The Uncommon Career Podcast: Career Change Strategies for Mid- to Senior-level Professionals

The Uncommon Career Podcast: Career Change Strategies for Mid- to Senior-level Professionals

Navigate your career with The Uncommon Career Podcast. Designed for seasoned experts seeking strategic career shifts, this podcast is your compass to success. Whether you’re a seasoned executive, experienced specialist, or accomplished professional, you’ll have the guidance you need at every phase of your career transition. Hosted by Patricia Ortega, a master’s level Career Counselor and Transition Coach, this podcast equips you with laser-focused strategies for your next move. Gain clarity on your career direction, craft a persuasive and influential brand, and harness a competitive edge that sets mid- and senior-level professionals apart. Patricia’s proven expertise in navigating career crossroads ensures you’re armed with the tools you need to thrive, and expert guests bring practical expertise and insider information. Topics include getting clarity on your career direction; crafting a career story; building career confidence; writing a targeted resume/LinkedIn profile and branding materials; interviewing; and handling negotiations – as well as career growth and advancement strategies. Tune in to The Uncommon Career Podcast for an exclusive look and expert how-to’s of successful career transition and advancement. More information at


April 15, 2024 22 mins

Are you getting ready to apply for a new position? 

Emily Kapit shares what works in resumes, branding, and a successful job search. 

In a world where job hunting feels like a never-ending maze, Emily Kapit swoops in with her career wisdom and resume magic. With over 15 years of experience, Emily shares her journey from broadcasting to resume writing, all while juggling the chaos of toxic work environments. Through her "Kapita...

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Today we delve into the power of inspiration with former Army Ranger turned leadership coach, Steven Jarvis Morris. Steven shares a tragedy that transformed into inspiration, highlighting the difference between motivation and inspiration. Through active listening, trust-building, and consistent actions, Steven emphasizes the importance, ultimately, of love in leadership. The episode showcases several ways inspiration can happen, r...

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Are you tired of feeling stuck in your career?

Do you dread Mondays and long for work you love?

In this episode, Tammy Alvarez, author of "Escaping the Career Trap," shares her insights on how to transform your apathy into ambition and never hate Mondays again. She discusses the five lies that hold us back from loving our jobs and offers practical advice on breaking free from the soul-crushing grind. Tammy emphasizes the import...

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Are you an introvert having to navigate the extroverted world of work?

In this episode of the Uncommon Career Podcast, host Patricia Ortega interviews Julianna Yau Yorgan, a professional coach for introverts. Julianna shares her personal journey as an introvert in the corporate world and offers valuable insights on how introverts can thrive in their careers without compromising their true selves. She emphasizes the importance of ...

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Are you tired of feeling overwhelmed and lacking work-life balance?

In this episode of the Uncommon Career Podcast, host Patricia Ortega sits down with Mary Brown, the Boundaries Coach, to discuss how to set boundaries at work and achieve a healthier work-life balance. Mary shares practical tips and strategies for saying no gracefully, such as using the "one sentence" method or the "Oreo cookie" approach. She emphasizes the im...

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Are you tired of feeling unappreciated at work? Wondering if there's a better fit out there for you?


In this episode, Micah Lorence, owner of Tailored Consulting and creator of Culture Lab shares his insights on cultural fit and how to find a fulfilling role at a company that aligns with your goals, needs, and values. He breaks down the four components of culture fit and provides practical tips for determining if a company is ...

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What if work didn't always feel like a grind?

What if it were exciting, collaborative, and life-giving?

Today, Dr. Joey shares his insights on building a positive work culture and the impact of emotional intelligence at the office. He emphasizes the importance of self-awareness and aligning personal values with company values. We discuss the shift in "work-life balance" and the need for companies to create a positive and encouragin...

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Are you a new manager, director or hoping to move into leadership?

Patricia Ortega is joined by Julie Riga, a certified coach, trainer, speaker, and author with over 20 years of experience in the e-pharma industry. Julie shares her transition into the corporate world in the learning and development field, eventually becoming an executive coach. Tune in to learn more about Julie's career evolution and her mission to help professiona...

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Patricia interviews Harsh Garg, an IT professional turned career coach for those seeking to enter IT-related careers. Harsh shares his insights on how to enter a field when your degree may not seem applicable. With 20 years of IT experience, Harsh offers guidance to individuals, particularly spouses relocating to new countries, who are unsure of how to begin their careers. He emphasizes the need for a step-by-step plan in navigatin...

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Tammy Alvarez, CEO and founder of Career Winners Circle, shares her incredible career journey to a C-level executive on Wall Street. She breaks all the rules and emphasizes the importance of loving your work and not settling for anything less. Tammy creates a competitive advantage out of being different, and encourages professionals to play to their strengths. She also discusses the services offered by Career Winners Circle, includ...

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Roger Petho, an experienced talent management professional with a background in artificial intelligence (AI) shares his insights to help you stand out in the job search.

Roger discusses the impact of AI on the workforce and job search. He shares his insights on how AI can revolutionize talent management by providing personalized training and real-time coaching suggestions. He emphasizes the importance of understanding AI and levera...

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In this episode, Kate Speer, a job seeker and marketing professional, shares her journey and offers advice on finding a job with impact and leadership opportunities. She emphasizes the importance of marketing yourself on LinkedIn and using marketing skills to promote your abilities. Kate discusses her job search experience, including facing rejection and the need for persistence. She also highlights the power of LinkedIn in buildin...

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Stephen redefines success and enjoyment in the present moment. In conversation, we explore the significance of education and personal growth, overcoming fear to improve one's life, and taking responsibility for one's actions. Stephen also shares his own struggles with weight gain and depression, and the importance of setting goals and defining success based on personal values. Overall, the episode encourages listeners to rethink tr...

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In this episode, we discuss how to become a top candidate in a brand new industry by leveraging your career story. We address common fears and concerns that come with switching industries, such as taking a pay cut or starting over. While these thoughts are normal, they may not be accurate or serve you. We explore how to overcome these fears and position yourself as a strong candidate in a new industry using a compelling career st...

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In this episode, Colleen shares her unconventional career path and the importance of considering alternative options. She discusses her journey from a creative foreign language background to obtaining a master's degree in accounting. Colleen emphasizes the need for individuals to take control of their own careers and not follow prescribed paths.

She also highlights the interconnectedness of different disciplines and the value of la...

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Brian Montes and I discuss the importance of asking the right questions during the hiring process to determine if the organization is the right fit for one's career goals. He emphasizes the need for candidates to be selective and find a good cultural fit.

Brian also highlights the significance of considering employee input in decision-making processes and the importance of open communication. The episode emphasizes the importance o...

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In this insightful podcast episode, we're joined by Glenn Richardson from Rhodium Talent Advisors, an expert in the hiring process. We discuss the art of crafting an impressive resume, engaging effectively with recruiters, and utilizing the power of storytelling during a career transition. Glenn shares invaluable advice on how to make your application stand out in a highly competitive job market. He emphasizes the importance of sh...

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Patricia Ortega dives into the common barriers that can hinder candidates from acing their interviews and leaving a positive impression on hiring managers. She discusses the fears of failure and the pressure to perform that often lead to overwhelm and blanking out during interviews.

Patricia emphasizes the importance of mindset and perspective, reminding listeners that interviews are conversations, not pass or fail situations. She ...

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Nausheen Chen is a master at the art of communication.

She's got a knack for helping others elevate their speaking, and today, Nausheen delivers a simple one-minute tip that could revolutionize your communication skills.

We also explore the critical importance of understanding and honing your skills, rather than settling for easy and average.

You'll hear Nausheen share moving stories of her clients finding their voice and conquerin...

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In this episode, executive leadership coach and personal development expert Dale Wilsher shares insights on big career pivots, understanding oneself for career success, dealing with career choices and personal values, finding the ideal job, and the importance of passion, personality, and purpose in career decisions. Dale emphasizes the need for courage and effort in career transitions and highlights the importance of aligning one's...

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