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The First Gen Coach

The First Gen Coach

By Carla Santamaria

On the First Gen Coach podcast, first generation professionals learn how to rethink limiting cultural beliefs, up-level their mindset, advance in their careers, and build generational wealth. Host Carla Santamaria and her guests deliver practical and actionable ways to own your brilliance and have a thriving career and life.

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30. How to Get Your Resume to the Top of the Pile
30. How to Get Your Resume to the Top of the Pile
In episode 30 of The First Gen Coach, host Carla Santamaria discusses how to get your resume to the top of the pile by leveraging LinkedIn. Carla explains how to optimize your LinkedIn profile, how you can be proactive on the platform without being creepy or fake, and how you can make LinkedIn work for you. In this episode, we also covered: Why workplace emotional safety is a prerequisite for building relationships Why strangers on the internet WANT to talk to you How YOU can fast track your salary to six figures Do you want the full strategy to help you fast track your way to a six figure salary, without endlessly applying on Indeed, getting an additional degree, or attending a coding bootcamp? Register for the FREE Fast Track to Six Figures Masterclass! This Thursday, January 26th at 8 PM ET. Resources and Links Register for the FREE Fast Track to Six Figures Masterclass Follow @CarlaTheFirstGenCoach on Instagram Learn more: https://thefirstgencoach.com/ 
28:30
January 24, 2023
29. Three Beliefs to Adopt as you Transition to Corporate America
29. Three Beliefs to Adopt as you Transition to Corporate America
In this episode of The First Gen Coach Podcast, host Carla Santamaria illustrates three deeply empowering beliefs that first gen professionals can adopt as they transition into the private sector. Your beliefs about your career affect: How you show up in job interviews How you show up in applications How you show up to leadership opportunities Be open to the power of believing in yourself and in your career success, and you will be amazed by what you accomplish! Are you ready to leave the public sector and pivot to Corporate America? Register for my upcoming FREE Fast Track to Six Figures Masterclass! In this free webinar, you will get: The Hidden Roadmap for a Successful Career Pivot The Crucial Mistakes that are Killing your Job Search The Strategies First Gens have used to secure $20k-$50k Salary Increases! Register now at: https://thefirstgencoach.com/masterclass Resources and Links Register Now: FREE Fast Track to Six Figures Masterclass Follow @CarlaTheFirstGenCoach on Instagram Learn more: https://thefirstgencoach.com/ 
18:18
January 11, 2023
28. Unapologetically Owning Your Leadership in 2023
28. Unapologetically Owning Your Leadership in 2023
The First Gen Coach Podcast is back for a third season! In this episode, host Carla Santamaria dives deep into the ways that first gen professionals can be unapologetic about their leadership excellence, and why and how that must be showcased on your resume. We also discussed: The essential resume upgrades that first gen professionals must make in 2023 The unique factors that make first gen professionals strong leaders The importance of negotiating fair pay for your skills and strengths These insider tips will help you stand out from the crowd, so be ready to take notes! Resources and Links Download your FREE Resume Guide and Template Follow @CarlaTheFirstGenCoach on Instagram Learn more: https://thefirstgencoach.com/ 
38:05
January 04, 2023
27. Why WOC Must Quit their Low-Paying Nonprofit Jobs
27. Why WOC Must Quit their Low-Paying Nonprofit Jobs
In episode 27 of The First Gen Coach, host Carla Santamaria breaks down the societal forces that socialize women of color into low-paying jobs in social services, education, and the nonprofit sector. Carla details the urgency for WOC to leave these jobs, which, in addition to paying near poverty wages, also require a self-sacrificial mindset and have unrealistic workload expectations that harm a WOC's physical and mental health. This episode is a replay of an Instagram Live that aired on Black Women's Equal Pay Day on September 21, 2022, and is being released in acknowledgement of Latina Equal Pay Day which falls on December 8th, 2022. In this episode, we also discussed: Why student loans are both racialized and gendered Why many so-called "female-dominated" fields are actually female-majority yet male-dominated The "problem" Woman of Color in a Nonprofit Organization External Sources on Latina Equal Pay Day The 2022 Latina Wage Gap is Disastrously Larger than the Year Before:  AAUW Equal Pay Day Calendar Resources and Links Download the FREE 21-Day Career Clarity Guide. Follow @CarlaTheFirstGenCoach on Instagram Learn more: https://thefirstgencoach.com/ 
45:15
December 07, 2022
26. From Nonprofit to Financial Services with First Gen Professional Alejandra Carbajal
26. From Nonprofit to Financial Services with First Gen Professional Alejandra Carbajal
In episode 26 of The First Gen Coach, host Carla Santamaria interviewed Alejandra Carbajal, a first generation professional who successfully made the transition from the nonprofit sector into the private sector, and fast-tracking her financial and personal goals along the way.  In this episode, we discussed: How a love for working with students has fueled Alejandra’s career  Why talking about salary and career goals with friends is a crucial step in career advancement  Corporate America’s best-kept secret (hint: entry level jobs in corporate pay more than senior level roles in the nonprofit)  Why follow-up is the name of the game, and how you can use it to achieve any goal  The grief that comes when it’s time to leave a job or industry that we love  Alejandra’s three tips for first gen professionals who want to pivot into Corporate America  “Be kind to yourself. This process does not happen overnight, or how you may anticipate. Going from career readiness to corporate recruiter is not what I expected in the beginning, but I am happy to have discovered… another way to continue to do what I am passionate about. You have to be open to the process." - Alejandra Carbajal About Alejandra: I have had the privilege to work in roles where I have been able to use my experience of being first gen to empower others so their journey to success is greater and stronger. I have worked in the nonprofit sector for the past 4 years with adults reentering the workforce, high school students, and college students where I provided career readiness and led recruitment efforts in the last 2 years. I am excited to pivot into the corporate sector as a recruiter where I will continue to support others to access opportunities for their own economic mobility. Connect with Alejandra on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alejandra-carbajal Resources and Links  Download the FREE 21-Day Career Clarity Guide. Follow @CarlaTheFirstGenCoach on Instagram  Learn more: https://thefirstgencoach.com/ 
45:59
November 30, 2022
25. Securing $159k in Salary Increases
25. Securing $159k in Salary Increases
In episode 25 of The First Gen Coach Podcast, host Carla Santamaria shares the three strategies her clients used to secure $159k in salary increases. And they did this without getting additional degrees or joining a coding bootcamp. Plus, why the so-called "Sunday Scaries" are NOT something you have to accept.  Are you ready for clarity in your career? Download the FREE 21-Day Career Clarity Challenge. Once you download the challenge, you will be added to my mailing list where I will be sharing a SURPIRSE HOLIDAY GIFT! And most importantly, we can keep in touch!  Remember to follow @CarlaTheFirstGenCoach on Instagram and share this show with a friend! Thank you for listening!
30:52
November 10, 2022
24. The Dark Side of Corporate Ambition: Jaz's Story with Alcohol Abuse and Recovery
24. The Dark Side of Corporate Ambition: Jaz's Story with Alcohol Abuse and Recovery
In episode 24 of The First Gen Coach Podcast, host Carla Santamaria talks with Life in Recovery Coach Jaz Murudumbay about her experiences as a Canadian-born daughter of Ecuadorian immigrants, unhealthy coping mechanisms for workplace stress, and why First Gens need to change the narrative around alcohol use.  PLUS: The cultural stigma that affects how Latinas/the Latinx community relate to alcohol Why seeking validation through unhealthy coping mechanisms is a recipe for disaster Why we must take ownership of our own career narrative About Jaz Murudumbay Jaz is a sober woman, mom, sister, daughter and friend. As a Life in Recovery coach, she works with clients to stop beating themselves up after a night of drinking and look at their last drinking episode as a tool to their recovery. She coaches clients by guiding them to change the narrative of their drinking and how they can find sobriety in their life. You can find her on Instagram @LifeinRecoveryCoach.  Resources  National Substance Abuse Prevention Month Information Youth Substance Use Prevention Month Are you ready to fast track your career to six figures? Join the waitlist for Six-Figure Accelerator! In this 10-week intensive group coaching container, you will learn how to pivot into tech, how to get your resume to the top of the pile, and how ensure you are paid top dollar for your highly valuable skills! Visit thefirstgencoach.com/sixfigures to learn more. Remember to follow @CarlaTheFirstGenCoach on Instagram to stay in touch. Thank you for listening!
49:45
October 26, 2022
23. Landing and Losing a Dream Job with Life Coach Vero Estrada
23. Landing and Losing a Dream Job with Life Coach Vero Estrada
In episode 23 of The First Gen Coach Podcast, host Carla Santamaria talks with Life Coach and Retreat Host Vero Estrada about landing--and losing--her dream job in private banking, and how she has since transformed her life after that pivotal experience.  PLUS:  The perils of seeking external validation How self-love can become a habit and a practice The pressure of being the ONLY Central American your coworkers know About Vero Estrada:  Vero Estrada is the founder and Chief Inspiration Officer of Big Dream Consulting, a Life Coaching and Retreats practice that transforms the lives of high-achieving first generation Latinas through accessible coaching focused on achieving self-love, money, career and relationship goals! You can learn more in her website, www.veroestrada.com.   Support Vero's Crowdfunding campaign through iFund Women. There are some really awesome rewards to take part of, so it's a win-win! Link:  https://ifundwomen.com/projects/big-dream-consulting-vero-estrada Are you ready to fast track your career to six figures? Join the waitlist for Six-Figure Accelerator! In this 10-week intensive group coaching container, you will learn how to pivot into tech, how to get your resume to the top of the pile, and how ensure you are paid top dollar for your highly valuable skills! Visit thefirstgencoach.com/sixfigures to learn more. Remember to follow @CarlaTheFirstGenCoach on Instagram to stay in touch. Thank you for listening!
46:36
October 13, 2022
22. Answering Tough Interview Questions & Getting the Job!
22. Answering Tough Interview Questions & Getting the Job!
In episode 22 of The First Gen Coach Podcast, host Carla Santamaria provides a framework to answer tough interview questions. Surprisingly, it's not all about technical skills or even "enhancing" the truth. You can (and should!) answer interview questions honestly while AT THE SAME TIME position yourself as the best candidate for the job! Listen to learn how. Are you ready to fast track your career to six figures? Join the Six-Figure Accelerator! In this 10-week intensive group coaching container, you will learn how to pivot into tech, how to get your resume to the top of the pile, and how ensure you are paid top dollar for your highly valuable skills! Visit thefirstgencoach.com/sixfigures to learn more. Remember to follow @CarlaTheFirstGenCoach on Instagram to stay in touch. Thank you for listening!
26:14
September 21, 2022
21. Career Moves & Money Moves: Wealth Building for First Gens
21. Career Moves & Money Moves: Wealth Building for First Gens
In episode 21 of The First Gen Coach Podcast, host Carla Santamaria chats with Lea Landaverde, a First-Generation, Queer, Latina Financial Professional and Activist and founder of La Riqueza Collective. Listen to learn what the hidden workplace curriculum is, how to navigate it, and how to be strategic with your career so that it becomes a tool for building wealth. Are you ready to double your salary and discover your six figure skillset? Visit thefirstgencoach.com/masterclass to register for this FREE masterclass! Remember to follow @CarlaTheFirstGenCoach on Instagram to stay in touch. Thank you for listening!
40:31
September 08, 2022
20. What Quiet Quitting Means for First Gen Professionals
20. What Quiet Quitting Means for First Gen Professionals
In episode 20 of The First Gen Coach Podcast, host Carla Santamaria dives deep into the trending phenomenon of quiet quitting. Listen to learn what quiet quitting is, what it isn't, and how you as a first gen professional can be strategic in the workplace in order to advance your career, increase your income, AND maintain healthy boundaries that protect your mental health and well-being. Sign up for updates and receive my FREE 21-Day Career Clarity Challenge! Visit thefirstgencoach.com/clarity Remember to follow @CarlaTheFirstGenCoach on Instagram to stay in touch. Thank you for listening!
23:52
August 31, 2022
19. Religion, Careers, & Showing up in the Workplace as Your Authentic Self
19. Religion, Careers, & Showing up in the Workplace as Your Authentic Self
In episode 19 of The First Gen Coach Podcast, Carla expands the conversation about the influence that organized religion has in the workplace, and how that influence affects whether you can show up to work as your authentic self. This is specially true for children of immigrants and first generation professionals.  Sign up for updates and receive a FREE 21-Day Career Clarity Challenge! Remember to follow @CarlaTheFirstGenCoach on Instagram to stay in touch. Thank you for listening!
53:19
August 24, 2022
18. Thriving in Corporate America as a Religious Trauma Survivor
18. Thriving in Corporate America as a Religious Trauma Survivor
In episode 18 of The First Gen Coach Podcast, Carla opens up about her experience disaffiliating from Mormonism, the stalking and harassment she endured from a fellow congregant, and why she ultimately left a religion she could no longer align herself with. Plus, what being a survivor of institutional abuse means for setting boundaries in the workplace. *Content Warning* This episode contains mentions of stalking and sexual harassment. Mentions start at the 28-minute mark. Remember to follow @CarlaTheFirstGenCoach on Instagram to stay in touch. Thank you for listening!
01:43:30
August 17, 2022
17. How to Prevent Harming Your Direct Reports
17. How to Prevent Harming Your Direct Reports
In episode 17 of The First Gen Coach Podcast, Carla talks about five things people managers can do to prevent causing harm to their direct reports. This episode was inspired by the responses submitted to the question "What do you wish you could say to your former manager?" Those responses included many examples of harm and workplace trauma, such as "because of you, I experienced my first panic attack."  To learn more about workplace trauma and how it affects first generation professionals, listed to Episode 14: The Truth About Workplace Trauma.  Are you ready to take charge of your career? Ready to set goals and fiercely go after them? Book a one-hour coaching call today! Remember to follow @CarlaTheFirstGenCoach on Instagram to stay in touch. Thank you for listening!
26:23
August 04, 2022
16. Why Perfectionism is Hindering Your Career
16. Why Perfectionism is Hindering Your Career
In episode 16 of The First Gen Coach Podcast, Carla talks about perfectionism in the workplace, why the need to be "perfect" is actually hindering your career progression, and how to stop comparing your career journey to others. Plus, why mentally and energetically releasing the things "should be doing" and the things you "should have done" will make you UNSTOPPABLE in reaching your career and life goals. Do you want to receive 1:1 support while using your experiences to help your community? Apply for FREE on-air coaching! Visit: thefirstgencoach.com/onaircoaching Remember to follow @CarlaTheFirstGenCoach on Instagram to stay in touch. Thank you for listening!
22:37
July 27, 2022
15. Overcoming Imposter Syndrome in a Male-Dominated Workplace - Live Coaching Call
15. Overcoming Imposter Syndrome in a Male-Dominated Workplace - Live Coaching Call
In episode 15 of The First Gen Coach Podcast, Carla talks with Joselyn about how she can overcome imposter syndrome as a first generation professional, as a working mother, and as a Latina engineer in a male-dominated environment.  Plus: How to focus on your STRENGTHS, the results you can deliver to your team, and the impact you can have in your community.  Do you want to receive 1:1 support while using your experiences to help your community? Apply for FREE on-air coaching! Visit: thefirstgencoach.com/onaircoaching
45:47
July 20, 2022
14. The Truth About Workplace Trauma
14. The Truth About Workplace Trauma
In episode 14 of The First Gen Coach Podcast, Carla replays an IG live about the workplace trauma. This topic is often taboo, but we must break the silence and raise awareness about the harm that toxic workplaces can truly cause. From subtle signs like anxiety before check-ins with your boss, to straightforward events like ending up in the hospital from workplace stress, trauma in the workplace is real is real, is pervasive, and it must be addressed. PLUS: How to create an exit plan from a toxic workplace! Are you ready to create an exit plan from the workplace that is causing you harm? Enroll in the next Six-Figure Accelerator group coaching cohort! This eight-week live-taught coaching experience is specifically designed for first gens who seek to leave the public, education, and non-profit sectors and transition into high-paying careers in the private sector. Get your resume to the top of the pile, define your six-figure skillset, and CLAIM your worth! Visit thefirstgencoach.com/sixfigures  Remember to follow @CarlaTheFirstGenCoach on Instagram to stay in touch. Thank you for listening!
01:00:46
July 13, 2022
13. 5 Signs It's Time to Make a Move in Your Career
13. 5 Signs It's Time to Make a Move in Your Career
In episode 13 of The First Gen Coach Podcast, Carla shares 5 signs it's time to make a change in your career. The signs range from subtle and easy to miss, to huge red flashing neon warnings that it's time to make a change NOW. Plus, why JOY is one of the most important yet overlooked factors in career planning. Are you ready to take your career to the next level and fast track your way to six-figures? Join the Six-Figure Accelerator program! Get your resume to the top of the pile, define your six-figure skillset, and CLAIM your worth! Visit thefirstgencoach.com/sixfigures  Remember to follow @CarlaTheFirstGenCoach on Instagram to stay in touch. Thank you for listening!
28:15
July 05, 2022
12. How to Increase Your Confidence in Job Interviews - Live Coaching Call
12. How to Increase Your Confidence in Job Interviews - Live Coaching Call
In episode 12 of The First Gen Coach Podcast, Carla talks with Rocio about how she can increase confidence in her skills and herself as she prepares to interview for the next step up in her career.  Plus:  Reframing the common fears that arise around job interviews Addressing the weight of cultural, family, and community expectations that first gen professionals bring to the job interview How to remain in control of your emotions, the narrative, and the flow of a job interview Do you want to receive 1:1 support while using your experiences to help your community? Apply for FREE on-air coaching! Visit: thefirstgencoach.com/onaircoaching  Are you ready to take your career to the next level and fast track your way to six-figures? Join the Six-Figure Accelerator program! Get your resume to the top of the pile, define your six-figure skillset, and CLAIM your worth! Visit thefirstgencoach.com/sixfigures 
54:51
June 28, 2022
11. The First Person You ACTUALLY Have to Negotiate Your Salary With
11. The First Person You ACTUALLY Have to Negotiate Your Salary With
In this episode, I address one of the most common topics I get asked about as a career coach: salary negotiations. I share some of the techniques I used that helped me negotiate a salary that was 20% MORE than an employer's initial offer, and when, even after negotiating, it's okay to walk away. Listen to learn:  WHY you yourself are actually the first person you must negotiate your salary with WHAT strategies can help you gauge the market rate for your skillset HOW to internalize the belief that you are worthy of a higher salary Remember to follow @CarlaTheFirstGenCoach on Instagram to stay in touch. Thank you for listening!
28:47
June 01, 2022
10. Taking the Ick Factor Out of Networking
10. Taking the Ick Factor Out of Networking
The fourth and final episode of the career success mini-series is finally here! I discuss why networking can feel so gross, and how to take the ick factor out of networking so you can build genuine connections. BONUS: I will be partnering with The Mujerista to host a workshop this Thursday, February 17th at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT. Register here. See you there! Remember to follow @CarlaTheFirstGenCoach on Instagram to stay in touch. Thank you for listening!
31:56
February 13, 2022
9. Three Imposter Syndrome Red Flags to Recognize and Overcome
9. Three Imposter Syndrome Red Flags to Recognize and Overcome
This is the third episode in the Career Success mini-series, and I discuss the different ways imposter syndrome can show up for first-gen professionals, and what you can do to overcome it. Key Takeaways:  You are worthy of pursuing your dreams You deserve to celebrate your accomplishments Asking for help means you are self-aware enough to recognize what you need to succeed BONUS: The first FREE masterclass of 2022 will be on Thursday, January 7th at 8 PM ET/5PM PT. Sign up here and learn 6 key elements for powerful career transitions! Remember to follow @CarlaTheFirstGenCoach on Instagram to stay in touch. Thank you for listening!
32:37
January 23, 2022
8. Three Key Mindsets to Adopt for Successful Goal-Setting
8. Three Key Mindsets to Adopt for Successful Goal-Setting
This is the second episode in the Career Success mini-series, and it is a deep dive into three powerful mindset shifts you can adopt to for successful goal-setting. Learn why SMART goals may not yield the outcomes you are seeking, and what actions you can take instead.  2022 is your year for career clarity and success! Email carla@thefirstgencoach.com to receive your FREE 21-Day Career Clarity Roadmap, and follow @CarlaTheFirstGenCoach on Instagram to stay in touch. Thank you for listening!
31:24
December 30, 2021
7. How to Practice Self-Love as you Reflect on 2021
7. How to Practice Self-Love as you Reflect on 2021
This episode kicks on the 4-part career success miniseries, and it is focused on self-love and reflection. Learn two foundational self-love elements that will help you reflect on 2021 with kindness and grace. Then, I share several reflection prompts to help you learn from your 2021 experiences and thrive in the new year and beyond.   2022 is your year for career clarity and success! Email carla@thefirstgencoach.com to receive your FREE 21-Day Career Clarity Roadmap, and follow @CarlaTheFirstGenCoach on Instagram to stay in touch. Thank you for listening! 
30:47
December 26, 2021
6. Introducing First-Gen Coach
6. Introducing First-Gen Coach
Hi friends! Thanks to a phenomenal first season, I realized that my higher calling is to highlight the experiences of first-gen professional Latinas and women of color, and to help them thrive and build community in their careers and beyond. And so, the First-Gen Coach was born! In this episode, I speak about the direction of the show, and share plans for this season going into the new years.  2022 is your year for career clarity and success! Email carla@thefirstgencoach.com to receive your FREE 21-Day Career Clarity Roadmap, and follow @CarlaTheFirstGenCoach on Instagram to stay in touch. Thank you for listening! 
11:06
December 20, 2021
5. How to Slay Salary Negotiations as a First-Gen Latina
5. How to Slay Salary Negotiations as a First-Gen Latina
In this episode, Salary Negotiation Slayer Evie Prete shares her journey from literal rocket engineer to salary negotiation coach. As a first-gen Latina in a corporate environment, Evie had to stand up for herself and fight to be paid for her expertise and contributions. In this episode, we talk about letting go of limiting beliefs as first-gen corporate professionals, workplace red flags, and the crucial first step for any successful salary negotiation. Evie is on social as @LaMalaMujer and on LaMalaMujer.com.
01:06:13
November 29, 2021
4. How to Heal Your Money Wounds and Plan for the Life You Want Now
4. How to Heal Your Money Wounds and Plan for the Life You Want Now
In this episode, money and mindset coach Diana Garcia and I speak about everyone's favorite topic: money! Okay, so maybe it's not everyone's favorite topic, and the taboo surrounding money is one of the things we discuss. We also talk about money mindset, money foundations, and the complex relationship that first-gen women often have with money. Diana is a first-gen Latina who is passionate about personal finance and helping other WOC reach financial independence. She hopes to inspire other WOC to take control of their finances, feel confident when it comes to money, and ultimately live a more abundant life. Diana is on Instagram as @amigasydinero. 
32:28
November 19, 2021
3. Why Reflection and Community Connections are Lifelines for First-Gen Women
3. Why Reflection and Community Connections are Lifelines for First-Gen Women
In this episode, public speaking creative Yvonne Armenta shares her journey of self-discovery through public speaking; her public speaking framework, Reflect, Connect, and Share; and the ways in which public speaking can strengthen community ties. Yvonne and I discuss the importance of reflection, community connections, and finding your voice as first-gen Latinas in corporate spaces. We also talk about navigating challenges and remaining true to your values, regardless of the status quo. Yvonne is on Instagram as @chatswithYvonne, where she shares her love of public speaking and helps you love it too. She is the host of the #PontePerra Chats Instagram Live Series and the Ponte Perra Affirmations podcast. 
01:02:25
November 10, 2021
2. How to Find Authenticity through Minimalism
2. How to Find Authenticity through Minimalism
In today's episode, The Miami Minimalist, Astrid Bouverie, shares insights on how to find your authentic self through minimalism. Astrid shares what inspired her to embark on a minimalism journey, disproves the myth that minimalism is one-size-fits-all, and invites you to discover how minimalism can help you tap into your authentic self.  Astrid is on Instagram at @TheMiamiMinimalist, where she empowers working moms to keep it simple, balanced, and fun with minimalism. 
45:15
October 28, 2021
1. Welcome to Activate Your Potential
1. Welcome to Activate Your Potential
Welcome to Activate Your Potential! I'm your host, Carla Santamaria. In this show, we talk about navigating life transitions by tapping into your inner strengths. But first, a little bit about me. In this episode, I share pivotal experiences that have shaped who I am. I share what I've learned, and why I'm on a mission to help Latinas and daughters of immigrants activate their fullest potential. 
35:42
October 21, 2021