Hacking Job Hunting

The guest in this episode is Bodie Nowak from Parkwood International who is one of the most dynamic recruiters in the industry. We sat down for a chat at my office in Austin to dig into the art of job hunting. I had a lot of fun recording this episode, trading stories on interviewing – both as the candidate and the interviewer, discussing how to define your true motivations and how to apply the 80/20 principal to the process of job hunting. The ultimate goal is to stand out from the crowd and Bodie and I discuss concrete tips on resume writing, preparing for interviews and selling yourself. Even if you’re one of the lucky ones not looking for a job right now, this interview is full of life hacks that you can apply in all aspects of your life so I really encourage you to stick it out as the second half is full of gems.

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Show Notes

Doing what you love – how Bodie found his passion and energy.
How it all started for Bodie – growing up in Lubbock, Texas.
Making the transition into Oil and Gas.
Handling volatility and how it affects the recruiting side of the business.
Early influences on his life, what he learnt from his father.
What Parkwood does differently – embracing vulnerability.
How to keep your head above water when you’re out of your depth.
Learning quickly – applying meta learning to understand other disciplines.
Dissecting problems so you can piece it back together to find a solution.
State of the Industry emails – Have fun documenting Aubrey McClendon’s fall from power.
The Private Equity boom.
The greatest challenges facing the future of the industry – the fluctuations in Petroleum Engineering graduates since the 1960’s.
At the end of the last boom the US barely topped the historical max number of graduates.
Networking is all about providing value to people.
Applying the 80/20 principal to job hunting.
Defining your motivations using the CLAMPS Model: Challenge, Location, Advancement, Money, People, Stability.
Being honest with yourself.
Standing out from the crowd of candidates.
The ultimate resume – What did you achieve? What were the tangible concrete results?
How to be a better communicator.
The most common mistakes people make communicating – a lack of transparency.
How to screw up an interview, guaranteed.
The worst interview of my life.
How to gather your composure when it all goes wrong.
How high performers prepare for an interview.
Channelling your inner confidence.
Who do you think of when you here the word successful?
Bodie’s biggest mistake in business.
Leadership influences.
Following the money trail.

If you’re looking for Bodie on the interwebs you can find him here:
Parkwood International
Bodies Profile
Bodie on LinkedIn


Aubrey McClendon
Dr Chase – Marietta College
George Mitchell – the grandfather of the shale boom
Steve Jobs
Vince Lombardi


Warburg Pincus


TED Talk about body language


Steve Jobs Biography

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