Summary: The podcast that helps you love Mondays! When Sunday rolls around, do you get excited about Monday? Susan Brennan and Alyssa Hammond do, and they're here to help you find a career that will help you to love Mondays, too. Counter Offer is a career advice podcast that guides you step-by-step through everything you need to know to thrive in your career.
If you've landed a job interview, congratulations are in order! Getting to the top of that pile of resumes is a hurdle, but job interviews are even tougher. Susan and Alyssa have helped thousands of people through the interview process (99% of their students are employed or in graduate school within 6 months of commencement), and they're here to help you nail yours.
Do you cringe a little when you think about salary negotiations? While negotiating your salary might feel like something you would rather avoid, deciding whether or not to accept a salary offering is about more than your current place in life. In this episode, Susan and Alyssa will show you how to make salary negotiations a whole lot less awkward by walking you through step-by-step, from the moment you receive the offer to the moment you and your future employer agree upon a number.
Think about the word "networking" for a second. Did you just let out an internal groan? You aren't alone. Most people know that networking is crucial to building a successful career, but it's gotten a bad rap lately. In this episode, Susan and Alyssa share their best tips for networking in a way that will help you to create authentic connections with other professionals.
When you work full time, you see your colleagues more than you see most of your family members. Despite that, certain topics are definitely off limits when it comes to your professional identity, while others lie in the grey area. From sharing your salary with co-workers, to connecting on social media, to letting people know what's going on with your health, Susan and Alyssa explain how to navigate the muddy waters of taboo (and not-so-taboo) topics at work.
When it comes to your career, it's helpful to have the guidance of people around you, and it's even better to have the support of people who speak up on your behalf. In this episode, Susan and Alyssa are joined by Trish Foster, Senior Program Director, Center for Women and Business, explain what mentors and sponsors do, why you need one of each, and what to do if someone asks you to be one.
In the final episode of the season, Alyssa and Susan talk about what it means to have a personal brand and why identifying yours can help you to be more successful in your career. They also speak with Dan Schawbel, author of Promote Yourself: The New Rules for Career Success and Me 2.0: 4 Steps to Building Your Future, about why what's old is new again when it comes to managing your reputation.
Who are Susan Brennan and Alyssa Hammond, and why should you listen to them? With over two decades each of experience in helping young professionals identify and land their dream careers, their career services team has been ranked as one of the top five in the country. In this episode, Susan and Alyssa talk about their own career paths, and they explain why they want to share their best career advice with you.