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Career advisory

Meet our Lead Advisors

Brandon Palmer

Brandon Palmer is a senior career advisor and strategist on Discover Podium’s Advisory team. His relentless pursuit of the root of career challenges, paired with his knack for identifying best-fit solutions, has enabled him to help hundreds of professionals realize results in their pursuit of a more fulfilling career.

Highly analytical and with a finger on the pulse of the modern job search, Brandon is driven by the ideal of ‘leveling the playing field’ for job seekers in today’s impersonal hiring landscape.  He truly believes that there is no room in life for meaningless work and he pushes job seekers to demand more of their careers and themselves professionally.

Brandon lives in the foothills of northern California, near Tahoe. He enjoys the outdoors, craft beer, and game design in his free time.

Laurel Johnson

Laurel Johnson is a core member of Discover Podium’s team of Career Advisors. She has guided hundreds of professionals on their path to a better career through creative problem solving backed by natural curiosity. Her background in writing has fostered an attention to detail that allows her to provide pointed, articulate suggestions on career writing content, interview preparation strategies, and networking best practices.

Driven by genuine compassion for job seekers, Laurel strives to help the underrepresented professional focus on what is most important to them and reach for greater fulfillment in their work.

Laurel lives in Reno, NV, surrounded by a lush jungle of indoor plants and her 3 cats. In her free time, she can be found donating her time to the local animal shelter, listening to Tom Waits, or lending a supportive ear to friends and family.


“Everyone deserves to be happy with their career. Anyone can achieve their dream job—they just have to believe in themselves and never stop working towards their goals.”


Don’t say no to yourself. Don’t play the hiring manager and exclude yourself from the applicant pool for a given role. If you’re not a good fit, let them make that call.”

Career writing

Meet our Lead Writers

Laura C. Longero

Laura Longero is an award-winning writer, content strategist, and communications leader with 15 years of experience in journalism, public relations, and marketing for start-ups to global companies. A gifted storyteller, she leads creative teams to produce targeted, high-quality content.

Highly organized and detail-oriented with a bias for action, she has a strong sense of urgency in driving projects to completion and enjoys creating order from chaos. She possesses exceptional experience in building and leading teams – with a keen eye for strong talent, especially in cultivating future leaders.

Laura lives with her two children, Aurelia, 6, and Henry, 4, in beautiful Reno/Tahoe, Nevada. On the weekends, you can find her hiking or trail running, and sitting on the beach at Tahoe during the summer or baking during the winter. She loves to cook, drinks a ridiculous amount of black coffee, and is a PADI-certified open water diver and first-level sommelier.


Mark Earnest started his career as a feature writer and journalist for daily newspapers in New Mexico and Minnesota. His move to Reno, Nev., in the late 90s marked a change to marketing as a writer, and later manager, for Custom Publishing at the Reno Gazette-Journal. He then became the in-house communications person for Renown Health, Reno’s largest hospital system. Working on all internal and external communications, he learned a great deal about how to reach diverse, desired audiences with stories that promote awareness and drive engagement.

Mark works with clients to optimize and re-craft their resume and professional social media to find more fulfilling work. His attention to detail, penchant for narrative and storytelling, and empathetic nature have resulted in success for those who need a change in their professional life.

Husband to Dorraine for 30 years and father to Aria, 24, he enjoys music and is currently crafting lyrics and melodies for two very loud Reno rock bands.


“Take ownership of your accomplishments. Don’t be afraid to tout your success stories in your content — especially your resume.”


“Don’t be afraid of touting the specific effects of your leadership as part of your various roles. You may feel like it’s ‘bragging,’ but the amazing work you’ve accomplished for companies during your lifetime is something to be acknowledged, and even celebrated.”

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