Amanda Augustine

Amanda Augustine is the Job Search Expert for TheLadders. She joined the company in 2004 as one of its original 20 employees, and is based in the New York headquarters. In addition to being a brand ambassador and spokesperson, she also pens a weekly career advice column, Ask Amanda, which is shared with more than 6 million job seekers every Wednesday.
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Don't let five simple words ruin your interview

Posted by Amanda Augustine

11:26 AM

The Twitterverse made it, but we’re here to save it. How to avoid saying those #FiveWordsToRuinAJobInterview [TWEET]

You’ve been there before. Maybe you asked what it’s like to work at PepsiCo… to the hiring manager at Coca Cola. Or you panicked when the recruiter inquired about your salary requirements and you asked what they made instead. It’s easy to find your foot in your mouth during an interview.

However, I hope you’ve never felt tempted to blurt out any of the phrases shared on Twitter this past weekend with the hashtag #FiveWordsToRuinAJobInterview, like this:

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Topics: Ask Amanda, Interview

Build a better career with big data – here’s how

Posted by Amanda Augustine

12:00 PM

Big data is changing everything. From how we do our jobs to who we date, the numbers are now dictating what to do – and we’re better for it. In business, organizations are using big data to do everything from identify customer pain points to predict when employees will quit their jobs.

But does big data affect the average professional? The answer is yes – and more than you’d think. In fact, here at TheLadders, we believe the most successful professionals are those who arm themselves with data. [TWEET] So we harnessed our 10+ years of career data to develop an exciting new tool to make you a better job seeker now, and a more informed, successful professional throughout the course of your career.

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Topics: Ask Amanda, Salary, Professional Development

New Year’s resolutions super successful people make

Posted by Amanda Augustine

05:21 PM

Ditch the tired resolutions and make one that will improve your career. [TWEET]

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If you’re like most people, now’s the time you reflect on the past year and figure out what you’d like to improve in the New Year.  If you’re tired of the usual annual promises, take a page from the people who know how to get to the top. Here are six resolutions highly successful people have made that will propel your career forward in 2015. [TWEET]

Topics: Ask Amanda, Goal Setting

10 steps to a better career: Our top articles of 2014

Posted by Amanda Augustine

02:46 PM

Jump-start your career in 2015 by checking out our most popular articles of the year. [TWEET]

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Whether your New Year’s resolution is to improve your career or change jobs altogether, these tips are sure to help. Below, in no particular order, are our top ten most-read articles of 2014. And they’re chock-full of job-search and career advice.

Topics: Ask Amanda

Ace your next performance review with these top tips

Posted by Amanda Augustine

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

Here’s what a mid-level professional’s resume should look like

Posted by Amanda Augustine

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

7 ways to reduce your job-search stress during the holidays

Posted by Amanda Augustine

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

5 tricks for running effective meetings

Posted by Amanda Augustine

09:30 AM

Make each minute count during your next business meeting by applying these simple rules.

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We’ve all heard the adage, “time is money.” In today’s workplace, every minute counts. Unfortunately for many professionals, too many of those minutes are spent sitting in long, drawn-out meetings where little is accomplished. In fact, in its annual Wasting Time at Work Survey,” Salary.com reported that 26 percent of respondents said the biggest overall time-wasting activity was having too many meetings and conference calls.

Yet Patrick Lencioni, author of the best-seller “Death by Meeting,” believes that meetings aren’t inherently bad. Lencioni argues that when meetings are given the proper context and purpose, they can become meaningful, engaging and relevant activities in the workplace. [TWEET]

Below are a few tips to turn your most painful meetings into productive gatherings.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Workplace, Management

Give thanks after each job interview with these tips

Posted by Amanda Augustine

05:23 PM

Use these tips to send an interview thank-you note that’s sure to move your candidacy forward.

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The holiday season is the perfect time to acknowledge the blessings in our lives and give thanks for the loved ones and opportunities we’ve been given throughout the year. However, Thanksgiving isn’t the only time of year we should pause to give thanks. This is especially true if you’re currently searching for a job. A survey by TheLadders found that saying thank you isn’t just a polite gesture – it’s an integral part of the interview process.

I’ve rounded up some of my favorite articles to help you create the perfect thank-you letter. [TWEET]

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interview

How to find the right mentor to advance your career

Posted by Amanda Augustine

12:00 PM

The right mentor can take your career to new heights. Here’s how to find the right one for you.

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The right mentor can be a powerful tool in your career arsenal, whether you’re new to the working world or already well-established in your industry. In fact, Sheila Wellington, former president of Catalyst Foundation and author of Be Your Own Mentor, believes it’s one of the main reasons why men tend to rise higher than women in the workplace – men are more likely to have mentors throughout their careers than women. [TWEET]

Mentors can propel your career in innumerable ways. They can help shape your professional skills, teach you the ins and outs of your industry, help you navigate corporate politics, overcome adversity, and introduce you to the right people and resources to advance your career. Check out these five different types of mentorship below to find out how you can reap the benefits of professional guidance throughout your entire career.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Professional Development