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By Stephanie Dennis
Looking to grow your career? Get a new job? Improve your career? Ever struggle with a bad day? Fight with your boss? Looking for general career advice? Need to write a resume? Prepare for an interview? Check out Career Talk, as featured in the New York Times and Forbes, where we tell it how it is! We have real talk about various career topics. Some of those topics include: career advice, interview tips, resume writing, finding a new job, career growth, evaluating your career, career help, when you should think about a new job, meetings, mornings, resumes, interview and much more!
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How To Be Heard
Let's focus on what we can control first:  Speak clearly Frame your input / solution properly  Speak at a normal voice level, not too loud but not quiet / meek either  Speak with confidence and conviction  Ask questions, listen, respond; make it a conversation  Get your time - schedule meetings, get on an agenda  Use the phone when it gets to be too much back and forth  Know and set your intentions ahead of time  Understand and know your value, worth and expertise  Jump into the conversation  Ask people who are interrupting you to wait until you're finished  Be mindful of your body language  If in person, sit in the center of the room  To support the show:  Paypal:  paypal.me/stephdennis13 Anchor:  https://anchor.fm/careertalk For show notes go to: http://stephdennis13.com/category/careertalk/ To work together:  listentocareertalk.com  For the Google Survey:  https://goo.gl/forms/PToleX38QgQ4EPaz1 To connect:  Instagram:  @stephdennis13  @careertalkpodcast Facebook: www.facebook.com/stephdennis13 You’re awesome!!  Go be your badass self today!!! 
10:31
June 13, 2019
Answering Your Questions - How To Answer An Interview Question + Leadership But No Degree
Question 1:  How to answer the interview question: Detail your greatest achievements in the last 5 years and how they relate to this position  List out your biggest struggles in the last 5 years  What did you have to do to overcome those struggles  What did you learn  Review your annual reviews  Ask colleagues about team project achievements  How does it relate? Unless you're switching career paths it should directly relate  Even if you are switching, you will have cross over  Question 2: Been in OEM for 35+ years but no degree, however strong leadership experience, most companies require a degree  Create a targeted list of companies you'd like to work for  Make another list of companies that are hiring for your type of roles  Focus on your leadership experience  Reach out to recruiters and possible hiring managers  If there are any certifications or programs completed for the job include those on your resume  To support the show:  Paypal:  paypal.me/stephdennis13 Anchor:  https://anchor.fm/careertalk For show notes go to: http://stephdennis13.com/category/careertalk/ To work together:  listentocareertalk.com  For the Google Survey:  https://goo.gl/forms/PToleX38QgQ4EPaz1 To connect:  Instagram:  @stephdennis13  Facebook: www.facebook.com/stephdennis13 You’re awesome!!  Go be your badass self today!!! 
11:40
June 6, 2019
My Interview on The Kick Ass In Life Podcast - Resume Tips, How To Stand Out, Get More Responsibility and Promotion Conversations
In today's episode we listen to my interview on the Kick Ass In Life Podcast interview with Laura Eshelman. We discuss:  Getting specific in your resume What to do to stand out in your first job How to get more responsibility at work How to have promotion conversations  Link to Kick Ass in Life Podcast: https://anchor.fm/kick-ass-in-life Paypal:  paypal.me/stephdennis13 For show notes go to: http://stephdennis13.com/category/careertalk/ To work together:  listentocareertalk.com  For the Google Survey:  https://goo.gl/forms/PToleX38QgQ4EPaz1 To connect:  Instagram:  @stephdennis13  Facebook: www.facebook.com/stephdennis13 Twitter:  @stephdennis13 You’re awesome!!  Go be your badass self today!!! 
25:05
May 30, 2019
How To Stand Out In the Interview Process with Laura Eshelman From The Kick Ass In Life Podcast
Laura Eshelman from the Kick Ass in Life Podcast talks to us about how to stand out in the interview process!  Link to Kick Ass in Life Podcast:  https://anchor.fm/kick-ass-in-life Paypal:  paypal.me/stephdennis13 For show notes go to: http://stephdennis13.com/category/careertalk/ To work together:  listentocareertalk.com  For the Google Survey:  https://goo.gl/forms/PToleX38QgQ4EPaz1 To connect:  Instagram:  @stephdennis13  Facebook: www.facebook.com/stephdennis13 Twitter:  @stephdennis13 You’re awesome!!  Go be your badass self today!!! 
23:41
May 23, 2019
Happiness
We are talking about happiness today. A friend and I were out in downtown San Diego and met some interesting people. Specially a couple. The guy had several companies, what those companies did and what not. After listening to this for a while, I asked him if these businesses made him happy. And his response was, “I would sell it all tomorrow”. When I asked him why he doesn’t sell it all tomorrow and move to Fiji (or whatever random island he said) and he shared that he needs to get his kids through college.  Fast forward a couple weeks I was having dinner and sitting at a bar. Some guy sat down next to me and starting talking about how he is remodeling his house. Assuming he enjoyed doing that, I asked him about and he shares well “I’m just trying to liquidate my assets”. Being an odd answer, I asked what the plan is after he’s done that. He tells me he’s going to drive around the country and visit all national parks before he does. I ask him, this must make you really happy if you are liquidating your assets to do this. His response was well…define happiness. So I got my phone, Google says: joy, pleasure, excitement, content, etc. He shared it made him content. I feel like if we are going to drive around the country and travel, my impression would be that it would make some happier than simply content.  All this to say, 2 examples of people that were making very good money and it definitely did not bring them happiness or joy, so with that. I want to give you some questions to ask yourself to help you determine what makes you happy: What brings a smile to your face? What makes you feel joy? What makes you feel content?  What are the things that bring you excitement?  When you think about your job, or the work you do, how does it make you feel? What do you do to have fun? Another exercise or challenge if you will I want you guys to do, for an entire week I want to encourage you to write down everything you do every week. Literally everything, get up, get ready, go to work, put on makeup, curl hair, etc. Get as detailed as you want. At the end the week highlight or circle what makes you truly happy in that week. Once you have highlighted or circled everything that makes you happy, journal out how you feel about the things on the list. How do you feel about what is highlighted / circled? What do you need to more of? What do you need to less of? What can you eliminate? What can you delegate?  ------------------------------------------ Unpacking podcast:  https://anchor.fm/unpacking Paypal:  paypal.me/stephdennis13 For show notes go to: http://stephdennis13.com/category/careertalk/ To work together:  listentocareertalk.com  For the Google Survey:  https://goo.gl/forms/PToleX38QgQ4EPaz1 To connect:  Instagram:  @stephdennis13  Facebook: www.facebook.com/stephdennis13 Twitter:  @stephdennis13 You’re awesome!!  Go be your badass self today!!! 
14:30
May 16, 2019
Answering Your Questions - Why it takes so long to hear back after interviews + More!
Today's questions:  How to negotiate salary When to move onto the next job Why it takes so long to hear back after interviews  How to negotiate salary Be honest Be realistic Know your worth Know what your expertise is getting paid for in the market Know the market What is the supply and demand  Be really upfront in that initial conversation regarding your expectations  If you get an offer you're not jazzed about:  Express gratitude Be genuine Be honest  Share your expectations  Ask if there is any wiggle room  Be open to different options  Know what will get you to a 'yes' and be transparent about it  When to move to the next job:  You're not happy  Compensation  You don't have any growth opportunities  Bored, need new challenges  Expand your skillset  Get experience in a new industry  Why it takes so long to hear back after interviews:  A recruiter never wants it to take long Could be slow hiring manager feedback  Manager could be indecisive  Could be a bad recruiter  Org changes  Could be waiting for you to follow up or provide feedback  Could be a really poor or shitty interview process  Could be a major hiring push, volume wise, everyone is overloaded  Paypal:  paypal.me/stephdennis13 For show notes go to: http://stephdennis13.com/category/careertalk/ To work together:  listentocareertalk.com  For the Google Survey:  https://goo.gl/forms/PToleX38QgQ4EPaz1 To connect:  Instagram:  @stephdennis13  Facebook: www.facebook.com/stephdennis13 Twitter:  @stephdennis13 You’re awesome!!  Go be your badass self today!!! 
10:31
May 9, 2019
Comparing The Different Job Posting Sites / Job Boards
There are a lot of different job sites out there but a few that are being used frequently LinkedIn Aggregate Roughly 500 million users About 250 active monthly users  This is probably a recruiters biggest go to site  You can display your information  You can turn on job alerts  For the popular roles, a very busy site  Indeed  Aggregate  Rough estimate is about 250 million users  Will have similar job search results as LinkedIn  Usually better for a job seeker vs a recruiter  Not where most of the recruiters are playing  ZipRecruiter  About 7 million users from what I have researched  Affordable  Don't see a ton of really large companies using  Overall not very impressed to be honest  Glassdoor  Roughly 32 million users  Little big more expensive  Little bit less popular on the recruiter side  Has all the reviews right there  Social Media Profiles Facebook Twitter  Instagram  Update your personal accounts with your job, company, location, etc.  Becoming more and more popular for recruiters to use  Niche websites Do your research to find the popular ones  Paypal:  paypal.me/stephdennis13 For show notes go to: http://stephdennis13.com/category/careertalk/ To work together:  listentocareertalk.com  For the Google Survey:  https://goo.gl/forms/PToleX38QgQ4EPaz1 To connect:  Instagram:  @stephdennis13  Facebook: www.facebook.com/stephdennis13 Twitter:  @stephdennis13 You’re awesome!!  Go be your badass self today!!! 
08:40
May 2, 2019
How To Talk About Compensation In An Interview
We have done an episode on compensation in the past but things have changed a little bit, for the better and wanted to give an update!  The first thing I want to touch on is educating yourself. Know what the market is like. Supply and demand for your job. Research your job's salary information.  Know before going into an interview, what you want to expect in a new role compensation wise.  You don't have to disclose your current compensation!  Be prepared to have a compensation conversation in your initial interview.  Legally you don't have to disclose what you're making. However, there could be times where it makes sense to share so we can be well aligned and also seeing if there is any way to push to go above the initial range.  Paypal:  paypal.me/stephdennis13 For show notes go to: http://stephdennis13.com/category/careertalk/ To work together:  listentocareertalk.com  For the Google Survey:  https://goo.gl/forms/PToleX38QgQ4EPaz1 To connect:  Instagram:  @stephdennis13  Facebook: www.facebook.com/stephdennis13 Twitter:  @stephdennis13 You’re awesome!!  Go be your badass self today!!! 
07:25
April 25, 2019
Student Loan Debt in the United States ... Yikes!
According to Student Loan Hero which is a website, in the United States, the total student loan debt is $1.48 trillion dollars. The $1.48 trillion dollars of student loan debt is spread among 44 million borrowers and a fun fact. The student loan debt is $620 billion dollars more than the U.S. total credit card debt. If you look at the average debt per borrower, we are looking at a little over $38,000. There are definitely people that are under that and a good amount of people are under $10,000 and we also have people who are well into the six figures. So the average being a little more than $38k as it stands in 2018. There are a handful of consequences are looking for having this amount of student loan debt. They are: 1.Higher credit card debt 2.The retirement age that people are looking at retiring is getting later, instead of 62, it is currently estimated at 75 years old 3.People who are paying off their student loan debt are buying homes later 4.11% of people are in student loan default, so people who are unable to pay their students and this does not include people who are in forbearance (when your lender approves you not to repay) 5.People are spending less money because they putting so much money towards their student loan debt So when I started looking in to the stats as it relates to age, race, sex, here is what I found, and again this is according to Student Loan Hero: 1) The majority of student loan borrowers are under 30 years old 2) $890 billion of the debt of the 1.48 trillion is taken out by women, leaving $590 billion for men, $300 billion dollar difference with women having the majority of the debt. Why? More women are going to college, 56% of college students are women, 57% of  college graduates are women, slight different there. But those numbers don’t translate into the $300 billion difference. Women have more of the student loan debt, AND when they graduate they will have more to repay AND they are earning less in the workforce, 21% less, which is significant 3) 77.7% of black students borrow federal student loans to pay for college, 57.5% of white students are borrowing federal student loans to pay for college, the average is 60%, both Hispanic and Asian percentages being lower than the average Links: Student Loan Hero website: https://studentloanhero.com/ Federal Reserve - Student Loans: https://www.federalreserve.gov/publications/2018-economic-well-being-of-us-households-in-2017-student-loans.htm Paypal:  paypal.me/stephdennis13 For show notes go to: http://stephdennis13.com/category/careertalk/ To work together:  listentocareertalk.com  For the Google Survey:  https://goo.gl/forms/PToleX38QgQ4EPaz1 To connect:  Instagram:  @stephdennis13  Facebook: www.facebook.com/stephdennis13 Twitter:  @stephdennis13 You’re awesome!!  Go be your badass self today!!! 
12:45
April 18, 2019
Answering Your Questions
Here are the questions we are answering today:  In your experience if the person you are recruiting for only has 60% of the job description but has overlapping skills that you can train, how much are willing to pay compared to market price?  How to negotiate a salary with global firms when they have established a base in your country because they have business opportunities there? How likely are recruiters willing to issue visas to people from abroad?  How do you weed out people who do not have the skills but blatantly lied during the interview process?  How do I move from working as an engineer to a law clerk or paralegal without getting a law degree? How do to go from being a regular employee to a manager? What skills do I need to learn? And how do I avoid having to work for the same company for years? What basic skills do company owners typically need to learn?  When your employer asks you to sign an unreasonable contract that is breaking the law but you want to work for them because they do interesting jobs, how do you reconcile with the decision?  How to quit your job? When and how?  Paypal:  paypal.me/stephdennis13 For show notes go to: http://stephdennis13.com/category/careertalk/ To work together:  listentocareertalk.com  For the Google Survey:  https://goo.gl/forms/PToleX38QgQ4EPaz1 To connect:  Instagram:  @stephdennis13  Facebook: www.facebook.com/stephdennis13 Twitter:  @stephdennis13 You’re awesome!!  Go be your badass self today!!! 
15:14
April 11, 2019
How To Build and Have Confidence In Your Job and Career
How to have confidence in your career. Confidence in general can sometimes be difficult.   I have 18 tips for us on how to boost our convenience in your work and be more successful.   1 - Know your value Make a list. What do I bring to the table. What are my strengths.   2 - Making eye contact and smiling   3 - Voice your opinions   4 - Asking for help   5 - Asking for feedback   6 - Accepting compliments Do not deflect or negate compliments!   7 - Know your worth As it relates to compensation.   8 - Prepare Prepare for all of the things. For meetings. For your day. For your work.   9 - Set goals that are challenging but attainable so you can then just crush them   10 - document your wins Every day. Or every week. Write down the things you did well   11 - Understand your areas of opportunities AKA your weakness. Not to say you have to improve your weaknesses but knowing what they are is important   12 - Play to your passion   13 - Immediately stop negative self talk Replace it with a positive   14 - Show up physically in a way that makes you feel really good about yourself   15 - Learn a new skill or learn something that will help you further your career or even down the line in your career   16 - Smile   17 - Affirmations   18 - Clean your desk and your work area   Paypal:  paypal.me/stephdennis13 For show notes go to: http://stephdennis13.com/category/careertalk/ To work together:  listentocareertalk.com  For the Google Survey:  https://goo.gl/forms/PToleX38QgQ4EPaz1 To connect:  Instagram:  @stephdennis13  Facebook: www.facebook.com/stephdennis13 Twitter:  @stephdennis13 You’re awesome!!  Go be your badass self today!!! 
09:14
April 4, 2019
How To Be More Productive At Work
 Productivity is my jam!     When we are looking at how do we become more productive, a good starting point is listing out (separate lists), what are the lists we absolutely have to do every day, week, month and year.    For example, for monthly, what are the things you’ve done this month to add to your annual review.     As a recruiter I have 8 things on my to do list every single day.  For example, review all of the direct applies, look at LinkedIn messages, etc.     Every week I update a report and follow up with candidates in process if I haven’t talked to them yet that week.     Write the lists out of the things you absolutely have to do every day, every week, every month and every year.    Under those absolute must dos, underneath draw a line and add the things we should do.    Then add another line and add everything that would be great to do.    So there are 3 sections:   Absolute must be done  Should be done  Would be great if I got this done  Then create time blocks on your calendar to get those items done.  If you absolutely need to schedule a meeting during your blocks, move it, still keep the time.   Also another thing that has been very helpful for me is to batch your tasks.         Paypal:   paypal.me/stephdennis13    For show notes go to:  http://stephdennis13.com/category/careertalk/    To work together:   listentocareertalk.com     For the Google Survey:   https://goo.gl/forms/PToleX38QgQ4EPaz1    To connect:     Instagram:   @stephdennis13     @careertalkpodcast Facebook:  www.facebook.com/stephdennis13    Twitter:  @stephdennis13       You’re awesome!!     Go be your badass self today!!! 
09:11
March 28, 2019
Let’s Talk Limiting Beliefs with Ryan Borawski
Have you ever been curious what could be holding you back from achieving your dreams and/or goals?   Today we are talking about limiting beliefs with Ryan Borawski.    Ryan’s Instagram:  @ryanborawski    Ryan’s Twitter:  @RyanJBorawski    Ryan’s website:  ryanborawski.com    Ryan is a corporate trainer for his full time position and he also has a side life coaching business.    Beliefs are pretty much who we are and they have the ability to create or destroy us.    Empowering beliefs are beliefs that gets you to where you want to go.   Beliefs also align with values.    What’s the difference between limiting beliefs and fear?  There are two types of fears. Legitimate fears, for example I do not want to touch a hot stove.  There is really good fear. There is a lot of bad fear.    When you look at how you tell the difference between limiting beliefs and fear is it whether or not you have taken action or is deeper than that?    A lot of times limiting beliefs are preventing us from taking action.    Surround yourself with people who will help you raise your standards.    How do you go about identifying a limiting belief?    A lot of times you can’t identify them on your own because you need someone to cover your blindspots.    Exercise:  Write down the beliefs you have.  Circle the ones that are empowering. Identify how they are getting you to where you want to go.  Then look at the disempowering beliefs and question them. Where did I develop these from? Who did I develop this from? How is this limiting me from getting to where I want to go? Was the person I learned this from worth modeling?   Essentially you are creating doubt through your questions.    If you associate enough pain to those beliefs you’ll change them.    We focus on determines what we feel.    How do you prevent that limiting belief from creeping back into your thought space?   Create empowering beliefs.   Affirmations are important and affirmations are only as important as the action that you take.    If people are going through this exercise on their own, how do they go through the process but also be sensitive to the fact that there is a lot of emotional weight behind and care for themselves in the process?    It depends on where you wan to go.    Limiting beliefs are extremely general.  Once you identify the limiting beliefs, pick them apart and create the doubt.  Then ask how do I create empowering beliefs.    We do things to avoid pain or gain pleasure.    The next step is to take massive action.  Reveal that fear is actually a feeling and not a fact.    Take action a lot.    How do people know what their identity and mission are?    The thoughts you own about yourself is your identity.    Identify limiting beliefs, turning that into empowering beliefs, which is then your identity, then taking massive action.      Paypal:  paypal.me/stephdennis13 
50:37
March 21, 2019
How To Choose A Major
Choosing a major feels insanely important … when you’re doing it.   According to the Washington Post only 27% of people have jobs related to their major.    If it feels like it’s really overwhelming and really hard, take a deep breath.  It is hard. But know this. 73% of people aren’t using their degree.    When you’re looking at choosing a major you can take 2 different paths / approaches.   Option 1 -  You can go with your passions, your dreams, your personality.  Research. List out what you’re passionate about. List out what your dreams are.  Write about your dream life. Don’t limit that.  Take some personality tests.  Most of them have a job / career section. When you’re looking at that, what is of interest?  What will give you job / career satisfaction. Find people who have worked in those fields.    Option 2 -  Going after the majors that align with the classes that you really enjoyed.  Find people in those fields, ask them all of the questions.    What you shouldn’t do when you’re trying to choose a major:  1 - you shouldn't do what other people are telling you to do  2 - you shouldn't decide based on what you’re friends are doing  3 - you shouldn't decide based on what is cool and popular        Paypal:  paypal.me/stephdennis13   For show notes go to: http://stephdennis13.com/category/careertalk/   To work together:  listentocareertalk.com    For the Google Survey:  https://goo.gl/forms/PToleX38QgQ4EPaz1   To connect:    Instagram:  @stephdennis13    Facebook: www.facebook.com/stephdennis13   Twitter:  @stephdennis13     You’re awesome!!    Go be your badass self today!!!   
08:57
March 14, 2019
Answering Your Questions! How To Stand Out In Applications / Should I Become A Software Developer / Etc.
Let’s answer some of your questions!    Question 1:  How do you prepare for aptitude tests? If you’re thinking like the SAT or ACT there are practice tests online you can take. If you’re thinking about tests to determine what career would be the best fit, there is really no way to prepare for those but just be really honest with yourself while taking them.    Question 2:  How do you make your resume relevant?  One you want to make sure it's specific to the job you’re applying for in the right industry.  Think about the job you’re applying for, in what industry and put that relevant information in your resume. So when the recruiter or hiring manager is looking at your resume they can clearly see you have the experience you looking for. For example for sales professionals you want to include your sales goal or quota, for example, 102% to goal. Make it pretty but have content. Some resume templates only allow for 1-2 bullets under each job which likely won’t be enough information.  Ensure your background itself is relevant to what you’re applying for and if it’s not figure out a way to bridge that gap. Let’s make sure you’re applying to roles that appropriate (think years of experience here).  Be one of the first people to apply. Apply directly to the role on the company website.  You can also reach out to the recruiter or hiring manager on LinkedIn.  Set up job alerts on Google Jobs.    Question 3:  How to position yourself well with recruiters after being retrenched? I’m assuming here that means being laid off and not being fired. Being laid off is very common. Be honest and brief/to the point.    Question 4:  What do I owe my current boss and team once I’ve decided to start looking for a new job? Amazing team, resignation will blindside the team.  I don’t recommend sharing you are looking to leave until you are ready to resign.    Question 5:  How to decide whether or not to get into management?  Would be better pay, next step in career, are there non management ways to further your career? Do you have the desire to coach, mentor, lead, manage, discipline, hire, fire, etc?  You’ll have to do all of those things!  Money can certainly be a motivator for sure.  You can definitely further your career without taking on leadership responsibilities.    Question 6:  How do I ignore the allure of becoming a software developer? Can do developer bootcamp for 9 months and make $85k.  You don’t have to ignore the allure!  I would take a webinar or find some videos online to learn what software development looks like. Ask yourself would I want to do this every single day? I would also ask hiring managers on LinkedIn if they would want to hire someone from the bootcamp you’re looking at.    Question 7:  How to score an interview when there are so many applications? How to stand out in applications? Go back to question 2, all of that applies.  You want to be one of the firsts.  Set up job alerts on LinkedIn, Google and Indeed.  Review job description, adjust resume accordingly and honestly.        Paypal:  paypal.me/stephdennis13   For show notes go to: stephdennis13.com   To work together:  listentocareertalk.com 
20:01
March 7, 2019
How To Answer The Interview Question Tell Me About Yourself
Overview:      Paypal:  paypal.me/stephdennis13 How To Answer The Interview Question Tell Me About Yourself    We’ve all been asked this interview question. It feels super loaded which is why I don’t even ask this question.    Tell me about yourself … I immediately think coffee addict, dog mom, wine lover. None of the shit you should talk about during an interview is what comes to mind. That being said, we have to be with this particular question a little bit more strategic.    What the interviewer is looking for is to know mostly about your background. 90% of this question should be answered about your background. Think about it as your elevator pitch. I have seen people go on and on and on when answering this type of question.    We want to make sure that when answering an interview question we are buttoned up so to speak. That way you won’t be losing your interviewer in the process.    If I ask a question and someone rambles on for 7 mins, I’m out.    How do we answer the question, tell me about yourself.    Here is the equation:  1 sentence about our background  1 background diving a little bit deeper 1 sentence about what we passionate about in our field  1-2 super quick tidbits    How I would answer that question is this:    I am a recruiting professional with over 6 years of experience.  I’ve worked across IT, marketing, outside and inside sales, legal, operations, data science and so. Basically I’ve recruited in almost every category possible. I’m super passionate about the candidate experience and data driven recruiting. I have an inappropriate relationship with coffee and I talk about my dog too much.    The last part - I like to show my personality. so tailor that to your style.    My example was in tiers. 1 - 50k foot view  2 - 10k foot view  My passion Personal tid bit  Couple reminders:  we are keeping it buttoned up must be less than 2 mins  think about it as your elevator pitch offer enough information for them to get a great overview  providing a foundation for the interviewer to ask questions and dive deeper  personal tid bits  What we are not doing:  rambling on not 50/50 personal and professional  we are not taking over the conversation    To connect:    Instagram:  @stephdennis13    Facebook: www.facebook.com/stephdennis13   Twitter:  @stephdennis13     You’re awesome!!    Go be your badass self today!!! 
10:47
February 28, 2019
Unpacking Podcast: Goal Setting / Life Evaluation / Prioritization / Assessment
Link to Unpacking:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/unpacking/id1411156933?mt=2   I hope you have an amazing day or evening!    Today we are diving into some goal setting, prioritization and life evaluation in general. Typically people look at goals at the beginning of the year in January however I still think in February this will be helpful.    I want you to grab a piece of paper and a pen.    Before we look to set goals, we have to look at the different areas of our lives and make sure we are focusing on the right area. As you guys know life is complicated, there is so much happening all the time, one quarter, one month even, hell even one week we may want to focus on our career and the very next week there might  be something going on where we need to focus on family.    I just want to make sure before we go create all these really amazing goals for ourselves that we are going to focus in the right areas.    I’m going to have you list out the different areas of your life. Some areas may include:  Family Friends Kids / Children Pets  Spirituality / Faith / Religion  Personal Growth & Development  Self Care / Self Love / Alone Time  Spouse / Partner  Dating  Marriage  School / Education  Relationships  Health / Fitness / Movement  Money / Finances / Wealth  Hobbies  Side Businesses / Side Projects    What I want you to do is rate yourself in each category from 1-10. 1 being really bad 10 being really good    Look at that list and look at all the ones that are below a 5 and then all the ones that are 5 and above.   Are there any that are below a 5 that you really want to focus on. Just because they are low doesn’t mean you need to focus on them.    At one point when I did this exercise one of my categories was dating, and I rated it a 3 but it wasn’t something I wanted to focus on at the time.    Of all the categories you have created, pick your top 2. Once you have the top 2 you are going to focus on, write that down. Then create 1-2 goals for each category you picked.    As you are setting these goals, let’s use the SMART acronym.    S = Specific  M = Measurable A = Achievable  R = Relevant  T = Time bound / Timely   Every 3-6 months go through this list again and rate yourself in these categories.    A couple other things I am going to give you guys to evaluate and think about as you are getting into these goals.    When you think about your energy think about it as one big bucket that has a bunch of holes in it. You’re constantly filling up the bucket but there are these holes in it so it is draining out.   I want you to think about your time and your energy like this bucket and the water that is coming in and then what is draining out.   Think about the water as your time and energy. Think about what is filling this bucket. And what is draining it.    For me, I am outgoing introvert. I need to recharge typically by myself and I am very outgoing so I am not shy. When I am tired, exhausted and need energy it’s usually myself, with the dog, watching Netflix.    Think about the different things that fill your bucket. It could be helping other people, it could be going out, grabbing a drink, enjoying dinner with your best friend. List all the things
13:15
February 21, 2019
HR Take on Non Competes and Conflicts of Interest While Job Hunting
The first thing I want to start off my saying as we are getting into this conversation about non competes and conflicts of interest is this: I am NOT a lawyer. I want to put that out there right now. If you are seeking legal advice, that is not me. Of course I do have a background in HR and I do know a little bit about conflicts of interest and non competes. Someone asked me about this so I was happy to create an episode.   Here was the question:    Someone has a full time position, looking to add a side job, similar industry to what they are in now, currently interviewing for that job.    Is this ok if it’s in a similar industry? Is there a conflict of interest? When would there be a conflict of interest? Who would I talk to without causing issues at my current job?   Here’s the thing, during the interview process you should have on your resume your current job right, whoever you are interviewing with should know your 9-5 because you want to make sure you don’t have a conflict of interest on either side. I would ask the new company, point blank, they should see it on your resume, but ask anyways.    Hey as you know of course by looking at my resume I work for XYZ company, is that going to cause any conflict of interest issues with your team and your organization? I want to be really clear, I plan to keep that job and have this as a part time job in addition to that full time role.    This way everyone is on the same page. And I would honestly ask your HR person in your current job. I don’t know the details around this exact situation but if you are going to add a part time job in a similar industry of course it depends on the reason. I’m going to default to something very basic. Let’s say you want to get a brand new car, you want to get a part time job to pay cash. Ask your HR person if this would be ok given that reason.    If you’re getting this part time job because you hate your current company or hate your current boss and you’re hoping this part time job turns into something more full time, I may not talk to your HR person. They will more than likely share this with your current manager.    Maybe you ask them that question as well.    Whatever your comfort level is. In my experience its always best to be as open as possible in those types of situations so nothing  comes back to bite you.    Side note - if you ever do sign new hire paperwork, save those documents. If done online download it and if done in person ask to get a copy of it.    Broadly speaking you will have conflict of interest issues or non compete problems when the job you hold offers you access to propriety information and the second job you want to get is going to be a direct competitor.    As it relates to conflicts of interest and non competes, most of the time, HR is going to be concerned with these with the higher level roles. As an HR organization the only time I’ve worked for a company that is looking into a non compete with or without a legal team, is with someone who is generally speaking, at the Director level and above. Take that for what it is, I can’t guarantee that. If you want advice here, please consult a lawyer!    Another thing to note, not all states recognize and allow companies to enforce  a non compete. People can work for a direct competitor of a current company however you’re not allowed to share proprietary information.    Finally what I want to say is, do the right thing. You know in your gut what will be the right thing. What will cause a problem, what will cause an issue. If I was someone looking at it from the outside, I would think there is or isn’t something off. Do what’s right, follow your gut. If it feels off
10:09
February 14, 2019
She's baaaaaaack!
She's baaaaack y'all!  :)  What topics do you want to hear?  I created a google form to capture your feedback, find it here:  https://goo.gl/forms/PToleX38QgQ4EPaz1 Let me know! 
02:47
February 3, 2019
To Take A Contract Or Not To Take The Contract - Ways To Determine If Contracting / Consulting Is For You
Episode Summary:    Today we are talking about contracting and consulting today!    Reasons contracting might be a good option for you:  1) You are chasing industries and you don’t have any experience in the new industry  2) Typically you do get more money  3) If you get bored after 6-24 months with a company or in a particular role and you feel you are changing jobs often because you’re bored and you need that change  4) You’re the type of person who likes to work for a variety of different companies  5) You want to work in different type of industries    Reasons why contracting might not be a good fit for you:  1) If you are going to be constantly stressed out about your contract ending, you’re not sure what you’re going to do next and this will give you a ton of stress and anxiety 2) If you need certain benefits if you can’t get in a contracting role (hold for the myths section though LOL)  3) If you will have a fear of not getting a new contract when your current one is over (also this is the opposite of having an abundance mindset  4) If you are the type of person who wants to find a really great company and stick with that company into retirement    Contracting Myths  1) Contracting doesn’t offer stability - while I agree with this to an extend, I also don’t think full time positions can offer or guarantee stability. While you could get hired with a great company that’s been around a long time, you never know if there will be a merger / acquisition or they aren’t performing and then there will be layoffs.  2) Benefits - you definitely can get benefits as a contractor. Often the consulting company offers them or you can get them directly through an insurance broker. Cost is something to consider. Let’s break down some math! Don’t turn me off yet!!    Your salary: $100,000  5 main benefits: medical, dental, vision, 401(k), PTO / Vacation   PTO / Vacation - typically 2 or 3 weeks 2 weeks = $3,900 3 weeks = $5,800   401(k) - 3% match 401(k) = $3,000   Already with 3 weeks vacation and 401(k) we are up to $8,800   I have paid $200 or less each month for medical    Let’s say $400 for medical, $100 for vision, $100 for dental (both vision and dental is really high)  $600 a month x 12 (a full year) = $7,200   Each year you are paying with 3 weeks PTO / Vacation $5,800, $3k in retirement, $7,200 for heath/dental/vision  = $16,000   Now if you’re contracting:  $48.08 gets us to $100k each year    Side note: generally I bump my hourly rate at least 20% from my annual salary to pay myself for own benefits. So if you’re making $100k you would be looking for $120k which hourly would be $57.69 an hour.      For show notes go to: www.FindingTheBestFit.com   Thank you so much for listening. I would love to connect and learn how I can help you! Connect with me below!!!     To connect -    Instagram:  @stephdennis13    To Join Our Facebook Community:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/careertalkstraightupnochaser/     Free gifts - Interview tips, resume tips and resume power words!!  
12:32
October 16, 2017
Let’s Talk Cover Letters: How to Write A Cover Letter / What To Include / Etc.
Episode Summary:    Have you ever been curious on how to write a really amazing cover letter?    Today we are talking about cover letters and answering some of these questions:  Are they important? Should I write one? How much time should I take on one? What should I include?    Question 1: Should I write a cover letter? Answer: Maybe. Most recruiters do not read cover letters if I am being totally honest.  That being said, there are some hiring managers out there that want to see cover letters.    Question 2: What should I include in my cover letter? Answer: They should be brief and you want to remember you are writing TO someone.  Include:  An attention grabbing paragraph - try asking a question Accomplishments paragraph  Company paragraph  Position paragraph    Keep in mind - cover letters should be brief, the paragraphs should be 2-3 sentences each.    Make sure your cover letter is talking to someone and telling a story.    Also, if you can’t dedicate the time to write a good cover letter, I wouldn’t waste the time forcing a bad one.      For show notes go to: www.FindingTheBestFit.com   Thank you so much for listening. I would love to connect and learn how I can help you! Connect with me below!!!     To connect -    Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/StephDennis13   To Join Our Facebook Community:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/careertalkstraightupnochaser/     Free gifts - Interview tips, resume tips and resume power words!!   Interview Checklist: http://www.findingthebestfit.com/interview-tips-checklist   Resume Tips Checklist: http://www.findingthebestfit.com/resume-tips-checklist   Resume Power Words: http://www.findingthebestfit.com/resume-power-words     You’re awesome!!    Go be your badass self today!!! 
07:16
October 2, 2017
How To Leverage LinkedIn While Job Hunting / Searching
Episode Summary:    Have you ever been curious as to whether or not you are leveraging LinkedIn to the extent you can during your job search?    6 Ways To Leverage LinkedIn While Searching For A New Job / Career  Turn on your job preferences so other recruiters or hiring managers know you are open to new opportunities Find and apply for jobs  Research contacts at the companies you want to work for  Reach out to those contacts  Reach out to people who are in jobs that you would want  Research a company’s structure / company culture / reporting / titles / etc.    Reminders:  Make sure your profile is up to date  Make sure you have an updated headline  Have a creative / catchy headline  Have a professional and clear picture        For show notes go to: www.FindingTheBestFit.com   Thank you so much for listening. I would love to connect and learn how I can help you! Connect with me below!!!     To connect -    Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/StephDennis13   To Join Our Facebook Community:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/careertalkstraightupnochaser/     Free gifts - Interview tips, resume tips and resume power words!!   Interview Checklist: http://www.findingthebestfit.com/interview-tips-checklist   Resume Tips Checklist: http://www.findingthebestfit.com/resume-tips-checklist   Resume Power Words: http://www.findingthebestfit.com/resume-power-words     You’re awesome!!    Go be your badass self today!!! 
10:36
September 25, 2017
What To Do After Getting Negative Feedback
Career Deep Dive Academy:  careerdeepdive.com     How to leave an iTunes podcast review from your iPhone:    Go to the podcast app on your phone.  In the bottom toolbar, tap search. In the top toolbar, enter the name of the podcast.  Hit the podcast show graphic (not the episodes themselves).  Go to reviews. Tap “write a review” I would be forever grateful if you could leave a review so others can find this helpful information.      Episode Summary:    Have you ever received negative feedback?  Or even a bad review?  And you weren’t sure what to dwith that information?    Today we have 16 points on how to handle feedback.   Remaining calm  Take the time to reflect and evaluate before you react  Reminder: perception is reality  Do not argue  Feedback is a really, really good thing - even if we don’t agree with the feedback being given Look at the data  Ask a lot of questions  Learn Honestly ask yourself, what are the truths in the negative feedback you received?  Asking for help if you need it  Asking yourself and others what your blindspots are  Create a plan to improve  Set clear expectations and goals moving forward  Set follow up progress conversations  Reminder: if you need to vent, try and make sure it’s not with work colleagues  Reminder: when we are getting feedback, we can get better or we can get bitter      For show notes go to: www.FindingTheBestFit.com   Thank you so much for listening. I would love to connect and learn how I can help you! Connect with me below!!!     To connect -    Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/StephDennis13   To Join Our Facebook Community:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/careertalkstraightupnochaser/     Free gifts - Interview tips, resume tips and resume power words!!   Interview Checklist: http://www.findingthebestfit.com/interview-tips-checklist   Resume Tips Checklist: http://www.findingthebestfit.com/resume-tips-checklist   Resume Power Words: http://www.findingthebestfit.com/resume-power-words     You’re awesome!!    Go be your badass self today!!!   
18:49
September 18, 2017
Leadership Changes
Career Deep Dive Academy is now OPEN!!  Learn more and get the free training here: careerdeepdive.com     How to leave an iTunes podcast review from your iPhone:    Go to the podcast app on your phone.  In the bottom toolbar, tap search. In the top toolbar, enter the name of the podcast.  Hit the podcast show graphic (not the episodes themselves).  Go to reviews. Tap “write a review” I would be forever grateful if you could leave a review so others can find this helpful information.      Episode Summary:    Ever had a leadership or management change?  Were anxious or frustrated? Not sure how to navigate the situation?    I got you 😃    What we want to make sure we are doing during a leadership / management change:  Be honest  Being forthcoming Be open to the change    What you should be communicating to your new manager / new leader:  Priorities  Career aspirations  Goals  Clear expectations  Motivators  Communication style and / or your communication preference  Have meaningful conversations    Positive things about leadership / management changes:  Opportunity for a fresh start  Opportunity or ability to have a new perspective  Being able to have priorities aligned or even re-aligned  Opportunity to improve a process or workflow that might not make sense  Increase team morale  Management / leadership style change    Potential challenges we might face when we have a new leader or manager:  Team morale could decrease  Change management  Management or leadership style  Increase stressed or concern Risk of increased turnover      For show notes go to: www.FindingTheBestFit.com   Thank you so much for listening. I would love to connect and learn how I can help you! Connect with me below!!!     To connect -    Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/StephDennis13   To Join Our Facebook Community:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/careertalkstraightupnochaser/     Free gifts - Interview tips, resume tips and resume power words!!   Interview Checklist: http://www.findingthebestfit.com/interview-tips-checklist   Resume Tips Checklist: http://www.findingthebestfit.com/resume-tips-checklist   Resume Power Words: http://www.findingthebestfit.com/resume-power-words     You’re awesome!!    Go be your badass self today!!! 
09:36
September 11, 2017
Asking For Help
Career beta program waitlist:  careerdeepdive.com     How to leave an iTunes podcast review from your iPhone:    Go to the podcast app on your phone.  In the bottom toolbar, tap search. In the top toolbar, enter the name of the podcast.  Hit the podcast show graphic (not the episodes themselves).  Go to reviews. Tap “write a review” I would be forever grateful if you could leave a review so others can find this helpful information.      Episode Summary:    Have you ever needed to ask for help and weren’t sure how? Or overwhelmed and you weren’t sure what to do next?    How exactly you’re going to be executing on asking for help:  Understand what you’re own expertise is and also where your knowledge gaps are  Explain what you’ve already tried and where you are stuck  Prepping your questions for that other person in advance   Quick tips and reminders:  You don’t need to carry the burden of working alone all by yourself forever  We don’t have to be the super hero all the time  There is no shame is asking for help Knowing that is always good to have another person’s perspective  Be very specific when you’re asking for your help  Take notes  Asking for clarification or having follow questions  Make sure we are being kind, courteous, curious and that you’re having fun Be open to feedback and criticism and potentially negative comments    Positive attributes for asking for help:  Helps the people you’re asking for help from feel valued  Earns respect  Fuels teamwork      For show notes go to: www.FindingTheBestFit.com   Thank you so much for listening. I would love to connect and learn how I can help you! Connect with me below!!!     To connect -    Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/StephDennis13   To Join Our Facebook Community:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/careertalkstraightupnochaser/     Free gifts - Interview tips, resume tips and resume power words!!   Interview Checklist: http://www.findingthebestfit.com/interview-tips-checklist   Resume Tips Checklist: http://www.findingthebestfit.com/resume-tips-checklist   Resume Power Words: http://www.findingthebestfit.com/resume-power-words     You’re awesome!!    Go be your badass self today!!!   
10:30
September 4, 2017
STAR And SHARE Interview Methods
Career beta program waitlist:  careerdeepdive.com     How to leave an iTunes podcast review from your iPhone:    Go to the podcast app on your phone.  In the bottom toolbar, tap search. In the top toolbar, enter the name of the podcast.  Hit the podcast show graphic (not the episodes themselves).  Go to reviews. Tap “write a review” I would be forever grateful if you could leave a review so others can find this helpful information.      Episode Summary:    Today we are talking about the STAR and SHARE interview methods.  If we know what the recruiter or interviewer is using for their interview methods, you can be better prepared for your interview.    These are interview methods used to evaluate your behavioral based interview questions.   STAR S - Situation - Describe the situation  T - Task- Describe the task you are responsible for completing given situation described above A - Action - Given the situation and the task you had to complete, you will describe the action you took to complete the task and resolve the situation  R - Result - Describe the result of the action you took, the task that was completed and the situation that was resolved    SHARE S - Situation - Describe the situation  H - Hinderances - Describe any hinderances or obstacles you encountered when resolving the situation  A - Action - Given the situation and the task you had to complete, you will describe the action you took to complete the task and resolve the situation  R - Result - Describe the result of the action you took, the task that was completed and the situation that was resolved  E - Evaluate - Explain the evaluation of the situation, essentially what did you learn   Example questions that people are looking for this sort of response:  1) Talk to me about a time you failed to complete an assignment, project or task 2) Talk to me about a time you accomplished something but in the beginning it looked like it was going to be impossible  3) Talk to me about a time you needed to work with a colleague you did not get along with 4) Talk to me about a time you needed to resolve a communication issue 5) Talk to me about a time you needed to resolve a customer issue    Make sure your interview question responses are brief and to the point, we don’t want to ramble on and on and on and on 😃      For show notes go to: www.FindingTheBestFit.com   Thank you so much for listening. I would love to connect and learn how I can help you! Connect with me below!!!     To connect -    Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/StephDennis13   To Join Our Facebook Community:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/careertalkstraightupnochaser/     Free gifts - Interview tips, resume tips and resume power words!!   Interview Checklist: http://www.findingthebestfit.c
06:41
August 28, 2017
What To Include And Exclude From Your Resume
Career beta program waitlist:  careerdeepdive.com     How to leave an iTunes podcast review from your iPhone:    Go to the podcast app on your phone.  In the bottom toolbar, tap search. In the top toolbar, enter the name of the podcast.  Hit the podcast show graphic (not the episodes themselves).  Go to reviews. Tap “write a review” I would be forever grateful if you could leave a review so others can find this helpful information.      Episode Summary:    Have you ever started applying for jobs and submitted a ton of applications but didn’t really get any responses or getting a ton of rejection letters?  Or not making it past the application stage?  If the answer is yes, there might be something wrong with your resume.    Today we are going to be talking about what we should be including and excluding from your resume.    There are definitely certain things we should be including on our resume and certainly things that need to be taken off.  The reason this is so important is because in majority of the organizations you are applying to and submitting your resume to, most of the time a recruiter is going to see your resume first and they are making a rather quick decision on whether or not they should reach out to or to turn you down. In that short window we have to catch a recruiters attention we need to make sure your resume is easy and quick to understand, read and to digest.    What to include on your resume:    1) Contact information  First and last name (put what you want to be called on your resume, you can put your legal name on your application) Phone number - it should be the number you want to be contact at (cell phone vs. house phone) Email  City and state    2) Education  If you have a college degree, include your college degree and beyond  If you do not have a college degree, you want to make sure you have your high school education on there    3) Skills  Should be bulleted out  5-10 skills  Relevant to the jobs you’re applying for    4) Experience  Job history  If you don’t have any working history, you can include college projects and / or volunteer experience    What to exclude from your resume:    1) Graduation dates    2) Objectives    3) References  Remove the references  Also remove the line ‘references available upon request’    4) CAPTIAL LETTERS   5) Long summaries      For show notes go to: www.FindingTheBestFit.com   Thank you so much for listening. I would love to connect and learn how I can help you! Connect with me below!!!     To connect -    Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/StephDennis13   To Join Our Facebook Community:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/careertalkstraightupnochaser/    
13:12
August 21, 2017
Help! My Boss Is A Jerk / An Ass / Mean / A Bad Leader
Career beta program waitlist:  careerdeepdive.com     How to leave an iTunes podcast review from your iPhone:    Go to the podcast app on your phone.  In the bottom toolbar, tap search. In the top toolbar, enter the name of the podcast.  Hit the podcast show graphic (not the episodes themselves).  Go to reviews. Tap “write a review” I would be forever grateful if you could leave a review so others can find this helpful information.      Episode Summary:    Have you ever worked for a boss that was a complete a jerk? Or a complete asshole? Or you thought they may have been the spawn of satan?    I want to talk to you about this situation today because I know it is not easy.    We’ve all had the boss who is completely terrible or we have had a spouse or significant other who was working for the devil. It’s like the Devil’s Wears Prada situation LOL    When we are working for a boss who is total ass we sometimes have to be the leader that they aren’t. And we have to what some people refer to as manage up.  We have to do this in a very careful way. We don’t want to be offensive, we don’t want to be rude, we don’t want to be on their level. We want to be the bigger person and be that leader.    12 Action Items    1) Observe  Pause, slow down and just observe    2) Don’t jump to conclusions    3) Not to let your work suffer  At a certain point, either you are going to depart or they are going to leave.  You don’t want to leave or have a new leader as a bottom performer.    4) Document  The intention is not screw somebody over but rather if we need to go to HR we have reference points to track the situation.    5) Keep emails    6) Have really open, honest communication  Attempt to have that conversation 1:1 and on your own. However, if it is something like harassment this may not be your best choice. Rather, if they are just being rude you might be able to have this conversation on your own.  Ask questions in case you are misunderstanding, this will also keep the conversation non confrontational.    7) Being that leader  You may not have direct reports. You may not be in a formal manager position.  However, the reality is we are the more mature ones than the leaders we are working for so we need to set a better example than what they are capable of setting.    8) Taking the high road  Do what you know is correct even if someone else is doing something wrong.    9) Being the better / bigger person    10) Try to determine what motivates them and what sets them off   11) Contributing to and celebrating success    12) If you need to jump ship:  Do your research. Determine interview questions that you can ask while you’re in an interview with your next future boss.      For show notes go to: www.FindingTheBestFit.com   Thank you so much for listening. I would love to connect and learn how I can help you! Connect with me below!!!     To connect -   
14:51
August 14, 2017
Need to Make A Career Change? Not Sure Where To Start? I Got You!
Career beta program waitlist:  careerdeepdive.com     How to leave an iTunes podcast review from your iPhone:    Go to the podcast app on your phone.  In the bottom toolbar, tap search. In the top toolbar, enter the name of the podcast.  Hit the podcast show graphic (not the episodes themselves).  Go to reviews. Tap “write a review” I would be forever grateful if you could leave a review so others can find this helpful information.      Episode Summary:    Have you ever been in a situation where you knew you needed to make a change in your career and you weren’t sure what change should be?  Or what you want to do?  Or what that change should be?    Sometimes when we need to make a career change it can be overwhelming if we are unclear on what we want to do or where we should be going or even how to get there.    Really the most important thing when we are looking at making a career change is working your plan backwards. Meaning, reverse engineering your career plan. We start out where you want to end up and then work our way backwards and figure out step by step how we are going to get there.    5 Steps to Career Clarity   1) Figure out where you want to go   What do you ultimately want to accomplish?  What role do you want to have?    2) Ask yourself why you want to get there    What is is about that position that is so appealing to you?  Be honest with yourself and real.    3) What skills do you need to accomplish, or acquire, that you don’t already have now?    If you are unsure of what skills you are going to need, go over to sites like Indeed or LinkedIn and find job descriptions of the titles you are looking at or even people on LinkedIn who have that title and look at some of the titles they have.    4) Figure out how you’re going to close the gap on the skills you need to have (number 3) and the skills you have now.  Make a plan to close that gap.    5) Start having conversations. Talk to people that are in these positions. Ask them: what do you like about your job? What do you regret? What makes you get out of bed in the morning?      For show notes go to: www.FindingTheBestFit.com   Thank you so much for listening. I would love to connect and learn how I can help you! Connect with me below!!!     To connect -    Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/StephDennis13   To Join Our Facebook Community:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/careertalkstraightupnochaser/     Free gifts - Interview tips, resume tips and resume power words!!   Interview Checklist: http://www.findingthebestfit.com/interview-tips-checklist   Resume Tips Checklist: http://www.findingthebestfit.com/resume-tips-checklist
07:38
August 7, 2017
10 Ways To Lead Without Authority or Title
Career beta program waitlist:  careerdeepdive.com     How to leave an iTunes podcast review from your iPhone:    Go to the podcast app on your phone.  In the bottom toolbar, tap search. In the top toolbar, enter the name of the podcast.  Hit the podcast show graphic (not the episodes themselves).  Go to reviews. Tap “write a review” I would be forever grateful if you could leave a review so others can find this helpful information.      Episode Summary:  Make sure you are coming from a genuine place  Be constantly learning and growing  Want to be the one who is asking the tough questions  Always be asking for feedback  Helping your colleagues when they need it  Don’t wait to be asked to do something  Take on additional responsibilities and be that leader  Asking your manager how you can help  Be a top producer with top quality work  Being positive and staying positive through tough situations      For show notes go to: www.FindingTheBestFit.com   Thank you so much for listening. I would love to connect and learn how I can help you! Connect with me below!!!     To connect -    Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/StephDennis13   To Join Our Facebook Community:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/careertalkstraightupnochaser/     Free gifts - Interview tips, resume tips and resume power words!!   Interview Checklist: http://www.findingthebestfit.com/interview-tips-checklist   Resume Tips Checklist: http://www.findingthebestfit.com/resume-tips-checklist   Resume Power Words: http://www.findingthebestfit.com/resume-power-words     You’re awesome!!    Go be your badass self today!!!   
09:40
July 31, 2017
Top 13 Reasons You Are Failing Your Phone Interviews
Career beta program waitlist:  careerdeepdive.com     How to leave an iTunes podcast review from your iPhone:    Go to the podcast app on your phone.  In the bottom toolbar, tap search. In the top toolbar, enter the name of the podcast.  Hit the podcast show graphic (not the episodes themselves).  Go to reviews. Tap “write a review” I would be forever grateful if you could leave a review so others can find this helpful information.      Episode Summary:    Top 13 Reasons You Are Failing Your Phone Interviews:    Research or lack thereof research  Eating and / or chewing gum  Not knowing the company you applied to  Not knowing the job you applied to  Coming across as desperate  Applying to every job  Not being able to talk about money  Working out during your phone interview  Smoking  Lying / being caught in a lie / just being shady  Inability or unwillingness to answer questions  Saying yes to a drastic payout  Not aligning with the level of the position      Need additional 1:1 help? Check out my services here (Don’t forget - if you use the discount code PODCAST for 10% off any service!):    finding-the-best-fit.dpdcart.com     For show notes go to: www.FindingTheBestFit.com   Thank you so much for listening. I would love to connect and learn how I can help you! Connect with me below!!!     To connect -    Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/StephDennis13   To Join Our Facebook Community:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/careertalkstraightupnochaser/     Free gifts - Interview tips, resume tips and resume power words!!   Interview Checklist: http://www.findingthebestfit.com/interview-tips-checklist   Resume Tips Checklist: http://www.findingthebestfit.com/resume-tips-checklist   Resume Power Words: http://www.findingthebestfit.com/resume-power-words     You’re awesome!!    Go be your badass self today!!! 
16:03
July 24, 2017
Co-ops vs. Interns / Internships
Career beta program waitlist:  careerdeepdive.com     How to leave an iTunes podcast review from your iPhone:    Go to the podcast app on your phone.  In the bottom toolbar, tap search. In the top toolbar, enter the name of the podcast.  Hit the podcast show graphic (not the episodes themselves).  Go to reviews. Tap “write a review” I would be forever grateful if you could leave a review so others can find this helpful information.      Episode Summary:    Have you ever wondered the difference between a co-op and an intern?   Co-ops  Good way to get your foot into the door of a good company you are targeting  Can be required, not always and if you’re part of a co-op program you are stopping classes to work full time  Paid program  Usually lasts about 3-12 months  You get school credit  Heavily related to your school program / major / area of study  Could be part of a rotational program    Interns / Internships  For current students  Internships are typically shorter than the co-ops, usually lasting over the summer or fall/spring Compensation - can be paid, unpaid or an exchange for housing or something similar  Not typically required  Typically not getting school credit      Need additional 1:1 help? Check out my services here (Don’t forget - if you use the discount code PODCAST for 10% off any service!):    finding-the-best-fit.dpdcart.com     For show notes go to: www.FindingTheBestFit.com   Thank you so much for listening. I would love to connect and learn how I can help you! Connect with me below!!!     To connect -    Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/StephDennis13   To Join Our Facebook Community:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/careertalkstraightupnochaser/     Free gifts - Interview tips, resume tips and resume power words!!   Interview Checklist: http://www.findingthebestfit.com/interview-tips-checklist   Resume Tips Checklist: http://www.findingthebestfit.com/resume-tips-checklist   Resume Power Words: http://www.findingthebestfit.com/resume-power-words     You’re awesome!!    Go be your badass self today!!!   
06:52
July 17, 2017
I Want To Be A Future Business Owner / Transitioning From Your Corporate Job To Being A Business Owner
  Career beta program waitlist:  careerdeepdive.com     How to leave an iTunes podcast review from your iPhone:    Go to the podcast app on your phone.  In the bottom toolbar, tap search. In the top toolbar, enter the name of the podcast.  Hit the podcast show graphic (not the episodes themselves).  Go to reviews. Tap “write a review” I would be forever grateful if you could leave a review so others can find this helpful information.      Episode Summary:    I have had quite a few people reach out to me asking how to transition from corporate america to being a business owner. While I don’t consider myself a business coach, I do have some things to share on the topic.    Key points:    1) Answer: How do you want to be helping other people?    2) Answer: What skills do you need to learn?   This will be a never ending list!    3) Answer: What Skills do you need to learn before you will feel ready to start?  Make sure this list is what you truly need to learn before you start?  Hint: you can start earlier than you think!    4) Answer: How can your day job help you with your future business?    5) Answer: Can you be working on any cross functional teams?    6) Answer: How are you dedicating your team to learn, test and invest in the things you want to try?   7) Find a business coach you trust online and start consuming their content.        Need additional 1:1 help? Check out my services here (Don’t forget - if you use the discount code PODCAST for 10% off any service!):    finding-the-best-fit.dpdcart.com       For show notes go to: www.FindingTheBestFit.com   Thank you so much for listening. I would love to connect and learn how I can help you! Connect with me below!!!     To connect -    Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/StephDennis13   To Join Our Facebook Community:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/careertalkstraightupnochaser/     Free gifts - Interview tips, resume tips and resume power words!!   Interview Checklist: http://www.findingthebestfit.com/interview-tips-checklist   Resume Tips Checklist: http://www.findingthebestfit.com/resume-tips-checklist   Resume Power Words: http://www.findingthebestfit.com/resume-power-words     You’re awesome!!    Go be your badass self today!!!   
10:09
July 10, 2017
What Is Your Six Word Story?
  Career beta program waitlist:  careerdeepdive.com     How to leave an iTunes podcast review from your iPhone:    Go to the podcast app on your phone.  In the bottom toolbar, tap search. In the top toolbar, enter the name of the podcast.  Hit the podcast show graphic (not the episodes themselves).  Go to reviews. Tap “write a review” I would be forever grateful if you could leave a review so others can find this helpful information.      Episode Summary:    Have you guys heard about the six word story?   Reach out to me on Facebook at:  www.Facebook.com/StephDennis13   What would your six word story be as it relates to your career?   Essentially what this six word story would be, is a story, about your career, in only six words.   What words would you choose?    Mine would be:  Learn, grow, thrive. Help, coach, teach.    What would be your six word story as it relates to your life in general?    Do you have alignment between the two? Should they be?    Do you need to make any changes?        Need additional 1:1 help? Check out my services here (Don’t forget - if you use the discount code PODCAST for 10% off any service!):    finding-the-best-fit.dpdcart.com       For show notes go to: www.FindingTheBestFit.com   Thank you so much for listening. I would love to connect and learn how I can help you! Connect with me below!!!     To connect -    Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/StephDennis13   To Join Our Facebook Community:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/careertalkstraightupnochaser/     Free gifts - Interview tips, resume tips and resume power words!!   Interview Checklist: http://www.findingthebestfit.com/interview-tips-checklist   Resume Tips Checklist: http://www.findingthebestfit.com/resume-tips-checklist   Resume Power Words: http://www.findingthebestfit.com/resume-power-words     You’re awesome!!    Go be your badass self today!!! 
07:20
July 3, 2017
ATS / Applicant Tracking Systems / Resumeland / Resume Black Hole - All Explained
  Career beta program waitlist:  careerdeepdive.com     How to leave an iTunes podcast review from your iPhone:    Go to the podcast app on your phone.  In the bottom toolbar, tap search. In the top toolbar, enter the name of the podcast.  Hit the podcast show graphic (not the episodes themselves).  Go to reviews. Tap “write a review” I would be forever grateful if you could leave a review so others can find this helpful information.      Episode Summary:    Where does your resume go after you hit submit in an application? It is typically referred to as resmeland which what we are talking about today!    Key points:    1) Upload your resume in every application. I want to encourage everyone to upload their resume as an attachment.  This keeps the formatting how you would like it to be seen.  PDF is the best format to upload your resume.    2) There is no keyword search or algorithm that automatically rejects people. You can be rejected based on application questions though.  Recruiters can however search the resume database using keywords.    3) You could be rejected without someone looking at your resume. This typically depends on how many applicants there are for the position.          Need additional 1:1 help? Check out my services here (Don’t forget - if you use the discount code PODCAST for 10% off any service!):    finding-the-best-fit.dpdcart.com       For show notes go to: www.FindingTheBestFit.com   Thank you so much for listening. I would love to connect and learn how I can help you! Connect with me below!!!     To connect -    Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/StephDennis13   To Join Our Facebook Community:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/careertalkstraightupnochaser/     Free gifts - Interview tips, resume tips and resume power words!!   Interview Checklist: http://www.findingthebestfit.com/interview-tips-checklist   Resume Tips Checklist: http://www.findingthebestfit.com/resume-tips-checklist   Resume Power Words: http://www.findingthebestfit.com/resume-power-words     You’re awesome!!    Go be your badass self today!!! 
11:19
June 26, 2017
You're Rejected Because You're Overqualified
  Career beta program waitlist:  careerdeepdive.com        How to leave an iTunes podcast review from your iPhone:    Go to the podcast app on your phone.  In the bottom toolbar, tap search. In the top toolbar, enter the name of the podcast.  Hit the podcast show graphic (not the episodes themselves).  Go to reviews. Tap “write a review” I would be forever grateful if you could leave a review so others can find this helpful information.      Episode Summary:    Have you ever been rejected from a position or from an application for the reason that you are overqualified?    This is legitimate reason to turn someone down for positions however there are a lot of assumptions and myths out there around this topic so let’s talk about this!    I want to talk about this topic in 4 main topics.    Common Myths  People think they are getting rejected because they are too old  “I was told I was overqualified for the position but now what I think is you won’t hire me because I will someday take the hiring manager’s job” The hiring manager or recruiter feels threatened    Candidate Concerns  Income  Supporting their family  They want to do work that is easier than what they have been doing in the past    HR / Human Resources / Recruiting / Hiring Manager Concerns  Offering people work that is going to challenging and exciting for them  We feel people will leave early or right away  Position alignment  Compensation    Things You Can Do Aim higher  If you’re looking to do easier work, ensure you are talking to everyone you talk about why you want to make the move and what is motivating this transition    Being overqualified is not the same as being under qualified for a position.        Need additional 1:1 help? Check out my services here (Don’t forget - if you use the discount code PODCAST for 10% off any service!):    finding-the-best-fit.dpdcart.com         For show notes go to: www.FindingTheBestFit.com   Thank you so much for listening. I would love to connect and learn how I can help you! Connect with me below!!!     To connect -    Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/StephDennis13   To Join Our Facebook Community:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/careertalkstraightupnochaser/     Free gifts - Interview tips, resume tips and resume power words!!   Interview Checklist: http://www.findingthebestfit.com/interview-tips-checklist   Resume Tips Checklist: http://www.findingthebestfit.com/resume-tips-checklist  
13:44
June 19, 2017
Should I Stay? Should I Quit My Job? When Is The Right Time To Leave?
  Career beta program waitlist:  http://www.findingthebestfit.com/career-waitlist     Danelle’s Etsy Shop:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/florenceoliver?ref=l2-shopheader-name     How to leave an iTunes podcast review from your iPhone:    Go to the podcast app on your phone.  In the bottom toolbar, tap search. In the top toolbar, enter the name of the podcast.  Hit the podcast show graphic (not the episodes themselves).  Go to reviews. Tap “write a review” I would be forever grateful if you could leave a review so others can find this helpful information.      Episode Summary:    Have you ever wondered whether or not you should stay in your job? Or quit? Or accept another offer? Or entertain an interview request from a recruiter? Or just in general when is the right time to start looking for another job?   When we are thinking about possibly quitting or looking at other jobs or accepting another offer, etc.    There are 6 questions you need to ask and answer:    1) What are my goals   Career goals, personal goals, what are all of your goals, then ask yourself as a follow up to that, does the job I’m in now, help me accomplish any of these goals?    2) What would cause you to want to entertain taking a new position?    3) What do you like and dislike about your current position?    4) If you have another job to compare to:   Which job is going to allow you to accomplish your goals? What job is going to make you happier? Which one is the better fit?    5) Is compensation a factor?    6) What does my job history look like?       Need additional 1:1 help? Check out my services here (Don’t forget - if you use the discount code PODCAST for 10% off any service!):    finding-the-best-fit.dpdcart.com       For show notes go to: www.FindingTheBestFit.com   Thank you so much for listening. I would love to connect and learn how I can help you! Connect with me below!!!     To connect -    Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/StephDennis13   To Join Our Facebook Community:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/careertalkstraightupnochaser/     Free gifts - Interview tips, resume tips and resume power words!!   Interview Checklist: http://www.findingthebestfit.com/interview-tips-checklist   Resume Tips Checklist: http://www.findingthebestfit.com/resume-tips-checklist   Resume Power Words: http://www.findingthebestfit.com/resume-power-words
12:23
June 12, 2017
How To Maximize Your Annual / Performance Review
Career beta program waitlist:  http://www.findingthebestfit.com/career-waitlist     How to leave an iTunes podcast review from your iPhone:    Go to the podcast app on your phone.  In the bottom toolbar, tap search. In the top toolbar, enter the name of the podcast.  Hit the podcast show graphic (not the episodes themselves).  Go to reviews. Tap “write a review” I would be forever grateful if you could leave a review so others can find this helpful information.      Episode Summary:    Have you ever wondered what you could be doing better when it comes to your annual review?    The first thing I want to make sure we are on the same page about when it comes to your annual review or performance review or whatever your company is calling it, is that it is a two way conversation. It’s not just one person doing all the talking.  I also want to prepare you to hear both positive as well as negative feedback.    There are 4 topics we are going to be talking about as it relates to your annual review.   1) Ask questions    Areas in which you can improve? Your weaknesses? Your strengths?   Just because you have strengths and weaknesses, doesn’t mean you should spend all of your time improving your weaknesses. Studies actually prove if you spend your time improving your strengths, you can really strive and be successful. However, we do need to be aware of what our weaknesses are.    Performance to our goals? Performance to our peers? Team performance?   2) Aligning with your manager    Making a plan moving forward and making sure you’re both on the same page. Understand what your action items are.  Your goals.  Are there any metrics attached to those goals? Scheduling or asking about regular check ins  Job description / day to day duties / daily responsibilities    3) The money    Typically your raise or increase is a predetermined amount.  But you can certainly ask your manager for a higher increase.  If they are unable to do this, I would ask what you need to do in order have this conversation again in, for example, 6 months from the time of the conversation.    4) Growth    What sort of new skills are you going to learn in the next year? What training sessions do you want to participate in?       Need additional 1:1 help? Check out my services here (Don’t forget - if you use the discount code PODCAST for 10% off any service!):    finding-the-best-fit.dpdcart.com     For show notes go to: www.FindingTheBestFit.com   Thank you so much for listening. I would love to connect and learn how I can help you! Connect with me below!!!     To connect -    Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/StephDennis13   To Join Our Facebook Community: 
14:07
June 5, 2017
Transitioning From A Military To Civilian Job / Career
  Career beta program waitlist:  http://www.findingthebestfit.com/career-waitlist     How to leave an iTunes podcast review from your iPhone:    Go to the podcast app on your phone.  In the bottom toolbar, tap search. In the top toolbar, enter the name of the podcast.  Hit the podcast show graphic (not the episodes themselves).  Go to reviews. Tap “write a review” I would be forever grateful if you could leave a review so others can find this helpful information.      Episode Summary:    Today we are going to be talking about how to successfully transition from a military to a civilian career.   First - I want to thank everyone who has served or is serving is our military.    When we are looking at transitioning from a military to a civilian career, from the HR perspective, there are 2 main things you will want to do.   1) Break it down   I know this sounds so simple but if you think about we aren’t as knowledgeable as we need to be to successfully hire military folks.    Taking both your resume and in your interviews, taking that information and translating it into something the recruiter, the hiring manager, a potential colleague or peer, breaking it down into terms and language of the people you are talking to are going to understand.   Again, both on your resume and in the interview!    2) Connecting the dots    Explain in more detail what the role is, what it means, how it impacts the organization, etc.    A good example:  I recently talked to the best military candidate I can remember.  He walked me through his resume, he told me what his job was in the military, he told me what that meant in military, then he told me what it meant in terms I could understand (he broke it down) and THEN he connected the dots for me.  Here is what the job is, here is how the military views this job, here is how everyone else can understand it and here is how it can help me in the position you’re hiring for.    For the record: we hired him 😃            Need additional 1:1 help? Check out my services here (Don’t forget - if you use the discount code PODCAST for 10% off any service!):    finding-the-best-fit.dpdcart.com       For show notes go to: www.FindingTheBestFit.com   Thank you so much for listening. I would love to connect and learn how I can help you! Connect with me below!!!     To connect -    Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/StephDennis13   To Join Our Facebook Community:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/careertalkstraightupnochaser/     Free gifts - Interview tips, resume tips and resume power words!!   Interview Checklist: http://www.findingthebestfit.com/interview-tips-checklist
07:40
May 29, 2017
How To Sell Yourself In An Interview
Career beta program waitlist:  http://www.findingthebestfit.com/career-waitlist     How to leave an iTunes podcast review from your iPhone:    Go to the podcast app on your phone.  In the bottom toolbar, tap search. In the top toolbar, enter the name of the podcast.  Hit the podcast show graphic (not the episodes themselves).  Go to reviews. Tap “write a review” I would be forever grateful if you could leave a review so others can find this helpful information.      Episode Summary:    Have you ever wondered how to better sell yourself in an interview?   Or have you ever wondered how you could make yourself stand out from other people who are applying to the same positions?    Instead of going through sales tactics, let’s talk about what candidates do that set themselves apart from the others.    What candidates do to set themselves apart in an interview:    1) Research   This is an all encompassing research.  They understand the job.  They have read the job description.  They have researched the company. They understand what the company culture might be just by doing their research.  Use websites like glassdoor.com and indeed.com to research while job searching.  In the job description, they have called out the roles and responsibilities.  They have researched the team I am hiring for using LinkedIn.com.  They have also done their research on the organization.    2) Asking questions throughout the conversation    This way it’s just me (or whoever is interviewing you) just asking questions.  You don’t want to ask questions just for the sake of asking questions.    3) Tie it all in or connect the dots on their experience        Need additional 1:1 help? Check out my services here (Don’t forget - if you use the discount code PODCAST for 10% off any service!):    finding-the-best-fit.dpdcart.com         For show notes go to: www.FindingTheBestFit.com   Thank you so much for listening. I would love to connect and learn how I can help you! Connect with me below!!!     To connect -    Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/StephDennis13   To Join Our Facebook Community:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/careertalkstraightupnochaser/     Free gifts - Interview tips, resume tips and resume power words!!   Interview Checklist: http://www.findingthebestfit.com/interview-tips-checklist   Resume Tips Checklist: http://www.findingthebestfit.com/resume-tips-checklist   Resume Power Words:
12:30
May 22, 2017
Overcoming Major Career Setbacks
Career beta program waitlist:    http://www.findingthebestfit.com/career-waitlist     How to leave an iTunes podcast review from your iPhone:    Go to the podcast app on your phone.  In the bottom toolbar, tap search. In the top toolbar, enter the name of the podcast.  Hit the podcast show graphic (not the episodes themselves).  Go to reviews. Tap “write a review” I would be forever grateful if you could leave a review so others can find this helpful information.      Episode Summary:    I hope you are having an amazing day!    Have you ever experienced a career setback?  Or felt you fumbled through something? And wanted to understand how to overcome that setback? Or mistake? Or the learning experience?    Today we are talking about 4 things you should be doing if you feel you had a major career setback / hurdle.    1) Establish the root cause of the setback   Dig deep and understand what that root cause is.  Not necessarily the last 1 or 2 steps that led up to the setback, but the true root cause.    2) Recalibrate   This is really important!    Oftentimes if we experience a setback, we don’t take the time to hit the pause button and ask:  Is this what I should be doing?  Should I still be going after this goal?   A - Set new goals  B - Ensure we still want what we are going after  C - Ask yourself: what is important to me? Understand your priorities!    Sometimes we are divinely redirected    3) Check your motivation levels   This will tell you a lot!    4) Ask yourself  - Do you need to ask for help?    Sometimes we need to ask for help!        Need additional 1:1 help? Check out my services here (Don’t forget - if you use the discount code PODCAST for 10% off any service!):    finding-the-best-fit.dpdcart.com       For show notes go to: www.FindingTheBestFit.com   Thank you so much for listening. I would love to connect and learn how I can help you! Connect with me below!!!     To connect -    Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/StephDennis13   To Join Our Facebook Community:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/careertalkstraightupnochaser/     Free gifts - Interview tips, resume tips and resume power words!!   Interview Checklist: http://www.findingthebestfit.com/interview-tips-checklist   Resume Tips Checklist: http://www.findingthebestfit.com/resume-tips-checklist   Resume Power Words:
12:21
May 15, 2017
Does Your Resume Need A Makeover?
    Need additional 1:1 help? Check out my services here (Don’t forget - if you use the discount code PODCAST for 10% off any service!):  finding-the-best-fit.dpdcart.com     Episode Summary:    Have you found yourself recently applying for a ton of jobs and you’re just not getting any callbacks or responses from your resume?   Or maybe you feel you’re just not getting enough traction or you feel like you’re spinning your wheels.   It’s really important when you are applying for jobs and you’re putting your resume out there, you make sure that your resume is the best it can be because while you may think your resume is great and has all the information it should have, you also have to think about the people who are looking at the resume. The recruiters and the hiring managers. And you want to make sure you are tailoring your resume to the right audience.    6 questions you should be asking yourself to determine whether or not your resume needs a makeover:    1) Do you have an objective on your resume?    If the answer is yes, you need to remove it.  An objective can hurt your chances of getting a call back, however, it can rarely help you.    Just take it off!    2) Are the skills you have listed specific to you and your career search?   If the answer is no, you need a resume makeover!    Here’s the deal oftentimes people list very, very broad skills.  Example: great communicator, good problem solver, attention to detail, etc.  However, that doesn’t tell me anything about you specifically and your job search.    3) Does your resume have a ton of paragraphs?    If the answer is yes, you need a resume makeover.   Everything on your resume should be bulleted and not include a ton of paragraphs. Recruiters don’t have time to fully read every single resume.  You have under 10 seconds to get a recruiters attention.  Your resume should be easy to read and quick to digest.    4) Do you have your full contact information on your resume?    If the answer is no, I need you to change this. You have to have your phone number and email address.  At a bare minimum you need your name, phone number and email.  As a personal preference, I also like to see someone’s city, state and zip code.    5) The experience I have listed on my resume, is it relevant?    My example: my retail experience when I was 16 years old, is no longer relevant to my HR career.    6) Do you have references listed on your resume?    If the answer is yes, take them off!  Also remove the line ‘references available upon request’  If I want your references, I will ask for them!  It takes up space and it is distracting.    For other episodes relating to your resume check out:  #8 - Resume tips  #16 - Is the resume dead?
13:15
May 8, 2017
Starting A New Job, Now What?
  Need additional 1:1 help? Check out my services here (Don’t forget - if you use the discount code PODCAST for 10% off any service!):  finding-the-best-fit.dpdcart.com     Episode Summary:    So you finally get that job that you’ve been wanting so bad, and it’s your first day at work, now what?   That is what we are going to be talking about today!    Today is episode #40 where we are going to be talking about what to do on your first day, your first week or even month of that new job.    Let’s get into it here, today we are covering 6 sections to keep in mind when you are starting a new job.   1) Getting yourself in the right mindset  Make sure you leave yourself plenty of time on your first day You want to be a little bit early but not too early so you aren’t just sitting around doing nothing Go out, get your favorite coffee Maybe you grab your favorite breakfast  Listen to your favorite music on the way to work, or a podcast or an audio book that you’re really into   This will get you in the right mindset so when you get to work, you’re ready to go because first impressions matter!    2) Be: Be confident, trustworthy and genuine when we’re having those interactions with our new colleagues, new management, new leaders within other teams of the organization Be the best you while also being yourself Be ready to introduce yourself a lot Typically in the first day, and even first week you are meeting a ton of new people If you even want to practice a quick introduction, that could be helpful  Be ready to take a ton of notes Writing things down vs having people constantly repeat themselves, it will be better to take notes and reference those  Be pre
15:58
May 1, 2017
How To Talk Money In An Interview
  Need additional 1:1 help? Check out my services here (Don’t forget - if you use the discount code PODCAST for 10% off any service!):  finding-the-best-fit.dpdcart.com   Episode Summary:    Today we are going to be talking about how to talk money in an interview.   Have you ever been in an interview where somebody asked you about compensation and you were anything less than confident in answering that question?    Today we are talking about how to talk about money in an interview, how to talk about them dollars 😃    The first thing I want you to do before you have an interview is understand you are going to have to talk about money and be prepared to do so. Mentally just get yourself ready. A lot of people I talk to aren’t ready for that part of the conversation and it slows us down. I don’t know that it leaves a bad impression, I don’t want to say that, but you’re definitely not prepare and it feels like you’re less confident about your money and what your worth is.   Just think about that and just be ready. We’re going to ask you about money and you need to be able to confidently speak about it.   The first thing you need to is do your research   What does the market say? What does the market say your job is worth   Go to websites like Indeed, LinkedIn, Glassdoor. I know these sites are geared towards job sites but they also have salary components to their websites that can be really helpful for you.   You can also look at payscale.com and bls.gov    So check out what these different sites are saying.  Write it down. Make sure you are looking at location and job title. Where you live and what job title you have makes a huge difference.  If you’re living in let’s say San Francisco and you’re a Software Engineer, your compensation is going to be very different than being a Software Engineer in Little Rock, AR, just a little different worlds we got going on, Little Rock, AR and San Francisco, CA.    So just make sure as you’re doing all this research, understand and know the location makes a difference, and the job title matters. Especially for the BLS sites and payscale sites. Software Engineer 1, Software Engineer 2, Senior Software Engineer, that sort of thing really makes a big difference. Make sure you know where you’re at, what that title is and what level.   After you do this research, ask yourself, are you in alignment with your current job?    Are you overpaid? Are you underpaid? Are you paid about what the market is telling you you’re worth?    Also I would be doing the same amount of research on what the job you want looks like in the market.   For example, maybe you are an Associate Software Engineer and you want to be a Software Engineer and that's the job title you are going for. Or maybe you’re already a Software Engineer and you want a Software Engineer II job, I don’t know, you guys see where I’m going with that. Do all of that same research on all of those websites and looking at the location and the job title and all of th
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April 24, 2017
More Responsibilities, No Perks
  Need additional 1:1 help? Check out my services here (Don’t forget - if you use the discount code PODCAST for 10% off any service!):  finding-the-best-fit.dpdcart.com     Episode Summary:    Have you ever been in a situation at work where you had growing responsibility but you didn’t necessarily have any of the perks that may come along with that additional responsibility? Well today that is what we are talking about!    Today we are talking about how to handle the situation when you have growing responsibilities or growing duties but there really is no benefit, so maybe your title is changing, your salary is staying the same or your hourly wage is staying the same. So you have to do a bunch more work, but that what’s in it for me question, is like nada.    Before I get into what you should be asking yourself and your manager, I want to start off by saying if you have been given more responsibility this is a really great thing because your leadership team trusts you and they see potential in your future and your growth and all of that is so great, it’s so amazing!    But I also want to caution, you don’t want to run yourself into the ground either.    So as far as something you need to ask yourself, if you’re in this situation, because I know this can be super stressful and overwhelming.  I’ve been in this situation before and when you have your job you had and then you get additional responsibilities, typically we are really excited about that. However, it’s really easy to be all consumed by work and not have any time for you and your rest and your health, and your fitness and your family. Just keep that in mind.   Ask yourself:    1) Ask yourself: is this a temporary change or a permanent change?    If it’s temporary it could just mean maybe someone on the team has left and recruiting is looking to fill this position and you really just need to help out extra right now until someone else comes on board. Or maybe it’s a short term project, or maybe your company won a project and they need someone to help out or maybe it’s a permanent change. So you need to understand, is this temporary or permanent.   2) Ask yourself: Do I like this work?   Whatever this new responsibility is, do I like it?  Do I enjoy doing these duties?  Is it something that gives me fulfillment?  Does it bring me joy?  Does it make me happy?   3) Ask yourself: is this sustainable?   Is this too much? I will tell you if you’re consistently working 60-70 hours per week, it’s too much. I don’t care what anybody says, you need time to sleep, you need time to hang out with your family, if you don’t have a spouse and kids, I don’t have a spouse and kids, but I want time to spend with my dog, my mom. I still have family (the dog is totally family, for the record). So it’s just not sustainable to be killing yourself for an open ended amount of time.   4) Ask yourself: Do I want to keep doing these types of new things?    Sometimes we have to do things we don’t want to do. For me, when I thin
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April 17, 2017
Should I Hire A Resume Writer?
Need additional 1:1 help? Check out my services here (Don’t forget - if you use the discount code PODCAST for 10% off any service!):  finding-the-best-fit.dpdcart.com       Episode Summary:    Have you ever asked, should I hire a resume writer? Today that is the exact question we are going to be answering!    Now before I get into my thoughts here I want to give my disclaimer of it’s just that, these are my thoughts, these are my opinions, as someone who is the field of HR and how I view resume writing.    Ok, disclaimer over.   It’s such a common question, and let me say this, I don’t want to upset anyone and I don’t want to offend anyone by answering this question. This is really meant for you guys to understand how I view this and how all the other recruiters I’ve talked to view this as well. I haven’t found another recruiter who disagrees with my opinion here, but trust me, I know they are out there, we’re not all the same, trust me.    Here’s the short answer to this question, should I hire a resume writer?    In my opinion no, I don’t think you should.    And let me share a story with you, and this is going to hopefully help you understand a little bit more why I think you should not hire a resume writer.    I was doing a phone interview with someone, I was asking them questions around their job history, specifically dates of employment because they had just the years listed and not them months. And sometimes if you’ve only been at a company for a year or two I like to understand what the months were to see the exact time you were there.    I am not kidding you, I can’t make this shit up you guys, so I’m asking like ok, what were the months you started and ended, the lady goes ‘I don’t know, I told the resume writing people to verify that information and write it down’. Are you kidding me? What? So basically she sent her job history to some half ass resume writer and said ‘hey just verify this information before you write my resume’ and of course they didn’t do it, and they didn’t tell her if they did anyways. She had no freaking idea. I was so annoyed.   I was annoyed at the people out there who take advantage of others who can’t hire a resume, that always pisses me off. But I was also annoyed at this lady, she didn't even know her own life! I’m just like get your shit together woman (I didn’t say this)! Come on!    This is part of the struggle I have with resume writing.    Let me give you 5 reasons why I think you should write your own resume.   Number 1 is really simple and it’s a direct reflection of this one conversation I had with this lady.    1) You’re going to know it    Most people who hire a resume writer don’t know their resume. They can’t talk the ins and outs of what’s on there. That looks so terrible during a phone interview, I can’t even describe it. It’s like this mix of frustration and being annoyed and just really disappointed in this person who just not only didn’t prep for a phone interview but didn’t prep to find a job. She didn’t even like memorize or read thoroughly
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April 10, 2017
3 Ways To Get A Raise
Need additional 1:1 help? Check out my services here (Don’t forget - if you use the discount code PODCAST for 10% off any service!):  finding-the-best-fit.dpdcart.com     Episode Summary:    I hope you are doing fantastic! I appreciate you being here!!    Today we are talking about 3 days to get a raise.    This is really important because I talk to a lot people that need to make more money, they need to better support their families or career growth from a compensation perspective.    Before I get into the 3 ways to get a raise, I want to de-myth, if that’s the right phrase, the idea that needing or wanting more money is a bad thing.    Because here’s the deal, when we can make a better income we can better support our families, we have more opportunity to serve people in other ways, maybe we can make donations, maybe we can create a better life for the people we care about whether that is a spouse, your parents or kids.  I don’t think there is anything wrong with wanting to better your financial situation. However, I would be very cautious that doesn’t become consuming for you but out of the gate, I just want to have that conversation. A lot of people seem to think if someone wants to make more money they are just selfish and money hungry crazy people and that’s just not true. I mean for some people, sure it’s true. But of the majority of us we want a bigger income for something more, maybe we need to save or some of the things we talked about earlier.    Let’s get into the 3 ways here.    1) Get a job with a higher salary or higher compensation package   I want to prep people for this because you really need to be prepared to actually be ready to leave your employer. And finding a new job isn’t necessarily something that is easy. You have to write a resume, you have to crush your interviews. Your have to go through the whole process, get an offer and be willing to accept that offer.  It’s definitely the way most people are getting raises. It’s interesting because what companies haven’t quite change their policy to reflect is that a lot of people are leaving their current jobs for a better compensation or maybe a promotion in terms of title, etc.  They know this so they are replacing a lot of people because of this but what they are not doing is fixing their policy around being able to offer better annual raises and quicker promotions. Of course being in the HR world I understand both sides of this.   Companies have certain policies they need to abide by. So in order for someone to be a senior maybe they have to have 5 years of experience or maybe they need to have 10 years of experience and that is just how the job descriptions are written and what the guidelines they have set forth are. You can’t just promote someone to a Senior role just because they want it, they have to meet those qualifications. So that’s the HR side and I get that.    But I fully get the candidate side.  And I’ve honestly left job in my previous history to get a better compensation package, to get that better job title so I get it, I totally get it.   What we are seeing more and more is that people are leaving for those reasons. Compani
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April 3, 2017
Phone Interview Tips
Contest!!!    In the month of March 2017 we are running a review contest!!!  You will not want to miss out on this opportunity.  Leave a review of the podcast, (directions on how to do that are below).  Screen shot the review.  Post it to Facebook using the hashtag #careertalkpodcast    One winner will win a free hour coaching session or resume review, your choice!!  Don’t miss out!    Episode Summary:      Have you ever been curious if there are different rules or different tips we should be considering when we have a phone interview?    Yes!    It’s important to dig in deeper to specifically phone interview tips.  As a recruiter I am doing a phone interview before I send candidates to hiring managers and I want to help people get better at winning their phone interview.    1) To make sure you are in a quiet, distraction free space   You’re not driving, not playing with your dog, you want to make sure you don’t have a ton of background noise. So maybe you’re not at the airpot or in a loud coffee shop  I would also encourage you to make sure you have good cell phone reception.    2) As you’re answering questions, don’t assume people know what your company does    Explaining, when necessary, very briefly, what your company does can help a recruiter or hiring manager understand your role better    If the person you’re talking to doesn’t know what the company, it is going to be hard for them to fully understand your experience    3) Answer questions directly and thoroughly, yet don’t ramble    People sometimes answer questions for 5-7 minutes, to a simple question, for example, tell me about your role at ABC company.   I can almost guarantee you I have stopped actively listening if someone is rambling on for 7 minutes. I might still be hearing them, but not registering that information.    Practice before hand on tightening up your answers prior to your phone interview    4) Taking notes    You want to make sure you’re remembering and capturing important information.    I would also expect the interviewer to be taking notes as well.   If you’re going to typing notes, let the interviewer know.  Personally I would recommend you write them down though.    If you’re going to be writing a bunch of notes, I would also be sure you’re not shuffling a lot of paper, it is really loud over the phone, like louder than you expect it to be.    5) Be respectful of the other person’s time    Start and end on time.    6) What to do if you miss a phone interview    In an ideal situation you would be able to call or email before the scheduled time
13:42
March 27, 2017
Finding A Mentor
Contest!!!    In the month of March 2017 we are running a review contest!!!  You will not want to miss out on this opportunity.  Leave a review of the podcast, (directions on how to do that are below).  Screen shot the review.  Post it to Facebook using the hashtag #careertalkpodcast    One winner will win a free hour coaching session or resume review, your choice!!  Don’t miss out!    Episode Summary:    Do you have a mentor? Do you want a mentor? Maybe you want another mentor?   If you are able to find a really solid, amazing mentor, it can literally change your life.    Tips for finding a mentor:    1) You don’t have to know your mentor personally.    Wait? What? Isn’t the whole point of having a mentor to have someone to talk to and interact with?  Well, maybe, that can definitely be a form of a mentor relationship.    However, you can also have what some people call mentors from afar.  These are people you don’t know personally, but maybe you follow them in social, or you’ve taken some of their courses, or you read the books they write, or you listen to their podcasts.    If you don’t have someone who you can get in touch with personally, find someone who is a few steps ahead of where you are, so they are not 30 years ahead of you, but maybe a couple years ahead of you, and they can tell you exactly how they have gotten to where they are.    Keep in mind, where they are, is somewhere you want to ultimately end up at.    This has one literally changed my life.    2) You don’t want to approach a stranger and ask them to be your mentor    This one is kind of obvious however we shall state it anyways.  A mentorship is a big commitment on your end and your mentor’s end.    They have to invest a lot of time and energy, and you have to invest a lot of time and energy.    Think about if you were to ask your date to marry you on date one. AWKWARD!!  Excuse me, can I get an order of protection please? LOL    If you are going to ask someone you know personally to mentor you, give them an out if they are unable to make a commitment  Ask your network for mentor referrals  You can say something like:  ‘Hey I’m really looking for am mentor, we know each other pretty well, you know me, is there anyone you would suggest?’ You never know who knows who.  Look in your LinkedIn or other social media profiles Who do you already know that you can start to build a relationship with   3) Your mentors can also be your peers Keep an open mind here A mentor doesn’t necessarily have to be someone who is ‘ahead’ of you. Maybe they are a Project Manager and you a
19:28
March 20, 2017
How To Write A Resume In 6 Easy Steps
Contest!!!    In the month of March 2017 we are running a review contest!!!  You will not want to miss out on this opportunity.  Leave a review of the podcast, (directions on how to do that are below).  Screen shot the review.  Post it to Facebook using the hashtag #careertalkpodcast    One winner will win a free hour coaching session or resume review, your choice!!  Don’t miss out!    Episode Summary:    Have you ever wondered how to write a resume?    Today we are going to be talking about how to write a resume in 6 easy steps.    This episode is making the assumption you are starting from scratch so if you already have a resume written, use this as a guide to ensure you have everything you need.    1) Contact information    First and last name  I need to know who you are  Address  As a recruiter, I want to know do you live close to where I need you to work Is the commute going to be too long? Do you need relocation? Some people are uncomfortable using their full address and that’s ok, but include your city and state Email address  I need to be able to contact you to set up an interview and sometimes I am unable to call you, but I can email you  Phone Number  I need to be able to call you!    The location of your contact information is really important!  It should NOT be at the bottom of your resume. It should be on top half of the first page.   2) Skills section    Bullet out all of your skills  We should have no paragraphs is your resume  If I’m looking at your resume, you maybe have 3-7 seconds to get my attention Your skills need to be very easy to find  Be very specific with your skills  Problem solving is a great skill to have but everyone lists that on their resume  Try instead: Strategically resolved several issues on budget and on time  Or something like that, put some specifics to it  Limit the amount of bullets you use to 5-7, 10 at the very, very most  We don’t want to have fluff in your resume but we want enough so people understand what you are capable of  Think about what sets you apart from your colleagues What sets you apart from your former colleagues Use skills that make you stand out and what makes you different  Be yourself, of course be work related and professional but we are people, be you, don’t over complicate it!  Be unique and let yourself stand out    3) Experience section    This can have several titles  Experience  Professional experience  Work history Career path Employmen
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March 13, 2017
How To Make A Career Change / Shift Without Starting Over
Contest!!!    In the month of March 2017 we are running a review contest!!!  You will not want to miss out on this opportunity.  Leave a review of the podcast, (directions on how to do that are below).  Screen shot the review.  Post it to Facebook using the hashtag #careertalkpodcast    One winner will win a free hour coaching session or resume review, your choice!!  Don’t miss out!    Episode Summary:      Have you ever wanted or needed to make a career change but you didn’t want to have to start all over?    This can be tricky out of the gate. What do I mean by start over?  Does this mean not having to go back to school and get another degree? Does this mean not having to lose my seniority? Does it mean not having to take an entry level salary if I have a tenure salary right now?   There are a lot of different things this could mean.   We are going to start about how to make career shifts without starting over and some things we can do to test the waters before making a change.    Let’s be real, people make career shifts all the time and they aren’t happy with it and I don’t want this to happen to you!    Ww are going to touch on 7 different categories here.    1) Self Assessment    Before we can make a career change, we really need to understand us. We need to understand what all is making us happy in our current career.  Get your pen and paper!!   List out everything that makes you happy about your current job or current career.  Put me on pause and for real do this!  Then list out everything that makes you unhappy or you dislike about your current job or your current career.  Next we are listing out all of your strengths and all of your
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March 6, 2017
Is Interviewing Like Dating?
Want help with your resume? Or need 1:1 coaching? Learn more how we can work together here: finding-the-best-fit.dpdcart.com   Episode Summary:    Has anyone else ever noticed how interviewing is kind of like dating?  When we really think about it, interviewing is very similar to dating.    Pre Meeting Communication  Maybe someone has reached out to set up an interview.  Could be phone call, email, text, etc. but the interview 'starts' with that communication.  Just because the interview hasn’t officially started yet, doesn’t mean as a recruiter, I’m not already evaluating you as a candidate.  How you communicate before you meet can help or hurt you.    First Meeting Show up prepared and on time. You also need to be dressed well.  Unless noted otherwise, business professional.    First Impressions  Eye contact, smile, firm handshake - regardless of if you are a man or woman!    Conversations  During your interview, make sure you are listening to what the person is saying during your interview.  Don’t be asking questions about what the person has already shared with you!  Ask questions and truly have a conversation during your interview, this shows interest.  Make sure it’s a two way conversation.    Next Steps  Ask about the next steps to show interest    Follow Up Have appropriate level of follow up!  Now don’t be a psycho stalker, no need to end this relationship with a restraining order y’all!    For similar episodes: #12 which is interview tips #22 which is popular interview questions  Bonus episode between 23 and 24 is my free interview checklist you can download for free  #27 which is how to prep for interviews specially talking behavioral based interview questions    Next week:  #32 which will be how to make a career change without starting over (thanks Erin!)   For show notes go to: www.FindingTheBestFit.com   Thank you so much for listening. I would love to connect and learn how I can help you! Connect with me below!!!   To connect -    Email:  Steph@findingthebestfit.com   Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/StephDennis13  
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February 27, 2017
The 4 Main Types Of Resumes
Episode Summary:    Ever been curious just how many types of resumes there are out there? And which one should you use? What is best to highlight your experience?    One of the questions you want to ask yourself when you are trying to figure out which type of resume you want to use, is what do I want to highlight and what do I want to stand out the most? What I mean by that is when someone takes that first glance at your resume, they look at it, what do you want their eyes to go to? Do you want your skills to be displayed first? Do you want your experience to pop out? This isn’t necessarily what’s the first line at the tope of the page.    There are 4 main types of resumes out there.   1) The chronological resume  This one is most popular.  It’s super simple. The resume mostly consists of your experience.  The experience is listed in chronological order, which your most recent position at the top going down from there.  DO NOT put your last job first, if someone doesn’t scroll all the way down, they will think you haven’t worked since that job. This type of resume is going to be the most useful when your experience or your job history or your past positions are what is going to help you get the job you’re going after. Under each role, put the company you’ve worked for, the title you had, the dates of employment and list out 3-6 points that highlight what is the most important.    2) The functional resume  This type of resume is going to list of your skills.  The main heading under skills section is your going to be your top skill, the next heading is another skill and so on. Under each heading list 3-6 bullets. You are listing your skills instead of your job history.   3) The combination resume  This one is pretty straight forward. It is a combination of the chronological resume and the functional resume. It will have a balance of about half and half of your job history and skills.  Under each section I would list about 2-4 bullets.   4) Job specific of targeted resume  This can be a combination of all of these resume but doesn’t have to be.  This is simply designing and crafting a resume that is very specific to one job with one particular company. With this, you are likely going to understand the job you are applying to really well and you’re going to know exactly what the hiring manager needs. You will have done your research on the company, position, on the company values, etc. so you know how to tailor your resume to get that hiring manager’s attention.   You need to be sure you are being honest on your resume. Even though we are highlighting different aspects of our experience, this doesn’t mean you get to lie or fudge the truth.    If you are looking for similar episodes to this, check out:  # 8 which is titled resume tips #16 which is titled is the resume dead    For show notes go to: www.FindingTheBestFit.com   Thank you so much for listening. I would love to connect and learn how I can help you! Connect with me below!!!
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February 20, 2017
Job Hopping ... Or Is It?
Episode Summary:    Have you ever wondered when it’s too soon to leave your job? Or what is really considered job hopping?  Is this really job hopping?   The answer is complicated. And here’s why. It depends.   It depends on what your goals are, what your dreams are, what career you’re in, what’s your happiness level, what’s your current job history look like now. This can be tricky.   There are two big sides to this.   The first side being your happiness.   I am an very big advocate for you enjoying your job and being happy where you’re at. I don’t believe you should stay in a job you’re miserable in.   That is what I want people to think about first. What’s your level of happiness.    The second side to this is your job history.   Here is where it gets tricky. You really shouldn’t stay in a job you’re miserable in. It’s fairly easy to explain why you left a job or two in a short period time, as long as you can explain why you left in a positive way.   If your last 2 positions you have had, if you were in your job for a year or less, I would try a few other options before you quit.    1) See if you can move internal Maybe you ask if you can do a few job shadows to understand what other teams are doing to see where you might want to go   2) You can explore contracting  This isn’t for everyone. Typically you’re a hourly employee, not a full time permanent position.  Something to think about here is oftentimes contractors can miss out on some benefits.  But this can be a great opportunity to try out different positions and companies without it impacting your job history   Another a good question to try and answer is what to recruiters and hiring managers see as job hopping. When I look at a resume as a recruiter, what do I look for to see if someone has a good or bad history. For me personally, I would like to see someone in their position, if it’s not a consulting or contracting role, for about 2-6 years. The research I’ve done say the average is 5 years or less. But from the resume I see, I would say that is declining.   To answer the question how soon is too soon, it really depends. Write out or journal out what your career goals are, what your dream jobs are, how happy am I, what is contributing to my happiness, what is contributing to me not being happy?   If you’re look at quitting your job if you’re unhappy, truly understand what will make you happy first and ask about those things in your interview. Be sure, if you are going to switch jobs, you take a thorough inventory of what will make you happy so you don’t end up in the same situation again.    If you’re look for similar episodes:  #7 which is 10 signs you might need a new job #2 which is 13 ways to get through a bad day at work    For show notes go to: www.FindingTheBestFit.com   Thank you so much for listening. I would love to connect and learn how I can help you! Connect with me below!!!
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February 13, 2017
Not Happy In Your Career or Job? 3 Things You Can Do About It
Episode Summary:    Are you feeling unhappy in your job or career and not sure what to do about it?    Today we are talking about 3 things you can do if you are not happy with your job or your career.  I’m sure we’ve all had that job or career that we are just not happy with.  Maybe you’re in that job or on that career path right now. I can tell you from my background, it can be super discouraging.    Our jobs and our careers can make such a positive impact on our lives, so this is really important.    If you’re in that same place and you’re not happy in your current job or on your current career path, there are 3 things you can do.   1) Get a new job This is probably the most obvious answer.  I would say this is probably the option for you if you dislike your job, you also do not like your manager and dislike your company.  If you look at all the aspects of your job and you don’t like any of them, it’s time to go find a new job.   2) Have a conversation or talk it out  This one is a little tricky to understand if this is the right choice for you. But, a lot of people have been able to have conversations with their managers, directors or colleagues, either way, a conversation. It’s a good option for you if you love what you do but are facing some really interesting challenges or difficult times that don’t seem to have any light at the end of the tunnel. What I mean by that, when you have this conversation and having these tough times, is letting someone know about your struggles and collaborating with that person so together you can find a solution.  I would also encourage anyone going with this option is to bring a few solutions to the table.    3) Look within the company for other jobs This option is really great if you love working for the company but maybe you don’t really like your current position. So you can look at other jobs within the company.  If you have a good relationships with your manager you can go to them and have a really honest and transparent conversation.  Ask them, if you at a point where you are qualified and ready to make that move, I would ask them for their support. If you’re not ready to make that move, I would ask them for their help and support in getting you ready.    If you’re looking for similar episodes check out:  #23 2017 career goals  #20 where we evaluate you career    For show notes go to: www.FindingTheBestFit.com   Thank you so much for listening. I would love to connect and learn how I can help you! Connect with me below!!!   To connect -    Email:  Steph@findingthebestfit.com   Facebook: 
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February 6, 2017
How To Prep For An Interview - Behavioral Based Interview Questions
Have you ever been confused about what behavioral based interview questions are?  Stay tuned!    Today we are talking about prepping for an interview and specifically behavioral based interview questions.  When we are looking at preparing for an interview there is really no way to know the exact questions we are going to be asked. But we can make sure we understand what a lot of the common behavioral based interview questions are so we can prepare.    Most of these types of questions start off the same for example, ‘talk to me about a time when...’.    When you answer these kinds of questions use the STAR method.  S - Situation  T - Task A - Action  R - Result    Common behavioral based interview questions:    Teamwork Talk to me about a time when you had to complete a team project  Tell me about a failed team project and why it failed  Tell me about a time you disagreed with a colleague and how you handled it    Communication  Talk to me about a time you had to communicate a new project, process or initiative  Talk to me about a time you had to gain buy in on a new idea, innovation, concept or something that wasn’t popular Tell me about a communication break down and how you overcame that    Organization / Time Management  Talk to me about how you structure your day and your week Tell me about a time where you missed a deadline  Tell me about how you go about prioritizing your tasks    Failures  Tell me about a time you failed to complete a task or project  Tell me about a time you worked on something and you realized you would not be able to complete it  Tell me about a time when you made a mistake and what happened    Goals  Tell me about a goal you achieved and how you accomplished it  Talk to me about how you set goals and how you plan to achieve them  Talk to me about how you attach deadlines or timelines to you goals    I hope that gives you an idea as to what behavioral based interview questions look like.   If you need more practice use these questions as a template to create your own questions based on the information you have on your resume.    Looking for more episodes with interview tips, check out:  #12 - Interview tips  #22 - Popular interview questions  Bonus episode released between 23 and 24 with a free interview checklist    Next week:  #28 - 3 things you can do if you are not happy in your job / career    For show notes go to: www.FindingTheBestFit.com   Thank you so much for listening. I would love to connect and learn how I can help you! Connect with me below!!!   To connect -  Email:  Steph@findingthebestfit.com   Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/StephDennis13   To Join Our Facebook Community:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/careertalkstraightupnochaser/   Have an amazing, kick ass, r
07:18
January 30, 2017
12 Common Mistakes Recruiters Make
Oh us dang recruiters! LOL  We make so many mistakes! Ha! Today we are talking about 12 common mistakes recruiters make.    I will start off by saying I have a recruiting background and I am guilty of almost all of these at some point in time. When I first started out, I was freaking terrible!    I want to point these out because they do indeed happen and I know people are so frustrated by these mistakes.  I’d like to help educate people on what they are and give the non recruiters some insight as well.    12 common mistakes recruiters make:    1) They forget to infuse their personality into their recruiting  This one can be tricky because depending on the company you work for and the company culture, it can be hard to let your personality shine.    2) Not following up with candidates  This one bugs the hell out of me!  If you’re a recruiter, you have to follow up with candidates. I want candidates to also understand sometimes the follow up with our allowed to send is the canned rejection letter so don’t get upset at those.   3) Recruiters are fake or not genuine, or not personalizing their outreach  This is probably most common on LinkedIn where people search a couple keywords and then mass send emails to a bunch of people.    4) Making a bad hire even though your gut tells you not to  If you have a bad feeling about a candidate, at a minimum, you need to express those feelings to a hiring manager, if they want to move forward despite that, that is up to them but it’s our job to be honest.  Same for candidates, if you have a bad gut feeling about accepting an offer, don't do it!    5) Trying to push a candidate through the process when they would be taking a pay cut or significant step back in their careers. There are always exceptions.  More often than not though, if we are pushing people through the process and they are taking a big pay cut or a big step back in their career, those are the people who typically cause high turnover.  For candidates, don’t let desperation allow you to make a bad career decision.    6) Not leaving a buffer in your schedule  Having back to back to back calls/meetings can easily allow you to be late and behind in your day.  Allow yourself a buffer a couple times/windows throughout the day.  Personally I like to block off chunk of times during the day to get stuff done.  For example, a 2 hour window for calls in the morning, then a couple hours of catch up time, then another 3 hour chunk of time for calls and finally more admin/catch up time.   7) They act as though everybody should want to talk to them  Just because we are recruiters doesn’t mean everyone wants to talk to us.  Let’s face it, sometimes, being a recruiter hurts us!  We need to be providing candidates with enough information that they want to talk to us.    8) Leaving candidates voicemails but not emailing them  If you are going to call a candidate, also take a few seconds to email them.  Often people are busy during the day and are unavailable for a phone call but can respond to an email.  Personally, I get more responses on email so I actually email people first!    9) Don’t have the candidates best interest at heart  Our candidates need to be our top priority.  Recruiting is about people.  Someone’s job can literally change their life for the better, and sadly, sometimes for the worst.  Ask yourself does this job align with what they want!   
18:33
January 23, 2017
Self Awareness
Have you ever wondered how your self awareness impacts your work?  Or how personal development impacts your work?   Today we are talking about self awareness, this is really important both at work and at home.     Today we are talking about 7 things you need to be self aware of:    1) Strengths  What do you do well? What are the things you totally kick ass at?   2) Weaknesses  Where are your areas of opportunity? What are the things you can still grow in? What do you need improvement on?   A couple tools you can use to help better understand yourself are:  1) Myers Briggs personality test  Check out:  16personalities.com   2) Strengths Finder (book) Here is a link to the book on Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/StrengthsFinder-2-0-Tom-Rath/dp/159562015X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1484006734&sr=8-1&keywords=strengths+finder   When I first got into personal development and looked at these two tools, I was literally blown away by all the information I learned. It’s not that we don’t know ourselves, its really putting that information into words and turning that into actionable items.    3) Triggers  When you are stressed what triggers you to get upset, frustrated, disengaged, distracted, etc?  Once you understand your triggers, you need to put systems in place to help avoid or overcome those triggers.    4) Asking yourself why you feel a certain way about certain situations  When you think about how you feel, think about why you are feeling that way   5) Asking yourself if you ever get irrationally angry at work  We all get upset, frustrated, angry, etc at work. But ask yourself if you get irrationally angry, then ask yourself why. Then take that answer and ask yourself why, and repeat this process a couple more times. This will help you understand the entire situation    6) Ask yourself if any of your ‘weaknesses’ can be considered strengths?  Example: some people consider my blunt, no bullshit personality a weakness, however, when you need to rein in a chaotic situation, that personality type helps    7) Ask yourself if you plan to work on your strengths? Or work on your weaknesses?  The reason this is an important thing to think about is because often people can marginally improve a weakness. BUT if you take one of your strengths and work your ass off to make it better, you will soar. Do you want to make a few weaknesses a little bit better or do you want to take your strengths and make them excellent?    Know yourself and understand yourself so we can do better!    If you are looking for a similar episode check out:  #21: Feedback   Next week:  #26: 12 Common Mistakes Recruiters Make    For show notes go to: www.FindingTheBestFit.com   Thank you so much for listening. I would love to connect and learn how I can help you! Connect with me below!!!   To connect -  Email:  Steph@findingthebestfit.com   Facebook: 
11:36
January 16, 2017
Dealing With Disrespect At Work
Today we are talking about dealing with disrespect at work, this can be a really challenging thing to deal with.  As humans we tend to react to disrespect faster than our brains can catch up if that makes sense.  If someone is being mean and disrespectful to me,  typically I react with emotion, which there is nothing wrong with emotion, don’t get me wrong.  But, I don’t always slow down and think about what the situation is and what’s happening.    This is really, really important at work.  Most of us see our colleagues on a daily basis and we really want to make sure we are building and maintaining those relationships.    Two things to keep in mind:    1) Be very approachable and consciously be thinking about this.   2) Be available so you can have the conversation and move on.   During the conversation do these 7 things:    1) Assume there was positive intent behind whatever happened, assume they are coming from a good place until you know otherwise.   2) Ask questions to understand the situation.   3) Truly assess the situation, put yourself in the other persons shoes.   4) Listen to understand, do not listen just to simply reply.   5) Focus on the facts, this is really important, especially at work. We all know the game of telephone!     6) Talk it out. I have never seen conflicts that have been truly resolved without a conversation.    7) Use ‘me' and ‘I' statements, avoid ‘you' statements.   During the conversation think about these 4 things:    1) Are you being disrespected or are you having a disagreement?    2) How is your day going?    3) Boundaries - what boundaries are going to be setting moving forward?   4) How well you know the person you are in conflict with?   When it comes to being disrespected at work, it is not okay and it is not acceptable.  Try to talk it out first and if it continues to happen you need to get someone else involved.    Come back next week when we are going to be talking about self awareness in episode #25!      For show notes go to: www.FindingTheBestFit.com   Thank you so much for listening. I would love to connect and learn how I can help you! Connect with me below!!!   To connect -    Email:  Steph@findingthebestfit.com   Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/StephDennis13   To Join Our Facebook Community:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/careertalkstraightupnochaser/   Have an amazing, kick ass, rockin day!!!    Free gifts - Interview tips, resume tips and resume power words!!   Interview Checklist: http://www.findingthebestfit.com/interview-tips-checklist   Resume Tips Checklist: http://www.findingthebestfit.com/resume-tips-checklist
10:40
January 9, 2017
Is Your Career Part Of Your 2017 Goals?
Is your career part of your 2017 goals? It definitely should be! We are going to walk through a series of questions to help you figure out your career goals for 2017.    Our goal here is to learn, grow and thrive in our careers.    The listeners of this podcast can now access a free Facebook community to interact and help support one another on our career journeys, here is the link:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/careertalkstraightupnochaser/   Happy New Year!!!! It is the time of the year where everyone starts to look at how last year went and what we want to accomplish next year.  I am a MAJOR nerd, I love setting goals, I love making lists, accomplishing my goals and checking things off my list. One person I look to for goal setting advice is Chalene Johnson, check her out on social!    When we look at our 2017 goals we need to make sure our careers and jobs are part of those goals. Our career is something we want to make sure we are evaluating each year, I would even encourage you to do this monthly or at a minimum quarterly.    Get out a piece of paper and pen because I want you to make sure your goals are written down on paper. They need to be specific. A lot of people follow the SMART goals process:  S - Specific M - Measurable  A - Attainable  R - Realistic  T - Timeline    We are going to cover 3 sets of questions, how to evaluate your career, evaluating your current job and questions that will help you set your 2017 career goals.    Evaluating your current career:    1) Think about how your career went in 2017, write down some thoughts  Think about what went well  Think about what did not go well Think about some of your biggest accomplishments Think about some of your biggest areas of opportunity  Journal that out for a few minutes    2) Are you where you want to be in your career?  When you look at your ultimate goal, where you are looking to be in your career, are you where you want to be?  If the answer is no, what are you going to do to change that?  If the answer is yes, how are you going to grow?    Evaluating your current job:   1) Do you enjoy what you do on a day to day basis? When you list out your typical day, week or month, do you enjoy those tasks?  Why or why?  This is everything, this will help you determine if you need to make a change and if so, what change you need to make   2) Do you enjoy the type of work you do or the type of projects you work on?  Why or why not?   3) How do you feel on Monday mornings or Sunday nights?  Ask yourself why you are feeling this way?    Questions that will help you set your 2017 career goals:   1) What is your specific career goal you are going to accomplish in 2017? Be specific Specific enough if I asked you how you would know if you accomplished your goals, you would know the answer.  What projects do you want to be involved in? What momentum do you want to get? What skills do you want to learn in 2017?    I hope you take the time to write out the information we covered today!    If you want to dig in deeper, check out these episodes:  #3 - How Do You Feel On Sunday Nights? #5 - Dating Story Turned Career Coaching #20 - Evaluating Your Career    
13:54
January 3, 2017
Popular Interview Questions
Have you ever wondered what questions are going to be asked in your interview? Keep listening!    Popular Interview Questions    If you’re heading into an interview for your dream job you want to make sure you are prepared as much as possible so you are confident going into your interview. I would recommend practicing some of these popular interview questions.    1 - Tell me what had originally caught your attention about ABC Inc and why you’re interested in 123 position. Recruiters and hiring managers really want to know why you want to work for the company and why you want this particular role.   2 - Talk to me about a typical day or typical week and your responsibilities. We are looking to understand how you spend your time and what you are responsible for.   3 - Talk to me about your goals and how you performed to that goal. Recruiters / hiring managers are looking to see if you are hitting your goals.   4 - Why are you looking at news job / What is currently motivating you to want to explore new opportunities? We want to know why are you looking for a new job but be careful, don’t be negative here.   5 - Where are looking to take your career / what are your career goals / Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years? Just be honest   6 - Money. You need to be prepared to talk about compensation Be confident and be prepared for this question   7 - What questions do you have for me? Be sure your questions haven’t already been answered   If you feel you need more preparation, google interview questions, there are hundreds out there!    Check out episode #12 for additional interview tips!    For show notes go to: www.FindingTheBestFit.com   Thank you so much for listening. I would love to connect and learn how I can help you! Connect with me below!!!   To connect -    Email:  Steph@findingthebestfit.com   Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/StephDennis13   To Join Our Facebook Community:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/careertalkstraightupnochaser/     Have an amazing, kick ass, rockin day!!! 
07:33
December 27, 2016
Feedback
Feedback is so important, I cannot stress enough how important feedback is.   Here’s a question for you:  Do you ask for feedback often? At work? At home? With friends? Why or why not? Take some time to think about that.    Am I asking my boss for feedback? Am I asking my colleagues for feedback? Am I asking my spouse at home for feedback? Am I asking my family for feedback? Am I asking my friends what their thoughts are?    This is really important.    Specifically as it relates to our career, feedback is a really interesting part of our jobs that most of us only receive once a year. Often it’s in the form of annual review, performance review or a merit increase conversation. It is usually a very formal conversation and often it is not very helpful or productive.    All employees care about what their raise is going to be. Often managers need to just get the reviews done. I want you to think about how you can get more feedback throughout the year so you can constantly be improving.    If you sit down with your boss and they tell you hey Steph I think you did a really good job in A, B, C categories, I think you could use improvements in D, E and F categories and here are some examples from 3, 6 and 11 months ago. What?!?! Why wouldn’t we get that feedback right away and on the spot.    Here’s the deal, you need to ask for the feedback. Ask hey manager how can I improve? What suggestions for you have for me?    You need to be the one who takes charge of the conversation.    THEN you need to be grateful for whatever the response is. Feedback is a gift. EVEN if we don’t like the feedback we get. It tells us how we can improve and what people’s perceptions are of you. It is a gift. Even if you disagree, even if you think it’s complete bullshit.  Now you know!    Don’t react in a negative way if you get bad feedback, don’t get defensive, take notes, ask follow up questions. You want to make the conversation easy so the person will want to share their feedback with you in the future.    Ask questions like:  How can I improve X metric? What areas can I improve in? Where do I do well?  What are my strengths?    Don’t forget to share your gratitude for the feedback!!!    For show notes go to: www.FindingTheBestFit.com   Thank you so much for listening. I would love to connect and learn how I can help you! Connect with me below!!!   To connect -    Email:  Steph@findingthebestfit.com   Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/StephDennis13   To Join Our Facebook Community:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/careertalkstraightupnochaser/     Have an amazing, kick ass, rockin day!!! 
08:20
December 20, 2016
Evaluating Your Career
About this episode:  This this episode we cover 8 questions you should be asking yourself to evaluate your career. Get clarity on whether or not your dream career is truly your dream career! Don't get to end of your career and realize you pursued the wrong career for years.    These are the 8 questions you should be asking yourself when it comes to your career.  What is it? What is your dream career? Why do you want it? When do you want to get there? How will this make me feel? How will obtaining this job make me feel? Is this what you want to feel? Where am I at now? Where are you at right now from your career standpoint? What skills or knowledge do I need to obtain? How long will it take to acquire those skills / knowledge? Does this financially make sense? Can I accomplish in my current job? Talk to others in this job This is EVERYTHING!  What do they like about their career? Do they have any regrets? Why did they pick that career? How long did it take them to get there? Other life goals  Does your life goals align with your career goal?   For show notes go to: www.FindingTheBestFit.com   Thank you so much for listening. I would love to connect and learn how I can help you! Connect with me below!!!   To connect -    Email:  Steph@findingthebestfit.com   Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/StephDennis13   To Join Our Facebook Community:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/careertalkstraightupnochaser/     Have an amazing, kick ass, rockin day!!! 
10:38
December 13, 2016
Book Recommendations!!!
About this episode:    In this episode I cover 12 book recommendations, 9 that will help you at work and in business, 3 that are Christian / Faith based books.    Business / work related books:  1) Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier  2) Essentialism by Greg McKeown  3) 5 Dysfunctions Of A Team by Patrick Lencioni  4) Extreme Leadership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin 5) How To Win Friends And Influence Others by Dale Carnegie  6) People Over Profit by Dale Partridge  7) Rising Strong by Brene Brown  8) You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero  9) The Big Leap by Hendricks Gay    Faith / Christian books:  1) 2 Chairs by Bob Beaudine  2) Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis  3) The Power Of I Am by Joel Osteen    For show notes go to: www.FindingTheBestFit.com   Thank you so much for listening! I would love to connect and learn how I can help you! Connect with me below!!!   To connect -    Email:  Steph@findingthebestfit.com   Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/StephDennis13   To Join Our Facebook Community:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/careertalkstraightupnochaser/     Have an amazing, kick ass, rockin day!!!   
10:16
December 5, 2016
Types of Recruiting
About this episode:  In this episode we are going to talk about the 3 main types of recruiting. 1) Corporate recruiting  2) Agency recruiting  3) MLM recruiting    For show notes go to: www.FindingTheBestFit.com   Thank you so much for listening. I would love to connect and learn how I can help you! Connect with me below!!!   To connect -    Email:  Steph@findingthebestfit.com   Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/StephDennis13   To Join Our Facebook Community:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/careertalkstraightupnochaser/   Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/stephdennis13/   Have an amazing, kick ass, rockin day!!! 
06:45
November 29, 2016
Confidence vs. Arrogance
About this episode:    Ever wonder if you're coming across as confident? Or arrogant? Or both? In this episode we talk about 6 signs you're coming across as arrogant in an interview. For interview tips, check out episode #12 - Interview Tips   For detailed show notes on today's episode go to: www.FindingTheBestFit.com/e17   Thank you so much for listening. I would love to connect and learn how I can help you! Connect with me below!!!   To connect -    Email:  Steph@findingthebestfit.com   Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/StephDennis13   To Join Our Facebook Community:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/careertalkstraightupnochaser/   Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/stephdennis13/   Have an amazing, kick ass, rockin day!!! 
14:24
November 21, 2016
Is the resume dead?
About this episode:    Ever wonder how technology is changing the way we apply for jobs? In this episode we answer the question - is the resume dead?   For resume templates and ideas head over to:  pinterest.com  canva.com    For detailed show notes go to: www.FindingTheBestFit.com   Thank you so much for listening. I would love to connect and learn how I can help you! Connect with me below!!!   To connect -    Email:  Steph@findingthebestfit.com   Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/StephDennis13   To Join Our Facebook Community:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/careertalkstraightupnochaser/   Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/stephdennis13/   Have an amazing, kick ass, rockin day!!! 
09:51
November 14, 2016
Millennials
About this episode:    In this episode we are going to talk about the millennial generation. Specifically we will cover general information, what millennials look for when it comes to brands/companies and what millennials are attracted to in the workplace.   For detailed show notes go to:   www.FindingTheBestFit.com   Thank you so much for listening. I would love to connect and learn how I can help you! Connect with me below!!!   To connect -    Email:  Steph@findingthebestfit.com   Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/StephDennis13   To Join Our Facebook Community:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/careertalkstraightupnochaser/   Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/stephdennis13/   Have an amazing, kick ass, rockin day!!! 
15:59
November 7, 2016
LinkedIn Profile Tips
About this episode:    In this episode we go over 10 LinkedIn profile tips    1) Picture  2) Taglines  3) Industry section 4) Summary section  5) Job titles  6) Recommendations  7) Messages  8) Be honest  9) Keywords  10) Open profile and settings    For show notes go to: www.FindingTheBestFit.com   Thank you so much for listening. I would love to connect and learn how I can help you! Connect with me below!!!   To connect -    Email:  Steph@findingthebestfit.com   Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/StephDennis13   To Join Our Facebook Community:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/careertalkstraightupnochaser/   Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/stephdennis13/   Have an amazing, kick ass, rockin day!!! 
13:16
October 31, 2016
Leadership vs Management
About this episode:    In this episode we talk about the characteristics of leaders and managers.    For show notes go to: www.FindingTheBestFit.com   Thank you so much for listening. I would love to connect and learn how I can help you! Connect with me below!!!   To connect -    Email:  Steph@findingthebestfit.com   Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/StephDennis13   To Join Our Facebook Community:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/careertalkstraightupnochaser/   Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/stephdennis13/   Have an amazing, kick ass, rockin day!!!   
08:56
October 25, 2016
Interview Tips
About this episode:    This episode talks about five areas of interview tips: pre interview, prep, interview, post interview and things to avoid.   For show notes go to: www.FindingTheBestFit.com   Thank you so much for listening. I would love to connect and learn how I can help you! Connect with me below!!!   To connect -    Email:  Steph@findingthebestfit.com   Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/StephDennis13   To Join Our Facebook Community:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/careertalkstraightupnochaser/   Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/stephdennis13/   Have an amazing, kick ass, rockin day!!!   
11:09
October 17, 2016
Successful Mornings
For show notes go to: www.FindingTheBestFit.com   To connect -    Email:  Steph@findingthebestfit.com   Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/StephDennis13   To Join Our Facebook Community:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/careertalkstraightupnochaser/   Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/stephdennis13/  
09:59
October 10, 2016
Making Meetings Awesome Again
For show notes go to: www.FindingTheBestFit.com     To connect -    Email:  Steph@findingthebestfit.com   Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/StephDennis13   To Join Our Facebook Community:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/careertalkstraightupnochaser/    
10:22
October 3, 2016
Getting Through Work Day / Week / Month After Saying Goodbye
For show notes go to: www.FindingTheBestFit.com/e9   To connect -    Email:  Steph@findingthebestfit.com   Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/StephDennis13   Listen to the full episode to see how I handled my work day after saying good bye to my pup.
17:35
September 26, 2016
Resume Tips
In this episode we will cover resume tips, what to include in your resume, what to exclude and much more!    For show notes go to: FindingTheBestFit.com   Get in touch: Email -  Steph@FindingTheBestFit.com Facebook -  www.facebook.com/stephdennis13
19:07
September 19, 2016
10 Signs You Might Need A New Job
In this episode we cover 10 signs you might need a new job.    For show notes go to:  www.findingthebestfit.com   Get in touch:  Email -  steph@findingthebestfit.com Facebook -  www.facebook.com/stephdennis13 Instagram -  @stephdennis13 
13:39
September 12, 2016
Thick Red Tape And Dull Damn Scissors
In this episode we talk about the thick red tape of corporate America and 6 steps you can take to overcome some of the red tape chaos.    For more info and show notes go to: www.findingthebestfit.com    Email: steph@findingthebestfit.com  Facebook: www.facebook.com/stephdennis13 Instagram: @stephdennis13  
15:24
September 5, 2016
Dating Story Turned Career Coaching
In this episode I share a dating story that turned into career coaching (that did NOT turn into a second date LOL). This story illustrates the importance of aligning both your career and personal goals.  Go to www.findingthebestfit.com for show notes! 
09:57
August 29, 2016
Get Bitter Or Get Better
In this episode we talk about getting bitter or getting better when something bad happens or you get in trouble for something.  We cover what bitter looks like and what getting better looks like.  For show notes head over to www.findingthebestfit.com 
07:45
August 22, 2016
How Do You Feel On Sunday Nights?
In this episode I encourage you to evaluate how you feel on Sunday nights (or the night before you go back to work after your weekend). Are you excited, eager, motivated and energized? Or are you bummed, depressed, stressed, anxious, overwhelmed and dreading the morning?  Once we figure out how we are feeling I walk through 3 things you can do if you are in the 2nd group of feelings. 
17:54
August 15, 2016
13 Ways To Get Through A Bad Day At Work
In this episode we go over 13 ways to get through a bad day at work.  Check out FindingTheBestFit.com for show notes and additional info. 
14:03
August 8, 2016
Why Are We Here
Brief overview of why we are all here and why I decided to make this podcast.  Did you know you deserve a job that brings you joy and happiness? You do! 
04:50
August 8, 2016
Podcast Intro
An introduction of the the Career Talk - Straight Up, No Chase podcast where we have blunt, honest, transparent conversations that can help you in your career.  For more information go to FindingTheBestFit.com
03:38
August 8, 2016
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