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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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Sep 30, 2022

Empathy doesn’t sound sexy, but it’s like still water that runs deep. It’s like roots of giant trees you wonder how can possibly stand so tall. And, yet, so few people are actually empathetic. Why?

Because you have never, not ever, had an experience that you were not at the absolute center of. Your thoughts and feelings about those experiences are automatic.

My experience of the same scene needs to be communicated to you. My feelings need to be communicated to you. And even if I did that perfectly, you still wouldn’t be able to know exactly how I feel.

That’s because my current experience (with you) is nuanced by all the other experiences I’ve had. Which, by the way, you haven’t had!

So, how is one to become a better person, better communicator, better at understanding their friends, partners, and spouses.

How does one become better at providing service or anticipating reactions or so many other desired life and business skills?

You need to stop being automatic.

The formula is not hard. The practice and execution are excruciatingly hard.

So hard that so many give up so easily. So? So, don’t let that be you!

Join me for today’s podcast to learn a simple, yet very effective formula for developing empathy!

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

Sep 27, 2022

Interviews are complicated. They get further complicated when interviewers ask bad questions which in turn gets exacerbated by job candidates trying to regurgitate interview speak.

It’s really a stitch except for the part about you needing the new job.

Enter your Coach to reassure you we can simplify things.

The first thing you’ll need to do is listen to this week’s podcast as I break down the 11 most common types of interview questions and how to answer them.

Then you’ll know how to answer everything from the lazy questions to the silly questions to the questions they ask that make you go all Nostradamus.

I even threw in the regrettables, the oh-so-ugh Sophie’s choice, and a few of my other favs (Negative Nelly, deal breakers, etc.).

They’re all in there. 17 minutes. Easy peasy.

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!

Sep 23, 2022

Money. Actually, more like money you’ll get in the future. Money is funny that way, especially when the money we’re talking about is your salary.

We negotiate like heck for what we’ll be paid in the future. So, why is it that so many employees try to argue for a new salary based on what they did in the past? Wasn’t that so yesteryear? Wasn’t that so your last job?

Past performance is not an indicator of future performance when I change the variables.

Here’s a funny.

I earned a nice living as an executive recruiter.

Then, I became a career coach.

And, well, as smart as that rich executive recruiter guy was, that new career coach didn’t know $h!t about email marketing, YouTube-ing, podcasting, and TikTok-ing (still don’t).

I could have argued with myself and said, “Self. You’ve been awesome at recruitment, sales, serving your clients, and everything else that goes with it. I’m sure you know your stuff and can explain it to all those people who live in Germany, Canada, and California. Here’s a big fat raise.”

Then, I would have fired myself in the first year. Splat.

Career coach guy didn’t only not earn more money. He didn’t even earn less money. He actually lost money. Ouch! (I’ll stop the 3rd-person thing now.)

You might be thinking, well, you were making a career change, so that makes sense.

Okay, but are you getting a new payday because you’re doing the same job?

Why would an employer give you more money for doing the same thing? Inflation? Don’t think so

Oh, you got a fat promotion? Or more responsibilities? Ah.

Hell to the YEAH!

So, that means you’re in a new position?

How can I, your boss, know for certain you’ll do well? (Remember, past performance is a funny thing and we have some new variables here.)

I think you get the gist by now.

Good news is I won’t be the one you’ll need to negotiate your raise with.

Better news is I’m giving you the what-to-do to earn more money—in the future.

Think of me with every paycheck that is auto-deposited into your bank account.

Listen and cha-ching.

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

Sep 20, 2022

If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me a question about working with executive recruiters, I probably wouldn’t be typing this to you right now. The good news is I don’t have those nickels, which means I get to keep living my real dream of helping you with your career.

Part of helping you with your career means dissecting these thorny people (oooops, meant thorny issues) for you.

In today’s podcast, I open up the entire kimono, which apparently takes exactly 46 minutes and 50 seconds, on working with third-party recruiters and executive search firms.

You’ll get the myths and mistakes that accompany these often-misunderstood individuals and companies.

As a very long-in-the-tooth recruiter myself (see, we’re not all bad), I give you the insider’s view of what recruiters do and how to leverage them for the wonderful assets they can be (no, seriously).

It’s a don’t-miss for anyone who wants to expand their network with and get help from people who are doorways into the employment market.

I hope you carve out the time for A Job Seeker's Guide to Working with Executive Recruiters and 3rd Party Search Firms. 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

Sep 16, 2022

Do you care to be great? It’s easier now more than ever to be awesome at your craft. It’s also more important now than ever that you ARE an ace.

Why? The world has changed and employers have changed with it.

There are so many factors that have altered the landscape of the employer-employee relationship.

The number of opportunities in the workforce are only the beginning. This has created a lack of loyalty on the employee’s part. Employers, in turn, have mirrored the behavior. (Let’s not argue which is the chicken or egg.)

Remote working means you’re building less camaraderie or affinity to each other. That means, unfortunately, employers are becoming less patient with employees who are not producing.

For these and so many other reasons, it's more important now than ever to be the star employee—the one they cannot live without.

Let’s make that happen 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, and Twitter.

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

--Andy

Sep 13, 2022

Is it possible your natural inclinations about corporate recruiters are all wrong? Would you believe me if I told you they were? Indulge me.

I’ve only worked directly with a few hundred of them. Only surveyed more than 20,000 over the last 16 years. Would you spend some time with me if I could show you why they want to be your advocate?

See, as a job seeker, you help them take one giant step toward fulfilling their goals—filling their open positions!

Most job candidates consider recruiters gatekeepers. That’s certainly one way of looking at it.

But, recognize they want to fill those positions...as quickly as possible.

These “gatekeepers” are more like doormen trying to hold the gates open for you. They might even carry your brief bag if you let them (no tip required).

They want to move you forward in the process. They want their company to hire you as quickly as possible because this makes them look good!

Want to know how you can help recruiters do that?

Want to know what’s happening behind the scenes so you can turn these “misunderstood foes” into your greatest allies?

Join me for this week’s podcast on Everything You Need to Know About Working with Corporate Recruiters!

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

Sep 9, 2022

Fear is learned. For proof, look at a child. Don’tcha just wish you could get it back?

True story alert.

When I was not quite a teenager, I used to head to Rehm Park in Oak Park, IL. They had this amazing platform, which they built the year I was born (another true fact, coincidentally).

The first platform was 10 meters, but that wouldn’t have been reckless enough, so I had to head to the top (~25 meters).

Now, when I was 12, I didn’t know my 100 lb. body would be traveling at 22.14 meters/second and it would only take me 2.26 seconds (give or take a hundredth) to hit the water.

All I knew was when I jumped off, I was moving toward the water so fast that my heart felt like it was pushing at the top of my head.

It wasn’t until I was in college and had advanced physics as an electrical engineering student where I learned these petrifying numbers based on velocity and energy at impact and a bunch of other stuff I’ve thankfully forgotten.

12-year-old Andy: “Let’s do it again! Let’s do it again!”

19-year-old Andy: “Whoa. I was going how fast? Is that even safe?”

56-year-old Andy: “Was I outta my mind? I’ll never do something that stupid again!” (Of course I will. It’ll just be something a different-kinda stupid.)

How’s this relate to you? What are you afraid of right now? Why?

Unless you’re running from a big bad Grizzly Bear, I’m thinkin’ you shouldn’t have any fear.

Or, if you do have fear (let’s call it the good kind), you should use it as a sign that you are on the right track. You just need to embrace it and push through.

Gimme 10 minutes. Let me help you.

If nothing else, you’ll hear exactly what I sound like after a really-quick 5-mile run.

Join me for the 3 Best Ways to Overcome Your Fears!

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

Sep 6, 2022

You just couldn’t do it. You just couldn’t hold back your expected salary like Coach wanted you to. You caved. Dang.

Well, the bad news is at some point in the interview process—whether in the beginning, middle, or right before the new employer wanted to extend a job offer—you slipped and blurted out, well, anything!

The good news for you is I’m your Coach and I not only love you, but have a trick in my bag for everything.

I mean e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g!

I’m like your personal, little, Swiss-Army knife for all things career-related.

Here’s what I want you to do if you gave an expected salary and want to negotiate for more even IF they gave you what you asked 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, and Twitter.

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

--Andy

Sep 2, 2022

We’ve all been there. We need someone to do something we need them to do. That is, they don’t need to do it. We need them to do it for us.

It might be for us individually or for the greater good.

It makes no diff what your title is, what your job is, whether you’re the boss, or, more likely, not the boss. You’ll probably find yourself in this situation, well, for the rest of your work life.

Matrixed organization anyone? No direct reports? Help from a business partner? Someone who just happens to work for one of the other seven groups contributing to this massive project?

Any which way, you need to persuade them. Good news.

I’ve got a 9-minuter on exactly how to do this.

Join me today for a podcast on how to influence without authority!

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

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