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10 x It! Plus It! | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

EP 1140 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter uses a story about Walt Disney to encourage you to step up your game.

Summary

People would do some work for Walt Disney. They would show it to him. He would take a look at it and say, "This is great! Now, plus it! Step it up! Make it even better!"

I'm a tell you that about your job hunting , because you are probably doing it half assed and you think it is good enough, but the impact is that you are doing half assed job and maybe is going to work but most of the time it isn't.

Step up your game. Plus it. Try harder. Put in more effort.

I know some of you are working a full day and then you are sending out resumes were you trying to network. Whatever it is, doing it halfway is going to get you halfway results. Maybe you look into something. But, at the end of the day, you've got to plus it. You have to step up your game and put in the effort now in order to ensure that you get the opportunities that you want.

Then, when you get those opportunities, you've got to practice, practice hard, be great at delivering the message so that in this way, once you are in the door they're going to want to hire 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? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

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

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
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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Defeating the ATS | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

EP 1137 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers and idea for how to beat the applicant tracking system and get more interviews.

Summary

Amazingly, defeating the applicant tracking system involves cover letters, something that is such an anachronism in these modern times that, for most people, it is a complete waste. For an applicant tracking system, I think it is the way to defeat them. Here's how it goes.

Most people use cover letter as a separate attachment, right? That's not really good help you with an applicant tracking system and, if you put in the body of an email, that won't help an applicant tracking system either. Finally for second.

What I encourage people to do is take a job description that you know exists, like you are submit a resume because you saw an ad, you don't have the time or inclination to track down the hiring manager or network to the hiring manager you're actually going to submit your resume through the applicant tracking system. God bless you and this is the best thing I can suggest to you.

You make page 1 of your resume the cover letter. Slide everything down the page. Thus, your resume actually begins on page 2. Page 1 of your resume as a section that is in 2 columns. The left column has the job description; the right column has how long and how recently you've work with that particular skill. Here's how it defeats the system.

The systems are generally looking at page 1 and maybe the beginning of page 2 4 how your background meshes with the job. Everything of the job description is now on page 1, right? After all, everything that they're looking for – – role, responsibilities, accomplishments, if you're in IT, the technology that you've used – – is part of what you are using this list. They are going to tell them how long and how recently you've work with it.

Everything is on page 1. It causes the system to choke. It causes the system to say, "this person looks like a fit."

At the end of the day, if you are going to submit your resume to an applicant tracking system, use a cover letter as page 1, following this format that I'm suggesting and I'm sure you will get more interviews.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

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

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us and click the relevant tab on the top of the page.

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

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
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.

How Do I Follow Up on an Application When I Haven’t Heard Back for 2 Weeks? | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

EP 1117 So I applied for a job and hasn’t heard back for 2 weeks.  How do you successfully follow-up?

Summary

This is Jeff Altman, Not Big Game Hunter. I’m the head coach for JobSearchCoachingHQ.com. Today, I’m answering a question from someone that asked, “Are there any successful ways of following up on application when you haven't heard back for 2 weeks you?”

Good question! And it's a question that tends to be asked by less experienced people, rather than more experienced people. I say that because more experienced people tend to be resigned to the fact that they have been rejected whereas less experienced people tend to be a little bit more eager and want to pursue the application.

So, the 1st signal that you're not qualified is that it is now 2 weeks and you haven't done anything and the firm hasn't done anything. Why is that happening?

You have applied for a position which tells me that you gone in through the applicant tracking system and the probability is your resume didn't make the case for your candidacy. Or, and this is the 2nd variable, or the recruiter who is directed to review applications, has been sufficiently busy with other things that they haven't gotten to it.

Big companies have more resources so the probability is there was opportunity for them to follow up . . . And the fact that they haven't tells you that they're not interested.

Small companies . . . It's more likely that it may have gotten lost along the way but the 1st thing is before you start chasing this application, before you do anything, I want you to get to the original job listing that prompted you to apply and look at your resume. And don't think of your resume from the standpoint of , “I want to do that job. I could learn it.” But look at the requirements of the position. Look at your resume. How do they match up.

You see, if they don't match up. Stop wasting your time and emotional energy and stop wasting their time by spamming resumes because that's what you're doing . ..

Spamming resumes is a useless exercise. Don't bother following up. Chalk it up to experience and if they miraculously are interested, even though your background doesn't fit, considered a minor miracle. But, the probability is with a large firm you been rejected, with a small firm. You probably been rejected but there's the possibility that maybe the recruiter has gotten so busy that they can’t follow-up.

Are there successful ways to do it? I could introduce you to your mobile phone and have you call them, but there's no guarantees of that because the reality is you are going to call up, call the main number say, “Hi! I applied for a position. Who in recruiting would I contact they would connect you with that department, put you on permanent hold. Eventually you talk to someone who has no idea what you're talking about because they are an administrative person. You say, “I applied for a position 2 weeks ago for such and such.” They say, “Hold on; I will transfer you that person,” or, and this is where the person would say or this individual would say, “hey, look, if we are interested, (and they will say this more nicely) if we're interested will be in contact. We are not going to interrupt our day to go looking for your application online . When the probability is you just spammed another useless resume.”

A story from my own career when I still worked in recruiting was how often I got follow-up calls from individuals whose resumes did not fit the job at all . . . The only thing that fit from the job requirements to their resume was having the word “the” in the resume. That was it.

The word “the” was in the resume. The word “the” was in the job description. Then these people were indignant that they had gotten an interview. And they would scold me, they would rebuke me and I eventually would have to say, “Look, this is what the client specified. It's a legal request and if you are going to try to bully me. This is going to be wasting your time.

Instead, you're better off just giving me a resume to demonstrate how you fit the requirements of the position, and preferably, how you also fit the functionality of the job that they will ask you to do once you're on board.

You see, that's really the key-- it is for your resume to demonstrate how your background fits the qualifications and, ideally, the functionality of the position, you're very likely to get interview.

Otherwise, don’t waste your time. Seriously you been rejected .

I’m Jeff Altman. My website is JobSearchCoachingHQ.com. Come join. Let me help 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 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 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

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

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.

What’s the Best Question to Ask at the End of an Interview? | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2017/05/08/whats-the-best-question-to-ask-at-the-end-of-an-interview

EP 739 Answering a Facebook follower’s questions

Summary

I've referred to the single Best question you should ask on any interview and I did a Google hangout about it some time ago.The image isn't all that good (it was 1 of my 1st hangouts) so I decide to we do that video here.

What is the single Best question you should ask on any interview and when should you ask? Real simple. Let me start off with what the typical interview seems like. It starts with them going, "Tell me about yourself." Then you do. And then you play interview karate for a while. They throw up a question that you that feels like a punch and you have to block it away. They throw another one about you and you have to use I a hip check to throw them over your shoulder. Back and forth and back and forth..

If you are in a profession where there in-depth questions that could be asked, they will get to that until finally they will say, "So, do you have any questions for us?" You say, "Tell me about the job.." They do that.. You do that and say, "That's interesting!" They say, "Great! Will get back to you." That's the typical interview.

Let me tell you what the single Best question is and when to ask it. You walk in and sit down and as you lower your butt into the chair, Before they have a chance to speak, you say, "I appreciate that you made time to meet with me today. I reviewed the position description and it was really interesting to me. But I want to get your take on the job. Could you tell me about the position as you see it and what I can do to help?"

BOING!

What that does is, instead of waiting until the end of the interview to ask them about the job, you do it at the beginning of the interview before they get role in.. You do that because, at the end of the interview, there is really nothing that you can do with that information. But sometimes, even if you see the job description, they've often changed it a little bit, Your thoughts have morphed, they start looking at it differently and they've never change the formal requirements. So even if you got this description from a recruiter, it may be slightly different or even wrong.

Thus by asking this question,, "I took a look at the job description and was really interesting to me,, but I want to get your take on the job. Could you tell me about the position as you see it and what I can do to help you?" You get the information at the beginning when you can use it. Thus, every time they are asking you a question, you want to tailor your answer to what matters to them and not just talk about what you've done, but talk about what you've done that relates to what they are looking for from you.

This gives you a huge advantage from your competition which is sitting there like lumps waiting until the end to ask about the job. Now, you get this information at the beginning when you can use it.

Ah! There is one small problem. Now that you can't ask about the job at the end, you need to be prepared with questions to replace the one about the job, right? Here's what you do.

When they ask you, "So, do you have any questions for us here," you say, "The job seems great to me. I'm really interested. I do have a few questions. Is my 1st question: let's say I join, what would your expectations be, what would I be doing over the 1st 30, 60 and 90 days after I join?"

If you find out there are unreasonable expectations, isn't it better for you to know before you join? That's one question you can ask.

Here's the 2nd one that I have also shared in another video and podcast. "Let's say I join and it is a year from now. I have a just done a good job, It's been the best, or at least 1 of the best you have seen someone perform. What what I've accomplished during that year that would cause you to write such a review?"

BOING!

Right off the bat, It lets them know that you are interested in doing great work, not average work. Again, it's giving them an idea of you AND it's giving you the idea of what you are going to be doing over that 1st year that would cause you to be extraordinary employee.

It's a great question. I hope you like it. I hope you use these your interviews.

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 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 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.

The Five Question Salary Negotiation | JobSearchRadio.com


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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains how to negotiate your job offer with just five questions.

Summary

Let's talk about negotiating salary. You've got the offer. Everything seems great but you want to do a bit more negotiating. Here is the 1st thing you do: if you feel comfortable about what is been proposed but you just want to increase a little bit, here's the idea.

You'll be asking a few questions but I don't want you doing it right away. I want you to say, "I'm thinking favorably. Can I come back to you in a day or so to have a couple of questions answered. I just want to make sure I do this 1 time so that were not going back and forth. He give me a day here to think about it and circle back to you?"

Think of it from the hiring manager's perspective. He or she thinks right away that you're going to be coming back about money. As a result, when you come back to them, the 1st question that you ask is NOT about money. It should be about anything BUT money.

Consider asking when you get into the 401(k). When you become eligible for benefits. Something softball that will cause them to relax a little bit and think for a 2nd, "Ah! This isn't going to be so tough!" Then, the next question is going to be about reporting relationships. Who are you going to report to? What are they like? If I'm reporting to you, who do you report to? Who do we service? Things along those lines.

The 3rd question is always a big one. You want to go to your most important question 3rd. I prefer you not deal with money here and keep that for a little bit later in the conversation. Here, you might ask about whatever your critical issue is. Maybe, is that you will be taking a trip and it is prescheduled and you want them to know about it in advance. Maybe it is about bonus eligibility... Whatever it is, covered 3rd.

Then, you circle back and asked him another softball question. Do I work on a Windows device or Mac? Isn't that a softball question?

Now, for the money question, you have been building up to this one, see would say something like, "You know, I've been really thinking favorably about this opportunity. Could you do a touch better on the offer?" Normally, they will do 1 of 2 things; they will either increase it by a few dollars. The 2nd thing they might say is, "This really is our top number." You'll be able to tell if it's true by the sincerity of their voice. Whether that is true or not. You'll be able to use your "acute BS detector" to determine if that is the case. The 3rd response is to say, "I will have to get back to you. Is that a deal breaker for you?"

You can say no or yes; that will be your choice. Ultimately, if this is a dealbreaker for you, he or she is going to work that much harder to get the number or or say, "Forget it." It is all over at that point.

Assuming that it is not a dealbreaker, tell them that at the point. You're interested in joining, other firms been talking about more money with you, you have another offer at that price point, could they do a touch better?

That's the theory behind what I call, "The Easiest Way to Negotiate a Higher Salary for Yourself." That's 1 of my YouTube videos. Watch it. It is about 10 minutes in length, and I think it is very helpful.

But I wanted to stage salary negotiation for you here. Kudos to my friend Ellis Chase. He did this in a Forbes article very well. If you go to Forbes and search for Ellis Chase, he lays out this formula nicely,

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Email me at [email protected]
and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line and tell me about your circumstances in the body of the email.

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 on function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

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and then forward your question to the same address.

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You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

How to Change Careers Part 4 | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2018/03/29/how-to-change-careers-part-4-nobsjobsearchadvicecom

EP 1058 I discussed another step in your journey to change careers… This one is focused on you and the life that you want to live.

Summary

This is part 4 in my series about changing careers. I hope some things had been percolating so far but, if not go back and dig deeper. The idea behind all of this is to get clear about some things that you are weighing about what's going to be important to you in your career ending your life.

Your life is the next part of this because we can't partialize or divide work and life as distinctly as some think we should. How is that working for you to make those different things? 

I think that is all part of the same thing which is the life that you live. So I'm going to invite you to look at a few different things today and, again, as always, I want you taking down notes and spending time with this.

The 1st thing I want you to look at is your health. How are you physically at this point? I said in other places that one day I woke up and, try though I might, my weight got away from me. One day I woke up and weight and saw numbers on the scale that I never seen before

I have been working on my health, working with the trainer and that's become really important to me… To get my health in shape and be fit. As a matter of fact, this morning I had the pleasure of my wife say I look younger!

What kind of environment do I want to live in? Is it an urban area? Is it a rural area?

If it is urban, what type of neighborhood? Where is your ideal place to live in the world? After all, these days, people can do work from a lot of places in the world.

What kind of income do you need?

What you need to support yourself and your family?

What kind of goals do you have for your future?

Is your family important to you? I'm not just speaking about your immediate family. I'm speaking about your extended family. Aging parents, for example or maybe you are the aging parent and you want to be closer to your kids. How does that fit in? Do you need to have some flexibility in order to spend time with them? Do you need time to go to the kids soccer games?

What sort of personal development goals do you have? We tend to focus on work so much that we tend to forget that we can be students in our lives, too. For us to really excel, we need to learn and grow in order to master our circumstances.

These are all things you need to sit down and think about. Take at least an hour with this. Seriously. Minimally, an hour with this exercise. Learn your lessons from it and apply it to your life.

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 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 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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Make The Changes the Recruiter Asks for | JobSearchTV.com


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter encourages you to make quality changes to your resume when you were asked to make them.

Summary

Hi! I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter and let's talk about working with recruiters again.

You sent the resume to a recruiter and had a phone interview. They made a suggestion for you to tweak your resume in a particular way. You send back a resume where you've changed 2 words. Why did you do that? The recruiter is tell you exactly what he or she needs there telling you that, not to waste your time, but because the client is communicated exactly what they need to say. Let me give you an example.

I was doing a search for client for a C level position with the firm. They have changed directions on what they are looking for and now want someone who is come up through the technology ranks, can still do some technology work, but has managed resources for a firm of the particular size. They are clear now about what they want. I can handle that they change directions. I'm not happy that waste a bunch of time up until this point but I can deal with it. I got back to 1 of the candidates I represented and told them that I thought they change directions in a way that suits you better. "I am looking at your resume and needs a few tweaks. Can you get back to me later today or tomorrow?" He said back a resume with one sentence changed and addressed none of the concerns about size and scope of the firms that he had worked for, did make clear is technology expertise currently… He wasted everyone's time.

Don't be a fool. Do what you are being coached to do as long is it is not a lie. . I want to be clear about this. Do what you are being coached to do as long as it is not a lie. I don't believe in lying. I know you don't as well. When lies occur, BUT the recruiter is telling you something when they are asking you through revision to your resume. If you tell them, "You can make the change," know they can't. They can change a few words. You know the depth of your skill far better than they. Put in the resume when they ask for it. It takes 5 to 10 minutes for you and an hour for them because they don't know you. Then, they're going to send it back to you for approval and you're going to say it is not exactly right. Save everyone some time and changed a few words to make it different and correct.

This is Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter and if you are watching on YouTube, share it, leave a comment, click the like button… Just do something that lets people know that it was worthwhile. Then, go over to www.thebiggamehunter.us. There's a lot more content there that you can watch, listen to or read that will help you find work more quickly. Then, you can also search positions. I am still recruiting for (since recording this, I am no longer recruiter; I am a career coach, coaching people into their new roles).

Finally, if we are not connected on LinkedIn, send the connection request to me at www.linkedin.com/in/thebiggamehunter. I accept connection requests worldwide, except if you look like a spammer or a scammer.

This is Jeff Altman. I hope you have a great day. Take care!

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 coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching and life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and 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 and attend my classes on Skillshare

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.

 

Do You Consider Yourself a Strategic Thinker? | No BS Job Search Advice Radio


Listen to the full episode here:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2017/12/11/do-you-consider-yourself-a-strategic-thinker-no-bs-job-search-advice-radio

EP 953 This is a trap question for people who are managers, directors, VP or C suite professionals.

Summary

Today, I want to answer 1 of those tough interview questions that, to me, is a trap question that you need to be prepared for if you are asked it on an interview. The question is, "Do you consider yourself a strategic thinker?"

I'm sure most of you are scratching their heads and going, "Sure, I'm a strategic thinker." You are racing into the trap if you immediately answer that way.

What you want to be doing is answering from a textured perspective and give them a more complex answer. Again, this is a question is being asked a manager level and above , and depending upon where you are in the pecking order, you have a perspective of what is appropriate and your level.

Conceptually, the right answer would be, "Yes I am a strategic thinker but to be effective as a strategic thinker you have to think tactically. Like in the military, it is not enough to have an effective strategy; you have to be able to implement it. Unless you able to implement it, all you have are some great ideas

And some great intentions but nothing changes.

To be an effective strategic thinker, to work with a strategy that helps an organization, you have to look at the implementation of it, what the rough edges might be, where it runs up against resistance forces."

Do you weren't coming from here? Always try to give them a textured answer that basically translates into, "Yes, I'm a strategic thinker but to be that way, you have to think tactically. It's like in the military. Military leaders, if you've ever spoken to them, our brilliant people. Incredibly smart. They can think in conceptual terms and technical terms for the battlefield."

It's really the same thing for you. You have to be able to talk about both the big picture and tactics.

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 coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

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.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

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.

 

ending the interview right

Ending the Interview Right! (VIDEO)


In this video, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses the way to end a job interview and leave a great impression.

Summary

Let's talk about ending the interview. You've been sitting with them for about 45 minutes to an hour, or you've finished a phone call but, more often than not, this scenario is going to come up in the in-person interview.

Let's say your meeting with one person on your agenda; let's say your meeting with five. Whoever the final person is, they are going to be prepared to usher you out the door. Your final words to this person need to demonstrate your interest in the role. Why? Often this is used as a tiebreaker in a hiring manager's mind.

Here's how it works. They had decisions to make and will decide between you and several other people. How will they choose? Skills, obviously, come into consideration. There are a variety of different attributes they are looking for and personality they are evaluating you for.

Often, there is a very fine line between people. One of the things that starts to happen is managers don't want to make offers that they are not sure are going to be accepted. So, one of the tiebreakers they use in their own mind (after all, it's not like are sitting there going through the checklist, but sometimes it is on the checklist), is whether they think this person will accept our offer if we make a fair offer? Are they interested in the job? Do they want to come to work for us

A manager doesn't want to go through interviewing people multiple times for a job; they just want to be in a situation that if they extended an offer is going to be accepted and they will be done with the job.

Thus, your goal at the end of an interview is to demonstrate interest. So, with the last person you meet, you have to make it clear to them that you are interested in the role. It could be saying something as simple as, "I just want you to know how interested in this role I am. I just it will be a great opportunity for me and I would love to work for you." Or end it by saying the same thing plus, "I would love to work for your organization."

These are words that demonstrate sincere interest. You can't say this like it is canned speech. This is one of these times were acting needs to be part of your delivery.

It can be something as simple as, "I just want you are interested I am in the position and look forward to hearing from you about next steps." Or, "I would love to work for you," or, "I would love to work with Suresh," or "I would love to work with Joe," or Sharon or whomever the first name is some of that you met with. "I think this would be a great opportunity. I would love to work for themI would love to work here.I think there is a lot I could do here."

A lot depends upon the role. If you're an executive, there is a different language that you might use.

"I think this offers a great challenge. I have a few ideas of things that like to do but that's for another day."

"My mind is racing." Like I said, there's a different language. You can't make it sound like a canned speech. Again, this is one of these times were acting is a part of what you are going to be doing in your delivery.

Leave them knowing that you are interested. You can go so far as to ask, "what standing between you and extended an offer? Is there any additional information you need for me?"

You can do this on your way out the door so it doesn't appear to be part of any formal interview. Just let them know that you are interested, asked them for the job so that you ended in a way that lets them know of your interest.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching?  Email me at [email protected] and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line and tell me about your circumstances in the body of the email.

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.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

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.

A podcast listener wrote asking the question. I can’t believe I missed this one.

What Would Your Current Manager Say You Need to Work On? | Job Search Radio


Listen to the full episode here:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2017/06/06/what-would-your-current-manager-say-you-need-to-work-on

EP 766 A podcast listener wrote asking the question. I can’t believe I missed this one.

Summary

Someone wrote to me with the question and Jason, I can't believe I missed this question somewhere along the line! I appreciate that you asked it and let me covered for you.

The question is, "What would your current manager say you need to improve on?"

When you think about this question for moment, is not really any different than the question about what your weaknesses are. Let's view it in that way. It's a way that they want to elicit what your weaknesses are. As I said in an earlier video on the subject, I think the best way to address the weaknesses is not by saying things like, "I sometimes worked too hard." It doesn't work. It's 1 of those canned answers that basically show immaturity.

Here's a far better one that I offer in the weaknesses video. "I think if you call my manager, what he or she (depending upon gender, of course) would probably point to is I sometimes get down on myself and that I am a hard critic. I really work hard to improve upon that and I hate making mistakes. I read. I learn. I really work hard at improving and that's great. What they think I should improve upon is focusing on my strengths, rather than my weaknesses all the time. You see, their thinking is, and I think the right about this, is that most people have areas of their background where they are not going to really get a lot better. So, using an example of myself, I wrestle with (and this is an example. I used in the other video is about) I don't think I'll ever be a mobile app developer. I just don't have the time. I just don't have the patience, etc.. However, I have certain strengths that other people don't have that if I really try to hold those improve upon them by fractional percentages they really think that I would be extraordinary. If there is one area that I can improve upon, their thinking is that should really focus in on..." And then you talk about 1 or 2 of your strengths.

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 coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and 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.

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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