Category: Job Search Tips

Employed For life: An Interview with Dr. Tracey Wilen [podcast]

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Podcast with Dr. Tracey Wilen

I interviewed Dr. Tracey Wilen, the author of “Employed for Life: 21st Century Career Trends” in this episode of “The Jim Stroud Show.” We discussed the world of work from a 21st century perspective and how much has changed from the days of the baby boomers, how new generations are making an impact, unforeseen ramifications of new technologies, advice for today’s jobseekers and sooo much more. Tune in to hear all the fun (and maybe learn something).

Inside this podcast:

00:38 – I could not put this book down
02:20 – I thoroughly enjoyed your book
05:03 – How is longevity impacting career planning?
08:46 – 52% of Americans do not work for large corporations
11:24 – …generations could learn a lot from the other
14:48 – …learn how to retool their existing skills in a new way
17:48 – …you gave a lot of good advice just as you are giving now
21:13 – I also see a benefit in having a much longer resume
24:10 – …they have ranked LinkedIn as the number one resource in…
28:19 – …you can find work in other cities but you don’t have to relocate
32:37 – …let me take out the word handbag or product and put in recruiting
34:13 – …time seems to fly when we talk or I just ramble a lot

About Dr. Tracey Wilen

Dr. Wilen is a global authority on workforce trends who assists Fortune 500 firms implement internal leadership, diversity, and employee skill development programs and accelerate business development initiatives. As a thought leader on business, technology, women’s leadership, and career topics, her offerings include speeches, panel moderation, and she serves as a panelist expert for corporations and conferences.

Dr. Wilen appears on CNN, FOX News Live, CBS Radio, and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Forbes, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and Wired magazine. She regularly contributes to The Huffington Post, the Examiner, Christian Science Monitor, and other national and international outlets. She was a senior global executive in firms including Cisco Systems, Apple Computer, Hewlett Packard and the Apollo Group. Dr. Wilen has also been a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University where she conducted research for over ten years on the impact of technology on society, work, education and careers.

Dr. Wilen has published 11 books on the topics of business, technology, women and careers. She was named San Francisco Woman of the Year and honored by the San Francisco Business Times as the most Influential Woman in Bay Area Business in 2012.

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How To Make Your Job Search More Efficient

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Have you ever received an email from someone informing you that they are out of work and seeking new opportunities? I have and I am always open to assisting. However, I would like to offer a tip that would make the activity of polling your network for leads a bit more efficient. Did you know that you can search through the contact list of people you are connected to? Of course, your connections would have to make the option available to you, but the potential is there. This is how you do it.

First, go to a first connection’s profile and scroll down to the “Connections” section (as shown below). If the person has enabled their profile to publicly share whom they are connected with, you will see a magnifying glass icon. If not, you will only see a “Shared” link and a number. The number represents the number of connections you have in common with the LinkedIn profile you are viewing.


Click the magnifying glass icon and a search field opens up. Type in a company name like… “Home Depot,” hit “Enter” on your keypad and you will see whom in the user’s network has had a past affiliation with the company of interest. In this case, “Home Depot.”


Now, if I wanted to target Home Depot for employment opportunities, I would review the profiles of my friend’s connections and ask for an introduction to someone specifically. Make sense? (Sooo much better than spamming everyone you know. It is quite possible as well, that they have forgotten who they know and/or where they are currently stationed. Just sayin’…) In this case, there were only 5 results for me to sift through. What if there were a considerable amount more for me to refine? To the left of the results number is a link to the Advanced Search function on LinkedIn. Let me show you how I would use it by performing another query on a different profile. I do all as I have before but choose a different company, say… Amazon.

Alright, on my friend’s LinkedIn profile I see that he knows 155 people who are (or have been) affiliated with Amazon.


I click the “advanced search” link and go to… well… the advanced search page. Once there, I click the “Advanced” link.


I noticed that the word “Amazon” was in the “Keywords” section. Not exactly what I want so, I delete it and make the following adjustments. I choose “1st Connections” (A), add Amazon as the current company (B) then, I choose “Staffing and Recruiting” (C). Just in case you missed that, I am curious as to how many people Gerry has in his LinkedIn network who currently work at Amazon, in the staffing and recruiting industry who are first level connections (so I know these are people Gerry can reach out to directly).


To take it a step further, I scroll down the results page and I see that one of these connections is based in Atlanta. Gee, that’s where I am! I add a checkmark next to the “Greater Atlanta Area” and LinkedIn refines my results even more.


In this case, I am already connected to Ronnie Bratcher. (Great guy, by the way.) If I were not, I would be so inclined to ask Gerry to connect me to Ronnie. If he was gracious enough to do so, I would invite Ronnie for a cup of coffee where I could pitch my virtues as a potential Amazon employee. Make sense?

I hope this tip proves useful for you. Let me know in the comments below. Thanks!

Jim Stroud

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How To Get Your Resume Noticed

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Jim Is thinking about social media recruiting and job search strategy. “How To Get Your Resume Noticed” is the topic of this episode of “The Jim Stroud Show.” Jim practices his new hobby then, answers a question from a fan – How do you get your resume seen by recruiters after you apply for a job? Jim advises using a web app that he recently discovered – JobScan. It compares the keywords of the job description with the keywords in your resume and estimates how well they match each other.


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Changing Times for Job Search Interviewing

Job Interview Questions [ Video ]

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Job Interviewing Questions

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