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Empathy doesn’t sound sexy, but it’s like still water that runs deep. It’s like roots of giant trees you wonder how can possibly stand so tall. And, yet, so few people are actually empathetic. Why? Because you have never, not ever, had an experience that you were not at the absolute center of. Your thoughts and feelings about those experiences are …
 
Interviews are complicated. They get further complicated when interviewers ask bad questions which in turn gets exacerbated by job candidates trying to regurgitate interview speak. It’s really a stitch except for the part about you needing the new job. Enter your Coach to reassure you we can simplify things. The first thing you’ll need to do is lis…
 
Money. Actually, more like money you’ll get in the future. Money is funny that way, especially when the money we’re talking about is your salary. We negotiate like heck for what we’ll be paid in the future. So, why is it that so many employees try to argue for a new salary based on what they did in the past? Wasn’t that so yesteryear? Wasn’t that s…
 
If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me a question about working with executive recruiters, I probably wouldn’t be typing this to you right now. The good news is I don’t have those nickels, which means I get to keep living my real dream of helping you with your career. Part of helping you with your career means dissecting these thorny peo…
 
Do you care to be great? It’s easier now more than ever to be awesome at your craft. It’s also more important now than ever that you ARE an ace. Why? The world has changed and employers have changed with it. There are so many factors that have altered the landscape of the employer-employee relationship. The number of opportunities in the workforce …
 
Is it possible your natural inclinations about corporate recruiters are all wrong? Would you believe me if I told you they were? Indulge me. I’ve only worked directly with a few hundred of them. Only surveyed more than 20,000 over the last 16 years. Would you spend some time with me if I could show you why they want to be your advocate? See, as a j…
 
Fear is learned. For proof, look at a child. Don’tcha just wish you could get it back? True story alert. When I was not quite a teenager, I used to head to Rehm Park in Oak Park, IL. They had this amazing platform, which they built the year I was born (another true fact, coincidentally). The first platform was 10 meters, but that wouldn’t have been…
 
You just couldn’t do it. You just couldn’t hold back your expected salary like Coach wanted you to. You caved. Dang. Well, the bad news is at some point in the interview process—whether in the beginning, middle, or right before the new employer wanted to extend a job offer—you slipped and blurted out, well, anything! The good news for you is I’m yo…
 
We’ve all been there. We need someone to do something we need them to do. That is, they don’t need to do it. We need them to do it for us. It might be for us individually or for the greater good. It makes no diff what your title is, what your job is, whether you’re the boss, or, more likely, not the boss. You’ll probably find yourself in this situa…
 
All that money. I’m just gonna take it. Not. So. Fast. Today, we are the sum total of the decisions of our yesterdays. Don’t get technical on me. Yes. I know some were born with a silver spoon. Others came from the school of hard knocks. Whoever you are. Wherever you started. You are a byproduct of your decisions. The longer term you think, the bet…
 
How’s your personal brand? Didn’t know you had one? Don’t think you need one? Every working professional has one whether they want one or not! In fact, here’s a scary little, uh, fact…not only do 70% of employers check your digital footprint as you are being recruited, but 43% of employers also check up on their employees after they’ve been hired! …
 
Confused about asking questions in a job interview? Thinking, “But, Coach, they only gave me 3 minutes to ask my questions in the interview. What’s up with that?” (So what.) “Ok. This time they gave me 10 minutes. How many questions should I ask?” (Talk fast.) “How do I not incriminate myself or burst my awesomeness?” (You won’t.) “How will I know …
 
Has an employer ever lowballed you? This could be for a job offer for your new employment. It can be a promotion and pay “raise.” Really anything where you think you deserve A LOT more. Well, the bad news is you got lowballed. The good news is I help you with exactly what to do when this happens. The first thing before we get all huffy and puffy ab…
 
Are you an executive? Wanna be one someday? Today? Then you MUST be able to elevate your job interview tactics and performance to an incomparable level. IMHO, there are 12 techniques you need to employ to wow the interviewer. 12. No less. In today’s podcast, I give you everything I have regarding the biggies, the nuances, the tricks, and the rest o…
 
Would you love to learn some nifty tricks for discovering more job opportunities? Who wouldn’t? Right?! Wait. It gets even better. I sat down. Put on my executive recruiter hat. Listed out how I and the milewalk recruiters used the sites like LinkedIn, Google, and other webpage-tracking tools and so forth to discover job candidates. I included the …
 
Ever look at a job description and see “blah blah keyword blay blah keyword?” I know. Right? Well, some people look at a song sheet and only see notes. Others hear the music. When you look at a job description, do you instantaneously hear the interview questions? Automatically know exactly which stories you need to tell and how to tell them? If not…
 
Resumes. Job interviews. You can manage those two. I know you can. After all, writing your resume is all about you. You know you, right? Simple stuff. Discussing your work history and all those plaque-worthy accomplishments during a job interview is pretty fun too. I mean, more or less. But, how do you get from your resume to that job interview wit…
 
Trouble figuring out whether an employer is the right for you? Or, will even survive for that matter? Today’s market is tricky. Many employers won’t make it. I don’t want you to pick a dud. That’s why today’s gift is a video with 28 questions I want you to ask employers RIGHT NOW considering our current state of affairs (the stock market, employmen…
 
Join me for today’s podcast to keep yourself up-to-date on the job market so you can make the proper adjustments whether you’re a job seeker or job stayer! Inflation 9.1%. Housing, up 5.6%. It’s fine to look at a snapshot in time, but if you want to know what’s going to happen when, you need to look at trends. The JOLTS report (Job Openings and Lab…
 
Tough time getting job offers? I’ve got job interviewing gift for you today that might be of major help! SPOILER ALERT: When you unwrap the present, inside you’ll find: - The six stories you need to be able to tell in any interview. - 11 groups, which include 30—yes, 30—interview questions and how to answer them. - The ONE formula you need for stor…
 
Got a goal you want to achieve? Just not disciplined enough? Maybe there’s a habit you want to change? I know I have a few. Whether you want to drop a few pounds, become a better planner, or reach your personal Mount Everest, I’ve got a little somethin’ for you today on becoming more disciplined to achieve any goal. There are 5 real keys to this. T…
 
Ever have difficulty deciding which interview story to tell? You get asked a question and you’re left to choose the example you give. Tough one! You start wondering should I choose a recent story? But, the oldie from 20 years ago is truly a goodie. Longer one? Maybe shorter is better. Go strategic? Tactical? Should I try to showcase one big talent?…
 
Time management is dead. I don’t even use a daily to-do list. No lie. Haven’t for years. Why? Because daily to-do lists are where the important, but not-urgent tasks go to die. You know the ones…the ones you should be doing, but don’t because you always seem to get distracted by the shorties (my endearing term for those “urgent,” short-term tasks).…
 
Introduce yourself much? In a meeting? At a networking event? How about in a job interview? Yes! Let’s do that one today. In an interview. Ever have difficulty with this? How much? How little? Where to start? When to stop? It IS important for you to nail this Goldilocks-style. And, the reason introducing yourself is difficult is because it’s SO NOT…
 
As an executive recruiter who helped more than 600 awesome people get new jobs, I developed a way to view compensation so those wonderful, employees-to-be didn’t miss a penny comin’ or goin’ so to speak. What’s more, it’s not just about pennies or nickels or dimes, but also the qualitative ways to view them. That’s because, just like I said to my w…
 
Ever been asked to give a presentation in a job interview? As in, your basic, are you kidding me? It’s common. It’s especially common for high communication positions such as sales or marketing, but this is something everyone should understand and know how to do well. Today, I’m gonna share with you how to crush it using the 6 C’s employers look fo…
 
There are people in this world who produce stuff. There are also people who produce really valuable stuff. Which are you? Which do you want to be? What if I could make you latter in, say, 20 minutes? Here’s the deal. If you want to accelerate through your career and make a real difference, you need to know how to come up with the ideas, projects, a…
 
Remember in school when the snazzy collegiate prof handed you a syllabus? (Ha ha) Syllabi were great because you knew what to study, when to study it, and someone who actually knew what they were doing gave you the right order to study the stuff. No matter what era you were born in, whether you’re an old fogie like me or a young gun, the “syllabus …
 
Feeling stuck in your career? Maybe you enjoy what you're doing, but you'd like to climb faster? Perhaps you want to make a change, but you're not sure how to get there? Here's why: You've never be taught how to manage your career. It's true. School taught you a trade. On the job training taught you a trade. Have you ever taken a class or a curricu…
 
Ever wonder who you’d be if you didn’t let others take you off your path? How about that career you always dreamed of, but you seem to often (if not always) get sidetracked? Well, there’s a simple reason if your response to those questions is not a whole-hearted, “Andy, I’m totally dialed in.” You were not directed. Today, let’s not only get you di…
 
We all need them…I mean if you really want to grow. Mentors. Coaches. Trainers. Gurus. Oh my. I’ve long considered having a real-life, face-to-face mentor a luxury, not a need. I still do. But, I think everyone will benefit from having online trainers and coaches. It’s never been easier in the history of history to find, follow, and learn from them…
 
If you want to know what the best resume format is, you need to know how someone looks at your resume, what they're looking for, and where they're hoping to find it. Remember, your resume has one goal. That’s to get someone to say, "I need to speak to this person." The faster your resume does that, the better it is. In this episode, I break it all …
 
Providing references when job searching can be a little confusing. What happens after you provide them to a specific employer is even more puzzling. From now on, dare I say forever and ever, you’ll never need to worry about this again. In today’s episode, I give you the exact steps on what you need to get ready and how (and whether) you should prov…
 
Ya know that question you get in a job interview, “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” I think it comes straight out of the employer interview manual that seems to sit and, unfortunately, not collect dust on their shelves. The overly-thick one with the title “Complete-Waste-Of-Time Questions” embroidered on the spine. Well, I think it’s a silly …
 
There are generally two reasons people make bad decisions. Their decision-making mechanics are poor. They’re deciding without all the information or the information they have is incorrect. Enter recruitment. Hiring. And their convoluted practices. Which basically ensure the job seeker will become helpless when it comes to the second reason. But, yo…
 
Ever been asked, “What’s your expected salary?” Think you know what you’re worth? Even if you did, would you share that with some silly, inexperienced recruiter who’s trying to make sure you fit into some corporate box? Here is a capital “T” truth. I don’t want you to dodge this question because I said so. I want you to avoid this like the next pan…
 
Pay attention to the echoes because everything you do has an effect on someone or something. What you do has an effect. What you say has an effect. What you don’t do, don’t say has an effect. Your causes have effects that will ripple in places you will never visit...and you won’t hear them, but they’re there. This episode is about thinking proactiv…
 
Behavioral interview questions. Huh? Project-based questions. Situationals. Tell me about yourself. Walk me through this. That. Does your head feel like it’s gonna explode from not only trying to figure out all this interview mumbo jumbo out, but also trying to stuff all that interview-speak into your cranium? It’s confusing I know. Good news for y…
 
Have you ever thought about how dumb the word “unbelievable” is? “That’s unbelievable!” someone utters usually in the wake of seeing something…well, believable. You just witnessed it didn’tya? Now, the word “uncommon” on the other hand…I define “uncommon” as 1% (or less). It’s rare. But there. Today, let me teach you how to be uncommonly awesome. I…
 
Repeat after me! "Your resume is NOT a work history document. It's a marketing document!" It needs to be aimed at where you want to go, not where you've been. Let's turn yours into a time-travel machine to get you to where you want to go--FAST! If you'd like to build a great career and lead a rewarding life, check out some of these other places whe…
 
Feeling charged? Feel like you’re killin’ it? Got more inside you, but not sure how to unleash it? Either which way, you’re in luck today. I’ve taken decades as an executive in large and small companies, piped in experience as a business owner and coach, and gathered up the observations and survey data too for today’s session on helping you achieve…
 
Every week, I speak directly to 10 or so awesome job-seekers. One thing I’ve noticed lately is many of them have a common issue. It’s more prevalent with senior people (whether senior in level or age), but it’s fairly rampant if you’ve been working for any decent amount of time. I would go so far as to say, it’s THE domino. The one, when it falls, …
 
We get distracted by our own internal, automated way of thinking. We focus on the outcomes we want for our projects, teams, business, and ourselves. Imagine if you took the time to think about what your “customer” is going through? What it would be like not to know what you know? Today’s show is about pausing and thinking so you can enrichen the li…
 
Is your career everything you want it to be? I hope so. But, based on my observation of well-I’ve-lost-count-number-of people, it’s my opinion that most people spend their entire careers working in jobs well-below their level of ability. Why? Because most won’t do whatever it takes. Let’s at least make it easier for you to do what it takes to run a…
 
I know there are lots of times you want to throw in the towel. But, I hope you don’t. Quitting becomes a habit and it ain’t a good one. To help you, I want to share a little story with you about one of my struggles when I was becoming a trainer. Who knew one email to someone famous could change my life in an instant?! If you'd like to build a great…
 
What is going on in the market and what does it mean to you? Wages rising exponentially? Why? Two job openings for every one unemployed person? Why? Highest inflation since 1982! Why? I’m gonna tell ya! More importantly, in today’s episode, I’ll explain what it means to YOU NOW and in the NEXT 12 MONTHS! One other item on this podcast, it might be …
 
We need to talk about fear. Fear, like failure, must exist for you to achieve your greatest heights. It must be present, but we don’t want it to stand in your way. When it leaves me, I get a little skittish I might not be pushing myself hard enough or aiming high enough. A life without fear—to me—is no fun. A life with fear you constantly tame is a…
 
Ghosting. I laugh when I hear the word when it’s used in a sentence like this, “the employer ghosted me!” It’s not even a thing, but I know what you mean. Your all-in-one affable Career Coach Andy is gonna break it down for you today. I hit the 14 ways corporate recruiters, executive recruiters, bosses, and anyone else can diss you. And, of course,…
 
If you want to accelerate your career, you’ll love today’s episode, which includes 5 timeless acts you should put in motion. I’ll run you through the shift in the employment market, what this will mean for you, and what to do about it. Plus, I’ll help you get 1% better each day, identify which improvements will give you the greatest ROI, and so muc…
 
Right now, employers are hiring like crazy. They are. If you are currently job searching and need to hep to the step, you’re gonna love today’s episode on how to find a job faster. Most people make their job search too complicated. Most stress too much—about all the wrong things. Most DO the wrong things. Job searching is hard enough. Don’t make it…
 
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