Yoga for Job Hunters | Job Search Radio

EP 304 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses what he calls the yoga of job hunting.

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If you stay in your comfort zone talking to the same people over and over again, applying to the same jobs you find online over and over again, you are going to wind up in a small confined area. Instead, you want to be thinking like yoga, which is about the stretch and doing slightly more all the time in order to grow your muscle, become more limber and feel better.

Too often, we as adults (I include you millennials) start to think in terms of the rules you have been taught and systems that you have been taught to believe in that, frankly, are just self-limiting beliefs that others are imposing upon you.

As a guest of mine on Job Search Radio said a while back (his name is Chance Taureau), we are the product of all of our habits. If our habit is to second-guess ourselves and to work in small confined areas, we are constantly going to be having doubt and second-guessing ourselves. What you want to be doing is constantly going to the stretch. I'm not going to be stretching out for you now; I did that earlier today. I'll simply say that what's important is to stretch a little bit, to get to that place where you go a little bit more every day and discover that you can do more.

I remember going to a yoga class some years ago and the teacher said, "STRETCH all the way possible." That was great. Then they said, "STRETCH a little bit further." Remember, with stretch all the way possible and lo and behold we were able to go further. It's the same way with job hunting. It's the same way with networking.

When all is said and done, your self-limiting beliefs are what is probably holding you back from reaching out and connecting with that person that you really admire or can really help you. It's time to change the behavior and stretch just a little bit more every single day in order to get what you want..

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.
 
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Become an A Player Again | Job Search Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter tries to discourage you from taking it easy and encourage you to become an A player again.

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I don't know how it happens but there was a point for most of us in the US where we start thinking about getting along and being average rather than being extraordinary. You hear the words, "Take it easy," enough times that I think it has an influence. I think there is a part of us that doesn't want to stand out because, at least for some people, they think they'll be chopped down at the knees by the other people and, on the other side, there is a part that basically says, "Maybe I'm not good enough."

I'm not going to be a therapist here. What I want to say is start thinking differently. Think about becoming "A" performer, not the average performer. Average performers get paid average money. Exceptional performers, ones that developed the habit of being extraordinary, whether it's with the firm that you're working for now or the next firm that you go to, they pick up on your ability to be extraordinary. They seek being the best and firms want to pay you for.

Stop being average. Go back to really pushing yourself. After all, I would say to you many times over the next few months,... At the end of the day, you want to be paid like a top performer. You don't want to be paid an average wage do you? The way to be paid more is to be extraordinary and to create more value for yourself and your work..

If your firm is it want to compensate you for it , I'm sure that there is another firm that will. But, it all starts with you. It starts with your attitude. It starts with your effort. It starts with you trying to be the best, instead of being just 1 of the pack.

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.

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Preparing for The Inevitable Layoffs

Jeff Altman The Big Game Hunter discusses what you need to do to prepare for that inevitable change in skills employers demand.

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I saw to statistic in the book I was reading that I thought was really interesting. The 1st 1, in 2008 to 2009, when so many millions of Americans were laid off, 2.8 million in 2008, and another few million in 2009, the unemployment rate for individuals earning over $100,000 per year was approximately 1%. What does that tell you?

It tells me that there are experience and skills that firm's value for that compensation level that you need to develop.

The 2nd statistic. When you look back in time, the American population worked primarily in agriculture 100 years ago. 80% of Americans worked in agriculture 100 years ago. Now it is less than 2% who work in agriculture. They feed, not only the United States but a good part of the world as well. It tells me that skills need to be adaptable. You can be working in agriculture and listening to this podcast. That's great. Agriculture today is very different than what it was 100 years ago.

For you working in certain white-collar or even blue-collar skill areas, you need to constantly be looking at what is going to be needed going forward. 1 of the new skills that you need to build on or to build into your portfolio in order to be marketable? When I start recruiting in the early 1970s, there were 2 hot skills-- COBOL and BAL. OS/COBOL. OS/BAL. DOS/COBOL. DOS/BAL. 4 basic areas that you could recruit for. If you are trying to fill IT positions.

These days, who cares? No one is looking for the skills. There were times when C# and Java developers were incredibly valued; now they become commoditized, becoming the COBOL of the current era. I would expect that the need for people with those particular skills is going to decline.

Regardless of whether I'm right or wrong about that, you need to think in terms of what's going to cause you to be marketable going forward. You need to constantly be adapting to the new realities.

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That's the reality of things. Markets are dynamic. Firms needs are dynamic. You want to place your self in the position, like those people in 2008 and 2009. Who knew that they got laid off, they could find work easily.

It is going to be another recession. That's the reality of things. You you want to put yourself in the position where your skills are going to be valued in the market.

What's it going to take? What would you need to know? Are you in the peak area now or are you in a tangent area that may not necessarily be marketable? Are you using some obscure technology that may cause you to be marketable? Do you have an obscure skill that a few firms use that make you highly desirable? I don't know, but you need to think this through. You need to take time in order to sort out what you're going to need to know so that if you are laid off, you are not going to be caught short and that you have time to prepare, constantly be looking ahead because you are responsible for your career, not your employer. You're responsible. If you have to write a check, write the check to do it.

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. 

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Frustrated? Call Yourself, “The Colonel”

Ep 292 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter shares a story to help you cope with frustration while job hunting.
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There was once a guy who owned the gas station. He lived in the South and was trying to make money at the gas station, he used to sell chicken to people. He was in his mid-60s and then thought the may be selling chicken would be more interesting to himself and his family than selling gas was. He start the branch out from just selling at the gas station and start the knock on doors to try to get someone to buy his formula or buyers idea.

He knocked on over a thousand doors before someone eventually responded favorably to him. From that can Col. Sanders.

You are dealing with 1 or 2 instances of disappointment. Col. Sanders got turned down over 1000 times and didn't quit. You can't quit either. You have a reason that you want to change jobs? You have a reason why you want a job.

Yes, there are times in job hunting that are frustrating. However, you have to just keep going. You have to keep trying. If you quit, all that happens is that you live with doubt, you live with the pain and live with the disappointment.

Call yourself the Col. as a reminder! I think you may enjoy that story as a way of staying upbeat and motivated knowing that at the end of the day if you demonstrate perseverance, you will ultimately get the prize that you are looking for,

 
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.

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Another Annoying Job Search Mistake

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers up one of those stupid job search mistakes that annoys employers that you should never do.
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You see an ad. You respond to it. Your response reads, "Tell me more about the job."

Tell me more about the job? You are applying for a position and I'm supposed to tell you more about the job before you tell me anything about yourself? Help you understand how this works for me? You're taking up a lot of my time.

Start by letting me know about how your qualified for the job and why I should invest my time in you to talk with you. Tell me more about the job is a ridiculous question at this point.

The resume and for all I know you are in Senegal and you are curious because you want to come to America.. I know nothing about you and I have to write a personal letter to you? I don't think so.

Stop asking people to tell you about the job. Tell them about yourself and then say, "I would love to know more. Could be scheduled time to speak?" That's the best way to do it.

 
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.

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How to Stop Procrastinating

Ep 293 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter identifies the real reasons for procrastinating and offers solutions so that you can stop.
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Procrastinating isn't just avoiding. It is the notion that you're avoiding something because of self-criticism. You don't think of yourself as being good enough. You don't think that this is really right.

Boulders in your job search will translate into self-imposed barriers most of the time. Obviously there are other barriers that can come up. Mostly, they are self-imposed barriers to taking action because you don't believe in yourself..

Catch that one.

Self-imposed barriers that you place in front of yourself because you don't believe in yourself.

Where did that negative self talk come from ? Why don't you believe in yourself? Is it true?

I had a guest on Job Search Radio not long ago named Chance Taureau who spoke about how most of what we believe in, most of what we do, and pretty much who we are, is the sum of our habits.

If you have a good habit, repeat that habit and you will feel great. Have a bad habit and the habit of negative talk starts to show up.

I want to encourage you to start breaking down that procrastination and start looking at what it is really about. I want to start looking at small wins against that barrier, that boulder, that huge mountain that is in front of you. In this way, you can start having the career that you want and get to the organization that you really want to be in and not just simply take a job because it is a JOB and you need a JOB.

Again, you have to think of your life in the context of the fact that is going to be a lot of years, is good be a lot of time and it is going to be a lot of effort. How do you really want to spend that time? What you really want to be doing? There are always going to be obstacles but how are you going to get those obstacles out of your way quickly by developing new habits that allow you to defeat them.

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.

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First Job. Changing Jobs Again Quickly | Job Search Radio

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.

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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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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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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. It helps other people discover the show and makes me happy!

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