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  • Thanks for joining us for the last show of the season. The next show will be on January 19, 2018. I want you to stick around for this show. Janine Truitt and Chris Fields are back to discuss Janine's recent article, "I Used To Love D&I: Why I’ve Fallen Out of Love With Diversity and Inclusion." I wanted to Janine to share her perspective as she has worked with several companies to help roll out their initiatives and why it doesn't shape into an effective program.
     

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Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 3:55pm CDT

You've heard me say before small organizations should be on your list of target companies to research and get hired by. One of the premiere nonprofit job boards to use is idealist.org and get job advice from idealistcareers.org. 

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Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 5:26pm CDT

Thanks so much for your interest in this particular episode. Since bias has many different faces, sizes, complexities, and issues, it's hard to talk about them in one episode. Sheila Caldwell, Ed. D. is the Advisor to the President on Diversity at the University of North Georgia.

She is the eyes and ears for the University on all things for diversity and inclusion and reports directly to the President of the University. I was happy she agreed to come on and share her journey in mitigating bias as well as the university students.

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Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 5:00pm CDT

Parental Leave and its nuances may change and possibly alter your career in some way. Who knows, maybe parental leave benefits will wane? We can't say until we know for sure the stance our government will take. My return guest, Scott Behson parses some of what we know to date, and how parental leave is a viable option for America. Will it affect your career aspirations, plans, and goals? Probably. Listen how you can make sense of it for your career.

I hope you enjoyed the introduction this episode. I wanted to surprise you a little.

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Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 3:33pm CDT

Still conflicted with building your brand online. Have you tried defensive googling, yet? Concerned the data or the lack of data about you on Google it's vital to your job search? Did you know the 40-hour work week is obsolete? We address all three of these questions in today's episode.
 
We have two segments today I hope will improve your career. You'll learn more about finding yourself and strengths can guide you to positive career outcomes. You should also stop looking for a 40-hour job. More on this in the show. Finally, You'll also learn practical steps in using Google to correct, protect, and build your online presence to make yourself attracted to employers.
 

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Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 6:00pm CDT

Employers want employees and new hires to good writing skills. If you find writing a challenge, this is a good show for you. Susan Rooks, the Grammar Goddess is back to revisit the value of good business writing.

I also mention it's National Punctuation Day and what better way and reason to celebrate it.

How important is good writing to you?Let’s discuss! You can do this in three ways:

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:10pm CDT

My guest is Thea Kelley who wrote the book, Get That Job! The Quick and Complete Guide to a Winning Interviewcalled "Excellent" in a Forbes article. I love we discuss the importance of preparation, realness, and relaxed for an interview.

How do you prepare for interviews? What is your mindset?

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:49pm CDT

Welcome back to the last show of the Summer season, and boy is this an informative one! Listen to this great show with Mac Pritchard, founder of Mac's List  (Careers) and President of Prichard Communications (Public Relations firm). Mac recently published a new book, Land Your Dream Job Anywhere: The Complete Mac's List Guide to Finding Work You Can Love. In our conversation, we discuss the benefits of a portfolio career. 

Love to hear your thoughts about how a portfolio career would help you:

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Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 9:58pm CDT

Today, I am sharing with my conversation with Kristen Pressner. This show is a slight departure from straight job search advice or should any of this show have practicals to apply to your job search. You'll glean a few things, but this is to self-examine and become more self-aware of your own biases. I hope you'll consider looking at yourself, remember we're not navigating hiring barriers. My guest, Kristen Pressner (@KPressner), Global Head Human Resources Roche Diagnostics, is sharing her story of how she was biased toward other women while making a business decision.

You know we've discussed unconscious bias several times this year. This show adds to the discussion.

I want to hear from you of how this episode resonates with you. Here are places you can add to the conversation at large:

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Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 7:30am CDT

This week's episode is a republishing of an interview done by Marc Miller, host of the Repurposing Your Career podcast, and the mega huge CareerPivot.com. The basis of our interview was the article I wrote for Career Pivot, "8 Ways Older Job Seekers Invite Age Unconscious Bias on Social Media." 

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As you know, Marc was on this show several weeks ago and as always quite enjoyable. His new podcast focuses on the person who is experiencing the 2nd half of life. Since Marc has written detailed show notes for our discussion, I will just provide the link for you to check it our here. 

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I will not publish a podcast next week (for the week of July 4) and no shows between July 19-Sept 11. I will post articles throughout the summer at least twice a week. Love to hear from you about your challenges and how I can help.

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Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 4:06pm CDT

Glad to have my friend Ryan Rhoten back on the show to discuss his first book, CareerKred: 4 Simple Steps to Build Your Digital Brand & Boos Credibility In Your Career. We discuss in depth the importance of brand building in 2017 and how critical it is to establish credibility online.

Do you think it's important to build credibility online? Let us know what you think:

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Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 5:21pm CDT

Everyone usually has one goal attending a networking event or a job fair: To meet the right person to get the next step. To do that, you have to stand out among the dozens of attendees to the event. In this episode, I discuss with Jessica Dillard, the founder of Dillard and Associates an old school solution to a current problem. Yes, business cards are definitely a must if you wish to differentiate yourself from others, but a handbill will place your contributions and potential at top of mind. 
 
How do you stand out at job fairs and networking events? Let's discuss! You can do this in three ways:
 
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Category:general -- posted at: 4:47pm CDT

Welcome back to the podcast! I hope your last three weeks were as enjoyable as mine. I also continued volunteering for the "Aim to Work" Job Lab. For this show, I wanted to share a podcast interview as a guest on "Find Your Dream Job" podcast hosted by Mac Pritchard! It's one of the most popular podcasts I have been a guest on to date. I discuss the tremendous personal and professional value anyone gets by volunteering. 

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Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 3:39pm CDT

 Let's face it, the lines between work and life continue to mesh. Many professionals trying to separate the two with 24-hour access to work product. According to Scott Behson, even executives are upfront about their need for work-life balance. 

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Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 8:49pm CDT

The Beyonce Syndrome. Our definition of the show is about the career woman who has it all and does it all. Many feel it's not enough to achieve the recognition for women to gain the same opportunities as men. Janine Truitt and Chris Fields are back on the show to discuss why it affects people of color much more.

We would love your perspectives on this episode.

Here is how you can be a part of this conversation:

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Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 8:16pm CDT

Job seekers should consider blogging as a way to increase your career success and choices. In the process, it will increase your career chances. I bought back my longtime friend Keith Townsend to talk about his journey.

Do you think blogging will increase your career success:

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Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 10:01am CDT

Marc Miller is back on the show again to talk about his new book, "Repurposing Your Career: A Practical Guide For the 2nd Half of Life." He shares stories from his clients and helping them to align their interests and careers.  

Have you decided to make a career pivot in your career? Are you in your 2nd half of life? Let's discuss!  

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Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 2:37pm CDT

We are recording this episode on April 3, 2017. This is a day before the "Don't Call it a Pay Gap" Facebook Live hosted by PayScale. I wanted to support this event because it's discussion about the issues faced daily by women. 

Cassidy Rush is a Campaign Marketing Manager for Payscale and my friend. We are reviewing the discussion at large tomorrow. 

Is there a double standard for women in the workplace? Let me know what you in one of three ways:

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Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 4:10pm CDT

Going into vacation mode, I wanted to offer some job search advice in what you can do in a pinch. Employers seem to ignore you lately. No call backs from employers, network contacts, or even seeing leads from anywhere.

Your job search  is in "code blue."

"Code blue" is a term used in hospitals when a patient is in distress. The heart has stopped. Resuscitation methods are in place. The team of residents, doctors, nurses et al deployed. This is critical, as it needs to be with your job search, and action is essential. 

What do you do during when your job search lacks a heartbeat? When nothing is happening, how do you respond? I'd love to know what your thoughts and how you handle a lack of responsiveness from your efforts. Here's how you can let me know:

  • Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your comments to the same number
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Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 9:11am CDT

Lavie Margolin is back on the show to talk about his latest book Mastering the Job Interview. He is the author of several books about Negotiating Salary to Job Interviews. 

What have your interviewing experiences been like recently? I would love to hear from you in one of three ways:

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Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 5:09pm CDT

Graduates undervalue communication and critical thinking. Employers want more of it. My guest today, Jeff Kavanaugh, explains how graduates can prepare for the job market.

How are you preparing for the job market?

I would love to hear your thoughts in one of three ways:

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Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 6:03pm CDT

Finally, I read a career book with the mission to entertain while making serious points. Much of what NOT to do in your job search and workplace is in the boo, B.S. Incorporated. The authors, Jennifer Rock and Michael Voss mix parody and non-fiction to bring us chaos. 

I would love to know some of your worse work experiences. Here are three ways to join in on the conversation:

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Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 5:52pm CDT

As we dive deeper into the gig economy, each job seeker will accept several roles. Our roles as contractors and entrepreneurs, we must embrace our roles as negotiators. We will need to remain in negotiating mode for the longevity of our careers. To help us embrace this role, Kwame Christian, an attorney will help. He is the host of the American Negotiation Institute and negotiation expert.

If you find negotiating hard, don't worry, I got you. Feel free to share your negotiating story. You can also share your thoughts about this episode in one of three ways:

I would love to hear your thoughts in one of three ways:

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Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 9:56pm CDT

Today's job search requires you to keep both hands on the wheel. Any passive approach to finding opportunities fails. It doesn't work. You must remain engaged throughout your career or face significant challenges shifting gears.

My friend Hannah Morgan, is back to talk what is not working in your job search. We discuss her article from last fall and recently on her blog and solutions to help your job search efforts.

I would love to hear your thoughts in one of three ways:

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Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 11:52am CDT

Try different strategies to achieve different results. The same old strategies yield the same results. Most job seekers would rather do what is easy than what is challenging. It's easier to applying to 100 job board announcements in a month.  It's harder to have 15-20 meaningful person-to-person conversations in a month's time.

I would love to hear your thoughts in one of three ways:

  1. Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your comments to the same number
  2. Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press the “Send Voicemail” button on the right side of your screen and leave a message
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Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 2:35pm CDT

Facing Unconscious Bias in Your Career and Life

For a long time, I have wanted Tony Chatman to come on my show. We have talked about many ideas over the last two years, but finally, a topic both of us are passionate about made it easy to start finalizing. 

This was recorded live in front of an audience of three as well as a Facebook Live stream (more people engaged the conversation via Facebook). I would like to thank the First Christian Church of Chicago along with the Greater Ashburn Community Development Corporation for hosting us. Hundreds saw the event during and after the video was posted on Facebook. I also published it on my YouTube page.

 We would love your input. Here's how you can contribute to the conversation:

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Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 4:27pm CDT

Are You Over Educated? Why Does it Matter to Your Career?

Once again, Janine Truitt of talentthinkinnovations.com and Chris Fields of ResumeCrusade.com joins me for a roundtable discussion. We banter about a trend where many are getting more degrees than what's valued by employers. 

We would love your thoughts on the topic. Here are three ways you can participate in the discussion: 

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Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 11:24am CDT

Unconscious Bias:  Your Career and Workplace

Last week, I traveled to the University of North Georgia to present a talk about "Unconscious Bias."  I recorded it so I can share it with you at least a part of it. I talk about how it affects everyone in their career, life, and workplace. 

This is an important topic to me as it affects the job search. In the end, I hope we can create amicable and responsive dialogue to take out bias in the job search process. 

As always, I invite you to join the conversation. Here are three ways you can do so:

  1. Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your comments to the same number
  2. Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press “Send Voicemail” button on the right side of your screen.  
  3. Send email feedback to mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com

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Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 5:25pm CDT

How to have a Great Career Start

The Voice of Job Seekers - Unemployed, Underemployed, Unappreciated Job Seekers Welcomed!

Very few job seekers who are students, graduates, careerists, or career-changers get a great career start. This episode will be an exception as we dive deep in getting a great start or rebooting your career. I have two co-hosts this week: Janine Truitt of TalentThinkInnovations.com and Christ Fields of ResumeCrusade.com. Both of them bring their perspectives in working with young professionals to those in the executive c-suite.

What was some of the best career advice at the start of your career? We would love to hear your thoughts in one of three ways:

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Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 8:38pm CDT

Your Job Search Letters

The Voice of Job Seekers - Unemployed, Underemployed, Unappreciated Job Seekers Welcomed!

This new season of episodes will probably differ than all others to date. This episode features a book recommendation from Wendy Enelow (my guest this week), and co-founder Louis Kursmark, and 60 other presenters.  Modernize Your Job Search Letters, Get Noticed…Get Hired is a compilation of sample job search documents. Letter samples in the book such as, Cover letters and e-notes, recruiter letters, networking letters, thank-you letters inspire creativity and sound strategy to reach employers and recruiters.

How important are these documents to your career? Let’s talk about it. I would love your feedback in one of three ways:

  1. Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your comments to the same number
  2. Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press the “Send Voicemail” button on the right side of your screen and leave a message
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Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 4:07pm CDT

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