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Tips for Work and Life with Andrew LaCivita

Career coach and award-winning author Andrew LaCivita shares insights on leading a rewarding career and fulfilled life.
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Feb 27, 2024

Today, I’m dropping one of those podcasts that was impossible to title properly to encapsulate the full impact of the resume writing and interviewing tips and the relationship between the two.

It teaches how your résumé affects what questions a job interviewer will ask you.

You’ll also be able to immediately detect, based on the questions the interviewer is asking, whether you’re crushing it or digging yourself out of a hole.

Of course, if you listen, you’ll be able to avoid that entire “hole” thing altogether.

So much goodness in less than six minutes!

If you'd like to build a great career and lead a rewarding life, check out some of these other places where I share my teachings:

1. Check out the milewalk Academy, my coaching and training site, for freemiums and premiums.

2. I have hundreds of educational and inspirational videos on my YouTube Channel.

3. Grab any of my three books related to interviewing, hiring, and goal setting. All can be found on my Amazon Author Page.

4. Follow me on Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter (X), TikTok, Threads, and Facebook.

5. Stay in touch with me in your email inbox by joining my newsletter here!

--Andy

Feb 13, 2024

I spent every single day between December 3rd, 2022 and May 30th, 2023 working on something that really matters me—writing a book that’ll help you achieve a level of career attainment and satisfaction that matches your abilities.

Of course, you didn’t know I was doing that. And, you won’t be able to hold my little beauty until August 6, 2024. (You can, however, pre-order it here!)

Even so, that doesn’t mean we can’t do some sneak previewing between now and then.

See, my two least favorite words in any language are “unrealized potential.”

It literally hurt me to type them.

The sad fact is most people (at least most I’ve ever met) spend their entire careers in jobs well below their talent level.

Might you be?

Why do you think this is?

My opinion is “professional growth” is a maze. Honestly.

Have you ever felt lost, unsure of which skills to prioritize, or how to chart your career path effectively?

These are common challenges many people face, resulting in unrealized potential (ouch, again) and missed opportunities.

In our professional, that is, post-academic world, traditional guidance is scarce and we’re left to figure it out on our own.

It’s helpful to have an experienced professor-like mentor who comes equipped with a structured syllabus of the most-impactful professional skills and sequenced lessons to help you navigate the intricacies of career development.

One that can help you craft and implement your personalized, effective, strategic career growth plan. (This would be moi if that wasn’t obvi.)

Pause for a second. Humor me. Can you imagine a future where your career aligns perfectly with your abilities? One where you consistently achieve success and satisfaction?

Like virtually everything in our world today, it’s only a click away…

If you'd like to build a great career and lead a rewarding life, check out some of these other places where I share my teachings:

1. Check out the milewalk Academy, my coaching and training site, for freemiums and premiums.

2. I have hundreds of educational and inspirational videos on my YouTube Channel.

3. Grab any of my three books related to interviewing, hiring, and goal setting. All can be found on my Amazon Author Page.

4. Follow me on Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter (X), TikTok, Threads, and Facebook.

5. Stay in touch with me in your email inbox by joining my newsletter here!

--Andy

Feb 6, 2024

Do you get exhausted trying to think about every question a job interviewer could ask?

And preparing your interview responses?

And trying to remember everything?

Only to clam up or forget or sound like a robot?

There is a better way…

To make your interview stories powerful.

To reduce your prep time.

To not forgetting.

I’ve got THE 5 steps I’d take.

This 20-minute podcast will save you hours of agony not to mention poor interview performances.

Once you listen to this, you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of doing it this way!

If you'd like to build a great career and lead a rewarding life, check out some of these other places where I share my teachings:

1. Check out the milewalk Academy, my coaching and training site, for freemiums and premiums.

2. I have hundreds of educational and inspirational videos on my YouTube Channel.

3. Grab any of my three books related to interviewing, hiring, and goal setting. All can be found on my Amazon Author Page.

4. Follow me on Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter (X), TikTok, Threads, and Facebook.

5. Stay in touch with me in your email inbox by joining my newsletter here!

--Andy

Jan 30, 2024

It’s still January, which means technically I’m trending if I talk about goal setting.

Are you achieving yours? Goals that is?

I’m not really a goal-setter per se, as much as I strive to be an accomplish-er.

And, I guess now that I’ve written that previous sentence and am too lazy to go back and change it, I’ll just correct it here...

I have never arrived as much as I am always “on arrival.”

I don’t really accomplish, as much as I enjoy.

The joy is in the doing I like to say.

Sure, I touchdown from time to time. Some might misconstrue my pitstops as accomplishments.

But I strive to live in a state of progression.

Nothing is ever the destination.

Even so, if you’re interested in my tactics to climb the ladder of life, just like most things these days, it’s a click away…

If you'd like to build a great career and lead a rewarding life, check out some of these other places where I share my teachings:

1. Check out the milewalk Academy, my coaching and training site, for freemiums and premiums.

2. I have hundreds of educational and inspirational videos on my YouTube Channel.

3. Grab any of my three books related to interviewing, hiring, and goal setting. All can be found on my Amazon Author Page.

4. Follow me on Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter (X), TikTok, Threads, and Facebook.

5. Stay in touch with me in your email inbox by joining my newsletter here!

--Andy

Jan 25, 2024

Today, I’m decoding job descriptions. If you’re wondering what that entails, that’s me doing some Andy x-ray vision and taking a run at predicting the future (interview, salary negotiation, etc.) simply by seeing a job description.

I can even go backwards with what your resume should say.

I’m an all-directions kinda guy that way.

This is one of those podcasts where it might be helpful to see the visuals. If you’re interested, it’s also here on my YouTube Channel!

If you'd like to build a great career and lead a rewarding life, check out some of these other places where I share my teachings:

1. Check out the milewalk Academy, my coaching and training site, for freemiums and premiums.

2. I have hundreds of educational and inspirational videos on my YouTube Channel.

3. Grab any of my three books related to interviewing, hiring, and goal setting. All can be found on my Amazon Author Page.

4. Follow me on Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter (X), TikTok, Threads, and Facebook.

5. Stay in touch with me in your email inbox by joining my newsletter here!

--Andy

Jan 15, 2024

Today, we’re talking how to prove your value to employers.

Easiest way to do that is to show them how you can help them achieve their goals.

To do that, you need to know what their goals are.

Good news for you is I’m old and wise and have lots of employer tread on my tires.

Serving it up today.

If you'd like to build a great career and lead a rewarding life, check out some of these other places where I share my teachings:

1. Check out the milewalk Academy, my coaching and training site, for freemiums and premiums.

2. I have hundreds of educational and inspirational videos on my YouTube Channel.

3. Grab any of my three books related to interviewing, hiring, and goal setting. All can be found on my Amazon Author Page.

4. Follow me on Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter (X), TikTok, Threads, and Facebook.

5. Stay in touch with me in your email inbox by joining my newsletter here!

--Andy

Jan 9, 2024

Lemme ask ya.

Is there anything more confusing than job titles when it comes to job searching and your career planning?

I think not.

Have you ever wondered…

Do job titles matter? Does anyone care?

How do I explain my title when no one outside my company knows what system engineer III means? Should I apply for lower-level titles to increase my chances of getting a job?

Can I apply to higher level jobs when I’m qualified but my title doesn’t indicate that?

Uh. Wait. Do I need to explain to future job interviewers that I had more responsibility in this manager role than my previous director role?

Coverage and answers to all this in today’s podcast…

If you'd like to build a great career and lead a rewarding life, check out some of these other places where I share my teachings:

1. Check out the milewalk Academy, my coaching and training site, for freemiums and premiums.

2. I have hundreds of educational and inspirational videos on my YouTube Channel.

3. Grab any of my three books related to interviewing, hiring, and goal setting. All can be found on my Amazon Author Page.

4. Follow me on Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter (X), TikTok, Threads, and Facebook.

5. Stay in touch with me in your email inbox by joining my newsletter here!

--Andy

Jan 2, 2024

Happy New Year!

Let’s start the New Year with a BANG! Shall we?

Full-fledged job search podcast today.

5 major tips (which actually means 18 tips by Andy math) on how to ramp up your job search results in 2024!

I’m covering a major doozy from what I consider to be the 5 big phases on an effective search.

Inside, I hit getting your requirements in order, resume stuff, actual job searching, interviewing, and negotiation.

Took me 45:32 to get that all in.

So, pour the coffee or cocktail depending on whether it’s 5 AM or 5 PM by you, and enjoy the show!

If you'd like to build a great career and lead a rewarding life, check out some of these other places where I share my teachings:

1. Check out the milewalk Academy, my coaching and training site, for freemiums and premiums.

2. I have hundreds of educational and inspirational videos on my YouTube Channel.

3. Grab any of my three books related to interviewing, hiring, and goal setting. All can be found on my Amazon Author Page.

4. Follow me on Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter (X), TikTok, Threads, and Facebook.

5. Stay in touch with me in your email inbox by joining my newsletter here!

--Andy

Dec 19, 2023

Happy Tuesday.

You know what makes me sad?

Podcast video titles.

Lemme tell ya why.

I have a podcast for you today. It’s a beauty (I think).

I needed to attach a title to it because that’s a law in podcastland.

I really wish I had unlimited characters and could give you a full brief about what’s in store for you when you click that link.

The title I chose was Job Search Obstacles Preventing You from Success.

It is accurate. Technically.

What I share is an obstacle that prevents you from getting everything you want out of your job search.

What I really wanted to title it was…

Andy’s Surefire Method to Show You How Awesome You Are and How Much Meaning Your Life Has and How If You Look at the World This Way You Will Never Have a Sad Day for the Rest of Your Life.

That’s really what the video is about.

Yes, I have a fabulous story about job searching and Susan and how I transformed her interpretation of an assignment she had developing a spreadsheet.

To her, she thought her work activity sounded mundane.

To me, it sounded like she did something important that helped (literally) thousands of music artists get accurately paid (literally again) millions of dollars they were not properly receiving on time or at all.

Not to be fussy, but I liked my interpretation a wee bit better.

Maybe you walk through life this way…thinking you don’t matter much?

Or, thinking what you do doesn’t matter much?

Here, please try on my sweet rose-colored glasses so you can see what I see…

If you'd like to build a great career and lead a rewarding life, check out some of these other places where I share my teachings:

1. Check out the milewalk Academy, my coaching and training site, for freemiums and premiums.

2. I have hundreds of educational and inspirational videos on my YouTube Channel.

3. Grab any of my three books related to interviewing, hiring, and goal setting. All can be found on my Amazon Author Page.

4. Follow me on Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter (X), TikTok, Threads, and Facebook.

5. Stay in touch with me in your email inbox by joining my newsletter here!

--Andy

Dec 12, 2023

“An object in motion is easier to redirect than a stationary one.”

I’m sure I made up that quote sometime in my teens during one of my endless semesters of physics.

I’m sure I’m not the first person to have that thought.

I’m also sure it’s the end of the year.

That means many job-seekers are either tired of searching or hesitating or reluctant to get moving until the new year.

I just can’t have that, so I want to continue my little run of job-search-motivation to help with your momentum.

Today, I’m serving up an analogy from my life to help you get charged, maintain your focus, not worry about the future, and a bunch of other really cool messages I managed to stuff into 309 seconds.

For the rest of your life, remember…

When you’re doing something, focus on the shout.

When you’re reflecting, focus on the echo.

When you make a mistake, make it an error of commission not omission.

And, for the love of all that is holy, whenever you’re not sure, hit the damn send button and sort it out later.

It’s really the “sorting” you’re working for…

If you'd like to build a great career and lead a rewarding life, check out some of these other places where I share my teachings:

1. Check out the milewalk Academy, my coaching and training site, for freemiums and premiums.

2. I have hundreds of educational and inspirational videos on my YouTube Channel.

3. Grab any of my three books related to interviewing, hiring, and goal setting. All can be found on my Amazon Author Page.

4. Follow me on Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter (X), TikTok, Threads, and Facebook.

5. Stay in touch with me in your email inbox by joining my newsletter here!

--Andy

Dec 5, 2023

I know job searching stinks.

But, it’s a gift.

You don’t need to agree with me at this moment.

I know, however, someday, you will look back and know exactly why it had to happen THAT way.

Until you know the answer to that previous statement, I have something to tide you over.

It’s a life lesson, job searching, and a bunch of other things all rolled into 8 minutes and 6 seconds—all aimed at helping you avoid fatigue and gain the benefits from this experience.

The process I’m sharing with you today changed my life.

It helps me to enjoy every single day.

I hope it’s magical for you too…

If you'd like to build a great career and lead a rewarding life, check out some of these other places where I share my teachings:

1. Check out the milewalk Academy, my coaching and training site, for freemiums and premiums.

2. I have hundreds of educational and inspirational videos on my YouTube Channel.

3. Grab any of my three books related to interviewing, hiring, and goal setting. All can be found on my Amazon Author Page.

4. Follow me on Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter (X), TikTok, Threads, and Facebook.

5. Stay in touch with me in your email inbox by joining my newsletter here!

--Andy

Nov 28, 2023

Money today.

Inside, I’ve got a sweet video on the economic state of affairs and 3 glorious tips on how to get a pay raise.

You can use these with your current employer or new employer.

I’m not partial.

I just care about you getting lots of dinero.

I cover how to assess your future value based on your current trajectory, picking up additional responsibilities, and taking on new initiatives.

It’s your basic smorgasbord of dollars, cents, euros, yen, reals, pesos, pounds, francs, or whatever your currency happens to be!

Think of me with every automatic deposit of your paycheck…

If you'd like to build a great career and lead a rewarding life, check out some of these other places where I share my teachings:

1. Check out the milewalk Academy, my coaching and training site, for freemiums and premiums.

2. I have hundreds of educational and inspirational videos on my YouTube Channel.

3. Grab any of my three books related to interviewing, hiring, and goal setting. All can be found on my Amazon Author Page.

4. Follow me on Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter (X), TikTok, Threads, and Facebook.

5. Stay in touch with me in your email inbox by joining my newsletter here!

--Andy

Nov 22, 2023

Enjoy this podcast with salary negotiation tips for independent contractors. The tips work for everyone, but you know me. I like to make sure everyone is covered and contractors are just as near-and-dear to me as employees who are “full-timers.”

If you'd like to build a great career and lead a rewarding life, check out some of these other places where I share my teachings:

1. Check out the milewalk Academy, my coaching and training site, for freemiums and premiums.

2. I have hundreds of educational and inspirational videos on my YouTube Channel.

3. Grab any of my three books related to interviewing, hiring, and goal setting. All can be found on my Amazon Author Page.

4. Follow me on Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter (X), TikTok, Threads, and Facebook.

5. Stay in touch with me in your email inbox by joining my newsletter here!

--Andy

Nov 15, 2023

I wanted to bring you a nice, tight, powerful, perspective-filled video on how to approach a situation when an employer gives you a job offer below the advertised salary range.

You might be thinking what gives?

That is certainly one way to look at it.

Not the only way of course.

What happened?

Any of a number of things.

What can you do?

Any of a number of things.

First thing, take a step. Consider the possibilities. Then, go.

If you'd like to build a great career and lead a rewarding life, check out some of these other places where I share my teachings:

1. Check out the milewalk Academy, my coaching and training site, for freemiums and premiums.

2. I have hundreds of educational and inspirational videos on my YouTube Channel.

3. Grab any of my three books related to interviewing, hiring, and goal setting. All can be found on my Amazon Author Page.

4. Follow me on Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter (X), TikTok, Threads, and Facebook.

5. Stay in touch with me in your email inbox by joining my newsletter here!

--Andy

Oct 31, 2023

Expected salary is ridiculous.

Budgeted salary…sillier still.

Just like advertised salary, unadvertised salary, and the-salary-we-hope-to-pay salary.

How do I know this?

Let’s see...

Negotiated over 600 employment agreements and salaries as an executive recruiter.

Wait. There’s more.

Of the more-than 3,000 people I’ve personally coached as an international career coach, I’ll estimate, conservatively, 25% of them needed negotiation help.

That’s…let me carry the…wait, is that grouping, carrying, or borrowing now?

Either way, roughly 750 more.

Can we agree on over 1,000 data points (even though it’s over 1,300)?

Cool.

Let’s say, for the sake of email argument, you’ll play along.

Why do we even have budgeted salaries?

Why ask about expected salaries?

Well, companies and people think this saves time.

I think it helps you miss opportunities as an employer or employee.

What should YOU do instead of focusing on these expectations when you enter an interview process as a job candidate?

Learn the 5 most important variables at play when it comes to pay…

If you'd like to build a great career and lead a rewarding life, check out some of these other places where I share my teachings:

1. Check out the milewalk Academy, my coaching and training site, for freemiums and premiums.

2. I have hundreds of educational and inspirational videos on my YouTube Channel.

3. Grab any of my three books related to interviewing, hiring, and goal setting. All can be found on my Amazon Author Page.

4. Follow me on Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter (X), TikTok, Threads, and Facebook.

5. Stay in touch with me in your email inbox by joining my newsletter here!

--Andy

Oct 24, 2023

Salary negotiation is tough stuff. Let's keep this simple. Here's a breakdown of the questions I answered and exactly when I answered them. Enjoy!

00:00:41 How to fill in salary expectation in the ATS (online job application)?

00:03:10 How to answer a recruiter who keeps pushing for an expected salary number?

00:06:30 What to tell a recruiter who's asking what my rate was for a job description?

00:07:33 How to handle when the salary I'm currently making is above the range they're willing to pay?

00:14:10 I have 10 yrs experience in my field, but the salary offered is less than someone in fast food. How do I convey to the recruiter my experience is worth more?

00:18:12 What if a job has a salary range posted in the application, but you want to negotiate for more?

00:22:51 Recruiters are negotiating a lot lower salary. What should I do since I've been underpaid?

00:24:22 What's the best way to negotiate if you're coming off a layoff?

00:26:48 When companies hire you, they gain your expertise, shouldn't vacation time be commensurate with the level of position, just like salary?

00:28:21 I just passed on a job where the salary was non-negotiable

00:29:48 When considering contract vs. full-time roles vs contract-to-perm, how do you approach salary negotiation? Transfer from contingent worker to employer?

00:35:15 I interviewed for a sales job and the job that was offered is solution creation and management. How to negotiate salary?

00:39:30 How you negotiate via a recruiter who speaks for the company?

00:42:36 Can an hourly wage be negotiated?

00:45:13 I've reached out to small companies I want to help grow. When should I let them know I'm open to max pay later?

00:46:47 How to negotiate for commission and expenses?

00:50:23 What to do when offer is lower than advertised?

00:54:37 How to determine target salary to negotiate after the offer?

00:59:01 Can my Phd be used to negotiate more salary?

01:00:36 What is a reasonable amount of time to respond to an offer?

01:04:06 Should I negotiate for an entry-level job?

If you'd like to build a great career and lead a rewarding life, check out some of these other places where I share my teachings:

1. Check out the milewalk Academy, my coaching and training site, for freemiums and premiums.

2. I have hundreds of educational and inspirational videos on my YouTube Channel.

3. Grab any of my three books related to interviewing, hiring, and goal setting. All can be found on my Amazon Author Page.

4. Follow me on Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter (X), TikTok, Threads, and Facebook.

5. Stay in touch with me in your email inbox by joining my newsletter here!

--Andy

 

Oct 17, 2023

Sometimes you (think you’ve) hit a wall.

There’s a person you’re speaking to and they just don’t want to pay you any more salary.

Before you come to my Live Office Hours show and ask me what to do, I want you to ask yourself a question…

“Can this person actually approve more compensation for me?”

Essentially, is this someone who can say “No,” but cannot say “Yes?”

If it is, don’t argue.

It’s time for something else.

Like a great prizefighter, let’s hit them with a left jab so they need some smelling salt from their trainer.

I’ll stop with the boxer jokes now because, after all, we don’t want to hurt anyone. At least not yet. Ha ha.

What you (actually) need to determine is whether they can and will run it up the flagpole so to speak.

This might be a recruiter or HR person turning to a hiring official to make a decision.

It might be the hiring officially turning to a more senior executive.

Effectively, I want you to test whether you’ll hit an actual wall or whether there’s a bit more dough stuffed in the mattress.

Listen to learn how.

If you'd like to build a great career and lead a rewarding life, check out some of these other places where I share my teachings:

1. Check out the milewalk Academy, my coaching and training site, for freemiums and premiums.

2. I have hundreds of educational and inspirational videos on my YouTube Channel.

3. Grab any of my three books related to interviewing, hiring, and goal setting. All can be found on my Amazon Author Page.

4. Follow me on Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter (X), TikTok, Threads, and Facebook.

5. Stay in touch with me in your email inbox by joining my newsletter here!

--Andy

Oct 10, 2023

I’ve seen a lot of unhappy people in my day.

Some happy ones of course. Some. Not enough.

I’ll add to my pile a boat-load of indifferent people.

These round-about numbers make me sad.

If you’re indifferent or unhappy, I’d like to help you get happy.

Let’s do that in today’s talk.

That’s what today’s lesson is. A little talk.

It’s not an 8-stepper where you do this and do this and do this and then, voilà, you’re getting paid twice what you were yesterday.

It’s a heart-to-heart where I want to point out three areas (two good, one bad) that I want you to be on high-alert for when evaluating a new job.

This can be a job with a new employer.

It can be an internal transfer.

It can be a career change.

This “rule” can be universally applied.

Just make sure to only accept a new job if it meets these two requirements and you’ll likely be happy.

If you'd like to build a great career and lead a rewarding life, check out some of these other places where I share my teachings:

1. Check out the milewalk Academy, my coaching and training site, for freemiums and premiums.

2. I have hundreds of educational and inspirational videos on my YouTube Channel.

3. Grab any of my three books related to interviewing, hiring, and goal setting. All can be found on my Amazon Author Page.

4. Follow me on Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter (X), TikTok, Threads, and Facebook.

5. Stay in touch with me in your email inbox by joining my newsletter here!

--Andy

Oct 3, 2023

Your resume is a marketing document, not a work history document.

Yes, you use your work history to market yourself, but 99.9% of the people I’ve encountered do it the wrong way.

In my work history, for example, I’ve helped companies earn likely billions of dollars. I’ve built project management methodologies. I’ve built enough tools for 10 lifetimes.

Do you can about any of that when it comes to helping you find your dream job?

I can create a resume that’s 100,000 words and 99,400 of them wouldn’t do anything but hide the 600 that matter—TO YOU!

It’s all my work history and I’m proud of it, but it’s not important as it relates to you and what you need at this moment so I’m not gonna waste your time with that.

Employers aren’t companies. They’re a bunch of people with personal and corporate needs.

The biggest mistake job seekers make is not obsessing over what the employer’s need and putting that information front and center for them.

They need to see the right CONTENT with the right CONTEXT in the right SEQUENCE.

This is difficult for so many reasons, but the killer is the main culprit is job seekers don’t take the time upfront to consider the employers before they consider themselves.

Lucky for you, you career mediator thinks of both of you (even if what I care about most is helping you get a great job with a great payday).

Inside today’s podcast on Resume Revolution: Resume Writing Tips and AI Tricks That Elevate Your Resume, I take a deep dive on how to:

·       Determine which information to put in your resume for max power.

·       Entice the employers to want to interview you.

·       Translate the information on your resume to interview stories.

·       Use AI (ChatGPT) to really punch up all this stuff.

It’s like the quadruple header of resume hits all wrapped up into one snazzy tutorial.

That’s why it’s a lofty 43:21.

Grab a coffee or a cocktail or whatever’s your pleasure. It’s a doozy!

If you'd like to build a great career and lead a rewarding life, check out some of these other places where I share my teachings:

1. Check out the milewalk Academy, my coaching and training site, for freemiums and premiums.

2. I have hundreds of educational and inspirational videos on my YouTube Channel.

3. Grab any of my three books related to interviewing, hiring, and goal setting. All can be found on my Amazon Author Page.

4. Follow me on Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter (X), TikTok, Threads, and Facebook.

5. Stay in touch with me in your email inbox by joining my newsletter here!

--Andy

Sep 26, 2023

If you’ve ever been fired or laid off or let go from your job for any reason, it’s dreadful to explain when interviewing for a new job.

Don’t fret.

Your career happiness expert is here today with answers.

Oh, I have more than just answers!

I have techniques for any time you’re in “explanation mode” in an interview.

I call it “defense mode” because you’re trying to clarify something you don’t want to be clarifying.

What’s worse, you’re not on offense—as in selling yourself!

When you’re in defense mode, the best you can hope for is to not lose interviewing “points.”

That means, you need to get this over with as quickly as possible so you can start scoring points.

Join me for the best way to explain your layoff in a job interview to learn these masterful techniques!

If you'd like to build a great career and lead a rewarding life, check out some of these other places where I share my teachings:

1. Check out the milewalk Academy, my coaching and training site, for freemiums and premiums.

2. I have hundreds of educational and inspirational videos on my YouTube Channel.

3. Grab any of my three books related to interviewing, hiring, and goal setting. All can be found on my Amazon Author Page.

4. Follow me on Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter (X), TikTok, Threads, and Facebook.

5. Stay in touch with me in your email inbox by joining my newsletter here!

--Andy

Sep 19, 2023

I’m an open-minded person.

BUT, if you want to convince me there is any faster route to getting a job interview, and ultimately an offer, other than boss hunting, you better come armed.

It makes no difference whether you’re a recent college graduate like Venkata (the hero in today’s lesson) or a seasoned pro.

Top to bottom and every which way in between, targeting bosses is your best route to surfacing interviews.

If you’re wondering why, just think about it.

Who is more in pain that you’re not on their team?

The recruiter? I think not.

The Applicant Trashing System? I’ll wait for the deafening silence. Oh. There it is.

Bosses are ALWAYS looking for great talent, whether they have budgeted openings or whether they’d trade out someone on their team for you.

Today, I’m covering my favorite job searching approach equipped with templates and real-life samples from successful job seekers.

Listen to Get Your New Job Fast by Boss Hunting (Plus Recent College Graduate Examples) so you start surfacing those interviews!

If you'd like to build a great career and lead a rewarding life, check out some of these other places where I share my teachings:

1. Check out the milewalk Academy, my coaching and training site, for freemiums and premiums.

2. I have hundreds of educational and inspirational videos on my YouTube Channel.

3. Grab any of my three books related to interviewing, hiring, and goal setting. All can be found on my Amazon Author Page.

4. Follow me on Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, TikTok, and Facebook.

5. Stay in touch with me in your email inbox by joining my newsletter here!

--Andy

Sep 12, 2023

Do you realize whenever you’re interviewing with a company, you’ll have FAR BETTER results when you treat every interaction as if you’re already a team?

What do teams do?

They work together to achieve a common goal.

From the first screening interview all the way to your salary counteroffer, you’ll be amazed at what manifests when you approach it this way.

Now, sometimes, you’re interviewing and you’re not quite clear what the goal is. They might not be clear either.

But, you know you like each other enough to start dancing even though you don’t know all the steps.

Maybe, they say, “Hey, we like your background. Don’t have an open role. But, let’s get together and see where it goes.”

Perhaps, they say, “Come on down and interview for this role. We don’t have a description, but it’s general engineer-y stuff.”

It could even be, “We’re thinking about hiring someone to build out this area. We don’t have a job description yet because it’s a new position. Wanna talk?”

Whatever the scenario, I have the formula for exactly what you can do to win the day.

My formula has a bunch of stuff I want you to do and at least three things I do not want you to do…

DO NOT tell them what you’ve done.

DO NOT tell them what you can do.

And for the love of all that is holy, DO NOT tell them what you want.

There is a better way to get what YOU want and help the company get max value from you.

Give today’s podcast a try…

If you'd like to build a great career and lead a rewarding life, check out some of these other places where I share my teachings:

1. Check out the milewalk Academy, my coaching and training site, for freemiums and premiums.

2. I have hundreds of educational and inspirational videos on my YouTube Channel.

3. Grab any of my three books related to interviewing, hiring, and goal setting. All can be found on my Amazon Author Page.

4. Follow me on Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, TikTok, and Facebook.

5. Stay in touch with me in your email inbox by joining my newsletter here!

--Andy

Sep 5, 2023

Ever have trouble remembering your job interview answers?

Actually, my real question to you is, “Why are you trying to remember your job interview answers?”

My mind is like a steel trap and I’d never consider trying to remember all the words it takes to give you a (live-show) lesson.

That’s just too much stuff.

Not to mention, if I memorized it, I’d sound robotic instead of my cheery self!

There is a better way to answer questions in an interview.

It doesn’t require much other than remembering a few points.

Give today’s podcast a try…

If you'd like to build a great career and lead a rewarding life, check out some of these other places where I share my teachings:

1. Check out the milewalk Academy, my coaching and training site, for freemiums and premiums.

2. I have hundreds of educational and inspirational videos on my YouTube Channel.

3. Grab any of my three books related to interviewing, hiring, and goal setting. All can be found on my Amazon Author Page.

4. Follow me on Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, TikTok, and Facebook.

5. Stay in touch with me in your email inbox by joining my newsletter here!

--Andy

Aug 29, 2023

Today, sweet podcast on THE job interview tactic that gets you hired. It’s the tactic that cuts right to the employer’s needs.

Their needs + your solutions = job offer.

That’s 9 semesters of higher math talkin’ right there and I have the Bachelor’s degree in EE to prove it.

If you'd like to build a great career and lead a rewarding life, check out some of these other places where I share my teachings:

1. Check out the milewalk Academy, my coaching and training site, for freemiums and premiums.

2. I have hundreds of educational and inspirational videos on my YouTube Channel.

3. Grab any of my three books related to interviewing, hiring, and goal setting. All can be found on my Amazon Author Page.

4. Follow me on Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, TikTok, and Facebook.

5. Stay in touch with me in your email inbox by joining my newsletter here!

--Andy

Aug 22, 2023

I once had a client who would say to me, “But, Andy, I’m really bad at predicting the future.”

She was referring to her ability to hire the right engineers for her company.

She’d say they sounded great in the interviews.

Then, she’d notice, after they were hired, they didn’t really have the traits she thought they did.

This works both ways.

Job candidates don’t often know what questions to ask potential employers to determine whether they company is a great fit for them.

I guess, technically speaking, asking the questions is the easy part. After all, you can just ask the ones I give you.

The challenge lies in your ability to dissect the employers’ responses.

That’s why, in today’s lesson, I’m going to give the ultimate question to ask an employer to know (yes, know) whether it’s a great fit for you.

Here’s the question…

“What do you love about working here?”

That’s the easy part and you don’t even need to listen to the podcast to know what it is.

The gold isn’t in asking the question.

It’s in knowing what their responses mean—to YOU…

If you'd like to build a great career and lead a rewarding life, check out some of these other places where I share my teachings:

1. Check out the milewalk Academy, my coaching and training site, for freemiums and premiums.

2. I have hundreds of educational and inspirational videos on my YouTube Channel.

3. Grab any of my three books related to interviewing, hiring, and goal setting. All can be found on my Amazon Author Page.

4. Follow me on Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, TikTok, and Facebook.

5. Stay in touch with me in your email inbox by joining my newsletter here!

--Andy

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