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My name is Mark Anthony Dyson, and I am a career consultant who is always hacking and re-imagining the job search process for you! This podcast is for the unemployed, underemployed, and underappreciated job seekers who are looking employment. I bring you relatable and relevant voices to help bring you modern job search tactics. Go and download my free eGuide, "118 Job Search Tips for the Modern Job Seeker in 2018" at TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com. If you need help with your job search, feel free to call or text me at 708-362-9822! Please leave an honest review here about the show! Let me know what you think.

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My name is Mark Anthony Dyson, and I am a career consultant who is always hacking and re-imagining the job search process for you! This podcast is for the unemployed, underemployed, and underappreciated job seekers who are looking employment. I bring you relatable and relevant voices to help bring you modern job search tactics. Go and download my free eGuide, "118 Job Search Tips for the Modern Job Seeker in 2018" at TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com. If you need help with your job search, feel free to call or text me at 708-362-9822! Please leave an honest review here about the show! Let me know what you think.

    5 Keys to Negotiate Salary as a Woman of Color

    5 Keys to Negotiate Salary as a Woman of Color

    The last episode of the 2019-20 season offers guest Cynthia Pong, J.D., an opportunity to give women of color tips to negotiate salary more effectively.

    Payscale’s survey from 2016 shows salary for women of color are 54-90 cents per dollar of what a man earns.





    More about Cynthia:

    Cynthia is a Career Strategist for Women of Color. She also facilitates and presents on salary negotiation as well as offering generous portions of career advice. Cynthia was a recent recipient of LinkedIn’s Top Voices for Job Search and Careers.



    Got something to say? Got a topic for the show? Disagree?

    – Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your comments to the same number

    – Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press the “Send Voicemail” button on the right side of your screen and leave a message

    – Send email feedback to mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com





    Here are some highlights from our conversation:



    * It’s essential to negotiate, stand up—and ask for more because it makes it easier – and raises the bar – for marginalized communities.

    * Conversely, giving up opportunities to negotiate contributes to a race to the bottom.

    * When preparing for your negotiation, think of what you’d ask for if you were negotiating for someone else.

    Play toward stereotype bias (everything is intersectional).

    * For example, Black women are perceived to be dominant. So being assertive plays toward your stereotype bias.

    * Asian women are perceived to be competent. So focusing on skills and your past track record can be helpful.

    * You are the expert on you.

    * Whatever you learn, adapt it to your situation and circumstances.

    * No one knows the landscape you’re facing, the people you’re dealing with, and the background and context of the situation as well as you do.



    If you more help with your job search, go back to the archives and download the shows from Apple podcasts. Look out for the video series this summer. As you know, this is the last show of the season.

    • 29 min
    How to Find a Remote Job—Fast!

    How to Find a Remote Job—Fast!

    I rarely talk about finding any kind of job fast, but I’m making an exception for this episode. Some people are in an abrupt unemployment situation. Many will need to find a new career because it’s their industry is facing a significant downturn. I invited fellow Payscale contributor and career coach Octavia Goredema to lend her thoughts in finding a job faster.



    More about Octavia:



    She is the founder of twentytengency.com and also OctaviaGoredema.com and has helped many with their career goals and aspirations. She has appeared in Black Enterprise, The Guardian, and Payscale.





    Got something to say? Got a topic for the show? Disagree?



    – Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your comments to the same number

    – Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press the “Send Voicemail” button on the right side of your screen and leave a message

    – Send email feedback to mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com



    Here are highlights from our conversation:



    -Get clear on your offerings

    -Ask your network/Talk to people you know

    -We all have an ask, and we all have a need – Let people know

    -Think about where you would look if someone asked you

    -Integration of online and offline job search particularly for blue-collar workers

    -Use all connections and feel more comfortable in asking for what you need/what

    -Patience is essential as things are changing daily

    -The larger network is best because it increases your changes

    -Start getting references and referrals

    -Start building your network for the future



    May 28 will be the last show before I go on my annual summer hiatus. The show will feature my friend Cynthia Pong, J.D., as we talk about how people and women of color can negotiate better pay. The first show next year (8th year) will be September 15.

    • 19 min
    Know Your Employment Rights During The Corona Virus Outbreak

    Know Your Employment Rights During The Corona Virus Outbreak

    If you need a one-stop short on the latest about unemployment benefits, you can listen to multiple times, and this is the show. My friend and return guest, employment law attorney Tom Spiggle, offers the basics of the expanded unemployment provisions (although most people will need to consult their state unemployment laws).



    More about Tom:



    Tom Spiggle is a former prosecutor and former Assistant U.S. Attorney. His website also has a very informative blog regarding these topics at SpiggleLaw.com. He is regularly quoted in the media often in publications such as The Washington Post, Forbes, CNN, and Huffington Post.



    Got something to say? Got a topic for the show? Disagree?



    – Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your comments to the same number

    – Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press the “Send Voicemail” button on the right side of your screen and leave a message

    – Send email feedback to mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com



    Highlights from our conversation:



    -Each state is administering unemployment benefits differently. The state’s Department of Labor(DOL) is the place to start. They have a link to each state’s DOL.

    -Broadly, there is an extension of benefits to 13 weeks, $600 on top of what you’re normally getting if you’ve been receiving benefits

    -If you’ve discontinued benefits due to a short term contract, you should be able to get back on through an expedited process. This will vary from state to state as the federal government is trying to get more money in the pockets of Americans during this time.

    -Gig workers or freelancers are now eligible to get unemployment benefits

    -It will be rare that people who qualify for benefits won’t get it

    -Sick leave and Family Medical Leave has significantly expanded

    -Although health care workers on the front lines don’t qualify for the extended benefits



    We have two more shows left before my summer hiatus. I will be writing and creating videos, so if you haven’t started following my video channel, now is the time. The last two shows will be published on April 28 and May 26.

    • 20 min
    Avoid relying on job boards! Do this instead.

    Avoid relying on job boards! Do this instead.

    Job boards are not evil. They are not the only way to find jobs. In fact, if you use the strategies mentioned in this show, you’ll experience its effectiveness without waiting for job boards and applications result. Austin Belcak, founder of CultivatedCulture.com gave me the rundown of how he applied, tweaked, and perfected strategies that landed him around 50 interviews.

    More about Austin:

    Austin is the creator of Cultivated Culture, a blog helping job seekers succeed with several strategies including:

    – Get a referral to companies where they previously knew no one

    – Network and get to know hiring managers resulting in receiving job offers

    – Ultimately land jobs without relying on a job board

    Got something to say? Got a topic for the show? Disagree?

    – Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your comments to the same number

    – Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press the “Send Voicemail” button on the right side of your screen and leave a message

    – Send email feedback to mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com

    Listen to: The State of Job Search

    Show highlights:

    – Austin shares about his frustration as job seekers applying to hundreds of job board postings without results

    – It didn’t make sense to him to do so much work without any resemblance of results

    – He asked immediately family, friends, school career professionals who gave the same answer

    – Finally, a career coach got him started networking to find people in the company to reach out and make connections

    – He learned through networking with the right people in a company gave him tangible results

    – He used LinkedIn and cold emailing to reach people in companies where he wanted to work

    – It was a lot of work in talking with 10-15 in each company to find out what they did and how they were hired

    – Most people either got in the company’s door through a referral

    – They also found ways to illustrate to employers their value

    The show epilogue

    The next show will be on April 14. There will be FOUR SHOWS left for the year. Two in April and two in May. Then my summer hiatus will last until Sept. 15.

    • 40 min
    The State of Job Search with Hannah Morgan

    The State of Job Search with Hannah Morgan

    It’s time for a discuss the state of job search so far in 2020. Things are changing fast if you haven’t started. This week’s episode is a takeover. Hannah Morgan is the guest host, and I’m the guest. Confused? Don’t be – she’s interviewing me on my show.



    Got comments about the show? Here’s how:

    – Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your comments to the same number

    – Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press the “Send Voicemail” button on the right side of your screen and leave a message

    – Send email feedback to mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com



    Hannah Morgan is a first-time host for my show and was entirely enthusiastic about doing (listen to her intro of the show). She is the founder of CareerSherpa.net and loves helping people understand what actions they need to take to find a job faster. Her popular site and her US News and World Report column is a large part of her being a nationally recognized expert.



    Here are highlights from our conversation:





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    Shout out Prezi and creating content on their platform



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    Hannah asks about – What’s hot: Remote work. I mention articles I’m writing for Job-Hunt.org



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    Remote work requires the mindset of a consultant



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    Hannah says about the “intra-prenuer mindset



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    Professionals are shortchanging their possibilities and abilities on social media



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    2009 employers background checked your social media accounts on the back end



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    Your social media compel 2020 employers



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    Social proof is key to catch the attention



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    Your brand is effective when it’s your referral engine



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    Give shout outs to career professionals and blogs I read and keep up



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    Discuss my articles on Payscale, Glassdoor, and RippleMatch



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    Hannah: The importance of the three pillars: Know, Like, and Trust



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    We discuss why people aren’t finding opportunities  in this job market







    Sign up for my weekly newsletter at the top right of my page to receive free e-Guide, “320 Modern Job Search Tips for 2020!” This year, it will be free for a limited time.



    This is a reminder there are three shows left for the season. I will be on podcast hiatus (writing and creating videos) from June to Sept. 15. The newsletter will be once-a-month during the summer. To hear more, you must SUBSCRIBE to the newsletter.

    • 54 min
    Resume Trends of 2020 with Ashley Watkins

    Resume Trends of 2020 with Ashley Watkins

    Welcome to our annual résumé trends show. It is the only show this year we focus solely on writing and preparing a résumé for your job search. This year, I chose Ashley Watkins to give the 411 on the latest trends in résumé writing.

    Let me introduce Ashley:

    She is a nationally certified résumé writer, job search and interview coach, and former recruiter. She is the founder of her company. Write Step Resumes. Her services help clients craft high-quality career documents (résumé and cover letter) and LinkedIn profiles to highlight their unique value offerings and communicate the distinct benefit to the target employer during interviews.

    Got comments about the show? Here’s how:

    – Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your comments to the same number

    – Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press the “Send Voicemail” button on the right side of your screen and leave a message

    – Send email feedback to mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com





    Here are highlights from our conversation:



    * Ashley compares and contrasts a few of the past trends

    * The need for proof of your skills to stand out

    * It’s more important to stand out than to a pasted & copied resume

    * Communicate your brand and how you add value

    * Ashley discusses the importance of the top 1/3 of a resume





    * Write what’s valuable to the employer while communicating your unique value proposition

    * Employers need to know can you solve my problem

    * Trying to fill in space and using jargon can talk yourself out of your brand

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    With the emphasis on keywords now, personality can get lost. Remember that it’s a person first.



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    You must show enough keywords without the person missing



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    Show what you master, not as a jack-of-all-trades



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    We discuss the use of “I” in a resume – know your audience – often depends on the posting





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    Once a job posting is published if you have to wait to update your resume, you’re already behind







    Sign up for my weekly newsletter at the top right of my page to receive free e-Guide, “320 Modern Job Search Tips for 2020!” This year, it will be free for a limited time.

     

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