As the pozcast continues to build momentum, I continue to work to bring you the best thought leaders in the talent and career growth industry and my guest on E23 of #thepozcast Jill Katz is at the top of the list. As I ventured down my own career journey, Jill’s name, reputation and work came to light through Mike Vacanti (Humans First) and Claude Silver. Jill and I connected a couple of months back on a true human level and I invited here to join us today.
Jill Katz is an Influencer, Speaker and Coach that is passionate about shifting the workplace to be more #PeopleFocused. She is the Founder and Chief Change Officer of Assemble HR Consulting, a boutique Human Resources firm that focuses on Organizational Transformation and Employee Experience.
Jill brings candid insights, brave questions, humor and empathy to her advisory practice. She is a seasoned executive coach, facilitator, and human capital expert with more than 20 years of success. She is best known for her “3C’s Approach”: candor, courage, and Care. Most important of all, she is a very proud Mom, a devoted wife, a Broadway fanatic, and a dog lover.
Please join us on E23 to talk all things how to make the workplace more #humansfirst. I appreciate you listening, engaging, sharing, subscribing and commenting. Enjoy! Thanks!
For me in my own career and personal growth journey, stepping outside of my comfort zone has been an area of development and tremendous growth that has driven my success. It really kicked into high gear when first deciding to go out on my own and launch my own business, but I wanted to take it a step further. My mentor Marcus Glover has been volunteering for years in the penitentiary system and introduced me to Defy Ventures- where they work with incarcerated men and women to mentor and coach them in creating their own business and prepare them for a better life when released. I have been volunteering with them over the past couple of years and it has been tremendous. One of the biggest (of many) take aways is all about “Second Chances”- and putting life in an entirely new perspective.
My guest today, Cheri Garcia is the Founder of Cornbread Hustle, a staffing agency for second chances. Cheri is passionate about helping felons and people in recovery find transformation through employment or entrepreneurship.
As someone who has re-invented her own life, Cheri wanted to create a company to help others do the same. Before starting Cornbread Hustle, Cheri found her own transformation and recovery through inventing a tanning bed and getting a career in the TV news industry.
Cheri developed expert level skills for marketing and PR and She uses those talents to help individuals getting out of prison re-brand themselves to become the person they want to be and get noticed by the people they want to meet.
Cheri and I chatted recently and swapped our stories and I was blown away with her resilience, tenacity and what she has created with Cornbread hustle. I am trilled to have her on today to share her story and a whole lot more. Enjoy and thanks for listening to #thePOZcast
The goal of the pozcast is to bring you, the job seekers, my listeners to new, outside the box advice and tactics to take their search to the next level. My next guest, Austin Belcak does just that.
Austin is the founder of Cultivated Culture where he teaches people how to land jobs they love without applying online. His strategies have helped people land jobs at places like Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, and more without applying online. Austin has also been featured in Forbes, Business Insider, Fast Company, Inc., and more. But that’s not his Day job, he is currently Director of Partnership Development at Microsoft. So he most certainly found a way to land a great gig.
Recently I was drawn to Austin’s content on LinkedIN and had to connect and learn more about his approach. We had a great chat and I said I need to have you on the pozcast to share and that’s where we are today! Austin brings you a TON of value and actionable advice and tactics how to move your career search forward. This is PURE GOLD enjoy!
Austin has also created a fantastic value add resume builder for free, check it out: https://cultivatedculture.com/resume-templates
Over the past 19 episodes I have had HR pros, thought leaders in cultural transformation and seasoned recruiters. But I have not had anyone on who is currently within their career journey specifically, nor have I had someone on who has continued to fight daily.
I was immediately drawn to my next guest as I could relate to him directly having fought my own career battles over the past 15 years. Like him, I have been laid off multiple times and have had to dig down deep to harness my tenacity and my dude, Joe Gill is all tenacity. We found ourselves in the same linked in covos, sometimes aligned and other times having good-spirited debate over various topics. Lately Joe has been putting out almost daily content around social media best practices, being authentic and something that hits home super close to me, always adding value or as Joe says “being a valuenecer”, I LOVE IT!
After 5 layoffs and surviving thyroid cancer, Joe believes you can overcome anything with resilience, perseverance and blue collar work ethic. Currently, Joe is a social media consultant for his agency, Valuencer. He is one part story shower…One part mad scientist… And one part detective.. These traits and skills help solve their clients social media marketing ROI mystery.
For fun, Joe enjoys spending time with his family, drinking craft beer, being a star wars loving nerd and attending as many concerts as he can. Joe is the real deal, salt of the earth and speaks from the heart. He continues to fight the good daily. I love his never say die attitude, both personally and professionally and I am pumped to have him on #thepozcast to talk about his career journey.
Please enjoy my conversation with Joe Gill. I appreciate you listening, commenting, sharing and subscribing. Thank you.
I a super pumped to have Bobby Umar on E19 of #thepozcast. He is a Brand marketer, aerospace design engineer, professional comedic actor, teacher — these are some of the diverse roles Bobby has explored to find his true purpose. Now he leads Raeallan to help GenY / GenX leaders find their passions. Bobby is a serial entrepreneur and motivational speaker on Leadership, Connection, Personal Branding and Career Development. He is a prolific 5 time TEDx speaker, and is a leading social media influencer.
Bobby is dedicated to causes embracing youth and diversity. He is a proud father and he just loves playing ultimate frisbee and Settlers of Catan, predicting the Oscars, and remembering the lyrics to every 80′s TV show theme song. Bobby has never lost a thumb war, ever. I am going to challenge him when I finally meet him in person. Bobby has authored 3 books and recently named a "Top 7 Networking Guru to Follow". Inc Magazine named him one of the Top 100 Leadership Speakers
Bobby is a social media advocate, who champions authentic connection and leadership. With a background in brand marketing (Kraft and Unilever), engineering (Bombardier) and the performing arts (Second City), Bobby has led Raeallan for over a decade and is now a recognized thought leader in networking, social media and personal branding. He founded the DYPB – Discover Your Personal Brand conference, the largest event in North America dedicated solely to personal branding, featuring 60 experts and over 300 delegates. 250,000+ people from across the world have experienced Bobby’s high-energy keynotes, interactive team-building activities, and engaging workshops.
I connected w/ Bobby via Allison Fisher, another tremendous authentic connection that I have. I told her that I have been following Bobby for a bit and I'd love to have him on the pozcast and she connected the dots. He is a true influencer who is always adding value and I am honored to have him on the show. I truly hope that you find at least one golden nugget to take action on to harness your inner tenacity! I appreciate you listening and please share, subscribe and comment. Thanks!
I speak about this a lot, I love connecting with fellow recruiters everywhere across the US and abroad. It’s always great to share war stories, talk shop and learn a thing or two from pros. My guest today is a rock star in the world of Tech Recruitment, based in the Bay Area, Brianna Rooney.
Brianna Rooney (AKA the Millionaire Recruiter) is the founder of Techees, a highly successful SF-based tech recruitment firm. She also owns a top 100 restaurant mouthful eatery, has an amazing Chef of a husband and two little kids. Diego Danger (yes that’s his real middle name) 5 years old, and a sweet little 2-year-old girl, Lima Ariel.
Techees is a firm that places highly sought-after software professionals with high profile,. companies in the Bay Area. Brianna takes the match making approach to recruitment. Hiring is all too similar to dating. If you want to do it right, you have to take the thoughtful road without all the fluff. The saying, “fire fast and hire slow” does not work in the Bay Area. You need to fire fast and hire faster.
The other thing I admire is her approach to training within our field. The industry as a whole isn’t trained well so Brianna came out with www.themillionairerecuiter.com - A 3-hour eCourse that is interactive, professionally well done and trains you like she would if you were in her office. Pretty cool. We will dig into that and a whole lot more. I am excited to have her on #thepozcast. Enjoy!
Tribe, I a special one for you today. A true heavy-weight tag team match up battle royal. I bring you two of the top trending podcasters out there right now, curators of all that is awesome, Jordan Paris and Mark Metry. Both have been a tremendous inspiration for me to launch and craft The POZ Cast as well as being genuine humble, helpful and authentic humans, for which I am grateful.
First up, Jordan Paris is a 21-year-old author, web-developer, podcast host, and former college athlete. He has been featured in Men’s Health, Yahoo Finance, and Nasdaq as a beacon of light for inspiring people from all walks of life. Jordan's podcast, Growth Mindset University, was ranked #3 in the iTunes Training category and is consistently in the top ten. On the show, he interviews young up-and-comers and the most successful people on planet earth like Kevin Rudolf, David Meltzer, Mark Manson, Rachel Starr, and Adam Posner. Jordan is also the founder of The WordPress Rocketeer, where he focuses on developing engaging websites to launch his celebrity clients' dreams to infinity and beyond. His approach to life and business is simple yet powerful: Don't make a living, design a life. With this creator's mentality, Jordan has been able to produce outstanding results for himself and challenge others to rise above circumstances and take control of their lives.
If you don't know my second guest, you must be living under a rock.
Mark Metry is the Host of the Global Top 100 podcast, Humans 2.0 featured by Forbes, NASDAQ and Yahoo Finance as the "Top 21 Growing Podcasts you must listen to in 2019." Mark's show has been listened to over 4 million times and features the greatest leaders of our time and frequently converses with Billionaires, Professional Athletes, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists and New York Times Bestselling authors exploring today's dynamic of the human experience in modern technological times of 2019. Mark delivers effective talks, workshops and keynotes centered around human potential, mindset, social anxiety, transformation and using podcasting as a business and has spoken alongside an Olympian gold medalist.
Mark is also the Founder of VU Dream, a marketing & brand agency founded and operating in Boston, Massachusetts working with startups, individuals & corporations to help customers imagine new future realities in the fields of emerging technology like virtual reality and podcasting.
I connected with both Mark and Jordan over the past 6 months the old fashioned way, reaching out and making it happen. We constantly talk via text or linkedIN and are always lifting each other up. As the pozcast was picking up momentum I knew the time was right to have them on. At first I planned two seperate show but as they push me to innovate, I thought this would be the perfect joint effort. Without further adieu….
I love connecting with fellow recruiters everywhere across the US and abroad. It’s always great to share war stories and learn tips and techniques that work for them that I may be able to incorporate into my practice.
In my journey connecting and networking across LinkedIN, I came across Hishem Azzouz, a UK based recruitment pro who has a very unique and strong POV on recruitment. As well, he is the host of the Recruitment Rollercoaster Podcast which focuses on the nuts and bolts of running and building a recruitment practice- its equally entertaining and value add.
Hishem Azzouz has been in the recruitment game for a few years. During this time he learned how to utilize personal branding techniques to help him build a successful Recruitment desk. Now he works for an inbound marketing agency that specialises in partnering with ambitions Recruitment agencies.
We connected a few weeks back and I asked him to come join us here to talk shop on a bit of everything including how UK recruitment differs from US. Really excited to have him on to talk all things recruitment, recruiter branding and a whole lot more! Thanks for listening and please subscribe and comment.
Continuing the trend, for those of you that have been following along my career journey you may have noticed that I have some guests on that have been integral to my career journey and my next one, Jamal “Jay” Salim is certainly one of them. Jamal was the head of HR when I joined Boombox aka Ergo Interactive. It was a shortstop in my career before I moved over to Vayner but it was critical as I learned a ton in those few short months about myself, tough clients and finding success inside a small agency. More importantly, I made a lasting friend and powerful business connection with my man Jay.
Jamal is the VP of HR at Complex, where he is leading the culture of the company synonymous with culture. Prior to Complex, Jay led the HR department at Laundry Service, an Ad Age Top 10 Agency two years in a row, and Cycle Media. Like me, he is Brooklyn Born, him in East Flatbush and me in Sheepshead Bay, which we both take a lot of pride in.
Jay is also a Veteran of the US Army, having served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, another aspect of him that I hold in the highest regard. When he is not building an empire over at Complex or rooting for the Brooklyn Nets you can find him scouring the universe for the hottest kicks or being front and center at the Jay-Z private concert. I love this dude and sure you will as well as we dig into all things TA, HR, Team building, Culture and a whole lot more. Enjoy and please comment and give a review/rating if you enjoy! Thanks
For those of you that have been following along my career journey you may have noticed that I have some guests on that have been integral to my career journey and my next one, Jeff Stewart played a pivotal role. Back in 2012 he recruited me for my role at Erwin Penland, my most favorite job that I ever had. I remember a couple of very distinct things from working with him. First, this dude was a smooth operator- smooth as silk. Not salesy, just got it done, all business. Which makes sense as he was a former pro poker player.
Jeff had his own pivot about 2 years ago and now today is a talent strategy consultant at LinkedIn who spends his time helping talent leaders from all industries better understand the behavior of their target audiences and competitors in order to craft winning strategies to attract and engage the very best talent and build winning teams. As I mentioned, prior to joining LinkedIn, he was an agency recruiter who specialized in helping his clients hire top-performing marketing, advertising, communications, and design professionals in New York City.
Jeff is the man and on E15 he drops inside knowledge of how both candidates and brands can best utilize the platform and a whole lot more!
Knowing your stuff is imperative to success in any industry. And knowing where to find the most up to date and relevant info is gold. However, being able to take that info, synthesize it and put it into practice is what will separate you from the competition. It’s one thing to be aware, but another thing to be ahead of the curve and that’s what Hung has enabled us with Recruiting Brainfood. He has also created an amazing community of like minded, forward thinking recruitment pros that care about our clients, our candidates and our business who want to do things right on all sides of the recruitment equation.
I have taken a page from Hung’s masterful curation when creating The POZCAST. My goal is to bring experts from all sides of the industry here to give you actionable tangible advice. This info isnt just for us recruitment pros, but for candidates as well to understand the system and the field that you are playing on so you can use it to your advantage. Whether it be knowing how an ATS system works or maybe where the recruiters are meeting up for a conference near you so you can network, having the inside edge is everything, it’s the competitive advantage you need.
Join us on E14 as we go deep with Mr. Recruiting Brain Food himself, Hung Lee. Thanks for listening!
Katie Loeb is the Director of Brand and Strategy at Loeb.nyc, a venture “collective” that combines smart capital with deep operational resources to a network of startups. Under Katie’s vision, Loeb.nyc has established itself as one of the most unique and nimble venture firms in the space, identifying nascent startups and developing and funding them until fully fledged.
In early 2019, Katie led a full rebrand capturing LOEBS futurist and flexible approach. She is also super Passionate about sustainable culture and community within an evolving organization.
Katie is also responsible for the company’s proprietary event series, The // or Not Experience, a conference and salon series that is geared towards brand marketers that focuses on the latest trends and tactics in the investment space. The flagship event draws a crowd of over 200 takes place every spring in Southampton, NY. Katie is a leader and expert in the startup/VC space and I am really excited to have her on #thepozcast
Knowing when to ask for help is hard, especially during the job-search. There are pros out there like Kyle Elliott who can give you the competitive advantage to land the job of your dreams. These *real pros can give you the tools and structure you need to be disciplined, focused and a sounding board for advice and direction.
O this episode, Kyle drops some actionable tools and tips to help you harness your inner tenacity and crush your search.
But more importantly, helps put you in the mindset to put you in a position to succeed. Remember, the job search is the hardest job that you will ever have. But you are not in it alone, there are tons of resources at your fingertips, you just need to reach out and make it happen.
I am confident that you will find true #valueadd in this episode. Please subscribe, comment and share!
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One of the core goals of the POZCAST is to give those currently within their jobsearch or those thinking about their next move tactical, actionable advice and best practices to give you the advantage. With me today is a leading expert in this space, Kerri Twigg. Kerri has been helping people to figure out what makes them awesome and how to embrace that awesomeness for over 20 years. First as a creative drama teacher and now as a career coach. She doesn’t tell everyone this, but she’s allergic to formulas that make you look like everyone else. You’re more interesting than that. She knows what it takes to land your ideal job, transition into a new sector, and establish your career brand.
Hailing from our northern friend, Winnipeg Manitoba Canada, Kerri helps people use their stories to land ideal jobs. And, if you don't know what kind of work you are looking for, she can help with that too. She is more than a career coach, she is a career-artisan, helping job seekers craft their Stories + Job Search Strategy. She is also a workshop facilitator and contributing writer to the Amazon Bestselling Career Book: “YOUMAP” and just an all around kick-ass human.
I connected w/ Kerri as part of Evangela Leclair’s SOS Career Summit that brought 20+ experts in our field together to help jobseekers. I poked around a bit into Kerri’s background and once I watched her insanely entertaining dancing videos (and puddle jumping) I was hooked- I needed to speak with her! So I reached out and we connected a few weeks ago and all I can say is that I wish I recorded that conversation because it was awesome.
Join us on E11 of #thepozcast as we go deep into all things career journey w/ Kerri Twigg! Enjoy! Comment, like, review and subscribe! Thanks
On E10 of #thepozcast, I bring you the leader of the #SOSSummit for the job seeker in Dire Straits, Evangelina Leclair. She is a coach, trainer, and facilitator with 18+ years of people operations experience helping individuals and companies build dream careers. She fosters professional development into company culture and address employee growing pains so that managers and executives can focus on growing the business.
She is a Dreamer. A Doer. A Trailblazer. She gets is. She has gone from campus to a career at a Fortune 100 company, to a start-up that she helped grow to be a global organization. I've leaned in, transitioned, pivoted and side hustled.
Join us as we go deep into actionable, tangible advice for the job seekers out there.
Thanks for listening and please subscribe, comment and leave a review if you enjoyed! Thanks!
If you have spent more than 10 minutes on LinkedIN, your feed will be flooded with #fakefluencers. “Coaches” that provide zero value and just want to take your money. Being a self-proclaimed a career/life coach is the new hot job. People with zero creds or real success.
Time to cut through the BS and showcase those coaches that are the real deal, like Sarah Johnston. They know what they are talking about, add real value and genuinely care about you and my guest Sarah Johnston does just that.
Sarah Johnston is a former corporate recruiter and industry "insider" who got tired of seeing talented high-achievers get passed over for opportunities because they did not have the right marketing documents or know how to position themselves in interviews. She launched the Briefcase Coach in 2017 and has had the privilege of partnering with job seekers all over the world. She's been featured in Inc, HuffPost, Reader's Digest and more and was named one of the Top Job Search Coaches to Follow in 2019 by JobScan.
Some things you cant teach: 1. Tenacity 2. Enthusiasm 3. Being Yourself My guest this week Nico De Bruyn is a shining example of all. His energy is contagious and I am proud to call him a new friend. We will dig into how to create a killer brand on LinkedIN, being authentic and being yourself. Everyone has a journey and a story to tell and sometimes its really humbling to sit back, open your ears and listen. You will be amazed by all the synergy and mutual value add that can be created.
It’s so incredible to connect with tremendous, inspiring young creators and influencers like Nico who always add value, authenticity and showcase their inner tenacity. I thank Nico for being a sounding board, an inspiration and a friend.
I thought it would be fun to do a quick solo episode to tell my origin story in full. How I pivoted into the world of recruiting and haven't looked back. I hope that you enjoy! Thanks for listening and subscribing.
Aside from the loss of someone close, losing your job is one of the worst things that can happen to someone. Whether you are let go, downsized or fired, whatever you want to call it, it's devastating.
When I got let go from VaynerMedia about 4 years ago, it was the lowest point in my life. I was broken and didn't know what to do next. Millions of thoughts ran through my mind: What was I going to tell my wife, my friends? How was I ever going to get another job in advertising again? Is this really what to be doing?
But at that moment, I had to dig down deep, harness my inner tenacity and drive forward. The rest as you know, is history.
On E6 of #ThePOZCast, I interviewed Minnie Damle, the Head of HR of Vayner who actually fired me 4 years ago. We talk about that, what you should do if you feel that you may be underperforming, what to do if you get let go and a whole lot more.
This episode brings it home full circle for me. Never burn bridges. Never let one moment define you. Sometimes we fail, but it's how we pick ourselves up and move forward that counts.
I believe in always learning and always evolving otherwise you will fall behind, quick. If you cant be open or humble enough to learn and be inspired from someone half your age then you shouldn't be in the game at all.
Thrilled to drop E5 w/ Justin Nguyen as we talk all things "non-traditional career paths." Food for thought for anyone entering the workforce or pondering a career pivot.
Justin is the CEO of GetChoGrindUp and Co-Host of the Young and D.U.M.B. (Dedicated, Up and Coming, Motivated, Bold) Podcast. They Interview the up and coming generation, successful young entrepreneurs, young Emmy winners, and influencers with tens of millions of followers.
He is a 22 year old who thinks in order to find out who you truly are, you have to try as many things as possible until you find the one that sticks! He is truly an advocate of non-traditional career paths. Today we will dig in and talk about how if either you are just starting your career, in college or high school HOW to think about what is next. What mindset you should consider being in and questions to ask yourself to get to that next step... he is super sharp and an all around great guy…. Thanks for joining us! ENJOY
The POZcast E4: Kelly Milner #RecruiterRealTalk
Someone recently asked me what the purpose of #thepozcast is? Without hesitation I said "To bring value to Jobseekers...actionable, tangible advice and insight that always #addvalue. I want to help jobseekers in their professional journey and help them harness their inner tenacity to drive their career forward.
Wouldn't it be great if you can talk to real recruiters and ask them questions us job seekers have?" Well, that is exactly what I did. Starting off this series of #recruiterrealtalk with one of my faves in the industry Kelly Milner. GET INVOLVED!
Recruitment as an industry get a bad rap. The primary reason being the there are so many BAD recruiters that give us good ones a bad name. Our job is hard. We deal with the ultimate X-factor, human emotions and decisions. It's HOW we manage our relationships with candidates and Clients that define us- aka our reputation.
What if there was a way for candidates and Clients to review recruiters before and after they work with them? What if there was a way for recruiters to solicit feedback to learn and grow? Well now there is and it's incredible!
Tune in now to #ThePozCast Episode 3 with Adam Conrad, founder of #greatrecruiters . https://www.greatrecruiters.com
#thepozcast is on a mission help you Harness Your Inner Tenacity and Drive Your Career Forward!
Mike Vacanti is a leader in the world of cultural transformation and the founder of #HumansFirst club. HumansFirst Club is a global group of leaders, influencers and collaborators voluntarily sharing a mission to inspire positive change, fueling growth, maturity and sustainability through stories, experiences and open-dialog, addressing the future of work, personal and organizational development, wellness and strategies for success in today’s transformational business climate.
Join us as we dig into what cultural transformation means and how companies and employees can improve culture in the workplace. To learn more about #humansfirst: https://humansfirst.club