Knocking Down a King on 4th of July

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:00 AM

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With the 4th of July coming up Saturday, it's a good time to reconsider this advice from a great American: 

It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.

That was Theodore Roosevelt speaking at the Sorbonne in 1910 and I run this quote every Independence Day because, well, it's awesome & it's fierce. 

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

9 Resume-Building Tools to Update Your Resume in a Snap

Posted by Herrine Ro

04:17 PM

Employers only spend about 6 seconds looking at each resume. So how do you make a lasting impression? [TWEET]

10_Resume-_Building_Tools_1The first thing recruiters see when they evaluate candidacy is your resume. On just one sheet of paper you have to fit what you’re all about, and more importantly, why they should pick you.

At TheLadders, we know how difficult this is and dug up some of the most useful tools on the Internet that will not only provide inspiration, but also help you construct or update your resume effortlessly.

Topics: Job Application, Resume, Motivation and Inspiration

8 Essential Tips for Writing Your Resume

Posted by Guest Contributor

02:00 PM

Sell your hard skills effectively with these resume writing tips. [TWEET]

By Andy Preisler

How much time does a recruiter spend reviewing a potential hire? 60 seconds? 30 seconds? 10 seconds?

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Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of job seekers are granted even less. On average, employers only spend about six seconds reviewing a resume before making the initial decision on a candidate. So what’s the key to securing an interview? Having a well-written, compelling resume.

Topics: Resume, Job Search Process

How to Conquer Age Bias in the Sales Job Search

Posted by Guest Contributor

02:17 PM

The art of the sell has no age limit. Prove your worth with these helpful hints. [TWEET]

By Robyn Melhuish

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Inching closer towards retirement, but still looking for a new gig? You’re not alone.

In a survey conducted by AARP of working professionals aged 45 to 74, seven in 10 respondents plan to continue working throughout retirement. Of those surveyed, 64 percent claimed to have experienced ageism at their current place of business or when looking for a new position.

Topics: Age and Your Job Search, Job Search Process

How To Hit The Right Notes In Your Job Interview Presentation

Posted by Guest Contributor

12:00 PM

By Melissa Llarena

Nail your next job interview presentation with these tips. [TWEET]

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Mark made an excellent first impression at his initial interview with a Hong Kong based direct sales consumer goods company. He was then notified that he would have to present a pitch deck at his next interview. The instructions were specific– he was to pitch a sale over $1M that he'd led over the past two years.

Mark panicked, as he did not have a great example, nor had he ever reached that revenue number in the past. He asked himself, “how can I position my presentation in a way that's relevant and answers the question head on?”

Topics: Interview, CareerAdvice

It's not about me, it's about you... the 21 questions you need to ask in a job interview

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:00 AM

It's time for my twice-a-year update of the best questions for you to ask in an interview. 

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I've put this list together because so often we can forget what an interview's all about. It sure feels like it's about you, but it's really not. 

An interview is actually about how you can help your future boss and future employer succeed. It's about finding out what their requirements and hopes are and matching up your background and experience with what they need. 

Overlooking these basic facts about the interview is easy. There's so much else going on in your work, your life, and in your job search, that you can forget to look at the interview from the interviewer's point of view. And that's a shame, because you need the interviewer to walk away from the interview thoroughly impressed. 

Topics: Interview, Marc's Newsletter

Why relocating is the next best step for your career

Posted by Shankar Mishra

05:11 PM

A considerable number of professionals are relocating, and for good reason. Find out where they go and why this may be the next step for you too. [TWEET]

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Topics: TheLadders Insights, Relocation, Job Search Process

5 Free Resume Tools Every Job Seeker Should Know About

Posted by Herrine Ro

02:00 PM

Use these free resources to create outstanding resumes and develop your personal brand. [TWEET]

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Perhaps you haven’t updated your resume or cover letter in a while. You may be unsure of which experiences and skills should be highlighted and which should be omitted. You might also be unaware of some of the resume rules and media trends that will put you in the best position for success.

A stellar resume, cover letter, and list of references are crucial to finding a job, but not enough to really set you apart in a highly competitive market. This is why a solid personal branding strategy is so integral to getting your foot in the door, and hopefully into the interview rooms, of your target companies.

Topics: Personal Branding, Resume, Professional Development

5 interview mistakes that would make Jimmy Fallon say “Ew!”

Posted by Kelly O'Connor

10:00 AM

Self-sabotage is so “Ew!” Interview like a pro with these 5 tips. [TWEET]

If you think Jimmy Fallon is a national treasure (as I do), you’ve probably seen his “Ew!” sketch on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” According to Jimmy’s character Sara (with no “h” because “h’s” are “Ew!”), there are many things that can make her say “Ew!”: brain freezes, egg nog, Crocs, and most of all, her step-dad Gary.

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Topics: Interview

5 important factors to consider before working at a startup

Posted by Guest Contributor

11:33 AM

Thinking of jumping ship and joining a startup? Use these tips to help you decide. [TWEET]

By Shindy Chen

These days, it seems like everyone’s jumping on the startup bandwagon. Somewhere along the way, working a corporate job lost its panache to the startup “badge of honor.” Especially if you live in a city with a burgeoning tech scene.

However, not all startups are created equal. Success in the startup world is largely dependent on the founding team’s smarts, skills and drive. And while they’re not for everyone, startups do offer a diverse workplace experience some professionals might prefer over the corporate routine.

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Topics: Changing Careers