Info

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.
RSS Feed Subscribe in Apple Podcasts
2023
January


2022
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March


2018
July
June
February
January


2017
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2016
December
November
October
September
August
July
June


All Episodes
Archives
Now displaying: 2022
Dec 30, 2022

January is a great, if not the best, time to search for a new job.

It just is. Why?

Employers are filled with new hope, new budgets, new directives and a bunch of other "news."

Even if this isn’t technically the start of their new fiscal year, they know it’s the time of year employees take stock. They know the best employees will be mobile, so they want to hire those best employees.

They also pray their best employees don’t go all mobile on them…as in create unplanned vacancies!

I’ve been working for 35 years as an executive in small and large companies, a business owner, executive recruiter, and career coach.

A little street cred I’d hope you’d say…

…and I’d say, every year I’ve worked, I watch history repeat itself as employers reflect, think, rethink, plan, and scale.

This should matter to you whether you’re looking for a new job or not!

And, you should use this opportunity to position yourself advantageously.

What exactly do you need to do?

It’s in today’s podcast on Job Search Tips for the New Year. I give you a behind-the-scenes take on what this looks like inside organizations and the changes to make to your approach to significantly increase your odds of success!

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

Dec 27, 2022

If you’ve been working your job search and it just ain’t happenin’, I know why.

Yes. I do.

I know you’re thinking, but Coach, you don’t even know me. So how do you know MY particular job search issue?

Easy breezy.

It’s the same for 99% of the people who’ve needed my job-search help.

Being wrong is not totally out of the realm of possibility, but let’s say I like my odds.

Ok. What is it?

Answer: You’re not spending your time in the right job search activities. And, you’re prolly spending time on the wrong ones too.

Double owie.

Let’s get this fixed with today’s podcast on the #1 Reason Your Job Search Fails and How to Fix 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

Dec 23, 2022

If I didn’t know better, I’d think it was hardwired at birth.

…an inability to see our true impact.

…those wonderful ripples and echoes we make every minute of every day…that affect far more people than we’ll ever know.

Where does this myopia come from?

Probably a lack of perspective to start and a host of other bandits constantly stealing it whenever we do get some.

I’m not entirely sure, but here’s what I do know.

YOU matter more than you think you do.

No matter your age, occupation, or family life.

There are people out there who need you. They rely on you.

They need you to do whatever it is you do day in and day out.

They need you to do what you ache to do.

They need you big time.

The title of this week’s podcast pretty much says it all. You have a lot to offer this world. Perspective is everything.

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

Dec 20, 2022

Ever choke? Lay an egg so to speak?

“Me neither,” said me never.

But, let’s just say for sake of email argument, there’s a teensy-weensy possibility you might during an upcoming interview.

Does this go through your head…

What if I don’t perform well?

What if they don’t like me?

What if they ask me that silly question I always flub?

What if, what if, what if? Ba, bu, blah, blah, blah.

You are going into a future and paying a debt you don’t need to pay now or probably ever!

Not to mention, you’re not completely focused on what you should be focused on—nailing the interview!

Wanna put those nerves or anxiety in their rightful place?

Then, today’s your lucky day.

Check out this podcast on How to Get Rid of Nerves in a Job Interview.

Enjoy!

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

Dec 16, 2022

Do you have trouble accomplishing your goals?

Afraid you'll never be able to achieve that BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal)?

Don't you worry! I've got you covered in today's podcast on how to set goals the right way!

Enjoy!

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

Dec 13, 2022

What does a resume do?

Answer: It gets you a job interview by MARKETING you, your background, and expertise.

Amiright?

Then, why for the love of all that is holy, would anyone tell you there's an exact number of years—10, 15, 20—an employer cares to see on your resume and the rest doesn't matter?

This is the problem with the world. Any idiot with a cell phone can turn it on and call themself a career coach.

Ahhhhhhhhh.

The exact answer is...it depends on what markets you best!

That's how you determine how far back YOUR resume should go!

Of course, there are some other tricks too otherwise I wouldn’t have created this week’s video for you.

Catch this week's podcast on How to Determine How Far Back Your Resume Should Go to set yourself (or at least your resume) apart!

Enjoy!

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

Dec 8, 2022

I’ve long claimed no matter how successful you are, you’ll never feel successful if you don’t reflect.

Reflection is a skill. It’s a tool. It’s powerful in that multi-dimensional sorta way.

True reflection requires time, effort, and discipline, which usually means most people won’t do it.

The great news is a little bit of reflection goes a long way. I do it daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annually. And, NO, it does not require hours.

December is a great time to take stock of all the wonderful moments you’ve had and lessons you’ve learned.

Becoming more conscious of them and interpreting them with the right mindset will benefit you now and in the long run.

I reflect on nine categories when I do my annual reflection.

But, to be clear, this is NOT about looking at where your marriage is or career is or major buckets that tend to consume your life.

Reflection, to me, is about asking yourself the right questions—the ones that hurt your brain a little because they require you to stop whatever you’re doing, think, and, most importantly, interpret what actually happened.

See, here’s the thing. When you're in a present moment, it's impossible to know whether you're experiencing a high or low. That's only seeable when you turn around. But, when you look forward, you have the power to change that moment to whatever you want it to mean.

Check out this podcast on How to Self-Reflect so You Improve Your Life so you can start feeling better about your accomplishments!

Enjoy!

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

Dec 6, 2022

It’s all around you and it’s difficult to make it tangible.

Although, sometimes, it does seem palpable. Maybe.

Companies think they have it and they’re right.

Except most times they’re not right about the one they have.

What is it?

Culture.

The word itself is meaningless.

The adjectives used to describe it are meaningful.

The behavior that reinforces it is the be-all end-all.

That is, if and only if the behavior matches the actual company culture the organization want to promote.

In The Hiring Prophecies: Psychology behind Recruiting Successful Employees, I wrote extensively about culture, how to define it, build it, promote it, and, of course, outlined the 20 most common adjectives used to describe it. Of course.

But, how is a job seeker or employee gonna notice it?

Whether it matches what they want?

The signs are everywhere.

In today’s podcast, A Story on How a Company’s Culture is All Around You, I share a story (well, you knew that already) about a time I worked with an organization who used a project name as a reminder.

It served as a constant cue to get the behavior they wanted—and needed—to get to where they wanted to go.

Enjoy!

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

Dec 1, 2022

Whether you’re job searching or simply trying to collect your career accomplishments, I’ve got a beauty for you today.

Long ago, I created a tool called my Career Achievements Journal. (It’s a FREE download.)

My goal is to make sure you understand:

  • The information that goes into resume bullets to make them powerful.
  • The details which provide context that make your interview stories shine.
  • The valuable information that shows your current (or future) employer the impact you’ve made.

Talk about a triple-header!

This week’s podcast is about what that information is and how to capture it.

So, join me for My Career Achievements Journal | The Tool Every Job Seeker and Employee Needs so you can shine bright, reflect on your accomplishments, and know how to sell yourself throughout your career!

Warning: It’s a tool you’ll wish you had earlier in your career, but the good news is you can start using it NOW!

Enjoy!

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

Nov 29, 2022

There is not one single solitary thing wrong with you.

There isn’t.

Don’t feel that way?

Wondering why you aren’t getting hired? Or even a measly interview?

It’s your marketing of you.

Period. End of story. No. Really.

You don’t need to change your hair style or dye it.

Don’t worry about the lighting in your Zoom interview.

Focus on the major ingredients like your job search marketing plan!

Didn’t know you needed one? Or even what that is?

Imagine how much more successful your job search would be if you thought through…

  • Your target market (you have a multi-dimensional one).
  • Their problems and how you’ve solved them.
  • And, the marketing-speak around how you solved them.
  • The need for, uh, YOU!
  • Your special features.
  • Your marketing pitch in short, short-medium, medium, and long form.
  • Your illustrious work history (or, as Coach Andy calls it…your Marketing Document AKA Resume or CV).
  • Your pre-search, search, post-search activities.

I mean, are you as breathless right now as I was when I typed this?!?!

Then, let’s get right to it in How to Market Yourself During Your Job Search!

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:

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

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

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

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

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

--Andy

Nov 25, 2022

Go easy on yourself.

You’re a WIP. I’m a WIP.

That’s work in progress.

You are perpetually in a state of change.

Most people don’t realize this. They live their lives every single moment as if they’re complete.

You are an ever-evolving person. Let’s just hope you’re E-volving and not going in the other direction.

It IS possible to do that. Actually, it’s all too easy to do that, in fact.

To make sure that doesn’t happen, I have a little podcast to get you charged up today.

It’s called Realize You Are ALWAYS a Work in Progress.

It’s a shorty, but a goody and I saved it for the day after Thanksgiving for ya.

I know you’re busy relaxing (my Dad says I even rest intensely), but I thought this 5-minute jolt of inspiration would make you smile!

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:

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

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

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

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

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

--Andy

Nov 22, 2022

Have you ever taken a job and wondered what they hey????

The employer lied to me in the interview!

This company is so not congenial, autonomous, collaborative. 

There is no work/life balance and the deadlines are horrific.

What gives?

I’ll tell you what gives.

You didn’t ask very good questions.

Or, you didn’t ask your questions the right way.

It is my belief (prolly because I have faith in people) interviewers do not lie to you in the interview.

They respond to the questions you ask, based on the way you ask them, and offer insight into what they think you want to know.

Sounds reasonable to me.

BUT, as in a capital BUT, you need to ask your questions so you’re eliciting proof of their behavior.

You assess their behavior—and likely what you’re getting yourself into—based on actual evidence not theories or circumstantial information.

Trackin’?

Wanna know how?

Listen to How to Ask Questions About a Company’s Culture | The Reverse Critical Behavioral Interview Technique!

Enjoy!

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:

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

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

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

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

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

--Andy

Nov 18, 2022

We’re heading into the end of the year, which means your employer, hopefully, is considering giving you a pay raise or a promotion or both. Yeah!

Ever wondered whether you should negotiate your raise?

Let’s not keep you in suspense to which I’ll ask, “Why would you ever not negotiate it?”

Getting paid too much are we? LOL. If that’s you, skip today’s podcast.

But, if you’re like the rest of us grinders, enjoy the show.

The technique is extremely potent when used properly and most employers will never expect it—but it flat out works.

Take a listen to How to Negotiate a Raise During Your Promotion to make sure you get the salary increase you deserve!

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:

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

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

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

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

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

--Andy

Nov 15, 2022

I KNOW job searching is tough.

I don’t just teach it, I’ve done it.

I live it with so many of you I feel as if I’m going through it with you.

I thought it was about time I turned the tables and shared with you exactly how I found my last corporate job.

I’m even gonna throw in some bonus pieces about what I did to change my role right after I started.

And, wouldn’t ya know it, all the tactics I used in 2003 way back when dirt was discovered are the exact same ones I teach today.

Here’s a funny. It’s even easier for job seeker’s today than it’s ever been.

That is a capital “T” truth…provided you take the right steps and don’t do something silly like continue to shove your resume into the Applicant Trashing System.

Regaling starts once you fire up the podcast on 9 Steps to Job Search Success | My Personal Story!

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:

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

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

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

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

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

--Andy

Nov 11, 2022

Lots of people changing jobs these past few years. Amiright?

But, what about if you’re a beloved, faithful employee?

You know the kind. The ones getting dumped on with extra work when everyone heads for the exits?

Take Catherine for example. She started a new job in March and her direct supervisor quit in June.

She inherited her boss’s responsibilities and wants to know how to get more money if she’s doing more work!

So, I gave her my 5-step process to ask for a raise.

Maybe you can use it too? Or, maybe you can consider this technique when negotiating your new job offer?

Oh, the possibilities of applying this technique are endless!

So, make sure to join me for today’s podcast on How to Ask for a Pay Raise When You Get More Responsibilities!

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:

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

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

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

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

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

--Andy

Nov 8, 2022

Right now, it’s hiring silly season for employers and they’re interviewing job candidates like crazy.

Don’t believe any career coach who tells you to slow down your search.

Everyone is SO NOT out on holiday.

Companies are panicking because they’re looking at their 2023 budgets and wondering where on Earth they’re gonna get all the great new employees to work those projects.

I keep telling every employer I know they don’t need to look any further than Andy’s community!

Amiright?

How about today I give you one very sweet video to help you impress the job interviewer over and over and over until your new payday?

I’ll cover how to capture their attention right after you get the obligatory “Hello!” outta your mouth?

And, when you intro yourself “at length!”

And, how about when you answer a “real” job interview question?

And, when YOU ask a question!

And, when you close the deal!

It’s tough to dazzle and dazzle and dazzle, but it won’t be after today.

Join me for this week’s new podcast on How to Impress the Job Interviewers at Every Stage!

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

Nov 4, 2022

Is your network helping you?

They want to. More than you know.

They just need a little help from you. It’s true.

I’ve talked long and hard about this throughout the years. Put oh so many videos and podcasts out there on the Internet-z about networking.

Let’s see…

I’ve talked about how to network when you’re job searching, turning applications into networking opps, using networking groups, fixing referral mistakes, and, of course, how to actually build a professional network. I even talked about crafting the perfect networking message. You can check out an entire playlist here if you want.

Today, I’m bringing you a podcast on why it’s so important to be networking right now.

Whether you’re job searching, building your network for the future, or applying to college (yes, this too!), networking works if you do it the right 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, TikTok, and Facebook.

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

--Andy

Nov 1, 2022

Tell me…is there anything more difficult than taking your “entire” life, your purpose, and your mission and trying to share it…quickly? So someone can remember it?

Challenge Alert: How quickly can you introduce yourself?

Speed matters. Impact matters. And, you need to be memorable!

What if I promised you a great way to introduce yourself at an interview, in an email, on your LinkedIn headline, at a job fair, or at a network event?

Would you take me up on it? Spend a few minutes with me?

You’re in luck.

In today’s podcast, I’ll teach you the external and internal value of having this super tight, powerful pitch, three key components to include, and the exact sentence structure (remember, I’m a pleaser not a teaser).

Join me for How to Describe Yourself in One Sentence | The Elevator Pitch!

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

Oct 28, 2022

Many want it. The good life.

The few. They want the great life.

The rest. What’s left. You guessed it. They pursue heights so high that most people dismiss them as unattainable.

Whichever group you’re in, I know you’ll eventually pursue some personal Mount Everest.

You know the one I’m talking about. The one that, somewhere along the climb, makes you question your choices.

Whether it’s a project that takes a week that seems like “the longest week ever” or 20 years to pursue your life’s dream, you’re gonna encounter the “B” word.

If you haven’t encountered the B word, you’re probably settling.

Ouch.

True.

Burnout happens.

Ask anyone who’s pursued a worthy dream.

It’s not if. It’s when.

No shortcut ever gave you what you deserved nor ever will.

The long and worthy road is filled with a few…”Hang on. I gotta catch my breaths.”

I want to help you make sure you get what you deserve, so I’m giving you a bit of my formula on how I manage to “enjoy the doing” during the lengthy pursuits of my biggest goals.

Join me and Celia for How to Avoid Burnout when Working Toward Your Goals!

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, and Twitter.

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

--Andy

Oct 25, 2022

Ever feel like you’re working hard on your job search, but you’re not getting the output you’d expect?

Or, maybe you’re just not sure how to allocate your time each day to search?

You might have all day to work your job search or only an hour in the evening.

Either way, I’d like to help you get more out of your time and effort.

A few weeks ago, one of my #BOOTCAMPERS Cisco asked…

“Time management and routine when job searching is key as we all know it. Networking, boss hunting, etc. will need to take a significant chunk of our time. [….] How do you recommend we balance our time and energy because I often feel guilty for not spending all my time on “feeding the funnel” versus [other activities] which have actual [long-term] measurable value and deliverables?”

Do you feel this way or wonder this?

Good news.

This week’s podcast is my conversation with Cisco on how I apply this in my life and how I suggest approaching it in your job search.

Enjoy How to Improve Your Job Search Productivity and let’s start getting you more job interviews and offers!

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, and TikTok.

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

--Andy

Oct 21, 2022

I have this expression whenever I undertake something new.

Mind you, this is something I say to myself AND I only say it after I’m certain of two things.

First, I’m getting great instruction from someone who actually knows what they’re doing. (You don’t always find the right coach on your first attempt. Unless you found me on your first attempt. Then, lucky you. Ha ha!)

Second, I’ve made a commitment to the effort.

Once those prerequisites are in order, I tell myself…

“Shut up and put in the reps.”

That’s my north-side-of-Chicago-neighborhood-y way of saying, “Don’t question stuff yet. Get in there. Do the work. Build the discipline. Gather the data. Then adjust only after you’ve experienced and know more.”

Until I reach that point, I haven’t earned the right to question anything.

When it comes to job searching, I gave you the put-in-the-reps formula to help you find your dream job the fastest.

I did that all the way back in November 2018 and again in the summer of 2019 and then again in the fall of 2019.

It’s my Job Search Challenge®, which I designed so you would know which activities within the job search actually lead to the results you want.

As a quick recap, I distilled it down into manageable activities:

  1. Target 3 companies (potential employers) each day.
  2. Identify one individual in those 3 companies each day (e.g., boss, senior person, HR, recruiter, teammate).
  3. Send a thoughtful message in the direction of, if not directly to, those individuals each day.

Easy breezy.

A put-in-the-reps kinda formula that is simple enough to understand with a narrow-enough focus to keep you concentrated on the right activities. Plus, you can easily gather insight and data to assess what is working or make the proper adjustments.

It works.

Let’s say you believe me…

It’s 2022. You might think we live in a totally different world now.

But, 99.9% of what I teach you will never go out of style.

Even so, I’m always looking to amp up my game and I want you to amp up yours.

So, I’ve created a next-level-job-search-challenge that goes beyond the shut-up-and-put-in-the-reps techniques.

It’s my hope this advanced approach will go beyond helping you achieve the results you want.

I want you to not only experience the job search, but also gain all the benefits this experience can offer you.

Don’t just job search. That might lead to just a job.

Truly experience what you’re doing so that experience and the benefits you receive because of it continue to pay you back for the rest of your life.

Make sure before you take in this episode today you listen to the Job Search Challenge® Put-In-The-Reps Version (Part 1).

And, of course, enjoy the souped-up Job Search Challenge® | Advanced Level Tactics Version (Part 2).

Go get ‘em.

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, and Twitter.

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

--Andy

Oct 18, 2022

Job searching is hard, like, really hard. It’s even hard in the best of times, which we have now seasonally entered.

November through February.

That’s right. Start licking your chops. It’s officially open season on all things finding-your-dream-job related.

Where I live the weather stinks this time of year, but finding that sweet job in never easier than in these months.

Wait. Whaaaa? Doesn’t feel like it?

Fact of the matter is, it makes no difference what the employment market looks like, what month it is, or what holiday the world is or isn’t celebrating if you don’t know HOW to job search!

Enter my—proven—job search challenge®.

I’m in the mood to make some promises so let’s do just that.

If…

…you do what I challenge you to do and simply follow the steps (heck, just go through the motions but you get bonus points for positive energy), you will get traction.

Bold words. I know.

How do I know?

Because it’s been proven over and over and over again by people just like you.

Yes. The ones that are, uh, in my age group.

Yes. The ones that live in rural places without all those booming companies.

Yes. The ones without all the “required” skills on those ridiculous job descriptions.

Yes. Those returning to the workforce after being away because [plop in any reason here].

Yes. Those people who [insert whatever you can think of here] too!

What’s more, if you take the challenge, you will even surprise yourself at how easy it becomes to email total strangers. (Don’t get me started on how I think strangers are just friends I haven’t met yet.)

You’ll become more consistent, confident, care-free, and a whole bunch of other cool “C” words.

Gimme 36 minutes for today’s podcast on a Job Search Challenge® That Gets Interviews!

Here’s another promise.

It’ll be worth 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, and Twitter.

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

--Andy

Oct 14, 2022

I have a saying. It’s one of my Today’s Lines to Live By®, which you can catch daily on my Instagram.

“Short-timers focus on wins. Long-timers focus on plans.”

That’s true.

Short-timers focus on wins, which usually causes them to lose. And quit. That’s how they become short-timers. Get it?

Long-timers focus on the plan and the planning process. And, they obsess over abilities they need to grow to add cool checkmarks next to the stuff on their plans.

This, in turn, causes them to grow faster, live happier existences, and, oddly, win more. Or, at least win bigger.

Build strategy. Add plans. Work the plans. Stay the course.

There is one ingredient in working a top-1-%-er plan I consider the secret to the sauce.

Catch it in the week’s podcast on The Top 1% at Their Job Focus on This.

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, and Twitter.

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

--Andy

Oct 11, 2022

I wish I could negotiate your salary for you. I truly do.

Actually, I wish I could be with you every step of the entire recruitment process because, technically, you’re negotiating from the moment you send in your resume and cover letter.

Since it isn’t very likely your future employer will let your fun, affable career coach accompany you through the process, I thought it’d be a good idea to record this week’s podcast for you so you can negotiate the heck outta your next job offer!

Inside, I hit over a dozen tips, tricks, tactics, and secrets related to the Dos and Don’ts of building your salary negotiation power.

I cover BEFORE the process starts, continue to when you actually start, during the job interviews, at the true negotiation, and, of course, round it out with your inevitable counteroffer on your way to the bank.

Enjoy today’s podcast on Salary Negotiation Tactics That Get You Paid More and think of me with every automatic deposit!

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, and Twitter.

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

--Andy

Oct 7, 2022

There are so many reasons we don’t have what we want.

Usually, not always, they’re surmountable.

Some of the time, it’s in our head.

Much of the time, we simply don’t want to make the, uh, time.

But, I’ll step out on a limb here. In virtually all of the cases, you have the ability.

In fact, I’ve never met anyone whose effort couldn’t beat their talent level.

Change is never function of ability. It’s a function of desire.

If you have the aspiration, you can fulfill it with enough hard work—and time.

Over the years, I’ve covered how to overcome many of the mental and tactical roadblocks.

I thought it was about time to mesh together a medley of some of my motivational favs.

Inside this week’s podcast are 11 separate lessons to inspire you to chase—and accomplish—your dreams. (Breakdown of times is in the PS.)

Join me for today’s podcast Motivation Medley to Get What You Want to get charged and in motion!

For today’s podcast, here’s a list to help you revisit you favorite messages whenever you need them.

00:00 Don’t be afraid to start small.
03:16 Wisdom is expensive, perspective is cheap.
05:25 Change is never a function of ability.
06:28 Realize you’re always a work in progress.
11:45 Why you undervalue yourself and how to stop.
15:33 How to get over procrastination (AKA Real life isn't Microsoft Office).
17:40 Smart goals are dumb.
20:27 Short-timers focus on wins, long-timers study their plans.
24:08 What it takes to get what you want.
31:54 Adopting the mindset to be a zebra in life.
35:27 Everything you do matters because we are all connected.

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, and Twitter.

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

--Andy

1 2 3 4 Next »