Looking for a near-effortless way to improve your odds of landing a job? Look no further than podcasts. Sure, you might associate them primarily with shows like Serial or Welcome to Nightvale, but there are plenty of podcasts out there that aim to be as useful as they are entertaining. Whether you’re hoping to upgrade your resume, polish your networking skills or pass an interview with ease, there’s a podcast out there that can help — and gaining that valuable knowledge is as easy as putting on headphones.
So the next time you need a way to pass the time — say, during your commute, at the gym, while you’re cleaning — listen to one of these seven great career podcasts. It won’t take a lot of effort, but it can make a huge impact.
Best For: Brushing up on the fundamentals
Must-Listen Episode: Great Resumes and Good Advice
Career Cloud Radio is often considered the OG career podcast, providing expert insight on the job search since 2007. While it delves into the nuts and bolts of job seeking — what to put in your resume, how to answer interview questions, how to negotiate your salary — it’s not just for first-time job seekers. The variety of guests on the show and points of view presented will maintain the interest of even the most seasoned professionals. Best of all, it’s full of actionable, straightforward and most of all effective advice.
Best For: Transitioning to a new career
Must-Listen Episode: Making Your Next Career Move With Khai Yong
Anyone making a drastic career change will feel unsure of themselves from time to time. If that happens to you, just tune into Career Relaunch to gain the inspiration you need to keep going. Host Joseph Liu interviews real professionals from all walks of life who have successfully transitioned from one role to a drastically different one (think: a pharmacist turned digital marketer). Aside from giving you hope that big career changes are indeed attainable, the guests share practical tips and tricks on how you can make a pivot yourself. And their personal, often moving anecdotes will ensure that you hang onto their every word.
3. The Pitch
Best For: Learning how to market yourself
Must-Listen Episode: Shift
If you like Shark Tank, you’ll love The Pitch. It’s a similar concept — entrepreneurs with The Next Big Idea pitch investors, with real money on the line — but in podcast form. Besides hearing intriguing business ideas (Premium instant coffee! Smart mirrors! In-home bidets!), you’ll learn plenty about what it takes to sell someone on your idea — critical if you’re hoping to start your own business, or just need to hone the perfect elevator pitch about why you’re the best candidate.
Best For: Climbing the corporate ladder
Must-Listen Episode: The Bridge Between Feedback And Coaching
Whether you’re aiming to assume a manager position for the first time or climb the ranks yet again, you’ll find value in Manager Tools. From performance reviews to coaching to office etiquette, this podcast covers a variety of topics to help you sharpen your management skills. And when you’re angling for a senior position, that’s often among the most important factors.
Best For: Getting a good night’s sleep before an interview
Must-Listen Episode: Club Senseless
Even the best sleepers can have a hard time dozing off the night before a big interview — but if you want to wow recruiters, feeling well-rested is critical. That’s where Sleep With Me comes in. The host tells long, rambling stories that pique your interest in the beginning, but get progressively slower and duller until they lull you to sleep. Insomniacs swear by it, and it might be just what you need to counter the pre-interview jitters.
Best For: Mapping your career plan
Must-Listen Episode: How To Become a LEGO Master Builder, with Chris Steininger
Want to start your own business? Create a fashion line? Become an NBA mascot? Grant Baldwin’s podcast will give you the inside scoop on what it takes to get there. In How Did You Get Into That, Baldwin interviews people with interesting, unique jobs to figure out, well, how they got into that. The show is no longer running, but you can find the entire archive online.
Best For: Monetizing your side gig
Must-Listen Episode: Where to Find Hustle Ideas
Maybe you’re not looking for another full-time gig just yet, but wouldn’t mind making a little extra money. If that’s your case, you might want to listen to Side Hustle School, a podcast that aims to reveal the secrets of bringing in cash through a side gig. Through interviews with inventors, artists and all sorts of entrepreneurs, “you’ll learn how they got the idea, how they overcame challenges along the way, and what the results are,” says host Chris Guillebeau. Bonus: a new episode comes out every single day.