The Career Transition Experts

The Career Transition Experts

The Career Transition Experts is designed to help you get hired for the job you’ll love. Discover what top recruiters and job search professionals have to say about current job trends and what hiring parties are looking for. You’ll also get expert leadership and career transition advice on writing your resume and cover letter, interviewing, networking, and more. In this podcast, we interview members of our executive recruiter network, including CEO recruiters and CFO recruiters as well as many other successful professionals in the executive search business. Discover how to love your career with financial success, happiness, and work-life balance. If you are interested in leadership career success, listen up! You can find more from Jonathan at


April 28, 2023 21 mins

In this episode of The Career Transition Expert, Marty Greenbaum talks about the possibilities of franchising for professionals looking for their next career move. With a struggling economy and job market, Marty discusses why individuals should consider franchising and its proven systems over independently starting a business.

He also shares the potential benefits of franchising, including brand recognition, marketing, and technolog...

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Starting a business from scratch is risky business.  Becoming a franchisee is different because it’s systematized. Is it possible to succeed with a franchise in an industry where you don’t have prior specific experience in that vertical?  What are franchisors looking for to be confident you would manage a franchising situation successfully?  In this snippet from The Career Transition Expert, Marty Greenbaum discusses the kind of op...

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Why would people consider franchising instead of the next-level leadership role? In this episode of The Career Transition Experts, Marty Greenbaum presents the advantages of franchising and business ownership, including freedom, income, and building a legacy for your family. 

Our guest, Marty Greenbaum, is a 30+ year franchise industry professional, Certified Franchise Executive (CFE), and a founder of Smart Franchise Inve...

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Have you noticed that people get frustrated or overwhelmed by the job search process?

  • How do recruiters deal with and streamline that process for candidates?
  • How do candidates know what's going on at each step of the process, and how can candidates make sure not to leave recruiters hanging and wondering?
  • How to make first impressions, which are very important, and understand shortfalls along the way?

These and other insig...

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February 23, 2023 1 min

The job search process is different for everybody, but it's always important for candidates to do prepare for interviews.  How do you make sure your meetings with hiring managers get the job offers you want?

  • You probably already take time to do plenty of research before you go to the interview. 
  • Do you find points of commonality with the individual recruiters and hiring managers that can often be a discussion to create a per...
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Executive Recruiters work for the companies that give them information about job openings - it’s almost always the hiring party that pays the fee.  However, they can be allies to you in your search and most of them do care about helping along the way!

How do recruiters empower the candidates?  Some listen to candidates can be very helpful by;

>> understanding the frustration of the search process

>> being transpa...

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Your job as a candidate is to be clear about your value proposition.  To do that well and to be happy in your next role, you have to be clear about your career direction.

In this episode, we explore:

  • How to figure out the next thing that you want to do
  • How to express what you really value, because career values are very important
  • How other people have found clarity of career direction
  • What’s involved and what comes back from having ...
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January 18, 2023 1 min

People often underestimate their skills and abilities, which can make it difficult to take the steps to move forward in their career. In this episode, Mpume Ncube-Daka discusses how candidates can better understand their own skills and potential to help them make better decisions when considering a career change.

Our guest, Mpume Ncube-Daka, is the Founder and CEO of ABOUT CHANGE CONVERSATIONS, a coaching and personal development co...

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January 18, 2023 1 min

Sometimes people get stuck and stagnant in their career.  In this episode, Mpume Ncube-Daka shares some insights on some ways you can get unstuck which includes the following:

  • know the important things that are needed in getting clarity of direction
  • understand why some people are stagnant
  • dig deeper to your environment, strengths, and skills

Our guest, Mpume Ncube-Daka, is the Founder and CEO of ABOUT CHANGE CONVERSATIONS, a c...

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Do you want to know the nuances about interviewing successfully with a tech startup?

What do recruiters specifically look for in the right candidate? 

This episode includes some best practices to prepare for your tech interview … and beyond. 

  • The top concerns startup recruiters have when hiring candidates from large corporations.  i.e. what they fear about you!
  • The value in turning a recruiter into a friend and how to do that. 
  • The ...
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How can you turn an interview with a recruiter into a valuable relationship?

  1. DO explore “who do you know” that would be good for me to me.
  2. DON’T corner the recruiter - they can help, but they don’t have to.

Chase Kocher is the Founder and CEO of aim4hire, a technology recruitment agency that partners exclusively with well-funded, hyper-growth tech startups. After Chase realized that most tech recruiting agencies are...

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How will you decide on whether your next job and career path should be with smaller/startup company vs a bigger Fortune 500?

  • The environment is going to be totally different.
  • Do you like to wear multiple hats?
  • Are you a generalist or a specialist?

The right startup can offer less bureaucracy, upward mobility, and freedom - more or less! 

Our guest, Chase Kocher, is the Founder and CEO of aim4hire, a technology recruitment agenc...

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Recruiters work for the hiring managers that pay the bills, but that doesn’t mean they can’t help with your career and job search.

  • Be specific on what you want next in your career and job. If you look at a sense of purpose and the bigger picture, it will get you farther.
  • Most recruiters care more about their work and quality of life, than just making money on placements. Many times they may talk a candidate out of a job it seems ...
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Personally connect with hiring managers and recruiters during the hiring process. Avoid putting pressure on them to help you with your career. If they don’t have an interview for you - it could be a timing issue, but that’s not reflective of you.

Hiring managers and recruiters are people too. They have bad days, stressful days so cut them a break. If you understand their situation and contribute as you would when networking, you’ll ...

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October 5, 2022 2 mins

How do recruiters help candidates sort out what you really want in your career? Some get real clear on your history to understand how they got involved in their current industry and desired future. Knowing what you really liked about past jobs is a useful indicator.

Ben Martinez has 20+ years of experience in in-house recruiting and executive search recruiting. Owner and is the Principal recruiter of Ramp Talent for the last 5+ year...

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What does it take to be the ONE who wins the race of landing the job of your dreams at an executive level?  Let’s look at this through the lens of winning at yacht racing;

  • There are nuances and adjustments that you can make when you prepare for job interviews  - a little trimming make a big difference?

  • Job seekers should keep in mind that the job interview is a sails - I mean sales  - process

  • Help recruiters un...
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September 23, 2022 1 min

When searching for the next job in your career path, recruiters like Ernie Bivona agree;

  • Candidates should be honest and transparent
  • Hiring managers aren't looking for the world's best expert because there's always somebody better no matter what happens.  
  • It’s better to be humble and understanding enough that you're willing to learn and grow to build on your expertise. Be careful when you interview -...
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In searching for that next outstanding job in your career, there are many similarities between networking, job hunting, and sailboat racing. Here’s a segment of my chat with a recruiter I know from the City Island Yacht Club’s Big Tom” Racing Series.  He provides insights on knowing where you fit in the marketplace, and how to stay true, focused, and to keep going no matter what.

Ernie Bivona is a key player in the chemical ingredie...

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In this episode, we reveal some myth-busting truths about what happens behind the scene on hiring decisions made by recruiters and corporations;

  • How recruiters prepare the candidates for each step in the interview process, and who they represent regarding your career.
  • Key factors that influence hiring managers
  • Myths and mistakes regarding how candidates represent themselves in the job search and interview process
  • The power and path...
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August 30, 2022 2 mins

Sending a hand-written thank you note after an interview still matters, yet only 1 in 40 people do it;

  • Being gracious shows a level of integrity and caring critical to on-the-job leadership
  • It may make the difference between the recruiter hiring you and another runner-up that is equally qualified
  • Companies look for intangibles, particularly for the executive level such as career ambition, Emotional Intelligence (EQ), and motivatio...
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