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We’d love to think that everything is back to “normal,” and all our pandemic-related stresses and frustrations are behind us. THIS ISN’T TRUE. Whether we are dealing with returning to work, navigating a return to normal with our significant others or children, or rethinking our career path, many of use are still dealing with COVID-related fatigue. …
 
Today, my guest is Heather Younger, author of The Art of Caring Leadership. In addition to being a best-selling author, Heather is an international speaker, consultant, and facilitator. She is the CEO and founder of Employee Fanatix, an employee engagement, leadership development, and DEI consulting firm. Heather Younger is the host of the Leadersh…
 
In episode #177, I talked about overcoming your fear of networking. Today’s podcast will be strategies that you may not have thought of to either jumpstart your networking, or to take what you are already doing to the next level. Before I dive into the seven strategies, there are three points I want to make for the one millionth time: 1. Networking…
 
My guest today is Jen Ngozi, founder of NetWerk®, a global women in leadership organization and movement on a mission to help everyday women worldwide build the community, confidence, and skills needed to become leaders. Since their launch, Jen has grown NetWerk® from her basement to a global community of instructors, members and over 20,000 NetWer…
 
Let me start by saying that MANY people are afraid to network. Here’s what they tell me: -I don’t know many people -I don’t know what to say -I don’t know how to reach out -I can’t network during a pandemic - I’m awkward in a large group All of these thoughts are just that…thoughts. And they are all overcomable. Let’s first talk about one-to-one ne…
 
I have done plenty of episodes on how to answer various types of interview questions. What I want to touch on today is everything else surrounding the job interview. When I was the director of a University Career Center, I noticed my students would spend hours preparing for an exam – and yet very little time preparing for a job interview. The last …
 
Why is personal branding important? � To differentiate yourself in a crowded candidate pool � To clearly convey the benefits an employer will get from hiring you � To avoid being the “generic” candidate � NOT an objective – which tells the employer what YOU want, rather than what you can deliver The problem with most people’s attempt at branding is…
 
Here’s what I see on almost every resume that comes my way: either there isn’t an achievement in sight, or the few achievements that are there are mixed in with bulleted job duties. This creates what we resume writers call “death by bullets.” A looooong laundry list of job duties, maybe a few achievements, that don’t impress the reader and causes t…
 
Let’s begin by explaining what the ATS is: software that manages the entire hiring and recruitment process. From posting the job online to making the job offer, an ATS keeps track of all the activity that takes place in the recruiting department. If you have applied to a company’s website or uploaded your resume to Indeed or LinkedIn, you’ve used a…
 
For this article, I pulled heavily from the Real Simple article “4 Moments When You Need a Mentor” in the November 2020 issue by Ronnie Koenig. According to the article, 63 percent of women in one study said they had never had a mentor. The article also states that employees with mentors are promoted five times more often than those without a mento…
 
For this episode, I leaned heavily on the article “7 Essential Tips for Effective 1 on 1 Meetings with Your Manager” from the getlighthouse.com blog. In a perfect world, 1:1 meetings with your boss should be something you have regularly, and actually look forward to. Done well, effective 1:1 meetings are an opportunity for: -Feedback -Coaching -Rel…
 
Today, I have a return guest – Mac Prichard. Mac runs the highly successful Mac’s List for employment opportunities in the Portland area. The site also offers a wealth of tips for both job seekers and employers looking to hire. Mac is also the host of the Find Your Dream Job podcast. We're talking about networking secrets for job seekers. Mac talks…
 
Today’s podcast is based heavily on the getlighthouse.com blog, specifically the blog titled “18 Questions to Ask Your Manager to Improve Your Relationship and Better Manage Up.” I’m sure I’m not telling you anything new: people leave managers, not companies. According to a recent Gallup poll, more than 50% of us have left a job because of our boss…
 
Today, my guest is Laura Berman Fortgang, and we are discussing three clues you can look at from your past to help you find the career you are meant to be in. We talk about what clues to look for, how to assess those clues, and what to do with your new-found self-awareness. Laura is the author of Now What? 90 Days to a New Life Direction. She is a …
 
Since COVID hit last March, I have been putting out a lot of content on the podcast and in my weekly webinars around your job search. In this episode, I want to approach the topic of your job search from a slightly different angle. I want to start by giving you three recent podcasts that will be especially helpful for your job search: #154 – Five W…
 
My guest today is Jawad Ahsan, CFO of Axon. We are talking about how to move into the executive ranks. Jawad set a goal for himself to become an executive, which he first achieved as a divisional CFO at GE Healthcare. By age 34, he was the CFO of a private equity-backed SaaS company; at age 37, he became the CFO of publicly traded Axon. In his curr…
 
Let me start by saying that LinkedIn is your single best job search resource. Today, I want to drill down on 12 specific ways to network using LinkedIn. CONNECTIONS 1. When you ask someone to connect with you, keep it simple. Comment on something you have in common, someone you have in common, or something you admire about them. 2. Thank each perso…
 
My guest for today’s episode is Fawn Germer, and we’re talking about why the pandemic offers a tremendous opportunity for those of use willing to step up to the plate. In this episode, we discuss the following: 1. Lessons learned about perseverance in the face of falling down – often. 2. Advice for people looking for a job during COVID, especially …
 
I’m finding a lot of my clients are missing some pretty amazing resources in looking for their next job, so I wanted to spend this episode going over 10 of these resources. 1. Your alumni association. University alumni associations are an often-overlooked resource for connecting with other alums. Here are just some of the job search-related help th…
 
This week's guest is Adriel Lubarsky of Riveterworks.com - an online community for job seekers. We talk about how to make the most of your unemployment, both personally and professionally. Adriel has a special offer for listeners; check it out at riverterworks.com/Lesa You can email Adriel at adriel@riverterworks.com and find him on LinkedIn, Twitt…
 
This month, I’ve offered 5 action steps for your resume and 5 action steps for LinkedIn. Today, I’ll give you 5 action steps for interviewing in the pandemic. If you are happily employed right now, you can still get valuable takeaways from these clinics. I want to give the same caveat as the previous two weeks: Keep in mind that anything I teach yo…
 
Last week, I offered 5 action steps for your resume in the pandemic; today I am giving you 5 action steps for LinkedIn. Next week I will be giving an interviewing clinic. If you are happily employed right now, you can still get valuable takeaways from these clinics. I want to give the same caveat as last week: Keep in mind that anything I teach you…
 
So…here we are, closing in on the 1-year mark of the pandemic here in the U.S. I thought I would start the podcast off this year with some “clinics.” Today I’ll be giving you a resume clinic; next week will be a LinkedIn clinic and the following week will be an interviewing clinic. I decided in each clinic to give you 5 action steps you can take to…
 
I want to break this conversation down into things to contemplate if you are unemployed and things to contemplate if you are employed. I want to focus on those of you who are employed, because I’ve put so much content out to help the unemployed during COVID. A couple of brief mentions for the unemployed first: Unemployed I highly recommend listenin…
 
I want to talk about overcoming an employment gap from an internal, and external, perspective. Internal – What you are thinking Step 1 – Acknowledge your role, if any, in the reason you have an employment gap – but DON’T beat yourself up. Step 2 – Clean up your thoughts about your former employer, boss, YOU. It will not serve you going forward to s…
 
This week, I have return guest Bruce Tulgan with me. We are talking about the unique challenges of managing, and being managed, remotely. With so many companies working from home at least part of the time, this is a particularly relevant topic. Bruce and I discuss: -Best corporate practices for remote work -Key strategies for managers and employees…
 
For several years now, I have blogged and/or podcasted a list of 5 unusual things to be thankful for each year at Thanksgiving time. There are lessons in each of these things that you can apply to your life. Here’s my 2020 list. Are you in the wrong job that chips away at you every day? The CareerSpring coaching program will help you find a job tha…
 
This week, I speak with life coach Jane Springer on the types of mind drama I am hearing from clients related to the current job market, their qualifications, themselves as human beings, their job search strategy, and their career focus. This mind drama is causing people to stop job searching or put in minimal effort – which, of course, solidifies …
 
Many of you have been job searching this year and will be continuing your job search into 2021. Others of you will start a job search in the new year. I use the analogy of a starting line for your job search. Mid-January is the beginning of what is typically the largest hiring push of the year. At that time, you want to be ready to job search. This…
 
I’ve given you tons of content around interviewing; today’s podcast is about the special considerations surrounding Zoom and phone interviews. The sources I used for this episode include: Theinterviewguys.com Indeed.com Careersidekick.com Thebalancecareers.com Let’s start with Zoom (or Skype or other video-based conferencing system): TECHNOLOGY -Do…
 
I want to frame this discussion in three parts. At the Close of the Interview As the interview wraps up, there are three things you want to do: 1. Thank the interviewer for her time. 2. Re-state your interest in the position, if you are still interested. 3. Determine the next step in the hiring process. Immediately After the Interview Within 24 hou…
 
This is episode #150! Considering so many podcasts that flame out after a dozen or so episodes, I am so very proud of the body of work in my catalogue. I’m also working on a podcast index book, so stay tuned for more information on that. We’re talking today about behavioral interviews. Those interview questions that begin with “Tell me about a time…
 
I coach my clients on walking into the salary negotiation process with 3 numbers decided. In addition to talking about those numbers today, I’m also using the Forbes Article, “Are You Being Thorough in Your Salary Negotiations? The Complete Insider’s Checklist,” by Dawn Graham for additional information on salary negotiations. The First Number The …
 
Today’s guest is Bruce Tulgan of Rainmaker Thinking. Rainmaker Thinking is a management research company founded in 1993 by Bruce, the best-selling author of 21 books. Today we talk about how to be indispensable at work. Bruce defines indispensability: to whom should you seek to be indispensable, and how to be indispensable while maintaining a work…
 
For the uninitiated, ghosting means that someone has stopped responding to all communication from you. You can be ghosted by a friend, significant other, or a potential employer. Or a recruiter who went from hot to cold for no apparent reason. This is different from applying for a job and never hearing anything – that happens all the time. Ghosting…
 
Okay…let me correct that title a bit. It very well MIGHT be your resume. Here’s how I know: In consults with prospective clients, I ask them if they are currently in a job search or just at the starting blocks. If they tell me they have been job searching, I ask them for these metrics: # of applications: # of interviews: # of job offers: This infor…
 
You’ve heard this statistic: as much as 85% of jobs are obtained through the “hidden” job market. “Hidden,” meaning these jobs aren’t advertised. The vast majority of these “hidden” jobs are obtained through networking. Here’s what many people do wrong in networking…and how you can avoid these traps. 1. Networking only when you’re job searching. Ma…
 
My client hadn’t been in a new job for a few decades, so she wanted coaching around how to approach the list of questions she had received. My first thought about this structure: AMEN. It was so refreshing to see this so structured – both for the new employee and the boss. I also think it speaks to the company’s commitment to setting its new employ…
 
Today’s guest is AmyK Hutchens, and we’re talking about “How to Handle Tough Career Conversation.” AmyK covers how to handle three particularly challenging career conversations: -The job interview -Dealing with a difficult co-worker -Asking for a raise AmyK also provides you with her three top tips for handling any tough career conversation you may…
 
Sometimes, you are free to shout your professional availability from the roof top. Other times, your job search needs to be covert, because you don’t want your current employer finding out what you’re up to. Here are five tips for utilizing LinkedIn for a discreet job search. Don’t share your profile edits with your connections. Changes that spur a…
 
A few years ago, I conducted research of past clients to find out what was, and wasn’t, working for them in terms of their job search. Several of my clients talked about getting their most recent job without conducting a job search. They took the approach of doing little things on a regular basis, rather than doing nothing…nothing…HIGH GEAR…you get…
 
Today’s guest is Jeanne Bohen, and we’re discussing transferable skills. Especially in today’s job search climate, being able to pivot by identifying and capitalizing on your transferable skills has never been more important. We discuss what transferable skills are, why they are so important, and a process you can go through to identify your transf…
 
Let’s talk about how you can have difficult work conversations in a way that doesn’t leave one or both parties feeling like you’ve been run over and left for road kill. The purpose of this exercise is to move the relationship forward, not to convince the other person that you’re right and they are wrong. There is no upside to having a winner and a …
 
I came across an article on LiveCareer entitled “14 Skills and Values Employers Seek in Jobseekers,” and I wanted to share it with you. Professionalism. The article talks about “acting in a responsible and fair manner in all your personal and work activities, which is seen as a sign of maturity and self-confidence.” Last week’s podcast, episode #13…
 
Let’s start with the definition of professionalism: “The standing, practice, or methods of a professional, as distinguished from an amateur.” So then, what does unprofessional mean? “At variance with or contrary to professional standards or ethics; not befitting members of a profession, as language, behavior, or conduct.” ALSO: “Not done with profe…
 
Lee Hecht Harrison surveyed 277 human resource managers to find out what was missing from the job candidates they receive application materials from. The prompt was: “Please rate how detrimental you believe each of the following issues is to a candidate’s chances of being selected for an interview.” Lack of job-related skills…9.0 Lack of required t…
 
In episode #36 of the podcast, I talked about specific points at which it is important to manage your boss. One of those important times is when a new responsibility or project is placed on your plate. Many employees would assume that their boss knows exactly what they are already doing, minute by minute. They figure if the boss gave them this resp…
 
Those of you who were fortunate to keep your jobs during quarantine may have already returned to work or will be returning soon. You may feel a lot of uncertainty around that, like who still works there? How have my co-workers been affected by quarantine? How will the company be different? Changes might include: -Variable/flexible work shifts -A co…
 
In episode #121, “Career Pivots & Reinvention,” I focused primarily on career pivots. As I define it, a career pivot is like a pivot in basketball – one foot remains stationary while the other foot moves. In a career pivot, one of your feet remains in either your industry or your job function. You remain working in marketing, but pivot from the man…
 
Let me start by being clear: I am not speaking about having COVID19. I am speaking to those of you who will be interviewing for jobs, where questions about why you were let go during COVID, or how you spent your time during COVID, might well be asked. Let’s start with those of you who lost your job because of COVID. You have a pass. The biggest mes…
 
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