This week, I wanted to share my MUST LISTEN TO career podcasts and hosts. Both are career practitioners but from different perspectives, and bring quality job search advice to their audiences. I hope that you will go and subscribe to their podcasts in iTunes, and engage their content as you see fit. Podcasts are the new talk show, and additionally in this show, we present two career podcasts that are educational in their approach for job seekers.
If you are a college student, a recent graduate or a neophyte professional, then you must subscribe and listen to Dayvon Goddard (@ItsDayD2y), the host and Career Strategist of Secrets of the Hire podcast and blog. Those who are more seasoned would not only benefit Dayvon’s show, but also find more relevant content through Chris Russell’s (@ChrisRussell) Career Cloud Radio podcast. Both podcasts offer substantial value to your proverbial job search advice toolbox.
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Soon-to-be-graduates, are you taking the whole holiday break off from your job search. Why? There is much work to get done! Dayvon will share five strategies he performed during his school breaks and while classes were in session. Now, Dayvon works for the government, but previously had an accounting position in New York City. He graduated more than two years ago, so he shares what has worked for him so that you can apply it too!
Here are highlights from our discussion:
Dayvon shares 5 job search strategies soon-to-be graduates:
- Internships. Since your college is a business, ask if you can intern for free. Yes, your university will help you with 5-10 hours weekly for experience.
- Leverage Networking with Campus Leadership. Use the down time between classes to talk with the deans and executive leadership on campus. The relationship may result in a reference or a commendation letter. Dayvon also stated that it was important to be consistent.
- Network with Social organizations. Not only join social organizations on campus but also take leadership positions that increase your exposure and responsibilities. These can often translate into work experience in an interview. When an interviewer asks, “Tell me about the time you led a team,” you can refer to that experience.
- Utilize Career Services. It is an under-utilize resource in everything job search. Their resources are often limitless and also access to people, especially Alumni.
- Utilize LinkedIn Now!!! 1) 300 million users 2) Employers are looking for you (70% of employers to recruit) 3) Recent graduates are NOT there (16% of college graduates) 4) Connect as many as you can (Dayvon received four job offers without applying to anything!)
Chris Russell is the founder of Career Cloud Radio career podcast at CareerCloud.com, in addition to his day job as a recruiter. Career Cloud is a site where you can utilize several tools for your job search built around social media. He considers himself as the “Mad Scientist of Online Recruiting.”
On his site you’ll find job postings, membership, and also houses the InstaJob and Talent Xray apps for your smartphone. His podcast is a top 25 business podcast in ALL OF iTunes as it’s downloaded more than 2,000 times daily. I found it originally back in 2008 or 2009 as the “Secrets of the Job Hunt (you can still find it under that name using the TuneIn Radio app).”
Here are some highlights from our discussion:
On his site, you can build a “social resume” which is a single page snapshot of all of your social media activity no matter what social media site it is. His tool, “jobs with friends,” connects all of your social media contacts to one database with job leads that potentially leads to referrals through those contacts
- Not enough recruiters and employers are not taking advantage of Twitter and LinkedIn by interacting, and giving job search advice such as how to get a job at the company. Although statistics may say that more than 95% of recruiters are using LinkedIn doesn’t speak to the volume of activity and usage to find candidates
- Chris explains how recruiters and employers are attractive to a candidate. He suggests using sharing links, writing a blog and showing your enthusiasm or expertise through discussions. As a recruiter, if he has two candidates and one is active on social media, and the other one isn’t, he will likely look at the socially active one first
- We discuss the difference between 2009 and now that LinkedIn is currently a true personal website now that blogging is accessible to many of its users. Back in 2009 it was more of a place to house your resume
- I asked Chris his opinion on how much someone should share on LinkedIn. Some share as much as they do Twitter, others share sparingly. Listen to his answer as there is much discussion in the career space on what is too much
- We discuss the value of the local groups and becoming active on the relevant ones and your industry in general. Jobs are being posted in those groups and sometimes uncover unposted jobs
If you haven’t heard yet, we have a group on LinkedIn where you can join in on active discussion and lend your job search experience. I will post the latest shows there in addition to unpublished job search advice on the blog or our career podcasts. Let me know if you need to know more, use the contact information at the beginning of this post.
Again, check out and subscribe to these career podcasts as they fit your job search needs. Of course, subscribe to this one as your primary way to create the voice that employers will hear and hire.