9 proven ways to improve your career

Posted by Amanda Augustine

06:00 PM

Amanda shares her most popular career tips for the successful professional. [TWEET]

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you may have noticed a pattern in my updates. Every day, at approximately 11 a.m. EST, I share a small tidbit of career advice with my followers. These can range from building your professional network to preparing for your annual review.

Below are some of the most popular career tips I’ve shared over the past few months.


Here’s a great tip to help you work smarter. I originally came across this suggestion in an article by Fast Company.  The idea is pretty simple: Instead of putting off that important – or possibly least desirable – task until later in the day, start your morning off by doing it first. This small act will set the right tone for your day and improve your overall productivity. For more productivity tips, check out Brian Tracy’s book, “Eat That Frog!

Topics: Ask Amanda, Professional Development, Management

4 #NYFW trends you can wear at the workplace

Posted by Hope Restle

04:21 PM

Runway models shouldn't have all the fun! Translate these fashion week looks into workplace-appropriate attire. [TWEET]

Last week, the top fashion brands in the world descended on New York City for New York Fashion Week 2015. And it looks like the latest and greatest in fashion have equipped us with vibrant, eye-catching trends that steer away from the tired, cold-weather boots-and-a-cardigan uniform. Ready for a fashion rewind? 

These whimsical themes and menswear-inspired silhouettes can be easily integrated into work-appropriate attire for any industry. Whether you're a trend-conscious worker at a fashion publication or a no-nonsense financial executive, read on for ways to boost your work wardrobe and impress co-workers with your ability to interpret the latest runway trends.

Topics: New to the Workforce, Workplace

What doesn't feel like work?

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:30 AM

Discover which job is right for you by leaning on your strengths.

Paul Graham is one of the smartest, most successful people in Silicon Valley, and recently wrote a post on "What Doesn't Seem Like Work?

  "If something that seems like work to other people doesn't seem like work to you, that's something you're well suited for. For example, a lot of programmers I know, including me, actually like debugging. It's not something people tend to volunteer... But you may have to like debugging to like programming, considering the degree to which programming consists of it. 
The stranger your tastes seem to other people, the stronger evidence they probably are of what you should do. When I was in college I used to write papers for my friends. It was quite interesting to write a paper for a class I wasn't taking. Plus they were always so relieved. 

It seemed curious that the same task could be painful to one person and pleasant to another, but I didn't realize at the time what this imbalance implied, because I wasn't looking for it. I didn't realize how hard it can be to decide what you should work on, and that you sometimes have to figure it out from subtle clues, like a detective solving a case in a mystery novel. So I bet it would help a lot of people to ask themselves about this explicitly. What seems like work to other people that doesn't seem like work to you?" 

Topics: Marc's Newsletter, Motivation and Inspiration

Improve your presentations in 60 seconds or less

Posted by Amanda Augustine

11:33 AM

Instantly improve your public speaking skills with these simple tips. [TWEET]


Most of us aren’t naturally gifted public speakers. In fact, many avoid speaking in front of groups whenever they can. However, this fear of presenting can have adverse effects over the course of your career.

David Blum*, a communication skills trainer at Well-Spoken Joe, explains that people who are uncomfortable with public speaking are at a disadvantage in the workplace.

“It does very little good to be a ‘technical expert’ or ‘marketing master’ if you cannot effectively communicate your ideas to an audience,” says Blum.  Skilled presenters are usually the ones who get the job offer, who get the plum project, and who get the promotion. In fact, one study found that people who present at work earn $9,000 per year more than their counterparts who don't present. [TWEET]

Topics: Ask Amanda, Professional Development, Management

4 important personality traits of U.S. presidents

Posted by Hope Restle

03:11 PM

Reflect on the skills of some of our greatest presidents and how they can be applied to your job search. [TWEET]

Whether you think they’ve succeeded or failed, each U.S. president was elected for a reason. Each man proved to the American people that he was right for the job, and tried to continually showcase his best traits. In the wake of Presidents' Day, we examined which traits can be used to advance your career. Here are four of the professional traits everyone should take away from our presidents. 

Topics: Personal Branding, Motivation and Inspiration

Monday motivation: 10 inspirational career quotes

Posted by Joe Amodei

10:00 AM

Use these motivational career quotes to give yourself a Monday morning boost of inspiration. [TWEET]

We’re all striving for different things in our careers. Some of us are hoping to land a job we truly love, some are looking to ace a review or earn a bump in salary, and some of us are just trying to make it to Friday.

Regardless of where you are in your professional life, a bit of motivation always helps. These quotes will give you the boost of inspiration you need to get what you want in your career.


Topics: Motivation and Inspiration

The Top Recruitment Professionals in America: Q4, 2014

Posted by Marc Cenedella

09:30 AM

On this cold Presidents' Day, a warm note of congratulations to the best recruiters in the country from TheLadders!  Each quarter, we put together the list of the best employers and recruiters in the nation.  They represent the savviest, most supportive and most successful hiring professionals in the USA, and we are pleased to have them be part of the extended TheLadders family.

With great pleasure, acclaim, and gratitude, may I present our this selection from our most recent "Top Recruitment Professionals in America" list, for Winter 2015:

Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing, Marc's Newsletter

Find your perfect (job) match this Valentine's Day

Posted by Ilyssa Goldfarb

02:00 PM

Looking for that once-in-a-lifetime career you'll love? TheLadders helps you find it.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, many of us are in the midst of firming up reservations for a candlelit dinner, or tweaking our online profiles in the hopes of finding the ideal match, or just trying to choose between two flavors of ice cream to devour (tip: both).

We can’t guarantee that Cupid’s arrow will strike in time for the weekend, but making these quick & easy updates to your Job Preferences may just help TheLadders match you with the type of job you can take home to Mom!

6 things not to say in a job interview

Posted by Amanda Augustine

12:55 PM

You'd be surprised how many people think these are fine responses. [TWEET]

Believe it or not, most interviewers aren't trying to trick you. They want you to do well in the interview, and be the candidate of their dreams. As the interviewee, however, it's easy to overthink - or underthink - a question and respond in a way that raises a red flag. Our job-search experts at TheLadders have gathered 6 of the top flag-raising phrases candidates say in interviews, and we're telling you what you're really saying to the interviewer.


Topics: Ask Amanda, Interview, New to the Workforce

What to wear to a job interview

Posted by Amanda Augustine

12:00 PM

When it comes to interview attire, there’s no “one size fits all.” Ask yourself these questions when choosing an outfit. [TWEETClothes_Closet_Interview_Wear

Traditionally, “proper” interview attire translated into strict business wear such as a suit and tie for men and a skirt suit with those dreaded pantyhose for women. However, times have changed.  In many industries, these formal dress codes have given way to less conservative clothing that matches an organization’s relaxed work environment and fun-loving company culture. But how do you know what’s appropriate for your interview?

I’ve compiled a list of four questions to ask yourself the next time you’re figuring out what to wear for an interview.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interview