Careers & Coffee
Careers and Coffee is a short weekly chat about all things careers! Dan and Liz respond to job seeker questions and work to get answers to common questions and explore career paths, right here in Eastern Iowa. #careersandcoffee
I Quit! The "Great resignation" and what it means for job seekers
Nov 27 2021
I Quit! The "Great resignation" and what it means for job seekers
Liz & Dan talk through the opportunities for people who are transitioning from one role to another. Plus a few ideas for those who want to ease back into to the workforce through part-time work.
Nov 27 2021
Is it a job or a CALLING?
This morning the Careers & Coffee team gets a little deep. Most people feel a need to connect their work life to something greater. But finding that 'calling' can be challenging to say the least. Dan offers some tips to find that fit. Show notes: Try a simple http://blog.corridorcareers.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/North-Star-Exercise.pdf (North Star Exercise) to figure out what guides you.
Nov 22 2021
Next steps when your job application goes nowhere
Some job seekers are reporting little interest from employers even though Iowa currently has more jobs than workers. Dan and Liz chat about steps you can take to make a real connection even when applying online. Resources: Metro Libraries offer job search assistance, please contact https://www.thegazette.com/library/ (your local library) https://www.facebook.com/IowaWorksCedarRapids/ (IowaWorks Offices) http://cedar%20rapids%20partners%20with%20des%20moines%20nonprofit%20to%20create%20jobs%20%27pipeline%27%20partnership%20with%20urban%20dreams%20would%20help%20train%2C%20employ%20underserved%20populations/ (Urban Dreams, Cedar Rapids) https://www.corridorcareers.com/job-tips/5-linkedin-tips-for-job-seekers (LinkedIn Tips)
Nov 9 2021
Answering tough interview questions
Employers often use 'behavioral' questions to understand if a job seeker is the right fit. The Careers & Coffee team digs into a few and how to prep yourself to answer the tough ones. Resources: https://www.themuse.com/advice/30-behavioral-interview-questions-you-should-be-ready-to-answer (Over 30 Behavioral Interview Questions to Prep For) https://apps.apple.com/us/developer/zoom/id530594111 (Zoom App Download for iOS)
Nov 3 2021
Tips for Online Job Applications
In this episode of Careers and Coffee, Liz and Dan do a follow up on Career Fair, and talk about filling out online job applications.
Sep 27 2021
That one thing you do best
What's your skillset superpower? Are you great at at least 1 thing? Dan and Liz talk about how to either think about or articulate your superpower. This can be helpful in your focus as a job seeker, but also in your interview skills with recruiters. See, even though we have an active job market here in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, recruiters are still picky, looking for candidates that they know will help them further business goals. Resources: Book discussed: The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller https://www.amazon.com/Gary-Keller/e/B001IGQM4S/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_book_1 (Amazon link) https://mln.polarislibrary.com/polaris/search/title.aspx?ctx=3.1033.0.0.5&pos=2&cn=88795 (Library link) Check out the latest 400+ https://www.corridorcareers.com/search (jobs on Corridor Careers)
Aug 20 2021
Keep at it and you will find your fit.
Dan & Liz are joined by a new team member, Adamu Muhammad to talk about his recent job search experience and his advice for job seekers. Simply put? Keep at it. Don't allow rejection to get personal, and understand if you have strengths in your field, eventually a company will see your value and offer a position. We also briefly touch on cover letters, and why they are not such a thing anymore. At least in a tight job market like Eastern Iowa. Resume resources for job seekers: https://www.corridorcareers.com/resume-services (corridorcareers.com/resume-services )
Aug 4 2021
Cool employers and how to look beyond a job title
In this chat, Dan and Liz discuss what makes a company a great place to work. Sometimes the very structure of the company lends itself to becoming a potential great place to work. Next they talk about how job titles are often just creative suggestions and the real job is in the description -using skill and industry matching can often lead to a better fit. Mentions: https://iowa.emsicc.com/assessment?radius=50%20miles®ion=State%20Center (Iowa Emci Skills Assessment) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5qQJhe7sLE (Simon Sinek talks trust between Employer/Employee)
Jul 28 2021
Picking what skills to put in your resume
Not sure what skills you should showcase in your resume? Wondering what will help you stand out to a recruiter? Sometimes they tell you exactly what they are looking for and it's your job to mirror their language. Dan and Liz also discuss basic zoom interview tips to help you gear up for landing that career you love in the coming months.
Jul 21 2021
We're all awkward now, re-entry anxiety, and the power of persistence
Are you socially awkward after a year of isolation? So is everyone. In this podcast, Dan & Liz chat about the benefits of work, the anxiety we're all feeling and how to overcome that state of overwhelm in your job search. Show notes: Upcoming career fairs: https://www.corridorcareers.com/events
Jun 25 2021
Knowing your own strengths for job search success
Struggle to know what job you'd be great at? We talk thru some tools you can try to answer those deep questions. Resources: http://blog.corridorcareers.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Skills-Tendencies-Passions-Worksheet-1.pdf (Skills, Tendencies, Passions Worksheet) https://iowa.emsicc.com/assessment?region=State%20Center&radius=50%20miles (Emsi Assessment: FutureReady Iowa) Search https://www.corridorcareers.com/categories (Job Categories on Corridor Careers) Mentions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVsXO9brK7M (How to know your life's purpose in 5 minutes) https://www.amazon.com/No-More-Dreaded-Mondays-Publisher/dp/B004Q3JIL4/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=no+more+dreaded+mondays&qid=1623446949&s=books&sr=1-2 (No More Dreaded Mondays, by Dan Miller)
Jun 11 2021
Jobs trending right now in the Corridor
Dan and Liz discuss what's trending in the Eastern Iowa Corridor and how to enter a field with no experience. What career paths are available right now in Cedar Rapids / Iowa City How to get alerted when new jobs are added in your categories of choice How to get into marketing, with no marketing experience https://www.corridorcareers.com/job-alerts (Sign up for Job Alerts)
Jun 2 2021
Interview Questions for Job Seekers
What questions should you ask during an interview? Curious about culture, or day to day activities? Ask. The Careers and Coffee team delves deeper into what questions to ask an employer during the interview. https://www.corridorcareers.com/job-tips/what-to-ask-employer-during-interview/ (More interview questions)
May 21 2021
Tips for recent grads - Mind your emails
In this episode of Careers & Coffee, Liz and Dan discuss communicating with employers, and give some advice on cleaning up social profiles when looking for a job fresh out of high school or college. LinkedIn tips https://www.corridorcareers.com/job-tips/what-to-do-after-college-tips-on-finding-your-first-job (Finding your first job out of college)
May 13 2021
Overcoming overwhelm in your job search
Dan and Liz are no strangers to feeling overwhelm. We took a practical approach to today's question, 'What to do when you are feeling overwhelmed?' Some resources: https://www.thegazette.com/health-wellness/getting-enough-sleep/ https://www.cedar-rapids.org/residents/parks_and_recreation/index.php (Cedar Rapids Parks) https://www.icgov.org/parks (Iowa City Parks) https://northlibertyiowa.org/departments/parks/ (North Liberty Parks) https://www.thegazette.com/business/job-seekers-do-have-power/ (Job seekers do have some power - making positive choices) Looking for a job in Eastern Iowa? Check out corridorcareers.com or ask Alexa to “open corridor careers” to hear the latest job listings from Corridor Careers.
May 7 2021
In this episode of Careers and Coffee, Liz and Dan discuss educational opportunities in our area and creative ways to advance your skill set even if you already have a job you like.
Apr 29 2021
Resume tips for getting a manager's attention
Resumes, always back to resumes? The team goes into resumes, keeping it short and snackable. Welcoming our developer, Josh Hlibichuck, Careers and Coffee talks about 'what should be in a resume that get's a manager's attention' talking keywords and objectives. Show notes: To use the free resume builder on Corridor Careers, simply create a user account and start building yours today: https://www.corridorcareers.com/users/new All our blogs about resumes are here: https://www.corridorcareers.com/job-tips/topics/resumes You can find resources about basic building blocks, keyword optimization and much more. Career Week Ask the Expert went in depth on this- see that panel on this channel! Like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CorridorCareers or sign up for job alerts: https://www.corridorcareers.com/job-alerts
Apr 20 2021
What to do when you have a gap in employment
What do you do when you have a gap in employment? How do you network and have a plan to respond to employer questions? Re-entering the workforce can be tricky without the right tools. In this episode, Dan & Liz chat about a gap in employment and opportunities to bridge that gap. https://www.corridorcareers.com/career-week/ask-the-expert#resource-pack (Ask the Expert panel) https://www.kirkwood.edu/explore/services/career-services/skills-to-employment/index (Kirkwood Displaced Worker Program) https://www.kirkwood.edu/explore/services/career-services/skills-to-employment/index (Kirkwood Career Services) https://www.brainfuse.com/highed/home.asp?a_id=7D340384&ss=&r= (Resume Lab) https://www.brainfuse.com/highed/home.asp?a_id=7D340384&ss=&r= (Live Job Coaching)
Apr 8 2021
Introducing Careers & Coffee
Careers and Coffee is about all things careers. From finding that perfect job, to learning from our mistakes. Dan Holterhaus, Liz Kennedy and guests will keep things moving in these quick weekly chats covering jobs in Eastern Iowa. A career podcast for right here. This week the team discussed what we learned from Corridor Careers' Career Week 2021. Our Ask the Expert Panels and Monday Motivation with Bobby Stanley were some highlights and offered some great resources to job seekers. https://www.corridorcareers.com/career-week (Career Week Archive & Resources)
Apr 2 2021
Interested in becoming a Video Game Programmer?
In this episode Dan & Liz answer a job seeker question about how to get into video game design or other very specialized job paths. They explore this question and share how job seekers can use the tools available to all in O*Net, the occupational database of the United States to determine what skills are needed and how you can take steps to get to the job you want. https://onetonline.org (Onetonline.org)
Mar 26 2021