Your Career GPS
By Brad W. Minton
Your Career GPS Nov 22, 2023
Ep. 97 Test Driving: Building Confidence Through Strategic Interview Preparation (Special Guest Linda Evans)
On the way to 100 episodes we’re inviting back more familiar voices to the podcast! In this episode Brad invites back his very first guest Linda Evans, Founder of Launched by Linda, to talk all about interview prep and how the time spent before the interview can greatly enhance confidence and ability to showcase value the right way. Highlights from this episode include:
What does she feel is the most important first step that anyone can do when they have an upcoming interview
Linda discusses when conducting research what are the most important factors to look for and what resources can they use
Creating a language congruent with company mission and purpose to prepare for your conversation.
What happens if the information is scarce or you’re coming into a new organization or one that is less well known, what can someone do then
What questions can be asked when someone is doing research on an company and speaking directly to employees and which employees to target.
How does she advise her students/clients on how to cope with the anxiety of interviewing and just working through the mental stress
Linda discusses her own framework for interview prep that can help tell impactful stories as well as decrease anxiety
What tools/technology has she found to be beneficial in interview prep that she suggests
Linda Evans is a Gallup Certified Strengths-Based Career Coach who uses a unique combination of coaching, counseling, and consulting. Linda has a M.A. in Psychological Counseling from Columbia University and coaching certificate from New York University. She started her virtual career coaching business, Launched by Linda, in 2011 and has worked in higher education for 10 years at 5 universities in Utah, Washington D.C., New York City, and San Antonio, TX. She enjoys writing and speaking about personal branding, strengths, interview preparation, networking, and career transitions in webinars, conferences, panels, and podcasts.
Ep. 96: Power Steering: Leveraging The Challenge Mindset For Career Adaptability (Special Guest JP Michel)
On our way to 100 episodes we’re inviting back familiar voices to the podcast! For the first time ever, Brad invites JP Michel, Founder of Sparkpath back to the podcast to talk more in depth about how the challenge mindset is transforming career exploration for young people. Highlights from this episode include:
For those who may not be familiar with Sparkpath and the challenge mindset, JP provides a background into this methodology
The importance of individuals who help young adults and have transformational conversations to redefine the world of education and career development
How this approach to career exploration can help young adults make decisions about their careers when careers evolve and change so much while driving more equity in the workplace
How the challenge mindset builds career adaptability, a necessary skills in times of rapid change.
The importance of anticipating how careers may change and how they may adapt over time.
The importance of framing career change from a point of contribution (The World Needs You) to create empowerment and momentum.
JP discusses to concept of aspirational identity and how leaning into the challenge mindset can help build self awareness that forward thinking instead of backward.
In addition to the challenge cards, what other steps or tools can be useful for young people to dig into to consider their own challenges worth working on.
How career work through challenge mindset can be equity work.
Since starting Sparkpath, what are some success stories he’s had.
JP discusses the future of Sparkpath and his upcoming book soon to be released.
JP Michel is the creator of the Challenge mindset and the Challenge Cards, which have been used by more than 70,000 students around the world.
His past consultancy work with leaders led to the creation of SparkPath, an innovative career exploration company spotlighted on the Forbes, TEDx, CBC and BBC. Recognized as the 2022 Outstanding Career Leader by the Career Professionals of Canada, JP's holds a degree in psychology from the University of Ottawa and a master's degree in industrial-organizational psychology from the University of Manchester.
Ep. 95 Follow The Signs III: More Lessons From Our Leaders
This fantastic episode is the third compilation of our incredible guests over the last 30 episodes providing their expertise. Listen to our experts answer the question “What is the best piece of career advice for the next generation?”.
Mark Herschberg, Ep. 66 (1:36-1:58)
Melissa Carson, Ep. 67 (2:01-2:28)
Gene Rice, Ep. 68 (2:31-3:08)
Eliana Goldstein, Ep. 69 (3:12-4:59)
Alicia Ramsdell, Ep. 71 (5:04-6:12)
Katelyn Richards, Ep. 72 (6:16-6:49)
Bernie Floresca, Ep. 73 (6:52-7:18)
Elena Agaragimova, Ep.74 (7:21-8:51)
Devon Turcotte, Ep. 75 (8:57-9:40)
Jeremy Schifeling, Ep. 76 (9:44-10:57)
Ana Goener, Ep. 78 (11:01-12:07)
Jamie Edwards, Ep. 79 (12:13-12:50)
Kelsey Wat, Ep. 80 (12:55-14:41)
Alana Kilmartin, Ep. 81 (14:45-15:11)
Ann Garcia, Ep. 82 (15:14-15:57)
Chris Wilson, Ep. 83 (16:00-16:31)
Meghan Cathlin, Ep. 84 (16:34-17:04)
Steve Dalton, Ep. 85 (17:07-17:30)
Matt Warzel, Ep. 87 (17:33-17:41)
Anish Majumbdar, Ep. 88 (17:43-18:22)
Tony Leonard, Ep. 89 (18:26-19:34)
Lata Hamilton, Ep. 90 (19:38-21:11)
Brandon Slade, Ep. 91 (21:14-22:02)
Stephen Lu, Ep. 92 (22:06-23:21 )
Maria Theresa, Ep. 93 (23:25-24:11)
Ari Weinsten, Ep. 94 (24:15-26:14)
Ep. 94 Laying Tracks: Creating On-Brand Content (Special Guest Ari Weinstein)
In this impactful episode Brad sits down with Branding expert and author of Personal Branding at Work Ari Weinstein to talk about the power of content creation and how to get started if you’re a young professional. Highlights from this episode include:
Ari talks about his own career journey and how his past in graphic arts helped him become a branding expert.
Ari discusses what his definition of a personal brand is and what he feels are the most important steps for young people to start building their own.
Despite high social media usage, many young people are intimidated with the idea of creating their own content. Ari talks about what could be a good first step to dip a toe in the water.
Students and new graduates often lack experience, he talks about how creating content could help build relevant skills toward people’s future careers.
Ari discusses How young adults determine what type of content to create or what platforms to use
What suggestions can Ari provide about how to ensure that what you create stays consistent with the brand you’re looking to create and resonates with your target audience.
What is the best piece of career advice Ari could pass along to this next generation.
Ari Weinstein is an award-winning career development coach who guides clients to make great impressions on people who matter to them. Author of Personal Branding at Work, Ari partners with professionals in diverse fields to strengthen their brands, teaching them how to communicate better and network for career success. When he’s not coaching, writing, or teaching Ari enjoys creating digital art and graphics. He loves outdoor photography and hiking near his home in New York’s Hudson Valley and when traveling to meet clients anywhere in the world.
Ep. 93 Light Speed: Keys To Getting Quick Resume ROI (Special Guest Maria Theresa)
In this impactful episode Brad sits down with Maria Theresa (Khalife) to break through some of the fluff and banter about resumes and what's really necessary in order to get that quick ROI. Key highlights include:
Maria has lived and worked in other countries and breaks down how do resume norms differ for those seeking international positions
How do resumes fit into the greater job search strategy
What does she consider to be the most important keys that can differentiate a great resume from a pile of good ones
How does she help clients identify and articulate their own achievements when they struggle identifying what those are
What can students and new graduates do to showcase skills or impact when they lack experience
What is important to know about the Applicant Tracking Systems companies use and how to make impactful resumes that get through
What does it actually mean to tailor the resume to the position and how to eliminate time wasted on this practice
What is the best piece of career advice that she could pass along to this next generation
Maria Theresa Khalife, founder and general manager of MTK Career Writing Services, launched her own business after seeing candidates struggle in their job search, leave money on the salary negotiation table, and miss endless opportunities.
She is a dedicated professional resume writer helping candidates land interviews and jobs worldwide, including in Canada, Australia, United Arab Emirates, the Philippines, Italy, and more.
Maria has expanded her business with senior business professionals and experienced career writers to offer all career services to better prepare you for your job search, salary negotiation, and career transformation. We write resumes for C-suite executives, mid-senior, and entry-level professionals.
Ep. 92 Riding Higher: Career Confidence Accelerators For Introverts (Special Guest Stephen Lu)
In this impactful episode Brad sits down with Stephen Lu to talk about how introversion and shyness can be a hinderance but also could be a superpower in the workforce when addressed and confidence is developed. Key Highlights from this episode include:
- Stephen is known as being a former shy engineer and helps introverts own their voice, he provides a little background in his own journey with introversion to where he is today
- How has being an introvert helped him in his career and how has he leveraged it to build confidence
- In his work now, what are the biggest things he finds himself having to challenge his clients on in order to gain confidence
- For Gen Z who are maybe still in school or haven’t yet broken into the workforce, what steps can they take to push their comfort zones
- We all know how powerful LinkedIn can be for young people in all phases of their careers, Stephen discusses how can introverts start to engage on LinkedIn in an authentic way
- What steps can introverts take at the workplace to ensure they’re able to lean into introversion and be authentic to who they are
- What advice he would give a young professional who feels they are having to force themselves to be an extrovert at work
- What is the best piece of career advice that he could pass along to this next generation
Stephen Lu provides career advice, improve confidence, and inspire to create LinkedIn content so you can build your personal brand, get the job the one wants, and be successful in a career! Currently he is a Program Manager at Applied Materials. He is creating strategic initiatives to allow applied matierials to become more proactive about obsolescence. Stephen Lu is also a career coach and public speaker currently residing in Mountain House, CA.
Ep. 91 Untapped Potential: Enhancing Career Potential Of Neurodiverse Workers (Special Guest: Brandon Slade)
In this incredible episode, Brad sits down with Brandon Slade, CEO of Untapped Learning to talk about the unique superpowers of the neurodiverse community as well as well as the call to action for both job seekers and employers to maximize their effectiveness to tap those powers. Key highlights from this episode include:
How Brandon found his path towards purpose-driven work
Brandon tells our listeners about the great work he's doing at Untapped Learning
He highlights some of the most important misinterpretations about the neurodiverse community from the angle of career
Neurodiverse students can often struggle with confidence as they transition to the workforce which can impact their ability to communicate their value and advocate for themselves. He discusses what steps they can take to build more confidence
How individuals with these conditions can find companies and opportunities that can utilize their talents or accommodate any limitations
Brandon touches on tools/technology/resources he recommends that are fairly universally useful
It can be worrisome for people to disclose a diagnosis to a potential employer. He talks about how to work though this decision and best practices
He talks about why mentorship is so impactful particularly for individuals with these challenges and how people can find the right mentor
What is the best piece of career advice that he could pass along to this next generation
Brandon Slade is the founder and CEO of Untapped Learning, an executive function coaching organization. Slade was diagnosed with ADHD at an early age, but it wasn't until college that he fully recognized his brain did not work like those of his neurotypical peers. Since then, Slade’s goal has been to better understand the ADHD brain. After teaching special education for 12 years, he started Untapped Learning. Untapped's mission is to help students with executive function challenges to develop the skills they need to succeed academically and beyond.
Ep. 90 Switching Lanes: Embracing Change For Career Advancement (Special Guest Lata Hamilton)
In this episode Brad sits down with Lata Hamilton to talk about change, and how to embrace it, navigate it effectively and propel your career forward faster than ever before! Key highlights from this episode include:
“It’s not about where you start it’s about where you’re going” is such a powerful statement and plays into Lata's story. She outlines how this has played out in her career.
- There is often so much fear with making a change or taking a chance. She talks about how she helps her clients get unstuck from fear or analysis paralysis
Making temporary shifts is often not too difficult but having sustained change is challenging and what steps can people take to ensure lasting change for the most career advancement
Lata discusses how women in particular can fall into traps and not live up to their career potential
What steps women can make to ensure they’re being set up for a path of advancement and leadership within their organizations and beyond
The issue of pay gap is improving but it’s still not where it needs to be, what women can do to close that gap and increase their earnings potential
Lata talks about the alternative ways of being employed that can change earnings trajectory for young professionals
She outlines what is the best piece of career advice that she could pass along to this next generation
Lata Hamilton is a pocket rocket burst of energy with a big heart...and big hair!
She is the Founder & CEO of Passion Pioneers and the creator of the “Leading Successful Change” program.
Lata has worked with some of Australia’s biggest companies, and tripled her salary in just 3 years to almost $200,000. She moved from Marketing to the world of Organisational Change Management and developed her own style of inspirational change leadership. She’s worked on changes that have impacted over 100,000 people, global cultural
transformations, operating model changes, and digital transformation that is literally changing the way that we work.
In 2015, Lata became a certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner and Coach, and started her own side hustle. Lata transitioned full-time to her business in July 2021, blending her coaching and change work into her courses and consulting services. She helps women carve their own paths for change in career, leadership and life with
confidence and authenticity and truly earn their worth. Her 2022 diagnosis of endometriosis only further solidified her belief that women need to have the flexibility and freedom in their work to support their health.
Lata is an absolute foodie, a cardio junkie, and an avid op/thrift shopper. Lata was adopted from India by an Australian family and believes it doesn’t matter where you started– it’s where you’re going and the lives you change along the way that counts.
Coming to live bright and early from Sydney, Australia.
Ep. 89 Off The Beaten Path: Using Creativity In Your Career (Special Guest Tony Leonard)
In this fantastic episode Brad sits down with Tony Leonard, A Career Coach for creative professionals. He talks all about how creative individuals can leverage it for good in their career in terms of the various decisions they make and the opportunities they seek. Some highlights from this episode include:
- So often young people are discouraged to pursue careers in creative ventures like art, music, language arts, film etc. Tony discusses he wants young creatives to know about this.
Tony helps our listeners understand how knowing yourself holistically helps in career choice and how to even leverage creativity
He talks about the importance of open-mindedness when navigating early career decisions
Creative professionals can sometimes be undervalued and not treated with respect of their worth. He talks about what young people need to look out for and how can they counter this
So many young people often feel restricted from bringing confidence to their ideas to the workplace, and Tony talks about how to work through this
How can young job seekers stand out in a subjective world and job market.
What is the best piece of career advice that Tony could pass along to this next generation
Tony Leonard is a career coach who works mainly with creative professionals. He has 13+ years helping people with their professional pathways. Creative people, of all types, often struggle with being valued in the marketplace. Tony specializes in assisting creative professionals through difficult transitions.
Tony uses a holistic approach to coaching that begins with deep listening. Tony’s own struggles with mental health have shaped his coaching and made him a more empathetic human. He is committed to social justice. He understands individual humans operate within systems of oppression and that these systems negatively impact career development.
Tony’s work aims to help clients reduce suffering and increase joy in their lives. Anxiety related to money causes a great deal of suffering. By helping humans get to a point of financial abundance, suffering is reduced, and creative people can get back to their world-improving work.
Ep. 88 Driver's Seat: Conversations For Career Advancement (Special Guest Anish Majumdar)
In this impactful episode Brad sits down with Anish Majumdar to discuss the importance of having critical conversations early in your career and how to navigate the concerns of how to advocate yourself early in your career amongst prospective employers, your current supervisor or colleagues. Highlights from this episode include:
- So many young people struggle to advocate for themselves as they enter into their early professionals roles Anish breaks down his suggestions for how to start building confidence through building rapport with others
- Anish discusses ways that young professionals can make great first impressions to connect with leaders in their organization while still maintaining courtesy and being open-minded
- He talks about how to create an accountability system through being proactive
What would he consider the best practices to be when young people are trying to negotiate a possible promotion
There is difficulty with how to quantify value. Anish talks about steps early professionals can they take to set themselves up for success
A misalignment of strengths and abilities in the workplace can happen so Anish talks about how can young professionals address these challenges with their supervisors
He has talked about this new paradigm of professional success involving creating a “universe of opportunities.”, he discusses what this means.
Anish discusses what is the best piece of career advice that he could pass along to this next generation
Anish Majumdar is a Career Coach and expert in the Hidden Job Market.
Over the past 12 years, he has helped thousands of professionals around the world take the reins of their professional destiny and break free of the necessity of “job searching”- permanently. His webinars, videos and articles have appeared in Fast Company, Business Insider, Glassdoor, and Ivy Exec. He lives with his wife and three children in Rochester, NY.
Ep. 87 Dodging Traffic: Job Search Workarounds (Special Guest Matt Warzel)
In this episode Brad sits down with Matt Warzel Founder of MJW Careers LLC to talk about how to cut through the fluff and be more effective in delivering your message to hiring teams. Key highlights from this episode include:
- From the perspective of a former recruiter, Matt has mentioned seeing that disconnect between what job seekers do and what recruiters want and shares what some of the biggest are
- Student and recent grads have a challenging time communicating their value in their resumes, when they lack work experience, he breaks down what is the best approach
- Mett talks about how the generalist approach can't work for the majority of job seekers.
- We hear so much of the time investment of a job search. He discusses where should young job seekers spend their time to ensure it doesn’t become a full time job.
- Matt talks about what are some of the best tools/technology that he's discovered that can help job seekers get closer to landing their roles without sacrificing quality
- With so much talk lately about ChatGPT used to hack certain elements of the job search, but there are cautions as well that Matt discusses along with appropriate uses.
- He discusses what is the best piece of career advice that he could pass along to this next generation
Matthew Warzel, CPRW is a certified resume writing expert with over 15 years in Human Resources and career advancement techniques. He manages MJW Careers and provides assistance to companies in transition from downsizes to buyouts as well as individual job seekers needing to advance their careers. Matt has a long history working in Human Resources and on recruitment/staffing teams across a variety of industries. He fashions a resume that allows employers to review the applicant's assets while highlighting his or her accomplishments, showcasing impacts on the employer's bottom lines using quantitative verbiage, and maintaining brevity.
He has been featured in media and publications that include Forbes, Money, AARP, SHRM, Yahoo! Finance, Yahoo! Australia, Yahoo! UK, Yahoo! News, Yahoo! Life, Yahoo! Sports, AOL, Glassdoor, The Ladders, Monster, Fatherly, Dollar Sprout, The Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, LongIslandWeekly, Suffolk News Herald, MSN Money, Healthline, FairyGodBoss, CourseHero, HR C-Suite, Medium, KTVN Reno, WICZ-TV Fox 40, The Star-News, North Carolina Latino News, MySanAntonio.com, The Beaumont Enterprise, The Daily Courier, MilitaryHire.com, TAOnline.com, Patch, Upjourney, HigherEdJobs, CareerAddict, Career Sherpa, Tribune Content, The Network Journal, The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, College Recruiter, Talent Egg, Taffeta and Deseret News National among others.
Ep. 86 Paving The Road: Crafting Your Authentic Impact Story
In this episode Brad goes solo to provide a framework for personal branding to take it beyond the surface level and create an authentic impact story. Some highlights on this episode include:
- Brad discusses the importance of having a personal brand that is powerful and authentic to the individual
- The STAR framework of personal branding to create a unique impact story
- Brad shares examples of guiding questions that can help individuals reflect on their own factors to build their impact story
- He shares tools and resources that can be used to bring these elements together
- He offers real-world examples using client stories to showcase what an authentic impact story can look like
- How can people tie these elements together in a way that resonates and resembles a personal mission.
Brad is the Founder of Mint To Be Career LLC and the host of Your Career GPS Podcast.
Ep. 85 2 Hours To Destination: Networking Strategy To Close Your Job Search (Special Guest Steve Dalton)
In this impactful episode Brad sits down with Steve Dalton, the Author of The 2-Hour Job Search and most recently “The Job Closer” to understand how so many people get sucked into the belief that job search has to be a long and arduous trek rather than a streamlined process. Key highlights from this episode include:
Steve discusses what motivated him to write his first book and what prompted the follow up years later.
The difference between job search tips and the elusive job search recipe.
Where do most people get networking wrong by the advice out there on the internet.
Steve breaks down the importance of trust building in the job search.
He talks about the difference between proactive and reactive networking.
What steps can be taken to work through the initial fear of reaching out during networking
The importance of going into a job search with a learning forward attitude and how that actually looks in practice.
How to lead with curiosity when connecting to others in a way that makes them feels valued.
How can cover letters be utilized as an effective job search strategy rather than a document that will never been seen
Steve Dalton was inspired by his students' difficult job searches during the 2008 financial crisis, so the then-Duke MBA career coach set out to create the first set of job search instructions to replace the ubiquitous networking “tips” which only worked for a select few.
Steve Dalton has since delivered hundreds of workshops on his advocacy-building methods for both universities and employers following the success of his first book, The 2-Hour Job Search, which was published by Penguin Random House’s Ten Speed Press in 2012.
His books – including his 2021 follow-up The Job Closer – are both Amazon #1 best-sellers and have now sold more than 100,000 copies worldwide. Their “recipes” are currently taught at over 100 universities worldwide, and Dalton himself is a frequent guest speaker at top universities and Fortune 500 companies.
Through his company, Contact2Colleague, Dalton provides workshops and keynotes to help companies improve their talent retention, advancement, and diversification through cohort onboardings, ERG presentations, company-wide trainings, and more.
Dalton has been featured in Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal, and Fortune among others and was a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. His networking videos are popular on YouTube, and his video on how to answer “Tell me about yourself” is among YouTube’s Top 1% most popular.
Prior to career services, Dalton was a chemical engineer, strategy consultant, and marketer. Dalton holds an MBA from Duke and a chemical engineering degree from Case Western University. He currently resides in Durham, North Carolina.
2 Hour Job Search Book: https://2hourjobsearch.com/
The Job Closer Book: https://www.thejobcloser.com/
Ep. 84 Zero to Sixty: Early Career Hacks To Accelerate Your Network Growth (Special Guest Meghan Cathlin)
In this fantastic episode Brad sits down with Founder of Considerate Ventures Meghan Cathlin to talk about networking strategies that early career professionals can make to accelerate the potential gain long term. Key highlights from this episode include:
Meghan breaks down her career journey that’s gotten her to where she is today and how she was able to make impactful career moves early
She was pulled to event planning/promotion work and realized pretty quickly that she were great at it. She talks about moving natural talents into superpowers
We all know the importance of networking but for so many young people just starting in their career it can be very intimidating. What helped her get over that and how she worked through fear and being awkward
She breaks down the importance of informational interviewing and how she utilized this practice in her career journey
“If they’re not leading with kindness, they can’t create anything meaningful.” Meghan talks about how this principle has served her
For those looking to start conducting informational interviews, what advice would she give them about how to make them the most effective
What are the tactics or strategies that she's encountered that can greatly accelerate the growth one’s professional network
She discusses what are some ways that individuals can keep their network “warm” and ensure they keep a consistent flow of opportunities
What is the best piece of career advice that she could pass along to this next generation
For more than 20 years Meghan Caithlin has worked in service to artists, authors, celebrities, C.E.O.s and dignitaries alike, delighting in bringing calm, order and warmth to her clients. Now with Considerate Ventures, she is exclusively offering her powers of organization, creativity, and intuition to those who use their platforms, power, and influence for good.
Ep. 83 Pedal To The Metal: Taking Risks In Your Career (Special Guest Chris Wilson)
In this fantastic episode Brad sits down with Chris Wilson, the Owner and Founder of Chris Wilson Co. to talk about how to take risks even in early stages of your career and what advantages and potential drawbacks can come with that. Highlights in this episode include:
Chris discusses his story of career navigation and how it led him to travel across country to follow his dreams
Chris talks about how analysis paralysis impacts so many young people who are concerned about making the “right” choices and offers his thoughts about how people can work through it
He often speaks about the myth of the perfect job and clarifies what this actually should mean for young adults
He highlights what are some early career moves that Gen Z can make to take more small chances to build momentum
Based on his personal experience, a lot of trial and error, he talks about what lessons have the various risks and tough decisions taught him
What is the best piece of career advice that he could pass along to this next generation
Chris Wilson is a 2 x published author of the books Optimal Health and Optimal Wealth. He runs a career coaching business based in Vancouver, Canada. Chris helps young professionals leave the job they hate and transition to a career they love! He's published over 150 articles online dedicated to work, life, and productivity. Chris believes in working toward your goals and never giving up.
Ep. 82 Cash For The Road II: Funding Your Education (Special Guest Ann Garcia)
In this fantastic episode Brad invites Ann Garcia onto the podcast and they talk Money! More importantly, why money is such a problematic issue for so many young people to pay for their education and some great ways to make better decisions. Key highlights from this episode include:
- Paying for College/Higher Education is concern for so many, Ann breaks down what would be some of the biggest misconceptions about how to pay for college/higher education
- Ann discusses the FAFSA, what it means and what it can provide young people in terms of options
- She talks about what advice she would give those pursuing college to position themselves to get more aid
- There’s a lot out there about scholarships being underutilized by young adults pursuing college, she talks in detail about how scholarships can be accessed
- Ann talks about what are some great ways/tips for current students to keep their costs down that they may not be thinking of right now
- She discusses what are some great resources that prospective students can tap into to budget and form a financial game plan as it pertains to school
- Ann provides her best piece of career advice that she could pass along to this next generation
Ann Garcia, aka The College Financial Lady, has helped thousands of families save millions of dollars on college. A fee-only Certified Financial
PlannerR and managing partner of Independent Progressive Advisors, Ann specializes in helping families balance the desire to support their children’s
dreams with the reality of funding their own lives. Her book How to Pay for College is available from bookstores everywhere Ann has been featured in the New
York Times, US News & World Report, CNN Money and countless other media. Ann and her husband, Bob, live in Portland, OR. Their twins will graduate debt-
free from college next year.
Ep. 81 Joy Ride: Creating An Unserious Career Journey (Special Guest Alana Kilmartin)
In this episode Brad connects with Alana Kilmartin all the way from Australia to talk about how to have fun in your career journey. They talk about how pressure from family and society can take young people off course and add considerably more pressure. Key highlights from this episode include:
- She tells our listeners a little about her upcoming book Unserious Careers
- Alana talks about the spark for Unserious Careers and how she advocates for things that allow more fun in the journey
- She discusses how can young people have conversations with their parents about taking unconventional or atypical paths after high school or university and get buy-in
- The value of travel and how young people can get started with using travel as a career exploration tool
- Alana talks about gap years, and the many values that they can provide young people
- She talks about how young people can build momentum towards having a successful career while simultanesouly having fun and enjoying the process
- For students/new grads on a tight budget, she talks about how could they tap into some of these things that they may see as more luxuries
- Alana provides her best piece of career advice
Alana Kilmartin is wildly passionate about work and how we can use it to create an epic life when we leave school. She is the author of Unserious Careers, an e-book for how to navigate the first 5 years of your career. Alana is on a mission to remove the pressure around career decisions and inspire you to focus on fun instead. She is a fan of all things gap years, travel and snowboarding!
Ep. 80 Curb Appeal: Communicating Your Value Add (Special Guest Kelsey Wat)
In this amazing episode Brad is joined by the Founder of TGIM Careers Kelsey Wat where she helps break down the ways that Gen Z and early career professionals can move past short-selling their strengths and skills and embrace their authentic superpower and value add. Highlights from this episode include:
- So many young people feel uncomfortable speaking about their value due to their own biases. Kelsey talks about what are the ways that people tend to sell themselves short
- She discusses what could be a good first steps to get past the limiting beliefs
- What the most common missed opportunities are for people to really sell their value in terms of their job search
- When considering the fundamentals of building a brand that communicates value, what do you consider the core components? What would attract prospective employers?
- In the process of networking for job opportunities what words of advice do you have about HOW to deliver the message of your value the right way?
- Interviews are a great way to sell your unique value. What advice do you have about how to differentiate yourself among other top candidates?
- What is the best piece of career advice that you could pass along to this next generation?
- How can our listeners follow you and connect with your content?
Kelsey Wat is a career coach and founder of TGIM Careers, a career consulting and talent development agency dedicated to helping individuals and groups successfully navigate the job market and design careers that bring about personal and professional fulfillment. Kelsey has worked in workforce development and career coaching for over 10 years and has helped 100s of individuals, including US veterans, the homeless population, business students, MBAs, executives, and early career professionals. Kelsey brings a background in social work and focus on strengths-based coaching to her practice, allowing her to work holistically with her clients to navigate the intersection between their lives and careers. Kelsey lives in Northern California with her husband and 3yo twin daughters.
Ep. 79 Upshift: Optimizing Your LinkedIn Profile And Presence (Special Guest Jamie Edwards)
In this fantastic episode Brad sits down with Jamie Edwards, the CEO of Jam Sessions with Jamie. He helps our listeners learn about how to maximize their impact and visibility through LinkedIn and profile optimization. Some key highlights from this episode include:
- Jamie discusses how he got started and created his own authentic brand.
- He talked about how he’s been able to build a following in an organic way after he was off the platform for a while.
- Jamie talks about how to fundamental factors that can help a profile start to stand out when first getting on the platform.
- The value of the headline and how to create an eye-catching statement.
- He breaks down common areas and challenges where people new to the platform can get off course.
- What actually makes an impactful about me/bio section
- Jamie targets the common sections that seem to be most neglected by jobseekers.
- Jamie talks about one of his success stories about how to make an impactful and optimized LinkedIn profile.
- How to utilize the #opentowork banner.
- What would be the best first step for anyone completely new to the profile.
- Jamie provides his best piece of career advice.
Jamie is a successful people leader, culture champion and has spent most of his career building, developing and leading high performing sales and operations teams for Fortune 50 companies. After mastering the career development track, he now coaches' others and provides a knowledgeable and fun approach on how to build an attractive, high-quality resume, how to create a more visible LinkedIn profile and how to have confidence answering the toughest questions during the interview process. His spotlight posts that he creates for every candidate and displays to his entire network of 17K× followers get a ton of engagement which helps jobseekers become more visible to even more recruiters and hiring managers.
To date Jamie has helped over 100 people ROCK their job search and increase their chances of getting interviews and job offers through his company Jam Sessions with Jamie.
Ep. 78 Grinding Gears: Working Through A Quiet Promotion (Special Guest Ana Goehner)
In this first episode of 2023, Brad sits down with Career Strategist Ana Goehner. In this fantastic session they break down the trap of the quiet promotion, a situation that so many young people can find themselves in which ultimately can lead to quiet quitting. Highlights of this episode include:
- There are so many hot button topics today that center around workplace culture and work-life balance. One of those issues is “quiet promotions” which sounds better than it is. Ana breaks down what this actually is and means for young employees.
- Many young people feel enormous pressure to work hard and sacrifice in the early stages of their careers. From her own experience and now working with others she covers what are the signs/symptoms that it may be too much
- Ana talks about how to understand the differences between investing in projects that will improve skills and provide longer investment in their future.
- Ana discusses what are great ways that our listeners can begin establishing boundaries
- Ana answers the question about if there are ways that quiet promotions can be turned into positives
- If our listeners suspect they’ve been quietly promoted she talks about what she would suggest addressing that with their supervisor in a positive way
- She talks about if there there a certain tipping point at which one would say it may be time to exit a position/company
- Ana provides her best piece of career advice that she could pass along to this next generation
Ana Goehner is a bilingual career strategist and career development instructor. She helps you go from overwhelmed to empowered, so you can advocate for yourself, set boundaries, and thrive in a healthy work environment. Her work has been seen on LinkedIn News, Time Magazine, HuffPost, and more.
#careeradvice #careertips #genZ #quietpromotion #jobsuccess
Ep. 77 Full Circle: Post-Interview Questions To Hit The Mark
In this great episode Brad and Cassie go solo to address how to cap off your interview the right way and make a lasting impact. In this episode they cover the important basics of why to have interview questions of your own along with what types of interview questions to ask and how to follow up. Highlights from this episode include:
- The reasons why having interview questions is not just important it's essential
- What information you can ascertain from the right interview questions
- How many questions is a happy-medium to bring to an interview
- The best ways to go about preparing in order to have the most effective interview questions that can impress your interviewer
- Interview questions that are not as common but can provide the most intel into an organization
- The questions that demonstrate commitment to the role or company and make positive impacts
- The best protocol when it comes to following up.
Ep. 76 All-Weather Vehicle: Recession Proofing Your Career (Special Guest Jeremy Schifeling)
In this fantastic episode Brad and Cassie invite Jeremy Schifeling, Head of Consumer Marketing at Khan Academy onto the podcast to break down how young people can protect themselves when the inevitable next recession does hit. Highlights from this episode include:
- Many students, new grads and Gen Z have had older siblings or parents who lived and worked through recessions but have not gone through it themselves. Jeremy breaks down things that he’d want them to know about the next recession
- In his opinion what are the most essential critical skills that young people need to have to ensure they’re not expendable
- What are the technical skills that he sees as being important and could be transferable to many different industries that can help people recession-proof
- For those who have “versatile” Liberal Arts degrees, what can they do to gain more stability and protection from being unemployable
- What potential career pathways does he see as being able to whether the storm of the next recession from the vulnerability of layoffs
- Not all industries are impacted in the same way during a recession. He discusses some of the industries that have historically remained stable during times of instability
- There is SO much information available and talk about recessions it can be hard to know where to go for information, what information is accurate, etc. He breaks down how to work through the information overload.
- He discusses how can young people utilize LinkedIn the right way to recession-proof themselves
- Jeremy covers the best piece of career advice that he could pass along to this next generation
Jeremy Schifeling has devoted his career to helping others succeed in theirs. From teaching kindergarten in Brooklyn to recruiting top students at Teach For America to leading education marketing at LinkedIn, he’s touched the lives of millions of people at every stage of their journeys. Along the way, he’s published the best-selling LinkedIn book on Amazon, served as a career coach for military veterans and MBA students at the University of Michigan, and produced the most-viewed video in LinkedIn’s history. He currently leads consumer marketing at Khan Academy and shares his thoughts on Break into Tech, a site for anyone who wants to launch a tech career: www.breakinto.tech
Ep. 75 Detour: Knowing When To Change Course (Special Guest Devon Turcotte)
In this great episode Brad and Cassie sit down with Founder of Careerified Devon Turcotte to address an important issue that effects so many young people which is when to know that the position, or even the career you chose is no longer the direction you need to be in and when a detour is in order. Some key highlights from this episode include:
- How terribly common for students or even new professionals pushing themselves through a path that may not be beneficial, for example getting a degree they’re not passionate about. She breaks down this concept of “sunk cost fallacy”
- Devon discusses why she feels that this happens so often, despite acknowledging that better options are available
- She talks about what signs people should look for to let them know that the path they’re on may not be sustainable for the long term
- Devon talks about wow can individuals evaluate whether a change of course is in order
- She addresses how can people evaluate the difference between a conflict of job environment versus a conflict in the career path
- Devon talks about real world examples of needing to change course and how people have progressed through it
- She discussed what is the best piece of career advice that she could pass along to this next generation
Devon Turcotte (she/her) is a career advisor and the owner of careerified, where she focuses on helping GenZ and young Millennials gain career clarity and craft actionable steps so that they can build meaningful careers that have an impact. Devon’s draw to the career development field is rooted in the connection between mental health and youth career decisions. She is a fierce advocate for lifelong learning and believes that there is always an alternate route to success. Prior to starting careerified, Devon worked with thousands of teens, parents and educators, delivering in-school presentations on careers in the skilled trades and recruiting and career coaching in Ontario’s community college system.
Ep. 74 Lane Change: Getting Out Of Your Comfort Zone (Special Guest Elena Agaragimova)
In this fantastic episode Brad and Cassie break down the dreaded comfort zones and how to push through them to greatly enhance learning and development in our careers. We invite the Co-Founder of Bessern Elena Agarimigova to help us our young listeners learn the practical steps and rationale of how this can be a career game changer. Highlights from this episode include:
- Elena talks about about how breaking comfort zones has impacted her career journey
- In her work helping individuals develop essential skills and tap into their potential Elena talks about what she sees as the common themes as to why so many people can stay stuck in negative habits that sabotage their success
- Knowing what she knows from talent acquisition what skills does she see as essential for young people to learn early
- For our listeners who may be in the early stages of their career she talks about what are ways they can improve their productivity and make positive impacts on their organizations
- She talks about neuroscience and it's connection to performance, and what are the implications for our listeners
- There’s a lot of pressure it today’s working to be productive and to be high performers in the work place. Elena discusses how can our listeners work to find a balance
- It’s common for students and young professionals to struggle making a connection between the work they’ve done / the skills they’ve used and the work they want to do. She provides advice on how to draw connections between experience and identifying transferable skills
- Elena talks about what are small ways that listeners can start to expand their comfort zones in day to day life
- Elana breaks down what is the best piece of career advice that she could pass along to this next generation
Elena is an engaging skilled trainer and talent development specialist, credited with combining operations, education, and international expertise to design and deliver programs for diverse audiences. She is known for her ability to drive change within individuals and organizations that are looking to reach their potential and maintain their competitive edge in the business world. Elena is currently immersed in corporate learning and talent acquisition providing talent onboarding and development to multi-nationals across the MENA region.
She is an entrepreneur who founded Bloom Youth – a platform that prepares youth for the future and Co-Founded Bessern – a tech solution for productivity and well-being in organizations.
Elena has a strong passion for L&D, promoting creative and engaging workplaces and all about optimizing performance through the development of others with a keen interest in neuroscience. As a career and talent development coach, Elena has over 12 years of experience working individuals across different generations, supporting them in achieving their professional and personal goals.
Ep. 73 Mile Markers: Early Career Success Benchmarks For Gen Z (Special Guest Bernie Floresca)
In this fantastic episode, Brad and Cassie bring in Bernie Floresca, Career Coach and Founder of Graduate To Hired to break down some of the important success benchmarks and career hacks that current students in postsecondary education can do to maximize their career net worth before graduation. Key points of discussion include:
- For students who are just entering into college or university in 2022, Bernie talks about what he thinks are the biggest first small steps that they can make to ensure an easier transition to the workplace
- Many students early into their journey are still working on clarifying their goals. Bernie talks about how they can engage in steps to build their brand while it’s still being formulated
- Bernie talks about what he sees as the biggest regrets that seniors or recent grads have about what they “should have done” earlier on and what suggestions do you have about it
- What suggestions he has for students who are struggling to find an internship or co-op experience, and what steps they can take to increase their odds
- Many students don’t take advantage of their career services offices on campus. He talks about what specific services should they utilize that builds to bridge to success after graduation
- For recent grads that are still struggling to really launch their professional career, they may just take the first job they could get or they’re now in a lackluster environment. Bernie talks about what would be the most important things they can do to have more success landing the positions that they feel are best for them
- Bernie talks about what is the best piece of career advice that he could pass along to this next generation
Bernie Floresca is an educator; he's a natural at bringing out the best in people. Bernie holds a Master's in electrical engineering, and is trained in leadership, communication, and coaching with Landmark Education. His diverse background includes being Adjunct Faculty at McHenry County College and DeVry University, project manager for AT&T Bell Laboratories, and career coach at Illinois Institute of Technology.
Ep. 72 Burning Rubber: Making Your Mark Through Content Creation (Special Guest Katelyn Richards)
In this episode Brad & Cassie bring Katelyn Richards onto the podcast to break down how to begin the process of creating content through social media and LinkedIn in order to build, strengthen or grow your personal brand! Some key highlights from this episode include:
- Gen Z already has experience using tools for branding but not in a career sense. Katelyn discusses what suggestions she would make to transition from using social media and other tools from a personal to professional focus
- LinkedIn is one of those tools that most students and new grads don’t use until they have to do so. Katelyn talks about what toknow about the platform and why they should use it
- Why creating content is a career game changer and how young adults can get started
- After being honored with a top follow on LinkedIn what she has learned in her journey that’s led to this point of success
- What would she say are the biggest pitfalls to avoid when creating content and building a brand and what our listeners can do to avoid them
- If she were talking someone who’s starting from ground zero and starting to build their brand. What would be the first 3 things she suggest they should do to begin
- What is the best piece of career advice that she could pass along to this next generation
Katelyn Richards (2022 Top 25 Job Search Expert to Follow on LinkedIn)
With a decade’s worth of experience in hiring & recruiting in the higher education & talent acquisition industries, Katelyn helps top talent leave behind unfulfilling & misaligned work experiences by clearly and confidently telling their career story. She helps professionals stop getting overlooked in the job search process and start being recognized (and hired!) as the valuable team members that they are at companies where they can finally thrive!
Ep. 71 Rubber Meets The Road: Using Mindfulness For Career Traction (Special Guest Alicia Ramsdell)
In this episode Brad and Cassie sit down with Career Coach, CEO & Founder of Mindful Career Path Alicia Ramsdell. The conversation focused on her practice of incorporating mindfulness principles in her work and how it can help young people become grounded in their own internal compass and intentional in their career choices. Some highlights from his episodes include:
- Alicia has been a successful career coach and entrepreneur through a holistic approach and helping client gain mindfulness through an internal focus. For listeners who may be unfamiliar with the term mindfulness she talks about what it REALLY means.
- She discusses what benefits does mindfulness serve particularly for those seeking more clarity and how can listeners use it.
- What is Alicia's opinion are there ways that young people can find potential accelerators to the process of finding direction.
- What are realistic expectations for young people who’ve been told or think they should “follow your passions” or “do what you love”.
- For recent grads who are struggling to land opportunities that they want, she talks about how to work through frustration and get more success.
- What are some practical steps young people can make to find their inner compass and create their career rather than trying to fit into one.
- Alicia covers what is the best piece of career advice that she could pass along to this next generation.
Alicia Ramsdell, CCSP, GCDF, MST, is the Founder and CEO of Mindful Career Path. Her role as CEO is to set the vision and thrive, guiding clients to develop their career stories in a mindfully enthusiastic approach. Coinciding with her own daily meditation practice, she brings a unique holistic approach to career coaching. Alicia has led successful client engagement with institutions and individuals. Prior to launching Mindful Career Path, Alicia gained instrumental career development experience as a 15-year corporate industry professional, where she co-led undergraduate students in their internship experience, participated in the hiring process of employees, and pioneered a career development program for young professionals.
Ep. 70 The Journey Ahead: Looking Back To Move Forward
Capping off an incredible 70 episodes Brad and Cassie reflect on the journey of the podcast and so many of the amazing takeaways they have gained learning from 60+ guests. They each highlight a few of their most memorable episodes and the lasting lessons provided in the message. Brad and Cassie discuss plans to take a short hiatus from recording Your Career GPS, but cover the important projects they will engage in the interim to help support their clients and other young professionals as they venture in their career journeys.
From Episode 1 to 70. It's been quite a ride. Stay tuned, the journey awaits..........
Ep. 69 Enjoy The Ride: Designing Your Success Roadmap (Special Guest Eliana Goldstein)
In this fantastic episode Brad and Cassie sit down with Millennial Career Coach Eliana Goldstein to discuss the path to career fulfillment, what it takes to get there and how easily young people can get off course. Some key highlights from this episode include:
- Eliana tells our listeners about her background and how she found her way to her current career
- How Eliana defines career fulfillment and what does that look like for her clients
- As college students and young professionals, it can be really hard to figure out what – from a career perspective – would provide that fulfillment. She breaks down where people can start who may be listening and confused on the first steps
- The company or organization that someone is working for can play a big role in someone’s overall happiness with their work. What questions job seekers should be asking or red flags should they be looking out for when interviewing
- Some people feel like their job or their career is “fine” or “comfortable” and there’s a lot of fear if/when they leave their job it will be worse. Eliana talks about this common fear, how to overcome it and what happens when you ignore it
- She talks about why confidence is so important and how it impacts the work that we all do and our job searches
- What are three things our listeners could do today to help them gain more confidence
- What is the best piece of career advice that she could pass along to this next generation
TikTok, Instagram: @eliana_goldstein
Ep. 68 Passing Zone: Taking Interview Skills To The Next Level (Special Guest Gene Rice)
In this fantastic episode Brad and Cassie sit down with Gene Rice, the Chairman of Rice Cohen International and the Author of the new book, Grad to Grown-Up: 68 Tips to Excel in Your Personal and Professional Life to discuss how to become an expert interviewer and start landing job offers! Some key highlights from this episode include:
- Gene tells our listeners about his career journey and his background of examining talent.
- Gene discusses what has he seen to be as some of the common ingredients that so many successful young professionals share.
- He breaks down what he considers to be the top 2 or 3 things people get wrong about interviewing and how to shift to start becoming a "grandmaster" of interviewing.
- For young people just starting their first professional job search, interviewing is intimidating, Gene talks about what steps can they take to manage that fear
- From the perspective of someone who’s been in countless interviews and hired or rejected thousands of candidates, Gene talks about when he is conducting an interview what is he looking for to let them know they are hirable?
- Behavioral questions are a pain for many candidates. We’ve all heard about using various methods to answer these. Gene talks about the origins of these interview questions and how young people can tackle them the right way.
- Gene also highlights the importance of a great follow up after the interview is over.
- What is the best piece of career advice that he could pass along to this next generation.
Gene Rice, Chairman of Rice Cohen International (Recruiting/Search Firm)
Book Website: https://www.gradtogrownup.com/
Ep. 67 Twists & Turns: Finding Fulfillment Without Waiting For Perfect (Special Guest Melissa Carson)
In this fantastic episode Brad and Cassie sit down with former HR executive turned leadership coach Melissa Carson to talk about the myths of a perfect job and how young people can still find fulfillment without chasing unicorns. Key highlights from this episode include:
- Melissa talks about her career journey through HR and how it led to her launching her own business
- She talks about her book and about this idea of a “perfect job” and why there really is no perfect job
- There may be no perfect job but there are things that make a job more perfect than others. She highlights a few things job seekers should focus on when looking for the most perfect job for them
- A section of her book tackles this idea of the "traditional" career path and encourages readers to focus on what’s possible and not the potential limitations. Melissa talks about this with examples.
- Melissa talks about what success and leadership mean to everyone is unique and not everyone aspires for leadership roles. She discusses what young people can do to still maximize their growth.
- For many job seekers, there’s fear around leaving a job that is “good enough” for fear of a new position being worse. She breaks down the practical things listeners can do when it comes to making decisions about applying to other roles and making decisions about new opportunities
- She talks about “Future proofing” a career and what this means for young people
- Melissa talks about the best piece of career advice that she could pass along to this next generation
Book: There's No Such Thing As A Perfect Job: https://www.amazon.com/-/he/Melissa-Carson-ebook/dp/B09RTPFDBT
Ep. 66 Tune Up: Essential Career Skills You Weren't Taught (Special Guest: Mark Herschberg)
In this fantastic episode Brad and Cassie are back and talking about skills! More importantly the skills that too often colleges, and universities aren't putting enough focus and attention on that employers want and need. To discuss this important issue, they bring in Mark Herschberg, an experienced Chief Technical Officer, an Instructor, Speaker and the Author of the book, The Career Toolkit: Essential Skills For Success No One Taught You. Some highlights in this episode:
- Mark discusses his career journey and what led to him writing his book.
- Mark talks about why he saw the need to teach essential skills at MIT.
- Why he thinks that this information isn’t taught to young people considering its relevance in today’s job market
- What are the essential skills and the biggest areas of disconnect between university and industry, and more importantly what can students today do to prepare themselves
- What employers and leaders across the country are saying are needed to be successful in todays workplace.
- Networking and building professional relationships is one of the most important skills young people can develop so why is it being taught wrong and what can people do about it
- Mark talks about his quote that “leadership is not positional” and what that means.
- What are some steps that young people can take to close the gap in skill development from orientation to graduation
- What is the best piece of career advice that he could pass along to this next generation
Mark Herschberg is the author of The Career Toolkit, Essential Skills for Success That No One Taught You. Educated at MIT, Mark has spent his career launching and fixing new ventures at startups, Fortune 500s, and academia. He’s developed new software languages, online marketplaces, new authentication systems, and tracked criminals and terrorists on the dark web. Mark helped create the Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program, MIT’s “Career Success Accelerator”, where he’s taught for twenty years. Mark also serves on the boards of non-profits Techie Youth and Plant a Million Corals.
Ep. 65 Follow The Signs II: More Lessons From The Leaders
This amazing compilation episode highlights guests from the past 30 episodes and covers their answers to our signature question: "What is the best career advice you can pass along to the next generation?" Here is a full listing of the 25 guests included in this episode in order:
- Charlene Walters (Ep.36) 0:57
- Liz Guerrera (Ep.37) 2:05
- Rosie McCarthy (Ep.38) 3:25
- James Whittaker (Ep.39) 4:13
- Tamara Raymond (Ep.40) 4:59
- Lindsey Pollak (Ep.41) 5:46
- Dominic Imwalle (Ep.42) 7:13
- Linda Gardner (Ep.43) 7:51
- Emily Steliotes (Ep.44) 9:13
- Traci Bakenhaster(Ep.47) 10:25
- Brittany Ramsey (Ep.48) 10:58
- Sarah Johnston (Ep.49) 12:27
- Carson Tate (Ep.50) 13:06
- Claudia Miller (Ep.51) 13:25
- Anil Ram (Ep.52) 14:35
- Lisa Plain (Ep.54) 15:51
- Teegan Bartos (Ep.55) 16:18
- Harleny Vasquez (Ep.56) 17:49
- Virginia Franco (Ep.57) 18:29
- Madeline Mann (Ep.58) 19:16
- Molly Cate (Ep.59) 20:28
- David Mendoza (Ep.60) 21:03
- Nadia Ibrahim-Taney (Ep.61) 21:54
- Loren Greiff (Ep.62) 23:23
- Jasmine Escalera (Ep.63) 25:13
Ep. 64 Sitting In Traffic: Developing Patience In The Job Search
In this great episode Brad and Cassie go solo and discuss a critical topic for so many frustrated job seekers: Coping with the wait of the job search! It's frustrating and difficult to say the least but in this episode they highlight some key points including:
- Why the job search process often so long and so slow
- What are some of those complicating factors and other reasons that a job search process can slow down
- What are some realistic expectations that you can ground yourself into related to the job search timeline
- Being patient with anything is hard I think even for the most patient people but what does that even mean or look like as it pertains to a job search
- What are some of the most common misconceptions job seekers may have about “being patient” with a job search
- What are some practical steps that a job seeker can do to help move the process along and/or to keep their job searching momentum going
- The hosts offer their advice as to the mental and physical habits and shifts that can go a long way
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Ep. 63 The Right Parking Spot: Finding Workplace Fit (Special Guest Jasmine Escalera, Ph.D)
In this amazing episode Brad and Cassie connect with Jasmine Escalera, Career Coach and Founder of Jasmine Escalera Coaching where she breaks down how to assess fit with an organization and what to do when it's clearly not, or worse, become toxic. Some great highlights from this episode include:
- Jasmine tells our listeners about her background and how this fueled her work
- There’s a lot of talk about finding the right “fit”, workplace culture, toxic work environments etc. but that can all mean so many different things for different people. Jasmine breaks down how she defines these things and how does a toxic work environment differ from a job that you just don’t like
- There are the more obvious benefits of feeling aligned with a position/company, like finding fulfillment in your work, and she highlights some of the other underlying benefits
- For current students and recent grads there’s often a lot of pressure when job searching which can lead individuals to have an approach where they will take any position they are offered but Jasmine cautions them on this approach and explains why
- Jasmine breaks down what advice she has for our listeners to help them get a sense of the work environment before accepting a position
- Based on her experience, she highlights what are the biggest red flags regarding toxic work environments and what can we do to prevent ourselves from being in those types of environments
- What advice she has for someone who might currently be in a toxic work environment
- She recently posted on LinkedIn about how we are all in control of our careers and specifically mentioned being in control of the spaces that we work in, but what does she say to those who take issue with that
- What is the best piece of career advice that she could pass along to this next generation
Jasmine Escalera, Ph.D
Ep. 62 Awake At The Wheel: How To Make Coffee Buzz Up Your Strategic Networking (Special Guest Loren Greiff)
In this amazing episode we break down strategic networking with the incredible Loren Greiff. She helps our listeners understand how small shifts in mentality and approach can create big gains in terms of networking and building social capital. Some key highlights from this episode include:
🌟Loren tells our listeners about her background and how this fueled her work today
🌟Young people tend to be very apprehensive about starting to network with more experienced professionals. She breaks down how young professionals can work though that.
🌟Most people, especially young job seekers search for jobs completely differently than the way recruiters look for talent. She discusses this disconnect.
🌟 She talks about making a short “coffee stop” on a consistent basis, and how this can make a world of difference and what it leads to.
🌟So many young people feel intimidated that they don’t know what to talk about in these coffee meetings. Loren discusses best ways to prepare for these type of meetings.
🌟A common albeit misguided piece of advice that many say is just go “pick their brain”. Loren breaks down why this is not the best approach.
🌟 Loren offers the best piece of career advice that she could pass along to this next generation
Ep. 61 Crossing Borders II: Tools For Success When Living Abroad (Special Guest Nadia Ibrahim-Taney)
In this fantastic series we discuss the unique challenges of being an international student but in particular those living abroad from the United States. We bring in expert guest Nadia Ibrahim-Taney of Beyond Discovery Coaching who helps those who are pursuing international study and career to maximize the experience. Highlights from this episode include:
- Nadia tells our listeners about her background and how this fueled her work
- She discusses the most common challenges of students who have studied, lived and worked abroad
- What are the unique challenges related to adapting to a new or different culture and what steps does she suggest students take when they are experiencing this
- She breaks down how she thinks international experience helps students stand out in the job search
- Things like adaptability, resilience, etc. are really hard to show a potential employer on a resume. She discusses how can students with skills like this demonstrate them when applying or networking
- Many students we work with feel like they lack a solid network. She discusses top tips for students who are looking to expand their network, especially abroad
- Nadia talks about her favorite resources to use in your work with individuals looking to work or study internationally
- She talks about the best piece of career advice that she could pass along to this next generation
Ep. 60 Crossing Borders: Success Clues For International Students & Graduates (Special Guest David Mendoza)
In this fantastic episode Cassie and Brad sit down with Multilingual Educator, International student expert and Director of Orbit 5, David Mendoza to talk about the unique challenges of international students and graduates. David helps break down how international students, graduates can leverage their unique stories and amazing gifts to contribute in this country and have fulfilling careers. This episode is not only amazing for international students but those who work with them as well! Key highlights include:
- David tells our listeners about his background and how this fueled his work
- In his years of serving international students and graduates in Canada, he discusses what are some of the most common challenges they face that apply universally
- Adapting to a new or different culture can come with challenges. He discusses what steps he suggests students take when they are experiencing this
- In the age of COVID with so much unpredictability in the job market how international students can stand out in the job search compared to their native-born peers
- It's common for students to experience varying levels of confidence when entering a job search related to their mastery of English. David talks about how to reframe these concerns and work through them
- Many students feel like they lack a solid network. He highlights top three tips for students who are looking to expand their network
- David touches on some fantastic results that his trainings and coaching have produced
- David talks about what is the best piece of career advice that he could pass along to this next generation
Ep. 59 Acquiring Signal: Finding Direction From Within (Special Guest Molly Cate)
In this amazing episode Career Coach and Founder of MollyCateCoaching Molly Cate sits down with Brad and Cassie and talks about how to find direction and clarity using internal signals. She helps our listeners understand what practical steps can help students, new grads and early career professionals develop a clearer picture of the road ahead. Some highlights from this episode include:
- Molly talks about her background and how she found her way to specializing in career coaching
- In working with students from middle school to post grads, she highlights what misconceptions and commonalities she sees young people having about deciding on a career path
- What factors complicate the decision making process for young people and how to simplify it
- She breaks down how to break the cycle of analysis paralysis and gain real traction
- Molly notes various ways to cope with anxiety and fear so many students and new graduates face in the early stages
- She helps to tackle practical approaches to explore factors that enhance clarity and drive purposeful decision making
- What are some great initial steps to start building momentum in the new year and enhance success of goal setting
- Molly offers her best piece of career advice that she could pass along to this next generation
Ep. 58 No Hitchhiking: Know The Exact Destination To Drive Your Career (Special Guest Madeline Mann)
In the first episode of 2022, Brad and Cassie are back and talking about how to take control in the new year with Madeline Mann, the Founder of Self Made Millennial. In this episode they dive into the pitfalls of hitchhiking through your career and how to take more accountability.
- Madeline tells listeners about her background and how she found her way to career coaching from a path in HR
- She's talked about how taking the “long route” is the best way to shorten your job search and explains what that means
- An important part of any job search is being really clear about what you’re looking for. She discusses her top three points of focus of someone to get that clarity
- A great job searching strategy she highlights is asking the question “who do you know that knows something about…” to spark conversations. She talks about how to go about doing this and what it leads to
- Madeline talks about her advice for job seekers who are feeling bogged down by their search and the time that goes into it
- She shares with our listeners a little more about why it's crucial not to hitchhike and why it’s important to create your own path
- She breaks down the concept of the "right job" and if there are certain things job seekers can do to attract the right opportunities
- Madeline discusses the best piece of career advice that she could pass along to this next generation
Ep. 57 Know The Speed Limit: Write To Quickly Grab Attention (Special Guest Virginia Franco)
In this fantastic episode Brad and Cassie sit down with Virginia Franco, the Founder of Virginia Franco Resumes to talk about how young people can write when so many employers and hiring managers aren't taking the time to read. So many great pieces of practical advice in this episode. Some of the major highlights include:
· Virginia discusses her background and how she found her way to her current career as a resume writer/storyteller
· Effective writing and successfully telling your story is a big part of a job search. She highlights what advice she has for current students and young professionals who don’t feel strong with their writing skills
· Most of us have pretty short attention spans these days – She talks about how we cab attract a reader quickly with our writing, especially when thinking about application materials
· She breaks down practical steps of how listeners can keep the hiring managers attention
· She discusses the power of LinkedIn: Between the Headline, the summary section and describing your experiences there are a lot of places on a LinkedIn profile to showcase your writing and to draw in a reader she talks about practical steps to attract readers
· Virginia talks about how to conduct more of a cold outreach to different people using LinkedIn and best practices
· There's so much these days about how “cover letters are dead”, she breaks down her thoughts and ways to use them the right way
· She gives the best piece of career advice that you could pass along to this next generation
Job Search Journey: https://www.jobsearchjourney.com/
Ep. 56 Finding Your Lane: Navigating Early Career As A Person Of Color (Special Guest Harleny Vasquez)
In this powerful episode Brad and Cassie sit down with Harleny Vasquez to discuss an important topic. How to navigate the early stages of a career as a person of color. So many incredible topics were touched on this this episode to highlight some of unique challenges that many BIPOC students and new grads face as they start their careers. Highlights of this episode include:
• Harleny discusses her background and how she found her way to career coaching and her passion for helping MSWs specifically
• It’s common for all professionals but especially young professionals to experience imposter syndrome when starting their career or a new job. She talks about how this can impact people of color specifically
• What young people of color can do to work through these feelings of imposter syndrome
• She highlights how to use LinkedIn as a source to showcase self-confidence, reflecting on your skills and value and validating everything what you have to offer
• She talks about her advice she has for young professionals around brining their authentic identity to work and inclusivity in the workplace
• How BIPOC new grads build and leverage their network to advance career opportunities and combat a lack of belonging
• Bringing our full selves to work also comes with challenges. She highlights some of the common challenges that she has seen and how new professionals can handle those
• What is the best piece of career advice that she could pass along to our listeners
Harleny Vasquez is a Licensed Social Worker and a Latinx Woman of color. She is the founder of her business yourEVOLVEDmind, where she is a career coach helping aspiring and social workers in all stages build their confidence level to market themselves effectively, while learning all the tools needed to secure their next opportunity using the Linkedin platform. She is an experienced social worker with over 8 years working in social services providing trauma-informed care and now social work recruiter and MSW Student Affairs Coordinator. She serves as a board member for The Latino Social Work Coalition and Scholarship Fund. Harleny is on a mission to uplift and elevate the social work profession.
Ep. 55 Hidden Power: Finding Value In Early Experiences (Special Guest Teegan Bartos)
So many incredible topics relevant to young and ambitious professionals. In this great one Cassie and Brad bring Teegan Bartos on the podcast to discuss how easy it is for so many young people to discredit the value of their early experiences as well as elements of their personality that can greatly help them differentiate among the competition. Teegan highlights many great topics in this episodes including:
Teegan discusses her background and how she found her way to your current career
It’s easy to discredit those early “jobs” we take for a paycheck. She discusses her advice for young people who are building a resume
What a student, new graduate who has very little experience all around can include on their resume or talk about in interviews
Should young people even apply to positions when they lack experience
A good example of how to turn lack of experience or a liability into an asset
How young people use LinkedIn the right way when they’re trying to break into a field and don’t know how to define themselves because they don’t feel like they have value
How young people change the narrative off their limitations and lack of experience
Lessons she learned from the Great Recession that now apply in the age of COVID
What is the best piece of career advice that she could pass along to this next generation
Founder of Jolt Your Career
Ep. 54 Check Your Alignment: The Keys To Career Balance (Special Guest Lisa Plain)
In this fantastic episode Brad and Cassie host Lisa Plain the Founder of Career Balance Coaching to talk about an important concept for young people starting their careers. How to find balance when work is with us all the time. Several key highlights from this episode include:
- Lisa talks about her background and what was the catalyst that started Career Balance Coaching?
- She talks about how she defines balance as it relates to careers
- What the signs are that we’re out of alignment with where we should be
- So many young people want to do it all. They want to work go to school have time for hobbies, start business but Lisa talks about the words of caution for them
- She highlights how students and young professionals can actually make a side hustle successful
- The pandemic and the shift to remote work has really changed the game and for many not in good ways. Their work is literally with them all the time. Lisa talks about how to find balance when lines are blurred more than ever.
- In the context of career balance why is it so important to have time for self care and is it actually attainable
- Lisa talks about If someone has just started their career or just taken a new role how they can build a life and career with balance in mind
- She notes what is the best piece of career advice that she could pass along to this next generation
Ep. 53 Closer Than They Appear: Reflection & Gratitude For Your Career Network
This episode is all about thanks and giving in time for the holiday, Cassie and Brad highlight how gratitude can be a career game changer. They highlight what gratitude means in the context of early career development and how this shapes us from the start. Highlights from this episode:
- What gratitude is and isn't and what can happen when it's not a priority
- How showing empathy towards others can attract opportunities to you
- Common mistakes that people make in the early stages of their careers such as taking without adding value back
- How anxiety and stress cause us to take resources out of desperation
- What examples of expressing gratitude and showing thanks can look like for young people who assume they have nothing to give
- The difference between reactive and proactive giving
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Ep. 52 Buckle Up: Career Lessons They Don't Teach You In School (Special Guest Anil Ram)
In this incredible episode Cassie and Brad bring Anil Ram, Career Coach and Founder of Grad-Coach about the common missteps that so many students and graduates make. In this episode we break down the amazing career lessons that we all wish we knew in university and concepts they're still not largely teaching today. Highlights from this episode include:
- Anil tells listeners about his background and how he now specializes in helping recent grads with their careers
- After working with thousands of grads Anil highlights the 3 biggest things that he sees grads challenged with
- Why he highlights the importance of resilience and why this is a component to his program
- Anil talks about what is the difference between what students and new grads think networking is and what it actually is
- The biggest misconceptions he hears students and graduates have about their job search and landing that first job
- What practical advice he has that has proven to be successful for his clients when activating a job search out of university
- Anil talks about the frustration so many grads encounter when jobs ask for experience they can't possibly have. He talks about how to work around that issue
- Anil talks about the best piece of career advice that he could pass along to this next generation
Ep. 51 Fast Lane: Negotiating The Best Starting Salary (Special Guest Claudia Miller)
In this great episode Career Coach and Salary Negotiation Specialist Claudia Miller joins Brad and Cassie to talk about how young professionals can and should negotiate their starting salary coming out of school. She highlights many important strategies and considerations, Highlights of this episode include:
- Claudia discusses her background and how she found your way to career coaching and negotiation strategy
- Why salary negotiation is important especially for young people just starting out
- She simplifies and breaks down a negotiation strategy that anyone can use
- How do factors such as age, gender or experience change or impact someone’s approach when negotiating
- What advice she has for a job seekers who’s been immediately shut down in regarding to negotiating
- She highlights the other things that job seekers can negotiate beyond salary that people forget and the benefit of doing so
- Common myths or misconceptions about negotiation that helps to clear up for young professionals
- What is the best piece of career advice that she could pass along to this next generation
Podcast: "Roadmap To The Executive Suite" https://www.claudiatmiller.com/podcast
Ep. 50 Sunday Drive: Beating The "Sunday Scaries" (Special Guest Carson Tate)
In this fantastic episode Brad and Cassie sit down with the Founder of Working Simply Carson Tate to talk all about how to exercise choice and control in our careers and not find ourselves trapped in a pattern of negativity and fear. In this empowering episode we discuss:
· Carson discusses her background and how she ended up doing the incredible work she's doing in employee engagement and productivity
· She breaks down what are the signs that young people can look for to know that maybe they’re not in the right place mentally
· Students and recent graduates sometimes get into a role they thought they wanted only the realize their dream is becoming a nightmare. She highlights what a good first step would be if they are feeling regret about the role they decided to take
· What steps students/new grads can take if they are realizing they’re dreading the upcoming workday
· How can people resolve conflicts of personality with their supervisors without burning bridges
· How choice and control can apply to young people regardless of the circumstances of their first job
· Is there a point would you suggest they throw in the towel after all efforts have been exhausted
· She breaks down what is the best piece of career advice that she could pass along to this next generation
Ep. 49 Under The Hood: Uncovering The High Performance Job Search (Special Guest Sarah Johnston)
In this incredible episode Sarah Johnston, Founder of Briefcase Coach and Co-Founder of the Job Search Journey talks about what the difference is for someone in a high performance job search versus a standard one. She walks through all phases from the mental game, the marketing materials, the applications, and the interviewing to outline how savvy job seekers stand out to get hired! Key highlights from this episode include:
- Sarah's been on the other side and worked as a recruiter seeing the hardship of job seeking. She outlines the push several years ago that made her want to start this successful brand we know as Briefcase Coach
- From the recruiter lens, what makes a job seekers message resonate, and how can applicants stand out among others regardless of industry
- What advice she has for our listeners when it comes to conveying their value in their applications documents
- She notes how someone can demonstrate their enthusiasm for a role or company that would stand out to a recruiter
- What is the fine line where someone can show enthusiasm without being overbearing
- She addresses common misconnections that young people have about reaching out to recruiters and what they can do to increase their confidence in reaching out to recruiters
- Sarah talks about what is the difference between a good interview and a great (high performance) interview
- What is the best piece of career advice that she could pass along to this next generation
- Sarah talks about her new venture Job Search Journey
Job Search Journey: https://www.jobsearchjourney.com/
Ep. 48 Gaining Traction: The Mindset To Build Career Momentum (Special Guest Brittany Ramsey)
In this incredible episode Brad and Cassie sit down with Therapist turned Recruiter and Career Coach Brittany Ramsey. As the Founder of Bwell Mindset she uses her mental health background to help her client arm themselves with the best mindset to seek and land the careers they really aspire to have. Some highlights of this episode include:
· Brittany talks about her background and how she found her current career
· How her counseling background has served her in her current career
· What an unhealthy mindset looks like and present for a student or young professional (in terms of thoughts and behaviors)
· What impact it can have on the early stages or their career and the long term impacts
· She's seen plenty of patterns of individuals who sabotage their growth from faulty beliefs. She discusses how can people start to recognize this and start changing course
· While it's understandable for young people to lack confidence, she discusses the steps they can take to gain it over time
· Failure is inevitable part of growing up and being successful but the wrong outlook can derail you. She talks about how young people can shift their mindset to cope with failure in a healthier way
· What habits and rituals young people can get into to cultivate a healthy belief system and mindset
· She discusses what is the best piece of career advice that she could pass along to this next generation