The Dream Job System Podcast

By Austin Belcak

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Maria V
 Mar 24, 2021
Austin's content it is very helpful and insightful. It is very easy to digest and he show that he cares. Justin Thank you !!

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Austin Belcak brings you quick, highly actionable strategies to help you land a job you love without “traditional” experience and without applying online. These modern job search tactics stem from Austin’s personal experience landing interviews and offers from Google, Microsoft, and Twitter and his experience helping thousands of job seekers get hired at the world’s best companies without applying online.

Episode Date
The 3 Levels Of Job Search Difficulty | Ep #288
389

Austin shares the 3 different levels of job search difficulty and how you can pivot!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - You can change your title, company, or industry

[1:19] - The more you change, the more difficulty you will face

[2:25] - Know your “Why”

Have questions about how to change your job title, company, or industry? Text them to Austin at (201) 479-9511.

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Oct 03, 2022
#AAA - September 2022 | Ep #287
1787

Ask Austin Anything! In this episode Austin answers questions from listeners just like you. Get your question answered on a future Ask Austin Anything episode by submitting it to the link below.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - #AAA for September 2022

[1:20] - Nikhil - What do you think is the metric for having successfully established a “brand” on LinkedIn?

[7:02] - Michael - If you were diving into a side hustle right today that wasn't related to anything you do now, what would it be?

[11:24] - Jagoda - What are the things to watch out for in a job posting that would indicate the workplace/management can be toxic and one should avoid?

[16:02] - Vartika - These days so many of the LinkedIn leaders are providing so much job search content. I just find it a lot to take and sometimes get overwhelmed by all of the advice. What would you suggest?

[21:29] - Alan - What are some of the best books you’ve read this year?

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Sep 30, 2022
People Who Consistently Land Offers Do These 3 Things | Ep #286
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Austin shares the 3 things that people who consistently land job offers do in their job search!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Myth: more experience = more job offers

[1:08] - Get a deep understanding of your target company

[2:50] - Create an effective narrative

[5:24] - Show your value on your own terms

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Sep 28, 2022
Case Study: Callum Showed Kajabi They Were Missing $287K / Month | Ep #285
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Austin shares a case study of someone who put together a proactive Value Validation Project!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - You don’t need permission to put together a portfolio

[3:35] - Callum’s Case Study for Kajabi

[7:07] - Presenting an opportunity

[9:44] - Providing a solution

[11:40] - Bringing it all together

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Callum’s Case Study - https://www.callumbirch.com/p/my-287kmonth-kajabi-proposal

Note from Austin: “I'm not affiliated with Callum in any way. This awesome case study was sent to me by my friend Alif Huq and it was a perfect illustration of building case studies to illustrate value to dream companies. All of the rights and IP are Callum's."

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Sep 26, 2022
Why You Should Bet On Yourself In The Face Of Uncertainty | Ep #284
434

Austin shares why you should continue to bet on yourself even in the face of uncertainty!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Are you feeling resistance or frustration?

[1:46] - Beware of your self-talk

[2:57] - Bet on yourself for a better future

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Sep 23, 2022
How To Allocate Your Job Search Time In 2022 | Ep #283
903

Austin shares how you should allocate your time in the job search if you want to be effective in 2022!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - How to be effective in today’s job market

[2:02] - How to allocate your time

[3:33] - Online applications & resume improvements

[5:40] - Research target companies

[7:30] - Upskilling in public

[10:31] - Build & cultivate relationships

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Sep 21, 2022
How Students Can Overcome "Bad" GPAs, Majors, & Internships | Ep #282
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Austin shares what you can do as a student who has “bad” grades, “bad” internships, or the “wrong” major!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Austin had “bad” grades, only one small internship, and the “wrong” major

[1:52] - You have an opportunity to get creative

[3:42] - You can create your own internship

[5:18] - Start freelancing to generate experience

[6:36] - Build a passion project in public

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Sep 19, 2022
What Jerry Seinfeld Can Teach You About Interviewing | Ep #281
369

Austin shares what you can learn from Jerry Seinfeld that will help you in your interviews!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Jerry Seinfeld started as a nobody

[1:32] - When you get your shot, make sure you don’t miss!

[2:08] - One great interview can change your life

[3:43] - Stand out with your preparation

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Sep 16, 2022
How A/B Testing Can 10x Your Networking | Ep #280
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Austin shares how A/B testing can 10x your networking, especially if you're not getting the amount of responses you’d like!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - A lot of people get stuck here

[1:17] - Even Austin got ZERO responses in the beginning

[3:17] - What A/B testing really looks like

[6:40] - Come up with 3 initial tests

[8:13] - Track the data

[8:13] - Send the emails, delete the lowest performer, and replace it with a new test

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Sep 14, 2022
Procrastinating On A Career Change? Try This | Ep #279
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Austin shares his thoughts on how to start your career change or industry change if you’ve been procrastinating!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Procrastination robs your future self of happiness

[2:00] - It’s hard, but it’s worth it!

[2:43] - You have to invest the time, but it’s worth it!

[4:56] - Austin’s challenge - Start Today!

[5:47] - Baby steps turn into strides

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Sep 12, 2022
How Personalized Videos Can Boost Job Offer Rates | Ep #278
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Austin shares how you can use personalized videos to boost the amount of job offers you receive!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - What is a personalized video?

[2:23] - Research the recipient

[3:14] - Use Loom!

[4:15] - A few best practices

[5:38] - When to use personalized videos

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Sep 09, 2022
3 Skills Every Job Seeker Needs In 2022 | Ep #277
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Austin shares 3 skills every job seeker needs to land more job offers and be more successful in 2022!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - The job search has changed

[0:57] - Copywriting

[2:48] - Writing a cold email

[4:13] - Selling your value

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Sep 07, 2022
A 2 Minute Hack For Identifying Hiring Managers | Ep #276
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Austin shares a simple hack to find all of the hiring managers with open roles at your dream companies!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Finding hiring managers with open roles

[1:00] - Using LinkedIn filters

[2:25] - Filter & bookmark

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Sep 05, 2022
How To Create Content For Your Job Search In 5 Steps | Ep #275
663

Austin shares 5 simple steps you can use to create content for your job search!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Content creation is a Game Changer!

[2:49] - Take action

[3:31] - Capture your learnings

[5:19] - Create buckets

[6:09] - Combine & create

[7:06] - Block out time for creation

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Sep 02, 2022
#AAA - August 2022 | Ep #274
1208

Ask Austin Anything! In this episode Austin answers questions from listeners just like you. Get your question answered on a future Ask Austin Anything episode by submitting it to the link below.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - #AAA for August 2022

[1:00] - Callie - How often should I be commenting on LinkedIn posts while job searching? 5 comments per week? 5 comments per day? Is there an obnoxious number? I’m trying to add value with every comment I leave but don’t want to spam my connections.

[5:14] - Ewa - It seems like I cannot “sell myself” on my resume or during the interview. Once hired, I do an awesome job but I feel like I’m missing out on a lot of great opportunities. How do I correct this?

[9:57] - Tyler - I want to take an awesome headshot photo for LinkedIn. Any recommendations?

[13:35] - Andy - Do you think Cover Letters work? I've heard no one reads them.

[18:54] - Rubal - Where's your favorite place to get a bagel in NYC?

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Aug 31, 2022
How To Create Experience If You Don't Have Any | Ep #273
557

Austin shares how you can create your own job experience if you don’t have any!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Students, Interns, & Career changer need experience

[1:56] - Creating your own experience for free!

[2:51] - Select your target companies & jobs

[3:31] - Audit & hypothesize about your target jobs & companies

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Aug 29, 2022
How To Start A Job Winning Cover Letter | Ep #272
480

Austin shares how to start a job-winning cover letter and set yourself apart from the crowd!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Are cover letters still relevant?

[1:50] - Cover letters for your dream job

[2:34] - Cover letters increase your callback rate

[4:15] - How to start your job-winning cover letter

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Aug 26, 2022
2 Daily Activities For Massive Career Success | Ep #271
886

Austin shares the 2 things you need to do in order to see massive career success!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Successful careers have these things in common

[1:40] - Caveat: You must take these actions consistently over time

[2:29] - Create for 30 minutes per day

[10:11] - Reach out to 1 new person every day

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Aug 24, 2022
7 Steps For Writing A Job Winning LinkedIn Headline | Ep #270
773

Austin shares his 7 step process for writing a job-winning LinkedIn headline!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - The LinkedIn headline is a great place to stand out

[1:28] - The truth about LinkedIn headlines

[2:43] - 2 things all great headlines have

[5:32] - Finding your unique value

[8:48] - The LinkedIn headline formula

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LinkedIn Headline Formula:

[Job Title] | [Keyword 1], [Keyword 2], [Keyword 3] | [Unique Value Prop]

LinkedIn Headline Example #1:

Marketing at Snap | B2B, Paid Social, Analytics-Driven | I Help Snap's B2B Clients Generate 500% ROAS With Social Advertising

LinkedIn Headline Example #2:

Graphic Designer at Hubspot | Human-Centered Designer | I Help Companies Create Ad Designs That Drive 30% More Conversions

LinkedIn Headline Example #3:

Data Analyst at Microsoft | Python, SQL, Tableau | I Help Companies Use Big Data To Tell Stories That Boost Customer Retention By 77%

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Aug 22, 2022
How Job Hopping Can Accelerate Your Career | Ep #269
456

Austin shares how job hopping can accelerate your career!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Job hopping is not necessarily bad

[1:00] - The right & wrong way to job hop

[2:27] - How to explain short stints at previous jobs

[5:16] - Do it right and it will accelerate your career

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Aug 19, 2022
7 Simple Ways To Make Networking Easy | Ep #268
666

Austin shares 7 ways to make networking easier for you, because networking is work!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Networking is work

[1:18] - Find ways to get excited about networking!

[3:24] - Give it a real shot before moving on

[5:05] - Keep the door open

[6:26] - Pivoting avoids the relationship fizzle

[9:05] - Slow down to win big

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Aug 17, 2022
3 Daily LinkedIn Activities For More Interviews | Ep #267
466

Austin shares 3 daily actions that you can take on LinkedIn for better results in your job search!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Recognize LinkedIn’s full potential

[1:22] - Comment on posts

[3:12] - Comment some more…

[4:46] - Create your own content

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Aug 15, 2022
One Simple Trick For Generating More Referrals | Ep #266
290

Austin shares one tip that you can use to generate referrals without having to do any networking!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Networking is uncomfortable

[1:03] - Find jobs for your friends

[2:34] - Refer-a-Friend

[3:32] - It’s all about adding value

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Aug 12, 2022
How To Use The 90:9:1 Rule To Level Up Your Network | Ep #265
468

Austin shares how you can use the 90:9:1 Rule to level up your networking!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - What is the 90:9:1 Rule?

[2:00] - How it applies to your career search

[3:01] - Networking is better when it’s personal

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Aug 10, 2022
5 Ways To Build Experience When Changing Careers | Ep #264
687

Austin shares 5 ways that you can build experience in a new career field!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Changing careers can be frustrating!

[1:32] - Volunteering

[4:01] - Freelancing

[5:24] - The “25 Post Method”

[6:57] - Start a podcast

[8:42] - Build targeted projects

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Aug 08, 2022
Why I Always Look For This One Thing When Hiring | Ep #263
509

Austin shares the one thing he always looks for when hiring at Microsoft or Cultivated Culture!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Do you have a side hustle?

[1:13] - Looking for passion

[1:54] - People with a side hustle are motivated

[2:30] - Be scrappy & innovative

[4:23] - Driving outputs

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Aug 05, 2022
5 Things I Didn't Need To Start My Side Hustles / Business | Ep #262
658

Austin shares 5 things that he absolutely did not need to start his side hustles or business!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Conventional wisdom isn’t always right

[1:30] - A fancy website

[3:33] - A business plan

[6:10] - Funding

[7:57] - Incorporating/LLC

[9:07] - Business Cards

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Aug 03, 2022
Why Networking Isn't About Better Response Rates | Ep #261
402

Austin shares why networking isn’t all about getting better response rates!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Relationships and networking are SO important!

[1:04] - It’s a numbers game

[2:36] - Networking works if you work it

[4:16] - It’s all about seeking referrals

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Aug 01, 2022
#AAA - July 2022 | Ep #260
1263

Ask Austin Anything! In this episode Austin answers questions from listeners just like you. Get your question answered on a future Ask Austin Anything episode by submitting it to the link below.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - #AAA for July 2022

[1:06] - Trixy - You said you have done a lot of interviewing, can you share any question(s) in particular that you left your interviewer dumbfounded or shocked in a good way? 

[3:31] - Anish - How did you come up with your company name “Cultivated Culture?” 

[8:37] - Matt - When you started planning Cultivated Culture, what were some of the things you did to get started, for example, what was your process for creating/starting your website?

[11:53] - Borja - Which would you say are the most important skills to work on in order to have a master powerful brand?

[17:37] - Jennifer - You talk a lot about mental health. What is your favorite thing to do to relax and escape the laptop?

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Jul 29, 2022
The Best Way To Prepare For Panel Interviews | Ep #259
638

Austin shares his best tips that you can use to prepare for a panel interview!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - What is a panel interview?

[2:20] - What you should expect in a panel interview

[3:00] - How to prepare for a panel interview

[6:21] - Tailor your answers to the panel

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Jul 27, 2022
How 4 Failures Skyrocketed My Career | Ep #258
765

Austin shares 4 different ways that failures helped skyrocket his career!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - We’re taught that failure is BAD

[2:23] - Austin’s story of failures

[9:39] - What to do with your failures

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Jul 25, 2022
My "Advice Triangle" Strategy To Network With Anyone | Ep #257
710

Austin shares his “Advice Triangle” strategy that will help you network with anyone!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - 2 major challenges

[1:37] - What is the “Advice Triangle”?

[3:33] - Thing “A” or Thing “B”

[5:37] - Execute on the advice

[5:58] - Follow up & ask for more advice

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Jul 22, 2022
How To Get 10+ Interviews In 2 Weeks | Ep #256
254

Austin shares a trick that you can use to get 10+ interviews in less than 2 weeks!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Check your LinkedIn inbox!

[1:12] - Look for messages from recruiters

[1:47] - Make a spreadsheet

[1:58] - Reach out!

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Email Template Mentioned In This Episode:

“Hey [Recruiter],

I hope you’re having a great week!

[X] months ago, you messaged me about an opportunity at [Company].

I wasn’t in the market for a new role then, but I am now. I wanted to reach out to see if you had any roles aimed at [Insert Specifics About Your Background].

If so, I’d love to connect. Either way, hope you’re doing well.”

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Jul 20, 2022
How To Answer "Case Study" Interview Questions | Ep #255
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Austin shares how you can prepare for and answer “Case Study” interview questions!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Open ended, role related questions

[1:32] - What are “Case Study” interview questions

[3:03] - Don’t just “think out loud”

[5:50] - Ask limiting questions

[10:35] - Weave in your experience

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Jul 18, 2022
9 Unique Questions At Ask In An Interview | Ep #254
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Austin shares 9 unique questions that you can ask in your next interview that will help you stand out from the crowd!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Asking questions in an interview is important

[1:45] - Focus on results

[3:11] - Why is the job open?

[5:00] - Manager goals

[8:34] - Ask about their roadmaps

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Jul 15, 2022
Why Copywriting Is #1 Skill You Can Learn Today | Ep #253
466

Austin shares why copywriting is the #1 skill that you can learn today that will benefit you for years to come!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - The written word is everywhere

[1:41] - What is copywriting?

[3:56] - How to get started learning copywriting

[4:54] - Practice, practice, practice!

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Jul 13, 2022
Want To Win More Jobs? Refer Your Friends. | Ep #252
286

Austin shares how you can land more jobs by referring in other people you know!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Referrals are powerful

[1:36] - Helping your recruiter

[2:48] - Helping your friends/contacts

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Jul 11, 2022
6 LinkedIn Hacks That 99% Of Job Seekers Don't Know | Ep #251
757

Austin shares 6 LinkedIn hacks that 99% of job seekers don’t know about!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Download your first connections

[2:11] - Find content creators at your target companies

[4:23] - Find career changers

[6:43] - Figure out who’s hiring through their posts

[8:19] - Do your cultural research

[10:29] - Find salaries in Colorado

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Jul 08, 2022
Why The Best Job Seekers Spend 10 More Minutes | Ep #250
198

Austin shares why the very best job seekers who land the best jobs spend just 10 more minutes!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Most job seekers end up in a job that chose them

[1:16] - Choose your next job instead

[2:00] - Spend that extra 10 minutes to see results

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Jul 06, 2022
Should You Reach Out To Multiple People At The Same Company? | Ep #249
540

Austin shares whether or not you should reach out to multiple people at the same company, on the same team, at the same time!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - You’re bound to reach out to people that know each other

[1:30] - Anxiety’s effect on your brain

[3:28] - It doesn’t actually matter

[5:14] - It can be a positive, too!

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Jul 04, 2022
How To Talk About Experience You Don't Have In An Interview | Ep #248
358

Austin shares how you can talk about experience that you don’t have during an interview when you’re trying to change industries!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Don’t be afraid to talk about experience that you don’t have

[1:10] - Don’t lie & don’t avoid the question

[2:39] - Be honest!

[3:00] - Reiterate that you know the skill is important

[3:18] - Show them that you’re working on that skill

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Jul 01, 2022
#AAA - June 2022 | Ep #247
1234

Ask Austin Anything! In this episode Austin answers questions from listeners just like you. Get your question answered on a future Ask Austin Anything episode by submitting it to the link below.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - #AAA for June 2022

[0:57] - Chad - If you had to attribute the success you've achieved to ONE thing, would it be?

[5:16] - Christos - I've only just started posting on LI. How damaging or difficult is it to change your personal brand after say a year or two?

[7:17] - Trevor - Many people are anxious or just plain afraid to type that first email or dial that first phone call to a person of interest who might be able to help their career search. What sort of "low risk" tips would you recommend for someone like that?

[11:01] - Charly - If you're feeling burned out, is it better to take a break from the job hunt, completely reevaluate what you want, or keep doing what you've been doing?

[15:06] - Justin - What major opportunity to improve a person's career is sitting right in front of their face, and most people are missing?

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Jun 29, 2022
Why Requirements On Job Descriptions Aren't Usually "Required" | Ep #246
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Austin shares why job “requirements” aren’t actually required for you to land the job offer!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Yes it’s counterintuitive, but it’s true!

[0:51] - Why the “requirements” aren’t required

[2:28] - How to apply when you don’t meet the qualifications

[3:40] - Find another way to add value

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Jun 27, 2022
4 Job Search Channels To Should Consider In 2022 | Ep #245
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Austin shares 4 job searching channels that you should be considering in 2022!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Do what works for you

[1:33] - Referrals are probably your best shot

[2:34] - Online applications are *sometimes* very good

[3:22] - Check out internal & external recruiters 

[5:01] - Communities can be great for job searching

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Jun 24, 2022
How To Use A Results Tracker For More Offers & Promotions | Ep #244
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Austin shares how you can use a Results Tracker to win more job offers and land more promotions!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - It’s hard to remember details

[1:45] - What is a Results Tracker?

[2:18] - How to set up your Results Tracker

[3:51] - Update it 2x per month

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Jun 22, 2022
Want The Jobs Most People Don't Get? Do This. | Ep #243
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Austin shares the one thing you need to do if you want to get the jobs that most people don’t have!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Do what others won’t do

[1:08] - Great companies don’t want average

[2:29] - Do what Austin did

[3:27] - Control your narrative and stand out

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Jun 20, 2022
5 Reasons Your Resume Isn't Working (& What To Do) | Ep #242
802

Austin shares 5 reasons that your resume isn’t working and what to do about it!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - It’s hard to know what resume advice to take

[1:16] - The wrong format or layout

[3:50] - Starting with the wrong thing

[6:09] - Not tailoring your resume for the job

[7:53] - Not selling yourself

[10:08] - Your resume is too long, or too short

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Jun 17, 2022
4 Takeaways From Surveying 115K+ People On Salary Negotiation | Ep #241
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Austin shares 4 takeaways he learned from surveying over 115,000 people about salary negotiation!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Researching Salary Negotiation on LinkedIn

[1:10] - Most people don’t negotiate at all!

[1:30] - 92% of people who negotiate get more than the original offer

[2:46] - People don’t negotiate mostly because of fear

[4:07] - Most people don’t prepare enough to negotiate their salary

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Jun 15, 2022
How To Effectively Follow Up In The Job Search | Ep #240
356

Austin shares the most effective way to follow up with contacts on your job search journey!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Most people don’t follow up!

[1:57] - Follow up on a regular basis

[2:31] - Use an existing email thread

[3:48] - Try different channels of communication

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Hi [Name],

I hope you’re having a great day.

I know this is a busy time of year and I realize how valuable your time is. I wanted to quickly follow up on my note below. I’m grateful for any time or advice you have to offer. If it’s too much to ask, I totally understand. Either way, have a great week!

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Jun 13, 2022
How To Supercharge Your Resume With A "Highlight Reel" | Ep #239
668

Austin shares how you can supercharge the results you get from your resume by using a “Highlight Reel”!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Awful ways to start your resume

[2:52] - Use a “Highlight Reel” instead

[3:20] - How to implement a “Highlight Reel” in your resume

[3:48] - Use the right title

[5:49] - Include impactful bullets

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Jun 10, 2022
How To Win The First 90 Days Of A New Job | Ep #238
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Austin shares how you can crush the first 90 days at your new job! First impressions are crucial, so make sure you set the right tone from the beginning.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:42] - Take the reins

[1:26] - Make a list of employees who may have an impact on your career

[3:01] - Find ways to connect early

[4:24] - Set up a contact tracker

[5:04] - Ask these 3 questions

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Jun 08, 2022
How To 10x Your Network With An "Engagement Plan" | Ep #237
552

Austin shares how you can 10x your networking by using his “Engagement Plan”!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Engagement Plans help build great relationships

[2:01] - Create an Engagement Plan for every contact

[4:17] - The layers of your Engagement Plan

[6:03] - Make it a daily routine

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Jun 06, 2022
4 Ways To Maximize Your Internship Experience | Ep #236
532

Austin shares 4 ways that you can leverage to maximize your internship experience this summer!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - It’s internship season!

[1:01] - Connect with as many people as possible

[3:32] - Keep a results tracker from day 1

[4:26] - Be vocal about projects that you want to work on

[5:54] - Keep the relationships going

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Jun 03, 2022
Why Great Relationships Are Like Your Bank Account | Ep #235
807

Austin shares his reasons why building great relationships is exactly like managing a bank account!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Your education and approach to networking

[1:44] - The ‘ME’ mindset

[2:53] - The power of mutual value

[3:27] - The networking bank account

[5:05] - Make deposits by giving value

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Jun 01, 2022
#AAA - May 2022 | Ep #234
1549

Ask Austin Anything! In this episode Austin answers questions from listeners just like you. Get your question answered on a future Ask Austin Anything episode by submitting it to the link below.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - #AAA for May 2022

[1:21] - David - What’s the single most important thing to convey in an initial screening call with a recruiter?

[5:10] - Liesl - What is the best way to practice for job interviews? 

[9:11] - Justin - What major opportunity to improve a person's career is sitting right in front of their face, and most people are missing?

[13:47] - Viktoria - Since you've left the corporate world and started your own business, what are the top 3 things you think are the most important to be successful?

[22:29] - David - I read the other day that you like hot sauce - what are your top 3 brands?

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May 30, 2022
11 Things You Can Negotiate Besides Salary | Ep #233
892

Austin shares 11 different things that you can negotiate (besides salary) when it comes to your next job offer!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Of course, salary is most important

[1:04] - The BEST negotiation strategy

[2:13] - Your Negotiation toolbox

[3:15] - Equity, PTO, & Titles

[6:42] - Education, Stipends, & Project placement

[9:43] - Visibility, Commuting, Relocating, & Start Date

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May 27, 2022
5 Daily Actions That Will Accelerate Your Job Search | Ep #232
737

Austin shares 5 daily actions that you can take to massively accelerate your job search!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - It’s hard to know where to invest your time

[2:15] - Leave 5 valuable comments on LinkedIn

[4:32] - Engage with one potential referral every day

[6:03] - Engage with your target companies on LinkedIn

[7:17] - Work on upskilling every day

[8:46] - Publicly share something you’ve learned

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May 25, 2022
100% Qualified For A Job? Don't Apply | Ep #231
205

Austin shares why you should NOT apply for a job if you meet 100% of the qualifications!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Hiring managers do want 100% qualified candidates

[1:18] - Don’t make a lateral move

[1:36] - What to do instead

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May 23, 2022
3 Things I Looked For When Hiring At Microsoft | Ep #230
509

Austin shares the 3 things that he specifically looked for when hiring for his team at Microsoft!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Austin’s time at Microsoft

[1:24] - Specific vs. general answers

[3:25] - Passions outside of work

[4:48] - What questions do they ask?

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May 20, 2022
Got An Interivew? Don't Do This One Thing | Ep #229
473

Austin shares the one thing you should never do if you’ve landed a job interview!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Getting close to the finish line

[1:37] - Don’t slow down because the finish line is approaching

[2:49] - Losing momentum

[3:31] - Options are a good thing!

[4:25] - Realign your priorities

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May 18, 2022
How To Use A Post-Rejection Follow Up To Win More Offers | Ep #228
398

Austin shares how sending a simple post-rejection follow up email can lead to more opportunities and job offers!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Rejections happen

[1:05] - It’s not the end of the line

[2:21] - Keep the relationships alive

[3:27] - How to write a post-rejection thank you email

[4:33] - An example post-rejection thank you email

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Example Post-Rejection Thank You Email:

"Hi Jamie,

Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with me last week! I heard the team made a hire, I'm super excited for you all and I'm wishing you a ton of success with [Initiative].

I really enjoyed interviewing at [Company], and I especially enjoyed our chat about the future of blockchain in the health tech space.

If you're up for it, I'd love to stay in touch! Either way, have an awesome rest of the week."

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May 16, 2022
5 Ways Content Creation Can Accelerate Your Career | Ep #227
792

Austin shares 5 different ways that content creation can help you accelerate your career!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Content creation makes a HUGE difference!

[0:57] - Austin’s content creation journey

[3:22] - People will to reach out to you because of your content

[4:40] - It starts with friends and family

[5:15] - Creating content builds your skillset

[6:08] - Opportunities will come your way

[7:20] - It’s also a new revenue source

[9:39] - Content creation pushes you to explore new areas

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May 13, 2022
9 Things Your Parents Never Told You About Job Searching | Ep #226
628

Austin shares 9 things that your parents never told you about searching for a job!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Advice is everywhere, so what advice are you supposed to take?

[1:32] - A degree is not a guarantee

[2:23] - The odds are terrible

[3:03] - 75% of job seekers are applying online

[3:32] - It's all about WHO you know

[4:34] - Looking for a job is all about sales

[5:02] - A resume is not enough

[6:57] - Results win jobs, not actions

[8:15] - The most qualified candidate doesn’t always win the job

[9:09] - You don’t need 100% of the qualifications to get the job

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May 11, 2022
6 Ways To Research A Company For Cultural Fit | Ep #225
705

Austin shares how you can research your target companies for cultural fit and value alignment!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Company culture and fit are important!

[1:50] - Get clear on your own values 

[5:33] - Read the benefits page on their website

[6:21] - Check reviews on GlassDoor.com

[7:38] - Talk to former employees who left for a BETTER job

[8:52] - Listen to interviews with company leadership

[9:50] - Look up current employees on social media

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May 09, 2022
When (& How) You Should Share A Value Validation Project | Ep #224
590

Austin shares when and how you should create and share a Value Validation Project!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Your VVP questions answered

[1:00] - What is a Value Validation Project?

[2:20] - When to create a VVP

[6:48] - How to bring up your VVP in the interview

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May 06, 2022
My 4 R's of LinkedIn Success | Ep #223
690

Austin shares the 4 R’s that he uses to prioritize success on LinkedIn or any other social platform!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Social media is complicated

[3:23] - #1 - Revenue

[5:25] - #2 - Relationships

[6:04] - #3 - Reactions

[6:48] - #4 - Reach

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May 04, 2022
5 Ways To Bounce Back If You've Been Laid Off | Ep #222
772

Austin shares 5 ways that you can bounce back after being laid off!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Lay offs can be all too common

[1:11] - Take time to process

[2:48] - Get very, very clear on where you want to go

[7:00] - Find time to upskill

[8:22] - Reach out to your loose network

[9:53] - Find time for you

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May 02, 2022
#AAA - April 2022 | Ep #221
1160

Ask Austin Anything! In this episode Austin answers questions from listeners just like you. Get your question answered on a future Ask Austin Anything episode by submitting it to the link below.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - #AAA for April 2022

[1:12] - Craig - “Besides consistency, what is the one thing for creators to keep in mind when growing on LinkedIn?”

[3:10] - Akama - “If you were to give a step-by-step guide on LinkedIn growth, what would be the first three steps?”

[7:44] - Dave - “If you’ve built a decent community on another platform, what are the highest leverage tactics you’ve seen work in translating that to LinkedIn?”

[10:28] - Zhenya - “I think you've optimized your processes, right? How to compress your growth in 6-12 months?”

[13:09] - Muhammad - “I see a lot of LinkedIn “gurus” talking about polls and carousels but I’ve only ever seen you post text-related content. Why don’t you use the other mediums on LinkedIn?”

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Apr 29, 2022
Networking Is Easier When You're Already Doing Cool Stuff | Ep #220
372

Austin shares why networking is way easier when you’re already doing cool stuff!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Starting from scratch is hard

[1:14] - Show what you bring to the table

[2:26] - Like-minded people will find you

[4:16] - Build the value you want to see in the world

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Apr 27, 2022
How My Client Turned A Rejection Into A Job Offer | Ep #219
409

Austin shares a case study of one client who was able to turn a rejection after 5 interviews into a job offer!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - A rejection ISN’T the end

[1:22] - The same thing also happened to Austin at Microsoft

[2:15] - The client’s journey

[3:47] - Be persistent & increase your value

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Apr 25, 2022
One Tip To Make Changing Careers 10x Easier | Ep #218
500

Austin shares one tip that can make changing careers 10x easier!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Trying to change careers can be frustrating

[1:23] - Take advice from people who have what you want

[4:00] - How to find your tribe

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Apr 22, 2022
How To Deal With Ghosting In Your Job Search | Ep #217
361

Austin shares his thoughts on how you should handle ghosting in the job search process!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Getting ghosted is frustrating

[1:08] - A different perspective

[2:04] - One question to ask yourself

[3:06] - Create new opportunities for yourself

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Apr 20, 2022
11 Steps My Client Used To Negotiate An $80k Raise | Ep #216
721

Austin shares the 11-step framework that one client used to score an $80,000 raise with a new job offer at Amazon!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Client’s case study

[0:54] - Research your role & range

[2:27] - Think about your priorities

[5:05] - How to have the salary conversation

[7:06] - The offer & counteroffer

[9:38] - The “Double Nope” Rule

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Apr 18, 2022
9 LinkedIn Tips From Reviewing 1,000+ Profiles | Ep #215
874

Austin shares 9 tips that you can use to turn your LinkedIn profile into a job generating machine!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Use LinkedIn to funnel job offer to you

[1:03] - First impressions matter

[2:33] - Keywords, headlines, & driving results

[6:12] - About me, featured, & skills sections

[9:44] - Recommendations, community, & content

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Apr 15, 2022
How To Write A Job-Winning Thank You Note | Ep #214
509

Austin shares a simple 4-step process to write a job-winning thank you note after you interview at a company you’re excited about!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Should you write a thank you note?

[1:49] - Focus & pay attention

[2:33] - Email your thank you note

[3:57] - What to write in your thank you note

[5:48] - Send it right away 

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Apr 13, 2022
Value Validation Project Example: Away Luggage | Ep #213
689

Austin shares a detailed example of a Value Validation Project for Away Luggage!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Value Validation Project for Away Luggage

[0:53] - Client’s background

[3:03] - Researching the target company

[4:36] - Present 3 ideas for improvement

[9:01] - Pay attention to the details

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Apr 11, 2022
How To 10x Your LinkedIn Views In 10 Minutes / Day | Ep #212
494

Austin shares one tactic that you can use to 10x your LinkedIn profile views in 10 minutes per day!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Content creation isn’t for everyone

[2:55] - Find other creators in your space

[4:38] - Bookmark their post feed

[5:10] - Leave a value driven comment

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Apr 08, 2022
3 Mistakes I Made As A Content Creator | Ep #211
635

Austin shares 3 mistakes that he has made as a creator along his creation journey!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Using a pseudonym

[2:06] - Failures and lessons on LinkedIn

[5:22] - Failures and lessons on Instagram

[7:19] - Failures can be good if you learn from them

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Apr 06, 2022
Why I Spent 40+ Hours Preparing For My Interviews | Ep #210
822

Austin shares why he spent over 40 hours preparing for each interview during his job search!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Interview preparation is key

[3:13] - Why spend so much time?

[4:08] - Do your research!

[7:22] - Rehearse & Refine your answers

[10:54] - Create a Value Validation Project

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Here’s a breakdown of how I spent the time:

[15 Hours] Researching the heck out of each company and their products to understand goals, challenges, and new initiatives.

[5 Hours] Chatting with employees and connections to best understand how to position myself.

[10 Hours] Drafting answers to interview questions. Then revisiting and refining them. Then recording myself delivering them. Then doing mock interviews.

[2-3 Hours] Researching my interviewers to understand who they are, what they care about, and how they want to be engaged with. Then building engagement plans for each.

[10 Hours] Brainstorming, building out, and refining Value Validation Projects for each company.

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Apr 04, 2022
The #1 Skill You Can Learn For The Next 5 Years | Ep #209
536

Austin shares the number one skill that you can learn for the next 5 years and beyond!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Writing is EVERYWHERE

[2:23] - Rearranging words to drive interaction

[4:24] - Read, write, and practice

[5:55] - A real world case study

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Apr 01, 2022
#AAA - March 2022 | Ep #208
1260

Ask Austin Anything! In this episode Austin answers questions from listeners just like you. Get your question answered on a future Ask Austin Anything episode by submitting it to the link below.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - #AAA for March 2022

[1:23] - Ryan - “What is the most common reason people struggle to ask for a raise?”

[4:46] - Cecilia - “In what format do you recommend negotiating (e.g. phone, email, text, in-person)?”

[7:58] - Helena - “What would you recommend if you tried to negotiate salary after an offer was extended, but the recruiter told you there’s literally no room for change, these are the standard salaries for offers, they’ve never heard of an increase happening, and they insist on all of that?”

[10:58] - Alec - “When going for promotion at your current company, how do you position yourself to not be automatically slotted in at the bottom of the band?”

[14:43] - Daniel - “How can job seekers deal with the anxiety of negotiating the offer?”

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Mar 30, 2022
How To Use The "Rule of 5" To Land More Jobs | Ep #207
453

Austin shares how you can land more jobs by using his “Rule of 5”!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - “Rule of 5”? - What’s that?

[1:20] - Experimentation & Iteration

[2:25] - Different avenues to your dream job

[5:40] - Share your value

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Mar 28, 2022
How To Monetize Your Passion & Do Work You Love | Ep #206
432

Austin shares how you can monetize your passion and make a living doing something you love!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Reality vs. Ideal

[1:45] - Industry examples

[4:08] - Other examples

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Mar 25, 2022
How To 10x Your Networking By Starting A Podcast | Ep #205
746

Austin shares how you can 10x your networking by starting a podcast!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Barriers to networking

[1:15] - Podcast guests are new networking contacts

[2:32] - Yeah, but how do I start a podcast?

[6:16] - Ask questions that you want the answer to

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Mar 23, 2022
How To Spend Your Time When Job Searching In 2022 | Ep #204
508

Austin shares how you should be spending your time as a job seeker in 2022!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - The job search has shifted

[1:10] - How much time to spend on your job search

[2:32] - Set your priorities

[4:33] - Research, research, research!

[5:29] - Austin’s time % breakdown

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Mar 21, 2022
Value Validation Projects: My Most Effective Job Strategy | Ep #203
1165

Austin shares his ‘Silver Bullet’ strategy for landing your dream job - A Value Validation Project!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - VVPs will set you apart from the crowd

[1:06] - It’s hard to share your value

[5:21] - Do your research

[10:17] - VVP Examples

[15:08] - The ideal VVP format

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Mar 18, 2022
4 Ways I Grew From 0 to 7.5k Followers On Twitter In 5 Weeks | Ep #202
866

Austin shares 4 things he did to grow from 0 to 7.5k followers on Twitter in 5 weeks!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Creating a personal brand is key to success

[2:36] - What does well on Twitter?

[4:51] - Threads For The Win!

[7:42] - Value Driven Comments

[10:38] - Building relationships accelerates your growth

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Mar 16, 2022
5 Things I Did NOT Do To Grow On LinkedIn | Ep #201
424

Austin shares 5 things that he did NOT do in order to grow his brand on LinkedIn!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Austin’s LinkedIn journey

[1:04] - Proofreading posts

[1:40] - Spending hours perfecting each post

[2:54] - Looking up the best times to post

[3:48] - Using hashtags

[4:43] - Reading algorithm reports

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Mar 14, 2022
PSA: Networking Doesn't Need To Be A Zoom Call | Ep #200
539

Austin shares a Public Service Announcement - Networking doesn’t have to be a 30 minute Zoom call!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Networking misconceptions

[1:58] - Building Relationships

[3:31] - Awesome relationships take time

[5:15] - Use multiple touch points

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Mar 11, 2022
How To Deal With "Haters" When Building Your Brand | Ep #199
645

Austin shares how to deal with “Haters” when you’re building your brand and presence online!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - You should be building your brand online

[1:28] - The 1% Rule

[2:12] - Concerns about creating content

[2:46] - Austin gets “Haters” too

[4:23] - Having “Haters” means that you’re rowing

[5:03] - Having “Haters” means that you stand for something

[6:53] - Seek out the positives, not the negatives

[7:26] - “Haters” boost your engagement and visibility

[8:40] - Having “Haters” isn’t actually bad for your brand

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Mar 09, 2022
How To Easily Explain A Gap In Employment | Ep #198
528

Austin shares how you can easily explain any gap in employment on your resume, LinkedIn profile, or in interviews!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Why do employers care?

[1:43] - Gaps on your LinkedIn profile

[2:46] - Gaps on your resume

[6:16] - How to explain your gap

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Mar 07, 2022
No Results From Your Resume? Try This Instead | Ep #197
330

Austin shares what you should be doing if you’re not getting results from your resume!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Showing your value

[1:59] - Play to your strengths

[2:44] - Case studies are powerful

[3:32] - Create content consistently

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Mar 04, 2022
How I Landed 3 Promotions In 5 Years At Microsoft | Ep #196
498

Austin shares the six principles that he used to get promoted 3 times in 5 years at Microsoft!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Austin’s Microsoft journey

[1:24] - Get clear on where you’re going

[2:16] - Be vocal about your goals

[3:12] - Build your social capital

[4:04] - Create a specific plan with your manager

[5:25] - Over deliver on value and results

[6:15] - Ask for what you want

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Mar 02, 2022
#AAA - February 2022 | Ep #195
1190

Ask Austin Anything! In this episode Austin answers questions from listeners just like you. Get your question answered on a future Ask Austin Anything episode by submitting it to the link below.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - #AAA for February 2022

[1:31] - Alec - Interested to know why you choose Twitter as your third platform?

[5:47] - Kelly - How do you plan to grow on Twitter? And is that strategy the same or different than how you grew on LinkedIn?

[10:45] - Kevin - You talk about relationships like a bank account, specifically, you’ve said, “you need to build social capital before you spend it.” How does one build social capital?

[13:48] - Andrii - How should I build my network when I live in a totally different part of the world? For example, how do I build my network in the US when I live on a different continent?

[16:02] - Kevin - If you were in your early 20’s or in college, what is one technical skill you would want to master before entering the job market and why?

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Feb 28, 2022
How I Analyze And Improve My LinkedIn Content | Ep #194
561

Austin shares the process that he uses to analyze and optimize his LinkedIn content!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - How to optimize your LinkedIn content

[0:56] - The audience & the algorithm

[1:31] - Austin’s content review system

[5:59] - Compare & contrast

[8:20] - It’s more than just showing up

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Feb 25, 2022
Is Your Networking Feeling "Transactional?" Try This | Ep #193
372

Austin shares what you can do when networking starts to feel too transactional!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Transactional networking

[1:48] - The “Me” mindset

[2:49] - Shift the focus

[3:39] - Expand & engage

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Feb 23, 2022
5 Mistakes I Made When I Was Job Searching | Ep #192
806

Austin shares 5 mistakes that he made while job searching and how you can avoid them!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Austin’s job search path

[1:30] - Investing too much in the same old systems

[3:05] - Your resume isn’t a silver bullet

[5:39] - Not collecting enough data

[8:40] - Not following up

[10:42] - Hoping that others would help/do it for you

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Feb 21, 2022
One Tactic To Set Yourself Apart From 99% Of Job Seekers | Ep #191
420

Austin shares one tactic that you can use to set yourself apart from 99% of job seekers!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - It’s hard but worth it

[0:55] - One question to ask yourself

[2:22] - Take a different path

[3:40] - Get in the habit of thinking differently 

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Feb 18, 2022
How To Update Your Resume In 15 Minutes (Or Less!) | Ep #190
541

Austin shares how you can update and optimize your resume in just 15 minutes or less!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - The bad news…

[2:00] - Keep your resume online

[3:05] - Use ResyBuild.io

[4:10] - Use ResyMatch.io

[5:46] - Use ResyBullet.io

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Feb 16, 2022
5 Ways Students Can Add Value When Networking | Ep #189
485

Austin shares 5 ways that students can add value when networking!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - The concerns of students

[1:15] - Ask them to speak to your class

[2:51] - Connect them to your school’s career services

[4:00] - Connect them to your school’s podcast or blog

[5:14] - Share their content

[6:04] - Use them as a resource for a project

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Feb 14, 2022
Accelerate Your Career By Creating Before Consuming | Ep #188
405

Austin shares how you can accelerate your career by creating before you consume!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - What happens when you consume, consume, consume

[0:45] - Other People’s Priorities

[2:22] - Pay yourself first

[3:21] - What to do instead

[4:30] - What Austin does to set the tone for his day

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Feb 11, 2022
The 25 Post Strategy For Changing Careers | Ep #187
410

Austin shares the 25 post strategy for gaining experience in a new field and making your career change super simple!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Making a change is hard!

[1:00] - A case study from Austin

[3:18] - Why this strategy works

[4:40] - The worst case scenario is still amazing

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Feb 09, 2022
7 Simple Ways To Make Networking Easier | Ep #186
666

Austin shares 7 ways to make networking easier for you, because networking is work!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Networking is work

[1:18] - Find ways to get excited about networking!

[3:24] - Give it a real shot before moving on

[5:05] - Keep the door open

[6:26] - Pivoting avoids the relationship fizzle

[9:05] - Slow down to win big

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Feb 07, 2022
5 Fun Questions To Ask When Networking | Ep #185
373

Austin shares 5 networking questions that you can ask to help turn strangers into friends!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Small talk can be awkward…

[1:00] - Get them excited

[2:06] - Give them a magic wand

[3:10] - Tap into their expertise

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Feb 04, 2022
10 Easy Ways To Add Value When Networking | Ep #184
676

Austin shares 10 ways that you can add value to a brand new contact while networking with them!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - What does “Add Value” even mean?

[1:10] - The power of advice

[2:48] - Find common ground

[5:28] - Create Win-Win situations

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Feb 02, 2022
#AAA - January 2022 | Ep #183
1768

Ask Austin Anything! In this episode Austin answers questions from listeners just like you. Get your question answered on a future Ask Austin Anything episode by submitting it to the link below.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - #AAA for January 2022

[1:28] - Andrew - Do you think the professional world will ever "get past" our need for resumes? I know they're a good tool for getting a seat at the table, but in an ideal world, a hiring manager/recruiter could view your body of work/personal brand on platforms like LinkedIn eliminating the need for such dependence on resumes. Will we see more of a shift?

[5:56] - Darren - Is it better to build a personal brand around yourself or around a specific area or job?

[9:47] - Jason - When trying to grow your network/followers, besides providing meaningful content that facilitates discussion, what did you do to 6x your following?

[18:44] - Chase - Can you describe what the "build in public" model looks like for course development in a bit more detail?

[23:36] - Raymond - How’s balancing work and fatherhood going for you?

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Jan 31, 2022
Case Study: From Stranger To Referral In 3 Steps | Ep #182
627

Austin shares a case study on how to turn a contact or even a stranger into a referral in 3 easy steps!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Case Study: Turning A Stranger Into Referral

[1:13] - Research on LinkedIn

[3:25] - Find opportunities to add value

[5:13] - Add value in as many ways as you can - get creative!

[7:22] - Make your ask (the right way)

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“Hey Jim! As you know, I’ve been following your content here on LinkedIn for several weeks now. I’ve learned a ton from you, especially [Specific Thing #1] and [Specific Thing #2].

I’m looking to make the jump into tech sales from a non-traditional background, similar to the transition you made. If you’re up for it, I’d love to ask you a few questions about your journey — phone or email are both great.

I know this is a big ask so no pressure if it’s too much right now. Either way, excited to keep supporting your work.”

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Jan 28, 2022
What Is "The Hidden Job Market?" | Ep #181
589

Austin shares his thoughts on the Hidden Job Market, what it is, and how you can leverage it to land your dream job!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - What is the “Hidden Job Market”?

[2:00] - How the hiring process actually works

[4:01] - What happens in the “Lag Period”

[5:05] - Austin’s formula for breaking into the Hidden Job Market

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Jan 26, 2022
Why You Won't Lose An Offer By Negotiating Your Salary | Ep #180
685

Austin shares his thoughts on why you won’t lose a job offer by negotiating your salary!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Supercharge your salary

[1:30] - Don’t listen to the anxiety

[2:31] - Not negotiating costs you $500,000 on average

[3:56] - From the hiring manager’s perspective

[6:10] - How to overcome the mental hurdle

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Jan 24, 2022
Working 9-5 or Entrepreneurship, What's A Better Life Plan? | Ep #179
917

Austin shares his thoughts on which is better - working a 9-5 job or being an entrepreneur!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Employee vs entrepreneur - everyone has an opinion

[1:35] - Don’t listen to extremists!

[2:10] - Visualize what makes you happy - Be specific!

[9:16] - Austin’s best career path

[12:07] - The power of the side hustle

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Jan 21, 2022
The Real Math Behind Networking With Strangers | Ep #178
465

Austin shares the real math behind networking with strangers and what your expectations should be!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Don’t give up too early

[1:22] - It’s a game & you have to play the game

[3:00] - Set your expectations from the beginning

[4:06] - The right way to play the game

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Jan 19, 2022
How To Ask For A Referral | Ep #177
679

Austin shares the best way and the best time to actually ask for that referral!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - 2 types of referrals

[1:50] - Why advocates are better

[3:01] - You have to deposit before you withdraw

[4:56] - Getting a referral without asking

[7:04] - The right way to ask for that referral

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Jan 17, 2022
3 Steps To Negotiating Salary In An Interview | Ep #176
786

Austin shares 3 steps you can use to negotiate the salary you deserve during the interview process!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - You’re missing out on $500,000

[2:24] - Do your research

[5:24] - The opening conversation

[6:44] - Spin it back on the interviewer

[8:34] - Have an above average range in mind

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Jan 14, 2022
4 Ways To Get Hired In January 2022 | Ep #175
578

Austin shares 4 strategies that you can use to get hired in January 2022!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - 4 Ways To Get Hired In January 2022

[0:54] - Follow up with your existing network

[2:08] - Figure out who’s hiring

[3:51] - Use a value-driven comment strategy

[8:41] - Sign up for Austin’s Masterclass

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Jan 12, 2022
4 Books That Will Accelerate Your Career | Ep #174
540

Austin shares 4 books that have changed his life and will help you to accelerate your career!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - 4 books that changed Austin’s life

[1:13] - The Obstacle Is The Way - Ryan Holliday

[2:53] - Influence - Robert Cialdini

[4:13] - Scientific Advertising - Claude Hopkins

[6:43] - Never Split The Difference - Chris Voss

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Jan 10, 2022
3 Networking Strategies Anyone Can Implement | Ep #173
602

Austin shares 3 networking strategies that anyone can use, no matter where you’re at in your career!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Building relationships is the key!

[1:11] - Recognizing other people’s career highlights

[2:42] - Warm them up on social media

[5:36] - Bring them on your success journey

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Jan 07, 2022
5 Steps To Land A Job In 2022 (Without Applying Online) | Ep #172
1028

Austin shares 5 steps that you can use to land a job in 2022 without applying online!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - The 2022 job market is different

[3:17] - Get clarity on where you want to go

[5:05] - List 10-15 companies that you’re EXCITED about

[6:45] - Find 10-15 people who work at each of your dream companies

[8:25] - Research, reach out, & book informational interviews

[13:48] - Create a Value Validation Project

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Jan 05, 2022
How To Land A Manager Role (With No Experience) | Ep #171
659

Austin shares how you can transition to a manager role without any management experience!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Happy 2022!

[0:54] - No experience? No problem!

[1:59] - Get pseudo-management experience

[3:35] - Work your way up in one company

[7:10] - Get experience externally

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Jan 03, 2022
#AAA - December 2021 | Ep #170
1367

Ask Austin Anything! In this episode Austin answers questions from listeners just like you. Get your question answered on a future Ask Austin Anything episode by submitting it to the link below.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - #AAA for December 2021

[2:14] - Donna - Did you ever consider becoming a Product Manager? You seem to have a lot of the qualities to make a great PM, e.g. being data-driven, entrepreneurial spirit, customer/user focused.

[5:26] - Charly - If you're feeling burned out, is it better to take a break from the job hunt, completely reevaluate what you want, or keep doing what you've been doing?

[10:12] - Curt - Are there one or two things you most commonly see holding people back from landing jobs?

[15:46] - Jasmine - Do you feel like there is an element of luck that is needed when it comes to job searching (a.k.a. right place at the right time)? Or does the right system solve for that?

[18:54] - Madeline - What’s your favorite browser plugin?

[20:28] - Jason - Following up on a previous episode where you shared your favorite pumpkin ale, what’s your favorite holiday beer? Mine is Celebration from Sierra Nevada.

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Dec 31, 2021
Don't Set Goals For 2022, Do This Instead | Ep #169
522

Austin shares why you should NOT set goals for 2022, and what you should do instead!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - 80% of goals will fail

[1:04] - Austin’s issues with goals

[2:45] - Focus on systems instead

[5:30] - Show up every day & run your system

[7:04] - Why Austin loves systems

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Dec 29, 2021
How To Find Anyone's Email Address | Ep #168
394

Austin shares how you can find anyone’s email address in just a few clicks!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - How to find anyone’s email address

[1:19] - Online resources

[2:58] - Check your domain taxonomy

[5:04] - Other tools

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Dec 27, 2021
How To Connect With Anyone Using Thoughtful "Gifts" | Ep #167
620

Austin shares how you can connect with anyone by using thoughtful “gifts”!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Happy Holidays from Austin!

[1:51] - Gift-ology

[3:02] - An example from Amy Volas

[6:12] - Another example from Austin

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Dec 24, 2021
Why Building Relationships Is Like Buying Coffee | Ep #166
409

Austin shares how building relationships is like buying a cup of coffee!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Coffee dates

[1:39] - Using reciprocity

[2:35] - Social debt

[3:11] - The right way to build relationships

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Dec 22, 2021
4 Pieces of Advice I'd Give My 18 Year Old Self | Ep #165
654

Austin shares 4 pieces of career advice he wishes he could have given to his 18 year old self!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:40] - Get involved in things that interest you

[3:27] - Always have side projects

[6:43] - Network & Aim BIG!

[8:57] - Failure is a part of the process

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Dec 20, 2021
How To Maintain Existing Relationships (The Easy Way) | Ep #164
461

Austin shares an easy way that you can maintain your existing networking relationships!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Networking can be a struggle

[1:06] - Your network is bigger than you think

[1:56] - Rekindling past relationships

[4:29] - Be intentional

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Dec 17, 2021
Why I Turned Down A National TV Appearance | Ep #163
369

Austin shares a recent story of why he turned down a national television appearance and what he did instead!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Saying “No” to a national TV appearance

[1:26] - What’s more important than exposure?

[2:22] - Why Austin became an entrepreneur

[3:30] - Balance is necessary

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Dec 15, 2021
How Your Self Talk Impacts Your Outcomes | Ep #162
419

Austin talks about how your “self-talk” impacts your outcomes, especially in the job search!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Facing hard truths

[2:45] - Control what you can control

[3:12] - Successful vs unsuccessful self-talk

[5:12] - Permission to fail 

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Dec 13, 2021
3 Daily LinkedIn Activities For Better Results | Ep #161
466

Austin shares 3 daily actions that you can take on LinkedIn for better results in your job search!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Recognize LinkedIn’s full potential

[1:22] - Comment on posts

[3:12] - Comment some more…

[4:46] - Create your own content

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Dec 10, 2021
Use The "Sandbox" Method To Become A Better Job Seeker | Ep #160
366

Austin shares how you can use the “Sandbox” method to become a better job seeker!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Practice makes perfect

[1:53] - Origins of the “Sandbox” method

[2:53] - Choose who to suck in front of

[3:51] - Create a sandbox to play in

[4:22] - Create momentum for your dream companies

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Dec 08, 2021
3 Steps To Supercharge Your Networking This Month | Ep #159
380

Austin shares 3 steps you can use to supercharge your networking before the end of the year!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - The job market is HOT

[1:11] - Make a list of people who helped you

[1:57] - Draft a “Thank You” email

[3:24] - Send your emails out early

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Dec 06, 2021
Is It Worth Job Searching In December? | Ep #158
581

Austin discusses whether or not it’s worthwhile to search for a new job in December!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Is It Worth Job Searching In December?

[1:23] - Don’t check out in December

[2:46] - Get ahead of the competition

[4:26] - How to take advantage of December hiring

[6:37] - How to find jobs in December

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Dec 03, 2021
#AAA: Ask Austin Anything - November 2021 | Ep #157
1785

Ask Austin Anything! In this episode Austin answers questions from listeners just like you. Get your question answered on a future Ask Austin Anything episode by submitting it to the link below.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - #AAA for November 2021

[1:42] - Matt - When you started planning Cultivated Culture, what were some of the things you did to get started, for example, what was your process for creating/starting your website?

[11:32] - Alex - How does an individual contributor move into a management role, whether internally or externally, with little to no experience?

[17:55] - Gaurav - How do you increase visibility on LinkedIn so that more recruiters contact you during your job search?

[22:31] - Tom - What quote has had the most impact on your personal life philosophy?

[26:55] - Dennis - What’s your favorite pizza and drink to go along with it?

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Dec 01, 2021
4 Daily Job Search Activities For Better Results | Ep #156
584

Austin shares the 4 most effective daily activities that you can use to get better results from your job search!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Happy Friday!

[1:03] - The job search can be overwhelming

[1:47] - Comment & Interact on LinkedIn

[4:28] - Email one contact every day

[5:32] - Engage with your target company’s posts

[6:51] - Publicly document something you learned

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Nov 26, 2021
3 Steps To Eliminate Meetings & Win Your Time Back | Ep #155
609

Austin shares his 3 step method to eliminate meetings and win your time back!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Meetings are a waste of time!

[1:35] - Sometimes meetings are OK, though

[2:33] - Push back on the meeting request

[3:45] - Ask for a Loom video

[6:35] - What to do when you have to meet

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Nov 24, 2021
How To Talk About Your "Biggest Weakness" In An Interview | Ep #154
436

Austin shares his thoughts on the best way to answer the question “What is your greatest weakness?” in a job interview!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - What is your greatest weakness?

[1:47] - The better question to ask

[2:14] - Come up with a weakness, but no BS!

[3:09] - Explain how you’ve been working on your weakness

[3:29] - An example from Austin

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Nov 22, 2021
Don't Stop Applying When You Land A Job Interview | Ep #153
354

Austin shares the reasons behind why you should never stop looking for a job, even when you land a job interview!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Stopping is a big mistake!

[1:32] - The interview is halftime

[3:00] - Prepare for the interview, but keep searching

[3:52] - Keep the momentum going

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Nov 19, 2021
3 Steps To Take If You've Been Laid Off | Ep #152
586

Austin shares 3 steps you can take if you’ve been laid off or let go from your job!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:32] - Losing your job

[1:17] - Take time to process

[2:41] - Get clear on what’s next

[6:30] - Create a schedule for yourself

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Nov 17, 2021
One Trick To Generate Referrals Without Networking | Ep #151
290

Austin shares one tip that you can use to generate referrals without having to do any networking!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Networking is uncomfortable

[1:03] - Find jobs for your friends

[2:34] - Refer-a-Friend

[3:32] - It’s all about adding value

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Nov 15, 2021
My 5 Favorite Free Job Search Tools | Ep #150
492

Austin shares his 5 favorite free job search tools that will help you level up your job search and get into your dream job faster!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:32] - MailScoop for email addresses

[1:50] - Yesware & Mixmax for email statistics

[3:21] - ResyMatch for resume keywords

[5:52] - Canva for visuals

[7:00] - ResyBuild for resume creation

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Nov 12, 2021
Job Hopping: Career Destroyer Or Career Accelerator? | Ep #149
371

Austin shares his thoughts on job hopping - Is it a career booster or career killer?

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Supercharge your career

[1:10] - You have to do it the right way

[2:16] - Red flags for hiring managers

[3:17] - Austin’s job hopping

[3:59] - The take-away

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Nov 10, 2021
3 Ways To Network As An Introvert | Ep #148
558

Austin shares his thoughts on the best ways for introverted people to feel more comfortable networking and reaching out to strangers!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Austin is an introvert!

[2:09] - Quality over quantity

[3:51] - Engage on your terms

[6:26] - Focus on your feelings

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Nov 08, 2021
The Truth About Resume Length (One Page vs. Two?) | Ep #147
371

Austin shares his thoughts on one of the most debated topics in the job search world - Resume Length - One Page vs. Two?

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Resume Length - One Page vs. Two?

[1:01] - The REAL answer

[1:45] - Focus on the content, not the length

[2:06] - 3 questions to ask your resume

[4:50] - Differentiate yourself!

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Nov 05, 2021
How To Handle Multiple Interviews & Job Offers | Ep #146
500

Austin shares his thoughts on how to juggle multiple interviews and job offers at the same time!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Multiple interviews & offers

[1:31] - You are the CEO!

[2:40] - How to make your decision

[5:17] - You can accept an offer & still take interviews

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Nov 03, 2021
Make Networking Easy With The "Mentor Method" | Ep #145
548

Austin shares how you can network with anybody, regardless of what you have to offer, with the “Mentor Method”!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Networking when you don’t have much to offer

[1:09] - Everyone wants to be a part of your success story

[2:56] - You are the “underdog”

[3:56] - How to execute this tactic

[6:19] - Rinse & repeat

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Nov 01, 2021
#AAA: Ask Austin Anything - October 2021 | Ep #144
1790

Ask Austin Anything! In this episode Austin answers questions from listeners just like you. Get your question answered on a future Ask Austin Anything episode by submitting it to the link below.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - #AAA for October 2021

[1:07] - Viktoria - “Since you've left the corporate world and started your own business, what are the top 3 things you think are the most important to be successful?”

[8:08] - Trevor - “Many people are anxious or just plain afraid to type that first email or dial that first phone call to a person of interest who might be able to help their career search. What sort of "low risk" tips would you recommend for someone like that to practice these crucial "business development" skills for their career?”

[13:43] - Ashley - “When I’m sending a thank you message on LinkedIn after a discovery call, what’s the best cadence? Any particulars to include in the message?”

[16:25] - Dominic - “How'd you decide on your LinkedIn title?”

[20:45] - Thamim - “What would you say has been the biggest mindset shift that you've had in the last 6 months?”

[24:16] - Sayan - “How to identify worthy influencers to follow?”

[27:40] - Luigi - “Where’s a place you have never been that you'd love to travel to?”

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Oct 29, 2021
The 4 Step Framework My Client Used To Win His Google Interview | Ep #143
278

Austin shares the 4 step framework that one of his clients used to turn an interview at Google into a job offer!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Interview preparation is important

[0:46] - Go get the job description

[1:19] - Look for qualifications and skills

[1:38] - Come up with questions about the qualifications and skills

[2:38] - Craft your answers to these questions

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Oct 25, 2021
Why You Shouldn't Apply If You Meet 100% Of The Qualifications | Ep #142
307

Austin shares his thoughts on why you should never apply for a position when you meet 100% of the qualifications!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - This is a big mistake

[1:06] - Don’t fall into the trap

[1:57] - You won’t be challenged

[2:37] - What to do instead

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Oct 22, 2021
3 Steps To Maximize Your LinkedIn Skills & Endorsements | Ep #141
348

Austin shares 3 steps that you can use to tap into the full potential of the skills section of LinkedIn!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Why do LinkedIn skills matter?

[1:29] - An example from Austin

[2:47] - Find the right relevant skills for you

[3:41] - Use ResyMatch.io Job Description Scanner

[4:06] - Build endorsements for the relevant skills

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Oct 20, 2021
Try This 3-In-1 Tactic For More Interviews & Offers | Ep #140
346

Austin shares this 3-in-1 strategy for knowledge, visibility, and credibility to help you land more job interviews and offers!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Preparation is key

[1:29] - Research & list out possible interview questions

[2:26] - Create a LinkedIn post that answers each question

[3:18] - Share your posts on LinkedIn

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Oct 18, 2021
Procrastinating On A Career Change? Try This. | Ep #139
428

Austin shares his thoughts on how to start your career change or industry change if you’ve been procrastinating!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Procrastination robs your future self of happiness

[2:00] - It’s hard, but it’s worth it!

[2:43] - You have to invest the time, but it’s worth it!

[4:56] - Austin’s challenge - Start Today!

[5:47] - Baby steps turn into strides

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Oct 15, 2021
Career Happiness Isn't About Working For A Big Name | Ep #138
667

Austin shares his thoughts on how to truly find happiness in your job. [Spoiler] - It’s not all about working for a big name company!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Career happiness isn’t about working for a big name

[1:33] - Take the time to get clarity about what you really want

[2:37] - How to get clear on what you want

[6:41] - How to find companies and jobs that align with your values

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Oct 13, 2021
Case Study: Using Star Wars To Build Rapport In An Interview | Ep #137
370

Austin shares how you can use Star Wars (or anything else) to help you build a rapport with the person interviewing you!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Set the tone for the interview

[0:49] - 2 types of interviewees

[1:19] - A great example how to building rapport

[3:35] - Find common ground

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Oct 11, 2021
5 Steps To Figure Out What To Do With Your Life | Ep #136
848

Austin shares this 5-step framework that you can use to figure out what to do with your life if you have no idea!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - What path is right for you?

[1:16] - Get really clear on what you want

[3:33] - How to find your passion

[5:08] - Find your baseline strengths

[6:29] - Learn more about areas that interest you

[10:07] - The 30-day mini pilot

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Oct 08, 2021
Job Searching Is Something You Make Time For | Ep #135
454

Austin shares his thoughts on searching for your dream job and how you never just ‘have’ time for it. You need to ‘make’ time for it!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Make the time for your job search

[1:34] - Take control of your job search

[2:08] - Intentionally create the time you’ll need

[2:39] - The time audit

[3:50] - Prioritize your activities

[5:23] - Schedule your time to stay accountable

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Oct 06, 2021
The Two Types Of Job Referrals (& Which To Focus On) | Ep #134
423

Austin shares his thoughts on the two types of job referrals you may encounter and which one you should be focusing on!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - The Two Types Of Job Referrals

[1:02] - The “One-And-Done” referral

[2:51] - The “Advocate” referral

[3:52] - It takes time and effort to get an advocate, but it’s totally worth it!

[4:32] - OK, so how do I get an advocate?

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Oct 04, 2021
10x Your Productivity By Chipping, Not Chunking | Ep #133
354

Austin shares his thoughts on how to increase your productivity by 10x by “chipping” instead of “chunking”!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Chipping? Chunking?

[1:12] - The problem with “chunking”

[1:46] - Why “chipping” is better

[2:08] - Some examples of “chipping” from Austin

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Oct 01, 2021
#AAA: Ask Austin Anything - September 2021 | Ep #132
1796

Ask Austin Anything! In this episode Austin answers questions from listeners just like you. Get your question answered on a future Ask Austin Anything episode by submitting it to the link below.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - #AAA for September 2021

[1:07] - Mai - “When is the best time to talk about salary for a role that you’re interviewing for? I’ve heard people say wait until the end but many recruiters ask about it at the beginning of the process. How do we maximize our earning potential?

[5:00] - Mitchell - “Can you explain how the LinkedIn algorithm works for posts? When I make a post, is it only shown to my network? Or is it shown in other people’s feeds and networks as well?”

[10:03] - Steve - “How often should I be posting on LinkedIn for best results? I’ve been posting a few times per week, but I’m wondering if I should be doing more.”

[14:33] - Wendy - “What is the single best piece of advice you would give a job seeker?”

[17:00] - Cindi - “How do you get featured in places like Forbes or Business Insider? It seems like everyone is, but I’ve been trying for a while and haven’t been able to make it happen.”

[23:08] - Vikram - “How would you define career stability and who is responsible for it, you or your employer?”

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Sep 29, 2021
What To Do If Your Dream Company Isn't Hiring | Ep #131
277

Austin shares his thoughts on what you should be doing if your dream company doesn’t have any open roles!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - My dream company isn’t hiring. What now?

[1:02] - Great companies are always expanding

[1:24] - Don’t forget about the ‘hidden job market’

[3:07] - Start building relationships anyways

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Sep 27, 2021
Want More Accurate Salary Data? Look In Colorado | Ep #130
260

Austin shares his thoughts on how to find more accurate salary information from Colorado, even if you don’t live there!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - How to find the best salary data

[1:10] - Why Colorado?

[1:37] - How to extrapolate Colorado data to suit you

[2:35] - Use this newfound data in your negotiations

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Sep 24, 2021
4 Ways For Interns To Supercharge Experience | Ep #129
341

Austin shares his thoughts on how college students can get the most out of their intern experiences!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:30] - Connect with as many people as possible

[1:56] - Start a results tracker on your first day

[2:52] - Suggest projects that you want to work on

[4:00] - Keep the relationships going after your internship is over

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Sep 20, 2021
College Students Should Do This To Get Hired | Ep #128
316

Austin shares his thoughts on what college students should be doing in order to land their dream job!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - The truth about negative self-talk

[0:59] - Why real world results are so valuable

[2:12] - How to get real world results to make to stand out from the crowd

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Sep 17, 2021
Changing Careers? Try This For Easier Networking | Ep #127
327

Austin shares his thoughts on how to make networking easier for those of you who are changing careers!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Be choosy with your network connections

[1:34] - Look for people who have done what you want to do

[2:24] - How to actually find them

[4:32] - Reach out & learn from them

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Hi [Name],

My name is [Your Name] and I found your info while I was looking for people who made the transition into [New Industry] from a non-traditional background.

Your experience making the transition from [Old Company] to [New Company] really stood out to me.

I know you’re probably extremely busy and I also know your time is valuable. If you do have a few minutes, I’d love to learn more about your journey and ask you a couple of questions.

I know that’s a big ask from a stranger, so no worries if it’s too much. If you do have a few minutes, I’d be really grateful. Either way, have a fantastic week!

Best,

[Your Name]

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Sep 15, 2021
Win More Interviews With A LinkedIn Headline VDP | Ep #126
402

Austin teaches you how to land more job interviews by using a technique called “Value Driven Pitch” in your LinkedIn headline!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - LinkedIn is a search engine - Get your SEO right!

[1:49] - Why your headline is wrong

[2:18] - The truth about hiring managers

[2:32] - What is a VDP (Value Driven Pitch)?

[2:52] - VDP examples

[4:51] - Why this process works so well

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Sep 13, 2021
Interviewers At Top Companies Look For This One Thing | Ep #125
458

Austin shares the one thing that interviewers at top companies look for when it comes to deciding on a candidate!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Specificity is key

[1:25] - Don’t be generic

[3:53] - Make it all about them

[4:49] - Austin’s 3-step process to make this strategy work

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Sep 10, 2021
How To Turn More Rejections Into Job Offers | Ep #124
350

Austin shares his thoughts on how to turn more of those disappointing rejections into job offers!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - One mistake that job seekers are making

[1:34] - Stay in touch

[2:26] - How Austin used this strategy to get a job at Microsoft

[3:53] - The best way to stay in touch

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Sep 08, 2021
Goals Are Overrated, Use These Instead | Ep #123
388

Austin shares his thoughts on why goals are overrated and what you should be doing instead!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Yes, goals are overrated!

[0:50] - Systems > Goals

[2:48] - The 2 main problems with goals

[4:10] - Make every day a WIN!

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Sep 06, 2021
How Many People Should You Reach Out To In Your Job Search? | Ep #122
337

Austin shares his thoughts on how many people you should be reaching out to in your job search if you want to see great results!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Networking is key, but it’s also hard!

[0:59] - Reverse engineer the funnel

[2:20] - Making the math work for you

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Sep 03, 2021
More Info Isn't The Answer, Taking Action Is | Ep #121
362

Austin shares the best personal development secret that he’s learned and shows you how to get over that hump!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - What’s holding you back?

[1:07] - Austin’s best personal development secret

[1:30] - That little voice in your head

[2:34] - Getting started is scary!

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Sep 01, 2021
#AAA: Ask Austin Anything - August 2021 | Ep #120
1214

Ask Austin Anything! In this episode Austin answers questions from listeners just like you. Get your question answered on a future Ask Austin Anything episode by submitting it to the link below.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - #AAA for August 2021

[1:04] - “I recently got a job offer - yay! - but there’s a catch. This offer is from my second choice company. I asked them for time to consider and they gave me 48 hours to decide. I’m still interviewing at my first choice company and I don’t know what to do. Do I decline to offer and hope I get the offer from my first choice? Or do I accept and keep interviewing? Thanks for the help!” - Vishan

[6:24] - “How many hours a day/week did you set aside to get your side hustle really going?” - Virginia

[8:52] - “How do you structure your day, Austin?” - Kimberly

[12:05] - “What's your process for creating blog posts?” - Jason

[16:11] - “What’s your best cure for writer’s block?”’ - Matthew

[18:26] - “What’s your favorite pumpkin ale?” - Sarah

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Aug 30, 2021
My #1 Tip For Combating Ageism In The Job Search | Ep #119
339

Ageism is on the rise and in this episode Austin shares his #1 tip for combating ageism in your job search!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Ageism is on the rise

[0:44] - Be proactive!

[1:24] - Use this 3-step process

[3:52] - A concrete example from Austin

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Aug 27, 2021
Effective Networking Is Making Friends, Not Asking For A Job | Ep #118
393

Austin shares his thoughts on why networking is all about making friends and not about asking for a job!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Make friends instead of asking for a job

[1:47] - The truth about networking

[2:30] - A different way to look at networking

[3:35] - What you should be doing instead

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Aug 25, 2021
How To Research A Company By Surveying Its Customers | Ep #117
550

Austin shares his thoughts on how surveying a company’s customers can provide valuable insight for your research phase!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Research is critical in your job search

[1:35] - Figure out your specific target groups

[2:53] - Find actual people in your target groups

[4:48] - Ask them these 3 specific questions

[7:06] - Incorporate the responses into your application or VVP

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Aug 23, 2021
How To Send A LinkedIn Request That Gets Accepted | Ep #116
469

Austin shares his thoughts on how to send LinkedIn requests that actually get an answer!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Not hearing back can be frustrating

[1:43] - A personalized message goes a long way!

[2:52] - Provide context to your request

[4:19] - Get them excited about connecting with you

[5:24] - An example from Austin

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Aug 20, 2021
Career Happiness = Aligning With Values, Not Brands | Ep #115
430

Austin shares his thoughts on job happiness and how to ensure that you’re the happiest you can be!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - What really matters with job happiness

[0:53] - Be more specific

[1:56] - Why some people hate a job and some people love it

[3:20] - Think about & write down your values

[4:20] - Wanna be happy? Do this homework

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Aug 18, 2021
Use This Creative "Thank You" Strategy To Stand Out | Ep #114
319

Austin shares a super creative ‘Thank You’ note strategy that will help you stand out from the crowd!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Hiring managers love thank you notes!

[2:11] - Email vs handwritten notes

[2:56] - Austin’s thank you note strategy

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Aug 16, 2021
The Two Types Of Referrals (& How To Turn More Into Interviews) | Ep #113
523

Austin shares his thoughts on how to get better referrals that will help you turn that referral into an interview!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - How to turn referrals into interviews

[1:03] - All referrals are NOT created equal

[2:12] - The problem with one-and-done referrals

[3:28] - Why the ‘advocate’ referral is so much better

[4:38] - How to get more advocate referrals

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Aug 13, 2021
Show Up In More Linkedin Searches With This Hack | Ep #112
465

Austin shares one hack that will help you to show up more often and rank higher in LinkedIn searches!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - How to show up in more LinkedIn searches

[1:11] - What you don’t know about Skills & Endorsements

[2:50] - What are the right skills for you?

[4:32] - Endorsements are important!

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Aug 11, 2021
Employers Not Seeing Your Value? Create A Portfolio | Ep #111
541

Austin shares his thoughts on how to make your value crystal clear to your dream companies by creating a portfolio!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - How to make your value crystal clear

[1:12] - What a portfolio can do for you

[2:12] - You can create your own experience

[4:11] - Choose your focus with intention

[5:24] - Create a portfolio blog post & sell your ideas

[6:36] - Play the long game

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Aug 09, 2021
How To Address A Cover Letter The Right Way | Ep #110
299

Austin shares the biggest and most common mistake he sees on cover letters, and what you should be doing instead!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - How to address a cover letter the right way

[0:50] - To whom it may concern?

[1:37] - Address an actual person (like the hiring manager)

[2:44] - What if you can’t find their name?

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Aug 06, 2021
Every Successful Person Has The Same Fears As You | Ep #109
227

Austin shares his thoughts on how to deal with the fears that everyone experiences, even the most successful people that you look up to!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - A special message from Austin

[0:53] - Everyone has the same fears that you do

[2:09] - You are not alone

[2:38] - Stay the course & put in the effort that you can

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Aug 04, 2021
How To Level Up Your Resume With A "Highlight Reel" | Ep #108
464

Austin shows you how you can use a “Highlight Reel” to level up your resume!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Your resume needs a highlight reel

[1:14] - The problem with traditional resume formulas

[2:53] - Highlight reels solve the problem of where to start your resume

[3:23] - How to craft your own highlight reel

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Aug 02, 2021
#AAA: Ask Austin Anything - July 2021 | Ep #107
1968

Ask Austin Anything! In this episode Austin answers questions from listeners just like you. Get your question answered on a future Ask Austin Anything episode by submitting it to the link below.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - #AAA for June 2021

[1:26] - “I was rejected from my dream company. Can I still apply there? Should I wait a few years? Am I totally cooked?” - Adam

[3:57] - “What are the things to watch out for in a job posting that would indicate the workplace/management can be toxic and you should avoid it?” - Jagoda

[10:17] - “What are some of the biggest hurdles to starting your own company?” - Peter

[15:49] - “Was there a tipping point when you went from "helping all your friends with their resumes" to "I can turn this into a legitimate side hustle"? - Steve

[21:40] - “If you could offer only one tip for someone transitioning into tech with no work experience to land an interview, what would that tip be?” - Janiece

[26:12] - “How would you recommend asking an employer for more time to consider an offer? Especially if you're in the process of interviewing for others and might receive offers from them soon?” - Jamie

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Jul 30, 2021
Jerry Seinfeld And Preparing For Interviews | Ep #106
472

Austin shares what Jerry Seinfeld can teach you about preparing for your interviews!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - What Jerry Seinfeld can teach you about interviews

[1:45] - You don’t prepare enough for your interviews

[2:57] - How Austin prepared for interviews at Twitter, Microsoft, & Google

[3:58] - How to properly prepare for your interview

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Jul 28, 2021
Hate Cold Emailing? Try This Networking Trick Instead | Ep #105
486

Austin shares a networking trick that you can use if you hate reaching out to complete strangers!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Cold outreach can be intimidating

[0:49] - Start with the people you “know”

[1:43] - Use LinkedIn for your starter list

[4:12] - Reach out with Austin’s template

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Jul 26, 2021
The One Thing That's Help Me Most In My Career | Ep #104
565

Austin shares the ONE single thing that has helped him the most in his career!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Side hustles can have a huge impact on your career

[1:01] - Austin’s side hustle experience

[1:58] - Taking your side hustle to the next level

[3:06] - A side hustle will teach you how to sell yourself

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Jul 23, 2021
How To Ask The Right Questions When You're Networking | Ep #103
617

Austin shares his thoughts on the right questions to ask when you’re networking!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - How to ask the right questions while networking

[1:25] - Cold outreach is a numbers game

[2:39] - Basic questions get basic answers

[3:24] - Make sure you do your research

[6:32] - Use your research to ask informed questions

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Jul 21, 2021
3 Rules I Use Before Deciding To Take Someone's Advice | Ep #102
482

Austin shares the 3 rules he uses before deciding to take advice from anyone!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Why vetting the advice you take is so important

[1:50] - There is a lot of bad advice out there

[3:13] - Does their journey line up with your journey?

[4:34] - Look for references or stories of success

[5:47] - Do you trust the people who engage with them?

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Jul 19, 2021
A 4 Step Framework For Highly Effective Interview Prep | Ep #101
406

Austin shares his 4 step framework for effective interview preparation!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - You have to be super prepared for your interviews

[1:36] - Show what you can do for the company

[2:37] - Go through the job listing & anticipate interview questions

[4:46] - Prep your answers & iterate

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Jul 16, 2021
How To Earn $500k+ By Negotiating Your Salary | Ep #100
498

Austin shares how you can increase your earnings by $500k or more by negotiating your salary!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - 100 episodes - WOW!

[1:13] - Negotiating your salary is SO important

[2:32] - The power of compounding earning potential

[3:04] - The story of Amari & Taylor

[5:42] - Hiring Managers expect you to negotiate

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Jul 14, 2021
Create A Networking Flywheel With This Single Question | Ep #99
355

Austin shares the one question that can lead to a flywheel effect for your networking!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Create a networking flywheel

[0:49] - Start with a conversation

[1:15] - Build that relationship

[1:44] - Ask this magic question

[3:26] - Rinse & repeat

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Jul 12, 2021
Learn These 2 Things For Unlimited Opportunities | Ep #98
485

Austin shares the 2 things you can learn to exponentially increase your opportunities!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Use these 2 things to help create opportunity

[0:59] - Why multi-disciplinary people are more successful

[2:23] - Why sales & marketing are key

[4:08] - Selling & marketing yourself is your real job

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Jul 09, 2021
4 Ways To Supercharge Your Internship Experience | Ep #97
521

Austin shares four ways that you can supercharge your internship this summer!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - How to get the most out of your internship

[1:05] - Connect with as many people as possible

[3:14] - Track your results

[4:33] - Be proactive - Ask for special projects

[5:42] - Get emails & stay in touch

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Jul 07, 2021
One Trick To Beat Anxiety Before An Interview | Ep #96
394

Austin shares one amazing trick to beat that feeling of anxiety before your job interview!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Having anxiety means that you care

[1:15] - Austin’s experience with interview anxiety

[2:28] - Memorization can help

[3:00] - Try meditation before the interview - No, really!

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Jul 05, 2021
4 Steps For An Awesome Post-Interview Thank You Email | Ep #95
429

Austin shares his 4 step process for creating an amazing post-interview Thank You note!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Make sure you write a thank you note after your interview

[1:47] - How to send the thank you note

[3:16] - What to say  - Spoiler! - Say thank you!

[4:28] - Austin’s example letter

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Jul 02, 2021
#AAA: Ask Austin Anything - June 2021 | Ep #94
1195

Ask Austin Anything! In this episode Austin answers questions from listeners just like you. Get your question answered on a future Ask Austin Anything episode by submitting it to the link below.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - #AAA for June 2021

[1:00] - Bryan - If you were starting from scratch on LinkedIn in 2021 is there anything you would do differently in building and engaging with your audience here? Where would you start?

[6:54] - Susan - What was your first job?

[8:31] - Darren - Is it better to build a personal brand around yourself rather than a specific area or job?

[11:21] - Anil - Where's your favorite place to get a pizza in NY? Asking for when I visit!

[12:43] - Janiece - If you could offer only one tip for someone transitioning into tech with no work experience to help them land an interview, what would that tip be?

[16:03] - Jagoda -  What are the things to watch out for in a job posting that would indicate the workplace/management can be toxic and one should avoid?

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Jun 30, 2021
4 Steps To Create Time For Your Job Search | Ep #93
429

Austin shares his 4 step process for creating the time you need to spend on your job search!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - “I don’t have time!”

[1:52] - Track your time with a time audit

[3:06] - Find 5-7 hours in your week

[4:18] - Schedule the same 5-7 hours every week

[5:13] - Be intentional with the time - Have a plan!

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Jun 28, 2021
Should You Quit Your Job To Start A Business? | Ep #92
534

Austin shares his thoughts on whether or not you should quit your job to start a business!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Should you quit your job to start a business?

[1:44] - Side hustle first

[2:23] - Invest in long-term success

[3:08] - Beating the competition

[4:18] - Failure is part of the process

[5:18] - Dream job first, then shoot your shot

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Jun 25, 2021
My Formula For Crazy-Effective Resume Bullets | Ep #91
535

Austin shares his formula for Crazy-Effective Resume Bullets that will grab the attention of hiring managers!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Why resume bullets matter

[1:39] - What you bullets should consist of

[2:21] - Relevant industry terms

[2:40] - Measurable metrics

[4:11] - Action & Power words

[5:53] - Putting these steps into action

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Jun 23, 2021
3 Unconventional Networking Strategies That Worked | Ep #90
647

Austin shares 3 unconventional networking strategies that actually work!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Unconventional networking works!

[1:41] - One method that worked for Austin

[4:09] - Building a rapport by finding common ground

[6:03] - The testimonial method

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Jun 21, 2021
Email vs. LinkedIn - What's Better For Outreach? | Ep #89
374

Austin shares his thoughts on using email vs. LinkedIn for outreach and which one you should be focusing on!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Email vs. LinkedIn - Which is better?

[0:49] - Why Austin prefers email

[1:45] - Email is where work happens

[2:29] - How to use email “the right way”

[2:46] - Other benefits to email

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Jun 18, 2021
Value Validation Project Example: Microsoft Teams | Ep #88
835

Austin shares a real Value Validation Project that one of his clients used to get hired at Microsoft!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - What does a good VVP look like?

[1:04] - Why a good VVP is so important

[2:39] - Getting started on the VVP

[3:49] - Do your research!

[5:04] - How to set up your VVP

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Jun 16, 2021
How To Statistically "Guarantee" Yourself A Job Offer | Ep #87
433

Austin shares how you can statistically “guarantee” that you’ll get a job offer!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Guaranteed job offers!

[0:43] - What sales can teach you about landing jobs

[2:05] - Reverse engineering the process

[4:44] - Track your successes and statistics

[5:53] - Optimize, optimize, optimize!

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Jun 14, 2021
If You Want To Land A Job, You Need To Stop Blaming The Process | Ep #86
313

Austin dishes out a little tough love about landing a job in today’s job market. Stop blaming the process and take control!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Some tough love from Austin

[0:40] - Stop blaming the process

[1:29] - You have 2 choices moving forward

[2:28] - You are in control, so go make it happpen!

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Jun 11, 2021
4 Steps For Crushing Phone Screens | Ep #85
645

Austin shares his 4 steps for crushing phone screens so that you can feel well prepared and super confident!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - 4 Steps For Crushing Phone Screens

[1:27] - What are phone screens and why companies use them

[2:16] - Phone screens are formulaic

[4:09] - Use their formulas to your benefit

[7:23] - Have your answers and your story ready

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Jun 09, 2021
How The "Double Nope Rule" Can Turn Rejections Into Job Offers | Ep #84
535

Austin shares how the "Double Nope Rule" can help you to turn rejections into job offers!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - What is The "Double Nope Rule"?

[2:39] - Persistence is key!

[3:47] - The "Double Nope Rule" in action

[7:16] - Put it into practice and see the results

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Jun 07, 2021
How To Land A Job When You Need Visa Sponsorship | Ep #83
564

Austin shares his thoughts on the best way to search for a job when you need a visa sponsorship!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - How To Land A Job When You Need Visa Sponsorship

[1:45] - The fears around visa sponsorships

[4:08] - How to find visa friendly companies

[5:32] - Visas cost money, so you need to bring extra value

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Jun 04, 2021
This Is My #1 Piece Of Life Advice | Ep #82
510

Austin shares his #1 piece of life advice. Everyone has an opinion, so who should you listen to? Austin breaks it down in this episode!

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[0:25] - Austin’s #1 piece of life advice

[0:55] - The 2 pitfalls of advice

[3:48] - You have to sift through the noise

[4:46] - Who to actually take advice from

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Jun 02, 2021
#AAA: Ask Austin Anything - May 2021 | Ep #81
1142

Ask Austin Anything! In this episode Austin answers questions from listeners just like you. Get your question answered on a future Ask Austin Anything episode by submitting it to the link below.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - #AAA for May 2021

[1:25] - Nikhil - What do you think is the metric for having successfully established a “brand” on LinkedIn?

[4:54] - Cate - Let’s talk LinkedIn keywords! Any resources you would recommend for insights into top consistent keywords that are used in recruiter searches to incorporate into one’s profile?

[9:42] - Sandeep - Is it really necessary to buy LinkedIn premium?

[13:35] - Andy - How did you come up with your company name “Cultivated Culture?”

[16:58] - Michelle - If you were diving into a side hustle right today that wasn't related to anything you do now, what would it be?

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May 31, 2021
Should You Apply To Companies If They Don't Have Open Roles? | Ep #80
363

Austin discusses his thoughts on whether or not you should apply to companies if they don’t have any open roles!

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[0:25] - Should I apply to companies with no open roles?

[1:19] - Is this your “Dream” company?

[2:09] - Roles may be open but not yet announced

[3:34] - Meaningful relationships will alert you to new roles

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May 28, 2021
How To Anticipate Every Interview Question In 3 Steps | Ep #79
391

Austin shares his 3 step process for anticipating every interview question so that you can feel well prepared and super confident!

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[0:25] - How to anticipate interview questions

[0:40] - Prepare for the common questions

[1:54] - Research interview questions on GlassDoor.com

[4:37] - Check out other people’s answers

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May 26, 2021
Want To 10x Your Results? Find An Accountability Buddy | Ep #78
407

Austin shares his thoughts on how to increase your results by 10x with an accountability buddy!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - What an accountability buddy can do for you

[2:28] - Put your money where your mouth is

[4:28] - Why this works so well

[5:43] - Your homework from Austin

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May 24, 2021
What To Do If You Haven't Heard From A Company After An Interview | Ep #77
492

Austin shares his thoughts on how to follow up if you think you’ve been ghosted after an interview!

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[0:25] - What to do if you haven’t heard back after an interview

[1:04] - What is most likely happening

[2:45] - Before you jump to conclusions

[3:30] - Follow up with empathy

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Hi [Name],

I hope you're having a great week!

I know that you have a lot on your plate managing all of the processes for new candidates. I really appreciate everything you've done to help make mine easy.

No rush on a reply here, but I did want to reach out to let you all know that I am still very excited about this opportunity. If there is anything I can do or provide that would be helpful, please let me know.

I’m sending my best to you and everyone at [Company]!

Best,

[Your Name]

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May 21, 2021
Supercharge Your Network By Starting A Podcast | Ep #76
596

Austin shares his thoughts on starting a podcast and how it can help to supercharge your networking!

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[0:25] - Why podcasts are a great idea

[1:35] - Come up with a theme

[2:12] - Setup is easier than you think

[2:57] - Record ‘seed’ episodes

[3:43] - Get friends and family to leave reviews

[4:21] - Reach out to your target guests

[6:05] - But Austin, what about…?

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May 19, 2021
Companies Don't Care About Your Past Experience, Here's Why | Ep #75
280

Austin explains why companies don’t really care about your past experience and shares what they DO really care about!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Why companies don’t really care about your past experience

[1:55] - Explain what you can do for your target company

[2:43] - Do your homework and research

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May 17, 2021
How To Illustrate Value On A Resume In A Non-Numbers Focused Role | Ep #74
457

Austin shares his thoughts on how you can demonstrate your value on a resume even when coming from a non-numbers focused role!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Why should I care about metrics on my resume?

[2:16] - How To Illustrate Value On A Resume In A Non-Numbers Focused Role

[3:00] - Numbers are everywhere - Find them and use them

[5:02] - Reach out to teams who used your work and ask them for numbers

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May 14, 2021
How To 3x Your Response Rates By Following Up | Ep #73
387

Austin shares his thoughts on how following up can increase your response rate on email outreach by 3x!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - How To 3x Your Response Rates By Following Up

[2:16] - The real reason people don’t reply to you

[3:06] - The magic of following up

[4:08] - How often to follow up

[4:49] - A great email template for following up

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“Hey [Name],

I know this is a crazy time and I know you’re probably super busy. On top of that, your time is valuable!

I wanted to follow up on my email below. If you have a few minutes to connect, I’d be very grateful. If not, I completely understand. No worries!

Either way, hope you’re safe and healthy.

Best,

[Your Name]”

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May 12, 2021
This Is The Exact Outreach Email I Use With My Clients | Ep #72
492

Austin shares the exact email template that he uses for his clients when reaching out to potential connections!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Why this email template is better than yours

[2:36] - Austin’s 3 rules for networking emails

[3:39] - Make the message about the other person

[5:03] - Austin’s cold outreach email template

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Hi [Name],

My name is [Your Name] and I came across your info [Insert Angle].

Your experience really stood out to me — [Elaborate on Angle]! I’d love to learn more about [Them + Angle].

I know you’re busy and this is a big ask coming from a stranger. If you have a few minutes, I’d be really grateful. If not, I totally understand - no worries. Either way, have a great week.

Best,

[Your Name]

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May 10, 2021
How To Optimize Your LinkedIn CTR For More Profile Views | Ep #71
658

Austin shares tips and tricks you can use to increase your LinkedIn Click Through Ratio (CTR) to win more profile views and exposure!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - What is a LinkedIn CTR and why should I care?

[2:37] - Start by searching for yourself

[3:35] - Improve your profile picture

[6:12] - Write a better headline

[7:53] - Keep track of your stats

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May 07, 2021
What To Do If You're Worried About Failing (A Personal Story) | Ep #70
759

Austin shares his story of failure after failure, and how he learned lessons from each failure which eventually led to success!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - How to cure the worry over failure

[1:23] - Watch out for ‘Iceberg’ syndrome

[3:00] - Austin’s story of success and failure

[8:05] - Hindsight is 20/20

[9:34] - Failure is a teacher, not an indictment

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May 05, 2021
The #1 Reason People Tell Me That My Strategies Don't Work | Ep #69
558

Austin shares an email he received from a listener who wasn’t seeing results and goes over the do’s, don’t’s, and reasons behind his methods!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Why Austin’s strategies DON’T work - Wait, what? 

[1:54] - Cold email is a channel, not a silver bullet

[3:14] - Why you should do it even though it isn’t a silver bullet

[5:06] - Volume will make the statistics work for you

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May 03, 2021
#AAA: Ask Austin Anything - April 2021 | Ep #68
1823

Ask Austin Anything! In this episode Austin answers questions from listeners just like you. Get your question answered on a future Ask Austin Anything episode by submitting it to the link below.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - #AAA for April 2021

[1:46] - Trixie - “What’s your best advice for setting yourself up for success in the first 90 days of a new position?”

[7:24] - Imtiaz - “What is your process for content creation on LikedIn?”

[14:26] - Ralph - “What are your thoughts about ending a job interview mid-way into it when you know it’s not a good fit?”

[18:02] - Michael - “Would you suggest networking with companies who do not currently have an opening?”

[21:18] - Lisa - “Should we have all of the requirements listed in a job description in order to apply for it?”

[26:04] - Oshin - “What are you reading these days?”

Books Mentioned:

• How To Avoid A Climate Disaster - Bill Gates
• The Uninhabitable Earth - David Wallace-Wells
• The Proposal - Jasmine Guillory

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Apr 30, 2021
Want 15 Minutes Of Someone's Time? Show Them You've Earned It. | Ep #67
503

Austin shares the #1 mistake that most people make in networking, and what you should be doing instead!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - The #1 networking mistake that most people make 

[2:01] - Time is the most valuable currency

[3:42] - If you want it, you need to earn it

[4:20] - Good ways to earn the time of influential people

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Apr 28, 2021
My 5 Step A/B Testing Process For Networking Emails | Ep #66
518

Austin shares his 5 step process for testing your networking email template and iterating until it’s the best it can be!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Why A/B testing is important in networking

[3:03] - Start with 3 email templates

[4:19] - Test your email templates to some low-priority contacts

[5:28] - Compare your results, iterate, and try again

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Apr 26, 2021
3 Ways To Research Private Companies | Ep #65
732

Austin shares his 3 step process for researching private companies. Public companies share a lot of data, but so do private companies, if you know where to look!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:28] - Why research is important

[1:39] - Find interviews with employees or the leadership team

[5:30] - Customer data is a gold mine 

[8:41] - Become a customer or watch reviews to get perspective

[10:28] - Don't forget the simple steps

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Apr 23, 2021
Avoid This One Question When You're Networking | Ep #64
360

Austin shares the one question you should never ask while networking and provides a much better alternative!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - One question to avoid when networking

[2:11] - What you should do instead

[3:40] - Get proactive and then reach out

[4:42] - Busy people appreciate action, not asks

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Apr 21, 2021
You Define Your Value And You Create Your Opportunities | Ep #63
455

Austin shares his story of limiting beliefs and how you can surpass the boundaries that others have placed around you!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Overcoming your limiting beliefs

[2:24] - Society puts limits on you as you grow older

[4:59] - No one else can define your value

[5:39] - Believe in yourself and take a step towards your dream

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Apr 19, 2021
Scared Of Messaging Total Strangers? Try This Instead | Ep #62
557

Austin shares his thoughts on how to reach out to complete strangers and feel comfortable while doing it!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - What to do if you’re terrified of reaching out to strangers

[0:58] - Start with leveraging loose connections

[2:32] - Find your loose connections

[4:39] - What to say when you reach out

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“Hi Amari,

It’s been a while! How are you and Sarah holding up? Did you escape NYC or ride it out for the past few months? Hope you’re safe.

I know this is out of the blue, but I wanted to reach out because I’m in the market for a transition. I’m specifically targeting UX roles at large agencies like X & Y. If you know of anyone who might be good to speak with, I’d be grateful for any connections.

I know this is a big ask, so no pressure and no worries if it’s too much! Either way, be well and send my best to the family.”

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Apr 16, 2021
Triple Your Response Rates Using An "Exit Clause" | Ep #61
398

Austin shares how you can increase your email response rate by 3X by giving the recipient a way out!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Triple your response rate by using an “exit clause”

[1:11] - Why typical sign-offs are a bad idea

[2:27] - First impressions matter 

[2:52] - What to do instead - give them an out

[5:05] - Try it for yourself and track the outcomes

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  • “Lastly, I know your time is valuable and I know this is a big ask coming from a stranger. If it’s too much right now, that’s totally fine! Feel free to say no. I'm grateful for whatever info you're able to share here or over the phone. Either way, have a fantastic week.”

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Apr 14, 2021
This Is The #1 Skill You Can Learn In 2021 | Ep #60
620

Austin shares his pick for the #1 skill that everyone should learn to boost their career in 2021!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - The #1 skill to learn in 2021

[1:24] - Why the written word is so important

[3:02] - Learn from the advertising industry

[5:11] - The best ‘bang-for-your-buck’ skill

[5:56] - Resources you should definitely tap into

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Apr 12, 2021
The "Dream 100" Formula For Networking | Ep #59
527

Austin shares how you can use The Dream 100 strategy to supercharge your networking!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - How supercharge your networking

[0:31] - The origins of The Dream 100

[2:14] - How The Dream 100 fits into your job search

[3:17] - Making The Dream 100 work for you

[5:56] - Keep it going even after you land your dream job

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Apr 09, 2021
5 Steps To Land A Job In 2021 Without Applying Online | Ep #58
645

Austin shares his job search system from start to end. Everything you need to know to land your dream job in 2021!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - How to land a job in 2021 without applying online

[0:47] - Make a list of 15 target companies 

[2:50] - Research the heck out of your target companies

[3:50] - Find contacts who can refer you into your dream role

[6:53] - Reach out to your contacts and build a relationship

[7:23] - Create a Value Validation Project

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Apr 07, 2021
One Page vs. Multi Pages Resumes - Which Is Better? | Ep #57
599

Austin shares his thoughts on the ideal length for your resume. One page? Multi pages? Find out what to include and what to cut for the most effective resume!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - One page vs. multi-page resumes 

[0:43] - What really matters on a resume

[2:13] - The ideal resume length

[3:52] - How to keep your resume concise

[7:03] - Formatting matters

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Apr 02, 2021
The Real Truth About Taking Advice From "Experts" | Ep #56
492

Austin shares his tips for how to vet the advice you receive. Who you take advice form is just as important as the advice itself, so be sure you can trust your source!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - The truth about taking advice from experts

[1:03] - Never take advice at face value

[2:20] - Consider the lens the advice is coming from

[3:21] - Does the advice align with my values?

[4:28] - Put it to the test

[5:19] - Look for testimonials

[6:04] - Look to see who else is engaged with them

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Mar 31, 2021
#AAA: Ask Austin Anything - March 2021 | Ep #55
1573

Ask Austin Anything! In this episode Austin answers questions from listeners just like you. Get your question answered on a future Ask Austin Anything episode by submitting it to the link below.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Join our community! Text Austin at (201) 479-9511

[1:32] - #AAA for March 2021

[1:35] - Praveen - “How do you narrow down your targeted company list to 20 to 30 given there are thousands of employers out there. What is the best criteria to zero down on companies and focus our job search? How do we build out our options?”

[8:22] - Blake Cook from Chicago looking for a marketing role - “What are a few LinkedIn habits I can do every day to maximize my time and reach?”

[13:38] - Shelley - “What's the best way to find remote jobs that aren't advertised?”

[16:32] - Lakshmi - “How far in advance should I start networking with an insider(s) at my dream company?”

[18:45] - Chris - “After I pick mentors, where do I go from there? I've scheduled meetings with them, but what do I ask them? I want to make it meaningful.”

[21:40] - Scott - “What are the best strategies for transitioning into a different career path? I’m a quantitative analyst for a market research firm looking to transition into a more traditional data scientist role.”

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Mar 29, 2021
How To Hack Your LinkedIn Skills For More Profile Views | Ep #54
637

Austin shares how you can hack your skills and endorsements on LinkedIn to win more interviews!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - LinkedIn is a search engine for recruiters

[2:29] - Why the skills and endorsements section is so important

[4:24] - How to hack your LinkedIn skills and endorsements

[6:31] - Apply your keyword research to your profile

[7:11] - Create an endorsement group

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Mar 26, 2021
How Long Should You Spend Preparing For A Job Interview? | Ep #53
530

Austin discusses how long you should spend preparing for a job interview!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - How long to spend preparing for an interview

[0:50] - This is potentially a life-changing opportunity

[1:35] - What Austin does to prepare

[2:34] - Do research on the companies

[3:44] - Do research on the person conducting your interview

[5:31] - Research, record, reflect, refine your answers

[6:54] - Do a Value Validation Project

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Mar 24, 2021
4 Pieces of Advice I Would Give To My 18 Year Old Self | Ep #52
588

Austin shares the 4 pieces of career advice he would give to his 18 year old self!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Let’s jump into a time machine and tell our 18 year old selves:

[1:15] - Find what excites you

[2:36] - Always have a side project 

[4:48] - Build your network & reach for the stars

[6:37] - Failure is a part of the process

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Mar 22, 2021
Start Viewing "Qualification" As An Equation | Ep #51
425

Austin shares a different way to think about job qualifications. Hiring managers are looking for value, but value comes in many different forms!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Why you need to think about qualifications as an equation

[1:00] - Job qualifications are a wish list

[2:20] - Middle school math

[3:30] - Different ways to add value

[5:15] - Sell YOUR value

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Mar 19, 2021
Why I Avoided People With Traditional Backgrounds In My Job Search | Ep #50
436

Austin shares why he avoided people with traditional backgrounds during his job search and instead preferred connecting with people who had non-traditional backgrounds!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Why I Avoided People With Traditional Backgrounds In My Job Search

[1:09] - Traditional vs. Non-Traditional

[1:42] - What to do instead

[2:23] - Positioning yourself for success

[3:11] - How to find contacts in your dream company with non-traditional backgrounds

[4:19] - Reach out to them and make your ask

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Here’s the email template I used to reach out to people who had already made the journey I was trying to make:

Hi [Name],

My name is [Your Name] and I found your info while I was looking for people who made the transition into [New Industry] from a non-traditional background.

Your experience making the transition from [Old Company] to [New Company] really stood out to me.

I know you’re probably extremely busy and I also know your time is valuable. If you do have a few minutes, I’d love to learn more about your journey and ask you a couple of questions.

I know that’s a big ask from a stranger, so no worries if it’s too much. If you do have a few minutes, I’d be really grateful. Either way, have a fantastic week!

Best,

[Your Name]

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Mar 17, 2021
Do NOT Do This When You Get An Interview | Ep #49
345

Austin shares the one thing you should definitely NOT do once you land an interview!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - What NOT to do when you get an interview

[0:40] - Don’t shut down your job search when you get an interview

[2:35] - I know it’s hard, but there are benefits

[3:28] - Risk vs. Reward

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Mar 15, 2021
My Favorite Tactic For Time Management | Ep #48
336

Austin shares his #1 tactic for efficient time management. Be sure you’re spending your time where it counts the most!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Austin’s favorite tactic for time management

[1:30] - How a Time Audit works

[2:40] - Be specific about your activities

[3:20] - Review your activities to find out where your results are coming from

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Mar 12, 2021
The 90:9:1 Rule of Networking | Ep #47
449

Austin shares the secret of the 90:9:1 rule and how you can use it to effectively target your job search efforts!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - What is the 90:9:1 rule?

[3:06] - How to apply the 90:9:1 rule to your job search

[3:47] - Build a relationship with the 1 and the 9

[5:25] - Go out and find those people in your network

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The 90:9:1 Rule Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1%25_rule_%28Internet_culture%29

How to Network: https://cultivatedculture.com/how-to-network/

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Mar 10, 2021
5 Ways To Bounce Back After Being Laid Off | Ep #46
591

Austin shares 5 tips for recovering from being laid off that will get you ready for the next chapter of your life!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - 5 ways to bounce back after getting laid off

[1:06] - Take time to process

[2:41] - Get very clear on where you want to go next

[4:16] - Find time to up-skill

[6:17] - Reach out to your loose connections

[7:42] - Find time for you

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Mar 08, 2021
Want To Change Careers? Go Beyond Getting The Knowledge. | Ep #45
344

Austin shares his thoughts on why you need to go beyond just getting the knowledge if you want to change careers.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Why you need to go beyond just getting the knowledge

[1:35] - Companies need to know what value you will bring to the table

[2:50] - Find ways to build your own experience

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Mar 05, 2021
How To Turn A Non-Traditional Background Into An Advantage | Ep #44
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Austin shares an effective strategy and a real-life success story of how you can turn your non-traditional background into an advantage!

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[0:25] - How to turn a non-traditional background into an advantage

[1:08] - The truth about non-traditional backgrounds

[2:16] - How does your experience bring value?

[3:20] - Show them how you’ve bridged any potential knowledge gaps

[4:08] - How one of Austin’s clients used this strategy to his advantage

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Mar 03, 2021
One Trick To Help You Turn Rejections Into Job Offers | Ep #43
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Austin shares one piece of advice that will help you turn rejections into future job offers.

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[0:25] - One Trick To Help You Turn Rejections Into Job Offers

[1:00] - Don’t cut off contact

[2:16] - Why you should maintain the relationship

[3:23] - What to do if you’ve been rejected

[6:47] - How Austin used this technique to land his job at Microsoft

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Mar 01, 2021
#AAA: Ask Austin Anything - February 2021 | Ep #42
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Ask Austin Anything! In this episode Austin answers questions from listeners just like you. 

Have a burning career question? Head to CultivatedCulture.com/AAA or text Austin at (201) 479-9511 and ask away. Austin will hand pick a few to answer in his monthly episodes! Here we go:

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[0:25] - How you doin’?

[1:41] - #AAA for February 2021

[2:02] - Steph - “You talk a lot about reaching out to new people to grow your network. But how do you keep the relationship going after the initial conversation?”

[5:29] - Wendy - “Austin you talk about reaching out to contacts who are one level higher than your target role. Given that I’m at the director level, the people I need to reach out to are at the VP and C-Level. It’s extremely hard to get a response from them given how busy they are. How do I break that barrier and make the connection?”

[8:35] - Olivia - “What advice would you give someone in their late 20s trying to land a job, but had less than 2 years of working experience?”

[16:25] - Jose - “I’ve seen many job postings with a note that reads "for queries about the role, please contact xxx (xxx@email.com). Applications sent to this email will not be considered” or something similar. If there’s a contact person listed with the job posting, will emailing that person increase my chances of getting an interview?”

[19:03] - Susy - “How to stop comparing yourself to others? While applying for your dream job, some of your friends/acquaintances may already have a senior or leadership role and be ahead. How to stop the feeling of being behind?”

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Feb 26, 2021
5 Steps For Creating A Profitable Side Hustle | Ep #41
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Austin shares the 5-step process he uses to validate all of his products, and you can use the same process to create your own profitable side hustle!

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[0:25] - 5 steps for creating a profitable side hustle

[1:40] - Brainstorm your offer and niche down

[3:48] - Come up with your specific offering

[4:54] - List everyone you can think of who might be interested

[5:47] - Ask for feedback

[8:22] - Recap

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Feb 24, 2021
My Response To "What If A Company Steals My Ideas?" | Ep #40
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Austin shares his answer to the question “What if a company steals my Value Validation Project ideas?”

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[0:25] - What happens if a company steals my VVP  ideas?

[1:19] - Why VVPs are so valuable

[2:22] - What does the math say?

[6:29] - It’s hard, but hang in there

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Feb 22, 2021
3 Things I Looked For When Interviewing People At Microsoft | Ep #39
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Austin shares the 3 things he looked for when looking for people to hire at Microsoft. Make sure you’re doing these 3 key things before and during your interview!

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[0:25] - 3 Things Austin Looked For When Interviewing People At Microsoft

[1:25] - Giving specific answers vs. giving general answers

[3:52] - Do they have a side hustle?

[6:00] - What kind of questions do they ask?

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Feb 19, 2021
My 3 Part Answer To "What Are Your Salary Expectations?" | Ep #38
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Austin shares his 3 part answer to the question “What are your salary expectations?”

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[0:25] - Austin’s 3 part answer to “What are your salary expectations?”

[0:57] - Research and prepare beforehand

[2:11] - How to handle the salary conversation - change the focus

[3:58] - Ask for their budgeted salary range

[4:52] - What to say if they push you for a number

[7:13] - Negotiate for things other than money

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Feb 17, 2021
My #1 Job Search Rule To Live By | Ep #37
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Austin shares his #1 rule to live by for business, job searching, and success in everyday life!

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[0:25] - Austin’s #1 job search rule to live by

[1:20] - If it’s easy for you, it’s easy for everyone else too

[3:29] - What Austin has learned about success

[4:04] - Going the extra mile

[6:42] - Ask yourself this one question

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Feb 15, 2021
How Mental Health Impacts Our Careers | Ep #36
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Austin shares his journey with mental health and his tips for creating a safe space for yourself!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - Mental health and your career

[1:46] - Why is this important now?

[2:26] - Austin’s mental health journey

[4:53] - It’s OK to talk about this stuff, we all deal with it

[6:23] - The tools Austin uses

[8:45] - Exercise above all else

[9:22] - Try journaling

[10:51] - Seek help - find someone to talk to

[12:00] - Change your relationship with your phone

[14:06] - Track your days

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Feb 12, 2021
4 Ways Failure Helped Skyrocket My Career | Ep #35
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Austin shares 4 ways that failure has helped to skyrocket his career. Success and failure are perceived incorrectly by so many people, so change your mindset. Learn from your failures and that will lead to your success!

Time Stamped Show Notes:

[0:25] - 4 ways that failure helped to skyrocket Austin’s career

[0:35] - The problem with the perception of success and failure

[2:54] - Austin’s journey through failure to success

[3:05] - Trying to start a music blog

[4:42] - Trying to start an apparel company

[6:40] - Trying to be a freelancer

[7:35] - Trying to create an app

[9:28] - The beginning of Cultivated Culture

[13:25] - Just go try something

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