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Starting Down the Path Towards Career Zen

Episode overview

What is career zen you ask? Tune in to find out!

The host of finding career zen, Pete Newsome, is excited to share this introductory episode with you. In this first podcast, Pete goes over what the episodes will be about, the purpose behind them, and who it’s intended for. If you love receiving career advice and enjoy hearing stories that you can relate to then welcome!

The primary objective of this podcast is to help others find their career zen, however they define it. Although the format may change and evolve with time, Pete is planning to accomplish the mission by doing three types of episodes. 

Why Pete Newsome? He is the perfect expert for giving career advice. Pete is someone who thinks about jobs, careers, and employees for most of his waking hours, and has been for the past two decades as a staffing company owner. 

Join us on starting the path towards career zen. 

Connect with Pete here!

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About Pete Newsome

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Pete Newsome is the President and founder of zengig, which he created after spending two decades in staffing and recruiting. He’s also the founder of 4 Corner Resources, the nationally acclaimed and award-winning staffing and recruiting firm he started out of a home office in 2005. Pete’s primary mission back then was the same as it is today: to do business in a personal way; with a commitment to zengig becoming the most comprehensive source of expert advice, tools, and resources for career growth and happiness. When he’s not in the office or spending time with his family of six, you can find Pete sharing his career knowledge and expertise through public speaking, writing, and as the host of the Finding Career Zen & Hire Calling podcasts.


Pete Newsome  00:15
Welcome to the finding career zen podcast. I’m your host Pete Newsome and I’m very excited to be here today recording this introductory episode. It will be brief as I just want to take a couple of minutes to share what the podcast will be about, including the purpose behind it, and who it’s intended for. If you like what you hear, I hope you’ll continue to come back and check it out. 

Pete Newsome  00:37
So let’s begin with the obvious what is career zen? 

Pete Newsome  00:41
Well, it largely depends on who’s answering the question, but I like to think of it as career satisfaction and success that leads to happiness. Satisfaction from accomplishments and achievements, two very important things, and the feeling that a purpose is being served. Success, on the other hand is much harder to define. 

Pete Newsome  01:01
See, I used to believe that career success was synonymous with financial gain and professional advancement. But as time has gone by, and my world has expanded, I’ve come to realize that those are far from Universal definitions. I now realize that success is very much in the eye of the beholder. It’s to be defined by each of us for us individually. 

Pete Newsome  01:22
With that in mind, the primary objective of this podcast is to help others find their career zen, however they define it. Although the format may change and evolve with time, I’m planning to accomplish the mission by doing three types of episodes. 

Pete Newsome  01:36
First, I’ll be interviewing a diverse group of individuals from a variety of professions to learn about their unique journey towards achieving their career zen. From those who have navigated corporate minefields, as they’ve advanced to those who have gone out on their own as entrepreneurs, I want to explore the lessons they’ve learned and the steps they’ve taken on their way to realizing their goals. 

Pete Newsome  01:58
Next, I’m going to bring on guests from specific career fields, from professionals in roles that require advanced degrees and years of training to those who bypass higher education all together for the love of a job that couldn’t be taught in school. The goal would be to paint a real picture of what life is really like for as many job functions as we possibly can. 

Pete Newsome  02:19
Finally, I’ll do shorter episodes to address specific career related questions one at a time, sometimes solo, sometimes with a guest, depending on the topic at hand. No holds barred, any and all career questions and topics are on the table. So if you have suggestions, or particular areas of interests that you’d like to learn more about, please email us at [email protected]

Pete Newsome  02:43
So who am I to be discussing these things publicly and giving career advice? Well, I’m someone who thinks about jobs, careers, and employees for most of my waking hours, and have been for the past two decades as a staffing company owner. I think about the contract employees we have working at our clients, I worry about them. And I think about and worry about our internal employees constantly, hoping everyone involved in our business is on their path to finding their career zen.

Pete Newsome  03:16
It’s much easier said than done. But over the years, my team and I’ve helped more than 10,000 job seekers find a new career home, and we’ve spoken with countless others in the process. I’ve also worked with Fortune 50 companies and small businesses to hire great employees. I’ve had an insider’s view on hiring when it’s done right, as well as when it’s done wrong, sometimes very wrong. In many ways, the success of my staffing company has come from learning what employers want, need, and look for from their current and prospective employees. And I’m ready to share that knowledge with anyone who can benefit. 

Pete Newsome  03:55
Finally, I become a big fan of the gig economy and believe that freelancing instead of the traditional employee employer relationship, is going to play a massive role in the future of work. And I’m really genuinely excited and enthusiastic about the opportunity to support it every step of the way. 

Pete Newsome  04:15
I’m also a father of four who has some pretty serious concerns about the direction of our economy, our workforce and our education system. I feel this podcast is an opportunity for me to make a positive impact on the generation behind mine, while passing down wisdom from others. Since I promised to keep it brief, I won’t share the details of my own career journey in this episode. But I will say that I’ve made a lot of mistakes, which has led to a lot of valuable lessons learned. I want to share all of it, the good and the bad, and the hopes that others can benefit. 

Pete Newsome  04:47
I think that’s enough for now. So thank you for listening, If you’ve made it this far. I intend to post frequently so please continue to check back, If you’re interested and you like what you’ve heard. 

Pete Newsome  04:58
Thank you and have a great rest of your day.