Wherever you are in your career, you can have career advice on demand through the wide variety of today's podcasts.
Did you ever wish you could have a career mentor that's always by your side to offer information, help, and advice? These days, you can actually have many mentors whenever you need them simply by tuning in to any of the fantastic career podcasts now available.
Today's podcasts present a wide array of topics and are found on many different platforms. There are podcasts on interviewing, networking, resume writing, career development, and job transitions, while others offer inspiration for career and personal growth or even focus on a specific career area.
The other great thing about podcasts is that you can listen to them more than once so you get every detail they have to offer at your convenience; you don't have to work your schedule around a particular podcast.
With so many options to choose from, here are the top 13 career podcasts to listen to get you started.
Comprehensive career advice
In this podcast, host Stephanie Dennis uses her recruitment expertise to share holistic career advice. Don't be fooled by her lighthearted tone — Dennis knows what she's talking about. Her guidance can help you excel in all areas of your career, from the start of your job search to the interview room to thriving in the workplace.
Hosted by Justin Dux, Career Cloud Radio provides practical tips and tools specifically for the job hunt. Past topics have covered how to succeed in your career through informational interviews, how to overcome being overqualified, and how to appeal to hiring managers. Guests include job search experts such as HR professionals, recruiters, and resume writers.
Canadian Job Search Podcast focuses on the challenges that millennials face in dealing with the current hiring process. John Ribeiro and Connel Valentine, veterans of the job-search process, share their experiences of the corporate world, providing millennials with more information on what recruiters and hiring managers expect from them as job candidates.
Ahyiana Angel successfully switched her career from a sports entertainment publicist to a published author, so you know she has the chops for this podcast. Angel provides advice, inspiration, and motivation specifically for those who want to transition into a new career field now or in the future.
If you're ready to be the boss of your career — and your life — start here. Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon offer real-world advice on how to achieve your dream career, whether you're a beginning entrepreneur, someone looking to upsize a side-hustle, or just someone who wants more out of their chosen corporate career. The episode with Brene Brown is a must-listen.
Angie Lee tells it to you straight. A self-described college and corporate dropout, Lee removes the filter to speak candidly about the topics like motivation, work-life balance, and — her specialty — entrepreneurship. She invites listeners to use her show as "a permission slip to start," giving you the inspiration you need to make a big career leap toward something new.
Lee's show was named one of Forbes' top seven podcasts of 2021, so you can trust it will be helpful.
Inspiration and motivation
A former athlete and New York Times bestselling author, Lewis Howes brings in business people, world-class athletes, and entertainment icons to share their inspiring stories of success. Discussions center around what qualities make a person successful, and how to develop resilience in the face of on-the-job criticism, a job rejection, or other negative scenarios.
If you like getting great information and motivation in a short amount of time, this is the podcast for you. Episodes are brief but filled with tips from current career experts on various topics, including whether LinkedIn recommendations really work and how to create a solid resume. Listening before your job search provides the knowledge and motivation to give it your best.
Podcast host and author Chris Guillebeau believes that side hustles aren't "just nice, they're necessary." He argues that in addition to more money, an extra career pursuit can help any professional build entrepreneurial skills and flexibility without losing the security of their "normal" position (and the income it provides).
In each daily episode, Guillebeau features a different professional so they can share their side-gig story. It's the perfect podcast for someone who needs some inspiration to finally go after an additional career pursuit.
Specific career advice
With her vast experience as a technical recruiter in Silicon Valley, Jessica Smith brings an abundance of practical information and advice on getting hired in the current competitive job market, even if you're not looking for a technical role. Specific topics include personal branding, interview preparation, and more.
Not everyone looks for success in the corporate world. If you prefer a career in the creative arts, you'll find practical advice and information here about handling the financial aspects of these professions to help you be both creative and successful.
As the name implies, here you'll learn about handling both college and the first steps on your career path. Career topics include resume writing, interviewing, networking, and how to handle student loans.
Guests include everyone from CEOs and HR officers to university deans and actual college students.
Entry-level job seekers will find expert advice and instruction that's clear and concise in regards to topics such as interviewing, resumes, etiquette, internships, and much more.
The best career podcasts to help you get ahead
Getting the most out of a podcast varies for each person. Since you can listen more than once, try just listening the first time and taking notes as you listen the second time, or take notes first and just listen the second time — it's totally up to you.
Rather than listening randomly, take the time to identify the podcasts that will be most valuable to you based on your current job search, career status, or business situation.
Whether you're a college grad looking for your first job, an entrepreneur starting a business, or a seasoned worker changing jobs, there's a podcast to keep you informed, energized, and moving forward.
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This article was updated in February 2021 by Lauren Settembrino.