Innovation Calling – Ageism, Reinvention, and Standing Out in the IT Application Abyss

One of the driving factors behind our podcast was to highlight great companies so those helping to create innovation could find new opportunities.


However, even in a great hiring economy, it can still feel hard to stand out from the crowd to land those dream jobs. And employers still have an issue on retaining the right talent, helping their talented workforce to reinvent themselves as automation creeps into business models, and finding the talent for new technologies.


In this episode, we talked to Julian Placino about common misconceptions of Corporate America, and how you can stand out when applying for so many of these emerging technology jobs even if you started out as a COBOL developer. (Yes, we went there)


Here is the official episode breakdown:

2:30 – Jumping right in, Julian talks about the 411 on recruiting and the truth behind aging out employees

6:30 – Julian talks about his 7-step methodology in how he hires

7:25 – How to get around potential ageism when getting hired

8:00 – Is the gig economy changing the way companies are hiring

9:00 – If you have a background in IT, how can you continue to stand out and be hired in the IT world

12:00 – Where do personal branding and resumes fit into the new equation of hiring

14:55 – How crucial is personal branding, and the biggest mistake people make with their personal brand

16:05 – A great story of how to stand out from the crowd when applying for a job

17:00 – Do women cut themselves short in how they apply for jobs and job descriptions?

21:00 – How do existing employees stay relevant, and what is the responsibility of corporations to keep their employees relevant

24:00 – How can companies avoid being perceived

27:00 – Should people be lumped into groups, or what’s the most important thing that should be looked at when hiring

28:30 – What’s an effective question that should be asked when hiring vs. simply looking at talents

32:00 – If companies are moving to emerging technologies, what happens to people who aren’t reinventing themselves

33:20 – What’s Julian’s advise on personal branding and should companies be concerned in the day and age of personal branding?

35:00 – What you should be careful of when creating your own personal brand

37:20 – What Julian picked podcasting vs other content generation sources


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