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The Voice of Job Seekers

I am the "The Voice of Job Seekers," career consultant, job seeker advocate, career writer, and founder of this award-winning blog. I help the employed, unemployed, underemployed, and under-appreciated find jobs using job search strategies to navigate the new job market. I aim to give a safe place online to those with different needs, cultures, and ethnicities to find their voice in the job market. Thousands have read my career advice throughout the web as I write about everything from job search strategies to the mobile job search. I have published more than 400 articles on this blog and some of the largest career sites such as Recruiter.com, YouTern, and Come Recommended. I've been quoted in major online publications such as Forbes, Business Insider, Glassdoor, #GetHired LinkedIn Live, and NPR. FlexJobs, JobMonkey, Aerotek, Career Pivot, and CareerSherpa listed my podcast as one of the top podcasts to help your job search. Love for you to sign up for the weekly newsletter. I share the latest articles I've written, new podcast episodes, and answer any questions you may have. The new job search is scary and if you need help, I am here for it!

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Truths to Embrace About The Future of Work with Norma Davila, Keirsten Greggs, and Alexandra Levit
Thanks for listening to The Voice of Job Seekers (TVOJS) podcast. I hope you'll enjoy the show and find it valuable for your job search. Here's what to expect in this episode: Keirsten Greggs, aka the "Trap Recruiter," will be a guest host for much of the fall. She is an experienced Talent Acquisition leader and Career Coach. We discuss hip-hop songs that offer great career (and business) advice. Norma Davila is a Resume Writer and Career Management Expert. She shares a job search trend she sees and solutions to help her clients. Alexandra Levit is a Workplace Futurist and a Wall Street Journal Columnist. We discussed "Four Truths of the Future Job Seekers and Employers Should Embrace," based on her article on the Workforce Institute blog. You are more than welcome to join the discussion. Here are three ways you can: – Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your comments to the same number – Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press the "Send Voicemail" button on the right side of your screen and leave a message – Send email feedback to mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com Feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn or Twitter for more job search tidbits, news, and advice. 
51:04 09/20/2022
How Job Search is Changing And The Trends Following
I am happy to share two more podcasts/live streams where I appeared as a guest.  The Career Summitt 2022 is hosted by Annette Richmond. I was on a panel with Lisa Rangel, Hannah Morgan, and Annette as we tackled a few job search topics: Remotely working, salary disparities, and raises.  How they may be affected by eminent hiring freezes. Is there more downsizing or layoffs to come? I talked with Marie Zimenoff on her radio/Internet show, "The Career Confidante," where we discussed job fishing and how job seekers should discern real jobs versus fake ones.  Enjoy the show! 
25:30 07/07/2022
Podcast Interviews I Love (As a Guest)
This episode contains clips from three podcasts where I was the guest interviewed.  So, let me run down the shows, but not particularly in this order. I was a part of the "Leading in Color with Sarah Morgan" podcast. You can catch the entire episode here.  I offer a clip from the "Jazzed About Work" podcast with Bev Jones. Here is the entire episode.  I talked with Mike Bird on his Career Builders podcast. You can catch the entire episode here.  Enjoy the show. 
35:15 05/17/2022
Writing Your Way to a New Job Opportunity With Carla Bass
I am grateful and honored to have Carla Bass, retired Air Force Colonel, now writer, author, and speaker, on the show. We'll talk some about her book, "Write To Influence." We'll also talk about how writing can change and advance your career, as she did with thousands while in the service.  For today's episode, I had several discussions with some who were speakers and attendees at the CTL conference. The conversations include Kris McGuigan, Ken Diamond, Michele McCann Kelley, and Caroline Francis. All are career professionals helping job seekers to advance their careers.   Listen and see what I'm talking about and get in on the conversation.   You can also text me at 708 365 9822   You can email me at mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com if you need help.   You can tell me if you love or hate what you've heard on the Speakpipe button at the blog.
70:08 04/19/2022
How Should Employers Lead From The Core With Jay Steinfeld
In my featured conversation, Jay Steinfeld, author of "How to Lead From The Core" states why expressing yourself is a lead core value in his leadership, "I'm happy to express myself. It's actually one of my three core values to express yourself. And that means to be honest and authentic and say exactly what's on your mind as long as you are respectful." You are more than welcome to join the discussion. Here are three ways you can: – Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your comments to the same number – Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press the “Send Voicemail” button on the right side of your screen and leave a message – Send email feedback to mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com  
44:19 04/04/2022
The Value of Compassionate and Empathetic Leadership With Magalie Rene
The incidents of the last two years exposed a need for compassionate and empathetic leadership. This was grossly missing from leaders from all sectors. If you're in a job search today and aspire to arrive higher on the leadership ladder, showing these attributes will get you noticed. I am talking with Magalie Rene to discuss how compassion and empathy are needs employers are looking for. In today's show, you'll also hear a clip from "The Modern Job Search Checklist" LinkedIn live stream. Damian Birkel and I talk to Sweta Regmi about preparing and responding to news of layoffs. You are more than welcome to join the discussion. Here are three ways you can: – Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your comments to the same number – Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press the "Send Voicemail" button on the right side of your screen and leave a message – Send email feedback to mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com  
41:43 03/06/2022
Finding Jobs Using USAJobs.com with Robin Schlinger
A military follower asked me about federal resumes. I wrote federal resumes for a big client, but not recently. I asked colleagues in a Facebook group I'm a part of, and Robin Schlinger emerged as someone whose reputation and work proceeded her. I've known about Robin's work for years through other colleagues and resume writers in the space. She was so generous in offering a mini-workshop hybrid with a conversation to introduce USAJobs.com, the primary site to find federal jobs. I published the video version a couple of months ago on my YouTube page. Today's episode is the audio version of Robin's presentation.  You are more than welcome to join the discussion. Here are three ways you can: – Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your comments to the same number – Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press the "Send Voicemail" button on the right side of your screen and leave a message – Send email feedback to mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com More about Robin: Robin has been writing federal resumes for quite some time. She's worked with various branches of the federal government providing tutorials, workshops, and coaching. Robin regularly speaks to job seekers and industry professionals on Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), Federal resumes, resume writing, LinkedIn profiles, and successful job search strategies. Robin's presentation is nearly 1 hour and 40 minutes in this episode. And it's a fraction of the entire workshop she does for her corporate clients. We focus on applying through USAJobs.com, the main site to find published federal jobs. She also offers federal resume tips. 
99:09 02/20/2022
How to Become a Boss In 12 Months With Melinda Emerson
This week, my feature conversation is with Melinda Emerson, AKA Small Biz Lady, and author of How to Become a Boss In 12 Months. Near the beginning of our conversation, she told me, "...the future of work is going to be, um, part and parcel." I never heard it put that way. She'll explain it future as you listen to the conversation. You are more than welcome to join the discussion. Here are three ways you can: – Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your comments to the same number – Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press the "Send Voicemail" button on the right side of your screen and leave a message – Send email feedback to mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com
53:13 02/07/2022
Resume Trends of 2022 With Amanda Augustine
Every year, have an expert résumé writer on the show to discuss the upcoming year and trends you should know to make a positive difference in your job search. Amanda Augustine of Top Resume joins us to discuss the upcoming trends for 2022.  You are more than welcome to join the discussion. Here are three ways you can: – Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your comments to the same number – Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press the “Send Voicemail” button on the right side of your screen and leave a message – Send email feedback to mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com About Amanda... She is a career expert and spokesperson for Talent Inc. (Top Resume is a company under TI), and a certified resume writer. She is frequently in the press. She also has her own firm, Amanda Auguestine, LLC. 
44:50 01/20/2022
Job Search Trends of 2022 with Robin Ryan, Hannah Morgan, and Jack Kelly
Every year I gather career experts who offer their take on what the next year in job search will look like. This is the show where we will dive very deep into trends that may change your approach to your efforts. This show will offer predictions, but more importantly, practical actions you can use. You are more than welcome to join the discussion. Here are three ways you can: – Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your comments to the same number – Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press the “Send Voicemail” button on the right side of your screen and leave a message – Send email feedback to mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com
59:55 01/05/2022
The Future of School and Careers With Dr. Antonio Boyd
Some schools take the traditional education model and introduce a vision never seen before. Dr. Antonio Boyd's teaching and writing are reshaping an antiquated narrative. He is sharing with me what it looks like in the years to come. He believes the future infuses education and careers.  Before the featured interview, I included a segment from #JobSeekerNation, with my co-host Jack Kelly and our guest, Erica Reckamp. On my other live stream show, The Modern Job Search Checklist, with co-host Damian Birkel, Paula Christensen joins our panel. You are more than welcome to join the discussion. Here are three ways you can: – Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your comments to the same number – Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press the "Send Voicemail" button on the right side of your screen and leave a message – Send email feedback to mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com  
55:40 12/13/2021
Strategies to Attract and Retain Diverse Talent with Sharon Smith-Akinsanya
The featured interview for this show will be with the author and CEO of the Rae-McKinsey Group, Sharon Smith-Akinsanya. Her book, Colorfull: Competitive Strategies to Attract and Retain Diverse Talent of Color shares how she's helping companies hire people of color talent. In this episode, you'll hear a clip from #JobSeekerNation, a live stream show Jack Kelly and I do every Wednesday. Chelsea Jay was our guest as we discuss how job-hopping has become a career strategy. Also, a clip from an episode I'll publish later this winter with Melinda Emerson, America's Small Business Lady. You can find the full video conversation on my YouTube channel. You are more than welcome to join the discussion. Here are three ways you can: – Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your comments to the same number – Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press the “Send Voicemail” button on the right side of your screen and leave a message – Send email feedback to mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com
47:03 11/29/2021
Job Searching From The Top Down With Luke Whitburn
This week, Luke Whitburn offers his strategy to not only talk to hiring managers without first submitting a resume but how he builds those relationships to get job offers. Yes, this is networking from the top down. You start with leaders and get referred to the right person. This would be useful to those who are tired of constantly pressing the "apply" button. This advice is for the bold and confident only.  You'll also hear a portion of a conversation I had with Damian Birkel and Sonal Bahl on the live stream show, "The Modern Job Search Checklist."  You are more than welcome to join the discussion. Here are three ways you can: – Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your comments to the same number – Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press the "Send Voicemail" button on the right side of your screen and leave a message – Send email feedback to mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com
32:33 11/15/2021
Find Happy At Work with Beverly Jones
Beverly Jones, host of the NPR podcast, "Jazzed About Work," brings a wealth of knowledge about work that's refreshing to me in our featured conversation today. I talked to her about her latest book, Find Happy at Work, and she adds excellent insight and perspective to how to create room for work and happiness to co-exist. You are more than welcome to join the discussion. Here are three ways you can: – Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your comments to the same number – Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press the "Send Voicemail" button on the right side of your screen and leave a message – Send email feedback to mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com More about Beverly: Beverly Jones, host of the NPR podcast, "Jazzed About Work," brings a wealth of knowledge about work that's refreshing to me in our featured conversation today. I talked to her about her latest book, Find Happy at Work, and she adds excellent insight and perspective to how to create room for work and happiness to co-exist.   Beverly is also an executive and coach who has appeared on Forbes, CNN, and MarketWatch, and many other news outlets.
37:22 10/12/2021
Good Comes First with Mark S. Babbitt
Mark Babbitt and his coauthor Chris Edmonds wrote their latest book, Good Comes First, to challenge companies to lead by doing what's right for employees and not the status quo. You want to find a company that practices "good" ahead of the agenda as a job seeker, right? And I share an episode of "#JobSeekerNation" and my co-host, Jack Kelly, and our guest, Nickquolette Barrett. We discuss the things we learned about employers and workers since the beginning of the pandemic. Included in this episode is a short clip of another podcast and web show where I was a guest called "Who Ya Know - Job Networking Show." A big thanks to Trevor Houston, Foster Williams, and Mark Elder for hosting my appearance and asking great questions. You are more than welcome to join the discussion. Here are three ways you can: – Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your comments to the same number – Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press the "Send Voicemail" button on the right side of your screen and leave a message – Send email feedback to mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com #workplace #diversity #HR 
50:17 10/03/2021
What Will The Future of Work Look Like with Jack Kelly
This year, besides the audio through the podcast, and the video on my YouTube channel, I will provide the transcript for those I mentioned and their featured conversation.   Also, I will feature a short clip of one or both of my live stream shows, #JobSeekerNation, and The Modern Job Search Checklist. On both fronts, there are guests on our panels.   So we're talking about an hour of content each week. You are more than welcome to join the discussion. Here are three ways you can: – Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your comments to the same number – Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press the "Send Voicemail" button on the right side of your screen and leave a message – Send email feedback to mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com  
49:42 09/28/2021
Bringing Your Whole Self to Work with Scott Behson
What company matches your values? What company show they care about their employees? How did your company pivot to ensure your employees' success during the pandemic? Job candidates care about being accepted wholly at work. Are employers creating a workplace where everyone is accepted? Scott Behson has been on my podcast several times since 2016. On Amazon, his book, "The Whole Self Workplace," will be out on Aug. 17, 2021. He wrote the book to suggest to employers how they can adjust to the new world of work.
25:06 08/09/2021
Job Search Is Still a Life Style - The Mission
Throughout the pandemic, I did a few guest podcast appearances, spoke a few times at events, co-host two live stream shows (well over 30 shows), and a lot of writing. My mission is clear: Help as many job seekers find jobs. I want to share part of this journey with you as the job search is constantly changing without an end in sight.  But, as far as "The Voice of Job Seekers," I will be on hiatus until Sept 12.  I decided to publish a montage of my appearances on podcasts and live streams.  If you like my message and mission, sign up for the free e-book, and join the secret Facebook group and the Saturday meet-up. But you can only participate in the FREE meet-up if you sign up for the e-book (oh yeah, you get a newsletter, too).  Go to my blog to get the show notes. Otherwise, enjoy this last episode for this season. 
66:29 05/17/2021
The Modern Mindset to Get More Job interviews
Many of you want to do more interviews than one every now and then or every few months. If you're scarcely getting interviews, this show provides a few strategies to do so as well as finding remote work. As many of you know I co-host a LinkedIn Live with friend and mentor, Damian Birkel. He had an emergency this week so I recruited Claudia Miller to be a guest co-host for an episode. You are more than welcome to join the discussion. Here are three ways you can: – Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your comments to the same number – Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press the “Send Voicemail” button on the right side of your screen and leave a message – Send email feedback to mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com
67:08 05/03/2021
The Job Seeker Nation Report 2021 by Jobvite
I know some of you enjoy reading the "Job Seeker Nation" yearly reports from Jobvite. I hosted on behalf of my LinkedIn live stream show, "#JobSeekerNation"  the two people who worked on the report on my LinkedIn live stream Amber Ferrari, Marketing Manager, Communications and Sales Support, and Kerry Gilliam, VP of Marketing at Jobvite, as guests to talk about the 2021 report released last week.    I encourage you to download the report.  You can watch the video on LinkedIn or my YouTube channel.    You are more than welcome to join the discussion. Here are three ways you can: – Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your comments to the same number – Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press the “Send Voicemail” button on the right side of your screen and leave a message – Send email feedback to mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com
56:30 04/17/2021
Betting On You with Laurie Ruettimann
You've heard many of my guests, and I advise you to take control of your career. Laurie Ruettimann tells you how to in her latest book, "Betting On You: How to Put Yourself First and (Finally) Take Control of Your Career." You are more than welcome to join the discussion. Here are three ways you can: – Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your comments to the same number – Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press the “Send Voicemail” button on the right side of your screen and leave a message – Send email feedback to mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com
31:32 04/05/2021
What Changed in Job Search in the Last Few Years
Well, this was a show takeover.   That's right. For the first time since I published the show, you will not hear my voice. Not even in the intro.   It's just one episode. It's not a mistake.   Job Search Secret Weapon has taken over for one episode. I'll forgo the usual jargon for this show only. Let me introduce these women who are fervently at work serving job seekers with high-quality services and content.
55:18 03/10/2021
How Black Professionals Overcome Their Job Search Challenges
I am fortunate to have Tristan Layfield on the show to talk more about today's job search and how it is experienced through Black Professionals' lives. Many of the long-standing challenges for Black professionals are exacerbated by the COVID pandemic and the civil uprising last summer. This is one way to keep the momentum and exposure of equality issues resolved in the new workplace.   You are more than welcome to join the discussion. Here are three ways you can: – Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your comments to the same number – Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press the “Send Voicemail” button on the right side of your screen and leave a message – Send email feedback to mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com   Let me tell you more about Tristan:   He is the founder of LayfieldResume.com, a service helping professionals with resumes, cover letters, career coaching, and the like. He is a LinkedIn Top Voice for 2020 in job search and careers and featured in Black Enterprise and The Muse.
50:10 02/21/2021
The Future of Job Search are Switchers
Many of you know I co-host a weekly LinkedIn Livestream show on Wednesdays. We were fortunate to have author Dr. Dawn Graham as a guest as we tackled career change questions (or as Dawn says, "Switchers."). You are more than welcome to join the discussion. Here are three ways you can: – Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your comments to the same number – Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press the “Send Voicemail” button on the right side of your screen and leave a message – Send email feedback to mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com
64:23 02/07/2021
Resume Trends of 2021 with Ashley Watkins
The most downloaded show last year was my conversation with Ashley Watkins. I hope you don't mind me bringing her back. It's evident from our conversation (plus I see her LinkedIn content regularly) she knows what is trending upward, and understands what employers want in this remote work environment. You are more than welcome to join the discussion. Here are three ways you can: – Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your comments to the same number – Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press the “Send Voicemail” button on the right side of your screen and leave a message – Send email feedback to mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com More about Ashley: She is a nationally certified résumé writer, job search and interview coach, and former recruiter. She is the founder of her company Write Step Resumes. Her services help clients craft high-quality career documents (résumé and cover letter) and LinkedIn profiles to highlight their unique value offerings and communicate the distinct benefit to the target employer during interviews. Ashley is a 2019 LinkedIn Top Voice and has been quoted in many publications including The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
52:59 01/23/2021
Job Search Trends for 2021
Welcome to The Voice of Job Seekers podcast. This is the ninth year of this show as we've reached more than 40 countries over the years. The advice here is universally useful, and we hope you can take away strategies you can use in your job search. I'm happy to have Hannah Morgan and Jack Kelly in this discussion of job search trends you can use in 2021. You are more than welcome to join the discussion. Here are three ways you can: – Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your comments to the same number – Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press the “Send Voicemail” button on the right side of your screen and leave a message – Send email feedback to mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com  
71:05 01/13/2021
How Immigrants Conduct a Successful Canadian Job Search
I get this question quite often: How do I, as an immigrant, find a Canadian Job? John Ribero and Connel Valentine lead CanadianJobSearchAcademy.com and host the Zero2Hire podcast. They help newcomers to Canada start the perfect life with online on-demand videos that shows you how to convert job applications to job offers. They act as advocates, but, by no means are immigration experts. They want to help guide Canadian immigrants to find jobs they love. You are more than welcome to join the discussion. Here are three ways you can: – Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your comments to the same number – Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press the “Send Voicemail” button on the right side of your screen and leave a message – Send email feedback to mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com
24:39 12/06/2020
Brilliant Interviewing Strategies From a World Class Career Expert
The little things could turn your interviewing skills around, no matter your professional level, including the C-Suite. Lisa Rangel is back on the show to discuss how to take your interviewing skills to the next level even if you're interviewing remotely. You are more than welcome to join the discussion. Here are three ways you can: – Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your comments to the same number – Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press the “Send Voicemail” button on the right side of your screen and leave a message – Send email feedback to mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com More about Lisa: She is the founder and Managing Partner of Chameleon Resumes.  Her blog is a Forbes top 100 website for your Career. She is also a 10-time Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW), former 13-year recruiter, and Job Search Expert.
35:25 11/23/2020
Employment, COVID-19, Civil Rights and What's Next
Phillis Rambsy of Rambsy Law (https://rambsylaw.com) comes on the show to discuss how the law may factor in remote work and COVID-19. You are more than welcome to join the discussion. Here are three ways you can: – Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your comments to the same number – Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press the “Send Voicemail” button on the right side of your screen and leave a message – Send email feedback to mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com
42:12 11/18/2020
Career Branding: It's Personal and About Using Video
In this week's episode, I offer two perspectives about personal branding that are relevant to job seekers and today's job search. Paris Cutler has helped hundreds of people reshape their career narratives to accentuate their strengths. My good friend, Marc Miller, offers video branding advice specifically for 50+ older workers, but I think applies to many others. You are more than welcome to join the discussion. Here are three ways you can: – Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your comments to the same number – Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press the "Send Voicemail" button on the right side of your screen and leave a message – Send email feedback to mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com
72:51 11/17/2020