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55. Crack the job search code and land your next role quicker with guest expert Carla Santamaria
Episode 5516th August 2023 • Her Next Career Move • Jasmine Escalera
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The job search game has changed! Gone are the days of submitting your resume because now, there are some codes to crack. 🧠 

On today's episode, Dr. Jasmine is joined by fellow career coach, Carla Santamaria, and she shares her expertise on cracking the codes you need to capitalize on to succeed in the job search in 2023. Learn how to optimize your resume, receive invaluable advice on getting past the dreaded ATS, plus how AI is streamlining the job search process.

Born in Honduras and raised in Miami, Carla Santamaria is a career and mindset coach for first gen professionals. She helps clients discover and lean into their unique skill set, build a meaningful and impactful professional network, and get on track to reach their first six-figure job. 

On Latina Equal Pay Day 2020, Carla made the courageous decision to ask her employer if she was getting equal pay for equal work. After months of advocating for herself, she was finally given an answer. "No." Despite the heartbreak, Carla used that experience to begin a radical career and life transformation. Twelve months later, Carla had pivoted from higher ed to healthcare to tech, doubled her salary, and launched a career coaching practice tailored to the unique experiences of first gen professionals. 

Carla is the producer and host of The First Gen Coach Podcast, a career and lifestyle podcast where first generation professionals learn to rethink limiting cultural beliefs, advance in their careers, and build generational wealth. 


In today's episode, we cover the following:

  • Going behind the scenes in Carla's business and how she got here
  • Client wins: taking leaps of faith to a 65k salary increase
  • What is the ATS, common mistakes when using it, and how to optimize it
  • Tailoring your resume with keywords for each job
  • Creating a resume that celebrates YOU
  • The many purposes that networking has in your job search
  • The 3 steps to career success
  • Using Chat GPT in your job search
  • Leveraging tech and humans in your job search
  • The future of the job search


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Follow Carla's inspiring content on LinkedIn and Instagram @CarlaTheFirstGenCoach, or visit her website at and drop into her inbox at


Let's connect!

Instagram: @JasmineEscaleraCoaching & @HerNextCareerMove_

LinkedIn: Jasmine Escalera, Ph.D

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