Ace your next performance review with these top tips

Posted by Amanda Augustine

December 22, 2014 @ 02:27 PM

Go into your next performance evaluation prepared to wow.

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Performance evaluations can be a nerve-racking experience, especially if you’re unsure how you fared over the past year. However, when done right, your review can be a valuable tool for receiving constructive feedback and taking your career to the next level. [TWEET]

As a career-driven professional, it’s up to you to make the most of this evaluation. Here are some tips to help you optimize your review and enter the New Year on the right foot.

Familiarize yourself with the process.

Check with your boss or human resources to find out if anything’s changed about the process since last year. If you’re new to the company, look on Glassdoor and speak to your HR department and colleagues to learn how the company conducts their evaluations and what is expected of you.

Perform a self-assessment.

Set aside time to honestly evaluate your performance for the past year. Which goals did you meet, exceed or fall a little short on? Even the top performers have room for improvement. What areas would you like to improve in the coming year?

Topics: Ask Amanda, Professional Development, Workplace

Take the week off with Bing & Bowie

Posted by Marc Cenedella

December 22, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Happy Holidays!

Take this week off from the job search. 

While I'll encourage you to make the most of August, get the jump on the other guy in December, and use the summer slowdown to your advantage, there are times when even fervent job geeks like me will advise you to take a load off and skip the job hunt. 

This week is one of them. 

Topics: Marc's Newsletter, Job Search Process

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