The Uncommon Career Podcast: Branding, mindset, and career strategies so you can enjoy the job search process.

The Uncommon Career Podcast: Branding, mindset, and career strategies so you can enjoy the job search process.

Hey friend! let’s talk about your amazing God-given brand and the mindset you need to stand out in a crowded job market. Whether you want to launch careers, make a pivot into a new industry, get a promotion, or take a career leap into a higher position, let’s tackle it together. Each week we’ll cover career, branding, and mindset topics so you can get confident, get noticed, and get hired - whether or not you have a big network, a fancy title, or a ton of experience. I’m Patricia Ortega, and this is the uncommon career podcast! More information at


March 14, 2023 35 min

Today we talk to Kate Speer, a marketing professional who took her career branding to another level. 


She developed a professional marketing campaign including a website, podcast, video, and a wildly successful LinkedIn profile. 

In the episode, we cover:

  • The power of an eclectic career
  • The reality of grieving the loss of your job
  • The opportunities that come with putting your name out there 
  • Tips to instantly increase the val...
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What if instead of applying to 100 jobs with no answer, a recruiter would reach out to you?


What if instead of being ignored by recruiters when you do apply, you actually get a call-back?

Today, I give you straight-to-the-point tips to get noticed and get selected by recruiters on LinkedIn. 

You'll learn:

  • What the MOST important section of your LinkedIn profile is
  • How to come up on the recruiter's search engine
  • What to stop ...
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Cover letters are a powerful secret weapon no one is using! 

Most candidates don't enjoy writing cover letters, and most recruiters and managers don't enjoy reading cover letters.

Why? Because most cover letters are BORING!

In today's episode we'll chat about how to create an attention grabbing cover letter that gives you an opportunity to share your brand and connect - one human to another - before any candidate even schedules an ...

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Get into the mind of the manager on today's episode to learn:


  • Why we are all wrong about the job description vs job posting
  • Red and green flags when applying to startups (or any company)
  • What hiring managers wished they could share with you as a candidate 

It's a great episode for anyone who is about to hop into the job search! 

The 5 Red Flags podcast/blog mentioned in this episode:
  1. Listen: https://www.buzzsprout.c...
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This is the final episode in the salary series, and we talk about:

  • A quick recap of salary mindset and research
  • How to avoid unfulfilled employer promises
  • Why you have to look beyond the posted salary

Tune in and get prepared for your next negotiation!


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Where does my money go? How do I get more of it? Christians are to steward our finances well, but sometimes we need a little help. 

If you're asking yourself the "where's my money?" question, this episode is for you! We'll cover:

  • Ways to stretch your finances while still enjoying your life
  • The fun, secret way to make side income 
  • Mindsets that stop us from saving and making more money
  • How to turn $0 into $100s and $100s into $1...
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You should never go into salary negotiations without a minimum, fair, and ideal compensation package in mind. In today's episode, I share:

  • The 4 steps to identify your minimum, fair, and ideal salary offer
  • Several websites to find salary ranges for your position
  • 5+ factors that may affect your salary range
  • The one source that gives you the most accurate salary data

Listen in before you apply, interview and accept a medioc...

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From a fatherless suicidal young adult to a pastor-podcaster, Eric Stephens's story and guidance is one you're NOT going to want to miss! 


We cover: 

  • A give-you-chills, is-God-real? testimony
  • Guidance on what to do in those first years as a Christian
  • How to hear the voice of God
  • How to live out your faith at work
  • Making wise work and life decisions
  • ...and so many golden nuggets for your faith walk!

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You ever feel greedy about negotiating your salary? Well, you can stop feeling greedy, guilty or convicted after this episode. 

If you are a Christian you’ve heard that Jesus wants us to be humble, but humble doesn't mean poor.

In this episode I’ll break down:

  • The confusion between humility and poverty 
  • Why you SHOULD negotiate as a Christian
  • The 5 Faith-based salary mindsets to help you negotiate well


The week after n...

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Listen in for a career God story from Paul, a Christian Software Engineering professional  who:

  • ...had med-school aspirations
  • ...earned a chemical engineering degree 
  • ...God redirected into computer programming

Then stay for the second half, where he shares golden nuggets to help you get hired in the tech industry, including:

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“I can’t believe I have to start over…”

“I’ve invested too much in this industry to leave now”

“I don’t want to start at the bottom again”


Guess what?! You don’t have to! 

Changing careers can sometimes mean a small dip but rarely does it mean a blank slate. In fact, many times a career change is what makes you exactly the candidate a company is l...

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Struggling to find your next career move? Praying about it but don’t see the answer beaming down from heaven (Would’t that be amazing)? That’s ok! God’s guidance comes in many ways, and often, it’s in the action we take that we see His hand. 

Here are the 3 simple and practical steps you can focus on this week to gain clarity on your career direction - more detail is in this week’s podcast episode! 

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In this episode I walk you through the process of making a career or life transition without getting overwhelmed. 


I've learned and refined this process through many big decisions, lifestyle changes, and career leaps of faith that the Lord God led me through over the last 15 years. 


We’ll chat about:

  • The role of God-sent angels...
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Today we're talking with Cindy Stamatis. She has an absolutely amazing life and career story! Today she'll tell us:

  • How she went from a retail position working 4AM to 10AM shifts and, without a degree, made her way to a Western Regional Sales Manager at a huge (and very successful) toy company


  • About her journey into entrepreneurship and how, from the very beginning through to the brink of closing her business with $...
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If you are considering a major career change, if God is calling you into a whole new industry, or if you're not sure how to be a strong Christian within your work environment, this episode is for you.

Janae Blatch shares her family’s pandemic career transition story. She talks about bringing her talents and skills from education, ministry, and mental health together to go into a seemingly unrelated indus...

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November 1, 2022 42 min

Did you know your past experience impacts your response to future opportunities? While "trauma" may sound like a far fetched idea, or maybe someone else's problem, you may be surprised to know that impactful negative experiences and yes, trauma, affect much if not most of society (that includes me, and that might also include you). Today, I'll cover key insights from Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk's best-selling book, The Body Keeps the S...

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Are you preparing to change positions or careers, or to start a business or ministry? In this episode we cover areas of preparedness you need to get ready before you take the career leap of faith into your next season.


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Chris Grainer, Engineer of 20 years is using the skills learned over the last two decades to serve Christian men by helping them simplify and apply the Bible in order to lead in their lives and roles. He'll talk about God using every experience - even the tragedies - for good and for His glory. We'll also talk about growing your character and faith in private to have a stronger faith in public, and what it looks like to be called i...

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In this episode we go through 2 Corinthians 9:6-13 to see The Lord's multiplied blessings when we give. If you feel a hesitation when you are called to be generous... stick around! This might just change your mind.



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