These days, It seems that everyone is either looking to HIRE people or looking for a NEW JOB, doesn’t it?

The whole recruiting process can be very stressful. So I turned to my friend, executive recruiter Sharon Mah-Gin to ask her advice. Whether you’re a recruiter or a job-seeker, this week’s podcast episode is a must!


Sharon Mah-Gin

Sharon Mah-Gin

Sharon’s superpowers are networking, connecting people, and reading people. She’s also incredibly generous, particularly with her advice for job-seekers. She is a member of the Executive Search Alliance, has served on several boards, and is currently working with the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards program. 

This week’s episode marks Sharon’s 3rd appearance as a guest expert on the Talk About Talk podcast. In this episode you’ll learn:

  • How to START your job search
  • What EMPLOYERS look for in candidates

Where to begin?

If only we had a job search road map…


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Sharon outlines the 3 things you should do at the beginning of your search:

1️⃣ Develop your PERSONAL BRAND

  • Articulate your superpower.
  • Identify the things that make you unique. Ask yourself what differentiates you from other applicants

2️⃣ Identify exactly WHAT YOU WANT

  • What is the goal of your job search?
  • Are you looking for a change in culture, a change in responsibilities? Where do you want to end up?
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3️⃣ Optimize your LINKEDIN PROFILE

  • LinkedIn is the first place prospective employers will look
  • LinkedIn is less formal than a resume, so this is where you can let your personality shine through
  • Ensure your profile contains relevant keywords.  Be discoverable.
  • Be strategic about what you include in your headline, or whether you use the “Open for Work” headshot frame

Networking & Interviewing

Once you’ve established your personal brand, identified your goals, and updated your LinkedIn profile, it’s time for the next step in the job search process: NETWORKING and INTERVIEWING.

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Sharon has some great tips to help you through this part of the process. Her #1 piece of advice is BE RESPECTFUL.


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5 Simple Ways to Show a Little R-E-S-P-E-C-T:

1️⃣ Be Generous – Be a giver, not a taker

2️⃣ Be Prepared – Even for informational interviews. Remember, Google is your friend!

3️⃣ Say Thank You – Always follow up with a thank you email. This is also your 2nd chance to reinforce your message.

4️⃣ Make It Easy – Be specific about what you want. Save time and reduce clicks by avoiding email attachments. Use a chronological resume that’s easier to read.

5️⃣ Keep it Concise – Be precise, and avoid writing longwinded emails.


That’s it for this week! A huge THANK YOU to Sharon Mah-Gin for joining me on the podcast a third time and sharing such helpful tips for job-seekers.

You can listen to this episode directly on the website just by clicking ▶️PLAY.  Or you can find the podcast on any podcast app.  Just search “Talk About Talk.” 

Please forward this email to your friends who might like help with their communication skills and job-seeking. Thank you.