Ep. 08: Staying Resilient During a Career Transition with Lauren McGoodwin


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What happens when a career coach and the founder of Career Contessa come together to talk about career transitions? You get a deep dive into what makes job searching and making changes in your career so dang uncomfortable and challenging, how to prepare for and be your own advocate, and ways to successfully navigate your career.

I sat down with Lauren McGoodwin, former Hulu recruiter turned female-focused business owner, to talk about how to stay resilient and motivated during a career transition. This episode is also jam-packed with practical tips, so no matter where you are in your career journey, you’ll be sure to find some nuggets of wisdom to take action on right away.

    In this episode, we talk about:

    • Lauren’s career journey that lead her to recruiting at Hulu to eventually starting her own business, Career Contessa, to support women in their own career journeys

    • How resilience, coupled with a strong support network, can help us navigate through uncomfortable career transitions

    • The power of informational interviews and unique networking groups

    • Discomfort and fear around not having a career direction and how to combat that

    • Scarcity mindset in the job search

    • Normalizing career transitions and the array of emotions that come alongside it

    • Advocating for yourself in your career, especially as women

    • Being open-minded to career and business possibilities that, at first glance, might not seem viable but might actually be exactly what you would succeed at

    • The most common career questions Career Contessa receives and how they address them

    • Paying attention to what other people and companies are doing and expand your definition of what’s possible in your career

    • Keeping a work journal and preparing to ask for a raise or go for a promotion

    • Recognizing that our self-worth is not defined by our net worth

    • Creating healthy money mantras

    • How to stand out in the job search and maintain momentum

    • Speaking the truth about where you are in your career journey and finding community in transparency

    You don’t get what you don’t ask for. You have to be in the driver seat of your career. 
    - Lauren McGoodwin

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    Don’t become too black and white when it comes to your career. Careers are flexible. 
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    “Be open-minded about your career. Don’t take anything off the table because you never know where it’s going to take you.” - Marissa Burdett
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    My self-worth does not equal my net worth. - Lauren McGoodwin
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    Your resume should be as interesting and fun to read as it is to talk to you in an in-person interview. - Lauren McGoodwin
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    Don’t be afraid to share what’s really going on in your career and what you’re looking for. 
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    About the Guest

    Lauren McGoodwin, CEO, founded Career Contessa in 2013 after working in recruiting for a tech company and experiencing the gap in career development resources available for women who were job searching, soul searching, leading and managing, or trying to find new ways to advance within their careers.

    Lauren’s goal was simple: create a career resource site completely dedicated to women which, unlike the average job database, took into account the unique challenges women in the workplace experience including the wage gap, career breaks and minority representation in leadership positions. After identifying the void in career development services available for women, Lauren knew that Career Contessa needed to be more than just a portal to apply for jobs and, rather, a place where women could gain a competitive edge in the workplace through original career advice, job opportunities and an inside look at companies hiring, e-learning courses and access to expert career coaches.

    Career Contessa now helps over 1 million women navigate their careers each year and has partnered with a number of leading brands including Dollar Shave Club, FabFitFun, HomeAway and Pandora, to provide their subscribers with an insider’s look at job opportunities with some of the country’s most exciting and fastest growing companies. Lauren's career expertise has been featured in Business Insider, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Forbes, Refinery29 and many other leading business and lifestyle publications.