Defeating the ATS | Job Search Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers and idea for how to beat the applicant tracking system and get more interviews.
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and business life coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.
If you are an executive who is interested in 1 on 1 coaching, email me at JeffAltman(at)TheBigGameHunter.us​.
Would you like to have a question for me? Send $25 through PayPal to TheBigGameHunter@gmail.com and then forward your question to me at the same address.
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Executive Networking Mistake #1

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses the biggest mistake executives and others make when networking.
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and business life coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.
If you are an executive who is interested in 1 on 1 coaching, email me at JeffAltman(at)TheBigGameHunter.us​.
Would you like to have a question for me? Send $25 through PayPal to TheBigGameHunter@gmail and then forward your question to me at the same address.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com changes that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

Connect with me on LinkedIn as well as on Facebook

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

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Walt Disney

Plus It! | Job Search Radio

 
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter uses a story about Walt Disney to encourage you to step up your game.
 
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People would do some work for Walt Disney. They would show it to him. He would take a look at it and say, "This is great! Now, plus it! Step it up! Make it even better!"

I'm a tell you that about your job hunting , because you are probably doing it half assed and you think it is good enough, but the impact is that you are doing 1/2 ass job and maybe is going to work but most of the time it isn't.

Step up your game. Plus it. Try harder. Put in more effort.

I know some of you are working a full day and then you are sending out resumes were you trying to network. Whatever it is, doing it halfway is going to get you halfway results. Maybe you look into something. But, at the end of the day, you've got to plus it. You have to step up your game and put in the effort now in order to ensure that you get the opportunities that you want.

Then, when you get those opportunities, you've got to practice, practice hard, be great at delivering the message so that in this way, once you are in the door they're going to want to hire you.

 
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and business life coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.
 
If you are an executive who is interested in 1 on 1 coaching, email me at JeffAltman(at)TheBigGameHunter.us​.
 
Would you like to have a question for me? Send $25 through PayPal to TheBigGameHunter@gmail.com and then forward your question to me at the same address.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com changes that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

Connect with me on LinkedIn as well as on Facebook

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job SearchProblems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Please give “Job Search Radio” a great review in iTunes. It helps other people discover the show and makes me happy!

keep your resume on file

We’ll Keep Your Resume on File? Does It Mean Anything? | Job Search Radio

 
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter answer someone’s question about whether “We’ll keep your resume on file,” means anything.
 
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Does "We'll keep your resume on file," mean anything?

If you could see me, you'll know I am not 21 anymore. I will simply say that when I was 21 and I would mail out resumes to employers, I would get the form letter back that said, "we will keep your resume on file," it meant absolutely nothing because when a new position opened up, do you really think that they ran to the file cabinet to look to see if they had any resumes that were suitable? As a matter of fact, does anyone have a file cabinet anymore for anything other than storing bills and hiding stuff?

At the end of the day in The Stone Ages, it meant nothing. Database times are little bit different.

Some firms are just too busy to do anything more than input into their system so that they can deal with government reporting. However, a lot of firms input into the database (they are "file" as you will) and the times when new positions open up, they're doing searches to identify people that they have had some contact with. Those can be individuals who may have interviewed well with that they never interviewed. They have them in the database now and, as a result, they have the option to which back to you.

Again, a lot of firms are way too busy to do this I would rather just go to the expense of running another ad or starting networking from scratch all over again, instead of checking their own systems. However, a lot of smart firms are doing it.

It may have meaning and it may not have meaning. There is no way of ever knowing.

 
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and business life coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.
 
If you are an executive who is interested in 1 on 1 coaching, email me at JeffAltman(at)TheBigGameHunter.us​.
 
Would you like to have a question for me? Send $25 through PayPal to TheBigGameHunter@gmail.com and then forward your question to me at the same address.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com changes that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

Connect with me on LinkedIn as well as on Facebook

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Please give “Job Search Radio” a great review in iTunes. It helps other people discover the show and makes me happy!

Should I Have a Web Site? | Job Search Radio

 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter answer someone’s question about whether or not to have a website.
 
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"I'm a university student and applying for jobs." Apparently they are graduating." Should I have a personal website? I have a Github and a Slideshare account already. Is it a good idea to make a personal website with the resume and all the links to Github and Slideshare and other sites?"

Here's my thought. You can do that and it is going to take time. You then have to think about SEO. There is a simpler way to go about doing it.

1. Get to a service like about.me or flavors.me and link all your sites through there. They have far more readily found discovery then your site will have.

2. Get a simple blog account like Blogger or a wix page. Put your resume there. Link everything to it from about.me or flavors.me. You will accomplish the same thing and it will take you a lot less time. Their results are going to be far more effective than what your website will probably draw.

 
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and business life coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.
 
If you are an executive who is interested in 1 on 1 coaching, email me at JeffAltman(at)TheBigGameHunter.us​.
 
Would you like to have a question for me? Send $25 through PayPal to TheBigGameHunter@gmail and then forward your question to me at the same address.
 
JobSearchCoachingHQ.com changes that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions. 

Connect with me on LinkedIn as well as on Facebook

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job SearchProblems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Please give “Job Search Radio” a great review in iTunes. It helps other people discover the show and makes me happy!

4 Questions to Ask Yourself | Job Search Radio

 
This is an atypical show from Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter where he suggests four important questions you should ask yourself when  looking at your life and your career.
 
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I'm going to pose a number of questions to you; my answers for myself are irrelevant but what's most important to you is waking up to some of the choices that you been making in your life and working through them so that you can start living the life and having the career that you really want. This is an atypical podcast that I think you'll find it helpful.

The 1st question to ask yourself is, "Who did you want love from as a kid?" This is in the job search question ,, but it's important question. You want love from as a kid?

The 2nd question is, "Who did you think you needed to be to get their love and affection.How did you need to behave or act in order to do this?

The 3rd question is, " Who did you think you could never be?" What kind of person?

Finally, "who are you today?" That one is a tough one.

I want to take some time to think about these questions and about asked him again just to make sure that my fumbling around as a mess things up for you.

Who did you want love from as a kid?
Would you think you need to be to get their love and affection?
Who did you think you can never be?
Who are you today?

Those are 4 questions that I think will help you get to a deep place within you to help you start working on some of the things that you can start looking at In your job, in your career and, most importantly, in your life to help you trigger some good changes.

 

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching.

Are you interested in executive job search coaching, leadership coaching or life coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

Do you have a question you would like me to answer? Pay $25 via PayPal to TheBigGameHunter@gmail.com and then forward your question to the same address.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

 

Please give “Job Search Radio” a great review in iTunes. It helps other people discover the show and makes me happy!

 

Reference Checks at Your Current Job | Job Search Radio

Jeff Altman , The Big Game Hunter discusses how to respond when a potential employer asks to check references at your current job.
 
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Today's question involves a reference situation. The question basically translates into, "So, let's say there interested in hiring me and they want to check a reference with my CURRENT employer, the one I'm still working for. What do I do?"

There is a real simple answer that question. You politely say, "It's too soon for you to talk to my current employer. After all, you're probably checking references on a few people. At the end of the day, you may choose to select 1 of the others. Then I left in the awkward position of returning to an employer who knows I was trying to leave them. I'm happy to provide you with references from previous employers but it's way too soon for me to offer one for my current employer."

As always, it's not just what you say but how you say it that's most important. You don't want to sound nervous; you don't want to sound frightened. You just want to speak very certainly about that not be acceptable to you.

 
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and business life coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com changes that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

Connect with me on LinkedIn as well as on Facebook

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job SearchProblems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Please give “Job Search Radio” a great review in iTunes. It helps other people discover the show and makes me happy!

If you are an executive who is interested in 1 on 1 coaching, email me at JeffAltman(at)TheBigGameHunter.us

Is It Normal? | Job Search Radio

Is It Normal?
 
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Is it normal for a company to refuse sending details of an offer by email before I verbally accept an offer?

This person is orally received an offer, they want to get an offer letter, there wondering why they don't have the letter as of yet. Is it normal for me to say yes and then have the letter sent?

The answer is, "Yes," it is normal. The reason is, why should they go through all the final approvals, have admin type something, send it to you only to find out that you are not going to accept the job offer? Isn't that kind of pointless from your standpoint? I sure know it's pointless from their standpoint.

While the offer letter does is confirm what you have already been told. You are going to be paid a certain amount, that you might be eligible for a bonus, the offer is contingent upon you successfully completed a background check, etc. etc.

If they lied to you, no one is asking you to quit your job until you have the offer letter. All the offer letter does is confirm what you have been told. If you were them, harnessing manpower/woman power or however you want to describe it to process this offer letter and you intend to turn it down, what was the point anyway?

They want to hear the acceptance from you 1st, then do all the mechanics to deliver a letter for you. It is completely normal.

 
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter answers the question as to whether a situation is normal when his employer extends someone and want them to verbally accept a job offer before they put the offer in writing.
 
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and business life coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.
 
If you are a listener who is interested in 1 on 1 coaching, email me at JeffAltman(at)TheBigGameHunter.us​ 

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com has great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

Connect with me on LinkedInFollow Me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Please give “Job Search Radio” a great review in iTunes. It helps other people discover the show and makes me happy!

 

The Counteroffer You Shouldn’t Accept | Job Search Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter presents the counteroffer you should not except as well as the one you should hope him employer does make.
 
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You have spent a period of time working for an organization day in and day out. You are frustrated. Frustration is anger that should be directed outside, but you've spent a lot of time internalizing anger. So, you feel like you are in conflict. You finally gotten to a point where you decide to do something about it. That's great news.

You going out on interviews. You have kiss a lot of frogs. Finally, Prince Charming has shown up and there is a firm that wants to hire you... And it looks great! You have an opportunity to make more money, to resolve some of the previous issues, whatever the reason was an you've received an offer that you find this acceptable.

You given the notice and your boss comes over to you while you're sitting there whistling, "I'm getting out! I'm getting out!" They say something to the effect of, "Can I see you in my office for second?" You are there, they are there, maybe HR is there the other going to offer you money to salve the wound. There's been a wound on you for a long time ago. They are going to put a nice lotion called more money there. They're going to promise you that they are going to do things better.

You suddenly go, "WOW! Look! The world is spinning around me! They are going to be good to me now!" It's kind of like a puppy that has been hit a bunch of times and suddenly goes, "(Goofy voice) Okay, there is going to be good food for me here. Okay. " This is supposed to be enough to keep you. Think about it. That's what's really going on here.

Instead, what they should be doing is saying something to the effect of, "You know, we made a mistake. I really wish we could correct things with you but the next firm is really getting someone terrific." In other words, acknowledging the error that they made in how they conducted themselves , which you will notice that when they make the counteroffer about only money, they never do. Even when they do, it goes by so quickly because they really think that all is going to take is more money.

It's kind of like, I think using this analogy, it's something like being abused. You've been hit for a while and the puppy suddenly goes in the puppy suddenly goes, "I'm out of here," and starts running away. The master then says, "Okay doggy I will do better." What happens is that people refer to old patterns; it's not so easy to change, is it? How many times have you tried to lose weight or go to the gym and bulk up? It is not going to be easy for your manager to change.

Yet, that's basically what happens. Will pay you more and we promise to do better it is the offer that they are making to you.

Run when you hear that. Better to have your manager say, "You know, we screwed up. I'm sorry that you found it necessary to leave but if there's anything I can do in the future to help you, I would be happy to write that reference for you. I would be happy to support you in whatever way that I can."

That's the great counteroffer you should be looking for. That's the acknowledgment of their mistake. That's the acknowledgment that you were a top performer and that money is not going to bother you. Money is not the end of will problems that you would've had. It's an acknowledgment that you were a good employee.

 
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and business life coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.
 
If you are a listener who is interested in 1 on 1 coaching, email me at JeffAltman(at)TheBigGameHunter.us​ and put the words Job Search Radio in the subject line. A 30 minute session with me will only be $99 for May, 2017
 
JobSearchCoachingHQ.com has great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

Connect with me on LinkedInFollow Me on Facebook.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Please give “Job Search Radio” a great review in iTunes. It helps other people discover the show and makes me happy!