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Episode 1

Pretend You're Fired Today: My Story Behind The Podcast


Episode 1 - Pretend You're Fired Today: My Story Behind The Podcast

  • How this successful senior manager got fired unexpectedly and why everyone is at risk. (1:30) 
  • The single best advice Lisa got from a friend built the foundation for her job security. (2:32) 
  • "The List” that creates the freedom to turn down jobs you don’t like. (4:10) 
  • First thing you must do while you still have a job so you cover all your bases. (7:27) 
  • Find out the one thing all employers are looking for when reading your resume. (10:40) 
  • How to network and create opportunities for you without getting fired. (11:15) 


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Episode 2

Executive Resume Trends in 2017


Episode 2 - Executive Resume Trends in 2017

  • The one word you should never use in your resume. (2:58) 
  • How to excite any recruiter so they can’t wait to pass your resume to their clients. (3:20) 
  • Something specific you must put at the very beginning of your resume to grab the hiring manager’s attention immediately. (4:19) 
  • Make your resume stand out with this simple use of whitespace. (5:23) 
  • The exact number of pages your resume should have based on your years of experience. (So you don’t risk making it too long!) (6:21)


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Episode 3

Finding keywords to optimize your resume


Episode 3 - Finding keywords to optimize your resume

  • How to find the best keywords without even looking for them. (2:33) 
  • The “Jerry Maguire Tactic” to make any company feel like you “get them” so they see you as a cultural fit. (7:05)
  • Avoid this or you risk looking like you’re gaming the system. (4:33)
  • How to make sure your resume always ranks the highest for job applicant searches. (6:54)
  • Different keywords you should use when you’re applying for a startup position and when applying at a Fortune 500 company. (7:45)


EP03 Resources


Wordle (word cloud generator): http://www.wordle.net/ 

Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/ 

Autocoder: http://www.onetsocautocoder.com/plus/onetmatch


Episode 4

How to write an achievement based resume recruiters will love


Episode 4 - How to write an achievement based resume recruiters will love

  • The biggest mistake almost everyone makes when writing their resumes. (2:25)
  • How to write about your results without bragging. (5:08)
  • Hear the one thing every recruiter secretly wants to read in a resume. (5:15)
  • This little tweak in the way you write your achievements will make you instantly unforgettable. (3:01)
  • How to show you’re a self-starter and "leadership material" in your bullets. (8:27)
  • What words stand out in a resume. (4:01)
  • A psychological reason to use numbers when describing your results. (7:32)


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Episode 5

Tips to write a powerful CIO resume


Episode 5 - Tips to write a powerful CIO resume

  • How to demonstrate you’re the best candidate for the leadership role you’re after. (3:03) 
  • Find out the key attributes that separate leadership resumes from staff resumes. (3:32) 
  • How to write your technical resume so you don’t lose (and bore!) non-technical stakeholders. (5:17) 
  • The most important reason why companies hire leaders. (5:57) 
  • Do this and your resume will show you can negotiate deals, attract talent and influence decision makers. (6:18) 
  • The one time when leading with your biggest achievements is a mistake. (6:49) 
  • What the world’s best CIOs and IT leaders have in their resumes that sets them apart. (10:02) 


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Episode 6

Resume Mistakes to Avoid


Episode 6 - Resume Mistakes to Avoid

  • Why you should never use photos in your resume. (2:32) 
  • How adding a simple short sentence at the top of your summary helps you land a better job. (3:37) 
  • Four ways to include numbers and measurements in your bullets to show your achievements. (5:50) 
  • A sure-fire way to get your resume trashed. (8:00) 
  • Why having “Objectives” section is hurting you. (8:14) 
  • How to turn vague and confusing sentences into clear achievement based bullets. (9:05) 
  • These three verbs in your resume immediately convey action, content, and results. (10:07) 


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Episode 7

Tips To Write a Powerful CFO, CMO or Healthcare Resume 


Episode 7 - Tips To Write a Powerful CFO, CMO or Healthcare Resume

  • How successful CFOs and CMOs use their resume to position themselves as leaders. (2:45) 
  • The one thing companies don’t want to see in a leadership resume. (4:05) 
  • How to make the best first impression on everyone. (4:46) 
  • When leading with your biggest achievement is a mistake. (8:04) 
  • Leave this small fix out and it can cost you interview calls -even if you have the best credentials! (8:43)  
  • How to show you can help the company grow. (9:23) 
  • Get more interviews by deleting these words from your resume. (9:40) 


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Episode 8

Incorporating Soft Skills Into Your Resume 


Episode 8 - Incorporating Soft Skills Into Your Resume

  • List of soft skills most companies are looking for. (3:02) 
  • How to use Linkedin to help you create a better targeted resume. (3:30) 
  • Do this to prove you actually have the skills you claim having. (4:31) 
  • How to make the reader “see” you helped companies save costs, increase revenue and gain profits. (5:07) 
  • One soft skill all great leaders have in common that you must list in your resume. (6:45) 
  • How to avoid cliches and overused phrases when describing your soft skills. (7:48) 


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Episode 9

Get Found Using Our Ultimate LinkedIn Profile Cheat Sheet


Episode 9 - Get Found Using Our Ultimate LinkedIn Profile Cheat Sheet

  • The best way to use your LinkedIn tagline to immediately convey your personality and who you are. (4:35) 
  • One small change that makes your LinkedIn profile instantly more memorable. (6:33) 
  • How to make it easy for people to contact you without publicly displaying your personal email or phone. (8:02) 
  • How to use LinkedIn profile to build your brand. (9:00) 
  • What you need to put in the first 363 characters of your profile summary to motivate viewers to keep reading. (9:36) 
  • Two-part checklist to help you write achievement driven statements for your summary. (10:11) 
  • Quick tip to find keywords you must include in your profile. (These are the exact same keywords recruiters use in their LinkedIn searches for candidates.) (11:20) 
  • What you need to do with your first 73 characters of your tagline and your first 42 characters of your summary to reach up to 40% more viewers. (13:01)


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Episode 10

Avoiding Ageism In Your LinkedIn Profile


Episode 10 - Avoiding Ageism In Your LinkedIn Profile

  • What to do when you think you’re experiencing age bias. (5:04) 
  • Two common statements you must avoid if you don’t want to come across as “old” or “dated”. (5:49)
  •  When bragging about your past achievements can backfire on you and make you look old. (6:53) 
  • One word that can make hiring managers think "French fries" instead of “I want to hire this person!” (Warning: This word is so common chances are it’s in your profile right now!) (7:06) 
  • Latest trends for keeping your LinkedIn profile modern. (You’d be surprised how much they changed in the last 3 years!) (7:36) 
  • How to be “ageless” on LinkedIn without hiding or lying about your age. (8:07) 
  • Language that makes you look and sound old. (8:35) 
  • What is LinkedIn profile’s “Kiss Of Death” and how to avoid it. (8:45) 


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Episode 11

Optimizing Your LinkedIn Profile So Recruiters Can Find You


Episode 11 - Optimizing Your LinkedIn Profile So Recruiters Can Find You

  • One place you can always find trending keywords for your profile. (3:28) 
  • How to use website traffic generation tactics to get more eyeballs on your profile page. (3:45) 
  • An easy way to “reverse engineer” how recruiters and employers search for candidates like you. (4:07) 
  • Why keywords such as “marketing” or “finance” are killing your chances to appear in LinkedIn searches. (4:50) 
  • Additional keywords you must use in your profile if you’re working in tech, science, or medical fields. (5:40) 
  • How to fix your Job Title field to boost your search rankings and stand out from your competition. (7:54) 


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Episode 12

Unlock the Power of Your Network with LinkedIn


Episode 12 - Unlock the Power of Your Network with LinkedIn

  • One quick thing you can do starting today to prevent feeling awkward when calling people and asking for help. (3:24) 
  • How to use LinkedIn Groups to grow your network and appear in searches more often without spamming anyone. (4:26) 
  • How to take advantage of your Status Update field so people start seeing you as a thought leader. (5:10) 
  • A simple way to take conversations off social media and turn them into valuable connections. (5:50) 
  • Do this and people will naturally want to help you when you need it most. (6:20) 


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Episode 13

5 Most Common Career Mistakes Smart Executives Make


Episode 13 - 5 Most Common Career Mistakes Smart Executives Make

  • The one essential element you need to have in place before you even start updating your profile or resume.(4:26)
  • Signs that you’re not making any connections and keeping your network warm. (5:25)
  • This one assumption is hurting competent high level people more than anything. (6:20)
  • Why you shouldn’t use job boards. (7:34)
  • How to become invaluable to your organization. (And to your boss!) (8:24)


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Episode 14

How Recruiters Work and How to Hire a Recruiter


Episode 14 - How Recruiters Work and How to Hire a Recruiter

  • The one essentiWhy you can’t hire a recruiter. (And how to turn this to your advantage.) (5:05) 
  • The single most important reason why you should never ignore any recruiters’ calls. (6:10) 
  • How to make recruiters want to help you. (7:03) 
  • The one thing you must never do when dealing with a recruiter. (7:27) 
  • One type of candidate all recruiters want to market all the time. (8:08) 
  • What to do when you’re not getting calls from recruiters. (9:45) 

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Episode 15

The Best Ways to Set Up Informational Interviews


Episode 15 - The Best Ways to Set Up Informational Interviews

  • The reason why companies love informational interviews even if they don't have a job opening right now! (3:54) 
  • How to turn the interview into a powerful networking tool and create opportunities for you. (4:44) 
  • What you must do immediately after you identify a company you want to explore. (5:40) 
  • How to ask for referrals without feeling awkward about it. (6:15) 
  • A word-for-word cold call letter example you can use for your own cold calling. (7:23) 
  • A four-item checklist to help you prepare for your next exploratory interview. (8:59) 
  • One question you must never ask during interviews. (9:56)

EP15 Resources



Episode 16

Staying in Demand with Your Competitors


Episode 16 - Staying in Demand with Your Competitors

  • When doing volunteer work can help you stay in demand. (4:24) 
  • How to be seen as an authority in your industry AND keep in touch with college classmates at the same time. (4:52) 
  • How to cultivate leads from conferences and conventions - even when you can’t attend! (6:02) 
  • Do this to make connections offline without leaving your office. (6:50) 
  • How to use blogging to your advantage. (7:01) 

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Episode 17

How to Make Job Boards Work for You


Episode 17 - How to Make Job Boards Work for You

  • How to use job boards so that hiring managers find YOU. (04:06) 
  • One simple way to drastically reduce th time you spend searching through job boards - and still remain on top of every lucrative job opening the moment it’s posted! (05:01) 
  • How to get any line manager’s direct contact info - even if it is NOT disclosed in the job listing. (06:10)  
  • How to increase your chances to be found by search firm recruiters. (07:38) 
  • How to use job boards to discover unpublished job opportunities. (Use this to always be the first candidate hiring managers think of!) (08:12) 

EP17 Resources



Episode 18

 3 Easy Ways to Connect with your Network When You Don't Need It


Episode 18 - 3 Easy Ways to Connect with your Network When You Don't Need It

  • One simple (but extremely important!) thing you must do on your commute everyday that can have the biggest impact when connecting with your network. (03:32) 
  • A “sneaky” way to connect with your network on Facebook. (This will set you apart from everyone else!) (04:52) 
  • How to make reaching out to people dead easy and never feel awkward again. (05:47) 

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Episode 19

Attending Conferences: The Before Prep and Follow Up After


Episode 19 - Attending Conferences: The Before Prep and Follow Up After

  • The single most important thing you should do BEFORE going to any conference. (3:44) 
  • How to use roster of speakers and sponsors to make meaningful connections. (4:46) 
  • The most efficient way to use social media when preparing for a conference. (5:17) 
  • How to “open the chat” with somebody you just met. (6:08) 
  • What you should do on LinkedIn AFTER the conference. (6:49) 
  • How to make people you meet at conferences remember you. (6:58) 

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Episode 20

 Maximizing Business Travel to Nurture Your Network


Episode 20 - Maximizing Business Travel to Nurture Your Network

  • One thing you should do before going on a business trip. (3:51) 
  • How to make Facebook work for you when you’re in a new city. (4:35) 
  • How to reach out to people you want to meet without feeling awkward. (5:33) 
  • The REAL reason why breakfast is the most important meal of your day! (5:50) 
  • How to make people remember you. (6:23) 

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Episode 21

 2 Ways to Network at Conferences When You Cannot Attend


Episode 21 - 2 Ways to Network at Conferences When You Cannot Attend

  • How to network with everybody in real time when you’re not physically there. (4:44) 
  • One simple way to learn conference material without attending. (5:07) 
  • What to do when you have a limited budget. (6:11) 
  • The easiest way to meet with speakers and sponsors even if you can't buy the conference ticket. (6:53) 

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Episode 22

 Fun Stuff to Do When You Are Not Working


Episode 22 - Fun Stuff to Do When You Are Not Working

  • One activity that can help you improve your career strategy. (I use this to strategize my next moves all the time!) (6:00) 
  • How to have fun while you’re networking. (6:27) 
  • How to create new business opportunities… AND having a blast at the same time. (7:07) 
  • Creative ways to take care of your body and soul… without spending a fortune on spas and wellness centers. (7:51) 
  • How to be a tourist without going on a trip! (9:01) 

EP22 Resources



Episode 23

Setting Up Your "Crush The Interview" Mindset


Episode 23 - Setting Up Your "Crush The Interview" Mindset

  • Three of the most feared job interview questions. (2:06) 
  • How to “make your skeleton dance” and still get the job offer. (3:44) 
  • The wrong way to answer an interview question. (4:01) 
  • Dirty little secret candidates with “impeccable backgrounds” hide in their closets. (5:20) 
  • This one “miracle” can turn your most dreaded interview into a winner. (5:57)  

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Episode 24

Crafting STAR and CAR Stories to Crush the Interview


Episode 24 - Crafting STAR and CAR Stories to Crush the Interview

  • One subtle - yet very important - difference between STAR and CAR methods and why you should master them both. (1:25) 
  • The “secret” agenda behind behavioural interviews. (2:10) 
  • Watch out for THESE THREE words at the beginning of an interview question. (That’s a signal you must switch to STAR or CAR!) (2:57) 
  • How to use STAR (3:37) and CAR (5:16) in your answers. (Step by step!) 
  • A simple “trick” to make the interviewer “experience” your answers right there on the spot… and make them relate to you even stronger! (7:45)

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Episode 25

3 Specific Cultural Fit Interview Questions to Prepare to Answer


Episode 25 - 3 Specific Cultural Fit Interview Questions to Prepare to Answer

  • The one “character revealing” question I always ask candidates to help them prepare for an interview. (2:06)
  • Three traits of an honest answer. (Experienced hiring managers can spot these almost instantly.) (2:40) 
  • The one question all rookie interviewers ask. (And how to answer it properly.) (4:23) 
  • How to present your weaknesses without risking to be taken negatively. (4:50) 
  • How to answer “Why should we hire you?” and instantly become the most interesting candidate that’s hard to pass up! (5:50) 

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LISA RANGEL, HOST

ABOUT LISA RANGEL

As a recruitment professional for over 13 years, she has held management and recruiter roles for international recruitment conglomerates and private search firms. Lisa knows first-hand what resumes win interviews and are awarded offers from reviewing thousands of resumes over the years and helping hiring managers seek talent for their premier organizations. Lisa can show candidates which resume styles, wordings, and formats she and her corporate clients have been awarded interviews when recruiting top-notch candidates. She has written branded leadership resumes and LinkedIn Profiles, prepared candidates for interviews and performed job search coaching for professionals ranging from executive to entry-level to returning to work in various disciplines spanning across a multitude of industries and corporate cultures.

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