#GirlBOSS: Hosts of Joblogues

Admittedly, I’m a bit new to podcasts (okay, very new), but I dare to say Joblogues is my favorite. To paraphrase Drizzy Drake, they’re speaking my language.

Hosted by childhood BFFs Joymarie Parker and Cortney Cleveland, Joblogues is everything you didn’t know you needed in a podcast. From colorful commentary to candid career convos, they’re weekly show is an entertaining and educational resource for young professionals. Fact: I downloaded the Gratitude Journal app after listening to one of their mini-sodes and it’s a game-changer.

Check out my interview with the digital divas and be prepared to take notes (I know I am!).

I first came across Joblogues on Twitter and now I’m hooked. How did your podcast come about?

JP: When I first moved to New York City, I had a really tough time landing a full-time job that fulfilled my career interests but also paid the bills. A lot of my motivation to keep pushing came from conversations with peers, colleagues, friends and, of course, family. I created Joblogues earlier this year as a platform to highlight those candid career conversations to inspire others in their professional journeys.

I love that! What do you want listeners to take away from your podcasts and minisodes?

JP: The most successful people have other successful people behind the scenes, in their corner, and that’s what we want to be for our listeners. We want to remove the stigma that comes with discussing certain work topics and have real conversations about the challenges we experience daily. Sometimes those conversations make us laugh, other times they make us think, but hopefully, they always inspire you to feel like you can achieve anything you set out to achieve.

CC: I love talking to people who make their own way in life. Creative entrepreneurship is a common theme in my writing and telling their stories in a new way is what sealed the deal for me to come on the team in August. Giving people a platform to share their work and inspire others to do the same is what makes Joblogues really special to me.

That’s awesome. You ladies feature inspiring guests on your show. What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?

CC: The common theme of great advice I’ve received is that your career path is very hard to plan for. I know few successful people who knew they would end up where they did at the start of their career. But, they were ready when opportunities presented themselves, and they were aware enough to recognize an opportunity when it presented itself. So I would distill that into, stay ready (so you don’t have to get ready), and keep your eyes and mind open to what your next move will be.

JP: True leadership is about impact. Taking a project, owning it, and getting credit for your work is great, but you know what’s better? Equipping others to do the same and watching your legacy unfold as those people go on to achieve their own aspirations. Sometimes, that means leading from behind.

You seem to get along so well on your show. What advice do you have for young women who want to start a business with their friends?

CC: As with any relationship, communication is key. Be clear about what your roles are. When I came on in August, Joy made a point of emphasizing the bare essentials of what she needed from me, and I tried to be clear about what I could offer. That clarity is essential to managing the expectations we have of each other, and ensuring our work relationship is a mutually beneficial one.

JP: Enjoy the opportunity to constantly learn from one another. Cortney brings such amazing energy and insight into this project that I didn’t have before – she’s a natural storyteller and writer. Every time we get together is a learning experience. Be open to that.

So true. We can all learn from each other. What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken? How did it pay off?

CC: My early twenties were full of them. Moving to New York with no job. Leaving an unfulfilling job with no back-up plan. Looking back on it, I can’t even believe my decisions. The YOLO approach definitely set me up to make my life harder than it probably needed to be. But, it taught me a lot about dealing with uncertainty. My faith in myself and the universe is rock solid.

JP: Same. I’d add Joblogues to that list, too. Starting was easy. Relinquishing control and working with a team? That was tougher. It’s easy to want to baby your ideas and be defensive or overprotective, but opening myself to other perspectives has paid off with a better sounding product that I’m convinced is exponentially better than anything I could have created on my own.

Millennials are known for having various #SideHustles. How do you balance multiple passions?

JP: I get bored easily and tend to thrive when I have multiple projects that feed various passions. For interacting with youth, I have my volunteer mentoring program; for client-facing work and experiential projects, I have my day job; and for content creation and curation, I have Joblogues. Aligning myself with projects that feed specific passions helps me to have a high level of enthusiasm and energy towards each one.

CC: To-do lists are the GOAT. It’s sound too simple, but making a list is organization and goal-setting in its simplest form. I start the week making a list of what I want accomplish, then every day I decide which items I want to tackle.

I live by to-do lists, they are lifesavers!What words of wisdom would you share with your 17-year-old self?

CC: Don’t worry so much. You got this.

JP: Stay focused.

Excellent advice! I have a not-so-secret #GirlCrush on you two. Who is your #GirlCrush and why?

CC: Ava DuVernay. Poised, talented and gutsy.

JP: I’m into everyday role models (boring, I know). Women balancing motherhood and work. Women dominating the boardroom and collecting their coins. You, reading this – constantly working on improving self and supporting other women doing the same. I love that.

Everyday role models are severely underrated. What is your life mantra and why?

JP: Whatsoever you do, do it with all of your heart. – Colossians 3:23. Legacies aren’t built simply because we “put in the work.” This verse reminds me to work with heart and passion, always.

CC: It changes every year or so. But right now, “it is what it is” rules my world. It reminds me that whatever I’m going through, I can handle it. It wouldn’t be happening to me if I couldn’t.

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