Are you a job hopper? Here's how to be good at it.

Posted by Guest Contributor

December 18, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

By Michelle Kruse

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Most employers strongly value loyalty in their workers, but that trait doesn't always pay off for the employees themselves. Staying with one company for an extended period of time might keep the boss smiling, but it could result in various kinds of stagnation for the employee. Besides the potential for professional boredom, there's also the danger of missing out on growth — both in terms of salary and responsibility — that could come from moving on. [TWEET]

Whether you're a seasoned job-hopper or you're simply thinking about becoming more mobile in your career, there are a few important things to keep in mind so you don't come off as unreliable to potential employers. Keep these things in mind to make job-hopping work for you.

Topics: Personal Branding, New to the Workforce, Changing Careers

Here’s what a mid-level professional’s resume should look like

Posted by Amanda Augustine

December 16, 2014 @ 06:21 PM

Great experience doesn’t automatically equate to an impressive resume. Learn how to craft a resume that stands out from the crowd. [TWEET]

As your career evolves, so too should the format of your professional resume. If you’re a few years beyond the entry-level position, it’s time to revamp your personal marketing materials to reflect this status. I recently shared with Business Insider’s Jacquelyn V. Smith a sample resume and my top tips for the mid-level professional. Here are the main takeaways:

Topics: Ask Amanda, Resume

I can't believe you wrote that in an email

Posted by Marc Cenedella

December 15, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

A note from the editor:

Please be aware that this is a blog post and newsletter.

If you have received it in your email, it is either because you subscribe to this blog feed, or because you subscribe to Marc's newsletters. It is not directed at any individual in particular. 

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Don't put anything in writing that you wouldn't want to see on the front page of the New York Times.

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"I can't believe you wrote that in an email." [TWEET]

It's bad enough when your friend or colleague tells you that. 

But what happens when your email is tweeted, passed around online, and ridiculed by some of the nastier people you've never met? 

Topics: Marc's Newsletter, Social Media, Workplace

10 tips on how to break down manager-employee barriers

Posted by Guest Contributor

December 15, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

How to better connect and communicate with your employees.

By Mark Eagle

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Clear internal communication is absolutely essential for a business to function. It prevents confusion about tasks and goals. It also contributes significantly to positive employee engagement with the company and with each other, therefore making for a more productive team. [TWEET]

The biggest obstacle to great communication is the manager/employee barrier, where managers are worried about becoming too friendly with people they are in charge of, and employees find it difficult to relate to those they perceive to possess more authority than they do. To break down this barrier, try implementing these ten tips.

Topics: Workplace, Management

Finding job opportunities for students with art degrees

Posted by Guest Contributor

December 11, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Unwritten rules every art major should keep in mind during the job search.

By Lesley Vos

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College life is awesome! Interesting classes, exciting assignments, Greek life, new friends – this is the best time of your life. But a moment comes when you have to start searching for a job, and will learn how difficult it can be. However, by being prepared, a successful job search can be yours. [TWEET]

Topics: New to the Workforce

7 ways to reduce your job-search stress during the holidays

Posted by Amanda Augustine

December 09, 2014 @ 08:12 AM

Don't let holiday stress slow down your job search. Try these stress-busters today. [TWEET]

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The job-search process can be incredibly stressful. Throw in a hectic holiday season with its shopping trips, family dinners and endless to-do lists, and it’s enough to send anyone over edge. Luckily, there are a number of low-cost ways to reduce your stress levels while maintaining a productive job search.Take a quick break from your work and give these solutions a try.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Stress and the Job Search

3 surefire ways to land your dream job

Posted by Guest Contributor

December 08, 2014 @ 03:27 PM

Stand out from the crowd with these top job-search tactics. 

By Ron Stewart 

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We all know that the first step to landing your dream job is perfecting your resume. But even then, it’s difficult to stand out from the crowd. The job market is competitive and a strong resume won’t always be enough. You need innovative tactics to make potential employers take notice. [TWEET]

Don't ignore the December recruiter

Posted by Marc Cenedella

December 08, 2014 @ 08:07 AM

We hear the same complaint every year: 

"I can't get candidates on the phone. I can't get candidates in for interviews. I can't even get a response." 

We hear it from Fortune 1000 recruiters, HR departments, executive search firms and agencies. We even hear it from our own recruiters at TheLadders! 

And I suppose it's a very good explanation that, of course, at the end of the year, with all the holiday parties, end-of-the-year budgeting exercises, and vacation planning going on, professionals can find themselves with too much to do and not enough time on their hands to be responsive to the companies looking to hire them. 

But my advice is... 

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

The New Year promotion plan

Posted by Guest Contributor

December 04, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Earn your next promotion in the New Year with these five simple steps.

By Frances Cole Jones

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There's a crispness in the air and we’ve all got that back-to-business, “wow, I’d forgotten about this sweater!” vibe that keeps our energy and career motivation high. [TWEET]

Unfortunately, as the days get shorter and holiday madness sets in, it’s all too easy for this bright-eyed and bushy-tailed attitude to fade away.  But there’s one sure-fire way to keep yourself on-track and focused in your career over the holidays: Begin to plan today for a promotion in the New Year.  Below are five items to check off your list to keep you on the New-Year promotion tract:

Topics: Salary, Goal Setting, Professional Development

5 tricks for running effective meetings

Posted by Amanda Augustine

December 02, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

Make each minute count during your next business meeting by applying these simple rules.

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We’ve all heard the adage, “time is money.” In today’s workplace, every minute counts. Unfortunately for many professionals, too many of those minutes are spent sitting in long, drawn-out meetings where little is accomplished. In fact, in its annual Wasting Time at Work Survey,” Salary.com reported that 26 percent of respondents said the biggest overall time-wasting activity was having too many meetings and conference calls.

Yet Patrick Lencioni, author of the best-seller “Death by Meeting,” believes that meetings aren’t inherently bad. Lencioni argues that when meetings are given the proper context and purpose, they can become meaningful, engaging and relevant activities in the workplace. [TWEET]

Below are a few tips to turn your most painful meetings into productive gatherings.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Workplace, Management