7 little changes that'll make a big difference with your resume

Posted by Guest Contributor

10:00 AM

Wondering how to get recruiters to notice your application? We're sharing the 7 secrets to a more powerful resume.

By Elizabeth Becker 

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Like it or not, your application to your dream job isn’t going straight to the person hiring for the role. Instead, it has to pass through a gatekeeper—typically someone in HR—who is responsible for vetting resumes before passing them along to the very busy hiring manager. This is the speed-dating round: You have only a few seconds to make a good impression or risk getting tossed into the reject pile.

If you do make a good impression, a hiring manager will look at your resume like they might an online dating profile. They know exactly what they’re looking for in a candidate, and a few misused words on your profile (or resume) could cost you your chance at the position. Even though you liked the company enough to send the first message, you’ll receive the dreaded “thanks, but no thanks” email in return that will have you wondering where you went wrong.

So how does your resume attract enough attention to get invited on a first date, i.e. interview? Here are seven little changes that will make a big difference on your resume.

Topics: Job Application, Resume

How to earn six figures without an M.D. or Doctorate

Posted by Jade Clark

01:08 PM

Let's face it, graduate school isn't for everyone. But it's not the only way to make big bucks! TheLadders' salary analysis of 1.9 million U.S. professionals shows the top 10 highest-paying career paths for associate or bachelor’s degree graduates. 

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Earning a college degree has become a critical gateway to obtaining a secure, high-paying career. In fact, the value of a college degree has never been higher. So, if college is a must, what is the highest yield you can get from the minimum college investment?

Topics: Salary, Changing Careers

A favor to ask

Posted by Marc Cenedella

10:00 AM

Last week, I took you on a tour of TheLadders headquarters in New York City. Despite a first-day-of-Spring snowstorm here in Manhattan, our hearts were warmed by your many kind comments! 

So, each year after taking you on a little photographic tour, I ask a favor in return: 

Would you mind sending us a photo of yourself for our walls here at TheLadders headquarters? 

You see, we work all day on the internet, which means we don't get to see you, our customers, in person. And what with the long hours, heartfelt dedication and total commitment to seeing you land your next gig, it makes an enormous difference to us when we can put a face with the, ummm, email address. 

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

6 ways to make the most of your next alumni networking event

Posted by Amanda Augustine

06:25 AM

Turn your next alumni event into a networking goldmine with these tips. [TWEET]

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There’s no denying the power of a valuable network. Studies show that you’re 10 times more likely to land a job when your application is accompanied by an employee referral. And a survey by Alumnifire, a digital platform for alumni networks, found that 90 percent of hiring managers would prefer to hire a fellow alumnus, if given the option. [TWEET]

Whether you’re searching for a job, building a business, seeking a mentor, or simply want to advance your career, alumni networking events can be goldmines for uncovering important connections and resources.

Here are six quick tips to help you make the most of these alumni events.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Professional Development

6 simple ways to stand out at your next business meeting

Posted by Amanda Augustine

09:30 AM

Make your mark during your next business meeting by employing these key tips. [TWEET] 

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Meetings have a bad rap in today’s workplace. Do a quick poll around the office and you’re sure to find that most of your colleagues would gladly wipe a few meetings off their calendar, if given the choice. However, when meetings are run properly, they can become meaningful, engaging and relevant activities in the workplace.

Instead of dreading your next business meeting, consider how you could use it as an opportunity to advance your career. Whether you recently entered the workforce, just started a new position or would like to take the next step in your career, your performance in meetings can help you make your mark at a company and boost your success.

Topics: Ask Amanda, New to the Workforce, Professional Development, Workplace

Should I take the water? 5 tips for interviewing with confidence

Posted by Guest Contributor

05:00 PM

With more and more qualified candidates entering the job market, self-assurance may be the key to impressing your next employer. [TWEET]

By Jeff Michaels

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Did you know that what you say before and after an interview can be just as important as the interview itself? It’s true. These days, the talent pool is filled with virtually endless qualified candidates. Often, a hiring decision will come down to the gray areas that don't fit onto a resume, such as how personable a candidate is, how they dress, or if they seem like they would fit into the existing corporate culture.

While judging a candidate solely on whether they accept a glass of water or cup of coffee prior to the interview may seem extreme, realize that hiring managers likely have already seen ten other equally-qualified individuals, and are waiting for a clear sign that YOU are the right person for the job. Give them that sign.

Topics: Interview

A look behind the scenes at TheLadders

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:00 AM

Each year, I take you "behind the scenes" at TheLadders headquarters here in Manhattan so that you can have a peek at the people working hard to help you find your next job. 

Topics: #TheLaddersLife, Marc's Newsletter

16 things you should remove from your resume

Posted by Amanda Augustine

10:47 AM

Quit distracting recruiters with these unnecessary items today. [TWEET]

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An eye-tracking study by TheLadders found that the average recruiter spends only six seconds reviewing a resume before deciding if it’s worth a closer inspection. When you only have six seconds to make the right impression, you have to make every word on your resume count.

Below I’ve compiled a list of 16 items you can remove from your resume right away that will help your job application avoid the hiring manager’s trash pile.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Resume

4 quick tips for impressing senior management during job interviews

Posted by Guest Contributor

09:00 AM

A meeting with a big-time company executive can be daunting. Use these tips to keep your cool. [TWEET]

By Ken Sundheim

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Everyone seeks more influence at work.  They want to become leaders – to do something great with the career they are given, and be well-liked by those around them. 

However, prior to securing an executive-level position, it’s imperative that you learn how to interview with senior management – it’s a different game than when you were in the lower ranks.  Below, you’ll find four strategies for interviewing with C-level personnel in an effective, calm manner that instills confidence and increases likability.  

Topics: Interview

How to network without feeling like you're doing it

Posted by Marc Cenedella

09:00 AM

Here's an easy way to turn dreaded employment networking into deadly effective bonding: 

When you're networking, ask for a reference, not a job. 

Whether you're doing catch-up drinks or grabbing lunch to reconnect, your primary need is to get an ally, not a tally of job listings. Recruiting a helping hand to your search is your goal. 

So don't ask your college friend if she knows of any jobs for people like you. How would she? 

And don't ask your boss from two jobs ago if she has the names of any people who are currently looking to hire somebody like you. It puts her on the spot. Uncomfortably. 

No, instead, ask for a reference. Mention that you're going to be moving on, or you're already looking, or that you're actively out on the street. Let them know the type of positions you are and are not suited for, and what you're hoping to achieve in your next opportunity. 

Topics: Networking, Marc's Newsletter