How to lose a job offer in 10 minutes

Posted by Hope Restle

04:56 PM

First impressions don't have to be the worst impressions. Here's what could go wrong - and how to avoid it in your next interview. [TWEET]

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You've worked hard for this interview. You read up on how to craft the perfect resume, and slaved over a custom cover letter. You have all the necessary experience, skills and education for the job, and now it's time to meet your potential employer and prove what you're made of in person. But beware: a small interview faux pas can deter even the most understanding employer. Read on for examples of basic interviewing follies, and how you can avoid them.

Topics: Interview, New to the Workforce

What skills matter? 2015’s top 5 tech careers - what you need to know

Posted by Amanda Augustine

12:08 PM

TheLadders’ data-backed report on this year’s top trending tech skills and job markets. [TWEET]

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We don’t need to tell you the tech industry is hot. It’s among the decade's fastest-growing job markets, making it difficult to keep up with - even when you’re working in the industry. Whether you’re an industry insider or considering a career change to this sector, it’s important to understand how the technology job market is evolving, and which skills are most in-demand so you can stay ahead of the competition and advance your career.

To figure this out, we turned to TheLadders’ newly launched Job Market Guide, which uses real-time data from our community of over 7 million employers and professionals across the nation. Our data science team then specifically analyzed current job openings and trending technical skills within the tech industry to determine which professionals are most in-demand by employers. Here’s what they found:

2015 Top Trending Careers in Tech:

  1. Senior Software Engineer
  2. Java Developer
  3. Product Manager
  4. Web Developer
  5. .NET Developer

Topics: Ask Amanda, New to the Workforce, Changing Careers

Break into one of today’s most popular professions: Data analytics

Posted by Guest Contributor

01:14 PM

How to make a career change into the world of big data, business intelligence and analytics.

By Piyanka Jain

Dreaming of a career in data analytics? Or are you already in the role but looking to progress? Your goal isn’t out of reach if you arm yourself with knowledge and focus on your strengths and interests. The following steps and explanations can help. [TWEET]

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Topics: New to the Workforce, Changing Careers

How to handle winter weather disruptions to your job search

Posted by Amanda Augustine

09:09 AM

Is your job search being impacted by winter storm Juno? Learn how to weather the storm.

Whether you're in the northeast or traveling to or from the area for a job interview, chances are your plans are about to change. Here are three tips for how to handle the winter storm's disruptions without disrupting your job search. [TWEET]

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IMAGE: The Weather Channel

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interview

It's not you, it's your resume.

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:00 AM

If you're like most people, you have a resume that includes something like this:
Hired as Director, Tri-State Area
Responsible for a budget of $1.2 million
Managed staff of 5 in our downtown office


Your details may be grander, or your career may be at an earlier stage, but lots and lots of people have this style of information presentation on their resume. 

Can you spot the error? 

These resume bullet points simply describe what you did. They don't tell your future boss how good you are at doing the job. 

It's obvious... If you've got a job... and you work in an office... in the year 2015... 

Three things happened:
- You were hired for that job
- You had some monetary resources to manage
- You had people working for or with you

Seriously, you haven't told the employer or your future boss anything with those three bullet points. 

So here are two simple tips. 

Topics: Marc's Newsletter, Job Application, Resume

Don't let five simple words ruin your interview

Posted by Amanda Augustine

11:26 AM

The Twitterverse made it, but we’re here to save it. How to avoid saying those #FiveWordsToRuinAJobInterview [TWEET]

You’ve been there before. Maybe you asked what it’s like to work at PepsiCo… to the hiring manager at Coca Cola. Or you panicked when the recruiter inquired about your salary requirements and you asked what they made instead. It’s easy to find your foot in your mouth during an interview.

However, I hope you’ve never felt tempted to blurt out any of the phrases shared on Twitter this past weekend with the hashtag #FiveWordsToRuinAJobInterview, like this:

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Topics: Ask Amanda, Interview

Please review the other applicants for this job first.

Posted by Marc Cenedella

10:00 AM

Would you like to see the name, title, compensation, work history and educational background of each person applying to the same jobs you're applying to here at TheLadders? 

Well, I can't show you name, and sometimes I need to truncate the title in order to preserve anonymity, but our popular feature "Scout" shows you the compensation, skills, title, work and educational background as well as overall years of experience for each applicant to the jobs posted directly here on TheLadders. 

For obvious reasons, we can't show you personally identifiable information like current employer. 

But for understanding how realistic your prospects are, and how stiff the competition is, there's no better insight on the web. (Or mobile.) 

For example, here's a closeup of the two parts of an applicant for a Director of Strategic Planning job: 
Vice President of Marketing

Topics: Interview, Salary, Marc's Newsletter, Job Application, Job Search Process

Are you getting paid what you deserve?

Posted by Guest Contributor

12:05 PM

Take these four steps to figure out what you’re really worth.

By Michelle Kruse

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We all have those moments in our career when we wonder if we’re getting paid what we deserve. We might even worry that we’re being taken advantage of. There are simple steps you can take to find out what people in similar positions are making, but it’s a bit more difficult to accurately determine your individual worth. [TWEET]

It’s never easy to look at your own work with an objective eye, but if you can step back and see yourself as others do, you’ll never have to wait on supervisors to give the official word about how you’re doing. By being proactive and carefully critiquing yourself on a regular basis, you’ll be better prepared to ask for a raise when you deserve it — and to improve your performance when you don’t.

Topics: Salary

Build a better career with big data – here’s how

Posted by Amanda Augustine

12:00 PM

Big data is changing everything. From how we do our jobs to who we date, the numbers are now dictating what to do – and we’re better for it. In business, organizations are using big data to do everything from identify customer pain points to predict when employees will quit their jobs.

But does big data affect the average professional? The answer is yes – and more than you’d think. In fact, here at TheLadders, we believe the most successful professionals are those who arm themselves with data. [TWEET] So we harnessed our 10+ years of career data to develop an exciting new tool to make you a better job seeker now, and a more informed, successful professional throughout the course of your career.

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Topics: Ask Amanda, Salary, Professional Development

What career are you meant for? Take the quiz!

Posted by Guest Contributor

10:46 AM

 

Topics: Goal Setting, New to the Workforce, Changing Careers