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The Mistake Too Many People Make on Their Resume | JobSearchTV.com


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains the one mistake too many job hunters make on their résumé.

Summary

Today, I want to talk with you back a huge mistake that people make when they do their resumes. It's really very simple to correct. And I'll just simply say that, for years, there was a stigma attached to having gaps in your resume. People hid their gaps by avoiding putting the months on their resume. As a result, firms invariably inquired, "so, what month did you leave that firm, approximately?"
You say, "till 2013." And then the next one, it says, 2013."
"Is there a gap in there somewhere?" It becomes annoying, because it's not . . . today, we don't have that same concern about gaps in the background. Unless we're talking about years, people understand that from the time someone gets laid off until they're hired, it's not like it's going to happen within a week. It's not like it's going to happen in two weeks. Veteran professionals do have gaps in their background.
Firms prefer not to see them but they're not attached to that idea that there be no gaps in a person's background and they don't judge people as being defective if they exists there. Understand, what's worse than having the gap is insulting the reader and pretending like one doesn't exist. The other mistake that people make is when there is no gap not including the months.
So, I would just simply say to you, put the months in where you know them and years past you can put the phrase approx next to the dates so that people know that you're not trying to cheat them or deceive them in some way.
So, for example, if 10 years ago, you don't remember exactly what month you left the particular firm, no one cares. Again, you could put the phrase approx there, but it's the more recent stuff that firms are concerned about.
If you put only the year there, you know, there's a difference between being laid off in January and applying for a job in November and not including a year there. For example, being laid off in September and looking for something in November.
Finally, leaving the year their firms can't tell the difference unless they ask. If you're one of the September people looking for a job in November, there's no excuse for you not putting a month there. If you're in January, put the month there. They're just going to ask you any way. Make it easy for them. If they're going to disqualify you based upon the months, no amount of Hocus Pocus on your part, or attempting to hypnotize them into believing that you're sensational, even though you've been out of work for 10 months is going to convince them to the contrary.
So, just put the months on your resume. Make it easy for the reader. Again, if they're going to reject you because you've been out of work too long, hiding it isn't going to change that fact. They're still going to reject you because you've been out of work too long. All that will happen is you're wasting your time and there's

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
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 1400 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. JobSearchTV.com was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Schedule a free Discovery call.

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

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

Connect with me on LinkedInLike me on Facebook.

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

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.

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Stupid Resume Mistakes: Being Vague


In this video, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses and other stupid resume mistake people make way too often.

Summary

I'm back with an almost stupid resume mistakes people make way too often. Now, understand, I read a couple of hundred resumes a day. I have to do the quick and even if I did them slowly it wouldn't matter with regard to this mistake.

What's that mistake? Easy. You are being vague in your resume and not being clear about what you've done that relates the position that you applying for.

I had a situation yesterday. The guys sent me his resume. It was okay. As I'm talking to the guy, he tells me he interviewed with my client the year ago for job completely unrelated to what I'm looking for now.

There is a message in that.

Where is his real strength? This resume suggests one thing; his previous resume suggested something different. This goes back to that sort of thing where, yeah, bots every firm has an applicant tracking system where they’re reviewing whether or not you've applied to them before what happened.

And that's what happened with this firm. They said, “He only has about 2 years of experience. According to his resume, but we saw him a year ago for this type of role. How strong you really be?”

So, recognize that your vagueness is no longer an asset for you. Your vagueness is going to cost you. The fact that you tailor resume . . . If you don't take into consideration the fact that you applied to the firm previously is good to cause you to get rejected anyway.

Wherever you are in your career, you have to be crystal clear about what you've done and how you went about doing it. Money saved; money earned. Without covering that, basically you are throwing out a vague resume. It is going to get you rejected or worse, ignored.

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

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

Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1300 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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

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

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

Connect with me on LinkedInLike me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a

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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.

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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.

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Stupid Resume Mistakes: The Resume That Is Too Long | JobSearchTV.com

I discuss one of the stupid resume mistakes too many job hunters make – – the resume that is too long.

Summary

Let's look today atanother one of those stupid resume mistakes job hunters make. that mistake-- the resume that is way long.
Resumes get way too long for two reasons. Number one is you're an old guy like me. You may be just someone who's been in their career for way too long and you're putting everything you've ever done in your resume. Now, I'll give myself as an example.
I'm in my mid 60s. I started in my field in 1972. Now, I imagine for a second I started putting stuff in from 1972 that when I was a beginner recruiter. Do you think anyone really cares? Even the searches were different. And I spent a lot of time in technology, too. Do you think anyone cares that I did searches for Autocoder professionals in 1972? Of course, not. You've got your version of that, too, and no one cares about stuff that you did when Richard Nixon was President of the United States. So that's one reason it gets to long.
Another reason is you've been a consultant or a temp and you put every assignment that you've ever done from the beginning of all time to today and you think people are going to hire you based upon stuff that you did 15 or 20 years ago. It doesn't work that way,does it? When was the last time you got an invitation for an assignment based upon stuff you did 20 years ago?
So you can start dropping this stuff off your resume. You can mention it in passing. For example, for someone like me who' was in search for as long asI was in search, you know, you can start putting things like "Prior experience was with . . . Where I did . . . " then,you list the names of the firms where you did and you describe briefly, one sentence, two tops, what you did back in The Stone Ages. The Stone Ages are exactly that – –primitive experience that you had early in your career that no one cares about inany detail and, if they do, they'll raise it as a subject.But if someone wants to interview you for stuff that you did 40 years ago, why would you want that job anyway?

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No

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

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

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

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

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

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6 Second Job Search Tips: Your Resume


A six second video about your resume.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Connect with me on LinkedInLike me on Facebook.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Stupid Resume Mistakes: Using Objectives | JobSearchTV.com


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 more than 40 years.

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

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

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

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

Connect with me on LinkedInLike me on Facebook.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Stupid Resume Mistakes: The Resume That Is Too Long | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2018/10/13/stupid-resume-mistakes-the-resume-that-is-too-long-nobsjobsearchadvicecom

EP 1255 I discuss one of the stupid resume mistakes too many job hunters make – – the resume that is too long.

Summary

Let's look today atanother one of those stupid resume mistakes job hunters make. that mistake-- the resume that is way long.
Resumes get way too long for two reasons. Number one is you're an old guy like me. You may be just someone who's been in their career for way too long and you're putting everything you've ever done in your resume. Now, I'll give myself as an example.
I'm in my mid 60s. I started in my field in 1972. Now, I imagine for a second I started putting stuff in from 1972 that when I was a beginner recruiter. Do you think anyone really cares? Even the searches were different. And I spent a lot of time in technology, too. Do you think anyone cares that I did searches for Autocoder professionals in 1972? Of course, not. You've got your version of that, too, and no one cares about stuff that you did when Richard Nixon was President of the United States. So that's one reason it gets to long.
Another reason is you've been a consultant or a temp and you put every assignment that you've ever done from the beginning of all time to today and you think people are going to hire you based upon stuff that you did 15 or 20 years ago. It doesn't work that way,does it? When was the last time you got an invitation for an assignment based upon stuff you did 20 years ago?
So you can start dropping this stuff off your resume. You can mention it in passing. For example, for someone like me who' was in search for as long asI was in search, you know, you can start putting things like "Prior experience was with . . . Where I did . . . " then,you list the names of the firms where you did and you describe briefly, one sentence, two tops, what you did back in The Stone Ages. The Stone Ages are exactly that – –primitive experience that you had early in your career that no one cares about inany detail and, if they do, they'll raise it as a subject.But if someone wants to interview you for stuff that you did 40 years ago, why would you want that job anyway?

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No

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

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

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

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

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

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Give a Recruiter A Rough Time | JobSearchTV.com


I tell you what beats the heck out of me, why some of you are the cause, and how you can better results.

Summary

I I thought I would take a minute to just talk about my frustration. I’m really feeling beaten up today. Why? Because I’ve responded back to more than 50 resumes to find out where the person lives.

You see, you send resumes to me that have a name and a phone number. You apply for job. I don't know where you live and in my clients are not looking to relocate people. So, the result winds up being that I don't want to waste my time calling because all that’s going to wind up happening is that I do find that you're in a different place (as is the case with most individuals. They are hiding their location) and I have wasted time playing tag with you and not getting any results. And I’m still getting not results but I can’t call 50 people and play “phone tag” with you and then go into a five-minute conversation where you try to persuade me that you're going to go on interviews when you when you live in Chicago and you are going to fly to Dallas all the time. After all, all of these posts basically, “know relocation. No Visa transfers. No third-party recruiters”, etc. etc.

And you are going to try to persuade me that you are going to fly back and forth all the time? My client isn’t going to buy that and neither do I.

So, I’m just making a request here. When you're applying for a job and you sending out your resume, I understand no one wants to put themselves in the vulnerable position of risking identity theft. But your name, your city, State and zip code doesn't do that

By the way, the reason your phone number doesn't help is you're putting a mobile number there and mobile numbers these days are portable. So, let’s say your someone like me. I live in North Carolina and have a phone while I lived in the New York area. That 516 area code doesn't correlate with North Carolina, does it? The result is name and phone number don't cut it

I’m going to make one more point. Without the ZIP Code, employers and recruiters can't find you in the future. Why does that matter? When you're doing research and, yes, you’ve applied for a job, statistics say the job you applied for you not qualify for. So, when we want to get back in touch with you when we have something that fits (this is true employers, as well) we search by a couple of things. One of them is skills. The second is location.

Do you think we look we can look up location without a ZIP Code? Of course, not. Do you think your area code is going to be what we use? No. ZIP Code is precise. That’s why I am saying minimally puts city, State and ZIP Code on your resume. Save everyone a boatload of time. Help us help you. Really. Help us help you find work.

Having a resume in our database isn’t going to do it because we can never find you again. That true of employers, as well.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

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

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

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

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

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The #1 Resume Mistake People Make | JobSearchTV.com


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There are many mistakes people make with their resume. This is the big one–the #1 mistake people make with their resumes.

Summary

I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm the head coach for JobSearchCoachingHQ.com and NoBSCoachingAdvice.com. I'm a career and leadership coach who works with people throughout the United States and sometimes beyond to help them find work more quickly, be more successful in their searches, be more successful with their new firms.
I thought I would talk with you today about the biggest mistake I see people make with their resumes. Now, I don't do recruiting anymore. I did it for more than 40 years so I've got that perspective from that and I see it reinforced time and again now that I do coaching.
So, here's what people do. They write one resume.
One resume.
And they don't think of their audience when they submit that resume.
So it's okay to have that generic resume for use on job boards. But if you're applying for a position, applying means that you've got an idea as to what this firm is looking for. Maybe you've seen an ad and you are applying. You've got to stop yourself right away and not just flip that resume to a firm like it's a burger at a fast food restaurant. You know, like you're just tossing that same resume over and over again? Because the result winds up being you're not getting the results that you want. It's not working. You need to tailor your resume to demonstrate that you fit the job.
So, what I'm going to encourage you to do is, if you applying for a position,you need to stop yourself from just submitting the same generic resume to them and, pause for a second and say, if an eight-year-old was reading this resume, could they see that I fit this job?" And if they can't, you've got to rewrite it by adding some things into it, maybe removing some others, to call attention to your experience.
Now., I'm going to pause for one second becauseI know some of you are going to say, " I can just put it in the cover letter." No you can't.
The reason for that is if you put it in the cover letter or in a cover email, people go to the resume and they look for some congruence with what you've written there. And if they don't see it, they think of this as being a minor part of your work and they're considering a major part of your responsibilities.
You see the disconnect there?They want someone who really knows it and, if it's not in the resume, they don't believe you know it. They think it's like an adjunct. So, you've got to get it into the resume. It can be as simple as one or two sentences added in and, maybe, you take one or two sentences out. This will help you get better results.
Now, again, if you're posting a resume on a job board, it should be a keyword rich generic resume that really speaks to a lot. But if you're applying for a job, you know what they're looking for. If you've been referred by someone, you know what they're looking for and you have to make damn sure that your resume shows that you fit or else you are wasting your time and there's. And you are not going to get the interview that you want.
So, I hope you find this helpful. If you're interested in my coaching you, connect with me on LinkedIn at linkedin.com /in/TheBigGameHunter. Mention that you saw this. I'd love to help you and I just like the idea that. I know that I'm helping, you know, you're telling me that this had an effect on you and, once we're connected, you can message me that you're interested in coaching .Coaching takes a lot of different forms and involves doing one-on-one work by video or phone I prefer video. to be able to work with one another. It can involve doing critiques of your resume and Linkedin profile. It can involve preparing you for interviews and coaching you through the process and that can be a standard interview or case interview. It can be helping you with a negotiation, preparing me for a second is a whole host of things that I do in order to help you get through the system effectively.
So have a great day. Take care.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

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

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

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

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

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

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Maybe It Isn’t The Job Market | JobSearchTV.com


Struggling to get results? Maybe it isn’t the job market?

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

Summary

I was talking to someone yesterday, doing a little bit of research for project I am working on. He is someone who has been with this current firm for about 10 years. Good background. Resin through the ranks. All that happy kind of stuff you want to see in an employee. He has decided to move elsewhere. He says he’s stuck. That's okay. I understand that. That happens. But he's running into a roadblock. The roadblock is he knows exactly how it's done at his current firm but he has not been exposed to other organizations. He has started to blame the job market. It’s not the job market. It’s the choice he made.

If you're someone who is in a situation where you're not getting the interview results that you want, have you practiced interviewing? I don’t mean just simply flippantly practicing the answers but doing mock interviews with someone who is able to critique you. Who can talk with you about your experience.

You know, if you're in a technology field of some sort – – engineering, IT , whatever – – are you someone who has practiced answers to predictable questions with a friend of yours who can really grill you hard to see how you respond to a grilling? Do you answer the basic questions well? Do you know how to answer behavioral questions well? I bring this up because, most the time, the answer is no. I know that because when I do it, I sit and listen to the results that I get from people.

It's not the job market. It's you. You not working at finding a job.

So, I’ll just simply if you want to keep getting these results and eventually stumble into something by accident, keep doing what you are doing. It's okay. You’ll go through a lot of trial and error. You will go through the heartache. You’ll have to listen to a lot of your friends go, “So, how’s the job search going?” And not being able to report any sort of results.

You have to change it up. You got to do things differently and you’ve got to get some help. Most of you don’t even know how badly you interview. You don’t even know what you're doing wrong. I was looking at someone’s resume yesterday-- spelling error in it. He didn’t see it. It happens . . . And repetitive words and the marketing lingo in a technology resume. . . It’s ridiculous.

You know it's so stale and in some offensive these days that someone talks about an old language like it’s out of the 50s. It’s ridiculous!

So, get some help, dammit. Work with someone who understands what you do and who can guide you through your resume, critique it for you and turn things around. Otherwise, you are going to interview for jobs that you really desperately want and you are going to fail. You will have to tell your friends how you failed, look at your wife or husband or partner and tell them how you failed.

It’s awful. Just get some help, okay?

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

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

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

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

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

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Stupid Resume Mistakes: The Resume That Is Too Long | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

EP 1255 I discuss one of the stupid resume mistakes too many job hunters make – – the resume that is too long.

Summary

Let's look today atanother one of those stupid resume mistakes job hunters make. that mistake-- the resume that is way long.
Resumes get way too long for two reasons. Number one is you're an old guy like me. You may be just someone who's been in their career for way too long and you're putting everything you've ever done in your resume. Now, I'll give myself as an example.
I'm in my mid 60s. I started in my field in 1972. Now, I imagine for a second I started putting stuff in from 1972 that when I was a beginner recruiter. Do you think anyone really cares? Even the searches were different. And I spent a lot of time in technology, too. Do you think anyone cares that I did searches for Autocoder professionals in 1972? Of course, not. You've got your version of that, too, and no one cares about stuff that you did when Richard Nixon was President of the United States. So that's one reason it gets to long.
Another reason is you've been a consultant or a temp and you put every assignment that you've ever done from the beginning of all time to today and you think people are going to hire you based upon stuff that you did 15 or 20 years ago. It doesn't work that way,does it? When was the last time you got an invitation for an assignment based upon stuff you did 20 years ago?
So you can start dropping this stuff off your resume. You can mention it in passing. For example, for someone like me who' was in search for as long asI was in search, you know, you can start putting things like "Prior experience was with . . . Where I did . . . " then,you list the names of the firms where you did and you describe briefly, one sentence, two tops, what you did back in The Stone Ages. The Stone Ages are exactly that – –primitive experience that you had early in your career that no one cares about inany detail and, if they do, they'll raise it as a subject.But if someone wants to interview you for stuff that you did 40 years ago, why would you want that job anyway?

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No

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

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

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

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

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

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.