Your Job Search Will Probably Take Longer Than You Think

When I first started recruiting, there was a maxim that was believed that a job search would take a month for every $10,000 of income. That isn’t true anymore and no one quotes that belief any longer.

What I can tell you is true is that most job searches take longer than anyone expects them to take.


Part of it is that most of you don’t know how to job hunt.

Part of it is that most of you don’t know how to network.

Part of it is you’re still applying to jobs as your primary strategy for finding work.

Part of it is that most of you don’t know how to interview PARTICULARLY if you think your experience interviewing job hunters translates well into YOU being interviewed.

Part of it is you don’t know how to negotiate and don’t recognize when a firm has started its negotiations with you (it isn’t at the end of the interview when they are making you an offer).

The fact is that almost everyone I have worked with is either recruiter or, as a coach is an amateur at job hunting. As a result of their ineptitude, they make mistakes that cost them opportunities and put themselves behind the eight ball with finding a new job.

Professionals have talent but no that isn’t enough.

They work with people who can give them to top performance.

Remember, when firms hire, competence is only one variable they look for. In addition, they like to see self-confidence, character, chemistry with the people in their organization, and, maybe, a little bit of charisma (for many jobs, charismatic people do better than noncharismatic people).

What they want to do is trust someone.

For many jobs, they want to feel inspired by someone.

They want to hear something different (in a positive way) than the last five people that they’ve interviewed.

They want to minimize the risk of a bad hire and maximize the possibility of a great hire.

What makes you different?

How can you package that in an interview?


Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2020, 2021




Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterJeff 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, 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 2100 episodes.

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