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The PR Maven Podcast

The PR Maven® Podcast is the combination of traditional networking techniques combined with the power of social media to build your personal and professional brand. The podcast features interviews with industry leaders, top executives, media personalities and online influencers about public relations and their personal brand. Each week, Nancy connects with a special guest to talk about their career, and business or organization, as well as the latest news and events that will give listeners a unique perspective on the world of public relations, marketing and personal branding, including actionable takeaways.

Nov 5, 2019

About the guest:  

Jim is the principal of Peak-Careers Consulting offering professional development for career practitioners/coaches through workshops and online discussion-based seminars. He is a LinkedIn strategist, career coach and blogger. He is the author of A Field Guide for Career Practitioners: Helping Your Clients Create Their Next Move.  

For more than 11 years he was director of the Advising & Career Center at a community college, spent more than a decade as a high school counselor, and since February 2012, has been full time with Peak-Careers. He is a certified career services provider (CCSP), global career development facilitator (GCDF), and a two-time president of the Maine Career Development Association. In 2007, he received the Outstanding Career Practitioner Award from the National Career Development Association. 


In the episode:   

1:02  Jim describes the colleges he went to and the jobs he had before starting Peak-Careers Consulting.  

6:00  Jim doesn’t think he would do anything differently because he was able to learn something each step of the way.  

07:53  Jim shares that he loves how PR feeds his creativity.  

10:01  Jim says that social media has fed his social side since he started to work from home.  

13:07  Nancy and Jim discuss how handwritten thank you notes can differentiate yourself from everyone else.  

15:52  Jim shares how he has developed his email list.  

17:45  Jim talks about hitting a wall of doing the same things and how he got out of the rut.  

23:09  Nancy asks Jim about what he calls value added in the workplace.  

26:27  Jim shares how he helps people determine whether they should be an employee or an entrepreneur.  

28:33  Nancy and Jim talk about how career consulting has changed and how Jim helps coaches guide others into their careers.  

31:03  Jim talks about how you can differentiate yourself.  

35:53  Jim shares that his two most valuable resources are LinkedIn and simply reading. 

40:52  The one piece of advice Jim shares is to look back at the themes throughout your life. 

42:33  Jim shares a parting thought, encouraging listeners to focus on their value-added statement.  



"You can't have regrets. You can't go back and live in that world. You really need to look forward.”  Jim Peacock, Principal and Owner of Peak-Careers Consulting 






Entrepreneurs on Fire 

Spin Sucks 

A Field Guide for Career Practitioners: Helping Your Clients Create Their Next Move by Jim Peacock 


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