172. I'm a career coach and these are the 7 things that make me cringe

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Cringe-worthy career moves

Join me as I discuss the common mistakes that can harm your professional image. This podcast episode will help you avoid these cringe-worthy blunders, from unprofessional email addresses to strange LinkedIn connection requests. Get expert insights on how to elevate your online presence and make a lasting impression in the job market. Learn what not to do on LinkedIn, Zoom, and more. Listen to the full episode now for a wealth of career-boosting advice, and avoid falling for terrible career advice from the wrong sources. 

If you're a long-time listener of The Job Hunting Podcast, and you have been following my advice from previous episodes, then this may be a satisfying episode to listen to; you will find that you are not doing any of the cringe-worthy examples I am sharing in this episode. If you are a long-time listener but have been procrastinating to start taking action, I hope this episode inspires you to start today. And finally, if you are new to this podcast, this episode will be an important eye-opener as you initiate your journey in taking control of your career outcome.

Most of the things I discuss I part of my daily routine. I encounter these issues frequently and always bring them up as I do consultations, design courses, and coach clients. The last one, number seven, is possibly the most serious and can negatively affect your understanding of how to change jobs and successfully advance your career. So, I urge you to please listen to the entire episode, even if you have to skip ahead when I am discussing issues that do not apply to you.

Timestamps to guide your listening:

  • 05:50 - #1 Terrible email addresses
  • 11:33 - #2 Terrible photo profile on LinkedIn
  • 16:12 - #3 When people send LinkedIn connection requests without a message
  • 18:27 - #4 When people send LinkedIn connection requests with a weird message
  • 21:15 - #5 An experienced, senior professional with an "Open to work" banner on Linkedin
  • 25:46 - #6 Weird backgrounds on Zoom 
  • 29:37 - #7 Terrible advice, written by people and organizations who should know better

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Are you new to The Job Hunting Podcast? 

Hello, I’m Renata Bernarde, the Host of The Job Hunting Podcast. I’m also an executive coach, job hunting expert, and career strategist. I teach corporate, non-profit, and public professionals the steps and frameworks to help them find great jobs, change, and advance their careers with confidence and less stress. 

If you are 1) an ambitious professional who is keen to develop a robust career plan, 2) looking to find your next job or promotion, or 3) you want to keep a finger on the pulse of the job market so that when you are ready, and an opportunity arises, you can hit the ground running – then this podcast is for you. In addition to The Job Hunting Podcast, I have developed a range of courses and services for professionals in career or job transition. And, of course, I also coach private clients. 

So there is no excuse – I’m determined to help you! I want you to feel empowered, nail your next job, and have the career you want.

Enjoy the episode and ciao for now!


Renata Bernarde | Job Hunting Expert

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