Amanda Augustine

Amanda Augustine is a well-recognized expert in all things related to career advancement: from identifying your dream job, to developing your professional brand, to acing your next interview. She is a job search and career consultant with a passion for helping people find the find the right job, sooner. Amanda serves as the official spokesperson for TheLadders, a mobile network for career-driven professionals, where she provides job search and career guidance for professionals looking to improve their careers.
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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

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

Take control of your career today. Here's how.

Posted by Amanda Augustine

10:00 AM

The most successful professionals are the ones who take charge of their careers. Take the first steps toward owning your career path today. [TWEET]  

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A recent study by Software Advice, a company that evaluates talent management software, found that organizations with clear succession plans see a marked improvement in employee engagement. In other words, companies who invest in their people and support their professional development are able to retain their employees longer and keep them engaged and motivated. No brainer, right?

In a perfect world, every company would offer programs that support a roadmap for every single employee to manage their professional development and career trajectory. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world. If you don’t work for one of these great companies, don't despair. There are moves you can make to take charge of your career path.

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

9 proven ways to improve your career

Posted by Amanda Augustine

06:00 PM

Amanda shares her most popular career tips for the successful professional. [TWEET]

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you may have noticed a pattern in my updates. Every day, at approximately 11 a.m. EST, I share a small tidbit of career advice with my followers. These can range from building your professional network to preparing for your annual review.

Below are some of the most popular career tips I’ve shared over the past few months.

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Here’s a great tip to help you work smarter. I originally came across this suggestion in an article by Fast Company.  The idea is pretty simple: Instead of putting off that important – or possibly least desirable – task until later in the day, start your morning off by doing it first. This small act will set the right tone for your day and improve your overall productivity. For more productivity tips, check out Brian Tracy’s book, “Eat That Frog!

Topics: Ask Amanda, Professional Development, Management

Improve your presentations in 60 seconds or less

Posted by Amanda Augustine

11:33 AM

Instantly improve your public speaking skills with these simple tips. [TWEET]

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Most of us aren’t naturally gifted public speakers. In fact, many avoid speaking in front of groups whenever they can. However, this fear of presenting can have adverse effects over the course of your career.

David Blum*, a communication skills trainer at Well-Spoken Joe, explains that people who are uncomfortable with public speaking are at a disadvantage in the workplace.

“It does very little good to be a ‘technical expert’ or ‘marketing master’ if you cannot effectively communicate your ideas to an audience,” says Blum.  Skilled presenters are usually the ones who get the job offer, who get the plum project, and who get the promotion. In fact, one study found that people who present at work earn $9,000 per year more than their counterparts who don't present. [TWEET]

Topics: Ask Amanda, Professional Development, Management

6 things not to say in a job interview

Posted by Amanda Augustine

12:55 PM

You'd be surprised how many people think these are fine responses. [TWEET]

Believe it or not, most interviewers aren't trying to trick you. They want you to do well in the interview, and be the candidate of their dreams. As the interviewee, however, it's easy to overthink - or underthink - a question and respond in a way that raises a red flag. Our job-search experts at TheLadders have gathered 6 of the top flag-raising phrases candidates say in interviews, and we're telling you what you're really saying to the interviewer.

 

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interview, New to the Workforce

What to wear to a job interview

Posted by Amanda Augustine

12:00 PM

When it comes to interview attire, there’s no “one size fits all.” Ask yourself these questions when choosing an outfit. [TWEETClothes_Closet_Interview_Wear

Traditionally, “proper” interview attire translated into strict business wear such as a suit and tie for men and a skirt suit with those dreaded pantyhose for women. However, times have changed.  In many industries, these formal dress codes have given way to less conservative clothing that matches an organization’s relaxed work environment and fun-loving company culture. But how do you know what’s appropriate for your interview?

I’ve compiled a list of four questions to ask yourself the next time you’re figuring out what to wear for an interview.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interview

Dealing with rejection during the job search

Posted by Amanda Augustine

09:33 AM

Use these tips to get past rejection and land an even better job. [TWEET]

Last month, music journalist Amanda Mester received a job rejection letter from digital media company Thrillist. Rather than letting it slide off her back, this spirited applicant sent a response, pointing out the letter writer’s poor grammar, and then posted her response on Twitter.

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Some will tout Amanda’s response as awesome. Even I chuckled when I read Amanda’s email and marveled at her chutzpah. Seriously, what’s more insulting than receiving a job rejection letter riddled with errors for a writing job, no less? Come on.

But Amanda took it a step further and decided to share her response on Twitter. While publicly shaming the organization that rejected you is tempting, it’s not going to help you land a job. In fact, it’s more likely to hurt your professional brand than advance your career. Here are five things you can do to deal with job rejection in a healthy and productive way.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interview

What skills matter? 2015’s top 5 tech careers - what you need to know

Posted by Amanda Augustine

12:08 PM

TheLadders’ data-backed report on this year’s top trending tech skills and job markets. [TWEET]

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We don’t need to tell you the tech industry is hot. It’s among the decade's fastest-growing job markets, making it difficult to keep up with - even when you’re working in the industry. Whether you’re an industry insider or considering a career change to this sector, it’s important to understand how the technology job market is evolving, and which skills are most in-demand so you can stay ahead of the competition and advance your career.

To figure this out, we turned to TheLadders’ newly launched Job Market Guide, which uses real-time data from our community of over 7 million employers and professionals across the nation. Our data science team then specifically analyzed current job openings and trending technical skills within the tech industry to determine which professionals are most in-demand by employers. Here’s what they found:

2015 Top Trending Careers in Tech:

  1. Senior Software Engineer
  2. Java Developer
  3. Product Manager
  4. Web Developer
  5. .NET Developer

Topics: Ask Amanda, New to the Workforce, Changing Careers