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Your employment matters. Changes in how we work are happening fast. Employers know they need to adapt to today’s workers and the demands of the marketplace. Whether you’re employed or unemployed changes in technology and AI have altered the jobs landscape forever. Because of these truths your employment success and even employment survival depend on your ability to adjust to change. This 30-minute podcast with host Beverly Williams is here to advocate embracing change. We’re going to show you how to use it to your advantage. You’ll hear from experts how have charted their careers successfully so far. We’ll cover trends and changes as they happen. Get your workweek off to a good start with Your Employment Matters every Monday.

Your Employment Matters with Beverly Williams Beverly Williams

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Your employment matters. Changes in how we work are happening fast. Employers know they need to adapt to today’s workers and the demands of the marketplace. Whether you’re employed or unemployed changes in technology and AI have altered the jobs landscape forever. Because of these truths your employment success and even employment survival depend on your ability to adjust to change. This 30-minute podcast with host Beverly Williams is here to advocate embracing change. We’re going to show you how to use it to your advantage. You’ll hear from experts how have charted their careers successfully so far. We’ll cover trends and changes as they happen. Get your workweek off to a good start with Your Employment Matters every Monday.

    Know the Culture You’re Applying For with Julia Kirst

    Know the Culture You’re Applying For with Julia Kirst

     The ability to work remote has opened the opportunity for you to apply to work in any state and in any country regardless of your location. Seems like the playing field should be level, but the cultural differences and expectations can make it difficult and near impossible to secure employment if you’re not conscious of these differences. 
    Julia Kirst is a cross-cultural strategist that helps international professionals secure employment opportunities in the U.S. Julia understands that being highly qualified isn’t enough without context and knowledge of cultural values. 
    “Having an awareness of what's normal for the other person is so important. We can only respond properly if we understand how that person is reading us” -Julia Kirst 
    Ideas to consider when applying outside of your country: 

    How to present your skills and credentials 

    Understanding your audience or the gatekeeper is a benefit 

    Interviewers are human and want to be seen and heard also 

     
    Jula released her book, What the United States Wants, to help broaden the reach of the international clients she consults with one-on-one. She considers her books to be a roadmap and guide that can be used as a resource when applying for study, work, and visa opportunities in the U.S., but this book can also be a great resource and food for thought if you are U.S. based and applying for international employment opportunities. 
    “I can give them the tools to understand what is expected of them and to present their skills and their credentials in a way that is respected by the gatekeeper” - Julia Kirst 
    Connect with Julia Kirst and sign up for her newsletter for tips and resources she shares in her bi-monthly newsletter website. 
     
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    Check out Beverly Williams book: Your GPS to Employment Success 
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    • 33 min
    Returning Displaced Homemakers to the Workforce

    Returning Displaced Homemakers to the Workforce

     If your job expected you to keep everything organized, fully stocked, clean, and running smoothly from the start of your shift to the end of your shift, you’d probably expect a pretty busy day. When you meet with your boss and they also add that they need other team members managed, conflicts resolved, clean clothes, meals prepared, and everyone’s schedule accommodated, you may feel overwhelmed and exhausted quick. Later, when you realize all the work expected is paying $0.00/hour, you may actually walk and say forget it all. 
    The life of a homemaker involves all of this and more. It’s no easy job, and yet many homemakers are taken for granted. Many homemakers are dealing with low self-worth and low self-value when looking to rejoin the workforce. “I’m JUST a homemaker” or “I only stay home with my kids.” 
    Today’s guest, Laura Troy, is the President of the Displaced Homemakers Network of New Jersey. Her commitment to helping women navigate the process of going from unpaid work as homemakers to paid work is a passion that began with a personal experience very close to her. 
    “The sad thing is we don't put much value on the homemaker, and the child raising part of the family.” -Laura Troy 
    Helping individuals return to the workforce is a process that requires mental work and preparation, as well as support and encouragement. Laura shares how she’s been able help these women boost their confidence and self-worth and see the value they really bring to the table: 

    Recovering from mental and emotional abuse of feeling undervalued 

    Career assessments and skill translation from being a homemaker to skilled and valued employee 

    Providing emotional support to individuals who’ve lost themselves in years of servitude 

     
    It’s so easy for women in particular to feel marginalized when going through life changing events like divorce, separation, a disabled spouse or other situations. A big part of what Laura is doing is helping people see their worth after what feels like a scary traumatic experience. 
    “All moms are working moms, no matter what, you worked.” - Laura Troy 
    You can connect with The New Jersey Displaced Homemakers and Laura on their website. 
     
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    • 30 min
    Embracing Opportunity with Steven Toboroff 

    Embracing Opportunity with Steven Toboroff 

    Beverly is talking with Steven Toboroff, the CEO of Woolco Foods Inc. His employment journey is like many, diverse and not what was initially planned. He found out he loved Woolco Foods, the premiere distributor for the finest restaurants, hotels, bakeries, caterers and institutions in the New York and New Jersey area. Steven shares one of the best things about the industry and his work is the opportunity to collaborate with others in the industry.  
    He shares how the pandemic affected the industry overall, and their business specifically. It explains that it was an incredible challenge and also said how blessed he felt to have such an amazing management team that kept things going in a difficult time.  
    A couple of months into the pandemic, he decided that his company would come out of that challenging time stronger. One of the things he did was participate in community outreach. Many of their clients were suffering and they decided to help.  
    His leadership tips:  

    Be a good listener  

    Look for opportunities to collaborate 

    Develop long-term relationships with clients  

    Tap into creativity as a method of problem solving  


    “Having a business, you can be as creative as you want.” - Steven Toboroff
    Hear how he encourages and embraces the chance to be creative in any type of business. It’s a new way of looking at what’s possible.  
    Is a career in the hospitality industry for you? Steven explains what it takes to be successful. His advice: make sure you love it. It’s one of the best times (in his opinion) to be in the industry.  
    Best advice: look for an apprenticeship opportunity. The space allows for this and can often give you greater access in the industry.  
    What does Steven look for when hiring?  
    Initiative, willingness to learn and problem solve and a true interest in the industry. He likes to work with people who are self-driven, and he wants his employees to take ownership of their job and place in the company. He also mentioned good communication skills and an open-minded approach which fits the company culture. People with those skills do well at Woolco.  
    Resources:  
    Podcast: The Profitable Table  
    Woolco Foods  
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    • 35 min
    Know Who You Are EP 72

    Know Who You Are EP 72

    What does who you are mean? In the workforce, do you have a good understanding of who you are? How would your co-workers define you?
    Every decision you make is not a decision about what to do, it’s a decision about who you are. Neale Donald Walsch
    If you are looking for a new job, have future ambitions in your current position, or want to make a career change, understanding who you are is step one.
    Being honest with yourself is key. It’s hard for us to see ourselves objectively, but it’s important to use self-assessments to truly understand ourselves, so that we can also understand how we show up.
    There are generational perceptions that may align with how you see yourself or may be unfairly pinning attributes that don’t fit you personally. This is one way to begin to identify your personal brand.
    If you’re new to the job market, just out of college, there are both positive and negative attributes that you can amplify and may need to dispel. Understanding how this impacts your job search will help you no matter your skills and education.
    Embrace the concept of teamwork. You don’t have to be a people person, but in today’s workforce almost all positions require some element of collaboration. At minimum, you will be expected to be polite and respectful of others. Be the person you would want to work with.
    Begin somewhere. You cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do. Liz Smith
    Be proactive about your personal brand. It’s an essential element in managing your career. It’s a vital element in how you move forward in life. It’s a combination of reputation and your skills and abilities. It’s how you show up.
    Your personal brand is what people say about you when you are no in the room. Jeff Bezos
    Strive to be the type of person that others want to help. View yourself as a professional and let your conduct demonstrate that to others. Establish a favorable reputation by handling yourself with integrity, treating others with respect and demonstrating a willingness to apply yourself.
    Hear the 7 steps you can take to build a positive personal brand.
    Knowing who you are and how you want to be perceived will help you no matter where you are in your career. The tips in this episode will help you self-assess and determine where you are already doing well, and where you can improve.
    You get to oversee how others see you when you know who you are.
     
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    • 26 min
    How to Have Multiple Professions & Challenge Conventional Wisdom

    How to Have Multiple Professions & Challenge Conventional Wisdom

    Having more than one interest or more than one passion isn’t so unusual. In fact, most of us have multiple interests and as you go through high school and college you are coerced into choosing one path, one direction, and one career. 
    But why not pursue more than one career? Aside from time, money, and effort, pursuing multiple careers, especially complementary or adjacent careers, makes sense and can lead to a more fulfilling life, in spite of the challenges. 
    Today’s guest, Dr. Michael Fenster, is better known as Chef Dr. Mike. He is a Board-Certified Interventional Cardiologist, a Professor of Culinary Medicine, and a Professional Chef. Talk about mixing careers. Dr. Mike’s approach and inspiration in creating multiple careers doing what he loves comes from challenging conventional wisdom and being aligned with his interests over enough time to develop career sustaining passions. 
    “I am a victim of two-by-four-karma, which means I'm not very bright, and I often have to get hit in the head with a two-by-four before I pick and pay attention and follow the path.” -Dr. Mike 
    Career nuggets from Chef Dr. Mike: 

    From dishwasher to executive chef 

    Becoming a cardiologist after earning his degree in gourmet cooking 

    Personal experiences that influenced his career fusion 

    What culinary medicine is and how seeking truth challenges conventional wisdom 

     
    Chef Dr. Mike has a unique career path, rich with experience and filled with challenges along the way of fulfilling his passion. As a bonus, Dr. Mike shares why food is medicine for the body and how to keep your physical and mental health strong with real food, exercise, and meditation. 
    “If you don't have 10 minutes a day for a meditation, you probably need 20.” -Dr. Mike 
    You can connect with Dr. Michael Fenster, a.k.a. Chef Dr. Mike, on his website. 
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    Check out Beverly Williams book: Your GPS to Employment Success 
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    • 32 min
    8 Tips to Maintain Mental Emotional Health During a Job Search 

    8 Tips to Maintain Mental Emotional Health During a Job Search 

    Mental health impacts millions of people and is one of those things people can avoid dealing with their entire lives depending on the culture and part of society they were exposed to. Some cultures view seeking therapy and professional help as a sign of weakness and embarrassment. 
    Among black communities, mental health is only recently being openly discussed. According to NAMI.org, 63% of black people believe that mental health is a sign of weakness, which leads to shame and not having the conversations or seeking the help they need. 
    Over 11 million adults are estimated to have had serious suicidal thoughts (source) 
    More recently, there has been the normalization of mental and emotional health in the workplace. Though Covid took us through one of the worst periods in modern global history, it was also part of the change in mental health conversations between employers and employees. 
    Today’s episode is dedicated to a dear friend, Dansby White. Like many people lost to suicide, his sudden and unexpected departure serves as a wake-up call for all of us to check in with our friends, family, and loved ones, especially the ones that appear to be fine. 
    Beverly is giving you 8 tips to maintain mental and emotional health during your job search. The tips being shared are from Chapter 1 of Your GPS to Employment Success, Prepare, Plan, Persist, Persevere. 
    “When the world says give up, hope whispers try it one more time.” -Unknown 
    Resources Mentioned in this Episode: 

    From Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story 


    The National Alliance on Mental Illness   


    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 


    Thrive Global 


    The Holistic Root to Managing Anxiety 


    The Resiliency Advantage: Master Change: Thrive Under Pressure, and Bounce Back from Setbacks 

     
    Remember to check-in on the people you care about, and make sure you have someone to talk to when you’re not feeling your best. 

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    • 29 min

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Boomer Doc ,

Excellent podcast with valuable information

Beverly Williams addresses the serious subject of employment in her podcast devoted to helping her audience understand what it takes to find a job and remain employed.
Beverly is an engaging host who uses her relaxed conversational approach, shining a spotlight on her guests who share their unique perspective of what it takes to be successful not only in gaining employment but in life.
Beverly’s wisdom and experience enable her to excel as a purveyor of information and host of her podcast.

PhyllisAnn ,

Great to hear unique voices and occupations

Beverly has a great way of getting the story from her guests that is going to be relevant and helpful to her listeners.

aaron wms ,

A fresh perspective in social psychology that embraces change for our commuties

Very informative, Beverly addresses the issues for the rest of us seeking our next steps in an ever changing economy. A must have podcast!