The Career Strategists
By The Career Strategists
Join Adrian Choo The Career Strategist and #SuperCoachYen, founders of Career Agility International, who share their no-holds-barred ideas that will change your life and career! Between the 2 of them, they have over 4 decades of Headhunting and Career Coaching experience and have seen it all.
Want to learn how to grow your career to become happier and richer? Tune in now!
The Career StrategistsSep 19, 2023
S6E3 - 5 Wrong Reasons for Staying In a Job You Hate
"If you HATE your job so much, why don't you just QUIT?"
That's what we ask our clients and you'd be surprised how genuine their answers can get, even if some of them are dead wrong.
It's all about fear of the unknown... so, let the Career Strategists show you how to overcome your irrational fears and embolden you to have a rethink about your current situation.
Career Conundrums 6 - Can I Decline a Promotion?
Promotions are usually happy situations... but what if you don't want the one that's been put in front of you?
Let The Career Strategists walk you through this tricky situation.
S6E2 - 5 Career Limiting Moves To AVOID
We have seen too many promising careers take a hit just because executives simply weren't aware they shouldn't be doing what they were doing.
And some of these Career Limiting Moves could have easily been avoided.
Join the Career Strategists to find out 5 of the most egregious (yet easy to avoid) ones!
S6E1 - Beating The Sunday Night Blues!
In this exciting inaugural episode of Season 6, we explore the phenomeon called "The Sunday Night Blues" - That pervasive feeling you get as the weekend closes when you suddenly realise that there is a week of work looming ahead that you wish you didn't have to face.
In fact, this is so common that close to 73% of Executives report feeling it at some time in their careers!
Listen to the Career Strategists as they share how you can manage it and learn to enjoy the job that you have (or find an even better one!)
Bonus Track - The Unpopular Truth About CVs
In this Special Bonus Episode, our CEO Adrian discusses the Unpopular Truths about CVs - Are you wasting too much of your time? Who even reads them? What's the SOLE OBJECTIVE of one?
And what's the TRUTH behind paid CV Writing Services?
Don't listen if you can't handle the truth...
S5E13 - Bonus - Managing Personal Change
Here's a special 'throwback' episode from March where the CareerAgility Team moved office and had to cope with changes.
We share some strategies to cope with change (and the woes of working with each other!)
Career Conundrum #5 - The Unexpected Contract-Renegotiation
What should you do if HR suddenly asks you to sign a FRESH Employment Contract? And what if the terms are onerous? Can you say no?
Here are some quick tips on how to navigate this tricky Situation.
S5E12 - How To Negotiate A Bigger Salary At The Interview
Is it even possible to Negotiate your Salary before an offer is made?
The answer is YES you can!
With these powerful strategies, you can tip the balance in your favour - so, if you're in job search mode, come join us and learn how to MAKE MORE MONEY!!
Career Conundrum #4 - I didn't get promoted...Twice!
What should you do if you've been passed over for promotion twice?
Try even harder? Tell the boss off? Quit?
Adrian and Yen share some quick ideas with you.
S5E11 - How To Quit Your Job Properly
So, you've decided to RESIGN. But have you figured how you're going to tell your boss about it? And what are some things you need to do before that? How about the Biggest No-Nos to avoid?
Watch and learn as we share these secrets with you.
S5E10 - Pivoting To Non Profit - Special Guest Bernard Lim
Ever thought of joining a Charity or Not-for-profit Organisation?
This week, we interview Celebrity Host, Bernard Lim, regarding his pivot from Entertainment to Dementia Singapore.
Career Conundrum #3 - Should I get an MBA?
So, you've seen the shiny and colourful MBA Brochure and all the wonderful promises contained in it. But is it worth it?
In this 2nd episode, we hold a no-holds-barred discussion about whether an MBA is an asset or a liability to your Career.
S5E9 - Tough Situations - What Would Adrian and Yen do
"What would you do if you caught your boss at a KTV lounge with a competitor?"
This episode, we put The Career Strategists in the HOT SEAT and give them challenging work situations to see what THEY would do if they were caught in it.
Career Conundrum #2 - When 2 Headhunters Come Calling
What do you do when 2 headhunters call you up for the same role?
Do you go with the first one or the one with the better pitch?
It's tricky cos you might just piss the right one off.
Listen to our latest Episode here!
S5E8 - Your Career - Are you seeing the BIG Picture?
A Mentor of mine once asked me "Are you majoring in minors?" - ie, are you missing the woods for the trees?
Are you so focused on your job and the work you do that you've not realised your Career has gone off-track?
Listen to The Career Strategists to learn how you can shift your focus back onto the things that matter most!
Career Conundrum #1 - Managing The Incompetent Boss
In this new series of Shorts, Adrian and Yen discuss real-life cases that they have encountered in the hope that YOU can can learn some tips on how to navigate your own Career Conundrums...
In this episode, we discuss what you can do if you are faced with an incompetent boss. Tune in to find out more!
S5E7 - Your 5-point Career Audit
When you send your car for servicing, they put your vehicle through a rigorous battery of tests to make sure everything is working fine.
How about your Career? Can it survive an Audit?
The Career Strategists run through the 5 most important Career Questions you need to ask yourself - you'd be surprise how painful the answers could be!
S5E6 - Feeling Underpaid - 3 Things You Can Do Today
With the cost of things creeping up lately, who isn't feeling poorer these days?
But are Salaries catching up with costs? What can you do if you're feeling underpaid?
Adrian & Yen share a different outlook with you and what you can do before asking your boss for that raise.
S5E5 - The Awful Truth About Job Security
Did you know that 71.6% of Executives interviewed last year felt Job Insecure?
Who can blame them? With massive layoffs being the norm, nobody's job is truly safe.
But what can you do about it? Is there a better approach to managing your Career Anxiety?
Adrian and Yen share their concept of "Career Security" with you in this episode. Watch and learn!
Fireside Chat with Adrian #1 - Are Foreigners Stealing Our Jobs?
Haven't you heard? These Foreigners are stealing OUR jobs!!
In this fireside chat (pardon the casual attire - this video was originally for CareerAgility Members only), I speak about whether this is a REAL issue and what we can do about it.
TRIGGER WARNING -> I'll be speaking my mind honestly and authentically and this might offend some people. If you're one of those offended, please switch this off and go play with your cats, or dogs or favourite TikTok Channel.
Tell me - do you agree with what I said?
S5E4 - What do Headhunters REALLY Want
So, the Headhunter calls... he asks you a litany of weird questions - then never calls you back again...
What the h*ck was that all about? What did you want from me?
Adrian and Yen share the insider secrets on how Headhunters think, and why it matters to you and your job search.
S5E3 - Common Career Complaints (and how to handle them)
"I don't know what's next for me"
"Should I get an MBA?"
"I think my job is at risk - what should I do?"
As veteran Career Strategists with over 40 years of combined experience in the field, what are the most common Career Questions or Complaints that we receive?
In this episode, they share the answers to these questions.
S5E2 - Questions You Should NEVER Ask Your Interviewers
How do you turn off the Interviewer in 30 seconds or less?
By asking them silly questions like "Can I have a look at your restrooms?"... which actually happened to a client of mine!
Of course, we all want to do well at interviews, but sometimes, we inadvertently make a faux pas - here are some things you should never talk about during an interview!
S5E1 - Fueling Wellness for a Sustainable Career
Welcome to Season 5! We kickstart this exciting new season with an interview with Pooja Vig, co-founder of The Nutrition Clinic who shares with us the Diet strategies needed for us to be at our PEAK performance so we can excel in our careers!
visit www.thenutritionclinic.com.sg to find out more!
S4E12 - How (NOT) to Piss People Off at Your New Job!
So, you've just joined your dream company. All eyes are watching you...but are you doing the right things, or are you unknowingly pissing your new colleagues off?
Learn what the 5 ways you could be doing that... and how to prevent it!!
S4E11 - Getting Rid of ANTs in Your Head
Are ANTS holding your career back? Learn how to squash those ANTS (Automatic Negative Thoughts) and overcome the fears that prevent you from being the BEST you that you can be!
S4E10 - Career Crusin' or Career Complacency?
"Is it ok to NOT be ambitious?" "Can I turn down a Promotion?"
We get these questions very often - the truth is, it could hurt your career if you did that, but if you want to, there's nothing wrong if it's part of your Career Strategy.
In this episode, Adrian and Yen will share their honest opinions with you.
S4E9 - Tough Career Questions - Ask The Experts
Why won't my boss promote me? Am I being fairly compensated for my Job? What do I do if 2 headhunters approach me for the same role?
These are tough questions that few people will tell you the honest answer to - but WE will! Tune in to learn more!
S4E8 -Turbocharge Your JobSearch with ChatGPT!
ChatGPT is going to disrupt Jobs. But what if you could use it to FIND jobs? Let Adrian and Yen share some ways you can leverage AI to land that dream job!
S4E7 - Job Hunting Productivity Hacks Revealed
Are you in a Job Hunting Mode? What are some of the clever things that you can do to reduce your time to landing that job and making the journey less painful?
Tune in to Adrian and Yen, who have more than 4 decades of headhunting experience the share 5 Power Tips with you!
S4E6 - 5 Deadly Linkedin Mistakes with Special Guest Roger Ng
Are you optimising your Linkedin Profile?
Are you using this brilliant career platform correctly, or is it damaging your brand?
Tune in to this information packed episode where our Special Guest, Linkedin Power User Roger Ng shares his practical advice on how you can raise your Linkedin Game - and Elevate Your Career!
S4E5 - Lunar New Year Special - Interview Tips on OneFM913
It's hiring season soon...and the interviews will be coming quick and fast - what are some things that can bomb your interview?
Adrian shares his ideas with The Big Show Gang on OneFM913 - in his festive Red Bunny T-shirt!!
S4E4 - 5 Deadly Mistakes New Leaders MUST Avoid
So, you just got promoted...and now that you're in a new leadership role, what are some of the deadliest mistakes that could sink your career?
Let Adrian and #SuperCoachYen share what you need to avoid doing so you can thrive in your new role.
S4E3 Are You Career Agile or Career Fragile?
"I see, a bad moon rising...." sang Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Indeed, the retrenchment onslaught from the Tech companies continues into 2023 and there will be a spillover to the other parts of the economy as well.
How will it affect you? Are you ready for the uncertainty ahead? Let Adrian and Yen share how you can stand tall and be brave - by being Career Agile, Not Career Fragile!
S4E2 - 5 Red Flags Interviewers Are Looking For
There are certain signs that we actively look for when assessing or screening prospective candidates - and there are FIVE particularly egregious ones we are trained to spot and question.
Tune in to this new episode to what they are and how you can avoid them!
S4E1 5 Warning Signs At The Interview To Look Out For
In this new season, The Career Experts Adrian and Yen share what warning signs you need to watch for when you're being interviewed.
Like when the process feels unnecessarily rushed... or when they refuse to let you meet your future boss. Learn about these red flags and more, so you don't fall into the lion's den!
S3E12 - 5 Questions You MUST Ask Your Headhunter
Many people just take the headhunter's call without asking whether the role is right for them. They end up wasting both party's time.
Adrian and #SupercoachYen share the 5 questions you NEED to ask before proceeding with the call!
S3E11 - 5 SECRETS Hiring Managers Wished You Knew
Do you know how stressful it is to hire a new team member?
Get into the mind of the Hiring Manager and see what he/she is thinking even as they are assessing your suitability for the role - you might learn how to increase your odds of getting the role!
S3E10 5 Riskiest Mid-Career Moves To Avoid
Did you hear about the Banker who quit to start a Bakery and lost everything?
Sometimes, BOLD Career Moves can lead to failure if you're not careful...so learn what the 5 most common mistakes that Career-switchers often make in their quest for their 'Dream Job'.
S3E9 Why Is The Final Interview Always The Toughest To Clear
It's always so close...yet so far!
The final round of the interview process is often the most frustrating - what are the interviewers looking for? What do they want to hear? How can you beat this final round to land that wonderful job?
Watch and learn!!
S3E8 Why Some Mid-Career Switches FAIL!
It's true - a Mid-Career Switch is often fraught with danger and risk.
And yet, thousands still want to go through with it, respite the chances of things going wrong!
In this week's episode, we explore the 5 most common reasons why mid-career switches fail, and what you can do about it.
S3E7 When To Quit Your Job
Dragging yourself to work every morning?
Want to flip your boss the middle finger?
Knowing when to quit is a matter of correct timing and ability to read the signs.
Let the Career Experts share the 5 signs that it's time for you to send in that Resignation Letter.
S3E6 What REALLY goes on during your Background Check - Special Guest
This week, we are fortunate to get the MD of Singapore's biggest Background Checking Agency to share what goes on behind the scene when your prospective employer runs a background check on you.
Mr Kannan Chettiar, MD of Avanz, shares the juicy stories and also, how you can keep your background clean and squeaky!
S3E5 - Unsuitable! Applying for Jobs You Seem Overqualified For
"Sorry, you're too Senior!"
"But we can't afford you..."
"I'm afraid you'll leave once a better job comes along."
Yes, sometimes, we do apply for roles that we're too senior for and automatically, it sends red flags to the Recruiters.
How can we overcome is bias? Tune in and learn how to position yourself to defeat this discriminatiory practice!
S3E4 5 Possible Reasons Why You're Not Getting Promoted
Did you miss that last promotion cycle?
Did that moronic colleague of yours who does nothing but brown-nose the big bosses get promoted...again?
This career stagnation could be due to some signals that you didn't even know you were sending out... watch this week's episode to find out how to get promoted fast!
S3E3 Headhunter Confessions - What We Are Really Looking For?
Every wondered what the 5 things that we headhunters hope for and look for when we reach out to prospective candidates?
This week, get a Sneak Peek into the minds of #SuperCoachYen and Adrian who have over 4 decades of experience in this field to uncover what Headhunters will NEVER tell you!
S3E2 Bouncing Back from Career Setbacks
Everyone has made mistakes before - some minor ones, some major ones - but how do you come back from a major Career Setback?
It's all about perspectives and strategies - let the Career Experts share some great ideas with you!
S3E1 - Are We Being Overly Optimistic About The Job Market?
Everyone says 2023 is when the Post-covid Rebound happens... but why is Big Tech letting thousands of their staff go?
Is 2023 going to be a year of doom and gloom, or will it hold the promise of growth and better prospects?
S2E12 Excuse Me, Are You A Lost Sheep?
Sometimes, we don't really know where our careers are heading and we just 'go with the flow'.
Or worse still, just let other people guide us, and place our own destinies into their hands!
Like a Sheep lost in the field, with no idea where to go.
Are you a Lost Sheep? Uncover out how you can find you way back home today!
S2E11 Let's Interview The Headhunter - Finian Toh
This week, we take a peek behind the curtains to see how a top headhunter operates.
Our Special Guest this week is Finian Toh, a veteran recruiter with years of experience. Learn how they assess candidates, manage the process, and what you can do to help the process!