Streamline Your Use of Job Boards | Job Search Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains how to save time when using job boards just like recruiters do so you can go back to doing other things that will get you more results.

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I want to remind you something you probably know, but may have forgotten about that will simplify your job hunting so that you can go often work in the more productive things.

The thing I'm going to remind you of is setting up search agents on different job boards in order to have jobs delivered to you. The best want to do that is Indeed.com back it up with SimplyHired.com sent because sometimes the fees that are sent to these firms are little bit different. You may get redundancies but when all is said and done, you're going to make sure that you don't miss out on something.

If you feel insecure, do this with Dice.com (if you're in technology), careerbuilder.com, monster.com, net-temps.com... Set these up is backups in case. Indeed and simplyhired miss something,

When all is said and done, what setting up a search agent does is streamline the use of job boards. In this way, you are not searching them every single day for whether there is a job therefore you. From there, I want to encourage you not to automatically respond because it has the keywords. Look at the listing to make sure that you have the actual experience, THEN, compare it with your actual resume to see if your resume Mac makes the actual case for you being qualified.

So often, I get resumes that in no way, shape or form fit when I'm actually looking for but there is probably A word in there that came up in the search agent and send the resume. It is a waste of their time and mind..

Just take a moment and see if your resume actually fits the job If you experience fits the job at your resume is generic, tailor the resume and then submit it. You don't want to be like that broken watch that is right twice a day. You want to actually get the interview. After all, if you're going to make the investment in time, you actually want to get the interview and not just simply flip resumes over the transom like your person at a fast food restaurant flipping burgers to people. You actually want to be getting the interview.

Again, tell your resume to what you see from the search agent and then, from there, submit.

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Episode 300 of Job Search Radio

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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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Older Worker? Help Yourself | Job Search Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter provides several tips for older workers.

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1 of the things I know is the most older workers are fearful of age discrimination. Some of that you may bring on yourself and I want to address some of those things in order to ensure that we can eliminate some of those things and that you have an opportunity to really shine on your interviews.

The 1st thing is just recognize that if your parents looks like it is from the 1950s or 60s, if your hairstyle is not appropriate for modern times, if your wardrobe suggests that is seen better days because it is 20 years old, it is time to get an update-- to change her hairstyle, change your wardrobe to make it more current. I'm not suggesting that you move to the most modern fashions because there is always something ludicrous about extremely old people like me (I'm in my 60s) dressing as though I am in my 20s.

Just be smart and where timeless things but make sure that they appear "current." Even the things that are, shall we say timeless can appear dated... And you know what I mean.

Just show your most recent positions on your resume. No one cares about what you did in 1968. Focusing on the last 10 or 15 years. If you are hired based upon things that you did while Ronald Reagan was president, it is unlikely that you will escape the bias that will come up.

Education – – keep the dates off. A lot of people attempt to be tricky and put the education the end of the resume. Just think it would you normally would and just remove the dates. By showing the last 10 or 15 years of your experience, you will be able to appear more current.

Cover letter – – a quality cover letter goes a long way. Don't send it as an attachment. Send it as the body of the email in order to ensure that people actually read what you want to communicate to them.

If you're only planning on being around for 2 years and then retiring, they probably want to know this, but I wouldn't volunteer to disclose it.

Attitude – – you are someone who has done it before. Carry yourself as someone who is confident and knows what they are doing. If you're asked that classic question of age discrimination, "how would you feel about working for a younger person," answer them by saying, "I've done it all the time. When you get to be my age. Everyone is younger." You accept the fact. Provide as much input as the hiring manager wants to have and keep the rest yourself. If they don't want to hear stuff from you, you don't share it. It's that simple. I try to be supportive an ally. I don't want to be a new headache for that person. That's a very simple way to handle that.

Lastly, anything in your background that demonstrates stability is always an asset for you. Play it up in the course of your interview.

Again, the 1st thing starts off with your appearance. Don't lose sight of your wardrobe. Don't lose sight of your hair. Carry yourself properly. If you have a few panels that you can afford to take off, do it. You may think that your wardrobe is appropriate, but if you are short is screaming open and your bellybutton can be seen while you are seated, if the button on your blouse is pulling, get another blouse. Dress properly.

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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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.

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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I’m Getting a Job Offer AND . . .

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter answers a question from someone where they are about to receive a job offer from a firm but prefer another job at that same firm.

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The question is, "Should/can I ask for another position in a company during my final interview process upon a job offer?" The language is in great but it seems to translate into he or she is getting a job offer and it seemed like the not happy with his job and want to find out if they can ask about another job. At the same company.

My 1st reaction is you're kidding, right? How many interviews have you gone through and how many people's time have you wasted interviewing for a job that you're not interested in? Now some people have been coached, particularly very junior ones, into thinking that what they should be doing is get the offer and then they can finagle things.

Now if I were this employer, I would rescind any offer that I have extended for this person because you're obviously not ask interested in this job. If you've gone through 2, 3, 4 or maybe 5 interviews and now you want to talk about another job, why would they make you an offer for THIS JOB? All they would say is, "STOP. Let's evaluate you for this other job. They would bring other people into play for this original job and they're going to have a hard time trusting you because the reality is that you have not been trustworthy.

They been very clear about the job that they are trying to fill, and you haven't been trustworthy about what you are looking for. Now you pull this out last minute.

That's the fact. I hope you get clean about this with yourself and if you're not interested in this, stop the process and say, "Before use extend an offer to me, I would rather interview for another position."

They may respond by saying, "That's great. Have a great day and the good life." That's better than joining the firm and doing the job that you don't 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.

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.  Him him him

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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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Job Search Mistakes– Only Relying on Recruiters

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses another mistake job hunters make too often – – only working with recruiters.

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If you don't know me personally, you don't know that I'm a recruiter for a living. That's why make most of my income.

However, I want to say something to you very bluntly, in your job search, don't rely on recruiters. There are the statistics:

20 to 22% of all positions are filled by recruiters. Thus, 78% are filled by other means. Why are you spending all your time working with search firms or recruiting firms or agents or headhunters?

Being blunt, when I'm doing a search to fill the position, you are not paying me anything. The client is paying me to find someone. If you don't fit that job, you go into "inventory." Then, you get frustrated because you are counting on me and I never made that commitment to you, either explicit or implicit , and you think I'm supposed be working to find YOU a job? Respectfully, how much skinned you have in the game?

Zero. All you have is a lot of wishing and hoping and thinking that you are qualified and you are not. You're not from my clients anyway at a given time.

So the fact of the matter is, that is true when you are working with other recruiters. The recruiter that's giving you lots of time, the one who is rewriting your resume, or telling you what they think about your LinkedIn profile is a green kid who doesn't know squat.

Just recognize how the business works. Whether it is a retained firm or contingency firm, recruiters are paid to fill openings. We are hired by a firm that has made a promise to pay us, either partially a retained basis or entirely on a contingency basis when we identify someone who they decide to hire, So why do you think we work for you? We don't!

You are responsible for your own career. Don't sacrifice your search to a third party who says, "I'm going to find you a job," because they are not. They are going to fill a job with YOU. That's different.

Maybe they can and you know, the statistics for yourself. They are probably not.

Because you are spamming your resume all over the place hoping recruiters pick up on it. We work for companies don't rely upon address exclusively. You have a lot of other tools to use in order to find work. If you don't believe me, I have more than 800 other videos (in fact, more than 2000 other videos) that can teach you how to find work more quickly.

Start learning what you need to. Get to work on finding work.

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.

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.

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What Do You Have to Lose?

Have you ever finished second on a job interview? Here’s an idea for something that you can do and maybe you’ll win it later!

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Ever lose out on a job? You got beaten out. The manager agonized and chose the other person. It happens. Have you really wanted that job? It's a disappointment when you lose out. It is my idea.

It's not that you are incompetent. It's not that you are a loser. It's just the other person marketed themselves better than you. They they interviewed better. They presented better. Sometimes, there is this thing called "buyer's remorse." That's where an employer decides a few months later, "I really wish I had that other person."

2 months after the job has closed out, after you've gotten turned down, put a little reminder in your calendar and contact the recruiter who presented you (if you are presented by recruiter) or contact the manager directly. Say, "Hi! How are you? How's the new person working out?" Keep your mouth shut.

"They are doing great!"

"I just want you to know how much I enjoyed meeting with you, how much I was interested in that role... I took a chance that maybe this person wasn't working out so I thought I would reach out to you."

It is a great tactic"

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.

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.

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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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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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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.

START YOUR 7 DAY FREE TRIAL TODAY

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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.”

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