The Uncommon Career Podcast: Career Change Strategies for Mid- to Senior-level Professionals

Navigate your career with The Uncommon Career Podcast. Designed for seasoned experts seeking strategic career shifts, this podcast is your compass to success. Whether you’re a seasoned executive, experienced specialist, or accomplished professional, you’ll have the guidance you need at every phase of your career transition. Hosted by Patricia Ortega, a master’s level Career Counselor and Transition Coach, this podcast equips you with laser-focused strategies for your next move. Gain clarity on your career direction, craft a persuasive and influential brand, and harness a competitive edge that sets mid- and senior-level professionals apart. Patricia’s proven expertise in navigating career crossroads ensures you’re armed with the tools you need to thrive, and expert guests bring practical expertise and insider information. Topics include getting clarity on your career direction; crafting a career story; building career confidence; writing a targeted resume/LinkedIn profile and branding materials; interviewing; and handling negotiations – as well as career growth and advancement strategies. Tune in to The Uncommon Career Podcast for an exclusive look and expert how-to’s of successful career transition and advancement. More information at https://theuncommoncareer.com

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7 days ago


Are you hoping to give feedback that leads to increased moral and performance?
Join Patricia and Julianna as they discuss the delicate balance of constructive feedback. From tips for strengths-focused feedback to the profound impact of foreshadowing success, learn how to share meaningful feedback with grace.
 
We'll talk about:
Practical how-to's for preparing and providing feedback
How to pinpoint the most impactful ways to promote improvement
Feedback as a way to build morale and synergy
 
Elevated Leadership is available on both The Uncommon Career Podcast and The Daring to Succeed Podcast.
Listen to the Daring to Succeed Podcast to get to know Julianna: https://www.jyycoaching.com/podcast/
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Get started with your career move: Download The Career Transition Checklist
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Tuesday Jul 02, 2024

In a world where trauma and exploitation lurk in the shadows, Emily Chavez from Valiant Hearts sheds light on the journey of women seeking escape from trafficking and sexual exploitation.  From overcoming overwhelming abuse to rebuilding self-esteem, Emily shares how every step is a life-changing triumph. We delve into the challenges faced by these women as they transition into new careers, highlighting the importance of understanding and support in the workplace. 
 
Takeaways: 
The forced career: Human trafficking and the adult industry 
What work is like for women in the adult industry
How our career transition can give us a peak into their experience
How leaders can better understand
How you can get involved
 
About Emily: 
Emily has over 20 years of experience in social work, specializing in healing trauma and helping adult women who have been sexually exploited. She is the Program Director at Valiant Hearts, providing invaluable support to women in their journey towards healing and redemption. Emily is passionate about helping women discover their value and worth, guiding them through life transitions and empowering them to dream beyond their current circumstances. She believes in the power of community support and the importance of each individual contribution in creating a network of care and healing.
 
About Valiant Hearts
Valiant Hearts exists to heal, restore, and empower sexually exploited women through compassionate and customized care.
 
Emily and the Valiant Hearts team and volunteers envision a world where women’s lives are changed eternally, igniting hope and transformation in their families and communities. They do this through outreach, emergency housing, support groups, customized care, economic empowerment, education, and advocacy.
 
Emily, together with Janet Lovrien, Executive Director for Valiant Hearts, have cared for, supported, and provided services to women coming out of trafficking and the adult industry for over ten years, and they do so with grace, humility, faith, and lots of love. Thank you to Emily, Janet, and everyone at Valiant Hearts for all you do! 
 
Ways to support and/or get involved
Donate to help Valiant Hearts support women in transition
Volunteer through any one of several opportunities
Partner to offer services or work opportunities to transitioning women
 

Tuesday Jun 25, 2024


Do you feel stuck, unsure of what career options you have?
Tony from Purpose Partners shares insights on creating impactful interactions that help you open up career possibilities. We discuss his take on the transformative power of uncovering past experiences to propel you forward. Join the conversation on leadership, resilience, and breaking through career barriers. 
 
We'll talk about:
Creating meaningful connections in conversations
Uncovering past to propel forward
Climbing the right mountain
Embracing curiosity and compassion
 
About Tony: 
Tony Martignetti is a leadership advisor, best-selling author, podcast host, and speaker. He brings together over 30 years of business and leadership experience and extreme curiosity to elevate leaders and equip them with the tools to navigate through change and unlock their true potential. He has been recognized by Thinkers360 as one of the Top Voices in Leadership and by LeadersHum as one of the Biggest Voices in Leadership. Tony hosts The Virtual Campfire podcast and is the author of Climbing the Right Mountain: Navigating the Journey to An Inspired Life and Campfire Lessons for Leaders: How Uncovering Our Past Can Propel Us Forward. He has been featured in many publications, including Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Forbes, Life Science Leader, CEOWORLD, and CEO Today.
 
Connect with Tony: 
https://www.ipurposepartners.com/ 
Virtual Campfire Podcast
Campfire Lessons for Leaders
Connect with Tony on LinkedIn 
 
Other resources mentioned: 
The "unnamed" book was The Introvert's Edge to Networking (Matthew Pollard)
Tammy does a great job of explaining your "IT Factor" - check out her new book, Escaping the Career Trap
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Get started with your career move: Download The Career Transition Checklist
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Tuesday Jun 18, 2024


Are you ready to shed what's holding you back from a whole-life transformation?
Dr. Lisa Campbell shares her journey from feeling trapped in a job to reclaiming her purpose and freedom. Through introspection, strategic planning, and embracing discomfort, Lisa made a courageous leap that not only changed her life but also impacted her family positively.
 
We'll talk about:
Shedding "the thing" holding you back
Strategic planning for career transition
Impact of personal change on those you love
 
About Dr. Lisa L. Campbell:
Dr. Lisa L. Campbell loves to learn, inspire, and educate others. She is is a healthcare veteran who started her career in 1992 as a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA); today, she holds 11 national certifications in the health and medical industry. Since 1997, Dr. Campbell has been a beacon of hope for aspiring healthcare professionals, particularly those from underserved communities. As a Chicago native, Dr. Campbell’s commitment to making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate is unwavering.
 
You can reach Dr. Lisa L. Campbell at:
Social media channels: @drlisalcampbell
Website: https://drlisalcampbell.org/
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Get started with your career move: Download The Career Transition Checklist
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Wednesday Jun 12, 2024


Looking for a career change but not sure where to start?
Today, Julianna and I explore the intricacies of navigating internal career shifts and office politics. Julianna shares practical tips on moving laterally within an organization, emphasizing the importance of clarity and flexibility. Meanwhile, Patricia highlights the significance of self-awareness and reading between the lines for valuable information during career discussions. Discover how finding the right balance between direction and opportunity can lead to a fulfilling career path.
This episode is part of the Elevated Leadership Series, co-hosted by Julianna Yau Yorgan and Patricia Ortega. 
 
We'll talk about:
Clarity on career direction, internally and externally
Career planning
Finding happiness even in your current role
 
Elevated Leadership is available on both The Uncommon Career Podcast and The Daring to Succeed Podcast.
Listen to the Daring to Succeed Podcast to get to know Julianna: https://www.jyycoaching.com/podcast/
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Get started with your career move: Download The Career Transition Checklist
Work with me: Click here to schedule a conversation

Monday May 06, 2024


Wonder what it takes to get into corporate sales? 
Join us as we delve into the journey of a seasoned corporate sales leader at Microsoft - Jake Mannino - as he explores key qualities of effective sales leadership, navigating career transitions, and embracing change for personal growth and success. 
Jake, shares his journey and insights on high-performance sales leadership. He also delves into the five domains of change, offering valuable advice on embracing uncertainty and growth. Through personal anecdotes and practical tips, he emphasizes the importance of soft skills, metrics, and adaptability in navigating career transitions. 
We'll talk about:
The power of embracing change for career growth
The balance between soft skills and technical skill in sales careers
High performing team dynamics
About Jake:
Jake Mannino has a wealth of business and executive leadership experience in developing high-performing teams and achieving off the chart results. He has worked as an IT Executive, Cybersecurity Specialist, Small Business Owner, Real Estate Investor, Regional Manager, and Global Sales Director. Jake has generated billions in sales revenue and negotiated massive deals with the world’s largest Fortune 500 companies.
Jake currently has a Double Major in Social Sciences, an Executive MBA, certifications in both Executive and Career coaching, ICF Level I, and a Professional Coaching Certification from Microsoft where he now directs and leads strategic Global Sales teams. He has received numerous Executive Leadership and Sales Champion awards and has coached hundreds of high-performing elite professionals who have skyrocketed their careers and income to life-changing levels.
Connect with Jake:
Jake's Website: https://jakemannino.com/ 
Jake's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@JakeMannino-yh5xv 
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jake-mannino-50a600a/ 
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Connect with me on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/pmortega 
Get started with your career move: Download The Career Transition Checklist
Work with me: Click here to schedule a conversation

Monday Apr 22, 2024


Need a little joy in your work-life?
Are you tired of feeling burnt out and unfulfilled in your career?
In this episode, we chat with Lisa Even, author of "Joy Is My Job," about how to inject joy into your work and find fulfillment in your professional life. Lisa shares her personal journey of transitioning from a healthcare project manager to a people leader and how she discovered the power of joy in the workplace. She emphasizes the importance of finding joy in the little moments, creating a positive ripple effect, and fostering genuine connections with others.
 
We'll talk about:
Injecting joy in the workplace
Being interested, not just interesting
Disrupting the interview process
 
About Lisa Even:
Lisa Even is a speaker, author, and advocate for bringing joy and positivity into the workplace. With a background in healthcare and leadership, Lisa has a passion for helping individuals and teams find joy in their careers and create a positive ripple effect. She is the author of the book "Joy Is My Job" and the founder of Rising Tides Connection Conferences. Lisa's mission is to inspire others to embrace joy and make a difference in their corner of the world. Connect with Lisa on her website, LisaEven.com, and on social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
 
Resources Shared:
"Joy Is My Job" by Lisa Even
https://LisaEven.com 
Find Lisa on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn
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Get started with your career move: Download The Career Transition Checklist
Work with me: Click here to schedule a conversation

Monday Apr 15, 2024


Are you getting ready to apply for a new position? 
Emily Kapit shares what works in resumes, branding, and a successful job search. 
In a world where job hunting feels like a never-ending maze, Emily Kapit swoops in with her career wisdom and resume magic. With over 15 years of experience, Emily shares her journey from broadcasting to resume writing, all while juggling the chaos of toxic work environments. Through her "Kapitalize" process, she helps clients navigate the job market storm by focusing on record of achievement, networking, and strategic job search tactics. As she works on her upcoming book, "Sink or Swim: Strategies for Career Resilience," Emily emphasizes the power of connections over resumes. Dive into Emily's world at Refresh Your Step for a career transformation like no other.
 
We'll talk about:
Resume is not just about words.
Networking is crucial for hiring.
Documenting your record of achievement is key.
 
About Emily Kapit:
Emily Kapit is a 3X-certified Master Resume Writer as well as an industry leading career strategist and career resilience expert. She is also the Founder of ReFresh Your Step, LLC, a career advisory firm with clients located nationally and internationally. She and her team collaborate extensively with clients on The Kapitalize Process, an innovative methodology that addresses all facets of one’s career progression (internal & external) and resilience, including tactical career guidance, job search strategies, mock interviews, negotiation tactics, written professional assets, and more. Emily’s insights and guidance have been published in Forbes, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Medium, HuffPost, and MindBodyGreen, among others. Emily is currently working on her first book, Sink or Swim: The Life-Changing Strategies for Career Resilience, due out in 2024.
 
More from Emily Kapit
Website: refreshyourstep.com
Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn (Emily Kapit / Refresh Your Step)
Email: emily@refreshyourstep.com
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Get started with your career move: Download The Career Transition Checklist
Work with me: Click here to schedule a conversation

Monday Apr 08, 2024


Today we delve into the power of inspiration with former Army Ranger turned leadership coach, Steven Jarvis Morris. Steven shares a tragedy that transformed into inspiration, highlighting the difference between motivation and inspiration. Through active listening, trust-building, and consistent actions, Steven emphasizes the importance, ultimately, of love in leadership. The episode showcases several ways inspiration can happen, regardless of your leadership style. Steven's insightful anecdotes and practical advice offer a refreshing perspective on inspiring and leading teams effectively.
 
We'll talk about:
How Inspiration is better than motivation
How to build trust with your team
The power of active listening and appreciation
 
About Steven Morris:
Steven Morris is the founder and CEO of Renowned Leadership, a retired Army veteran, and a dedicated family man. With a background in leadership coaching and a passion for inspiring others, Steven shares valuable insights on motivation, inspiration, and leadership through his (multiple) podcast guest appearances. His experiences in the military and as a business owner have shaped his unique perspective on building trust, fostering communication, and creating a culture of inspiration within teams. Steven's podcast has reached a milestone of 3,000 downloads per month, showcasing his commitment to sharing valuable content with his audience.
 
Stephen's guest episodes on The Uncommon Career Podcast
Episode 48: How to redefine success, overcome fears, and do hard things - a conversation with Stephen Jarvis Morris
Episode 5: Stephen Jarvis Morris: Former Army Ranger turned Corporate Coach talks leadership
 
Resources Shared
The Renowned Leadership Podcast 
Check out Stephen's website here:  www.renownedleadership.com 
Stephen also shared The Lion Within Us podcast, hosted by Chris Granger
 
Learn from Stephen and many other speakers on the Disrupted! 2024 Summit Happening April 8-11, 2024. 
Click here to register for the free Disrupted! 2024 - The Future of Work Virtual Summit:
https://careerwinnerscircle.peacefulsummits.com/registration?optin=yes&ref=smorris
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Connect with me on LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/pmortega 
Get started with your career move: Download The Career Transition Checklist
Work with me: Click here to schedule a conversation

Sunday Mar 31, 2024


Are you tired of feeling stuck in your career?
Do you dread Mondays and long for work you love?
In this episode, Tammy Alvarez, author of "Escaping the Career Trap," shares her insights on how to transform your apathy into ambition and never hate Mondays again. She discusses the five lies that hold us back from loving our jobs and offers practical advice on breaking free from the soul-crushing grind. Tammy emphasizes the importance of aligning with your values, breaking the rules, and thriving during times of recession and chaos. Don't miss this inspiring conversation that will empower you to take control of your career and find true fulfillment.
 
We'll talk about:
Aligning your career with what lights you up.
How and why you should play to your strengths.
Breaking the rules in your career (without getting fired) by focusing on your value and power base.
Thriving during times of chaos and recession by aligning with the organization's priorities and being a leader others choose to follow.
About Tammy Alvarez:
Tammy Alvarez is author of newly released "Escaping the Career Trap", and the CEO and founder of Career Winners Circle. With decades of C-suite experience on Wall Street, Tammy has a spirited "break all the rules" approach to help professionals create real impact and love Mondays again. Tammy believes that loving every Monday is not a pipe dream and that a fulfilling career is a necessity, not a luxury. Through Career Winners Circle, Tammy empowers business leaders to make a big impact and love their work again. This is the second time Tammy's shared her valuable expertise - check out her first guest spot on episode 52. 
 
Ways to get more guidance from Tammy:
Get Escaping the Career Trap on EscapingTheCareerTrap.com or Amazon
Sign up for the (free) Disrupted! 2024 Future of Work Summit featuring tracks on Career, Leadership, Business, and Mindset.
Learn more about Career Winner's Circle
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