31 minutes | May 28, 2023
81. Davina Ware - Workplace and Career Strategist
Davina Ware is a Career and Workplace Strategist, marketing professional, and founder of Upwardly Paved Path career coaching. She leads her clients to reach their fullest potential through the latest career transition principles, personal branding, and professional empowerment. She launches professionals into careers of authority that utilize their gifts and talents and prepares businesses to create spaces where top talent can thrive. She is no stranger to career transitions as she has worked in higher education, telecommunications, nonprofit, and healthcare industries and experienced job loss herself. Davina takes a holistic approach to her career coaching and leadership development by offering personal and spiritual development to launch career success. Her strategy is to motivate towards clarity, encourage overall growth, and combine her marketing expertise with the job search process. She is certified by the International Coaching Federation and is a certified Master Axiologist. She holds an MBA in Integrated Marketing Communications from Roosevelt University and a Bachelor’s in Marketing Communications from Columbia College Chicago. In this episode, Davina covered many topics that will be of interest to the job seeker, including: · Personal branding is a foundational element when looking for a job, as it helps set you apart from others; she talked about “packaging brand you.” · She discussed what networking is and how you can make it more comfortable for yourself · Successful interviewing means you have done your homework on the company and the people you are speaking with, but mainly you want to be honest and yourself · The importance of staying true to what brings you joy and your purpose · How looking for a job for people of color has added challenges Davina is honest, thoughtful, experienced, and giving. I know you will enjoy her as much as I did and that you will come back to listen to this episode again later in your job search.
28 minutes | May 14, 2023
80. Brad Hill - successful transition candidate
Brad Hill has 20 years of federal service as a leader (program management) in the Department of Agriculture and Forest Service and as an analyst and liaison in the Department of Defense (Intelligence Community). He is now the US Health and Human Services Executive Officer, Administration of Children and Families, Region 10 (WA, ID, OR, AK). But, before that, Brad found himself burnout and needing to change. In this episode, we talk about his job transition experience, including: · How he knew he had to make a change for his mental and physical well-being, the signs of burnout he had to acknowledge. · It is OK, in fact, a good idea, to seek and get the help you need to deal with your concerns and self-doubt. · Getting back into a routine during your job search is very important. · One of Brad’s learnings about himself is that he has some avoidance issues and can be easily distracted; he had to acknowledge this as it directly impacted his search process. · As part of rebuilding his life, he became a certified Project Manager, read a lot, and got his health back on course; this was key for him to be at his best for his next significant job role. · Two critical lessons for Brad that he learned during his search included that you must believe in yourself and remain persistent in your search. Anyone going through emotional/mental challenges can relate to Brad’s experience. Brad was open and candid about his job-hunting experience, and if you are interested in a government or private role, Brad had great advice for the job seeker.
24 minutes | Apr 30, 2023
79. Limor Bergman - technology executive and leadership/transition coach
Limor Bergman has worked in the tech industry for over 20 years as a software engineer, engineering manager, and Director of engineering. After spending nine years living in the US, she returned to her home country and focused on her passion for supporting women's career growth, mainly in tech. She has mentored women for over four years and created a mentorship program for women with PowerToFly. She also consults and runs workshops with companies on various topics, such as: Internal mentorship program training Presentation Skills - How to build an engaging presentation utilizing Story Telling? Leadership workshops During our recording, Limor shared many ideas on how to be successful in your job search, including: · How to effectively brand yourself on LinkedIn · How to network well, even if you are an introvert · Discussed if finding a job in 2023 is different from other years · What is a job search partner, and how can you use one to make you more effective · What is ageism in the recruiting process, and how can you combat it · One of her critical thought for job seekers don’t give up; that the next great opportunity is right around the corner Here is a link to her website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/limorbergman/ https://limorbergman.com/ And links to some of the support websites Limor mentioned: 1) Lunchclub for networking for introverts - https://lunchclub.com/?invite_code=limor2 2) Photofeeler - for getting votes on your LinkedIn profile picture - https://www.photofeeler.com/ 3) Canva - for designing your LinkedIn background picture - https://www.canva.com/
28 minutes | Apr 16, 2023
78. Anne Donovan - HR Consultant
Anne Donovan is a Human Resources leader known for developing new programs and training, dramatically improving employee retention and leadership performance. Conducting extensive employee feedback research, she designs initiatives to address underlying issues across many industries. Executives value her talent for identifying core workforce needs and taking action to develop and drive projects. Anne’s passion lies in helping people grow, both personally and professionally. Anne has a talent for spotting potential in people. She is passionate about developing and supporting people, so they realize their full potential. Anne has a proven track record of her leadership. She is very good at influencing and motivating people- a true leader. Leading culture shifts and change management during highly stressful times are some of her specialties. In this episode, Anne shared several ideas on how you can find your next job easier and faster, including: · You can have more confidence in your interviews if you prepare and research the company and the people you will meet. · Your emotions during the job search will be a roller-coaster; to help manage them, get plenty of rest, eat well, and exercise. · A job transition is filled with change management issues. · A “rejection resume” can help you see where you have come from and will guide your future. · Be yourself during the search and rely on a mentor or coach to support you. Anne’s calm and deliberate style will help you deal with any speed bumps you are experiencing as you look for your next job. She has many great suggestions and ideas for your job search – you will want to listen to her several times to get the most from her recording.
32 minutes | Apr 2, 2023
77. Sindy Thomas - Founder & Host, the Insider's Career Club Career Podcasts
Sindy obtained a B.S. Degree in Kinesiology and Physical Education from California State University, East Bay. In her junior year, she started, teaching Dance. Later, she taught high school and pivoted into a Trainer role at a youth job-training program combining her love of education and business. In an HR career spanning over 25 years, she found her niche in a recruiting. She has been a Recruiter, Sr. Recruiter, Recruiting Manager, Director of Talent Acquisition, and Principal Recruiting Consultant. Sindy’s has worked in various industries, including healthcare and information technology; manufacturing like Clorox and Mother’s Cookies; as well as smaller bio-techs and pharmaceutical companies like Amgen; Berkeley Heart Lab, Inc., a Celera business; and Global Blood Therapeutics, Inc., a division of Pfizer. Sindy is the Founder, Host of, the Insider’s Career Club, a career podcast, career coaching business, and website. In this episode, Sindy shared so many great ideas on how to find your next great job easier and faster, including: · What are the four types of recruiters an applicant might run into, and what should you know about working with them? · How can you prepare for a virtual interview to be more effective? · Why do you want to write down your accomplishments, and what should you do with them? · What does it mean when people say, “Rejection is a part of the job search process”? · Why is being honest and knowing your skills critical in interviewing? Sindy was so giving of her expertise and insights in the recruiting area. You will want to listen to this episode more than once to ensure you get all the tips and techniques she shared. These tip sheets can be found @insiderscareerclub.com under job search. Contact Sindy: Email: email@example.com; www.linkedin.com/in/sindythomas/ or at www.insiderscareerclub.com
33 minutes | Mar 19, 2023
76. Emily Wong - Certified Resume and LinkedIn Profile Writer
Emily Wong is the founder of Words of Distinction, a boutique firm she created to help job seekers land interviews through powerful career storytelling. Emily has helped hundreds of mid-career and executive-level job seekers earn rewarding roles at top organizations like Meta, Google, Fitbit, Roche/Genentech, Moderna, Abbott, Amazon, Microsoft, Sony, Stanford, Northrop Grumman, and Cisco. The host of the Career Cohort podcast, she’s contributed to several bestselling books that specialize in resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, and bios. In addition to certification as a resume writer, she’s credentialed as a Career Transition Coach and Career Storyteller, and is a charter member of Career Industry Authority, an organization where career professionals share ideas on how to best serve job seekers. During this episode with Emily, we discussed several actionable resume-writing tips and debunked a few myths, including: · The right length of a resume and why. · Tips to make your resume visually appealing and easier to read. · What it means to “think like the employer” when you write your resume. · Why keywords matter and how they impact the applicant tracking system (ATS). · What to avoid when you write your resume. · The importance in your job search of knowing yourself and what you want. Emily is thoughtful, articulate, and generous with her knowledge to help alleviate job seekers’ struggles. After you listen to this episode, you will have several action steps you can take to find your next job sooner and easier. Enjoy – leave me your comments – share this with others. RESOURCES: For more information on Emily, go to www.wordsofdistinction.net/ To help manage your job search, you can access her free 5 Pillars of an Effective Job Search download atwww.wordsofdistinction.net/launchnow Emily also invites you to connect with her on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/emilysfwong
33 minutes | Mar 5, 2023
75. John Tarnoff - Executive and Better Job Coach
John Tarnoff is an executive and career transition coach, speaker, and author who supports mid and late-career professionals in defining, planning, and achieving more meaningful and sustainable careers. Fired 39% during his 35 years as a film producer, studio executive, and tech entrepreneur, he learned how to turn setbacks into successes in a volatile business. He reinvented his career at 50, earning a master’s degree in spiritual psychology to share his lessons with others facing similar challenges. He is the author of the best-selling book, "Boomer Reinvention: How to Create your Dream Career Over 50" and has created four courses on the multi-generational workforce for LinkedIn Learning. Some of the topics we discussed include: In networking, you should follow your “A B G” (“Always, Be, Giving”): think first about what you can do to support the people in your network before asking for help. Worry about how you can meet someone that can refer you for the job – don’t worry about what the job description says about the role. The role you want in the future needs to connect with your values. Follow three keys in searching for your next great job 1. Focus on your Superpower (what you do best) 2. Build a Community (like-minded colleagues to refer you to opportunities) 3. Become a Thought Leader (Stand up for what you stand for, build trust and credibility). The career you want is already inside of you: follow your inner knowing and intuition. Question the negative messages that will come at you. To create your future, you need to reconcile your past: clear emotional baggage and limiting beliefs. These are just a few of the great ideas and suggestions John shared. I hope you enjoyhis experiences, thought leadership, and energy as much as I did. Thankyou for listening to this episode of “People in Transition”.
32 minutes | Feb 19, 2023
74. Heike Heemann - LinkedIn and Executive Coach
Heike Heemann is passionate about helping others shine in their careers. Her specialty is supporting mid-career professionals to find better career opportunities and build their professional brand on LinkedIn. If you need help optimizing your LinkedIn profile or creating your own LinkedIn strategy for attracting clients, connect with her on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/heikeheemann and find free resources at https://linktr.ee/HeikeHeemann Heike also helps career women improve their confidence, professional networking skills, leadership and public speaking skills. In this episode, Heike and I discussed several recruiting/LinkedIn tips including: · Your LinkedIn profile is a significant part of your online branding; your headline, banner and About section need to be impactful and consistent in their messaging. Your brand highlights for the world if you are the “Starbucks or neighborhood corner store coffee” in your field. · Described who your second-degree connections (e.g., your connections’ – connections) is and how you can use them in networking and information gathering. · What does it mean to optimize your LinkedIn profile and why you need to make sure you use key words in your headline to help you be “found” by people you are interested in. · Some of the biggest mistakes people make on their LinkedIn profile, including not being specific enough and not being active on LinkedIn. · Heike recommends having a current and professional looking picture on your profile. · She also recommends to never stop networking – you want to grow and nurture your connections each week. Heike’s marketing skills, business knowledge and coaching experience help her in making her message impactful and enjoyable. She shared so many great tips and techniques for LinkedIn that I had to go back and listen to her again just to be sure I got all her suggestions. I know you will enjoy your time with her – and please – with all the layoffs happening in today’s world – share this with others who can use the information. Thank you!
32 minutes | Feb 5, 2023
73. Catherine Lamb - Career Transformation Expert
Catherine Lamb is a leading UK-based career transformation expert who helps professionals manage their fear of failure as they go through a job transition. Catherine worked for 15 years in recruitment and is a qualified coach from Henley Business School. She brings together her wealth of knowledge and expertise to work with professionals who want to change careers and dread not being an expert in their new job or who want to step up into a key promotion but feel like an imposter. Catherine has developed a successful action plan that helps her clients rapidly build their confidence, recognize their value, and get back into their comfort zone as they go through their job transition. Some of the key points we discussed in this episode include: · One of the common mistakes people in transition make is that the job will just leap out – it takes intentional search by the candidates. · When you get a “no” from a company or hiring manager – it is important that you remember the “no” is temporary and not forever. · A journal of what you did well and what you can do differently in your recruiting efforts helps you see the job search as a learning process – this is an important mindset and will help you build confidence along the way. · “Who else do you think I should speak with?” is an important question to use in person or on LinkedIn – it is in general not your second level contacts that will lead you to a job but your 3rd and 4th level – so growing that network is essential. · We discussed imposter syndrome (feeling like a fraud) and how it impacts your job-hunting efforts. · And she coaches her clients that the job search will make you feel unconfident, but that you are not alone, reach out and people will help you. · Remember, you can have an imposter moment; but that does not mean you have to have an imposter life. Catherine gave so many useful ideas and is such a warm and supportive person; you are going to want to listen to this more than one time. Please leave me your questions and comments and remember to share this with others – we want to help the world of job seekers. Thank you!!Music is "Le piano troix" by Torley on Piano is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.
31 minutes | Jan 22, 2023
72. Dominic Imwalle - 2022 Top Job Search Expert To Follow On LinkedIn \
Dominic Imwalle believes you should be able to obtain your career dreams and that’s what he helps professionals do. His clients have landed roles at Oracle, Deloitte, EY, Tata Consultancy, JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Eaton, Salesforce, KPMG, PWC, Dell, Higher Education or started their own venture. But, landing your dream role doesn’t happen by chance, it takes hard work, patience, perseverance and working your job search plan. Dominic has seen how treacherous the job searching process can be; automated rejections, ghosting, 14 rounds of interviews, and 250 applications a week. He does not want you to have to live in the process that every candidate believes to be normal. We discussed many things that will help you with your job search plan, including: What are the two things that hold most people back from being successful in their job search? Being too hard on yourself, now is the time to be a bit gentler and Have a bias for action, you can revise your cover letter and résumé for hours and not be further along than if you this week, meet with five people that you want to be like and talk about how to get there. Dominic shared that everyone should create a file of “winner notes” about your work, to remind yourself that you are an accomplished and good person. It’s OK to check out job opportunities, even if you don’t need a new role today. When you are networking, make certain that you are strategic about who you speak with, you want to connect with those people who are going to support you and help you in meeting other people that can help in your job search. Make sure you spend time around new people; they will help energize and stimulate you. We also went through a role-play exercise of several of the most common interview questions and what Dominic suggested to be home run responses. Dominic is a caring, smart, and creative executive who really understands the recruiting and job transition environment. I think you will enjoy listening to this podcast several times and remember leave me your comments and share this with friends. Wishing you a great and employed 2023!Music is "Le piano troix" by Torley on Piano is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.
32 minutes | Jan 8, 2023
71. Mark James - Executive Career Coach - Executive Recruiter - Author
Mark James, CPC, is the founder and president of HIRE Consulting Services (HCS) established in 1999. He is a Certified Personnel Consultant and the author of "The Interview Mindset: The Ultimate Guide to Mastering Your Career!" (2022) Available on Amazon: https://a.co/d/4N7KqJ7. Mark is equipped with over 25 years of experience in Executive Career Management Coaching, Outplacement, and Executive Search Consulting. He is also a quarterly speaker at Operation Connect, a program offered by the North San Diego Business Chamber that provides free business networking events for transitioning military service members. To learn more about Mark, visit www.HireConsulting.com. What a great episode we had with Mark. We covered so many topics, a few of them are: · Several of the 6 interview mindsets from his new book, The Interview Mindset: The Ultimate Guide to Mastering Your Career, to help you present yourself well in interviews and get the most information about the role and company. · Your network is your net worth and gave several ideas on how to expand it. · 96% of search firms use LinkedIn to help find candidates – how you can use the 5-3-1 method to increase your LinkedIn presences. · The hidden job market is right there in your cell phone and how you can use it. · Get off job boards and connect with people – that is how you can find that next great job. · To be most effective in your job search – you need to have a strategy, create a plan and then work it – you are not selling yourself, you are telling about you and the values you bring. Mark was so thoughtful, sharing and experienced in his comments/tips. I know you will have a much better job search plan after you listen to him. Enjoy and make sure you share this with a friend.
33 minutes | Dec 25, 2022
70. Max Chan - Helping you with your job search, so you can stop searching and start working your dream job.
Max Chan helps professionals with their job search in order to land more interviews, generate more job offers and make more money. His company, Chan with a Plan, (https://www.chanwithaplan.com) offers a variety of services, including: · Recruiting plan and guidance · Cover letter and resume writing · LinkedIn profile optimization · Job interview preparation In this episode, Max provided his expert guidance so you can find your next great job faster and easier. Some of the points he covered includes: · Resume construction ideas for recent grads and more experienced professionals. · Why using numbers and metrics in your resume is critical. · How you can effectively deal with work gaps for your resume and in an interview. · If you can’t get interviews, change your resume; if you can’t get job offers, change your communication. · Candidate should review job description of position they are interviewing for to get ideas on what will be asked by recruiting team and prepare response that is in line with what company is looking for. · Rejection is a part of networking and job hunting, but you can develop a recruiting strategy that can help speed up your search and reduce your anxiety. This is a powerful episode with so many great tips and ideas for you during your transition. Max will help you change your perspective on how you manage your transition - enjoy!
31 minutes | Dec 11, 2022
69. Gina Riley - Career Coach and Talent Selection Consultant
Gina Riley is a career coach, a talent selection and interview skills trainer, and an executive search consultant. As the creator of her Career Velocity coaching program, she uses her executive search experience to the benefit of her clients, sharing the best tips and tricks from a stand-out resume and LinkedIn profile to networking, marketing, and interviewing practice and the creation of a thought leadership plan. She Transforms her clients' approach to their career development and helps them build a sustainable process to last their entire career. To find out more about the Career Velocity System: www.ginarileyconsulting.com During our recording, Gina shared many great ideas on job transition, including: · The person you are networking with ultimately must know, like and trust you for them to be an effective advocate for you. · One of the building blocks for an effective career is to have layers of experiences – which means that job changes are not always bad. · When answering interview question – think SOAR (e.g., situation, obstacles, action, and results). · Rambling on and on can be a real problem in any interview. · We each own our career and the planning process it takes to be successful in it. · Do you know what your “awesome sauce” is and how to communicate it? Gina is smart, caring and so full of energy. You will really enjoy listening to her and hearing all the great recruiting and career tips she shares.
31 minutes | Nov 27, 2022
68. Donna Star - Executive Coach, Business Consultant, Writer
Donna Star spent 30 incredible years in Corporate America, and then she took the leap to entrepreneurship. She is now an Executive Coach, Business Consultant, and Writer who leverages her extensive experience to help companies and individuals maximize their potential. Currently, her work centers around working with professionals who are dealing with work transitions - promotions, job changes, corporate politics, and everything that comes with managing a career and a life. The transformations she has seen with her clients are powerful and humbling. Donna shared with us some of the points she discusses with her clients including: · Always remember, if someone would ask you for help in their networking, you would support them, don’t think you cannot ask others for their help. · Bringing your negative thoughts and attitude into an interview does not help you, you need to deal with these emotions, or your job search will be more challenging. · We discussed the ‘great resignation’ which for many has evolved into the ‘great regret’ and what that means for job seekers. · Remember, it is ok to acknowledge you have feelings during your job search process. · Sometimes you may need to step away from your job search to regroup and energize yourself. Donna is thoughtful, action packed and willing to share what she has learned – sometimes the hard way. I think you will want to listen to this episode a couple of times to get all the nuggets she shares – oh and share this with a friend – they will thank you for it.
33 minutes | Nov 13, 2022
67. Adrian Choo - The Career Strategist
Adrian Choo has helped thousands of clients successfully achieve Career Clarity™ with his holistic approach to their Careers through a proprietary framework and deep understanding of Career Dynamics™. He has been a C-suite Headhunter with Top Global Search Firms for more than a decade, published several books, and has a regular show on National Radio, "Happy @ Work with Adrian The Career Strategist" on One FM 913 every Thursday Morning that is in to its Third year! Adrian loves helpings people at their Career Crossroads, or those who just need a new perspective on their Career Challenges. Some of the key take-aways from our discussion with Adrian include: · The reasons why resume don’t “hit the mark” include: o Too long o Not updated o Bad English or grammar o Gaps in experience not explained · The hiring manager is trying to answer these questions during interview, and you should make it easy for them to understand your answers: o Who are you? o Why should I hire you? o Will you fit into our team/company? · It is critical the candidate is authentic in their responses – don’t try to be someone you think the hiring manager wants to talk with – you need to be you. · It is ok, in fact a good idea, to ask the hiring manager at the end of an interview what are the next steps. · The best time to start being ready for your job change is today – even if you are not looking – because to wait until you must change jobs is starting way behind. Adrian has so much recruiting experience, insights into the hiring process, and firsthand experience in dealing with the hiring manager. You are going to want to listen to this episode again and again. And as always, I would love your comments on our discussion – and please share this with others. Thanks!
34 minutes | Oct 30, 2022
66. Tracy Hooper - The Confidence Project, Author and Executive Advisor
Tracy Hooper is the Founder of The Confidence Project. She leads dynamic presentations for high-achieving employee groups of any size. Tracy has been a TV news reporter, anchor, producer, and voice-over professional. Tracy’s aim is to cultivate a culture where people elevate their presence, communicate with clarity, and work together better. As a result of working with Tracy people often share that they have more control over how they present themselves, more impact with the people they interact with, more trust in their communications, and more inﬂuence with the people they serve. Tracy is the author of The NEW Hello. It addresses the challenges and opportunities of meeting, greeting, and communicating with confidence in The New World of Work. Her follow-on book, The NOW Hello has just been published and is available on Amazon. In this episode, Tracy discussed several key points including: · Three keys for all job seekers: o Words have impact o Practice makes progress o Trust yourself · The power of pause in your presentation/speaking · Why do filler and hedge words negatively impact your brand · How to use the right words in your speaking and not sound too formal or stiff Tracy is smart, funny, and caring. Her down-to-earth advice will help you in your job search, in your job and for your life in general. I know you will enjoy this recording and will want to share it with your friends.
33 minutes | Oct 16, 2022
65. Mike Thomson- Recruiter, Marketer and Entrepreneur
Mike Thomson has been in the recruitment agency industry for thirteen years, he launched Spark at the end of 2021 with the goal to change how everyone attracts top talent. Hiring is uninspiring, generic, faceless, and lacks personality but not anymore. He is an entrepreneur, matchmaker, sales professional, storyteller, father, athlete and optimistically curious about people. For more information on Mike, go to his web site https://www.sparkrecruiting.ca/ In this episode, Mike shared his thoughts on the future of recruiting, including: · To help you make your resume standout, make sure you are describing the impact your work had on the company and keep it simple for the reader. · Remember that social media sites are used by hiring managers, so you want to be your authentic self but be professional. · One of his favorite questions for a candidate to ask of hiring manager is, “what did you see in me that made you interested to talk with me?” Gives you great insight about what is important for the role and the candidate can really play to this area. · The perfect answer to interview questions is your answer – you must be you and authentic. · Mike shared why he thinks the recruiting process can be FUN for the candidate. · His 3 things he tells his clients who are changing jobs to do starting Monday are: Update your LinkedIn page Think about what you liked about your past jobs/bosses – this will give you a map for places to look for your next job Take ownership of your job search – you are unique – this change gives you options for your future. Mike is a great businessman, recruiter, marketer, and career coach – a rare combination that really makes the advice he shares so special and important. I know you will want to share this with others who will want to jump start their job search and create opportunities for their future. Enjoy!
27 minutes | Oct 2, 2022
64. Rupert French - Job search specialist and author, helping job seekers rebuild confidence
Rupert French was teaching in a country school 40 years ago when he discovered that one third of the students leaving the school would be facing long-term unemployment. In response to this, he helped to establish a community support for unemployed youth. Ten years later, he transitioned to career and job search coaching and training. Impressed with the writings of William Bridges, and borrowing methods from sports psychology, he encourages job seekers to see themselves as self-employed, the CEO of You & Co, and to adopt business strategies to market their services to prospective employers. The revised edition of How to Get a Good Job After 50 takes the job seeker step-by-step through this process. It is his 4th book on effective job search strategies. Link to purchase How to Get a Good Job After 50 go tohttps://geni.us/HowToGetAGoodJob Some key points we discussed during our episode are: · Concerns employers have regarding older applicants and why they are false. · Why and how do you want to write your own job search mission statement. · Why you should think of your resume as a business proposal. · Networking made easy. · Some practical steps to help you stay positive during your search. Rupert has a wealth of knowledge and experience that he shares easily and, in a fun/interesting manner. I know you will be like me and want to go back and listen to him again – please share him with others – love to hear your comments on this episode. Thank you!
35 minutes | Sep 18, 2022
63. Neha Ratnakar - Global Learning and OD and Talent Development expert
When Neha Lagoo Ratnakar was in school, she wanted to be a postwoman, then a librarian and then a doctor. After a failed attempt at the entrance test and a stint with Clinical Psychology. She found her true calling in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Her first job was in Training and Organizational Development, and she realized that there was a better way to onboard and train executives beyond a traditional classroom (and don't even get her started on sterile classroom team building sessions). In her next role with a retail chain, she storified onboarding and gamified product knowledge sessions. She was floored by the response and thought this could be the next big thing! Life took her to 8 different countries in the next 12 years, waking her inner entrepreneur. In addition to earning her MBA, she also designed websites, blogged, volunteered, and even made Henna. Then motherhood happened and, as a mompreneur, she turned to her original calling of Industrial Psychology, experimenting with treasure hunt style games in various corporate settings and even family gatherings. These days she works with global teams at IMA, which is a Finance non-profit to help make sure their educational offerings are meeting the diverse needs of almost 140,000 members around the world. Her book, Back on your Feet, is for all of those job seekers who need help in finding a path forward. Some of the key take a ways from our discussion include: · “If you self-reject and don’t even try, your failure rate is 100%” – and what can you do about this. · Some ideas on LinkedIn update to consider. · How the wrong introduction of yourself, by your partner, on social media or your own, can sabotage your brand. · What is your career portfolio and how do you use it in your search? · What is strategic volunteering and how can it help you in finding a job? Neha is smart, creative, and giving of her thoughts and experiences. I know you will enjoy listening to her ideas and will be able to put into practice next week, several of her suggestions. Enjoy!
33 minutes | Sep 4, 2022
62. Ben Wiant - Empowering You to Master the Modern Job Search
Ben Wiant works with professionals in career transition to define, own, and confidently communicate their professional value and narrative. He helps them create and implement effective job search strategies to overcome the complexity of the modern job search using The 3 Doors Job Search – a foundational model he created to strategically access new career opportunities. As a former recruiter, Ben knows what happens behind closed doors in the hiring process – he has reviewed over 175,000 resumes, formally interviewed 2,000+ candidates, and worked with 100s of hiring managers. Ben earned a master’s degree in Instructional Systems Design from Florida State University. He also holds graduate level certifications in Human Performance Technology, Program Evaluation, and Human Resource Development. Ben is active in the Raleigh-Durham, NC job seeker community as a guest speaker and presenter and for the past 7 years has paid-it-forward as a facilitator at a weekly job seeker support group. For more information on Ben, go to his website www.the3doors.com. During our discussion, Ben provided many tips and ideas on being a better and more effective candidate, including: · Unless you are in a design focused industry, use a standard resume format, but most important is that the content of your resume must tell the story of how you solve companies’ problems. · We discussed how you can access the “front, side, and back doors” as a multi-faceted approach to increase your chances of success in your job search. · Executive search and recruiting firms work for the company and not you as the candidate but it is a great idea to be sure you are in their database so if they have an appropriate position, you are on their list of people to follow-up with. · Often candidates are their own worst critic; they should “flip their scripts” to be positive, believe in themselves, and know that they are worthy. · Ben explained the difference between general networking, targeted networking, and strategic networking – each has a role/purpose – but the strategic networking will have greatest positive impact on your job search and future career potential. · During your search, remember it is important to know your values, stay professional, and take any negative feedback in stride as a learning opportunity. If you get ghosted, know it is more about them than about you. Ben has so much real-world job transition experience, we could have gone on for so much longer. This episode provides insights you can put in action today to help you move closer to your next great job opportunity. Listen to it a couple of times – share with your friends – leave me comments on your thoughts/reactions – ENJOY!