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Hello! In this podcast, we talk about tools for achieving career success, inspirational stories about overcoming career and life challenges, and how we can recalibrate our perspective to better enjoy the journey forward.

My hope is that as you join my guests and me, you'll approach your career with more curiosity, a sense of humor, and most of all, more self-understanding.

You can follow me at:
@CareersEmily, linkedin.com/in/emilysfwong, and www.wordsofdistinction.net

Career Cohort Emily Wong

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 23 Ratings

Hello! In this podcast, we talk about tools for achieving career success, inspirational stories about overcoming career and life challenges, and how we can recalibrate our perspective to better enjoy the journey forward.

My hope is that as you join my guests and me, you'll approach your career with more curiosity, a sense of humor, and most of all, more self-understanding.

You can follow me at:
@CareersEmily, linkedin.com/in/emilysfwong, and www.wordsofdistinction.net

    Get What You Want on the Other Side of Uncomfortable

    Get What You Want on the Other Side of Uncomfortable

    𝙀𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙮 𝙬𝙖𝙣𝙩 𝙞𝙨 𝙟𝙪𝙨𝙩 𝙤𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙤𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙨𝙞𝙙𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙪𝙣𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙩𝙖𝙗𝙡𝙚.—Heather Vickery
    I had so much fun chatting with Heather Vickery, author of 📖 𝙁*𝙘𝙠 𝙁𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙡𝙚𝙨𝙨: 𝙈𝙖𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝘽𝙧𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙇𝙚𝙖𝙥 📖
    Having fear isn’t the issue, says Heather. After all, fear is what protects us from real danger. But if we can break down our fears and question which ones serve us (or don’t 👀), we can learn to push through and reach our goals.
    It’s all about taking 𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙡 risk.        
    In this episode, Heather explains her BRAVE framework and how to use it as a trusty roadmap to reach our big, scary goals.           
    BRAVE  stands for: 
    𝗕oundaries
    𝗥eassessment, reframing, resilience, 
    𝗔ction and accountability 
    𝗩ulnerability 
    …which all lead to…🥁…
    𝗘xpansion and empowerment (our results)!   
    Rarely do amazing things happen to us due entirely to luck. It’s more about how we (bravely!) show up in the world so we can create the thing that we want.
    My conversation with Heather reminded me of my favorite quote from Seneca:
    𝙇𝙪𝙘𝙠 𝙞𝙨 𝙬𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙥𝙧𝙚𝙥𝙖𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙢𝙚𝙚𝙩𝙨 𝙤𝙥𝙥𝙤𝙧𝙩𝙪𝙣𝙞𝙩𝙮.
    So grab your cup of coffee or tea…or your walking shoes…and hear what Heather has to say about embracing fear and stepping out with bravery. 

    RESOURCES
    Website: vickeryandco.com⁠⁠
    LinkedIn: ⁠⁠linkedin.com/in/heather-vickery⁠⁠
    IG: heather_vickeryandco⁠⁠
    Book order: ⁠⁠F*ck Fearless: Making the Brave Leap⁠⁠

    By the way, if you’d like to get tips like this more frequently, I spend a lot of time on LinkedIn. Please do connect with me. You can find me at ⁠⁠⁠www.linkedin.com/in/emilysfwong⁠⁠⁠. Please let me know if you heard me on this podcast, and let me know if there’s a topic you’d like me to cover.
    You can also sign up for my monthly newsletter if you go to my website, ⁠⁠⁠www.wordsofdistinction.net⁠⁠⁠.

    • 38 min
    Think Like an Employer: Using Job Descriptions to Guide Your Resume

    Think Like an Employer: Using Job Descriptions to Guide Your Resume

    Do you want to enhance your resume to increase your chances of getting hired? A field-tested tactic I use with my clients to achieve this goal is using job descriptions as a guide.



    By understanding the specific skills and experience that employers are looking for, you can tailor your resume to better match their needs and improve your chances of landing an interview.

    In this episode, I'll explain how you can:


    Tailor your resume to your target role by searching for 1-3 job descriptions and analyzing the skills and qualifications they're looking for.
    Identify key skills in job descriptions to highlight on your resume.
    Craft your resume in a way that aligns with the job descriptions to stand out, while avoiding simple word packing.
    Include specific examples of how you've demonstrated the skills and qualifications required in the job descriptions in your resume.


    By the way, if you’d like to get tips like this more frequently, I spend a lot of time on LinkedIn. Please do connect with me. You can find me at ⁠⁠www.linkedin.com/in/emilysfwong⁠⁠. Please let me know if you heard me on this podcast, and let me know if there’s a topic you’d like me to cover.

    You can also sign up for my monthly newsletter if you go to my website, ⁠⁠www.wordsofdistinction.net⁠⁠.

    • 5 min
    5 Strategic Pivots to Reach the C-Suite

    5 Strategic Pivots to Reach the C-Suite

    Did you know that many of us used strategies early in our career that may stifle our rise to the C-Suite?



    Despite our best efforts to excel in our roles, a seat at the leadership table may seem beyond our reach, leaving us feeling undervalued and stuck in our current position.


    My guest, Ellen Connelly Taaffe—author of ⁠The Mirrored Door: Break Through the Hidden Barrier that Locks Successful Women in Place⁠—has figured out what’s holding us back (hint: mostly, it's ourselves).

    She also has good news: we CAN push through those self-imposed barriers.

    Listen in to learn how we can pivot away from the following 5 early-career strategies and propel ourselves toward advancement within our organization:




    Preparing to perfection
    Eagerly pleasing
    Fitting the mold
    Pedal to the metal
    Performing patiently



    ABOUT ELLEN CONNELLY TAAFFE

    Ellen Connelly Taaffe is a Clinical Associate Professor at the Kellogg School of Management, where she teaches Personal Leadership Insights and is the Director of Women’s Leadership Program.

    She spent 25 years with Fortune 500 companies holding the top brand management post at divisions of PepsiCo, Royal Caribbean, and Whirlpool Corporation.

    Ellen serves as an independent Board Director for two public and one private company, runs a leadership advisory consulting, speaking, and coaching business, and is a TEDx speaker. She shares her insights on leadership, careers, and advancing women and inclusion through her writing and speaking in media like Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Business Insider, and Kellogg Insight.



    RESOURCES

    Official site: ⁠ellentaaffe.com⁠

    LinkedIn: ⁠linkedin.com/in/ellentaaffe⁠

    Twitter: ⁠twitter.com/ellenctaaffe⁠

    Book order: ⁠The Mirrored Door: Break Through the Hidden Barrier that Locks Successful Women in Place⁠



    By the way, if you’d like to get tips like this more frequently, I spend a lot of time on LinkedIn. Please do connect with me. You can find me at ⁠⁠www.linkedin.com/in/emilysfwong⁠⁠. Please let me know if you heard me on this podcast, and let me know if there’s a topic you’d like me to cover.

    You can also sign up for my monthly newsletter if you go to my website, ⁠⁠www.wordsofdistinction.net⁠⁠.

    • 36 min
    5 Tips to Overcome Anxiety + Ace Your Interview

    5 Tips to Overcome Anxiety + Ace Your Interview

    The first order of business in overcoming interview-related anxiety is 🥁:


    💡 Remember that you’re also interviewing THEM! Yes, you’re the candidate, but fit is as important for you as it is for them. You deserve the opportunity to gather your own intel to make a decision.



    💡 Write down 10 success stories to share.



    💡 Curate a list of possible (interviewer) questions.



    💡Record your answers on Zoom or Yoodli.



    💡 If the interview will be remote, this is a great opportunity to check how you should clean up your background, and check your eye level to see if you’re looking through the camera.

    • 5 min
    Capturing Your Unique Writer's Voice with Anne Janzer

    Capturing Your Unique Writer's Voice with Anne Janzer

    Anne Janzer is the author of 8 books on the craft of writing. The latest, The Writer's Voice, is perfect for those of us who want to level up our craft, even if our main content is business email.


    She's an expert at the art of developing a unique voice that resonates with readers and strengthens our connection with them.

    As a marketer, she's consulted with more than 100 tech companies, so believe me when I tell you she understands voice.


    With her extensive knowledge and future-focused approach, Anne continues to serve as a trusted guide for aspiring writers so we can quickly adapt our writing to the evolving landscape of technology and reader preferences.



    Through her engaging and relatable style, Anne demystifies the concept of voice, shedding light on its true essence and its impact on our writing.



    Listen in to our conversation about the importance of honing our writer's voice and the transformative power it can have in how we connect with others.



    In this episode:




    Discover the power of developing your unique writing voice, unlocking a world of creative expression, and captivating storytelling.
    Gain useful insights into the art of sentence structure to create writing that flows seamlessly.
    Craft clear and concise content that captivates readers and keeps them engaged.



    RESOURCES



    To continue getting guidance on writing, join Anne's writing list @ AnneJanzer.com. I guarantee she walks her talk about getting to the point quickly and adding value for her readers.



    Did I mention that she gives away a free book on writing once a month via a raffle? I know this is true because I've been a lucky recipient 😊.



    If you're interested in ordering Anne's book 📖The Writer's Voice📖 you'll find it on Amazon and bookshop.org, as well as at retailers and other indie bookstores.



    By the way, if you’d like to get tips like this more frequently, I spend a lot of time on LinkedIn. Please do connect with me. You can find me at ⁠www.linkedin.com/in/emilysfwong⁠. Please let me know if you heard me on this podcast, and let me know if there’s a topic you’d like me to cover.



    You can also sign up for my monthly newsletter if you go to my website, ⁠www.wordsofdistinction.net⁠.

    • 38 min
    10 Tips to Modernize Your Resume Fast

    10 Tips to Modernize Your Resume Fast

    Listen to this short episode for 10 quick ways to modernize your resume.



    If you know your way around your software, it should take you just 15 minutes.



    If you're visual, you can see how I put these tips into practice at

    www.wordsofdistinction.net/samples


    By the way, if you’d like to get tips like this more frequently, I spend a lot of time on LinkedIn. Please do connect with me. You can find me at ⁠www.linkedin.com/in/emilysfwong⁠. Please let me know if you heard me on this podcast, and let me know if there’s a topic you’d like me to cover.



    You can also sign up for my monthly newsletter if you go to my website, ⁠www.wordsofdistinction.net⁠.

    • 8 min

Customer Reviews

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23 Ratings

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Thoughtful Host, Fantastic Career Advice!

Emily’s show provides practical, actionable advice for anyone looking to level up or change their career or direction. I was happy to guest on Emily’s show, and she was a wonderful host—very thoughtful, super well-prepared, and so good at facilitating an insightful conversation. I highly recommend Career Cohort for both listeners and guests!

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Inspiring and practical for those navigating their career paths and getting ready for the next big role. Emily shares compelling stories of resilience and great productivity hacks.

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