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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 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

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8 Responses
  1. SW Sweetie

    Amen. I’ve lost count of how many jobs I’ve had in my life, but only TWO were the result of applying online. Why the h*ll, I’ve been doing it for the past 3 months is beyond me. It’s a waist of time. Too many sperm trying to penetrate the same egg. The internet is a blessing and a curse. I love not having to fill out a 6-page paper job application like I did in the 90’s. But the convenience has come at a price. The internet has made it possible for employers to reach tens of thousands of people for ONE job. When they get over 900 applications for a Receptionist position (which I was told during one of my interviews), they have the power to pluck that “perfect” person who satisfies all of their biases. It’s kind of like how the internet destroyed dating. If you meet someone for coffee that you met online and that person isn’t absolutely perfect; you log back into Match.com and keep looking.  I finally broke down and sought the help of a recruiter on Thursday. Probably should have done that to begin with.

  2. SW Sweetie

    Amen. I’ve lost count of how many jobs I’ve had in my life, but only TWO were the result of applying online. Why the h*ll, I’ve been doing it for the past 3 months is beyond me. It’s a waist of time. Too many sperm trying to penetrate the same egg. The internet is a blessing and a curse. I love not having to fill out a 6-page paper job application like I did in the 90’s. But the convenience has come at a price. The internet has made it possible for employers to reach tens of thousands of people for ONE job. When they get over 900 applications for a Receptionist position (which I was told during one of my interviews), they have the power to pluck that “perfect” person who satisfies all of their biases. It’s kind of like how the internet destroyed dating. If you meet someone for coffee that you met online and that person isn’t absolutely perfect; you log back into Match.com and keep looking.  I finally broke down and sought the help of a recruiter on Thursday. Probably should have done that to begin with.

  3. Jamie Bourgault

    Jeff, I find it very interesting that you as a coach and collectively per your video on the topic “we who coach” recommend approaching companies outside of the applicant stream. I say this because it is the first time I have ever heard this- but have proven it to be a more successful approach on my own. I would add, however, as many big companies battle HR policy books, that you apply via applicant stream, and THEN approach outside the applicant stream. This exact approach worked for me!

    1. Jeff Altman

      +Jamie Bourgault I do not believe in doing unnecessary work. I believe approaching the hiring manager directly and engaging with them and if then directed to the ATS once a real connection is made makes far more sense for a job hunter. After all, why jump into the sausage maker, why fight to get on the hook with all the other fish first, begging to be chosen when a short call and/or email to a hiring manager will determine if there is mutual interest? The ATS is not your friend. It is a company’s data collection and government reporting system. If hired, you will be fed into the onboarding module where you will never be heard from again by HR until the exit interview. People need to start thinking again and acting from their own interest and being less compliant.

  4. Jamie Bourgault

    Jeff, I find it very interesting that you as a coach and collectively per your video on the topic “we who coach” recommend approaching companies outside of the applicant stream. I say this because it is the first time I have ever heard this- but have proven it to be a more successful approach on my own. I would add, however, as many big companies battle HR policy books, that you apply via applicant stream, and THEN approach outside the applicant stream. This exact approach worked for me!

    1. Jeff Altman

      +Jamie Bourgault I do not believe in doing unnecessary work. I believe approaching the hiring manager directly and engaging with them and if then directed to the ATS once a real connection is made makes far more sense for a job hunter. After all, why jump into the sausage maker, why fight to get on the hook with all the other fish first, begging to be chosen when a short call and/or email to a hiring manager will determine if there is mutual interest? The ATS is not your friend. It is a company’s data collection and government reporting system. If hired, you will be fed into the onboarding module where you will never be heard from again by HR until the exit interview. People need to start thinking again and acting from their own interest and being less compliant.

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