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Careers by Jenn Podcast: Get the Job, Love Your Work, Advance Your Career

Helping you to GET the job, LOVE your work, and/or ADVANCE your career. Welcome to the Careers by Jenn Podcast (formerly Communication Diva). I'm Jenn Swanson. Are you bored and ready for a career change? Do you need help with a job search strategies? Do you need an updated resume that will get noticed? Want to learn how to ACE your next job interview? Are you looking to feel more satisfied in the work you are currently doing? Do you need some wellness reminders so you can feel better in mind and body? If you said yes to any of these questions, you're in the right place! My mission is to encourage, empower and inspire YOU to be the best YOU you can be, in work and in life. There is lots to check out here and over at my website careersbyjenn.com and on my YouTube channel too. Get ready to take YOUR first step toward a new work life or career. I started podcasting as a hobby in 2012 on the broad topic of communication. At the time, I was teaching Human Relation Skills to college students in the healthcare field, and realized that what used to be "common sense" is not really all that common anymore, because communication skills are not intentionally taught much anymore. I didn't have enough class time to cover very much in depth, and so decided I needed a platform on which to expand what I wanted to share with people. So, Communication Diva was born. My early episodes are quite general, and then once I got to Episode 100 and beyond, I began to focus mainly on career, workplace, job search and self-improvement topics that help you to succeed in the workplace (and in life!) through great and more effective communication. Then, right after (and before and around) episode 150, I re-branded the name and that is why you will see Careers by Jenn title and artwork from 151 onwards! It's been a journey and a progression and it's been amazing! This show is often me, waxing eloquent...(haha!) and once a month, I interview fascinating guests from all around the globe who offer tips and actionable ways you can get the job, love your work and advance your career. Sometimes we focus on self-growth and wellness, organizational and personal improvement topics, and other times we give you step-by-step advice to get something particular done. In any case, thanks for reading this very long description! I hope you find something that resonates here and invite you to join the conversation. (Come join our private Facebook group too, it's called The Careers by Jenn Community.)

Tracks

300 CBJ- This is the End My Friend, for Now..
In this last regular episode of the podcast, Jenn walks down memory lane, shares some clips of memorable episodes and explains what's next. Join her for a bit of nostalgia and find her making mayhem and fun as usual over at Careers by Jenn on YouTube.
26:01 05/06/2021
299 CBJ- How the Stories We Tell Affect Who We Are with guest Scott Swanson
How do the stories we tell ourselves and others affect our lives and our careers? Special guest coach and speaker (a.k.a. Scary Voice Dude and Jenn's husband)  Scott Swanson shares his wisdom around why stories are critical to our success in all that we do. Access the free Stories Webinar here: https://info.scottrswanson.com/stories
38:56 04/29/2021
298 CBJ- Level Up Your Presentation Skills With These 7 Tips
Does public speaking scare you? Do you have to make presentations at work or in other situations and do you want to level up your skills? Here are 7 tips to help you shine in your next presentation.
27:23 04/22/2021
297 CBJ- Job Search Tips if You're Over 50
Are you over 50 and looking to change careers or find a job? In this episode I share 9 things to think about over and above the usual job search strategies, and these are specifically for you.
24:47 04/15/2021
296 CBJ- How to Quit Your Job With Class (or how to leave well)
Are you ready to make a career move and have to resign, quit and move on? Here are 11 steps to help you do that with professionalism and class, no matter what the situation.
22:24 04/08/2021
295 CBJ- Why Hard Work Alone Won't Advance Your Career
The thinking used to be: work hard and you will be successful. Unfortunately, that is just not always the case. In this podcast, Jenn shares why not and offers ways to add to the hard work in order to have more success in your career advancement.
29:39 04/01/2021
294 CBJ- Optimize LinkedIn for Your Career Success with guest Justin Nguyen
Guest Justin Nguyen offers solid advice on how to optimize your LinkedIn profile for job search and career success in this podcast episode.
34:03 03/25/2021
293 CBJ-Find Your True Self- Why Being Authentic is Essential in 2021
What does it mean to find your true self, and why is this SO important, especially given the year we've all just come through? Join Jenn in this pondering about authenticity and being real and how it matters to your career and your life.
17:41 03/18/2021
292 CBJ- Being "Good at It" Doesn't Mean it Should Be Your Career
Just because you are good at something, doesn't mean it should be your career. It could be, but it doesn't need to be. In this episode I tell my career trajectory and offer you some things to think about if you are wondering what to do next.
23:18 03/11/2021
291 CBJ- 8 Ways to Ace Your Performance Review
Do you have a performance review coming up? Do you want to be proactive and do some planning and thinking about how you are doing before you get to the meeting about it? If yes, this super short episode is for you!
14:46 03/04/2021
290 CBJ- Why It's Important to Have (and not prevent) Difficult Conversations with Alissa Carpenter
Difficult conversations are...well...difficult and MANY of us do all we can to avoid having them, but today's guest, author and coach Alissa Carpenter offers her wisdom and advice on why and how we should. To connect with Alissa: notokthatsokcoach.com  
43:17 02/25/2021
289 CBJ- Meaningful Work- Myths and Realities
You hear it in many places: you need to be doing meaningful work. What exactly does that mean and how do you know you are doing it? Today I talk about myths and realities of meaningful work. I hope you tune in. For coaching and more: https://www.careersbyjenn.com/
24:52 02/18/2021
288 CBJ- Do What You Need To Do, Not What You Should
Are you "shoulding" yourself? I "should" do this, I "should" do that? This episode is a reflective one in which I ask questions to help you examine whose expectations you are working under, and what you might consider changing in order to find more joy. This podcast contains an invitation to a FREE live class being held on Feb 23rd, 2021 and to a journey Jenn has created in the Huddol Journeys app on Stress and Chaos and Overwhelm. To join the live class, register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/calm-in-...
22:51 02/11/2021
287 CBJ- Say Yes to Life and No to Feeling Overwhelmed
This podcast contains a podcast created by Huddol Journeys in which Jenn is interviewed by host Mark Stolow on the subject of stress and overwhelm. It is a preview to a live class being held on Feb 23rd, 2021 and to a journey Jenn has created in the Huddol Journeys app on Overwhelm.
20:15 02/04/2021
286 CBJ- 7 Great Questions to Ask at the End of a Job Interview
Interviewers always ask what questions you have at the end of an interview. Here are 7 GREAT questions to have in your back pocket, so that you sound prepared and ready. For coaching, courses, and more content: https://www.careersbyjenn.com/ Thanks for listening!   Jenn
18:30 01/28/2021
285 CBJ- Success Without College with Terry Iverson
College and university are wonderful options for some, and others find amazingly successful and satisfying careers in work that doesn't involve degrees. Today my guest and author Terry Iverson shares his thoughts on work in the trades, in manufacturing and in how to decide for yourself what work you would like to do, in our conversation. To learn about Terry: https://championnow.org/ For coaching, courses, and more content: https://www.careersbyjenn.com/ Thanks for listening!   Jenn  
42:34 01/21/2021
284 CBJ- How to Do Less (and Live Long and Prosper!)
Would you believe that the secret to success for a lot of people sounds counter-intuitive, but is to "do less"! Really? Listen in to find out what the benefits are of simplifying your life in order to succeed. For coaching and courses and more content: Careers by Jenn is also on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLfKP7MlLfPYkE5yv3vkjd-btCTEno67w And there is lots on the website too: https://www.careersbyjenn.com/ Thanks for listening!   Jenn  
20:26 01/14/2021
283 CBJ- Expectations Versus Reality
Feeling stressed and overwhelmed right now? What expectations are on you? Are they someone else's or are they your own? And what is the reality of the situation, anyway? These are questions I ask in order to help you sort it all out so you can feel less tired and more in control of your life. For coaching and courses and more content: Careers by Jenn is also on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLfKP7MlLfPYkE5yv3vkjd-btCTEno67w And there is lots on the website too: https://www.careersbyjenn.com/ Thanks for listening!
20:42 01/07/2021
282 CBJ- 2020 Year End Review
Well what a year 2020 was! As horrible and hard as it was, and as glad as I am to see the back of it, there were some silver linings. This is my review, and a little of what I'm looking forward to in 2021. I share some of what has inspired me, and hope that my reflection will also give you a chance to do some reflecting and your own year end review. Join me as I share some of the inspiration and people I have learned from in this last episode of 2020. For coaching and courses and more content: Careers by Jenn is also on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLfKP7MlLfPYkE5yv3vkjd-btCTEno67w And there is lots on the website too: https://www.careersbyjenn.com/ Thanks for listening!
36:03 12/31/2020
281 CBJ- Managing Your Team Digitally with Peter Montoya
Guest author, keynote speaker and leadership strategist Peter Montoya joins Jenn for this conversation about how to lead and manage teams digitally in this time of remote working. Find out more about Peter here: https://petermontoya.com/ For coaching and courses and more content: Careers by Jenn is also on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLfKP7MlLfPYkE5yv3vkjd-btCTEno67w And there is lots on the website too: https://www.careersbyjenn.com/ Thanks for listening!
28:33 12/24/2020
280 CBJ- Breathe
Are you feeling anxious or stressed? Do you want to find ways to slow down and just breathe, especially this time of year? Here is an episode for you that offers a few ways you can do that, AND includes about an 8 minute guided meditation (around the 14:53 time mark) that can help you to fully relax. For more content: Careers by Jenn is also on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLfKP7MlLfPYkE5yv3vkjd-btCTEno67w And there is lots at our site too: https://www.careersbyjenn.com/ Thanks for listening!
25:03 12/17/2020
279 CBJ- Why Good Employees Quit
Have you ever felt like quitting a job? Have you known good people who have left the place you work, and you wonder why? Why do good and great employees quit? Find out the 10 tops reasons in this episode. For more content: Careers by Jenn is also on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLfKP7MlLfPYkE5yv3vkjd-btCTEno67w And there is lots at our site too: https://www.careersbyjenn.com/ Thanks for listening!
27:55 12/10/2020
278 CBJ- 7 Steps to More Effective Communication
In this episode, I share 7 ways to help you communicate more effectively at work and in general. Excellent and effective communication is an ongoing practice and takes work, but these 7 steps can massively improve your experience and help you to be a far better communicator. Careers by Jenn is also on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLfKP7MlLfPYkE5yv3vkjd-btCTEno67w And there is lots at our site too: https://www.careersbyjenn.com/ Thanks for listening!
24:15 12/03/2020
277 CBJ- Why Your Career Needs a Passion for Solving Bigger Problems with Shane Foss
Shane Foss, founder of Hooray Health,  shares his wisdom around passion and problem-solving and how these benefit your career in this jam-packed guest interview. Join us! For more, visit Shane's website at https://hoorayhealthcare.com/ Careers by Jenn is also on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLfKP7MlLfPYkE5yv3vkjd-btCTEno67w And there is lots at our site too: https://www.careersbyjenn.com/ Thanks for listening!
28:56 11/26/2020
276 CBJ- Finding Positivity, Perspective and Perseverance in Challenging Times
Is it hard to be positive, find perspective and to have perseverance right now? Is life just one big struggle? In today's podcast episode, Jenn talks about her ways of thinking and offers some ideas on how to find these things, even now. For more, please visit https://www.careersbyjenn.com/
27:02 11/19/2020
275 CBJ- Maximizing Your Network
Are you in a job search or thinking of changing careers? Are there people who might be able to help you by offering their experience, wisdom or connections as you search? This episode shows you how to identify and then maximize your network in preparation for you making your move. For more info: https://www.careersbyjenn.com/
31:24 11/12/2020
274 CBJ- From Job Uncertainty to Career Confidence with Cherylanne Skolnicki
Not sure how to feel confident in your career choice? Guest coach, business owner and podcaster Cherylanne Skolnicki shares her wisdom and advice in how to feel more confident in whatever work you are doing. Join us!
30:03 10/29/2020
273 CBJ- Midlife Career Change Success Strategies
Considering changing careers? Do you consider yourself "mid-life?" Are you wondering if this is even a good idea? Take a listen as I offer some thoughts, some motivation and some direction on how to get started with making a career change when you are "of a certain age"!   
26:50 10/22/2020
272 CBJ- 7 Surprising Career Benefits of Being Kind
Being kind is not always one of the listed career success traits but it is a very powerful trait to have in your toolbox. Here are 7 career (and life) benefits of being kind.
24:35 10/15/2020
271 CBJ- How to Manage a Micro-Manager
Are you being micro-managed? Is it making you want to pull your hair out? Here is WHY people micro-manage, and ways you can work with them to help them stop. Are you the micro-manager? For coaching and more: Website: https://www.careersbyjenn.com/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLfKP7MlLfPYkE5yv3vkjd-btCTEno67w Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/careersbyjenn/
26:17 10/08/2020