• Mindfully Kim

    In this episode of Hilariously Unemployed, Big Speaker sits down with Kimberly Bell Mindfulness Motivator, author, and emergency management specialist.

    Kimberly shares her journey from insurance sales burnout to mindfulness educator. She explains her current career as an emergency management specialist and the need for HR post natural disaster.

    Pack your emergency preparedness kit and listen to this episode for insites on The Urban League, Gifted Brown Girls, a mindfulness exercise, avocado toast, and much more.


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    S2E5 - 38m - Jun 8, 2024
  • Special Episode- Not So Hilarious

    In this very special episode Big Speaker tearfully shares some updates from her own journey. It's okay not to be okay.

    S2E4 - 8m - Jun 8, 2024
  • Kim Acts A Fool

    In this episode of Hilariously Unemployed, Big Speaker sits down with Kim Anthony, recruiting professional, actor, and delusional optimistic. Join us as Kim shares her journey through the ups and downs of multiple layoffs in the tech industry, finding her passion for acting, and ultimately landing in a new role at a parking services company.

    In this candid conversation, Kim opens up about the challenges she faced, the tough decisions she had to make, and the valuable lessons she learned along the way. From navigating company acquisitions to finding stability in unpredictable times, Kim's story is both inspiring and relatable.

    S2E3 - 30m - May 31, 2024
  • Always Be Applying

    In this episode of Hilariously Unemployed, Big Speaker sits down with Matthew Kirby, founder of a dynamic podcast network, for an insightful conversation about, layoffs, creating community, and the realm of HR & Talent Acquisition!

    Matt shares his journey of navigating multiple layoffs, including his experiences at Netflix, startups, and non-profits. Being laid off on a vacation in Mexico is a story only Matt can tell! His candid anecdotes shed light on the challenges and lessons learned along the way. Plus, he'll delight us with tales of his days as the "Cookie Plug" at Girl Scouts and his unique perk of previewing all the new shows as a Netflix employee!

    Matthew's determination to empower young Black HR professionals shines through, as we discuss the massive community he has built called YNG BLK HR. He discusses the profound impact of layoffs on the community and shares valuable insights into finding humor in tough situations.


    Follow Matt's Podcast

    Visit Honest Consulting


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    S2E3 - 53m - Mar 26, 2024
  • Parental Leave Layoff

    In this episode of Hilariously Unemployed, Big Speaker sits down with experienced recruiter Tabitha Delaire to discuss her journey through the world of recruiting and her recent experience with unemployment. Tabitha shares insights into her passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion work, drawing inspiration from her personal experiences. The conversation touches on the challenges of navigating unemployment, the importance of networking in recruiting, and the power of personal stories in creating psychological safety for others. Big Speaker and Tabitha also connect on a personal level, sharing experiences of growing up as the children of addicts. With laughter, wisdom, and an enjoyable Big Speaker rant, this episode offers valuable insights and advice for anyone navigating unemployment or working in the recruiting industry


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    S2E2 - 48m - Mar 18, 2024
  • Do The Humans Need Resources?

    In this highly anticipated episode, Big Speaker brings you the latest updates on life post-Season 1 and her comically precarious unemployment status.

    We're thrilled to welcome back our fan-favorite guest, JRuss, for a much-anticipated catch-up session. JRuss opens up about her recent ADHD diagnosis and the unexpected twists and turns of her nine-month unemployment journey. Amidst the challenges, she shares heartwarming stories of using her art to bring joy to herself and her friends.

    But that's not all! Big Speaker provides a rundown of the current unemployment rate and the latest news about the most recent layoffs announced.

    Stay tuned as JRuss shares exciting news about her recent SHRM certification delves into her exploration of AI, and recounts her amusing experiences in the job interview trenches.


    Resources:

    Podcast: I have ADHD https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/i-have-adhd-podcast/id1446874607 

    Book on self-trust: Trust Yourself: Step Overthinking and Channel Your Emotions for Success at Work by Melody Wilding LMSW 

    Prompts in CHATGPT https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jC4v5AS4RIM


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    S2E1 - 50m - Feb 16, 2024
  • How To Afford Everything

    It’s the end of season 1! What better way to end the season than to talk about financial literacy?

    🚨 Get ready for the grand season finale of "Hilariously Unemployed," where Big Speaker is joined by the incredible Darla Bishop, DrPH. Darla, a military spouse and the author of "How to Afford Everything," takes us on a journey through her life experiences, tackling the challenges of frequent relocations due to her husband's military service.

    💹 In this episode, Darla will share insights on rebuilding careers after each move and the unique challenges first-generation professionals face. Her passion for community health, forged through her diverse experiences, will take center stage as we discuss financial literacy's vital role in creating resilient communities.

    We explore chapters of Darla's books and she drops gems for those who are looking to make money magic with realistic tips for budgeting.

    This episode is full of laughs and includes our first-ever sing-a-long! Enjoy the end of this season and gear up for season 2 Jan. 2024.


    Learn more about Darla and purchase here https://darlabishop.com/the-book/



    S1E18 - 52m - Dec 15, 2023
  • Laid Off In Australia!

    Welcome to episode 17 of Hilariously Unemployed, Laid Off In Australia!

    In this unprecedented episode of Hilariously Unemployed, Big Speaker engages in a dynamic conversation with guest Starr Stephenson With 15 years of experience in marketing. Starting in defense marketing for a Norwegian company, Starr recounts her unusual start and how the contracts dried up after the war officially ended, leading to her first layoff.

    From there, she takes us through her adventures in marketing at a firearm manufacturer, and her experiences at various software companies, including being laid off in Australia during a business trip. Things get really hilarious here.

    Don't miss the laughter, wisdom, and Starr's incredible journey—subscribe, hit the notification bell, and join us for another riveting episode of Hilariously Unemployed.


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    S1E17 - 45m - Dec 3, 2023
  • HR Side Chick

    Welcome to episode 16 of Hilariously Unemployed, where real people share real stories about the highs, lows, and unexpected turns in their careers.

    In this special family edition of the show, Big Speaker turns the spotlight on cousins Sarah Boggs and Stephanie Oehler. Unfortunately, unemployment runs in the family. 

    Sarah Boggs, an IT project manager with 16 years of experience delves into her journey, discussing the challenges of being laid off three times in her career. Sharing details about the delicate balance between job stability and opportunity, her story brings forth insights into the trials of a single mother navigating the ever-changing landscape of employment.

    But that's not all! We are also joined by Stephanie Oehler, former guest, and Hilarie! Stephanie shares updates and gives us the tea on her new endeavor as an HR side chick.

    Not only does she share updates about her career she also provides information about an amazing resource called Rezi. Rezi leverages AI to assist in crafting resumes and preparing for interviews, making it an indispensable tool for job seekers, that happens to be free right now!

    Join us for an engaging and insightful conversation that brings humor, authenticity, and practical tips for anyone navigating the twists and turns of their professional life.

    The views and opinions expressed by our guests on 'The Hilariously Unemployed' podcast are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the show's host, production team, or affiliates. All content provided by guests is intended for informational and entertainment purposes only. Listeners are encouraged to form their own opinions and make independent decisions based on their own research and judgment.


    #HR #HIRING #JOBS #RESUME #INTERVIEW #BUSINESSPODCAST


    S1E16 - 51m - Nov 25, 2023
  • Rockstars!

    In Episode 15 of "Hilariously Unemployed". Big Speaker welcomes Taz Rajabali, a seasoned HR professional with 27 years of global corporate experience. Having seen the pitfalls in the world of hiring, Taz decided to take matters into her own hands by establishing a consultancy firm dedicated to revolutionizing the hiring process.

    A significant portion of Taz's business is devoted to a program called "Rockstars." 🌟 This initiative serves as a free coaching program, open to anyone seeking guidance on various career-related matters. Whether you're navigating the job market, polishing your CV, preparing for an interview, or seeking insights into complex job scenarios, Rockstars is there to offer support.

    Big Speaker gives Taz a colorful description of what an HBCU homecoming is and gets him giggling with her shocking magnificent podcast vocals. For those who enjoy there is also a bit of #asmr at the top of the show to get the laughs going early!

    Listen now to learn more about Rockstars and get the career support you need now!

    Shop the swag shop here


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    S1E15 - 54m - Nov 11, 2023
  • The Happiest Place On Earth?

    In Episode 14 of "Hilariously Unemployed," we're joined by a seasoned tech professional, Jessica Boquist. With over 15 years of experience in product management leadership, she's no stranger to the world of technology and innovation.

    Jessica's story takes a twist when her company, a startup on the path to acquisition, encounters a major shift. This episode is a literal rollercoaster of emotions that will take us to the happiest place on earth, Disney!  

    We have heard the tale of multiple rounds of layoffs before, but there is no story like this one. She'll share her experiences with job applications, unemployment claims hurdles, and the importance of maintaining balance and self-care during these trying times.

    Enjoy listening to Episode 14 as Jessica Boquist's journey through career uncertainties and unexpected adventures sheds light on the unpredictable nature of the job market, and the strength it takes to navigate it.


    Connect with The Big Speaker https://linktr.ee/speakupdana


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    S1E14 - 48m - Nov 5, 2023
  • Get The Senator On The Line

    Join us for a wildly candid and hilariously honest episode of "Hilariously Unemployed" as we delve into the chaos, challenges, and unexpected twists of the world of unemployment. 

    Our special guest, Miraque Hicks has over 10 years of experience in HR and recruiting and was most recently an SVP of people, talent, and DEI before becoming hilariously unemployed. With months of navigating the unemployment landscape, Miraque shares her most unique and frustrating challenge

    She went from being behind the scenes for previous rounds of layoffs as the bearer of bad news to becoming the receiver of it.

    We will explore some of the realities of the challenging job market and the length of time it can actually take to get your next role. 

    We also dive into the tumultuous world of the unemployment claims process, once again and shine a light on the headache of a system that exists in Pennsylvania. 

    Join us for this rollercoaster of a conversation as we explore the ups, downs, and everything in between of Miraque's hilariously unemployed adventure. You won't want to miss it!

    Tune in to "Hilariously Unemployed" Episode 13 to hear Miraque's incredible story of resilience, resourcefulness, and relentless positivity in the face of unemployment.


    Hilariously Unemployed Merch: https://speakupdana.square.site/


    S1E13 - 51m - Oct 22, 2023
  • Podder On Podder Fodder

    In this exhilarating episode of the "Hilariously Unemployed" podcast, Big Speaker welcomes a true HR diva and fearless entrepreneur, Neyda Urias. With 14 years of corporate wisdom, Neyda took a leap of faith, leaving the confines of the 9-to-5 grind to dive headfirst into the wild world of career coaching and HR consulting.

    Neyda, a talented podcaster herself, sheds light on the behind-the-scenes struggles of podcasting. From producing and editing to talent booking and marketing, podcasting is multifaceted. Her own podcast, "Livin Lavida De Luxury," explores career insights, travel hacks, and financial wisdom for first-generation individuals who didn't have access to such knowledge growing up.

    As we trek the hilariously unemployed terrain, we will navigate questions like:

    • Is corporate culture ready for employees with their own brands?
    • Is it time to tone down your personal brand to keep or land a role?
    • Should we be considering partnerships instead of traditional employment?

    Find out our answers to these questions and many more when you listen now.

    #TheHilariouslyUnemployed #Podcast #CareerCoaching #HRConsulting #Podcasting #Entrepreneurship #BalancingAct #NegotiationSkills #UnleashYourPotential

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    S1E12 - 50m - Oct 14, 2023
  • The HR Psychic

    In Episode 11 of the “Hilariously Unemployed" podcast, Big Speaker 🔊 welcomes Shae Green, Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Grace Hill.  Shae is not your average HR professional, she is an HR Psychic who possesses a unique talent for foreseeing the outcomes of internal business dynamics, especially those impacting people.

    Shae's career journey has taken her through diverse industries, including the automotive and aerospace & defense sectors, providing her with a wealth of experience working in larger organizations. 

    She shares her love for working with millennials and explores the factors that have shaped their career mindsets differently from previous generations.

    One of the most candid segments of our conversation delves into Shae's experience, with executing layoffs—a challenging responsibility that she handles with grace and empathy. She offers a candid look into the emotional impact of such difficult decisions and how HR can provide resources and support during these transitions.

    She emphasizes the importance of humanizing conversations around layoffs, highlighting the need to manage morale, culture, and organizational engagement after such events, and strategies for countering the inevitable rumor mill.

    While layoffs are serious, there is always room for laughter in each episode. Shae & Big Speaker get into a witty conversation about personality assessments that is bound to make you giggle. 

    Join us for a captivating conversation filled with HR insights, laughter, and invaluable lessons. 

    Tune in to Episode 11, and remember to like, share, and subscribe to spread the positivity of laughter, learning, and unwavering career resilience. 🎙️🌟

    #TheHilariouslyUnemployed #Podcast #HRInsights #CareerMindset #RemoteWorkChallenges #DEI #Resilience #Humor 🌟

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    S1E11 - 47m - Oct 8, 2023
  • White Castles & Ghosts

    Get ready for a thought-provoking and insightful episode as I welcome my exceptional guest, Eustacia A. English, to the"Hilariously Unemployed" Podcast. Eustacia is a seasoned Talent Recruiter, Career Branding Coach, a 👶 mompreneur, and currently holds the role of Senior Director of Community and Belonging, specializing in #DEI, #CSR, and #ESG initiatives.

    😁 While she is not currently Hilariously Unemployed, she has been there a time or two and has great insight to share.

    👻 Ever wonder why recruiters ghost you? Well, tune in to find out what Eustacia has to say and gain some insights on getting your resume and application reviewed for the next opportunity!

    S1E10 - 52m - Sep 30, 2023
  • The Unenjoyment Process

    Host Speak Up Dana Aka The Big Speaker welcomes you!

    Welcome back to the hilariously unemployed this episode is named "The Unenjoyment Process" coined by our remarkable guest, Jessica Fern-Kirkland. Jessica is The Og Transformation, World Champion Chaos Organizer, mountain bike junkie, and award-winning executive,  who has been innovating and disrupting the multifamily industry for over 15 years. As a former company president, she joins us to share her candid and insightful experiences navigating the tumultuous world of layoffs, acquisitions, and the unexpected turns of a corporate career.

    Jessica brings a unique perspective on what it's like to be at the helm of an organization facing acquisition. She'll share her emotional journey, from the surreal moment of being out of a job to her heartwarming efforts to ensure a positive experience for her team. Whether you're a job seeker, a professional in transition, or simply fascinated by the world of corporate careers, Jessica's story will resonate with you. There will be no shortage of laughs in this episode!


    Connect with The Big Speaker https://linktr.ee/speakupdana


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    S1E9 - 54m - Sep 17, 2023
  • Start up Shutdown

    This week Speak Up Dana AKA Big🔊, welcomes guest Jessica 'JRuss' Russell, a seasoned Strategic HR Business Partner, Global People Ops Leader, and passionate DEI & Culture Advocate. JRuss's journey has taken her through the vibrant world of startups, community outreach and engagement, and youth support.

    As the queen of startups in Durham NC, JRuss has the skills that once paid the bills! In this episode, the two unpack the unemployment claims process, discuss the need for a positive mindset and affirmations, and laugh a ton about technical issues. Is mercury in retrograde or what?

    S1E8 - 54m - Sep 11, 2023
  • Bearer Of Bad News

    Join us for an unforgettable episode as Speak Up Dana sits down with Marci French, an Industry Auntie, Queen Mother, VP of Asset Management at HRG Asset Management, and the Creator of Brave Spaces. In this candid and humorous conversation, Marci shares her remarkable leadership journey while delving into the challenging role of laying off an entire staff.

    Discover Marci's unique insights into leading compassionately, maintaining empathy during layoffs, and fostering an inclusive culture even in difficult times. With a career adorned with achievements and a commitment to DEI, Marci provides valuable lessons on navigating tough decisions while retaining the human aspect of leadership.

    But that's not all! We add a touch of humor to the mix, exploring funny anecdotes from Marci's career, her experience with unemployment, and her daughter's quest in a new industry.

    S1E7 - 54m - Sep 5, 2023
  • What's Next?

    Welcome to episode 6 of The Hilariously Unemployed! This week we are diving deep into the world of career empowerment and transitions.


    In Episode 6, your host Speak Up Dana is joined by Shira Ali, a What’s Next? Strategist based in the Washington, DC, area. With 20 years of experience in corporate real estate management, Shira brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to the table. As the Founder of Shira Ali & Associates, she's on a mission to empower women at crossroads to step confidently into their next career or business phase.


    In this episode, we're tackling topics that resonate with many: from conquering negative self-talk and navigating career pivots, to the unique challenges women face during unemployment and strategies to overcome them. Shira's expertise in career coaching and empowerment offers invaluable guidance for anyone seeking career growth.


    So, whether you're pondering a career change, dealing with self-doubt, or simply looking for strategies to elevate your professional journey, this episode has something for you. Tune in as we laugh, learn, and get inspired by Shira Ali's journey and expertise.

    As mentioned in the episode Shira has gifted The Hilariously Unemployed her Joy & Judgement Journal at no cost. Use this link to access your copy today!

    https://view.flodesk.com/pages/64e2a8eac7567cef7b9f6c6a

    S1E6 - 52m - Aug 19, 2023
  • We are not 1 thing

    Welcome back and, get ready to meet our next guest on "The Hilariously Unemployed" - a powerhouse of energy, a multifamily expert, and the owner of one of the loudest laughs you'll ever hear! 🎉🎙️

    In this episode, your host Speak Up Dana had the privilege of sitting with Stephanie Oehler. With a vibrant personality and a wealth of experience, Stephanie is here to share her journey through the ups and downs of the job market, all with a healthy dose of humor and wisdom.

    Stephanie has done everything from navigating rejection patterns to tweaking salary requirements in order to get the application viewed! She's not just a jack of all trades; she's a master at finding the silver lining in every career challenge.

    Join us as we dive into a conversation filled with laughter, insights, and inspiration, led by the dynamic and talented Speak Up Dana.

    Tune in, laugh along, and walk away empowered as Stephanie Oehler takes center stage on "The Hilariously Unemployed." 🎧🌟


    This Episode is sponsored by https://www.multifamilyinsiders.com/


    S1E5 - 54m - Aug 12, 2023
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