Show has really devolved over the years
About a decade ago, I was an avid listener of Career Tools, and I used to recommend the show to everyone, mostly because Mike & Mark shared such very useful, on-point perspectives about careers and hiring. However, about five years ago, I stopped listening to the show because I felt like things were getting very repetitive, and found Wendy to be a poor host who always seemed to be talking down to listeners. Last week, I decided to check out the show once more, only to realise that the show had gotten even worse. I struggled to tolerate more than 10 minutes of any episode before pressing stop because: 1) the hosts seem out of touch with the realities of what current candidates are thinking and experiencing. For example, in one recent episode about negotiating job offers, they suggest that candidates shouldn’t negotiate because they have nothing to offer in the negotiation. That candidates are the “sellers” in the job offer transaction like sellers at an IKEA store. And as an example to demonstrate the lack Lowe in the negotiation, that candidates can’t exactly only work 4 out of 5 days if they only get 80K when 100K is desired. Of course not. That analogy is utterly confusing. Candidates are NOT negotiating job offers thinking they can or should offer anything more or less in return once they start working. They’re negotiating because they want to ensure the salary offered is in line with industry benchmarks and so they don’t end up with an excessively low base for future salary discussions in that company or another. I actually agree that in general, candidates should not negotiate salary, but the explanation the hosts provided was completely convoluted. 2) Wendy and Joey are also way too long winded. They take 10 minutes explaining a concept that could be explained in one. I know they’re trying to be comprehensive, but in their attempts to do so, they go on these very long tangents full of confusing metaphors and condescending jabs at listeners who don’t seem to “get” what they’re trying to explain. 3) While Joey may indeed have the credentials on paper to offer career advice, he certainly doesn’t come across with any authority or credibility. Ironically, the hosts always go on about the importance of being a strong communicator, but he is certainly not one, at least on mic. He struggles to make it through more than two sentences before inserting “you know” fillers. In a one instance, I counted that he said “you know” 10+ times in one minute. It’s distracting and comes across very amateur. The show was much better when Mark & Mike hosted it.
Agassi17 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 10/22/21
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