15 Inspirational Quotes Every Professional Needs to Read

Posted by Herrine Ro

03:09 PM

Push yourself to the next step in your career with these motivational quotes. [TWEET]

By Herrine Ro

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For some reason we tend to find inspirational quotes irresistible. With life being filled with constant obstacles and difficulties, a few words of wisdom can truly resonate with us during times of uncertainty.  

Whether you’re looking to start up a new business, change your career path, or just need a productivity boost, here are a few quotes to help you along the journey:

Topics: Professional Development, Motivation and Inspiration

How to Answer the 5 Most Common Interview Questions

Posted by Guest Contributor

01:54 PM

These tips will help you plan the right responses to the most frequently asked interview questions. [TWEET]

By Ashley Sanford

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Almost all interview questions asked by companies are structured in the same way.  Yet, many job applicants fail to take advantage of this well-known fact and prepare beforehand.

We understand that no amount of preparation will mimic the very real moment where a panel of suited-up strangers is eyeballing you dubiously. Nevertheless, if you know enough about the organization you have applied to and fully prepared yourself, the interview shouldn’t be a challenging part of the process.

Here are some of the most common questions asked in interviews and the best ways to answer them.

Topics: Interview, Job Search Process, Stress and the Job Search

Employers hiring for August 2015

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:00 AM

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We have tens of thousands of employers looking for new employees on TheLadders, and we could use your help.

If you, or your friends or colleagues, could fit the bill for one of the below-listed jobs, please let us know by clicking through and applying.

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

4 Ways Corporate Refugees Can Become Their Own Bosses

Posted by Guest Contributor

12:00 PM

Interested in a progressive career change? Create success on your own terms with these methods . [TWEET]

By Anna Wilds 

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The U.S. Labor Department revealed that the unemployment rate fell in every state in 2015 for the first time in 30 years. The improving economy is making life for the job seeker a bit easier, but returning to the daily grind of a corporate 9 to 5 isn’t necessarily the right career move for every professional.

For many highly-qualified individuals who have been downsized from their previous place of employment, the recovering economy may be the perfect opportunity to begin again as a small business owner.

If you are a corporate refugee and want to explore the option of being your own boss, here are four viable ways to start your career as a small business owner.

Topics: Entrepreneur, Changing Careers, Professional Development

What Gets Your Resume to the Hiring Manager?

Posted by Guest Contributor

01:48 PM

Beat the ATS by tweaking your resume with these simple tips. [TWEET]

By Ryan Winner

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Many companies use applicant tracking systems (ATS) to sort through resumes and streamline their hiring process. These systems scan resumes for keywords that are inputted into for specific hiring positions. Then, resumes are scored on a scale of 0 to 100 for relevance. Only the resumes with the highest scores are passed on to recruiters. 

The main takeaway from this information is that the right choice of keywords will ultimately be the deciding factor on whether you advance in the job searching process.

Here are a few tips on how you can tweak your resume so that it reaches the hiring manager. 

Topics: Job Application, Resume, Stress and the Job Search

How to Create Inside Connections with Companies You Want to Work For

Posted by Guest Contributor

02:38 PM

Get your foot in the door by making a personal introduction with potential employees. [TWEET]

By Live in the Grey 

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A personal introduction inside an organization is a huge advantage to someone who wants to change careers or begin a new one. In fact, referrals are the number-one source companies use to find outside hires, and over 70 percent of people find jobs through leads from others, according to LinkedIn.

Access to the right people and companies is vital for a successful career change, especially as the marketplace becomes more challenging. A few moments spent connecting people in your network is a powerful act of kindness.

Topics: Working with Recruiters, Changing Careers, Job Search Process

Every Time You Look in the Mirror, This Surprising Thing Happens

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:00 AM

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Let's face it, the professional job search is a heck of a lot longer, more tedious, and more frustrating than any of us can bear. 

Between ducking out for lunch-time interviews and cranking through networking calls, your job search is hectic enough to get you frazzled, hassled, and more than just a bit "down in the dumps."

Banging out another four phone calls after an exhausting day in the office -- while it could be just the jackpot you've been waiting for -- is still awfully tough to get excited about.

And the negative thoughts or bad mood that a rough day can generate have a way of creeping into your voice. You might not even realize it, but you may come across sounding tired or crabby or exhausted, and that undercuts the whole purpose of making the calls to begin with. 

So here's my bit of job hunting success advice to make your calls sound great: 

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

Powerful Phrases That Will Transform Your Resume

Posted by Guest Contributor

04:21 PM

Optimize your resume with words that will showcase your true value to recruiters. [TWEET]

By Jung Viera

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Here’s the harsh truth: the average recruiter spends less than six seconds scanning a resume before making an initial decision on a candidate.

If you want to capture employers’ attention, you’ll need a well-written and well-organized document that clearly illustrates your qualifications. Not only is it imperative you have the desired experience and skillset, but you also need precise terminology to properly showcase your experience and skills.

Need help deciding which words or phrases should and should not be included on your resume? Check out this guide below:

Topics: Job Application, Resume, CareerAdvice

7 High-Paying Careers with Flexible Hours

Posted by Guest Contributor

02:48 PM

Tired of the 9-to-5 monotony? Check out these seven career paths with flexible schedules. [TWEET]

By Kelly Smith

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There are many advantages in having a career with flexible hours. One of the biggest benefits is that you can manage your work-life balance better. With the continually growing number of professional options available, you don’t have to be limited to the 9-5 time constraint in order to be successful.

Hoping to find a lucrative profession that also offers a flexible schedule? Some of these career paths may be the right fit for you.

Topics: Motivation and Inspiration, Work-Life Balance, CareerAdvice

Why Quitting Business School To Read Shakespeare Was The Right Decision

Posted by Guest Contributor

01:47 PM

Choosing to leave a "practical" study in order to pursue your passions may seem foolhardy, but often times it can be the most rewarding. [TWEET]

By Stephanie Frerich

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Topics: Motivation and Inspiration, CareerAdvice