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The Best Way, Time and Plan to Look for Your Next Job |

Exactly that – – the best way, time and plan to look for your next job.


Some time ago. I did a video in response to a question where I was asked when is the best time to start looking for your next job? And the answer that I offered was on the day you start your new position. That's when you start thinking about your next job. Yes, you have to execute at your current job, the however is, you need to start planning your next steps.
What's the organization you think this one can lead you to next? What role can this job lead you to next complete with job title, compensation, reporting structure, perhaps even the hiring manager, as well.
Yeah, I know. This sounds screwy to a lot of you. The however is, when you think about it, you spend a lot of time lurching from search to search, you spend three years or three months working in a place when, suddenly you decide to go looking for another job. You really don't know where or what you want to do and you haven't really thought about it because you've been so focused on executing for your current job that you haven't thought about yourself. You haven't thought about your professional needs. You haven't thought about your career and you haven't treated yourself as the CEO of your own organization with responsibilities to your shareholders-- friends, family, whomever--to lead yourself in your career.
That mistake is probably one of the most pivotal mistakes that professionals make and, I have to say, it's probably not even restricted to professionals. There are people who start positions and takeblue collar jobs or at Retail establishments who don't really think about the next step for themselves when they finally get that paycheck.
They're just thinking about the current situation, working hard, hopefully getting ahead . . . and that is really disappeared from the American landscape. So, on the day you start your current position, it's important to start thinking ahead. Obviously, you should be doing it before you take the job but, work with me here, okay?Most people don't do that anymore than they do this.
So this is new information. So again, ideally you do it before you take the job ,where does this position lead me to, what's the stepping stone that can be derived from this and, if you don't do it before. You certainly have to do it on day one of your new position.
What's the next firmyou're going to work for. What role do you want to be in? What choices will I have? What's the comp level that this will lead me to if I do extraordinary work, how can I develop my brand further so people will discover me and reach out to me with these opportunities, so I don't have to aggressively market myself.
How do I develop relationships with people at that firm so that they will want to introduce me to a hiring manager that will want to hire me. It's a different way of thinking but one that's really pivotal for a lot of you. H
ave a great day.


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

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The Best Way to Look for a Job

If you are like most of my subscribers, you are actively looking for work. In social work language, you are “in crisis” in that you can only remain out of work for a very finite period of time before dire consequences occur.

And, in fact, you picked the worst time to be looking for a job, not because of the economy but because there is a bias in the recruiting profession and among corporations about “active job hunters.”

The bias that exists is that people who are out looking for a job are not “the best” people– a firm chose them for a layoff and held on to “high achievers,” their better talent, their “stars.”

Given what you know of yourself, it is pretty ridiculous, isn’t it?

But this isn’t just “agency nonsense” but part of the beliefs of people on the line and in corporate HR.

I am sorry to say that I was part of the creation of this “Myth of the Passive Candidate” thirty or so years ago at a time when I could not afford an advertising budget and needed to differentiate myself from the bigger agencies that were spending tens of thousands of dollars every week.

I would market myself to firms and say, “I don’t just try to locate the best candidate who is reading ‘The New York Times’ on Sunday looking for a job. I try to find the best candidate.”

That distinction worked wonders for me and, as I taught others about its power it became part of agency culture and ingrained in corporate thinking even though times have changed and firms release superior talent all the time.

What can you do?

Not a heck of a lot.

But after you find work,I want you to shift your mindset.

You see, most people who have found a job think they don’t need help.

“I have a job I’m happy with. Leave me alone. I have work to do.”

Some people respond to recruiters with emails that seem to be yelling.

“How did you get my email address, you spammer (Uh, you left your resume up on a job board. I found you using Google or a research-oriented website)!

And then the next crisis hits and these people contact the same recruiters they have yelled at and expect them to have forgotten the rudeness (you think we don’t log that behavior in our applicant tracking systems).

What I want you to do in the future is think of yourself is always looking for work.

While President Clinton was President, his staff used the term, “the continuous campaign” to describe how they were always running for office and could not afford to become, “fat, dumb and happy.” They needed to always be selling the voters.

I am not suggesting that you keep your resume up on Monster and other job boards. In fact, take them down immediately!

I am telling you that LinkedIn, Twitter, Xing (if you are outside the US), Facebook and Doostang are the playpens of companies and recruiters who are looking for “passive job hunters.”

So regularly update your profile and treat it like a resume with quality keywords that describe what you do professionally.

If you receive an email or phone call from a recruiter or an email from a recruiter from a firm, treat them with respect and listen to what they offer.

Evaluate the recruiter what the recruiter has to offer. Ask questions. Answer their questions. Remember, they may record their experience of you in their tracking system so sell to them. Create a great impression.

Then make a decision as to whether to continue discussions.


Offer a referral if you know someone who might be qualified and you aren’t interested.

Whatever you do, remember that the likelihood of your job lasting until retirement is small and it is better to look for a job when you have one than when you don’t.

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