The Over 50 Career Changer

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers a launching strategy to someone who asked for advice about making a career change who is over 50 years of age.

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Here's the scenario. A person is over 50 and they are in a job that they have done well at but someone that they hired is now their boss. They recognize the handwriting on the wall and are feeling bored and stuck. They want to consider a completely different career related to what they're doing but still different. What do you do?

I recognize that as I was talking with him. This is a guy with the house, the wife, the responsibilities... He is not 20 without a care in the world. He has to recognize and act in a very precise way in order to ensure the financial stability of his family. So what do you do?

You start off by looking at job descriptions to see what firms look for in this related area. Then, from there, you start working on scheduling informational interviews with people who are doing this work for different organizations. It doesn't matter if they are within your immediate area; find people to speak with. When you do that, you are looking for common threads.

For example, on salary, if 4 of them say one thing and 1 of them says something that is an outlier either high or low, go with the foursome. If for them talk with you about one type of background that is needed in one talks about something completely different, don't disregard the one but the probability is going to live with the four. Then, gather information so that in this way, you understand fully what you are getting into.

Recognizing that a lot of veteran people are making career changes because they are bored, the tired, they don't compete anymore, but they are going into new field where they are going to have to compete, you have to make sure you understand what you're stepping into. You have to understand what you're stepping into before you make the leap. This is where the research of the informational interview comes in.

I want to be clear, it's not like you going to ask 2 questions and then go, "So, do you have a job for me?" No, you really get to be going out and asking questions.

Call someone up and asked, "Can I get 15 minutes of your time. I'm thinking of going into your field. Let's have coffee." Or, "Can I schedule 15 minutes of your time by Skype or phone, and I'd like to just chat with you because I'm thinking of making a career change." Just keep it that simple.

That's your starting place on this search. Research as to what firms look for from job ads, then have conversations with people who are doing the work so that you fully understand what you are getting into and not going into it like an amateur.

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

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First Job. Changing Jobs Again Quickly

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter answers a question he received on quota.com about changing jobs quickly after taking your first position.

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"If you've only been at your 1st job for less than a year will applying for another one. Leave a bad impression?" That's the question. 1st job, leaving quickly, will leave a bad impression?

The answer is, "Yes." However, it doesn't really matter. Let me give you the comparison.

It took an exam in 3rd grade and got a poor score. There you are at age 22. Doesn't really matter that in 3rd grade you flunked the math test? Of course not.

The same thing is with your 1st job. What is most important is what you learned from that experience. What you take away from it that you can apply to your next organization and the one after that.

If there becomes a pattern of you changing jobs frequently, that definitely will hurt.

However, 1st job? Relatively quick tour of duty (remember we don't know how long this is. For all I know it is a year and 1/2 and this person has a value of staying a job for 2 years)? Let's assume that is less than the year and this person wants to change jobs. Will leave a bad taste in this employers mouth? Yeah, probably.

But, like this 3rd grade math exam,, it doesn't matter.

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

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Do This Before Submitting Your Resume

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter demands that you do this before you send out any resume.

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You are responding to an ad that you heard about. You heard something about a position open at a networking event you went to. Now you're going to send your resume in.

Before you send it out, read your resume carefully and look for this – – how is my resume actually demonstrate that I fit this role?

What in my background will come across In the resume that is going to cause them to say, "Ah! . This person can do the job!"

If you cannot answer the question, your resume needs a rewrite for this job. Otherwise, all you are doing is sending out spam. You know,, the broken watch is right twice a day-- maybe a work sometimes, maybe it doesn't. Most of the time it doesn't.

For you, just ask yourself the question. Don't give yourself a BS answer. Be forthright with yourself. How is your resume actually show that you fit the job and how far does someone have to read in order to find it? if you think it is on page 2, move it on to page 1.You have to use your cover letter to draw attention to it so that they know to read there.

Otherwise, it is a waste of time.

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

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Play to Their Emotions, Too

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter encourages you to not only use logic when you get into a negotiation with a potential hire AND he proves it, too.

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This is 1 of the hardest lessons to get but I can prove it to you. There is the lesson: it's not facts that always win the day. It is emotions that do. Let me prove it to you.

For those of you who smoke and those of you who are smokers,, factually, you know smoking isn't healthy for you,, right? You know, at some point that if you continue to smoke, where you going to put yourself in a situation where you will suffer a lot,, your health is going to suffer tremendously and maybe smoking or the impact of smoking will kill you.These are the facts. Yet millions of people, tens of millions of people continue to smoke. Why when that same lesson extend itself to a salary make a salary negotiation?

With a third-party recruiter or corporate recruiter, we spend a lot of time with the factual element of why someone should take a job.. We spend less time with the emotional element and we need to shift that's. Were not committed persuade some of the take $20,000 less by dealing with their emotions. The likelihood of that is very slim. For most middle-management professionals.

However, you can entice them to join if your own offer is close to ideal by talking with them about their relationship with the manager.. This is true, particularly after the interview.. If the manager does things that cause candidates to enjoy them, to have fun with them. If you think this is only stuff that works with startup firms,, let me correct you. This works with any organization.

The hiring manager has a key role in the salary negotiation, not because he or she is negotiating it, but because they are creating an image in the candidate's mind of being someone Who they will want to work for. Because they're fun, upbeat,, they are someone that they can learn a lot from while they are doing this job. You need to impress upon these hiring managers their contribution to the hire. That's because in this way, when you get down to the close, you can spend time on the emotional aspects of this and not just on the factual ones.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and leadership 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. 

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Templates?

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On this short show, Jeff Altman,The Big Game Hunter attempts to discourage you from using resume templates.

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I want to talk with you today about resume templates.

1st of all, there are millions of them all over the web and, frankly, don't use them. I'm just gonna make it that simple. Don't use them. Here's why.

1. You have to comply with your format.. Yes, you can shop for lots of different formats... Do you really want to take the time?

2. The issue isn't necessarily the template or the format; the issue is the content that you're putting in.. You may say is attractive and presents very nicely, but can cause problems for the reader. Here's how. All of us whether we are a corporation or a recruiting firm, are using applicant tracking systems. We are looking to parse data into our systems. We are not manually re-keying things. We don't want to copy and paste your resume into our system. No matter whether corporate or third-party, all of our software are parsing resumes into fields that work properly. A lot of the templates have embedded headers. That can be a problem because a lot of parsing software has trouble reading embedded headers. We then have to manually re-key. At that point, you are a pain in the ass.

3. Sometimes people are cognizant of how the text is fitting into the template. Thus, at times I see resumes where information is cut off midfield or midsentence because a person didn't pay attention to the fact that the text that they have written for the resume didn't fit into the field that was assigned by the template. As a result, it scrolls out of you. See you always have to look at it.

The real issue though is about parsing. You need to ensure that your resume is "parsable" by all of us were receiving. For big companies, the issue for them is around government reporting. They're going to delete your resume if it doesn't parse properly.

If you're submitting a template you can have problems associated with it that you are not conscious of, but are impacted by.

Also, don't send your resume directly to employers. There are a lot of reasons for that that I covered in some of my videos. If you're sending it to recruiting firm, you don't want to be a problem resume for them; you just want to give them great information and frankly, most of the templates don't even look that good.

You can copy the look of the template. That's fine. But don't actually use one.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and leadership 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. 

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Make The Changes the Recruiter Asks for ​

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter encourages you to make quality changes to your resume when you were asked to make them.

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Let me just start off the story. The story is 1 of a young actor who has written a screenplay. He sent it to a number of studios or 100 studios (it doesn't really matter how many) there is a point where his wife is expecting a baby, he is running out of money. A studio finally says to him, "We would like to do the movie but we don't want you to be the lead actor in. We would like to cast someone else and it's." He turned them down, telling them it has to be him.

He is running out of money and he knows that if he has to get through the weekend. He will have to cave in to the studio's demands. However, he holds on and holds on and gambles that they will cave in to him and on Friday afternoon, he received a call that said, "okay. You can play the lead." He signs the contract and out of that, Sylvester Stallone became the star of "Rocky," the movie won best picture and the career was really born. He was an actor earlier on but nothing like he became.

The story really isn't about Stallone. This is about being willing to gamble everything. For a lot of you, you play it safe in life. You do things that are comfortable. You do things because you don't want to rock the boat. Where is that really getting you? At the end of the day, it is getting you a nice mediocre future; you're allowing yourself to be controlled by Mommy and Daddy Big Business and your career has no safety to it.

What do you really dream of doing? What are you willing to bet everything on? What are you willing to "go for broke" to get? Do you even think that way anymore? What is the price you are willing to pay? Do you have buy-in from your family? Scare them and tell them those Stallone story if you need to.

At the end of the day, most people play a pretty safe. The voices in your head are telling you that it can't be done.

There are a lot of things that people of said can't be done. Running a sub 4 minute mile was 1 of those things for the longest time until someone was able to do it. Then, many others followed immediately thereafter because the belief system in their heads were changed.

What can you do? What are you willing to bet everything on? What are you willing to gamble on in order to be successful?

You may be happy as you are now and this podcast is obviously not for you. However, for those of you who have been settling for what the world is giving you. It is time.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and leadership 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. 

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Are You Willing to Go For Broke?

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses going for broke as part of your strategy and uses the story of an actor to make his point.

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So you send a resume to a recruiter, you had a phone interview, they make a suggestion for you to tweak your resume in a particular way, you send back a resume where you change 2 words. Why did you do that?

The recruiters tell you exactly what he or she needs . And they are telling you that not to waste your time, but because the client is communicated to them exactly what they need to see. Let me give you an example.

I'm doing a search for client (I'm not going to tell you where they are but it is a C-level position with this firm) And they have changed directions on what they are looking for. Instead of an executive type, they want to hire someone who came up the technology ranks who can do some technology work but has managed resources at a firm of a particular size. GREAT!

They are clear now about what they want.I can handle the fact that they change directions; I'm not happy that I wasted time on it, but I got back to 1 of the candidates I qualified for it and told them that, "the position and the client Have changed directions in a way that I thought sooner the better.. I'm looking at you at your resume and needs to have a couple of tweaks. Can you get that to me later today or tomorrow?"

"Sure," and he sends back a document where one change had been made in one sentence. It addressed none of the Concerns about size and scope of the firms that he had done work for, did make clear his current technology expertise... He wasted everyone's time.

Don't be a fool.Do what you are being coached to do as long as it is not a lie. I want to I want to be clear about that.. Do what you are being coached to do as long as it is not a lie. I don't believe in lying; I know you don't as well. Everyone gets hurt when lies occur BUT the recruiter is telling you something when they are asking for a revision tooth your resume.

If you said to them, "You can make the change," They can't. Yes, they could type a couple words But you know the depth of your skill far better than they. Put it in the resume when they ask for! It takes 10 minutes for you to do it. It takes an hour for them because they don't know you. Because they are going to send it back to you for approval, you will say, "That's not exactly right" save time and type out the few words to make it accurate.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and leadership 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. 

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Going Behind The Recruiter's Back

Going Behind the Recruiter’s Back

Ep 280 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discourages you from going behind a recruiter’s back to contact the client directly.

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There are some recruiters that are terrific; there are many that aren't. The 1st and will remind you of his to not paint them all with the same brush. You have to evaluate and assess each person individually in much the same way as if you are being being evaluated, you want to be treated individually, not as part of one group of individuals who works in a particular company painted with the same broad brush stroke that someone else is. You want to be standing on your own. Why you expect recruiters to be any different than you. So the 1st thing is to evaluate and assess people individually.

One tip about working with recruiters... You have a recruiter who has scheduled you for an interview and you are not hearing back right away and you contact the client directly. WHY? This person has a relationship with the client. Yes, you haven't heard anything and it is very likely that they haven't heard anything. If they had good news, don't you think they would've told you already? Of course! See you call the client and that makes no sense.

Trust that there is good news they are going to leap all over and get in touch. If there is no news or bad news, there is a message and a lack of communication, be patient with them. There is no reason to contact the client directly; they are busy folks, too. Just because you are impatient don't make it their problem. Just simply reach out to the recruiter and send them an email or text and say, "Have you heard anything yet?"

If they say that they haven't, accepted at face value. Do you think you can bang on the client store and say, "I want to know what is going on," because that is how they take that phone call, you think anything good is going to come of that? It won't. All that you're going to be doing is going over the head of the recruiter and piss them off. It's going to make them less likely to represent you. I know you don't care about that but the fact of the matter is you should. Recruiters have a pulse on the market that you will never have.

I want you to hear that again.

Recruiters have a pulse on the market that you will never have. You need them. You may not think you do. But you need them.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and leadership 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. 

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The Best Way to Find Work After You Graduate College

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses the best way to find a job after you graduate.

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I'm often asked to help out a student with finding work. The 1st question I ask is, "During your 4 years in college, what did you do to make relationships with people who are already working?" Often, the answer is nothing. I know that was true of me. You are here looking. I want to give you the best advice that I can.

If you are still in school, you are basically preparing for the job market is to make friends with people who are already in the job market who are working for firms that you want to work for. For example, if you want to work for a startup, make friends with people who work for that start. Don't know who they are? This is your time to get on LinkedIn, start following the firm, connecting with people who work for the firm, trying to set up an informational interview with people who work for the firm. From that, start working to build relationships with people. You are not asking for a job. You're asking questions about what it is like to work there, what you need to know in order to do it, how does the firm hire interns or could I do some gratis work here as a way of helping the firm to better… Stuff like that. When you work at this and talk to these people, you are 100% on your game! In this way, they see you at your best and manager half assed.

Start networking while you are in school because after graduation, it's really too late.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and leadership 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. 

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Being Foolish with a Recruiter

Ep 281 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses one of the foolish things people do when they are interviewed by a recruiter.

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It happened so often that I have to mention it..

I'm interviewing someone over the phone, and I'm asking questions about the work. Eventually I am asked something that translates into, "Didn't you read my resume?"

Well, don't you understand what a recruiter does? Recruiters pay to evaluate and assess people on behalf of their institutional customers. We may have read, skimmed or not read your resume. Anything is possible.. But what we are trying to do is get an idea of how well you will interview. How you present your ideas. How cogently you discuss them. Whether your voice sounds flat or animated.

Are you someone that we would risk putting in from the client, knowing that at the end of the day if you do a terrible job it affects our relationship with the firm. When we evaluate and assess, we want to know how you are telling your story.

Thus, when you ask that question, "Didn't you read my resume," you are showing that you are a moron. You are showing that you don't know how the system works. Although I encourage people to make the system work for them, think about it for 2nd. This person is going to be paid somewhere between $20,000 and $100,000 to refer you and you are being argumentative with them.. They have a point to doing everything that they do.

Why would you be confrontational? It makes no sense. Understand, again, they are being paid to evaluate and assess people and refer someone who is going to be hired by the client. They just want this to work like clockwork.

Act like a jerk, you show your jerk. Don't do it.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and leadership 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. 

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