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Ep. 109: The One Thing You Must Do in a Job Interview, with Anita Bruzzese

Our guest Anita Bruzzese explains why casting a wide net is a bad job search strategy, and she shares tips to help you decide what you want to do, set priorities for your next job, and be prepared to interview every time you send in a job application. About Our Guest: Anita Bruzzese Anita Bruzzese is an award-winning journalist specializing in workplace and career issues. She has written two career-advice books and has been quoted in publications such as O, the Oprah magazine, and has...

Duration: 00:42:11

Ep. 108: Manners that Matter in the Workplace, with Lee Caraher

Manners still count in the modern workplace. Whether you know it or not, the things you do - and don’t do - make a big impression on your boss, your interviewer, or your colleagues. Guest expert Lee Caraher shares essential reminders to make a great impression, and avoid disaster, by staying aware of basic etiquette in work environments. Our Guest for This Episode: Lee Caraher Lee Caraher is the CEO of Double Forte, a public relations and digital marketing firm. Her company works with...

Duration: 00:44:07

BONUS: Are Job Interviews Utterly Useless?

Surveys suggest there are major flaws in the job interview system. While employers have work to do to fill the gaps, job seekers are stuck with the processes we've got. What to do?

Duration: 00:09:39

Ep. 107: Don’t Make These Job Application Mistakes, with Mandi Woodruff

On this episode, guest expert Mandi Woodruff highlights the common mistakes she sees during a hiring process, illuminating innovative ways that job seekers can impress hiring managers and secure an interview from the first interaction. Our Guest for This Episode: Mandi Woodruff Mandi Woodruff is the cohost of Brown Ambition, a top 20 career and money podcast. She is also executive editor of Magnify Money, and has spent her career covering the ins and out of personal finance. Previously,...

Duration: 00:45:25

Ep. 106: Why it Pays to Take Risks in Your Career, with Joymarie Parker

Big risks can deliver big rewards for your career, whether it’s switching industries or asking for more money. While change is scary, it’s worthwhile to take smart risks in your career if you have a goal in mind. Joymarie Parker says you should be taking risks in your career, but only when you’ve done your research and have a solid plan. One risk you should definitely take: ask for more money when you know you’re worth it. Joymarie Our Guest for This Episode: Joymarie Parker Joymarie...

Duration: 00:56:40

BONUS: You Can’t Do Your Job Search Alone, with Dawn Rasmussen

Dawn Rasmussen, President of Pathfinder Careers shares her contribution to Land Your Dream Job Anywhere. How effective is networking? If you apply for a job online you have a 2% chance of getting an interview. If you apply through someone you know you have a 50% chance of getting an interview. Direct networking is that impactful. Are you thinking, “but I’m not a type ‘A’ networker. How do I practice?" You should be proactive and put yourself out there by: Opening and closing music for...

Duration: 00:04:31

Ep. 105: How to Switch Careers, with Danna Redmond

If you're considering a career change, play to your strengths. Highlight what you’re already good at - those skills that will help you contribute right away - and show people that you’re willing to learn the rest! Guest expert Danna Redmond encourages career changers to create a plan, but also be open to opportunities that come up naturally over time. It’s important to be ready to go into something new without every step clearly outlined. Start with a couple best practices: Network!Let...

Duration: 00:46:52

Ep. 104: How to Talk About a Career Break, with Carol Fishman Cohen

Many people take breaks during their career. People take breaks for childcare, elder care, travel, health, and more. When you’re ready to return after a multi-year break from work, it can be hard to make a plan to relaunch your career. The first step is to figure out what you want, according to career expert Carol Fishman Cohen. “From there,” she says, “everything else flows.” In this episode, Carol shares her personal experience with relaunching her career, and gives advice for job...

Duration: 00:43:46

BONUS: Insider Tips for Landing a Government Job, with Kirsten Wyatt

A career in the public sector can be incredibly rewarding. But government hiring processes from the local level to the federal level are often complicated and outright byzantine. This podcast listener exclusive bonus episode features Kirsten Wyatt, co-founder of Engaging Local Government Leaders, reading her contribution to Land Your Dream Job Anywhere. Opening and closing music for Find Your Dream Job provided by Freddy Trujillo,

Duration: 00:04:28

Ep. 103: How to Get Noticed at Work in Your 20s, with Kayla Buell

There’s a lot to learn when you’re a young professional just getting started in your career. Blogger Kayla Buell wrote the book on climbing the corporate ladder during your early career, and she joined the podcast this week to share her advice for young workers. The key for professionals in their 20s is to show their boss that they’re ready to learn, willing to work hard, and answerable for the work at hand. Don’t be over-confident: Ask questions and offer help to your older colleagues....

Duration: 00:45:28

Ep. 102: Why You Didn’t Get a Job Interview, with Jenn Swanson

When you submit a job application, you could be up against hundreds or even thousands of others. It’s hard to stand out in the crowd, but there are things you can do to improve your chances of getting an interview. This week’s guest expert is Jenn Swanson. Jenn reminded us of simple mistakes that can sink your job application: if you missed key details, didn’t follow instructions, or submitted your attachments in the wrong format. There are many reasons you didn’t get an interview. The...

Duration: 00:41:31

Ep. 101: Top 5 Blunders to Avoid When Changing Careers, with Kathy Caprino

Do you fantasize about reinventing your career? On this episode of Find Your Dream Job, we find out what it takes to completely change your career path, and why so many people want to give up on corporate life and open a bed and breakfast. Guest expert Kathy Caprino shares a roadmap for finding the right direction for your career. Kathy takes a holistic approach to career change, encouraging people to understand themselves and their motivations, and to be patient. She shared 5 steps to a...

Duration: 00:49:49

BONUS: The 3 Topics You Should Research Before a Job Interview, With Don Raskin

On this bonus episode, Don Raskin, author of The Dirty Little Secrets of Getting Your Dream Job reads his contribution to Mac's book, Land Your Dream Job Anywhere. Knowledge is power and the key to interview preparation is research. You must do these three things before your next job interview. Research the company. Know the job description Find out about your interviewers LinkedIn Opening and closing music for Find Your Dream Job provided by Freddy Trujillo,...

Duration: 00:04:12

Ep. 100: LIVE in Portland

We recorded our 100th episode live in our hometown of Portland, in front of about 100 of our closest friends, and it was a wonderful night. If you were there, reminisce with the full audio. If you missed it, you're in luck - we captured all the audio in this podcast! Take a listen. About Our Guest: Jared Mees Jared Mees is cofounder of Tender Loving Empire, a local-focused record label and collection of stores featuring handmade goods. Jared is a musician and art lover who turned his...

Duration: 00:39:49

Ep. 099: How to Tell Your Life Story in a Job Interview, with Rob Biesenbach

Studies confirm that storytelling is the most powerful form of communication there is. By transforming your career history from a chronological list into a story with personality, you’ll leave a strong impression on the interviewer. Rob shared tips to tell your career story with a strong narrative arc in 5 steps: The ThreadDisruptionTurning pointConflictResolution Our Guest for This Episode: Rob Biesenbach Rob Biesenbach helps organizations and individuals capitalize on the power of...

Duration: 00:47:38

BONUS: The Top Career Podcasts of 2017

What makes podcasts such a great medium for sharing career advice? I share my love of audio storytelling, conversation, and helping people find great jobs with dozens of other podcasters. On this bonus episode, I talk about how great podcasts are for career development, and introduce you to my new guide, Top Career Podcasts of 2017.

Duration: 00:03:31

Ep. 098: How to Bounce Back After a Layoff, with Sherri Thomas

Losing a job is tough; getting laid off unexpectedly is even harder. It's emotionally devastating when all of the sudden you lose your job, your paycheck, and the vision you had of yourself, all in one fell swoop. Career coach and guest expert, Sherri Thomas, shares her tips on how to bounce back from such professional setbacks. She recommends: Take some time to heal. Identify areas for improvement. Emphasize the positives. This Week's Guest: Sherri Thomas Sherri Thomas is Founder and...

Duration: 00:45:32

Ep. 097: What’s Hot, What’s Not in Resumes with Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter

Your resume is probably the most important document you use when looking for a job. It offers a great opportunity to tell your story and demonstrate what you can offer an employer. Guest expert Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter shares her top 6 list of what’s hot and what’s not in creating a great resume for today’s job market. What’s Hot in Resumes What’s Not - And How to Fix It Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Bio Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter owns and operates She is one of just 50...

Duration: 00:47:57

BONUS: Dress Code Enforcement, with Karla Miller

Dressing for work is especially fraught for women. This came to the fore nationally in July when a female journalist in Congress was turned away from the House lobby because her dress didn’t have sleeves. The story reignited our recent discussion about what “professional business attire” really means. For this bonus episode, we bring back Karla Miller, the Work Advice columnist for The Washington Post Magazine to talk about what Washington dress codes mean for the rest of us. How...

Duration: 00:12:35

Ep. 096: How to Use Your Network to Get Informational Interviews, with Kate Gremillion

Informational interviews are a fairly recent strategy in the search for a new career. The application process and job searches of the past were more formal endeavors. As a job seeker, this new adaptation gives you more networking opportunities than were available before. Consider your existing network and divide it into two categories: Your strong ties — People you immediately think of as business connections.Your weak ties — People who are separated from you by a few degrees.Friends of...

Duration: 00:45:44

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