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6 Hazardous Roads to an Unsuccessful Job Search

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

Welcome back to “The Voice of Job Seekers” podcast, this is Mark, your host of the show. I’m grateful you decided to listen to this episode. This is a solo edition of the podcast where I will lend my views in some areas where your job search possibly needs help. I would love to hear your thoughts, opinions, and ideas on this show. Here’s how:

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

You can do this on your phone, right now, if you want. All of this is set up so you’ll have the most convenient access possible.

Announcements

I will be taking a short spring break and time to celebrate 25 years with my wife, so I won’t publish another show until March 29.

 

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

1. The rough road
You are not finishing anything completely to anyone’s satisfaction. You read advice but rarely follow through completely. Then you go to someone who you respect saying you have tried everything. Your resume, cover letter, and other necessary marketing materials are done, but what about your social profiles, LinkedIn profile, or other efforts completing your branding? Why are they incomplete? LinkedIn picture? Other profiles incomplete? How about your networking efforts? Are you having great conversations? You get the point. You know what happens when you go down a road needing paving? Your car gets damaged in more ways than one. The same will happen in your job search when it’s incomplete.

2. The long unwinding road

Did you know your references can sabotage your job search efforts? Are you sure that the people you have listed as references can speak to your competencies? You must know there are areas that your references can speak in your favor. Do you know what they will say? A few months ago, a client got the interview, completed the entire process until her reference check process didn't pan out. The interviewer knew (or, at least, had familiarity) with her boss, and asked about her. Her boss replied, “She can’t be trusted!” Of course, my client was devastated but understand this could go on if you are not sure what your references will say. If they can’t speak positively, it will be viewed negatively. Know what your references will say and avoid this road that will never end.

 

For complete show notes go to: TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com/Job-Search-Hazards

Direct download: thevoiceofjobseekers119.mp3
Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 6:06pm CDT

Ex-Offenders Need Careers Too!

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

Note: My side of the conversation this week has noise I could not filter out in post production. However, Alisa’s side of the conversation had perfect audio. I published this show because of the outstanding content Alisa provides about ex-offenders find careers. I apologize for the audio quality, but it is a worthwhile investment of your time.

It is important ex-offenders find work and be productive members of society. Like many of us, they need direction and inspiration from many sources. Alisa Smedley can relate to how important it is personally and professionally. She has taught and coached thousands how to find jobs and to be a money-earning, tax-paying citizen. All of us can learn and know how we can be a positive influence in their lives, jobs, and careers.

Are you an ex-offender who is working? I would love for you to contribute to this conversation. Here’s how:

  1. Call and leave a voicemail 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

 

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

    Alisa is a MCCF American Job Coordinator for the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights. She has won several awards for her work such as the Excellence Award and a Human Rights Hall of Fame Nominee. She has appeared on CNN, NPR, and Wall Street Journal as an expert in helping ex-offenders in transition to find jobs and careers to contribute to society.
    Need help with your career goals, directions, or efforts? Do you need coaching or instruction? I am here for it!Also, join our Linkedin community! You’ll enjoy some of the insights shared by community members and other career pros!
      I would still like to help self-published career professionals promote their books. If you’re interested, find more info 
here
      For the first time in 1 1/2 years, I am opening to career professionals to write guest articles. If you’re interested, you can 
go here for further topics
    and directions to submit.
    For complete show notes go to: http://thevoiceofjobseeers.com/118-ex-offenders-careers

 

Direct download: thevoiceofjobseekers118.mp3
Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 10:28pm CDT

Basics of Using Job Search Apps

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

For this show, we have looked at some mobile apps and decided to give an overview of what to expect using it, and give some thoughts consider it as part of your job search. Staci Parker is a friend, a certified resume writer with a lot of experience helping job seekers. Her perspective is very valuable in this role.

Have you used a job search app yet? You can tell me about your experience in one of three ways:

  1. Call and leave a voicemail 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

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

Let me tell you a little about Stacie Parker. She is a CPRW, Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) and a Certified Coach. She is currently working on her Doctorate of Philosophy in Organization Development Psychology.

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

Need help with your career goals, directions, or efforts? Do you need coaching or instruction? I am here for it!Also, join our Linkedin community! You’ll enjoy some of the insights shared by community members and other career pros!

I would still like to help self-published career professionals promote their books. If you’re interested, find more info here.

For the first time in 1 1/2 years, I am opening to career professionals to write guest articles. If you’re interested, you can go here for further topics and directions to submit.

 

 For complete show notes go to: TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com/117-job-search-app

 

Direct download: thevoiceofjobseekers117.mp3
Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 9:55am CDT

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

I think there are enough stories of the web where someone starts out volunteering, and because of the experience it provided a bridge for a new career. Or it enhanced their current career by adding value or inspired them to change from a corporation to a non-profit organization. Antonio Boyd has seen everything in his 20 years in leadership positions with HOPE Worldwide.

Here’s how you can participate in the discussion:

    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

Antonio is the CEO and President of The Think Tank Consulting Group, LLC. It is an international management, development, and public affairs company, specializing in the non-profit, government, and entertainment sectors. Antonio spent most of his career with HOPE worldwide Ltd. His last role as Vice President of Community Outreach, he supervised and trained 10 Headquarters staff, and 125 Volunteer Directors.  He was also responsible for the development and deployment of the AmeriCorps and other organizations. Direct and plan implementation and development of the programs for the 240 communities across the United States Canada, and the Caribbean utilizing of 33,031 faith-based volunteers from 157 churches.

 

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

Need help with your career goals, directions, or efforts? Do you need coaching or instruction? I am here for it!Also, join our Linkedin community! You’ll enjoy some of the insights shared by community members and other career pros!

I would still like to help self-published career professionals promote their books. If you’re interested, find more info here.

 

For complete show notes: http://thevoiceofjobseekers.com/116-volunteer-career

 

Direct download: thevoiceofjobseekers116.mp3
Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 11:11am CDT

Giving Women The Courage to Negotiate Salary

I am happy to continue this dialogue on the gender pay gap to empower women to be informed and inspired to seek better compensation. Whether you are a woman mustering the courage to ask for a raise or looking to negotiation for better pay this episode. I encourage both men and women to listen to this episode to universally make the most out of your career trajectory.

Have you ever asked an employer for more money?

Here’s how you can participate in the discussion:

    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

Aubrey Bach (@aubreybach) is the Senior Manager, Editorial and Marketing at PayScale and we are going to dive deep into Payscale's 2016 Salary Negotiation Report. Although we discussed a few points with Lydia Frank two three episodes ago, we will attempt to parse parts of the report to provide help women particularly make gains in their negotiation strategy.

Need help with your career goals, directions, or efforts? Do you need coaching or instruction? I am here for it!Also, join our Linkedin community! You’ll enjoy some of the insights shared by community members and other career pros!

I would still like to help self-published career professionals promote their books. If you’re interested, find more info here.

For complete show notes: http://thevoiceofjobseekers.com/114-negotiate-salary/

Direct download: thevoiceofjobseekers114.mp3
Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 3:34pm CDT

Career Clarity for Military to Civilian Transitioners

This week’s show is special because we are digging deeper into the military to civilian career transition experience. Kevin Kermes was a lieutenant in the Army and worked as a headhunter for ten years before founding All Things Career.  Clarity is essential for your job search. Kevin’s advice and story is paramount to understanding why. I want to thank our mutual friend Michelle Lederman for introducing us and suggesting him as a potential guest.

I would love to hear about your military to civilian transition if this show resonates with you:

    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

Kevin founded All Things Career in 2008. He has also founded the sites Career Attraction,Every Veteran Hired, and CareerMeh. They have been featured in major sites such as Forbes, CareerBuilder, and the Wall Street Journal. 

Need help with your career goals, directions, or efforts? Do you need coaching or instruction? I am here for it!Also, join our Linkedin community! You’ll enjoy some of the insights shared by community members and other career pros!

I would still like to help self-published career professionals promote their books. If you’re interested, find more info here.

For complete show notes: TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com/115-Military-Civilian

Direct download: thevoiceofjobseekers115.mp3
Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 7:40pm CDT

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

Your first impression could result in your only chance to further your career. Aaja Corinne (@aajacorinne) and I discuss not only how you can impress in the winter, but also how your actions may impact your career.

What are a few of the goals you’re trying to achieve in your career. Can we talk? Here’s how you can participate in the discussion:

  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.co

Need help with your career goals, directions, or efforts? Do you need coaching or instruction? I am here for it!Also, join our Linkedin community! You’ll enjoy some of the insights shared by community members and other career pros!I would still like to help self-published career professionals promote their books. If you’re interested, find more info here.

 

Direct download: thevoiceofjobseekers113.mp3
Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 4:41pm CDT

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

I’ve known Ileane Smith for several years now. She owns one of the largest blogs for basic blog tips in the world. If you are thinking about starting a blog, find solutions to your  questions at BasicBlogTips.com. For this episode, as I have done in the past, suggest that you blog to help find opportunities. To help me persuade you, Ileane and I will discuss the benefits and a few how-tos on blogging.

What is keeping you from blogging? What are a few of the goals you’re trying to achieve in your career. Can we talk? Here’s how you can participate in the discussion:

  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

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

Need help with your career goals, directions, or efforts? Do you need coaching or instruction? I am here for it!

Also, join our Linkedin community! You’ll enjoy some of the insights shared by community members and other career pros!

I would still like to help self-published career professionals promote their books. If you’re interested, find more info here.

 

For complete show notes go to http:thevoiceofjobseekers.com/112-blog-job-search

 

Direct download: thevoiceofjobseekers112.mp3
Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 4:55pm CDT

Closing the Gender Pay Gap

I invite you to learn and participate in today’s show today. The gender pay gap struggle is real and the disparity is wide-spread. This show is packed with practical and powerful advice to help women to level the salary playing field. Lydia Frank (@lydia_west)and Katie Donovan (@KDSalaryCoach,@Negoti8Pay) are experts in this field and two of the best.

I would love to hear what  you think? Here’s how you can let me know:

  1. Call and leave a voicemail 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

Lydia Frank was on episode 68 last year. I bought her back to discuss the latest study conducted by Payscale.com. Lydia is the Senior Director of Marketing for Payscale and salary negotiation columnist for Money.com. Her media contributions include TechCrunch, Havard Business Review, The Huffington Post, and CBS News.

Katie Donovan is the founder of EqualPayNegotiations.com. She frequently consults with employers, employees, and policy makers. She has been seen in major media outlets such as CNBC, Forbes, NPR, and Mashable. Katie Donovan’s 360-degree background in employment, which includes working for a staffing firm, an applicant-tracking developer, and a trade association, brings a unique and pragmatic perspective to the work.

Need help with your career goals, directions, or efforts? Do you need coaching or instruction? I am here for it!

Also, join our Linkedin community! You’ll enjoy some of the insights shared by community members and other career pros!

I would still like to help self-published career professionals promote their books. If you’re interested, find more info here.

Direct download: thevoiceofjobseekers111.mp3
Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 6:40pm CDT

How to Use Tech in Your  Job Search

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

She said I made her feel important, and Kris McDonald (@littletechgirl) is quite the savvy professional when it comes to tech. This episode is a job search light episode and focused more on productivity. You want to listen to this episode if you’re in-between tech usage and knowing the depth of the use of let’s say a smart phone. 

This is a special Christmas edition of the podcast. It is also the end of this season for the show. I will be publishing new episodes on January 12, 2016. You want to subscribe to the show as we talk about salary negotiation for women (although many of the same principles we discuss will apply to all). Don’t miss that episode.

I would love to hear what  you think? Here’s how you can let me know:

  1. Call and leave a voicemail 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

 

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

    Let me tell you a little about Kris, who is a Digital Lifestyle Expert. Her press mentions include CNN, Black Enterprise, Ebony, and Huffington Post. She partners with small to large corporation clients advising on tech.

Here’s a light outline of our discussion:

  • Smartphone usage and it’s usefulness
  • Data usage and phone plans, Wi-Fi to save on data
  • Travel
  • Ideas on using syncing info from phone to computer, backing your info, calendar, phone numbers
  • Here is a link to a post about keeping your contact list no matter what phone you upgrade to
  • Photos syncing and software
  • Evernote and it’s under utilization, freemium vs. premium
  • Fresh books use to connect to PayPal, loging travel miles and expenses
  • Square or PayPal if you’re consulting to take debit or credit cards
  • Scanning receipts and documents to Dropbox
  • Using Neat and Epson to scan
  • Here is a link to a post on business efficiency written by Kris
  • Need help with your career goals, directions, or efforts? Do you need coaching or instruction? I am here for it!

Also, join our Linkedin community! You’ll enjoy some of the insights shared by community members and other career pros!

I would still like to help self-published career professionals promote their books. If you’re interested, find more info here.

Again, join me and my guests on January 12 for the special salary negotiation episode!

 

Direct download: thevoiceofjobseekers110.mp3
Category:Career Advice -- posted at: 1:34am CDT