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Career Talk – 100th Episode Special: October 19, 2017

Host Dawn Graham is joined by Abby Kohut (Author, Recruiter, Absolutely Abby), Ross Macpherson (President, Career Quest), and Julie Cohen (CEO and Executive Coach, Work. Life. Leader) on the Thursday, October 19, 2017 edition of Career Talk.

Air Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017 on SiriusXM 132

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Career Talk - 100th Episode Special: October 19, 2017 12:00

Air Time: 12:00 pm
Featuring: Abby Kohut, Ross Macpherson, Julie Cohen

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Abby Kohut

Author, Recruiter, Absolutely Abby


Abby’s career began in computer sales. She worked for a computer reseller for five years, managing major accounts such as Bear Stearns, Grey Advertising, Gartner Group and the Museum of Natural History and was elected into Apple’s Million Dollar Club. Although successful in sales, Abby felt most passionate about hiring and mentoring new sales reps for the company. That passion motivated her to launch her career in Human Resources and career development.

Abby’s next successful recruiting project was at Cheyenne Software, where she recruited 500 employees in two years, effectively doubling the size of the company. Following that, Abby worked for Kaplan, Inc., a world leader in educational services, for seven years. Abby took on various roles including Senior Director of Recruiting and Career Development, which offered her the opportunity to lead a team of recruiters responsible for filling staff and management positions across the country. In particular, Abby led teams that hired 50 Customer Service Representatives in two months and 900 part time K-12 teachers in four months. She also career coached and mentored many top internal applicants into new roles within the company.

As a Staffing Consultant, Abby managed several recruiting projects for Alpharma, Inc., one of which helped them double the size of the division, from 300 to 600 employees. Abby also led the expansion of a national outside sales force and support staff for the Economist Intelligence Unit, Economist Magazine and CFO Magazine. As the Interim Director of Recruiting for Beth Israel Medical Center and St. Luke’s – Roosevelt Hospital, Abby managed a large recruiting team responsible for filling 1,000-2,000 positions per year and developed written documentation around their processes and procedures. She also managed an expansion project for LEO Pharma and helped them grow from six employees to 300 in two years.

Abby’s articles on AbsolutelyAbby.com and her monthly Career Wake Up Calls inspire job seekers to stay motivated as they continue their search for their ideal job. AbsolutelyAbby.com, which was selected as one of the “Top 100 Websites for Your Career” by Forbes in 2013, teaches candidates secrets the Absolute truth about the job search process that other recruiters won’t tell you. Abby has presented to over 300 groups and has provided job search tips on Fox 5, NBC, CBS, ABC, LinkedIn, Monster, Real Simple, The Ladders, Bloomberg Radio, and Forbes. Her books “Absolutely Abby’s 101 Job Search Secrets” and “Absolutely Abby’s Top 12 Interview Questions Exposed” teach candidates secrets about the job search process that other recruiters won’t tell you. Abby was selected as one of the top 100 influential people online according to Fast Company Magazine and was named as one of “The Monster 11 for 2011: Career Experts Who Can Help Your Job Search”. Since 2010, Abby has been on a mission to help one million job seekers and is currently driving around the USA on a nationwide tour to accomplish that goal which you can learn more about at www.AbbyAcrossAmerica.com
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Ross Macpherson

President, Career Quest


Ross Macpherson is the President of Career Quest, a recognized expert in advanced career strategies and a sought-after speaker known for delivering powerful sessions that teach real-world career success strategies. He has spoken extensively to MBA audiences across the U.S., Canada and Asia, and has delivered “Best of” presentations at global industry conferences and major career events across North America. His high-energy style, exceptional group dynamic skills, and real-world success strategies have consistently put him at the top of the career management speaking circuit.

Ross is a Certified Personal Branding Strategist, Certified Online Identity Strategist, Certified Interview and Job Search Coach, and is recognized as one of the very best resume writers in North America. He has 16 years’ experience in career development with clients throughout the U.S., Canada, and internationally. He is the resume and LinkedIn expert for BeyondB-School.com, a former Board Member for the global Career Thought Leaders Consortium, and examples of his work have been published in 17 leading career publications.

Twitter – @RossMacp
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Julie Cohen

CEO and Executive Coach, Work. Life. Leader


Julie Cohen is an Executive Coach and CEO of Work. Life. Leader. – a leadership and professional development program for emerging and developing leaders. She is also the author of Your Work, Your Life…Your Way: 7 Keys to Work-Life Balance. She helps her clients clarify and achieve their professional and personal goals, including greater career effectiveness, improved leadership capabilities, enhanced work-life balance and meaningful personal satisfaction. Julie coached Wharton MBAs for 8 years and regularly presented as part of the Wharton Leadership Development Workshop Series. She writes monthly columns on career, work-life balance and leadership issues for The Huffington Post, Working Mother and The Philadelphia Business Journal.
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