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Career Sequel - The Return to Work Podcast with Lee Koles Ph.D.

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Going back to work after a career break doesn’t have to be stressful. This podcast is all about helping you land flexible, meaningful, paid work you love. Each week Dr. Lee Koles - Industrial/Organizational Psychologist, Career Strategist and founder of CareerSequel - shares insider secrets and job search strategies on how to bridge your career gap and find a job that fits your life. Topics include: Forging your best career path, finding confidence, managing your resume gap, stress-free networking, writing winning resumes, optimizing LinkedIn and acing interviews.
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It’s a lightbulb moment when your ideal career path presents itself (at last!). My former client, Nihal Kattar, shares his career story that began with doubt and worry and ended with a dream job as a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator at the Promedica Health Care System. Nihal and I discuss:* The trap of taking the first job that falls into your lap* The secret of Intentionality* How identifying your strengths and core values can unveil career options* How to break into the DEI ...
In this episode of the CareerSequel podcast, guest Laurie Halter and I get real about the challenges of work-life balance. We discuss:Authenticity as your secret weaponNavigating your career through divorceThe gifts of being a single working parentStrategies for managing children during remote work Confronting your fearsLaurie Halter is the founder of the automobile PR firm, Charisma! Communications, and host of the Carearing Podcast.
Today’s episode eliminates the stress and mystery from writing a cover letter. I answer the pressing question, “Do I HAVE to write one?” (Spoiler Alert: Yes, you (nearly always) do.)I give you my 3 rules for writing a winning cover letter and walk you through my cover letter recipe. You’ll learn exactly what to say to get yourself noticed and called in for an interview.Now you can exhale. You’ve got this!
Interview Red Flags

Interview Red Flags

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Take a peek into the brain of a hiring manager. In this episode I reveal the 5 interview red flags that will eliminate a job candidate from the running. Get set: they’re not what you think they are. In fact, you’re likely going into an interview stressing about circumstances that don’t even matter! Don’t worry - you’ll learn about the 3 factors that actually AREN’T red flags…so you can confidently ace your interviews.
You've been waiting for this: my #1 episode in my "BEST OF 2022 SERIES" countdown, where I unveil the most downloaded, shared and discussed podcast episodes of the year!In my most listened to episode of 2022, coach Sari Kimbell and I discuss what it means to chase after and find your purpose. Sari has an incredible career story that's going to have you on the edge of your seat wondering, "what is this woman going to do next?" Sari's skills and experiences fell into place and now she has a bus...
Join me for the third episode in my “BEST OF 2022” Series where I count down the most downloaded, shared and discussed episodes of the year.This episode is about a very twisty, curvy career path that ends in a dream job. It’s the story of my guest, Enith Williams, with chapters that include moving back and forth between Jamaica and NYC. Working in both the nonprofit sector and on Wall Street. Enith threw a career break into the mix, and finally, a leap from the banking industry to the world o...
Join me for the second episode in my “BEST OF 2022” Series where I count down the most downloaded, shared and discussed episodes of the year.This week you meet Judith Gaton - a stylist, life coach, author and former lawyer. We discuss changing careers to pursue a “big, giant dream”. Judith offers the wisdom gained through her transition from working as a partner in a law firm to becoming a Master Certified life coach. She dares you identify, acknowledge and embrace your dreams.
Welcome to the first episode in my "BEST OF 2022" Series where I count down the most downloaded, shared and discussed episodes of the year. This week I introduce you to the person who personally demonstrated to me that you can step out of the workforce, take time off to stay home with your kids, return to school and build a successful career of your own: My mom!Mom discusses her experience: Leaving a job she loved to stay home with her kidsReturning to school to earn her Ph.D.Using ...
Join me in a special episode as I coach my coach! Listen in to my conversation with life and business coach, Dave Moreno. I unveil Dave’s Top 5 CliftonStrengths, shedding light on his unique talents that set him apart from others.Dave and I discuss the power of strengths and how they can be used - strategically - to accomplish career goals. This episode is a conversation that aired on Dave’s “Entrepreneurs Only” podcast. Dave helps entrepreneurs grow their businesses by working smarter, ...
Want to peek behind the curtain at a real Strengths Coaching session? Join me as I walk life coach Kristi Falany through her CliftonStrengths results. I shed light on Kristi’s unique strengths - what makes her unique and how she can use her talents to maximize success and negotiate challenges. This episode is a conversation that aired on Kristi’s “Start in the Middle Podcast”. Kristi helps midlife women connect to the person they want to be for the rest of their life, without apology or ...
In this episode, we’re going to dive into gratitude - talk about the science of it: Why it feels good, the neuroscience behind it, how we can create more of it and how we can use it.I want you to bring gratitude into your life - not only to improve your day and your mood, but also so you can use it strategically to improve your career and let it trickle into all aspects of your life.
Today’s episode is all about the career paths not taken, the decisions you make that steer you from one path to another - and how it all seems to work out.I’m honored to have my mentor, social psychologist Dr. Saul Kassin, join me on the podcast. Dr. Kassin is a Massachusetts Professor Emeritus at Williams College, a distinguished professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the pioneer of the scientific study of false confessions. He’s also the reason I became a psychologist.Dr. Kas...
In this episode, I talk with life and business coach Andra Erickson about assessing your career from a strategic vantage point: as the CEO. Andra shares strategies for adopting a CEO mindset to achieve vision, clarity, decision making skills and leadership practices to achieve the next level of your career. Andra asserts that drive and determination, combined with relentless positive actions, will help you achieve any goal.
Burnout plagues personal lives and derails careers. It impacts people at all levels of their career journey, regardless of age or their job tenure. Guest Pete Beskas, is a certified Life Coach who specializes in helping clients with burnout recovery and prevention. Pete is a writer, speaker and thought leader on all things burnout. He has spent over 20 years analyzing and solving burnout-related problems with unique, impactful solutions. In this episode, Pete offers strategies to he...
This week’s episode offers an insider’s view of a career path that twisted, turned and defied the odds. A former Navy SEAL, JP Bolwahnn, is a certified life and fitness coach who helps his clients unlock the healthiest and most highly effective versions of themselves. JP’s career is built on hard work, discipline, making tough decisions and pushing aside doubts to pursue his goals. JP discusses his outstanding career journey and walks us through his 5 Rules for Overcoming the Odds.
This episode features special guest, Jeremy Schifeling, co-author of the fantastic book, “Linked: Conquer LinkedIn. Get Your Dream Job. Own Your Future.” A former education marketing leader at LinkedIn, Jeremy spills insider secrets to leveraging LinkedIn. We discuss:Why LinkedIn is so important to the modern job searchThe most important things job seekers should do on LinkedIn“Next level” LinkedIn hacks that you’ve never heard of before
Join me for the finale of my 4-Part LinkedIn Profile Workshop. In this episode, I take the mystery out of writing your About Section - the part of your profile that lets your personality shine. I walk you through a framework so you can confidently script an About section that connects you to recruiters and others in your field. By the end of the Workshop, you’ll have a LinkedIn profile that helps you achieve what’s next in your career.
Join me for Part III of my 4-Part LinkedIn Profile Workshop. In this episode, I tell you everything you need to know to create a powerful Experience Section. I break down the process into simple, bite-sized steps that take the stress out of optimizing your LinkedIn profile. You’ll learn time-saving shortcuts, as well as secrets to make your Experience section logarithm-friendly.By the end of the Workshop, you’ll have a LinkedIn profile that helps you achieve what’s next in your career.
Join me for Part II of my 4-Part LinkedIn Profile Workshop. In this episode, I tell you everything you need to know to optimize your LinkedIn Headline. I break down the process into bite-sized, manageable steps so you can take action to make your profile logarithm-friendly.By the end of the Workshop, you’ll have a LinkedIn profile that helps you achieve what’s next in your career.
One of the greatest tools to develop your career is LinkedIn. As of today, LinkedIn has over 830 million users worldwide. It’s the ideal platform for sharing insight, connecting with recruiters and becoming a thought leader in your industry. I want to help you get in the game!This episode is Part 1 of my 4-part LinkedIn Profile Workshop. I break down the LinkedIn profile optimization process into bite-sized, manageable pieces so that you can take action each week and accomplish part of the pr...
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