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.
 
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Get Publicity for Yourself

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses presenting yourself as an expert and the service that will help you do so.

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A lot of people think publicity.. That's not in my league. There's nothing I can really do to interesting newspaper, reporter or magazine in me. In point of fact, you're wrong. Let me show you how to find out.

There is a service available called, Help-a-Reporter-Out, that you can find at helperreporter.com.

This was started years ago by on man named Peter Shankman as a way of providing an email list 2 people about stories that reporters were working on that they needed help with. He since has sold the list and it is now being managed by different firm. The concept is still the same.

You sign up. 3 times a day you get an email from them. Most of the topics available are not going to be appropriate for you. There will be ones that are. I have appeared on many different sites and in many newspapers as a result of responded to questions the reporters have had about job hunting or hiring. That's my area of expertise, quite obviously.

You have yours. If you start thinking, "I'm a mortgage broker. What are they going to care about?" Let me tell you a lot of these things are going to relate to you. You can also segment the list so you are getting only topics that are appropriate for you.

Again, go to helpareporter.com, fill out the questionnaire, start subscribing. Responding to most of these inquiries when you do... 5, maybe 10 minutes. You can take 5 or 10 minutes to create publicity for yourself that will help you not just simply in this job search, but positioning yourself as an expert for years to come.

You'll wind up in recruiter searches because they are all looking at Google and other search engines for ways of identifying people who are thought leaders. Start working with helpareporter.com and get yourself out there.

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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What Are Direct Ways to Get a Job? – Job Search Radio

What are some of the direct ways to actually get a job without the mambo jumbo stuff?

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The question for today is what are direct ways to get a job without the mumbo-jumbo stuff. That’s the way the question was phrased to me and I decided make the headline for this show an abbreviated version. So I will highlight two ways and invite you to add others to the list in the comments area.

The two ways I’m going to recommend are (number one) contact friends; maybe friend can hire you. Friends, obviously, who are in positions of authority, have the ability to hire people into jobs.

The second way, and this is the indirect why which isn’t necessarily going to instantly result in you getting a job, is by being referred by a friend or former colleague who is able to say positive things about you to hiring manager. This requires, of course, that you have friends (number one), that they are working, that there working at firms that are hiring, and that they have a relationship with the hiring manager. Even if they don’t have a relationship with the hiring manager, they can refer you and to the employee referral program. As a matter of fact, LinkedIn has a system in place where if a firm is advertising a job on their platform and the firm has engaged this service, the employee can recommend you if you’re connected to them.

So what you are able to do is contact your friend through LinkedIn, say “I saw your firm is hiring someone. If your firm has an employee referral program, why don’t you recommend me or submit me to the job on LinkedIn.” They are able to do that. Now the mechanics of that, I don’t know, but you can research that if you want to.

The idea becomes because you are referral, you are running with a certain amount of a halo around you as being someone qualified for the job. If you are qualified for the job! If you are a doorman at a building or lawnskeeper applying for software engineering job, obviousl you are not qualified and have no shot. But, assuming that you meet the basic qualifications of the role, your friend is able to recommend you, your former colleague is able to recommend you and the result winds up being, because you arrive with social proof of the fact that your qualified, your advantaged over the absolute stranger. So where possible, it is always better to be referred by someone who is known to the hiring manager, not HR, but the hiring manager so that they can recommend you versus coming in out of the cold. Coming in as just an ad response are filling in an application on applicant tracking system.

Do you think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

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Do What Rookie Recruiters Do – Job Search Radio

You can respond to work the recruiter by the superficial questions they ask and the lack of understanding of your answers.

On this podcast, I encourage you to act like a rookie recruiter, learn and grow.

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Years ago, I used to train beginning recruiters–

You know, little puppies who never did the job before eager wanted to do the right thing. Always asking me, “what do I do now? What do I do now?” Like a big sheepdog… loveable . . . You would like them and they want to do the right thing . . . They would get on the phone and sound horrible! They we get off the phone very depressed.

“I did a terrible job on this one.”

I would pack them on the head. “This is your time to make some mistakes. I’m going to give you a list of firms to call and I want you to practice saying what I tell you to say and with time you are going to get better. You’re going to have to make your mistakes and get used to the fact that at the beginning you just don’t know what you are doing.”

“When you interview job applicants, I’m going to give you some basic questions but, at the end of the day, you don’t really know what you doing yet. You will only collect basic information and, from there, I will send you back for more.”

They would follow my instructions and, from there, they would get more confident and get further down the interview Road. If they were doing business development, they would get better at it because they were learning along the way. From those experiences, they would develop more confidence and more expertise.

You know where I’m going with this one, folks?

I’m talking to you. There are times you just got to make your mistakes. I want you to call firms and talk with them about opportunities. Don’t start with the “A” organizations That you really want to work for. Start with the “C’s,” the ones you don’t really care about that much.

Just get on the phone, call them and talk to the hiring manager. Making mistakes and get better. It’s not going to take you all that long, just like a dozen with these people.

With the rookie recruiters, they usually don’t even know the feeling that they’re working in. Thus, in IT, they had to learn the basics of technology in order to discuss it intelligently. They have to learn the tech terminology. You wouldn’t have to do that, would you?

Of course not! You would have to learn the sales stuff just like they had to learn. It doesn’t take long and you start to get better as you start to have successes.

That’s really my advice for you– start getting on the phone. Start calling people. Introduce yourself, tell them what you are trying to accomplish and start to promote yourself. Start getting information about you out there. Reach out to people, ask for advice. Make your mistakes (yes I want to practice before you call, like I would with the rookie recruiters. I expect you’ll become fearful like most people do at the beginning but then, after the call you all grown and say to yourself, “That was awful. That was terrible.”

Then, I will ask you to ask yourself, “What could I have done better? Where was the mistake? How did it break down? What can I do differently next time?”

This is a learning process.

You see, you’ve been trained out of this industrial mindset to be perfect. You’re not. You won’t be. But, I want you to start getting better.

The only way you can get better is by practice, repetition, making your mistakes and not really worried about the consequences of it. Do you think this hiring managers going to say, “Hey! I spoke to this one. He’s an idiot!” Do you think

He’s going to say that to you? Do you think she’s going to insult you over the phone? Do you think she’s going to yell at you, “What is wrong with you?”

Of course not. So what are you afraid of? Just start talking to people, like working recruiters for 20 years old and no less than the door and just are making your mistakes.

You are not going to make many in the basic mistake you’re going to make is going to come from the fear. The way you overcome fear is through practice and repetition.

So practice, then repeat. Practice. Repeat. Get better things and then, lo and behold, you will have great conversations with people

Should you expect it to be your first call? Probably not. Do you think you will get better by the fifth or sixth call? Probably. Are you going to be perfect? No. With time and practice you will be getting better..

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Job Search Radio – Pitching and Other Success Stories

Pitching isn’t just in baseball; it occurs in a lot of places in our lives, including job hunting.

My guest, John Livesay, and I discuss how to pitch effectively throughout your job search… Without throwing a curveball or screwball at people. We then go into a second topic I think you’ll find interesting as John shares a story about how he was rehired by a former employer.

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Job Search Radio – It’s Time to Promote Yourself Like The Big Kids Do

This us a show about marketing yourself

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If a tree falls in the woods and no one hears it does it make a sound? If I’ve heard that question once, I’ve heard it a thousand times.
Yet many professionals could ask themselves the same question.
After all, if no one knows they’ve done a great job, will their career advance (I can answer that question).
My guest, Rick Gillis,” is the author of “PROMOTE!: It’s Who Knows What You Know That Makes a Career.” We’re going to speak about promoting yourself and your career without acting like a blowhard or acting like a jerk.
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