The Uncommon Career Podcast: Career Confidence + Strategies to Overcome Imposter Syndrome and Enjoy Your Job Search

The Uncommon Career Podcast: Career Confidence + Strategies to Overcome Imposter Syndrome and Enjoy Your Job Search

Hey friend! Let’s talk about your God-given brand and the career confidence mindset you need to overcome imposter syndrome, get career clarity, and stand out in a crowded job market. Whether you want to launch careers, make a pivot into a new industry, get a promotion, or make a career leap into a higher position, let’s tackle it together. Each week we’ll cover career confidence, professional branding, and job search mindset + strategy 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, your Career Confidence and Transition Coach, and this is The Uncommon Career Podcast! More information at


June 1, 2023 35 mins

Regardless of technical and mechanical skills, DeeDee Lake's superpower of connecting with anyone, anywhere, and anytime launches her into a career as an Author Relations Coordinator, highlighting the importance of knowing oneself and working in strengths rather than weaknesses.


In this episode, you will be able to:

  • Recognize your strengths for career triumph
  • Build connections and seize career opportunities
  • Realize your stren...
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Have you been laid off? Whether your company decided to downsize, restructure, or decided your position was redundant, being laid off is not your fault. Loosing a job can be devastating, and is often a traumatic loss experience for many professionals. 

In today's episode, I cover the three phases you need to go through to get back into the market without jumping into a bad-fit position too soon. Learn:

  • How to navigate and move ...
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Have you ever faced challenges while transitioning to a tech career?

Harsh Garg and I chat about  the role of certificates and coaching to making career transition smoother.

"If you spend half an hour every day learning a skill in the next five years, you will become a national expert in that area." - Harsh Garg  

Harsh shares:

• How to make a career change into technology

• How outcome-based resumes help you land positions in a sk...

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"If you're feeling like your hard work and dedication towards your career goals isn't paying, then you are not alone!"

Today's guest, Kylee Robinson, paid off $44,000 in student loan debt in just 26 months and published a book within a year!


Today, she'll show you how you can reach goals like these too. In this episode, Kylee Robinson helps us formulate attainable goals that align with our core beliefs and future vision.


She sh...

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ChatGPT is a great tool. Many are using this artificial intelligence in their job search and some are able to add keywords to their resume, beat the applicant tracking system (ATS), and secure the interview.

In today's episode, I cover a few theories about the future of using this not-so-secret weapon, pros and cons of Chat GPT, and a process you can use to make your resume faster while not loosing your professional brand in the pr...

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Need to make a career change? Thinking of going into corporate or getting out of corporate? How do you know when it's time to move on? 

In this episode, Erin Harrigan shares her personal journey of getting into corporate with a sociology major, moving up and succeeding in corporate, and transitioning from corporate to entrepreneurship.

She discusses:

  • The importance of recognizing when it's time to make a career change
  • Practical...
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Quiet quitting is/was a popular term coming out of the pandemic. Burnout was a real thing, but no one seemed to acknowledge it. Professionals were stressed, overworked, and underpaid. 

What's worse, the trend has always been to add more work to professionals who are sometimes absorbing the work of one or more other positions already, and to expect unrealistic, unhealthy work habits...all for tiny to non-existent raises. 

Tune in to...

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Want to get motivated, get yourself out there, and find your new career?

This episode might just help inspire you, build your self confidence, and help you overcome self doubt, whether in your job search or in your career development. 

I share Brandon's first career search experience and his commitment to action.

I also share some recent lows in my life, and what I learned from my counselor that helped me get back up and move forwa...

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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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