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Master the Job Search

Master the Job Search is hosted by Kelly Phelan, a Career Strategist and former Business School Professor. The show offers guidance to high achievers with advanced degrees interested in taking control of their careers and obtaining jobs they love. The show focuses on all aspects of the job search process, including evaluating job postings, tailoring applications, writing winning resumes and cover letters, standing out (for all the right reasons!) in job interviews, and successfully transitioning to a new role and/or organization. Episodes cover related professional development topics such as determining the best direction for your career, building your professional brand and reputation, and creating a long-term strategic plan for success. Kelly has over 20 years’ experience working in the career and professional development space. She is an accomplished teacher, trainer, and mentor who has helped thousands of students and professional clients obtain the jobs and career advancement they desire. Interested in learning more? Visit www.masterthejobsearch.com

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How to Uncover the Hidden Company Culture to Be a Successful New Hire

When starting a new position, it is important to uncover the “hidden” company culture so that you can transition successfully.Very seldom does new hire training provide a comprehensive orientation to the company culture.Every company has ingrained cultural rules that are second nature to employees, but because they are habitual and well-known, they often forget to inform new hires about them.This episode four things to focus on when beginning a new position to make your transition and understanding of the company culture smoother. Have you grabbed your copy of the 4 Facts High Achievers Need to Know to Take Control of Their Careers and Obtain a Job They Love? Click here to get your copy: https://masterthejobsearch.com/subscribe/Visit the episode website for the full show notes: https://masterthejobsearch.com/12

8mins

20 Jul 2021

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5 Signs of Good Company Culture to Look for During a Job Interview

Congratulations! After spending hours putting together the perfect resume and cover letter you have been invited for a job interview for a position that really excites you. A job interview should be a two-way street. The company is interested in learning about you. But it is also an opportunity for you to learn more about the company, specifically the company culture.This episodes covers the 5 signs to look for during a job interview that indicate good company culture.Have you grabbed your copy of the 4 Facts High Achievers Need to Know to Take Control of Their Careers and Obtain a Job They Love? Click here to get your copy: https://masterthejobsearch.com/subscribe/Visit the episode website for the full show notes: https://masterthejobsearch.com/11

10mins

13 Jul 2021

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3 Ways to Research Corporate Culture to Find a Job You Love

If you are looking for a new job, you first need to identify companies that fit with your lifestyle.Many people think they can make concessions and compromises, but there are going to be non-negotiables. If you know a company cannot give you the non-negotiables that are important to you, there is very little use in applying.Often, people accept jobs without considering their non-negotiables and 3 months or 6 months down the line they realise those compromises just aren’t worth it. They end up right back on the job market.How do you evaluate a company’s culture and determine whether or not to apply there?This episode gives you 3 tips for doing just that.Have you grabbed your copy of the 4 Facts High Achievers Need to Know to Take Control of Their Careers and Obtain a Job They Love? Click here to get your copy: https://masterthejobsearch.com/subscribe/Visit the episode website for the full show notes: https://masterthejobsearch.com/10

11mins

7 Jul 2021

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How Corporate Culture Impacts Mental Health and Happy Workplaces

Earlier this month, Naomi Osaka withdrew from the French Open citing mental health reasons.The French Open issued her a $15,000 fine and said she would incur harsher penalties if she continued to avoid the press conferences.Being punished for failing to fulfill a part of her job which results in a mental health difficulty is not something we are really OK with these days.Over the past year, particularly as a result of the pandemic, there has been a lot of focus on mental health. We are seeing companies take a greater interest and role in promoting the mental health of their employees.The way a company treats its employees’ mental health is a good indication of what the organisation prioritises, how they think about their employees, and corporate culture as a whole.You might not think company culture is a make it or break it issue, but it certainly should be a consideration for you in your next job search.Have you grabbed your copy of the 4 Facts High Achievers Need to Know to Take Control of Their Careers and Obtain a Job They Love? Click here to get your copy: https://masterthejobsearch.com/subscribe/Visit the episode website for the full show notes: https://masterthejobsearch.com/9

9mins

29 Jun 2021

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How to Make a Successful Career Transition Without Starting Over

I am working with a lot of clients right now who are looking to pivot their careers. While some are looking to change jobs, others hope to obtain positions in an entirely different industry.If you want a job in a different industry, how do you sell yourself to employers? It’s hard to claim expertise in a sector you’ve never worked in before.But you can take your current skills and augment them.If you're looking to quickly build some expertise in a new field this episode suggests a few ways to do it.Have you grabbed your copy of the 4 Facts High Achievers Need to Know to Take Control of Their Careers and Obtain a Job They Love? Click here to get your copy: https://masterthejobsearch.com/subscribe/For full show notes and links to resources mentioned in this episode, please visit: https://masterthejobsearch.com/8

9mins

22 Jun 2021

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Job Hopping Can Be Good, Bad, And Sometimes a Little Ugly

Lots of job seekers are concerned that if they have a string of jobs they only stay in for a short period of time, it’s going to reflect poorly on them when they go to look for a new position.While there are plenty of people who job hop consistently, there are just as many employees who fail to launch. They stay in position or with a company for too long.Jobs do have an expiration date. There is a point at which you can remain in a position for too long and risk becoming under-employed. If you feel like your job is reaching its expiration date, this episode includes several tips to mind as you begin crafting your job application documents and putting in your applications. Visit the episode website for the full show notes: https://masterthejobsearch.com/7

8mins

16 Jun 2021

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Writing Your Retirement Resume to Set the Stage for Your Career

Do you feel like the years are passing you by without the career progress you'd like to see?This episode talks about how to write your retirement resume to help you create a career plan.The Eulogy Exercise, a common activity in MBA programs and Leadership courses, as well as the book Deep Work by Cal Newport are discussed. Visit the episode website for the full show notes: https://masterthejobsearch.com/6

9mins

8 Jun 2021

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Do You Have a Degree in Hand But No Real Plan?

As Benjamin Franklin said, “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”Do you have a plan for your career? Or is it more of a blank slate?When you pursued your degree, did you know what you planned to do with it? Or did you get it because it sounded like a good idea?And what about your experiences? Have you made a thoughtful and concerted effort to gain experiences you are lacking?This episode covers the two essential types of experiences you need to have in order to become a well-rounded professional. Several questions are provided to help you determine where to focus your efforts. And suggestions are given to help you bridge those gaps. Visit the episode website for the full show notes: https://masterthejobsearch.com/5

7mins

1 Jun 2021

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4. If You Want a Promotion, "Head Down, Bum Up" is Terrible Advice

Have you ever heard the expression “head down, bum up”? If you are interested in obtaining a promotion this is the worst possible advice you can follow.Many people believe focusing on their work is the best way to get their next promotion, pay raise, or recognition. Yes, hard work is important. But it will only get you so far.If you have aspirations of working your way up the career ladder, there are a few important steps you need to follow to position yourself correctly.Visit the episode website for the full show notes: http://MasterTheJobSearch.com/4

10mins

25 May 2021

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3. Does Your MBA Only Have a 5 Year Shelf Life?

A report issued by the World Economic Forum in 2020 stated that the half-life of a learned skill is about five years. This means that five years from now your current skill set will only be worth half as much as it is today.For someone who got their MBA 10 years ago does that mean their degree is only worth 25%? Maybe. But then again, someone who earned an MBA 10 years ago has probably learned a lot from working during the last decade.Nevertheless, this does raise the question of the need for continuing training and upskilling even after obtaining an MBA.Visit the episode website for the full show notes: http://MasterTheJobSearch.com/3

9mins

18 May 2021

Rank #10