Podcasts

Our Career Podcasts offer helpful advice and insights for job seekers and workers trying to advance their careers. Hear from experts and opinion-makers on a variety of employment-related issues and trends.

HowToAskTheRightQuestions1How To Ask the Right Questions

Discovering if a company is the right fit for you is as important as whether you’re right for them. Executive and Career Coach Paul Bernard has suggestions on questions to ask during an interview. Listen now. Read a transcript of this podcast.



Lighten_Your_Job_Search_Load_1Lighten your Job Search Load

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the job search process, here are some ideas to consider for easing the burden. Listen now. Read a transcript of this podcast.




Where_the_Jobs_Are_1Where the Jobs Are

The next several years will see a significant increase in mid-skill level jobs – jobs that require some training but not a Bachelor Degree. Listen now. Read a transcript of this podcast.



Ask_Matt_1Ask Matt

The Star Tribune’s Matt Krumrie answers questions on planning for your future, sounding polished in an interview, changing careers and more. Listen now. Read a transcript of this podcast.



Elusive_Work-Life_Balance.pngThe Elusive Work-Life Balance is Really a Life-Life Balance

Columnist Amy Lindgren offers tips on managing work and personal time. Listen now. Read a transcript of this podcast.



Feeling_Trapped.pngFeeling Trapped? Surviving a Bad Job You Can't Leave

If you find yourself stuck in a job that you don’t like but can’t leave, Amy Lingren offers some thoughts on making your situation a little easier. Listen now. Read a transcript of this podcast.



Employers_Who_Look_Beyond_Disabilities.pngEmployers Who Look Beyond Disabilities Find Dedicated Workers

According to this article, increasing labor shortages will mean improved employment rates for people with disabilities. Governor Dayton has issued an Executive order to increase the rate of state employees with a disability to 7% by 2018. Listen now. Read a transcript of this podcast.



Should_I_Be_Cautious_About_A_Counter-offer.pngShould I Be Cautious About a Counter-Offer?

Columnist Matt Crumrie considers the pros and cons of accepting a counter offer. Listen now. Read a transcript of this podcast.




At_The_Office_Low-key_Stars_Can_Stand_Out.pngAt the Office, Low-Key Stars Can Stand Out

This article talks about the "Invisibles," those individuals who are highly successful but whose work is often overlooked. Listen now. Read a transcript of this podcast.




WastedTime2.jpgA Brief History of Wasted Time

Amy Lindgren, national newspaper columnist and president of Prototype Career Service, describes how one lost afternoon arranging travel plans provided valuable lessons about effectively using time during a job search. Listen now. Read a transcript of this podcast.



DarkHorse2.jpgThe Dark Horse Candidate Need Not Be Out of the Running

Amy Lindgren, national newspaper columnist and president of Prototype Career Service, explains how a dark horse candidate can make the most of interviews and connections while also avoiding the pitfalls that come with pushing a top candidate out of place. Listen now. Read a transcript of this podcast.


TimeSpent2.jpgHow Much Time Should You Spend on Your Job Search?

U.S. News and World Report's Alison Green encourages job seekers not to worry if their search does not take 40 hours a week, since the time spent on a search depends on a candidate's skill level and other factors. Listen now. Read a transcript of this podcast.




SuccessSkills2.jpgThe Surprising Skill Successful People Have in Common (and How to Cultivate It)

The Huffington Post's Martha Beck shows why being a leader is not always feasible in every situation, nor is it productive. She highlights reasons why being a follower can be equally satisfying and rewarding. Listen now. Read a transcript of this podcast.


Hi TechTech Impaired? Pair-Up with a Younger Mentor

Wall Street Journal columnist Sue Shellenbarger writes about how younger workers are taking older, less tech-savvy coworkers and bosses under their wings. Listen now. Read a transcript of this podcast.



Hurray for You 15 Times!15 Things to Celebrate in Your Job Search

Amy Lindgren, national newspaper columnist and president of Prototype Career Service, gives readers some reasons to feel good about their job search, even if the perfect job has not yet materialized. Listen now. Read a transcript of this podcast. 



Noteworthy Job-Hunting AdviceSome Tried and True - and New - Advice for New Graduates

Amy Lindgren, national newspaper columnist and president of Prototype Career Service, offers new graduates both heart-felt congratulations and career-launching tips. Listen now. Read a transcript of this podcast.



George Wurtzel holds a wood carving in his handsWoodworker's Magic Touch: You Learn to See with Your Hands

Star Tribune writer Kristin Tillotson highlights the work of George Wurtzel, a Minneapolis woodworker and furniture designer, who is blind. Listen now. Read a transcript of this podcast.




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Here's One Way to Solve the Skills Gap

Wall Street Journal writer Lauren Weber argues that apprenticeships are both a very precise and highly efficient way for employers to get the skills they need most in workers. Listen now. Read a transcript of this podcast


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Five Phrases You Should Never Use on Your Resume

Columnist Hannah Hamilton points out some common cliches and empty words that should be stripped out of every resume. Listen now. Read a transcript of this podcast. 


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Dealing With Disappointment in Job Search

Amy Lindgren, national newspaper columnist and president of Prototype Career Service, identifies positive steps job seekers can take to overcome the inevitable let-downs and disappointments that accompany any job search. Listen now. Read a transcript of this podcast.



Disappointed man with his head in his hands

When Your Dream Job Disappoints, How to Find Plan B

Wall Street Journal columnist Sue Shellenbarger explores the "surprisingly common dilemma" of people who hate the career they thought they'd love. Listen now. Read a transcript of this podcast. 



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Applications, Resumes and LinkedIn Profiles

Amy Lindgren, national newspaper columnist and president of Prototype Career Service, offers insights on making the best of these very different job-search tools. Listen now. Read a transcript of this podcast.


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What You Should Know Before Starting Your First Job

Doris Shen covers the ins and outs of good work habits that will make a favorable impression on your employer as you begin your new job.  Listen now . Read a transcript of this podcast.


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Why Would My Boss Want to Sabotage My Career?

Columnist Matt Krumrie delves into what makes bosses stand in the way of employees who are looking to transfer to other work units within the same company. Listen now . Read a transcript of this podcast.




Belo Cipriani with his guide dog

Hiring Blind: Taking Adaptive Technology on Job Interviews

Author Belo Cipriani talks about how demonstrating adaptive technology during job interviews impresses prospective employers and gives them the confidence to hire blind job seekers. Listen now. Read a transcript of this podcast.





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Four Job-Search Trends

In the digital age, job seekers have to be more tech-savvy than ever, especially when it comes to using social media and smart phones to showcase yourself and find job leads. Listen now. Read a transcript of this podcast. (Opens in a new window)



A woman and man shake hands during a job interview


Fast (and Slow) Job Interview Preparation

Amy Lindgren, national newspaper columnist and president of Prototype Career Service, offers some techniques for quickly gathering and analyzing information about your target company before a job interview. Listen now.  Read a transcript of this podcast.




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Best Practices to Streamline Your Job Search

Amy Lindgren, national newspaper columnist and president of Prototype Career Service, covers a dozen strategic, action-oriented things you can do to improve your job search. Listen now. Read a transcript of this podcast.




Belo Cipriani and his guide dog


Hiring Blind:  The Misconceptions Facing America's Visually Impaired Workforce (Part 1)

As a recruiter for companies like Google and Apple, Belo Cipriani seldom interviewed disabled candidates. After he was attacked and beaten so badly that it left him blind, Cipriani's perspective on the role of the recruiter and people with disabilities in the job market changed greatly. Listen now. Read a transcript of this podcast.





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Hiring Blind:  The Misconceptions Facing America's Visually Impaired Workforce (Part 2)

In this part, Belo Cipriani covers how hiring managers can make their companies more inclusive, how blind workers can increase their chances of hire, and how sighted people can help. Listen now. Read a transcript of this podcast.