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I'm Jenn Swanson and this is my podcast called Careers by Jenn (formerly The Communication Diva Podcast.)

I started podcasting as a hobby in 2012 on the broad topic of communication. At the time, I was teaching Human Relation Skills to college students in the healthcare field, and realized that what used to be "common sense" is not really all that common anymore, because communication skills are not intentionally taught much anymore. I didn't have enough class time to cover very much in depth, and so decided I needed a platform on which to expand what I wanted to share with people. So, Communication Diva was born.

My early episodes are quite general, and then once I got to Episode 100 and beyond, I began to focus mainly on career, workplace, job search and self-improvement topics that help you to succeed in the workplace (and in life!) through great and more effective communication.

Then, right after (and before and around) episode 150, I re-branded the name and that is why you will see Careers by Jenn title and artwork from 151 onwards!

It's been a journey and a progression and it's been amazing!

This show is sometimes just me, waxing eloquent...(haha!) and more often, I interview fascinating guests from all around the globe who offer tips and actionable ways you can get the job, love your work and advance your career. Sometimes we focus on self-growth and wellness, organizational and personal improvement topics, and other times we give you step-by-step advice to get something particular done. In any case, thanks for reading this very long description! I hope you find something that resonates here and invite you to join the conversation. (Come join our private Facebook group too, it's called The Careers by Jenn Community.)

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Nov 30, 2017

Have you felt appreciated lately?

In this episode, I take a look at all the amazing benefits both employees and employers receive when there is a culture of appreciation in the workplace.

There is actually a biological reason that appreciation and gratitude are good for you too!

I share the benefits and how to increase...


Nov 23, 2017

The dictionary says this: a team player is a person who plays or works well as a member of a team or group.

Sounds straightforward…but no one is going to ace all of the traits and qualities that make up the perfect team player. We ALL have areas we can improve upon.

Every one of us could do some work if we wanted...


Nov 16, 2017

Almost every job interview includes the question: What are your strengths and weaknesses?" In this episode of the NEWLY re-branded podcast (formerly the Communication Diva podcast) Careers by Jenn, I take a look first at how you can do a self-assessment of your strengths, in order to generate a list to work with. I also...


Nov 9, 2017

Guest expert Mac Prichard gives solid advice on where to find "hidden" jobs and how best to maximize job-search energy and time efforts. With his 3 main strategies for success, Mac shares how to find that best job and then how to go about getting it.


Nov 1, 2017

In this episode of the podcast, I interview this inspiring author who tells her story of struggle and perseverance...and how to seek the treasure of your own true self.  Join us as we talk about some of the following:

  • bottom of the class
  • failure, and failing "out of everything!"
  • learning disabilities
  • low...