The Career Ready Podcast

The Career Ready Podcast

Listen to The Career Ready Podcast to learn about resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn, interviewing, and all the things you need to Be Career Ready with the Career Services Center at College of DuPage.

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July 9, 2024 37 mins

In today’s episode Pierre interviews Tony Venezia, Professor of Animation and Motion Picture/Television Program Chair at College of DuPage. Throughout the interview the possibilities within animation as a career are discussed along with skills needed to succeed in the profession. Tips to get started are also shared in addition to specific details about studying the program at College of DuPage. 

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In today's episode, Michelle interviews Katie Orzechowski, an Adjunct Faculty member in the Speech Language Pathology Assistant program at College of DuPage. Katie talks about different career paths as a Speech Language Pathology Assistant as well as what experiences and skills you'll need to succeed. Also learn about COD's program and how they set students up for success.

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In today's episode, Rebecca interviews Shelly Mocchi, Department Chair and Assistant Professor of Interior Design at College of DuPage. Shelly talks about different career paths within interior design as well as what experiences, skills, and techniques you'll need to succeed. Also learn about COD's program and how they set students up for success.

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In today’s episode, Pierre interviews Peter James, an Associate Professor here at College of DuPage, founder of HCG Consulting Solution, and faculty advisor for COD Entrepreneurship Club about pursuing a career as an entrepreneur. The conversation defines what it means to be an entrepreneur, pros and cons of the path, and characteristics that help people be successful in their journey. Michelle starts the episode by providing resou...

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May 14, 2024 15 mins

Listen to this episode to learn how to connect your resume to each opportunity as you apply by tailoring it to the job posting and each organization's needs. The best way to get noticed is to make sure it is easy for the employer to connect your skills and experience to the specific job. Also listen to our listener mail to learn about how to create a resume when you have been out of the workforce for several years, but are now...

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Study Abroad and Field Studies are a great way to learn about the world. But did you know they can also help you prepare for your career? Listen to our interview with Sue Kerby, Coordinator of Study Abroad at College of DuPage talk about how to travel and gain valuable experience that will help you in your job search and career.  

Topic #1: Michelle interviews Sue Kerby, Coordinator of Study Abroad at College of DuPage to ...

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April 16, 2024 22 mins

In today’s episode, Pierre leads the discussion on different types of experience that can be shared with employers. Tips are provided on presenting experiences beyond employment on the resume. Rebecca starts the episode by providing information on the NACE Competency of Equity and Inclusion. 

Topic #1 (Competency): Rebecca discusses some key behaviors from the Equity and Inclusion competency. This competency is a part of t...

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In today’s episode, Rebecca interviews Susi Pihera from WorkNet DuPage about addressing employment gaps in the job search. The conversation includes tips on how to approach the conversation with employers and how to minimize the appearance of gaps on resumes and applications. Before the interview, Pierre answers a listener question about sharing the cover letter with employers. 

Topic #1 (Listener Mail): Pierre answers the...

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March 19, 2024 13 mins

In today’s episode, we talk about employment experience and how you can use it to create an impactful resume. We also provide information on the NACE Competency of Leadership. 

Topic #1 (Competency): Pierre discusses some key behaviors from the Leadership competency. This competency is a part of the top 8 competencies from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). 

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March 5, 2024 32 mins

In today’s episode, Pierre interviews a former student that faced many challenges as a non-traditional age student. She shares her story of perseverance and overcoming barriers to be recognized as an outstanding grad and better prepared to enter the workforce. Before the interview Michelle answers a listener question about presenting projects to employers and more specifically on a resume.

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February 20, 2024 29 mins

In today’s episode, we explain the value of the cover letter and how to approach the content to include on the document. The cover letter is compared to the resume and how the two documents supplement each other in the job search. We also provide information on a resource called VMock SMART Resume which helps users understand the resume AI review process. 

Topic #1 (Listener Mail): Listen to Michelle provide a review of th...

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February 6, 2024 20 mins

In today’s episode, we cover how to tailor your resume to beat the ATS system that often prevents resumes from being considered by employers. We also answer a listener question on how to tailor your resume when you are applying for a job in a new field. 

Topic #1 (Listener Mail): Listen to Pierre answer a listener question: “Many jobs, even what I think of as entry level jobs, set minimum qualifications for a certain amoun...

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January 23, 2024 30 mins

In today’s episode Michelle interviews Assistant Professor Annie Knight, Program Chair for the Paralegal Studies Program at College of DuPage. Throughout the interview she discusses the career possibilities in Paralegal careers along with skills needed to succeed in the profession. Tips to get started are also shared in addition to specific details about studying the program at College of DuPage.

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January 9, 2024 23 mins

In today’s episode Pierre interviews Nelson Cantada Assistant Professor, in Fashion Studies at College of DuPage. Throughout the interview the possibilities within fashion careers are discussed along with skills needed to succeed in the profession. Tips to get started are also shared in addition to specific details about studying the program at College of DuPage.

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In today’s episode Rebecca interviews Professor Jane Murtaugh, Program Chair for the Human Resources Certificate Program at College of DuPage. Throughout the interview she discusses the career possibilities in Human Resources careers along with skills needed to succeed in the profession. Tips to get started are also shared in addition to specific details about studying the program at College of DuPage.

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December 12, 2023 33 mins

During this episode of the Career Ready Podcast, Pierre shares tips related to preparing for salary negotiation and ideas how to work through the conversation. Points of research and planning are shared along with resources for the pre-negotiation stage. Hypotheticals and things to consider for the negotiation stage are also shared. Rebecca also leads off the episode by reviewing the communication competency and breaks down one of ...

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During this episode of the Career Ready Podcast, we share tips on the job search process from a hiring manager’s perspective. We also explore the NACE Competency of Professionalism. 

Topic #1: Michelle interviews Angelo Conti, Supervisor of Mail & Warehouse Services at the College of DuPage, who shares tips on the job search process, including how job seekers can stand out to a hiring manager. 

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During this episode of The Career Ready Podcast, we discuss what questions to ask employers at the end of an interview. We also cover how to reach out to an employer after you've applied for a job. 

Topic #1: Rebecca shares tips on what questions to ask – and not ask – at the end of a job interview. Discover what questions will help you better understand the job and the employer as well as help you shine as a candidat...

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During this episode of the Career Ready Podcast, we hear from a student that secured an internship in her first year at College of DuPage. She shares her story and tips for other students seeking opportunities. We also explore the NACE Competency of Critical Thinking. 

Topic #1 Pierre interviews Kimberly, a student at College of DuPage about her summer internship experience and how she secured the opportunity within her fi...

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During this episode of the Career Ready Podcast, we will talk about how to discuss your strengths and weaknesses during an interview. We will also introduce CareerOneStop, which is a website helpful for researching jobs and interview prep. 

Topic #1: Michelle shares tips on how to present your strengths and weaknesses to employers during interviews. 

Topic #2: Rebecca talks about CareerOneStop, a career website with great r...

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