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Author: Karen D. Weeks and Dan Carr

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Welcome to the Shine at Work Podcast!  On this show, your co-hosts Karen and Dan will shine a light on your job search so you can land a role that lets you flex your strengths and progress your career in an environment you actually look forward to working in each day. From creating a stand-out resume, to confidently negotiating your salary, to finding your footing as a new manager, you can expect to hear actionable advice to help you shine your brightest in your role.


Karen D. Weeks is the Founder and CEO of Shine at Work®. She has over twenty years of HR experience, including as Global Chief People Officer at Obviously, a VML/WPP company.


Dan Carr is a Shine at Work® Career Coach with over a decade of recruiting experience helping high-growth startups expand with top talent.

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The Shine at Work Podcast has hit 100 episodes!! As a part of our 100th episode special, we are sharing all the things we wish we had known earlier in our careers. Whether there is something you’re struggling with in your career, or you just need a pick-me-up this week, there is some inspiration in this episode for everyone. Plus, we are joined throughout the episode by some of our previous guests and their own words of wisdom that you can implement in your career today! Thank you so much for...
If you’re about to start looking for a new job, this episode is for you! Karen and Dan are sharing their five steps for starting your job search so you feel clear, ready, and even excited to get started looking for your next big role. We’re confident that if you follow these steps and take decisive action, you could land a new job by the new year - keep us posted over on IG! Some key takeaways from this episode include:Identify the companies you want to target and why. If you can point t...
Your ability to learn new skills quickly is a great asset to employers, but what if you took it a step further and pursued learning the skills you need on your own before you apply for the job? That’s called upskilling, and it’s an amazing way to build your skillset, confidence, and industry knowledge to secure your next big role. In this episode, we’re sharing our experience with upskilling in our careers, and the spectrum of learning opportunities from webinars to certifications to online c...
If you’re struggling to find a full-time role, or you’re not yet sure what you want to commit to full-time position, a contract role might be a great fit for you. In this episode, we’re sharing some of the benefits of taking on a contractor position, how to negotiate as a contractor, and key things to know about contract roles from an HR perspective.Some key takeaways from this episode include:Taking a contractor role can have a few benefits. You can expose yourself to different types of comp...
If you’re currently in a full time role while you’re job searching, you’re in a great position! However, it can still be tough to find time to research, apply, and interview for a new job while balancing your full-time job. In this episode, we’re sharing the routines you can adopt to make time for job hunting without burning yourself out or alerting your current company to your search.Links mentioned:Listen to Episode 91: Navigating LayoffsSome key takeaways from this episode include:If you h...
If you’re several years into your career, you might be feeling an itch to make a huge change - but where might that desire be coming from? In this episode, we’re posing some questions to you about what you feel you’re lacking in your career, what some new opportunities might look like, and what’s truly important to you in your career at this time in your life. And of course, we’ve got the actionable steps for you to take towards this change. Some key takeaways from this episode include:T...
One of the trendiest places to work is a startup, but how do you know if a startup is actually the right fit for you? In this episode, we’re covering everything you need to know about working at a startup. From the types of experience recruiters expect, to how the pay structure might differ from a traditional company, this episode is packed with the actionable tips you need to land your next job at a startup. Some key takeaways from this episode include:What matters to you most, and how ...
Job searching can be a long and tedious process, and if it’s taking longer than you expected, you are probably not doing anything wrong. In this episode, we’re sharing the timelines to expect when you’re looking for a job, what to expect from a recruiter’s perspective, and what to do if you feel like your job search is never ending. Some key takeaways from this episode include:There are a lot of factors that can influence how long a job search might take. Three to six months is pretty st...
It’s impossible to avoid the prevalence of ChatGPT and Open AI programs in today’s world, especially while it’s relatively new and trendy. No matter how you feel about it, ChatGPT is a tool that - just like any other - has its pros, cons, and best practices. In this episode, we’re talking about how our clients are using it for their cover letters and resumes, where it can get you into trouble, and how recruiters and HR teams are utilizing it.Some key takeaways from this episode include:ChatGP...
If you’ve been laid off, or you’re worried about upcoming layoffs at your company, you are not alone. Being a part of layoffs can make us feel like we did something wrong or weren’t performing well, but that’s probably not the case at all. In this episode, Karen and Dan share their tips for bouncing back after being laid off, how to communicate it to potential employers, and what to look for in your next company to feel safe accepting an offer.Some key takeaways from this episode include:In m...
Welcome to season six of the Shine at Work Podcast! I am thrilled to bring on Dan Carr as my official co-host of the show starting this season. In season six, we’re covering everything you need to make the next big move in your career. On Shine at Work, your co-hosts Karen and Dan will shine a light on your job search so you can land a role that lets you flex your strengths and progress your career in an environment you actually look forward to working in each day. From creating a stand-...
Welcome to the Season 5 finale! In this episode, Dan and I talk about making a plan for the new year. Whether it be how to shine your brightest at work or maybe creating a plan to find a new job this year, it’s so important to start by reflecting on the past year to figure out what went well, what you wish had gone differently, what you learned and then start to think about what you want for the new year. We also share our own reflections on the past year and what we want to...
This week's episode is a little different. I wanted to share with you my thoughts on “quiet quitting” and “quiet firing”. And more recently, “quiet promoting”. Basically it comes down to assuming bad intent. Employees are realizing they may need to create some boundaries but companies are concerned they are disengaged and “quiet quitting”. Or, an individual feels like more work and taking on more responsibilities but not getting a promotion, so therefore, t...
Happy New Year! For many people the new year is a time for reflection and goal setting. And for companies that often means it’s performance review time! For some people this is a stressful time, or drives up our anxiety, no matter if you are concerned about the feedback or hoping for a promotion. But don’t worry, we got you!In this week’s episode, I give you all the tips you need to be prepared for your performance review and feedback conversations. While...
In this week’s episode, Dan and I talk about busting through all the myths about how to write a cover letter, crafting a resume and most importantly what a recruiter or hiring manager is looking for in those documents. This is the first impression you have with a potential employer so you need to be able to convey your brand, what you are looking for in a job and not get caught up in outdated rules of the cover letter and resume. We talk about how the more you can help the recruit...
In this week's episode, Dan and I talk about interviewing, whether it’s an in-person interview, exploratory call or virtual coffee, you want to put your best foot forward. We all know it’s going to begin with someone asking you the typical questions: tell me about your background, why are you interested in a career pivot, why did you leave or are leaving your current company, etc and it's important how you craft your story. Spoiler alert, it's not about going thr...
In this week's episode, Dan and I talked about networking or as I like to say relationship building. How to do it in a way that's authentic to you, the benefits in your job search and beyond and how it doesn’t have to be at happy hour or swapping of business cards. We’ve talked a lot in the past episodes about networking because relationship building is one the most valuable resources you will have throughout your career. You should be leveraging and strengthening those rela...
In this week's episode, Dan and I talk about how to actually understand job descriptions as you do your job search. There are job descriptions that are really good at describing what the job is going to entail, the team you will work with and the company's expectations, however, since there are no real guidelines on how to write them, or they have been recycled over the years and never updated, they can be lacking key information. But that's no reason to discount the role or...
In this week's episode, Dan is back as my co-host and talk about all the different ways to actually find different open jobs. We walk through different job boards, creative ways to find out about openings, how recruiters find your application and the cadence needed to do your job search. Dan and I share insights, advice and how-tos from our 20+ years in HR and recruiting to help you with your job search. We will also give you actionable steps to help you along t...
When working with clients, often they are trying to figure out how to decide on good companies to consider, especially in today's market. And it’s a fair question considering what we have gone through in the past few years. People want to know how they can make sure they are moving to a company that reflects their values, is stable, has a strong leadership team, and where the company is going. In this podcast, we are going to identify questions you should be asking yourself...
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