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“Steer Your Career Podcast is hosted by Alan Stein, Founder and CEO of Kadima Careers. Kadima helps underrepresented, underestimated, and underpaid professionals land high-paying jobs at the world's best tech companies.

Join Alan each week as he interviews amazing professionals in the tech industry and beyond. They'll talk about their career journeys and what they've learned, including some SYCK Tricks to help you accelerate your career.

Kadima was founded by Alan Stein to address the inefficiencies, biases, and illogical hiring processes that hinder great candidates from achieving great careers. Alan has a unique perspective as a top 1% hiring manager and top 1% candidate with a proven record of scaling global operations. He is now sharing his insights and expertise to effectively and efficiently accelerate people’s careers. His methods and advice have empowered people to land amazing jobs at Google, Facebook, Salesforce, Microsoft, Amazon, PayPal, Dropbox, Dell, and more.

Kadima has evolved from 1:1 coaching to group programs, and the team is now developing software and instructional content to deliver broader impact. While the methods will evolve, Kadima will always be a values-based company that treats people RIGHT and gets stuff done.

Bio:

Alan empowers people to confidently land high-paying jobs at the world’s best tech companies. He spent the first chapter of his life building his resume at companies like Google, Facebook (now Meta), Salesforce, and American Express. Alan has achieved his success by employing a growth mindset, persevering through numerous setbacks, and building long-lasting relationships; all sprinkled with a healthy dose of privilege and luck.

Alan’s next chapter is dedicated to his eulogy. He strives to leverage his successes, wisdom, and experience to level the playing field for all candidates and employees.

Inspired by Ibram X. Kendi, David Brooks, Tim Ferriss, Brené Brown, his local synagogue, his amazing wife, and countless friends and family, Alan founded Kadima in July 2020. Kadima, which means “forward” in Hebrew, is on a mission to accelerate 1 million careers.

His mission is to grow and develop people. He is a hiring manager professional with extensive recruiting knowledge through reviewing over 10k resumes, interviewing thousands, hiring hundreds, and promoting dozens. In his 34-year career, Alan has worked for 21 different companies, including Google, Facebook, Salesforce, American Express, UBS, the New York Mets and the Toronto Blue Jays. He has had 35 different bosses, 29 different jobs, and has interviewed more than 2,000 candidates. As a candidate himself, Alan has interviewed thousands of times for hundreds of jobs, receiving dozens of offers.

Born in Long Island to loving parents, Alan was a first-generation college student. He is thankful that his parents were able to support him going to college and graduating without any student debt. After graduating from Binghamton University with honors, Alan got into a prestigious program for a Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a full ride. After a semester, Alan withdrew to make his first career transition into finance. Alan is now on his sixth distinct career and has become an expert on career pivots.

Alan is very appreciative of his upbringing because it has given him a passion for giving back and supporting others as his family, friends, and colleagues did for him. Alan is dedicated to growing and developing people and is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion inside and outside of the workplace.

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“Steer Your Career Podcast is hosted by Alan Stein, Founder and CEO of Kadima Careers. Kadima helps underrepresented, underestimated, and underpaid professionals land high-paying jobs at the world's best tech companies.

Join Alan each week as he interviews amazing professionals in the tech industry and beyond. They'll talk about their career journeys and what they've learned, including some SYCK Tricks to help you accelerate your career.

Kadima was founded by Alan Stein to address the inefficiencies, biases, and illogical hiring processes that hinder great candidates from achieving great careers. Alan has a unique perspective as a top 1% hiring manager and top 1% candidate with a proven record of scaling global operations. He is now sharing his insights and expertise to effectively and efficiently accelerate people’s careers. His methods and advice have empowered people to land amazing jobs at Google, Facebook, Salesforce, Microsoft, Amazon, PayPal, Dropbox, Dell, and more.

Kadima has evolved from 1:1 coaching to group programs, and the team is now developing software and instructional content to deliver broader impact. While the methods will evolve, Kadima will always be a values-based company that treats people RIGHT and gets stuff done.

Bio:

Alan empowers people to confidently land high-paying jobs at the world’s best tech companies. He spent the first chapter of his life building his resume at companies like Google, Facebook (now Meta), Salesforce, and American Express. Alan has achieved his success by employing a growth mindset, persevering through numerous setbacks, and building long-lasting relationships; all sprinkled with a healthy dose of privilege and luck.

Alan’s next chapter is dedicated to his eulogy. He strives to leverage his successes, wisdom, and experience to level the playing field for all candidates and employees.

Inspired by Ibram X. Kendi, David Brooks, Tim Ferriss, Brené Brown, his local synagogue, his amazing wife, and countless friends and family, Alan founded Kadima in July 2020. Kadima, which means “forward” in Hebrew, is on a mission to accelerate 1 million careers.

His mission is to grow and develop people. He is a hiring manager professional with extensive recruiting knowledge through reviewing over 10k resumes, interviewing thousands, hiring hundreds, and promoting dozens. In his 34-year career, Alan has worked for 21 different companies, including Google, Facebook, Salesforce, American Express, UBS, the New York Mets and the Toronto Blue Jays. He has had 35 different bosses, 29 different jobs, and has interviewed more than 2,000 candidates. As a candidate himself, Alan has interviewed thousands of times for hundreds of jobs, receiving dozens of offers.

Born in Long Island to loving parents, Alan was a first-generation college student. He is thankful that his parents were able to support him going to college and graduating without any student debt. After graduating from Binghamton University with honors, Alan got into a prestigious program for a Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a full ride. After a semester, Alan withdrew to make his first career transition into finance. Alan is now on his sixth distinct career and has become an expert on career pivots.

Alan is very appreciative of his upbringing because it has given him a passion for giving back and supporting others as his family, friends, and colleagues did for him. Alan is dedicated to growing and developing people and is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion inside and outside of the workplace.

    Ep 101: We Are More Alike Than Different: What Neurodiversity Can Teach All of Us

    Ep 101: We Are More Alike Than Different: What Neurodiversity Can Teach All of Us

    In this episode, I am joined by Lee McKiemann, a staff software engineer at Google. Lee shares his career journey, starting from working at small companies to joining major tech giants like Amazon, Meta (Facebook), and Google. Lee also opens up about being diagnosed with autism and how it has influenced his career and perspective on neurodiversity in the tech industry. Throughout the conversation, Lee's passion for his work shines through as he shares insights and anecdotes, featuring moments of info-dumping that highlight the depth of his expertise and enthusiasm.
     
    Tune in to hear Lee’s inspiring journey and gain valuable insights into neurodiversity in the workplace.
     

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    Ep 100: How To Make Your Resume or CV Stand Out: An Interview with Robynn Storey

    Ep 100: How To Make Your Resume or CV Stand Out: An Interview with Robynn Storey

    In this episode of the Steer Your Career podcast, I sat down with Robynn Story to delve into the intricacies of navigating the modern job market. From the evolving dynamics of the recruitment process to the importance of crafting impactful resumes and cover letters, we explored practical strategies for job seekers to stand out in a competitive landscape. Robynn shared invaluable insights on the significance of networking, the role of coaching in enhancing interview performance, and the necessity of maintaining professionalism throughout the job search journey.
    Tune in to gain actionable tips and valuable advice to navigate your career path effectively. Don't miss out on unlocking the secrets to securing your next job.
     

    • 40 min
    Ep 99: Rising Above Bias: Advice for Taking Control of Your Career

    Ep 99: Rising Above Bias: Advice for Taking Control of Your Career

    In this episode,  I dive into insightful conversations on career development with Richa Bansal, founder of Pink Careers. We explore powerful strategies to advance your career, from strategic self-promotion to owning your narrative in the workplace.
     
    Discover how to:
    ✅ Strategically Self-Promote: Learn how to effectively advocate for yourself and leverage your accomplishments without feeling salesy.
    ✅ Take Control of Your Career: Understand the importance of being proactive and driving your career trajectory.
    ✅ Navigate Career Transitions: Gain valuable insights into transitioning from the corporate world to entrepreneurship while aligning with your values and goals.
     
    Tune in to gain actionable tips and inspiration to steer your career towards success. Don't miss out – listen now and take charge of your professional journey!
     

    • 43 min
    Ep 98: Leadership Lessons from Amazon: An Interview with Former Amazon VP Ethan Evans

    Ep 98: Leadership Lessons from Amazon: An Interview with Former Amazon VP Ethan Evans

    In this episode, I am joined by Ethan Evans, a former executive at Amazon who now helps train leaders to become executives. Ethan shares his experience at Amazon and his focus on developing people's careers. Ethan also discusses his insights on managing up and managing down, the importance of building relationships with leaders, and the balance between focusing on team needs and leader needs. And most importantly, he spills some powerful tips that candidates can use to get better results in interviews.
    Tune in now to gain valuable lessons and insights from former Amazon exec Ethan Evans!

    • 43 min
    Ep 97: Navigating Career Transitions: An Interview with Google Product Manager Annie Ma-Weaver

    Ep 97: Navigating Career Transitions: An Interview with Google Product Manager Annie Ma-Weaver

    In this episode, Annie Ma-Weaver, a former colleague of mine, shares her illustrious career path at Google spanning 14 years. She discusses her diverse roles and transitions within the company, from support to partnerships, management, sales ops, business development, and finally product management. 
    Annie emphasizes the importance of being deliberate and proactive in shaping one's career, paying attention to areas of investment and personal growth. She also highlights the significance of maintaining ambition and pushing forward, even while raising young children.
    Tune in to hear Annie Ma-Weaver's inspiring journey at Google and gain valuable insights for shaping your own career path!

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    Ep 96: Leveraging Curiosity and Compassion to Accelerate Your Career

    Ep 96: Leveraging Curiosity and Compassion to Accelerate Your Career

    In this episode, Alan Stein sits down with Ex-Googler and executive coach Nicholas Whitaker to explore strategies for navigating toxic work environments and taking charge of your career. 
     Nicholas shares invaluable insights drawn from his experience, offering practical tips and empowering advice to help listeners thrive in challenging professional settings. From building a strong support network to understanding personal values and boundaries, Nicholas emphasizes the importance of preparedness, curiosity, and self-compassion in achieving resilience and success.
     Tune in now to gain actionable strategies for owning your career journey!
     

    • 44 min

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