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LinkedIn Mistakes Too Many People Make | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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

Summary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

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

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

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

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

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Executive Networking Mistakes | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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EP 1172 I discuss the second biggest mistake executives make in their approach to networking.

Summary

As someone who's been in the search business for what seems like 100 years, I run into executives all the time who commit many many mistakes with their job search. And I did a another video about the #1 mistake I see executives making, Other people do this well, but executives doing it prolifically.

Here is another one mistake that executives make and the real big one here is that you don't network! Really that simple.

You so immersed in your job that you don't take time on a regular basis to build relationships. Now, if you watching this video or listening to this podcast, you may be immersed in a job search. So it may be to late to head off this problem. But, I want you to think that after you get this position, while you doing this search, you always take time to network.

"You know, I'm too busy."

Well now you're not busy because you are out of work and do you want to be out of work or do you want to be able to easily activate the #1 way that people find positions and that is an effective network.

As I said in mistake #1, lurching from networking and networking only when you need people, shows you as a mooch. That all you care about is yourself. Building relationships that come between the interview cycles when you were there to help people, where you are available to offer advice, where you can be a mentor to others in their searches and where offerleads to people graciously, not as though they're dragging it out of you, will go a long way toward setting you up in the next search.

So, again, don't lurch from networking situation to networking situation while you learned from search to search. Always be networking.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

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

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

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

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

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

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Over 60 Job Search | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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EP 1170 Job hunting when you are over 60

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ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

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

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

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

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

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Stupid Resume Mistakes: No Zip Code | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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

Summary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Summary

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

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

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

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

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

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

Try friendliness for a change instead of trickiness.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

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

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

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

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

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Middle Manager with Rusty Technical Skills | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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

Summary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

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

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

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

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

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Stupid Resume Mistakes: Misconfigured Resumes | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

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

Summary

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

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

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

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

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

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

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

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

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

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

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

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Following Up After Being Turned Down | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

EP 1177 I answer a question on Quora from someone who has been rejected for a job and wants to know why.

Summary

I received this question from someone on Quora.com, a great site, a Q&A site. I did not respond there because they want me to write everything; I like doing them as a video and you are not allowed to post a link there. So, unless I write a lengthy explanation of time. So, I am just going to help you out.

Someone asked me, “I was supposed to have 3 interviews for this firm and, after the 2nd one, I was rejected. I wrote back saying, “Could you give me an idea as to why I was turned down so I can learn from it. Was I out of line?”

A lot of the respondents say, “yes, the person was out of line.” I don’t think so all. The person made it clear, “I'm not trying to get into an argument; I just want to learn from you. Could you share something with me?”

The answer may be, “we saw someone a lot stronger than you in such and such.” Or “you didn't come across as being capable in such and such.” Or they may choose not to respond.

For the few instances where people actually do respond, you will learn something from it. I have to say “few instances” because firms are afraid of being argued with. They are afraid of being sued if someone unintentionally says something that can be interpreted by a lawyer with a nice sense of fiction or grounded in reality (depending upon what's said) that what their behavior was might've indicated bias.

So, I don't think it's “a big whoop.” If anything, I think it's an appropriate thing to do. If you're working through third-party recruiters, have them asked the question. Some will do it; someone won’t; some already know the answer and won't share it with you. Some will share at the time they let you know.

But , at the end of the day, how else do you learn except if you want to reflect . . ., and you may be wrong. I was act a Toastmasters meeting recently and (if you haven’t been to Toastmasters, it is great way to develop your confidence in speaking in situations) and there's a point where there is someone who is called “the master evaluator” who evaluates everything at the meeting.

1 of the things that the master evaluator did at this meeting was comment that some of the introductory speeches, some of the 1st speeches, didn't appear to meet the formula that was prescribed and it was getting to be a bad habit. I thought because I had just done 1 of those speeches that he might've been speaking to made. I came over to them afterwards and said, “Out of curiosity, were you referring to me as 1 of those people?”

He thought about it and said, “Not, at all. But, if you think about two of the speeches, the one today and the one that proceeded yours, you can see how they in no way, shape or form it what the requirement was. Of course, he was absolutely right.

You have to at least ask, because, otherwise, you never really know. No amount of Monday morning quarterbacking from people who don't know what you said or did, how you carried yourself, how you answered questions is going to give you the same answer as hearing someone who actually was there actually heard it.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

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

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

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

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

Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterConnect 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

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

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LinkedIn Mistakes Too Many People Make | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

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

Summary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

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

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

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

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

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Executive Networking Mistakes | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

EP 1172 I discuss the second biggest mistake executives make in their approach to networking.

Summary

As someone who's been in the search business for what seems like 100 years, I run into executives all the time who commit many many mistakes with their job search. And I did a another video about the #1 mistake I see executives making, Other people do this well, but executives doing it prolifically.

Here is another one mistake that executives make and the real big one here is that you don't network! Really that simple.

You so immersed in your job that you don't take time on a regular basis to build relationships. Now, if you watching this video or listening to this podcast, you may be immersed in a job search. So it may be to late to head off this problem. But, I want you to think that after you get this position, while you doing this search, you always take time to network.

"You know, I'm too busy."

Well now you're not busy because you are out of work and do you want to be out of work or do you want to be able to easily activate the #1 way that people find positions and that is an effective network.

As I said in mistake #1, lurching from networking and networking only when you need people, shows you as a mooch. That all you care about is yourself. Building relationships that come between the interview cycles when you were there to help people, where you are available to offer advice, where you can be a mentor to others in their searches and where offerleads to people graciously, not as though they're dragging it out of you, will go a long way toward setting you up in the next search.

So, again, don't lurch from networking situation to networking situation while you learned from search to search. Always be networking.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

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

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

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

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

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

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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