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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.)


Jul 11, 2019

Today's show features guest Celeste Headlee - journalist, author and TedX speaker - who talks about how to manage working with someone you don't agree with and maybe don't even like. Celeste offers practical tips and advice that the listener can use immediately to help communicate more effectively in the workplace.

Jun 20, 2019

Join me and my accomplished guests as we discuss gender stereotypes in the workplace and how to break them down in effective ways. Andie Kramer and Al Harris share their wisdom in this career-focused episode.

Jun 6, 2019

Effective communication is not a box you can tick and be done with. Find out why not and how to develop your communication skills today, to help you with your job search, your career, and your life.

Oct 25, 2018

Have you noticed? It seems more and more that there is incivility around...that people are behaving in uncivil and nasty ways. This can have a profound affect on workplace productivity and the well-being of both individuals and the organization itself. Find out what to do in this episode.

Aug 23, 2018

Do you feel frustrated when you go to work and have to put up with someone you don’t like for your entire shift? What if you work with that person all the time? How can you navigate your feelings and manage when you just feel annoyed every time you interact with them? Here are 7 practical tips on what to do.