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How to Get Job Referrals Without a Large Network

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

For this last summer episode, this is a recent interview with Margo Wickersham who has a Blab show. Originally, she was going to have Hannah Morgan on her show. However, at the last minute, Hannah couldn’t do it so Margo called me to fill in. It was a great decision because we had quite a robust conversation about getting the coveted external referral.

How important are referrals 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
  3. Send email feedback to mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com

 

 

For complete show notes go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com! 

Direct download: thevoiceofjobseekers136.mp3
Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 11:50am CST

Find Your Career Purpose

For this week’s episode, Stacie Parker is back to discuss how she job seekers discover find purpose. As a career practitioner, many people want help in finding a job, but don’t know his or her target career. Most of us rely on strategies requiring specific career intentions starting with what you want to do. Stacie provides some practical exercises to help you achieve career clarity.

I would love to hear what you think of the show. Are you clear of your career goals? Here’s how you can share with me:

  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
  3. Send email feedback to mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com
Direct download: thevoiceofjobseekers135.mp3
Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 3:14pm CST

Is Your MBA or JD Enough? Underemployment

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

Two weeks ago, Payscale.com released survey results on underemployment. They report 46% of Americans feel they’re underemployed. I encourage you to go the site to read the survey for yourself as it breaks down the following:

  •  most common job titles of the underemployed
    • most common job titles of the underemployed
    • percentage of underemployed by degree level (from high school GED to MD)
    • percentage of underemployed by gender
    • percentage of underemployed by degree level + major
    • percentage of underemployed workers and a break down by reason for underemployment

Katie Bardaro is the Vice President Data & Analytics and Lead Economist at Payscale.com. 

For complete show notes, go to The Voice of Job Seekers

 

Direct download: thevoiceofjobseekers134.mp3
Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 5:40pm CST

Preparing Youth to be Job Ready

I’ve been wanting to do a show to prepare young people to be job ready for a while now. It is critical that teens learn the processes and skills to get a job. Youth unemployment last year increased to more than 20 million as the skill gap becomes more defined. Natascha Saunders is a Youth Career Coach who will help us understand how to prepare young people to be job ready.

Let me know your thoughts about this episode. Here’s how you can expand the conversation:

  1. Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your thoughts 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
  3. Send email feedback to mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com

For complete show notes go to thevoiceofjobseekers.com/133-young-people-job-ready

Direct download: thevoiceofjobseekers133.mp3
Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 9:44pm CST

Summer Fashion to Boost Your Personal Brand

It’s summer, and once again Aaja Corinne is back to share her summer fashion and brand advice. I always enjoy these shows as we provide some light-hearted commentary to help boost your personal brand.

To add your voice or comments to the show you can:

1) Leave a voice mail or text message at 708-365-9822. Let me know if I can share it on future shows
2) Email me: mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com
3) Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com and press the “Send Voicemail” button to leave a message online

 

For complete show notes go to thevoiceofjobseekers.com/132-boost-your-personal-brand

Direct download: thevoiceofjobseekers132.mp3
Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 6:56pm CST

The New Job Search!

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

 

Both Hannah and I agree today’s job search is much more than writing and obsessively tweaking your resume. The new job search is about disruption and agility in finding social platforms to stand out. I have had Hannah Morgan on the show twice, but we talk periodically via email. She was my guest on episode 23 and episode 57.

During a recent email conversation, she asked me to be on her Blab show. I gladly accepted her invite to talk about what’s new in the job search.

Let me know if you are using some of the new platforms such as Blab, Periscope, or Snapchat. You can let me know in one of three ways:

  1. Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your thoughts 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
  3. Send email feedback to mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com

For complete show notes go to TheVoiceofJoSeekers.com/131-new-job-search

 

Direct download: thevoiceofjobseekers131.mp3
Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 3:07pm CST

Graduates, the Skills Gap is Real

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

We have been hearing about the skills gap for a long time and studies in the past address the lack of what employers want. Payscale released a skill gap study detailing the disconnect between managers and recent graduates regarding their preparedness for employment after entering the workforce, and which skills managers are most likely to consider absent or deficient. Please go to Payscale’s website to view and download their report!

I discussed this two months ago with Rich Thompson, Adecco North America Chief Human Resource Officer. He also said one of the biggest challenges employers have is the skills gap. It is evident according to the study and organizations; graduates are not ready to present themselves as proficient in business oral and written communication. Lydia Frank from Payscale is with me to discuss their skills gap study specifically as it relates to college grads. 

Have you been turned down for a position because you lacked skills? Talk to us. Here's how you can participate in the discussion: 

  1. Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your thoughts 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
  3. Send email feedback to mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com

 

 

For complete show notes go to: thevoiceofjobseekers.com/129-skills-gap

Direct download: thevoiceofjobseekers129.mp3
Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 4:13pm CST

Parents and their Job Ready College Student

 

Parents must participate in helping their son/daughter to be job-ready upon graduation. Millennials made up about 30 percent of the United States’ unemployment population.  Despite being college-educated, many recent graduates are ill-prepared for the workforce, leaving parents wondering how to get their kids from backpack to briefcase. Bill Holland is working with parents to have critical career conversations to help their son/daughter prepare to be job-ready.

Are you having career conversations with your college student?

As usual, your feedback is essential for this discussion.

Here’s how you can participate:

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

Bill Holland and I have talked a few times over the last five years, and the last time on the show was on episode 47 when we talked about his last book. He is a career consultant, an executive in the Talent Management space for many years, and now Principal and Founder of College to Career Catalyst, LLC. He has been featured on NPR and USA Today, and 60 other media outlets.

For complete show notes go to http://thevoiceofjobseekers.com/prepare-to-be-job-ready/

Direct download: thevoiceofjobseekers130.mp3
Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 6:31pm CST

Why Your Interview Skills Suck

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

Older job seekers do many things well. One of the obstacles for many of them is presenting well in an interview. The lack of preparation. The lack of research. The application of relevant knowledge. All of those things can impede your chances. Jeff Altman has 40 years experience advising job seekers with interviews and helping them with their challenges.

What are your interview challenges? I would love to know your thoughts about today’s show in three ways:

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

 

For complete show notes go to http://thevoiceofjobseekers.com/127-interview-skills

Direct download: thevoiceofjobseekers127.mp3
Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 1:27pm CST

Editor's note: Scott Bennett is the author of The Elements of Resume Style. He is often asked about resume writing and the importance in its brevity and clarity as Monster discusses with him in this interview. Scott is a friend and was kind enough to share this with me to share with you. 

 

Recorded shortly after the July 2005 launch of the first edition of The Elements of Resume Style (AMACOM, New York, NY), the freshness and continuing relevance of this podcast today help demonstrate: the more things change, the more they stay the same. As discussed in the second edition of the book, launched September 2014, successful candidates will discern between the rapid, plentiful changes in content delivery systems and the surprisingly fixed and enduring rules for developing error-free, clear, focused, targeted and compelling content. All active career seekers are urged to read and apply the strategies contained in the second edition -- in paperback, e-book, or audio format, based on learning style. Enjoy the interview

Direct download: resumepodcast.mp3
Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 6:14pm CST