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


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

Summary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tough message but one that needs to be heard.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

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

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

coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching and life coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1000 episodes,“ Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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

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

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summary

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

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

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

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

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

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

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

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

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

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

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

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

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Big Lesson from TV for Executive Job Hunters | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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EP 1215 I take a lesson from tv and apply it to job search tailored to executives.

Summary

This is a lesson that I want to offer you that I think comes right out a television and the lesson really is about …well, let me just go through the story.

How many crime shows have you seen where weeks are compressed into one hour and, at the end, the good guy wins? That's pretty much the plot of every show I've ever seen; probably, it is the same for you, too. Here’s what, unfortunately, happens. Job hunters have an unrealistic expectation of what's going to occur.

First of all, this one lesson is valid and that lesson is people have missed something along the way. As a job hunter, one of the things you have to do is figure out where your misses are. That’s not necessarily about efficiencies in your background, but it can be a better execution.

So, for you as an executive, for you as a senior professional, I want to remind you that although you can do the job, you may not be able to have the skills yet, you may not have learned what's necessary to find the job. Even though you’ve hired hundreds of people in the past, it's different being on the other side of the desk.

I can't tell you the number of executives that I’ve work with who hired so many people and, put them in the interview seat, and suddenly they are stammering idiots. You don't want to necessarily be that and, most of you wouldn't be, but you can be amateurs, making mistakes and confessing things about your background that are completely unnecessary.

I want to be clear. I hate people who are sanitized on the other side when I interview them. I love people with personality but their focus, they are targeted. They have a clear idea what they're trying to accomplish and I want to make sure that, from the standpoint of you interviewing, you don't make the mistake of thinking that this is a sprint that you're going through. You or not to make the mistake of believing that you can just walk into an interview, without any preparation whatsoever and, like a meeting with you walked into unprepared, be able to ace it. It doesn’t work that way. It doesn’t work that way on TV.

Eventually, they find what the miss was and they solve the crime in the course of the investigation. Life isn't a TV show. People make mistakes; they make tons of them in job hunting. For you as an executive, I'm simply going to say you have to do your homework. You can't behave like an amateur. You have to go out there and sell yourself and be prepared to talk about your experiences in ways that are useful for the audience to understand (the audience being the people that you are interviewing with) how you can deliver the goods for them. That's going to involve some preparation on your part in understanding the role.

So I got some great videos. Watch one called, “The Single Best Question You Should ax on Any Interview.” There are a series of them in the interview playlist on YouTube that I think you'll find helpful.

But, the end of the day, I can't make you prepare. But I know you know how important preparation is. If the role, you haven’t been winging it throughout your entire career. You’ve been well-prepared. That’s how you’ve gotten to the seat that you are in.

Don't take the shortcuts here. Don’t make the rookie mistakes that cost 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 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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How Do I Look for An Out-of-State Job? | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

EP 1244 I take a crack at answering this question.

Summary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

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

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

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

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

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

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

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Stupid Resume Mistakes: Using Objectives | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2018/08/27/stupid-resume-mistakes-using-objectives-nobsjobsearchadvicecom

EP 1209 I discuss why putting one one your resume is a mistake.

Summary

I want to talk with you today about a stupid resume mistakes way too many people make. That's the notion of putting an objective in your resume. Objectives were created back in the Stone Ages of submitting resumes, pre-computer, where people just mailed resumes into apply for positions. So, there was a time disconnect between the time that the ad was written until the time that someone received the resume because computers didn’t exist. Faxes didn't exist. You mailed the resume.

If you were a recruiter, sometimes you had a messenger deliver it but massaging data in a resume was hard. You had to re-type it constantly. Many offices didn't have copy machines; they used mimeograph to do it. I know it's crazy how it was like back then. Oh-yeah, they used carbon paper if you were an individual mailing out a resume and the carbon paper would get on people's hands. It was awful! So, objectives became a way of communicating the nature the job you were looking for and they were actually paid attention to.

Today, objectives are looked at as ways that people use to disqualify themselves from consideration. So, for example, I see objectives that have a disconnect between what someone says they're looking for and what we job is; thus, it doesn't mesh. Why would I call this person who's telling me in their resume that they want to do such and such and have responsibility for such and such and my client won’t give it to them.

I try to be clear my advertising, or you in the referral that I gave to someone or in the information I gave to someone so that they can refer someone to me and I get this resume that has a disconnect.

Get rid of the objectives! All they do is disqualify you.

Instead of having an objective on the resume, use your actual body of the email to communicate the things that you want to communicate. Frankly, what you consider an objective, what most people consider objectives are irrelevant. No one cares what you're looking for. I hate to be that blunt but employers, for most of you, don't care what you or looking for; they care what they are looking for.

You can find out at the first interview if there is a disconnect between your objectives and theirs but don’t be proactive about it you may write it in a way or change your mind after the time of submission and have talk yourself out of an opportunity.

Instead, like I said, use the body of your email to communicate what you are looking for.

“I am forwarding my resume to you because I understand looking for such and such.” Then, you go into the second paragraph that outlines your relevant experience. Maybe, you set up the equivalent of an Excel spreadsheet where, in one column, you have the skill sought and where, in the second column, you have your experience; in the third column numbers of years of experience with it and how recently you have done it.

Then, you conclude by saying, “I am looking for a role where I (if you really want you communicate it). Frankly, I don’t think you need to. The first thing that an employer’s looking for is whether they can figure out quickly and easily whether you or qualified. Your cover email is going to do that. Your resume has to support that information and then your LinkedIn profile as to do it, as well.

So, get rid of the objectives. There is nothing good that comes out of it. No one will ever read your objective and say, “Huh! That’s interesting. We can give this to that guy. That’s fabulous! I think this woman would be great because . . . “

No one ever does that. Statistically, 95 times out of 100, they are going, “Jerk,” when they read the objectives. So, just don’t use one.

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 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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Looking to Supplement Your Income? | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2018/08/26/looking-to-supplement-your-income-nobsjobsearchadvicecom

EP 1208 I received a message over the weekend from a worried son asking about work for his senior aged parent 

Summary

This scenario is Mom is a geriatric person who physically is limited in terms of what she can do. She is not able to be on her feet so she can’t be a greeter. What kind of work can Mom do that's can be helpful where she can make some money and not have to physically challenge herself?

Let’s put aside just “the Mom scenario,” and say what can you do? How can you find some work along these lines? The answer is there are two websites that I think it be helpful.

The first one, the larger what is upwork.com. The other one is freelancer.com.

I would be clear, I am not promoting affiliate links or anything like that. What these two sites do is allow individuals to do work is on the side, freelance work of a variety of different forms that could be helpful to supplement your income.

Yes, you are competing with people who are overseas. No question about that. Yes, you are people who are willing to work for money that you are not willing to work for. Like that’s any different in America, right? The numbers our different. You can see rates ridiculously low by US standards but, so what? There are many instances where people want to hire individuals in their native country who speak their language, understand their culture, to do specific tasks.

So, whether you are a retired technologist, you are a retired administrative assistant, retired whatever, there are opportunities available to you through upwork and freelancer to supplement your income. So, for grandma or grandpa there, who just isn't mobile but has computer skills, it is a perfect venue to supplement your income now that you need some additional money because Social Security isn’t going to be able to care 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 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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What Do You Do If You Work 9-5 and Are Looking for a New Job?

EP 1240 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains what to do and helps you change your mindset.

Summary

Someone sent a question to me through Quora and I thought I would use this is my video for today. The question is, "What do you do if you work 9 to 5 and are looking for a new job? You leave work early for the interview? Well, if your job doesn't allow you to leave work early. . ."

Boy, I will tell you, I'm amazed by people sometimes. So let me start by saying this is really reflective of an industrial mindset where if you worked on the production line, you know, back in the early 20th century, they would dock your pay, your manager with threaten you. The owner of the factory would come down and yell at you. If you were sick, they wanted you sniffling and sneezing, coughing at work, because they needed your body working on the assembly floor. It was brutal back then. Today, that mindset still continues and we all have this notion of playing hurt, that we go to work and we do our best even when we're not feeling well.

How does this all apply to what the question is? This is easy. This is kind of reflexive of that industrial era mindset where a worker can't take any powersonal time to do something, that they always have to be at the job. You know, most people who are in professional roles no that they can take time off. And most companies, these days, are willing and often require a phone interview. So, scheduling the phone interview is easy. What you do is give them your mobile number and at a prearranged time, they're going to call you at that number. You just get the heck out of the building for a little bit. Or if you go to the lobby you know just make sure that there is a place where you can be comfortable speaking, where you are not really worrying about those around you. No distractions. Go to your car. Go for a walk. Be outside on a lovely day. Just enjoy yourself and do the interview with focused mental energy.

Now when it gets time for the in-person interview, real simple. That day, just simply say, "I've got an appointment this morning; I'll be out for a couple hours. I'll be in at… "Thus, you schedule the call the beginning of the day or at the end of the day or before work or after work. So, let's say, you finish at five, ask GGthem if they can do a six o'clock interview for you. Just simply say I've got a lot of things scheduled and I couldn't get there till 6. Does that work?

"No we need you during business hours."

We're back to that early in the morning. "Could we start before 9:00? This way, you're not missing as much time during the day.

"Can we start this at 12 o'clock? You know what it be possible for us to be complete.… Actually, the way you phrase it is "I'd like to do the interview over my lunch hour. I normally would do it at 12. How much time do you think you would need?" They'll tell you and you adjust your calendar accordingly.

You might tell your boss , "a friend of mine is in. and you him and would like to take a long time at lunch. I'll be back at . . . " to give them a sense of what time you'll be back in the office. It's really easy. But the biggest thing I picked up here was that mentality that says, " I'm just someone working on the factory floor and I'm not entitled to do anything."

Now, maybe you work in a country where that is the case, but for most industrialized places in the world you can take a small bit of extra time for yourself without any worries whatsoever. And if they will let you do it, if they are going to threaten you. There's a message you that. GET THE HELL OUT!

Oh forgot to mention one thing. And if, on the interview they ask you, "Gee, how did you take this time off," do not, I repeat, do not say, "I took a sick day," because that basically says , you will cheat them if they hire you too because, after all, you are not sick and are on an interview. Just tell them that you took some personal time that was coming to 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

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

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

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

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

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

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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You’re Going to Have to Take The First Step | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

EP 1229 I point to one of many possible challenges a person may need to face.

Summary

I was doing a class last night in they posed a wonderful paradoxical question you. I am just going to repeat it to you.

“If you can't lose the game, the game is not worth playing.”

The metaphor that this version of coaching does is that most things can be enjoyed and be made more successful when, instead of thinking of it as work or a task, we construct a game about it. So, again, to just repeat, if you can't lose, the game is not worth playing. In other words, if there's no challenge here, why bother?

As a result, most people take the safe route in order to advance, and frankly, it leads to mechanistic behavior because, frankly, at the end of the day, where's the fun in all of this? Where’s the challenge to all of this? So, if you can't lose the game, the game is not worth playing.

Here’s the second one. When you really play, you always win because failure (what most people would associate with not being successful) is a learning opportunity. You grow from it. You expand yourself and, in the course of stretching to achieve, you’re changing yourself. This isn’t about the outcome, per se. It's about who you become in the course of doing this.

What got you here, won't get you there. For job hunters, this is hugely important because, at the end of the day, you're going to need to adapt to new roles unless you want to stay doing the same thing the next 30 or 40 years of your life. I don’t think you want to do that period I think you want to grow and stretch and learn from this experience and being in and environment that supports you.

That's true in your job search, as well. You're going to need to learn new skills and start thinking of, not just simply the immediate search, the totality of your career development. You need to build a brand for yourself. You need to construct solutions that employers want reach out to you for that you want to become known. In other words, you want to build “the brand of you.”

There’s never been a time in human history where it is easier than now to build one. After all, you’ve got YouTube here. You have video, you have live streaming. There's twitter. There’s Facebook. There’s LinkedIn. There are all sorts of venues where you can do things. There’s public speaking. There’s all sorts of venues where we can practice doing things differently then you have to this point and create “the brand of you.”

I'm not expecting you to get on YouTube and do 1000 videos plus like I've done (by the time you see this, I am already over 4000+) the important thing is that you start thinking in terms of what you want to be known for. What qualities and experiences and successes and knowledge do you have and do you want to be known for so that people want to reach out to you and offer you opportunities instead of you seeking them out at a time to time we you get a crisis or feel desperation.

You are far better being “the go to person” in your field, rather than being someone who's always like as supplicant, hat in hand, trying to find something.

After all, the person who gets ahead, isn't always the smartest semicolon they don't always work the hardest (although those great qualities to have). People get ahead by being alert to opportunity. Sometimes those are internal to your organization. More often than not, they are external.

Since most jobs are filled as a result of networking connections, you want to make sure that people know about you. Practice and put yourself in situations where you can speak publicly. Be the expert at a conference or one of the experts at a conference where people bring you in to espouse on your knowledge and your successes.

Never done it before? There was a time I never did a YouTube video. You learn. Get yourself into Toastmasters. Practice there. It's an easy supportive environment where you can learn that skill. Write an article. Get it published. Never did it before? Most people never did the first time they write one. You may make a mistake and you will learn from it. It’s okay.

Just start exposing yourself to new instead of getting yourself into this or rut where you are constantly doing the same repetitive thing over again. At the end of the day, each time you take a step toward evolving your career and making sure that people know about you, you are closer to never being out of work.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

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

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

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

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

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Looking for Remote Work? | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

EP 1226 Jeff Altman,The Big Game Hunter discusses something you should not be doing when you are looking for a job where you can work remote or telecommute.

Summary

I just had a flurry, and it happens from time to time, of people who have seen listings of mine on my website, or on the web and they send their resume in and it's very clear that (#1) this is a full-time position and (#2) that they are on-site. We’re having a conversation and are about five minutes in and they basically then tell me they want to work remote.

Now, in all candor, don't you think I would've put “remote is available” if that was the case? Do you think firms that information or do you think that becomes an attractive selling thing for firms?

So, for you job hunters who think you can finesse someone into talking to you for a few minutes and then saying, “hey, can I do this job remote,” all you've done is screw the other person. Do you hear me? You’ve wasted their time. You misrepresented yourself and you've wasted your own time.

As Bob Newhart says in his skit on YouTube, “STOP IT!” Stop wasting people’s time.

We don't have extra time for your nonsense. Be effective. Look for jobs that are clear about remote work or telecommuting. Target jobs that allow telecommuting. That’s fine. I filled many jobs that allow telecommuting.

But not the ones that don't refer to that. You follow? So, again, if you're looking for remote work, don’t waste people's time. Respond to jobs that are focused on remote.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

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

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

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

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

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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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.