn't take me more than 10 minutes to figure out there when job hunters go on interviews, they are on good behavior. But it took a while for me to understand my clients were on good behavior, too. That popped into my mind when I realized how few employers ever said to a job hunter, “You know, I’ve got a crappy job here and the fact of the matter of fact we’ve got a lot of problems here. My predecessor got fired and her predecessor got fired. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that my butt’s on the line. and that's can happen me, too. So, I need to hire someone to help save my ass.”

No one ever says that. Instead, they will have they are little “smile button” faces, and then talk about how, “we’ve got this project, a terrific team of people . . . you know we are like family around here, right.”

So, given the fact that you are going to be on good behavior and so are they, what can you ask them that can allow you to figure out if this is a person that you can work for, that you can trust, that the work actually is going to be what you're looking for and start getting clear about that.

So, it's getting clear about what you looking for, prioritizing it, really focusing in on the 1st 4 or 5 items (if that's all you written down, then will be working on the 1st 2 or 3 items, and then, from there, figuring out what you can ask order to get clear that this is the right opportunity for you.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 episodes, “Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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

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

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

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Restraining the Voice in Your Head During Your Job Search | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2018/07/31/restraining-the-voice-in-your-head-during-your-job-search

EP 1182 On today’s daily episode, I discuss a simple tactic for managing that critical voice in your head.

Summary

I'm here to talk with you about managing that inner voice within you. You know, the one that says, "You are not as good as you think you are. This is going to be hard. You suck."You know, that critical voice that lives inside most of us, almost all of us... Maybe all of us that sends messages to us that say were not as good as we think we are.

It may show up earlier in your job search; they may show ablative or job search. I just know that shows up. The voices the part of you that doesn't believe in yourself and it needs to be silenced.

You can have a friend to talk with; you have a wife/husband/partner/clergyman... Any number of people who you can talk with about it, but ultimately the most effective person to talk with you about it is you to calm the voice down. The voice is really the voice of your fear. It's the fear that this isn't going to work out. It's harder than you thought it might be; it's taking longer, etc. etc.

Let's say you're feeling stuck in your job search and someone was who you speaking with yesterday. You have the choice of going to a networking event or not. He talked to the boys whose basically telling you, "Well, you know, I'm not going to meet anyone there; it's going to be a big waste of time." You know, that voice? You very calmly say to you, "But I may need someone there. I may want of meeting someone who is going to be helpful. It's also good to get out the house and do something a little bit different AND, as I'm traveling to that networking event, I can reach out to someone else and parlay the trip into 2 or 3 different things. I appreciate your input, Voice, but, at the end of the day, I would like to make this trip with your okay and give it a shot. Maybe I'll do other trips like this and give them a shot because you never know what is going to happen."

That's one example of negotiating with The Voice. You can do it with, "My resume isn't getting results. " Maybe need to work on your resume or hire someone to work on your resume or get a resume critique to have it done. Same with your LinkedIn profile. If people are reaching out to you through LinkedIn, it is likely that there is something very wrong with your profile because it is not attracting recruiters who are out there relentlessly trying to find folks.

The Voice is not really useful in a job search. You need to contain it little bit because, at times, it has worked well for you and help you. In job hunting, however, most of the time, almost all of the time, it is the voice of fear and In a job search isn't going to help.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1100 episodes, “Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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

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

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

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

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.

LinkedIn Mistakes Too Many People Make | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2018/07/17/linkedin-mistakes-too-many-people-make-nobsjobsearchadvicecom

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

Summary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1100 episodes, “Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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

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

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

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Stupid Resume Mistakes: No Zip Code | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2018/07/15/stupid-resume-mistakes-no-zip-code-nobsjobsearchadvicecom

EP 1165 In this video, I explain why this dumb mistake you’re making on your resume is hurting your chances for interviews.

Summary

I'm here to talk with you about 1 of the dumb mistakes I see people make way too often. This 1 is the omission of a ZIP Code on your resume. I want to explain why it is I think this is the wrong thing for you to do and . . . Just follow my logic for a second.

You are looking for a job. If you're like most job hunters, you’ve sent your resume to a recruiter. Your background doesn’t fit. They have a name, a phone number, may be a city and state. That's at best. I've seen a couple of city and states go by my desk in the last couple days but most of them will have name and a phone number.

Here’s the problem. I understand you have a concern about identity theft, but you also are concerned about finding a job. Let me explain how corporate and third-party recruiters work and why it to makes a difference to you have a ZIP Code on your resume.

I do work nationally. It wouldn't matter if I did work locally. I used to be purely a New York centric recruiter. Now I do national work. Just follow me for a second.

I’ll use the example of New York. If I was trying fill a job in Westchester County or Manhattan, I would have the skill set that they are looking for, right? I would select keywords from the job requirement for what the client has told me and then enter that in for a search string. Then, from there, I would use ZIP Code to try to narrow it down to within 25 miles of ZIP Code. Here is the problem.

You haven’t given me a ZIP Code. I can't find. You our in my database and I can't locate you.

This gets magnified if you're talking to someone like I am now who does work throughout the United States. You've uploaded a resume; you’ve sent a resume and I'm not going to do direct emails or phone calls to people who aren't in the immediate area unless I know they want to relocate there. Even then, it's complicated.

Usually, I’ll search by the skills and by a radius around a ZIP Code and I'm not alone. Most people in my line of work do the same thing. That because relatively few people are open to relocation.

So, my encouragement to you is stop making this dumb mistake. Put your ZIP Code on your resume so that in this way, people can find 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 complementary session.

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

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

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

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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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How to Get Past the Gatekeeper Part 2 | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2018/07/12/how-to-get-past-the-gatekeeper-part-2-nobsjobsearchadvicecom

EP 1162 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses another technique for getting past the gatekeeper.

Summary

This is part 2 of my series on working with gatekeepers. Notice, I said, “working with gatekeepers,” because implied in the, “getting past the gatekeeper.” attitude is an adversarial relationship. They have something you want, which is access, and they're not so easy to give it to you.

The truth of the matter is, why should they? The 1st thing in shifting your attitude is to understand they are not your opponent. They can become your ally. If you are dealing with a gatekeeper, if you dealing with someone who's there to protect the person behind them from the lunatics that are sometimes out there stealing, their time, you understand the perspective that they are in.

So, I just want you to deal with them like they are a friend, that you talking to them, not with anger or hostility or “attitude,” but you're talking to them like they are a member of the royal family.

That’s because, at the end of the day, for that individual behind them, they are the only thing that’s saving them from nutjobs. I have to describe them is nutjobs because I get those calls so I know, what’s out there.

So, deal with them respectfully. Have fun. Have a smile on your face as you talk with them. You will discover, more often than not, you’ll get calls back and, when push comes to shove, that's what you want --that chance to get through.

I remember I was a junior recruiter and 1 of my clients was 1 of the large New York banks and no one my office was able to get through to the hiring managers. No one in my office was able get through to HR and I was. Part of it was persistence. Part of it was the fact that I was friendly with the person who was taking messages.

Try friendliness for a change instead of trickiness.

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 complementary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS

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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The Middle Manager with Rusty Technical Skills | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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EP 1191 What are the best strategies for a laid-off middle-manager to get a job if they have a technical background which has gone rusty?

Summary

The question is really very simple. "What are the best strategies for a laid-off middle manager to get a job if they have a technical background which has gone rusty?"

This a little bit that's unclear about the question, but on their work with one definition of it. The definition, I'm going to work with this 1 that says, "I work in IT, I'm not really technical any longer, I'm not in the Bay area them somewhere the United States. My skills are rusty from a technical standpoint. 1 of the best things I can do?"

The technology standpoint, it's not like to be asked to be a programmer so you want to update your technical skills up to a point. However, if your goal is to become a coder and earn less money than what you do is manager, then, by all means, deep dive in there can be extraordinarily technical. Take classes, work hard and being a technologist and that will be the kind of salary that you earn.

Another approach is to go whole hog into the management side and lightly update your technical skills to make sure that they are not so obsolete so that if you are ask questions from technology standpoint you are going to be blown out of the water.

Ultimately, I want to be clear, the question for you is what you want to be doing? What kind of role do you want to be in? If the role is to be a technologist, you have to get your skills up to date. If the role is to manage technologists, you want to make sure that their current and sufficient enough so that if your staff has an issue you can help them but not so deep that you are want of coding aggressively.

Environments the code aggressively, they tend to be smaller, generally more poorly funded (there are exceptions to that), but if you're living most of America, they are not really essential.

At the end of the day, you will be better off diving and harder into technology project and program management and getting those certifications, rather than getting a C# certification. You're better of demonstrating management attributes and that you manage technologists and that you deliver projects on time and within budget and Formalize training that in going in the other direction.

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.

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Stupid Resume Mistakes: Misconfigured Resumes | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

Ep 1185 I speak about a mistake almost everyone makes, particularly if they use page headers.

Summary

I want to speak with you about another 1 of those stupid resume mistakes way too many people make so I can try to hate you all from doing it anymore. Now, on your screen, when you type the resume, particularly if you use the page header where you have your contact information on page 1 in an embedded header that’s going to wrap; the same header is going to appear on page 2, 3 etc., or if you use tables or frames or templates that use frames, often, when you send your resume to someone, it doesn’t lay out the same way on their screen as it does on yours.

Why? Different monitor. Different software. Different versions of the software. There are many reasons for it. At the end of the day, your job is to make your resume look good for everyone, not just simply for yourself.

Also, embedded headers (that area where you put your name, address, phone number, email address, stuff like that) when you use embedded headers, sometimes software that used to recontact you in the future (I don’t want to call it an applicant tracking system. Let’s call it a CRM) A CRM may have trouble parsing the information from your resume into their system so that they find it difficult to contact you in the future.

So, my advice, very simply, is to stop using embedded headers. Stop using tables in your resume. Don't use frames. Don't use templates that use frames. Instead, you are so better off, for example, instead of using the template, following the model of the template but just in it freestyle, instead of embedding a header. Just type in on the top of page 1. You don't need to put it on every page because, it's not like the old days, where people actually printed resumes out and they could lose a page. They had to staple the resume immediately or they could lose the page. Then they wouldn't know “where is page to of his resume!”

So, just, very simply, remember, other people use different monitors, different versions of the software that can figure your resume differently. Then, it looks awful and they take it out on you because, suddenly, they’ve got work to do on the resume and often say, “screw it. I’m just going to delete it.”

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1100 episodes, “Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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

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

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

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

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.