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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It’s Harder to B. S. Companies

EP 278 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains how LinkedIn makes it harder for you to BS an employer.

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I did an interview last night that's going to be on job-search radio very soon , with a tilt acquisition director for a firm. The idea of the show is what firms look for when they hire. part of what I want to do was understand how his organization selects people to interview.

Yes, there is the obvious stuff– – Does the resume demonstrate a fit with what they are looking for? They don't want to have to read between the lines. You need to be explicit.

People argue with me all the time that they have the experience to my client is looking for. However, when I look at the resume, there is nothing there to indicate it. They then ask, "Why didn't you call?" Who has time! That was one detail.

Another thing that they do that I thought was really interesting is that they have an account with LinkedIn that lets them see that the entire LinkedIn database. Fabulous! What they look for his how you explain what you have done on your profile to see if it is congruent with what you've written on your resume. They are also looking for endorsements and recommendations on your profile. With endorsements,, I'm going to use an example (he didn't use this one; . I think it is a good example). Because it is something that I did recently.

A person sent they are resume to me for a PHP job. I look at their profile on LinkedIn. They have 25 endorsements for Java and 2 for PHP. What is the message? Obviously, that they are not as experienced in PHP as they are in Java. You have to have a profile that is congruent with how you are marketing yourself. Because recruiters are looking at your profile for clues. They are trying to see whether what you are communicating your resume is BS or whether it is accurate.

They look at recommendations as a way of seeing what kind of what kind of references you have. It's a really interesting approach that this guy talked about.

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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WIIFM (What’s In It For Me)

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter reminds you that at an interview you must think like the hiring manager – – WIIFM

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If you are US centric. That is, you were raised in the US and you are used to US cultural mores, you know the scenario of being set up on a blind date. 3 of you are supposed to meet. You got a phone call at the time that you are all supposed to meet saying, "I need to be about an hour late. Why don't the 2 of you get acquainted." I need to be was kind of like a blind date in that regard.

If you are not used to the United States, think of it like an arranged marriage that is kind of like a networking scenario. In networking, someone basically from up high or who knows the hiring manager says, "The 2 of you would be perfect! I think it is an ideal marriage." You need for a short period of time and you get married. This may not be a short period of time. It may be 3 meetings before you get married. At the end of the day it's pretty similar to in a networking situation having an arranged marriage.

When all is said and done, you have a lot of time to get someone's attention. 1 of the things that you need to do is remember this acronym-WIIFM. What's in it for me. Meaning, not you, but them. What's in it for them to hire you? How are you going to solve their problem?

At the end of the day, you have to focus, not on pleasing them, but demonstrating your fit for the role and your fit for the organization..Period.

Eventually, you get to the point where of "What's in it for you," and you'll have an opportunity to learn that along the way, whether it is in terms of money, benefits, nature of the work, people you will be working with, work environment, reduce commute... There's a lengthy list of things that can be in it for you.

I also want to remind you that when looking at. "What's in it for you," that there could be a .2 years from now where the US economy craters again. Or the economy in the country you're in craters again, how can you land? What can you learn here that is going to help you become marketable going forward.

I know, if you're out of work, and you been out of work for a long time, sometimes you do what you have to do.

But, where you can, make sure that you're not signing on for a job that no one is going to find you attractive when you leave this organization at some point in the future.

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

Get Off Your Butt. Do Something!

EP 273 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter encourages executives to get offline but and get out of the house.

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I want to talk to you as an executive who's trying to find work and what you need to do while you are looking for work.

You run a line of business you have been an important player in your organization. Now, you are channel surfing. You are watching Netflix. You are waiting for the phone to ring. You know you're supposed to be out there networking. But, the fact of the matter is, a degree of lethargy has said it because you're just not as busy as you once were.

Get busy.

What I find is, like the old saying from "The Shawshank Redemption," "Get busy living or get busy dying." You gotta get out there and make things happen.

Yes, that involves networking, but you're not in a network 8, 9, 10 hours a day. You know that already. Yes, you can go to the gym but how long are you going to work out? Do they get on the treadmill. You're going to walk or jog for a period of time. You're going to lift some weights. You will be out in an hour. Maybe you do a sweat and/or steam afterwards, then maybe it is 2 hours.

What are you going to do the rest of the time? Answer. Find the contract for yourself. Volunteer for an organization. Do something that floats your boat.

Find something that gives you some excitement and some joy. Here's why say that.

If you let the lethargy take hold, what ultimately happens is that is that you interview in a lethargic way. If you've got some joy going on in your life, if you're having some fun on a contract, if you're having some fun doing some volunteer work, lo and behold you perform that much better.

It is so important for you to stay active, rather than sitting around on a meditation cushion for 4 hours a day developing your practice. Don't get me wrong. I like meditating, too, and I do it regularly. But you know what I'm talking about. You have to be ready to perform for an interview.

You don't have to be high-octane workaholic Joe or Jane. What you need to be is "on." Doing something while you're looking for work will go a long way toward helping you

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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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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. 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​

When Do You Start Looking for Your Next Job?

Ep 267 Congratulations! You’ve landed your next position. When should you start looking for your next job?

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Congratulations! You've got your next job. You can take a deep breath. Exhale. Relax. You've landed.

I don't want you to start resting on your laurels because that is the mistake too many job hunters make.

You see, your next job search begins today. Again, I want you to hear this. Your next job search begins today. That doesn't mean you're going to change organizations. You may start thinking about what the next position is within your current organization you want to move up to, what you need to know and learn, who you need to connect with in the organization to become known as someone who they would be interested in.

Don't just rest on your laurels. Start building your network in your new firm and outside your new firm to target people who would be useful to you, to learn the things that you don't know in order to be qualified for that next position.

At the end of the day, too many people sit back, relax and lurch from job search to job search based upon the economy, whether they've been laid off, whether they are suddenly angry at their boss... Bad mistake.

Put yourself in the position to be found. Start looking for that next job and start learning what you need to know in order to be qualified for that next job. Network with the people who can help you find that next job or would be in the position to hire you for that next job and with building those relationships.

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

Considering a Job Change? These Are Your Choices

EP 260 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses your basic choices when you are thinking of changing jobs.

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Let's start by Working with the assumption that you're trying to figure out what to do next. Your ideas are being passed over. Your career is stalled. Whatever the reason is. Here are your basic choices:

1. If you're being passed over because you have a skill deficiency or knowledge deficiency, remedy it.Go take the training and get the experience outside of your current environment.. Take the courses even if you have to pay for them to satisfy that problem. If you deficiencies or that you don't have to sell your ideas so that you're getting passed over, you have to develop sales skills so that you work persuasively to get your ideas across. So again the 1st point is remedy the skills deficiency.

2. Get the hell out of there. Find an organization that will value for where you are. Maybe then They won't leapfrog you to the senior position you want to have right now but you are going to arrive with a haloAnd you can do things fresh with the next organization. Get the hell out of there is the 2nd choice.

3. The 3rd choices get the hell out of there and start a business of your own. Many of you have the knowledge, skills, and marketability as well as marketing savvy to start your own businesses. You don't have to work for Mommy or Daddy Big Organization to be successful.If anything, you would actually do better out on your own. Recognize that starting your own business can be 1 of those alternatives.

4. Here is the last choice and is it is a tough one for most people to hear. Shut up

Stop whining. Stop complaining. Accept your circumstances And work hard within the framework that Mommy and Daddy Big Organization have giving you in order to be successful there.

Those are the basic choices– – Get better, Stop whining, stop complaining, Accept your circumstances. Work harder within the framework that your current employer gives you in order to be successful there. Those are the basic choices. Get better. Get the hell out to a place that will value you, gget the hell out the storage room business or shut up.

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

Being Accountable

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter encourages you to be accountable for your actions when you are job hunting.​

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1 of the amazing phenomena that I find time and again is a job applicant who misses a call time that they scheduled with me and never acknowledges it.

I wanted to turn that around.

If the employer didn't call at a specified time or missed interview, would you be angry? Of course. What you be frustrated? Would you worry? Would you doubt yourself for or the firm? Of course you would. Why don't you think the reverse is true? Why do you think you get a pass when you miss an appointment and don't make apologies or offer an explanation?

When you don't account for your actions, what ultimately happens is an employer starts to wonder about your character. And you know that competence, self-confidence, CHARACTER, chemistry and charisma all translate into personal leadership in the evaluation process.

You don't want to give them any reason to doubt you. At the beginning of the process. You want to build up a head of steam where they trust you, where you are likable and there are no red flags in their mind that make them hesitate about making the offer.

If you are going to miss an appointment, send them an email, send them a text, but a quick call in and give them a heads up. If you miss it and reschedule, provide an explanation when you speak with them. It's not that tough!

"The meeting ran long. I'm so sorry. I wasn't in control of the meeting agenda. It went long. There was no way I could extricate myself. Please accept my apologies. Can we do the call at such and such time?"

It's real simple. Not making mention, not making an apology, very bad form..

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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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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Wrestling to Find Enough Job Leads?

Wrestling to Find Enough Leads?

Ep 240 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter response to a question one of his listeners has with advice for help to get more job leads for his job search.

 

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I received an email today from 1 of my listeners to Job Search Radio who had a question for me. It basically says, "I'm looking for a GM or senior sales and marketing leadership role…" And he goes on to discuss the size of the firm he works in and his areas of expertise. In his case, it is industrial manufacturing or polymer engineered materials. He tells me where he lives and where geographically he is open to and he continues by saying, "I fully realize that my level networking should be the main focus of my effort having spoken to numerous accountants, lawyers, and some business owners in the area, I have not unearthed opportunities. Targeting some companies to get a better understanding of the companies trends, unmet needs, all working to network my way to a hiring manager but have not had much success. Any tips would be helpful."

Let me start by saying that this person is doing a lot of the right things. I would like to head in a couple of more here.

Business coaches. The CEO of an organization may be using a business coach. 1 of the largest if not the largest of the business coaching services is an organization called Vistage. They bring together small groups of small to medium-size businesses (I tend to think of them as being small; they categorize them as SMB)... Under $50 million in sales. They get together on a monthly basis and have the CEOs to work with one another to support one another.

Mastermind groups. Finding mastermind groups may be another entrée point. What Vistage does is function like a mastermind for CEOs.

Business coaches. Accountants, lawyers. Great approach to take!

Insurance people is another wanted may strike you as being odd, but sometimes there be hearing about a business being sold, and someone might be interested in buying a business and what isn't expressed here is there might be an opportunity for someone to buy 1 of these firms that comes up for sale.

Fundamentally, this person is doing a lot of the right things and I commend them. The hard thing is, once you reach these people one time, often it is the 2nd or 3rd contact that makes a difference. After all, imagine what it is like to be on their side.

Ring. Ring.

"Hi! I'm looking for a job. Do you know anything at my level with any of your clients?"

"No." What there really is saying, "I don't really know you well enough to recommend you." What you need to do is build up your credentials with them in order for them to have enough trust refer you to their client. After all, if you don't do well in your interview, you reflect badly on them.

Again, it's not just simply one time. It is multiple times. It's going to the Chamber of Commerce meetings for your areas. Not just doing it once, but doing it multiple times looking for ways to get the business owners, business leaders and business executives. People who sell to those individuals on multiple occasions in order to make those connections to find work.

 

​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.NOW WITH A 7 DAY FREE TRIAL

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

​Are You Acting Like an Adult Elephant?​

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter uses the story of how baby and adult elephants are trained to encourage you.

 

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The question I'm going to ask you is, "Are you an adult elephant?" Let me explain the context.

When baby elephants are trained, the baby elephant is absolutely wild and berserk, just like a young child is. So what they do is drive a stake deep into the ground, put a chain on it, chained the baby elephants around its foot and the baby elephant eventually learns to be compliant.

Let's fast-forward. I'm going to ask you the question, "How do you train an adult elephant?" You drive a small stake into the ground, not too far because it isn't necessary, take a rope and tie it around the adult elephant's foot and the adult elephant remembers and never tries to break the rope,

So, I ask you, are you an adult elephant? Are you basically taking other people's commands because you become docile and compliant? Is that what you are doing? It's time to be a little bit freer in life. What's at risk for you to break the chain and explode and be magnificent?

If the likelihood could lose your job. After all, it's not like I'm suggesting you take out an Uzi or anything. I'm inviting you to be magnificent in your work. If your firm can't tolerate it, get to an organization that would love you just the way you really are, not the way that you've been trained to be by the elephant trainer.

 

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.

NOW WITH A 7 DAY FREE TRIAL

Connect with me on LinkedIn

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!

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

Looking for Remote Work

Looking for Remote Work?

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Jeff Altman,The Big Game Hunter discusses something you should not be doing when you are looking for a job where you can work remote or telecommute.

 

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Again, we continue coping with the fact that my main computer is down and that I cannot do transcription right now.

People apply for jobs that do not advertise themselves as offering remote work. Why are you applying for those positions? Don't you think that that if remote work was available it would be advertised?

All you are doing is wasting someone's 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.

NOW WITH A 7 DAY FREE TRIAL

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