187. Ask Me Anything: Your Burning Job Hunting Questions Answered - Q&A Part 1/2

job hunting q&a May 22, 2023
Your Burning Job Hunting Questions Answered

In this episode of "The Job Hunting Podcast," I dive into a treasure trove of questions sent to me by our amazing listeners. Whether you're looking for a career change, a new job, or just curious, this episode is packed with invaluable advice and insights to enhance your job search. 

I will delve into the world of job hunting, discussing common challenges, strategies, and industry trends. Listeners can expect an engaging and informative conversation where interesting questions from actual listeners are answered. 

Are you unsure about the dos and don'ts of job applications and interviews? Tune in as I share some tried-and-true tips for acing your next interview with confidence. 

Unconventional approaches to job hunting can be the recipe for success.

If you have been following me for a while, you know I am no cookie-cutter coach. My goal is to go beyond the traditional job search techniques, exploring unconventional approaches and innovative job hunting methods that can give you a competitive edge in today's ever-evolving job market. From leveraging social media to building a personal brand, I like to cover a wide range of topics that will empower you to navigate the job-hunting landscape with ease. 

So, prepare to be inspired, motivated, and equipped with the knowledge you need to embark on or advance your career. No matter where you are in your job-hunting journey, this episode of "The Job Hunting Podcast" is a must-listen for everyone seeking to make their mark in the professional world. 

Note: The Job Hunting Podcast is not affiliated with any specific job search platform or company. The information provided in this episode is for educational purposes only and should be adapted to individual circumstances. 

Timestamps to guide your listening:

  • 08:38 - Question 1: "Shouldn't you wait at your present job for at least one year before starting to look - or it might not look good on your resume to keep moving?" 
  • 14:16 - Question 2: "I have been working on contract for the past couple of years, and given my last permanent opportunity was not a good experience for me, I am fearful of my new job not working out" 
  • 18:53 - Question 3: "Technology - I haven't needed to use most of them a lot, and I worry about not being able to troubleshoot the tech during an interview and losing out on an opportunity."
  • 24:24 - Question 4: "Another challenge is the (rare) occurrence of how to manage the situation when you have a bird in the hand and one or two in the bush!"  
  • 29:00 - Question 5: "What is a polite way to say I am unable to resign on the strength of a verbal offer?"  
  • 31:45 - Question 6: "What if you have received a good offer (and it's the best one you've received in two years), but it's not your dream job (and your dream job might be around the corner)?" 

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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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