The 10000 Hour Rule and Job Hunting | Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

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More than eight years ago, Malcolm Gladwell released the book called, “Outliers: The Story of Success.” Among the many great points he makes, he popularized the notion of the 10,000 hour rule. On this show, I utilize the 10,000 hour rule to make a point about you and being a job hunter.

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I want to talk to job hunters and say something that will give you what I think is a Homer Simpson moment. You've heard of the 10,000 hour rule, right? It takes 10,000 hours of focus concerted effort under the advice and tutelage of the teacher in order to be an expert.When you start job hunting, you have exactly how much experience? Think about it. You have exactly how much? And you putting how much effort into preparing? Writing your resume. What do you know about writing resumes? You may have read a bunch of them but how much experience you actually have writing one? Judging by what I see from people, somewhere near zero.How about interviewing? How much interviewing have you ever done? I doubt it's anywhere near 10,000 hours and then you wonder why you don't get results..Maybe it's about networking. You have the LinkedIn profile that doesn't get results or maybe you don't even have a LinkedIn profile and wonder and wonder why no one is calling you.Salary negotiation! That's the one. But you don't really have a lot of experience with that either and wonder why you don't get results.Let me ask you a question. If you could go to a website and get answers to all the critical interview questions and get advice from a master, without be helpful to you? I'm sure it would be.I recently launched, and inexpensive site, with over 400 pieces of content including all my books and guides the job hunting, lots of videos, a bunch of podcasts, articles that I've written, curated so it is really good, available to you on the site for one price.Plus the ability to ask me questions when you're stuck with something. You may think your friends, family, former managers know what they're talking about when they speak with you but stop and think for a moment. How many jobs have they ever filled?You may say your boss or former boss interviews a lot of people and certainly they should know. Trust me. When they're on the other side of the desk, they stink up the joint and if you don't believe me, point blank you're wrong. I interview people who are hiring managers and they are awful… But they give you advice.It's time to stop giving other people advice about what they should do and take some for yourself.Figure it out. When you write that resume how much experience that you have? Three hours over the course of 20 years? You don't know what you're doing. You think you do but you don't know what you're doing.Again, is my site with advice for job hunters good anywhere in the world (you have to speak English to understand me, of course). There is a lot of great material there and you'll get your questions answered by me and were building the community there were other people will be able to chime in and offer you advice.Again,


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. was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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