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.


Job Search Strategies

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Top Five Job Search Mistakes

From how you’re conducting your search, to how you’re tailoring your resume, here’s some practical advice on what to avoid.

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Three Types of Networking Strategies

Thoughts on the informational interview, plus job search and career building networking.

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How 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.

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Lighten your Job Search Load

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the job search process, here are some ideas to consider for easing the burden.

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Where 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.

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Some Big Questions

The Star Tribune’s Matt Krumrie answers questions on planning for your future, sounding polished in an interview, changing careers and more.

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Should I Be Cautious About a Counter-Offer?

Columnist Matt Crumrie considers the pros and cons of accepting a counter offer. 

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The 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.

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How 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.

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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.

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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.

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Five Phrases You Should Never Put on Your Resume

Columnist Hannah Hamilton points out some common cliches and empty words that should be stripped out of every resume. 

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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. 

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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. 

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Nine Things to Know.jpg Nine Things You Must 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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Career Management

moneystreamLoosen the Jobs Grip

Strategies for becoming less dependent on one job for income.

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pathsFive Paths to Alternative Income

Good ideas for supplementing your income, and some thoughts on what under-employment does and doesn’t signify.

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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.

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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.

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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 percent by 2018. 

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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.

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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.

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SuccessSkills2.jpgThe Surprising Skill Successful People Have in Common

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.

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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.



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Some 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.

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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. 

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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.

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Nine Things to Know.jpgNine Things You must 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. 

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Career Sabotage.jpg 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. 

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Blindness and Low Vision

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This podcast takes an in-depth look at misconceptions blind job seekers face through the story of Maura Mazzocca. She remembers with regret being a hiring manager, before she lost her vision, and turning down an applicant who was blind, thinking he couldn’t do the job.

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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 percent by 2018.

Listen now. Read a transcript of this podcast.


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Star Tribune writer Kristin Tillotson highlights the work of George Wurtzel, a Minneapolis woodworker and furniture designer, who is blind.

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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


Belo Cipriani.jpg 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. 

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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.

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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.

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Teen Focus

TEEN - VISUALLY IMPAIRED INTERNS HELP OTHERS APPRECIATE ARTVisually Impaired Interns Help Others Appreciate Art

Increasing the number of people with vision loss working in the arts, is one of the goals of Art Education for the Blind. Here’s an interview with two visually impaired young adults who had the opportunity to work as summer interns at the Cummer Museum of Art in Jacksonville FL.

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TEEN - WEST VIRGINIA YOUTH CAUCUS ERICK DOWDYWest Virginia Youth Caucus - Erick Dowdy

What began as an opportunity to learn about disability history and disability rights, for West Virginia students, became a successful campaign to make Disability History week a part of school’s curriculum. Eric Dowdy tells how he was part of a group of teenagers, who wrote the bill, got it passed by the legislature, and signed by the governor.

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TEEN - BLINDNESS DOESN'T DETER SPRIGG'S MAT VISIONBlindness Doesn’t Deter Spriggs' Mat Vision

Students who are blind or visually impaired compete alongside their sighted peers in all kinds of events. Athlete Michael Spriggs competes on his high school’s wrestling team.

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TEEN - BLIND BAND WILL BE ROSE PARADE'S FIRSTBlind Band will be Rose Band's First

This podcast tells the story of the marching band from the Ohio School for the Blind, and their history-making appearance in the Rose Bowl Parade.

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TEEN - HOW DOES A COLLEGE DEGREE IMPACT YOUR WORKING FUTUREHow Does a College Education Impact your Working Future?

A look at the numbers on the career advantages of a college education.

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TEEN - FUNDING YOUR EDUCATIONFunding Your Education

Strategies for finding scholarships, plus tips for writing those personal essays.

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TEEN - TOP TEN ASSISTIVE TECH BREAKTHROUGHS 2014xTop Ten Assistive Tech Breakthroughs of 2014

Low-cost braille embossers, high-tech gadgets for getting around, an elegant tactile watch, and a racing app designed for kids who are blind, are among some of the notable developments in assistive tech last year.

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TEEN - IPAD APPiPad App Brings Braille Keyboard to Blind Users

A new app brings innovations to using a braille layout for inputting text on an iPad.

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TEEN - MAPS THAT YOU CAN HEAR AND TOUCHMaps That You Can Hear and Touch

Conveying information tactily involves much more than creating a drawing with raised lines. Find out about the latest thinking on good design for communicating tactile information.

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TEEN - PET PEEVES OF THE BLIND AND VI_2Pet Peeves of the Blind and Visually Impaired

Sighted listeners might find this to be a helpful guide. If you’re blind, DeafBlind, or visually impaired, see how this list stacks up against your own list of irritants!

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TEEN - QUEEN CREEK AREA GIRL SEES PAST BLINDNESSQueen Creek-Area Girl Sees Past Blindness

A slice-of-life story about an active 14-year-old. Being blind and dealing with other health issues are just part of life – but maybe not the most interesting part.

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TEEN - Do Employers Care if You Have Blue Hair?2Do Employers Care If You Have Blue Hair?

A survey looks at how employers view things like tattoos, body piercings or unusual hair color when interviewing job candidates.

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Experiences For Life

Jon Gabry’s story of getting the experience and training he needed to be successful in living and working as a man who is DeafBlind.

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TEEN - HOW DARING TO BELIEVE CHANGED MY LIFE1How Daring to Believe Changed My Life and How It Can Change Yours

A personal story by Mary Fernandez, a blind woman who, as a teenager, found confidence and independence.

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TEEN - TO SERVE MY COUNTRY_evelyn-valdezTo Serve My Country

Before losing her vision at 17, Evelyn Valdez wanted to be a Marine. Check out her story of how she fulfilled her dream to serve her country.

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TEEN - PLAYING WITH KNIVES1Playing with Knives

Recently, Christine Ha, who is blind, beat out the competition to become “Top Chef.” In this podcast, hear how Laura Martinez launched her own career as a blind woman and chef.

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