Career Advancement Academy

Kara Dennison and Jack Dennison

Are you ready to take your career to the next level? We're here to help! Join us every week as we give you practical tips to empower yourself in your career journey.   Hosts Jack and Kara Dennison, SPHR, have a combined expertise in human resources, executive career coaching, and entrepreneurship. They will provide you with the tools and insights you need to advance in your career. With over 1,700 professionals under their belts and $12 million in salary increases negotiated, they're eager to share their wealth of knowledge with you.
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#10 - Why Your LinkedIn Profile Sucks & What To Do About IT
Aug 16 2023
#10 - Why Your LinkedIn Profile Sucks & What To Do About IT
Are you showing up on LinkedIn as a career advancement rockstar or as an underutilized professional? Buckle up as we guide you through the maze of LinkedIn profile optimization. This masterclass reveals how decision-makers and recruiters leverage LinkedIn to select potential candidates and how you can strategically position yourself to attract the right attention as a professional. We believe that LinkedIn is more than just another social media platform; it's a powerful tool that can unlock new career opportunities if utilized correctly. Tune in, transform your LinkedIn presence, and unlock a world of networking opportunities and career possibilities. Don’t miss our next episode, where we discuss how to leverage LinkedIn for effective networking!Show notes:[3:06] Do you feel stuck or in career limbo?[5:38] Lack of visibility[7:18] Missed opportunities[8:25] Networking challenges[10:53] How to optimize your LinkedIn profile for success[20:22] The “about section” best practices[27:05] The most underutilized section on LinkedIn[34:49] Outro---Thank you for tuning in. We publish an episode weekly, so subscribe to get notified. Watch our episodes on YouTube as well; head on over to https://youtube.com/@OptimizedCareerSolutions. To learn more, reach us at the following links: Website: www.optimizedcareersolutions.com Kara’s LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/karadennisonsphr Jack’s Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/jackrdennison IG: @optimizedcareersolutionsTiktok: @karadennisonsphr
#7 - The #1 BIG Thing Stopping You From Getting Ahead In Your Career
Jul 26 2023
#7 - The #1 BIG Thing Stopping You From Getting Ahead In Your Career
Imagine the doors that could open for you with effective communication and networking. In today’s episode, we guide you through the ins and outs of these critical skills. We unfold the role of empathy, trust, respect, and consistency in conversations and how an understanding of cultural backgrounds can make all the difference. Discover how to convey your ideas and values, establish rapport, and build strong relationships that can lead to limitless opportunities to advance your career. We can't wait to share these golden nuggets with you, designed to make you recession-proof and provide you with the ultimate job security. So, tune in and take control of your career advancement with us!Show notes:[2:03] How effective of a communicator are you?[3:09] Networking—establishing meaningful connections[5:18] Collaboration with colleagues, cross-functional teams, and external stakeholders[8:11] Leadership, how to inspire your team[9:33] The benefits of having professional communication[12:40] How to improve your communication?[20:10] How to provide and seek feedback?  [26:37] Outro---Thank you for tuning in. We publish an episode weekly, so subscribe to get notified. Watch our episodes on YouTube as well; head on over to https://youtube.com/@OptimizedCareerSolutions. To learn more, reach us at the following links: Website: www.optimizedcareersolutions.com Kara’s LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/karadennisonsphr Jack’s Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/jackrdennison IG: @optimizedcareersolutionsTiktok: @karadennisonsphr
#3 - How to Demonstrate Leadership When You're Not a Leader
Jun 28 2023
#3 - How to Demonstrate Leadership When You're Not a Leader
Are you stuck in a rut thinking you can't be a leader without an official title? Let's debunk that! This episode takes a deep dive into unearthing the essence of leadership - showing you that it's less about the title and more about your attitude, mindset, and actions. We've got 15 dynamite strategies to help you flex your leadership muscle even when you're not sitting in the boss' chair. From taking the initiative and setting an example to mentoring and supporting colleagues, we've got you covered. So buckle up; this journey toward becoming the leader you're meant to be starts now!Show notes:[3:23] Be willing to show you are willing to take on more responsibilities[4:31] Be a role model[6:00] Offer to help others[7:38] Effective communicator[9:16] Showing resilience[10:57] Positively influence and inspire others[12:17] Strategic thinker[14:50] Lead projects at work[17:50] Volunteer[18:53] Participate[19:40] Mentoring and coaching [22:10] Start a side or gig[23:54] Leading a learning group[25:33] Organizing an event[28:24] Lead an online community[31:29] Wrapping it up and looking forward![31:52] Outro---Thank you for tuning in. We publish an episode weekly, so subscribe to get notified. Watch our episodes on YouTube as well; head on over to https://youtube.com/@OptimizedCareerSolutions. To learn more, reach us at the following links: Website: www.optimizedcareersolutions.com Kara’s LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/karadennisonsphr Jack’s Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/jackrdennison IG: @optimizedcareersolutionsTiktok: @karadennisonsphr
#1 - The 5 Most Important Things You NEED To Advance Your Career (After Helping 1700+ Professionals Advance Theirs)
Jun 14 2023
#1 - The 5 Most Important Things You NEED To Advance Your Career (After Helping 1700+ Professionals Advance Theirs)
Ready to level up your career? Discover our top five approved career advancement tips in this first-ever episode of Career Advancement Academy with Jack and Kara Dennison. Tune in to learn why crafting a standout, accomplishment-oriented resume is essential. As professionals, we know that our online presence is crucial for success. That's why we share insights on creating a LinkedIn content strategy that showcases your expertise and solidifies your position as an industry thought leader. We also explore the often-overlooked self-leadership skill, which is essential for maintaining balance and navigating challenges in your career and personal life. Join us as we unpack these valuable insights and provide actionable tips to help you advance on your career journey.Show notes:[1:46] Have a well-written resume[8:54] How’s your online presence?[14:47] Kudos folder[19:39] Invest in self-improvement[23:46] Learn self-leadership[30:49] Outro---Thank you for tuning in. We publish an episode weekly, so subscribe to get notified. Watch our episodes on YouTube as well; head on over to https://youtube.com/@OptimizedCareerSolutions. To learn more, reach us at the following links: Website: www.optimizedcareersolutions.com Kara’s LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/karadennisonsphr Jack’s Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/jackrdennison IG: @optimizedcareersolutionsTiktok: @karadennisonsphr