What to Do When Your Job Search Is Getting You Down

EP 1897 What can you do if your job search is failing and you are not getting results? I break it down and offer suggestions,

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I thought I would do this video because, frankly, I started to think about why people hire me to coach them. The simple answer is, they're not getting results. Most people are not proactive with hiring a coach to help them with a career transition or with a job change. They wait until they're failing and the coach has to help them break through the failures. So, the topic for this is "what do you do when the job search is getting you down?"
I'll just simply say most people are getting down because they're not getting results. So the question is, "how do you get results?"
Now, I've said many times that it depends on where it's breaking down. So, if you're not even getting interviews, it's because your resume stinks, your LinkedIn profile isn't attracting people to you or you're applying for the wrong jobs, jobs that you're not qualified for, or your resume doesn't make a case that you fit.
If you're failing with the screener, you know, could be the HR person or some other individual who's doing the basic screening, you're not indicating how your background fits the role that you applied for.
If you're getting to the first real interview in person, you know, could be with a team or with a hiring manager, and you're not being invited back, you're not demonstrating your fit for the role. You're not connecting with the interviewer.
If you're ultimately getting to the overall manager, with a real decision maker, the head of the function for the final interview and you're not getting the offer it's breaking down because someone's beating you. They could be less expensive; they could be stronger and/or you're not connecting with the interviewer and making them trust you.
So, what do you do when the job search isn't going well? Answer. Improve. How do you improve?
Well, if it's the resume, you get a professional resume writer to rewrite it for you. You hire a coach who can evaluate it for you and make recommendations of changes. If you're failing because you're not getting past the screener, you need to look at ways to improve your interviewing. Same thing in every other step of the process. You're interviewing is breaking down.
So, understand, it's all logical. The biggest and most obvious place that breaks down is in interviewing. Often, the issue is most job hunters go on interviews ill-prepared to talk about what they've done. So, they go out and they wing it. They haven't really reviewed their resume to anticipate logical questions that employer might ask them. They haven't learned my best question to ask on any interview. So, they hear the answer to what a firm is looking for at the beginning of the interview and what the role is. They haven't learned quality answers to questions. They've just not practiced.
Now, I'm going to remind you of something. The greatest athletes in the world all practice. The greatest entertainers in the world all practice. Job hunters don't practice and they wonder why they don't get results. They make up the answers on the spot.
Tell me how well a great athlete would do if that's what they did. Not particularly well, would they? You need to rehearse; you need to practice, ideally working with a coach and, yes, I obviously coach. I've got an interest in persuading you to hire me as a coach. But it's true yeah.
Athletes all have coaches. Entertainers all have coaches to help them perform at a world class level. Why don't you? I'd love to coach you. The easiest way to connect with me is on linkedin.com/in/thebiggamehunter. If we're not connected, connect with me. Once we're connected, ask for an initial discovery call. We'll figure out whether it makes sense for us to work together. If not, my feelings aren't hurt, but I'm good at what I do. I can critique your resume and LinkedIn profile, gets you ready for interviews, help you with negotiation, a whole host of different things,
There was a young man I was working with recently who wasn't getting results on his interviews. This is true. I spoke to a guy last week. We spoke for an hour before a big interview we ha,d came out of that interview. He spent three hours with the firm really connected well with his future boss. Two days later, he's talking to the owner and then negotiating salary gets a 25% raise.
The week before, I'm working with someone who's far more senior. He's negotiating for role at a university. It's a rough negotiation. I showed him some tactics where he could improve his performance and get more of what he wants, understanding what they can't give him and where they have some flexibility and we got him great deal.
I'll just simply say I don't know your circumstances but I'd love to help you. This is how you do it if you're down as a result of previous interview failures, it doesn't have to be this hard, difficult, painful or take a long time. It's a different skill set to find the job than do a job. A coach like me and can help you perform at a much higher level. I'd love to help you. Reach out to me; again, linkedin.com in/thebiggamehunter Connect with me. Message me I'd love to help. Have a great day. Take care.


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

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1800 episodes, and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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