Episode 80: You Need A Personal Brand, Boo!

Episode 80: You Need A Personal Brand, Boo!

Most people roll their eyes or crinkle their nose when they hear the words “personal career brand”, but if you’re skipping this part of the career change process, you’re making a big mistake. Learn why on today’s episode.

You need a career personal brand. 

 
 
 
If the average career spans between 40-50 years, you’re bound to face a “Career Dead End” at some point.
On today’s episode, 

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80. Why You Need A Personal Brand, Boo!

We all have brands that we love. Maybe it’s Nike, Apple, or Starbucks.  We also have people whose brands we love – influencers, celebrities, and musicians. We don’t even know these people, and yet we love them, pay money to see them, and trust them. Well guess what?

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Episode 79: I Love The 70’s, 80s, and 90s, Job Search Edition

Episode 79: I Love The 70’s, 80s, and 90s, Job Search Edition

After you listen to this episode, you’ll be glad you weren’t job searching in the 1970’s, 80’s or 90s!

Can you imagine faxing in your resume? Or, printing out 100 copies of your resume only to mail them out to different companies?

 

Well, that’s exactly what people used to do back in the day.
Do you remember when vh1 used to have those decade nostalgia shows, “I Love the 80’s” and “I Love the 90’s”? They would recount and make fun of all of the pop-culture fads and major news from the entire decade, year by year.
I absolutely looooved this show. As a late 1980’s baby, I loved learning about Post-It notes, the Brat Pack, and Madonna.
Well, I decided to do a little internet sleuthing & researching, and make my own version, but make it Job Search related.
Yes, it’s a little corny but I wanted to do a fun episode for y’all!
I ended up learning some really interesting things like, did you know it was OK to light up a cigarette during an interview in the 70’s? Sure was.
No, but seriously, on this episode, I explain how we got to the modern day job search as we know it today and how some things seem to never change – with cyclical recessions, boom economies, and competitive job markets.
I share a little bit about how job interview fashion evolved over the years, and how BIPOC were impacted as well.
And of course, I talk about how the internet totally blew up the job search process, giving us both massive rejection heartache AND a massive opportunity – we just need to know how to use it!
Tune in and let me know what you think!

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79. I Love The 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, Job Search Edition

Do you remember when vh1 used to have those decade nostalgia shows, “I Love the 80’s” and “I Love the 90’s”?  Well, I decided to do a little internet sleuthing & researching, and make my own version of “I Love the X’s”: Job Search Edition.

 

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Episode 78: What Does A Customer Success Manager Do? with Erica Coleman

Episode 78: What Does A Customer Success Manager Do? with Erica Coleman

If you’re a former teacher and are thinking about moving into the corporate world, but don’t know where to land – learn about the Customer Success Manager career path on this episode! 

If you are pivoting into the private sector for the first time, you might want to consider a role in Customer Success Management.

 
On today’s episode, you’ll meet Erica Iantorno, a Manager of Customer Success Managers at Glassdoor. Erica was a liberal arts graduate from Notre Dame and worked in the education field as a teacher before moving into the education technology space. She finally found her groove when she moved into the Customer Success Manager role and used many of her education skillsets to succeed in the role. 
So you might be wondering, what the heck is a Customer Success Manager? First of all, it’s NOT customer service so do not get it twisted. Erica talks about how this is a relatively new field that has only grown in the last 10 years. They are prevalent in the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies where customers buy subscriptions to software, and Customer Success Managers come in to manage the relationship with customers and ensure satisfaction. 
Customer Success is a highly strategic role that partners with customers and helps customer maximize the use of their software service. They use data, metrics, teaching, and influencing skills to manage the relationships, and partner with Sales. If you enjoy being client-facing, teaching, and nurturing relationships, the CSM role might be perfect for you. Tune in to learn more!

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78. Is The Customer Success Manager Role For You?, with Erica Coleman

Are you a people person? Do you like tech? Are you into data? Then, the Customer Success Manager role might be the perfect next career move for you.  Even though this job didn’t exist 10 years ago, it’s now one of the fastest growing career paths in tech (particularly in Software-as-a-Service), and it’s not going anywhere.

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Episode 77: How To Stop Procrastinating During Your Job Search

Episode 77: How To Stop Procrastinating During Your Job Search

Do you keep telling yourself that you “should” start working on your job search, only to end up spending hours on TikTok, Netflix or literally anything else? In this episode, Priscilla explains how to use the “Think-Feel-Act” cycle to interrupt this damaging pattern.

Seek pleasure, avoid pain, and be energy-efficient: these are the top 3 human motivations that have helped us survive as a species. But it screws you when you’re going after big goals. 

On today’s episode, I explain why it is that you procrastinate on a macro-level: it’s how we evolved as a species. I explain how our brain is split up into the “animal” brain, also called the “lower brain”, and the “adult” brain, also called the “higher brain” or pre-frontal cortex. These are essentially the toddler and adult inside your brain that are always fighting about whether or not you should do the thing you told yourself you would do….
I also explain the “think-feel-act” cycle, and how your thoughts influence your feelings which then influence your actions (or inactions). The first step to changing your procrastination habit is understanding the thoughts and feelings you are experiencing on a daily basis. You need to figure out your special reason for procrastinating, and it comes down to evaluating your “thought-feeling” combos. For some people it’s dread, for others it’s fear, and sometimes it can be rebellion. I explain how to do this in this episode, and even share my own GMAT story and how that process took ONE YEAR of my life, when it could have been just a few more months. 
Procrastination is a normal obstacle in your career change journey, but it must be addressed because it WILL kill your entire dream. If you don’t have the right mindset and energy going into this process, you will resist the process at every turn, avoid doing the work, and not get any closer to your dream. So tune in, take some notes, and be courageous!

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77. Why You Procrastinate During Your Job Search and How It Holds You Back

Is procrastination killing your dreams?  Do you keep telling yourself that you “should” start working on your job search, only to end up spending hours on TikTok, Netflix or literally anything else? Weeks go by, then months, and you’re no closer to your career change goal. If this is you, it’s only because of a feeling you are trying to avoid in the moment.

 

 

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Episode 76: What To Do When You’ve Hit A Career Dead-End, with Andrea Macek

Episode 76: What To Do When You’ve Hit A Career Dead-End, with Andrea Macek

Most people hit a Career Dead End at some point during their lives: graduating into a recession, an unexpected layoff, or starting a new job and realizing it’s not a fit. So, what do you do when this happens?

Odds are that at some point during your 40-50-year long career, you’ll hit a Career Dead-End at some point.

 
Have you hit a Career Dead-End in your life yet?
I’ve hit two so far.
Career Dead End #1: When I was a college junior, the Great Recession hit. Suddenly all of the attractive job offers at my college went away completely. Companies weren’t recruiting or hiring. Seniors’ job offers got rescinded. It freaked me out so much that I decided to apply to graduate school prematurely and get my MPA directly after college. That led me to get a graduate degree that I didn’t think through very carefully, which leads me to my Career Dead End #2…..
Career Dead End #2: Since I rushed into the whole grad school thing, I didn’t carefully vet whether or not I actually wanted to work in the public policy world. Talk about putting the cart before the horse. By the time I tried out an education policy internship at age 25, I realized I hated it….leading me to my “what the heck do I do now?” phase.
For you, your career dead-end might look different.
  • It might be an unexpected lay-off or pink slip.
  • It might be a toxic boss or leader who stinks up the culture at your workplace, making you miserable.
  • It might be realizing that the job you’ve been doing for the last 10 years, just isn’t cutting it anymore.
If the average career spans between 40-50 years, you’re bound to face a “Career Dead End” at some point.
On today’s episode, you’ll hear from Career Coach Andrea Macek, who talks about what she did when she got laid off from her job….30 days after getting married. Sheesh.
We talk about what to do when you hit the Career Dead-End, how to own your super-powers, and how Andrea has used courage and bravery to launch her own business through life’s curve-balls. 

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76. What To Do When You Hit A Career Dead End, with Andrea Macek

If the average career spans between 40-50 years, you’re bound to face a “Career Dead End” at some point. A Career Dead End can be so many things, like….

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