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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Recent Posts

Should you apply to this job?

Posted by Amanda Augustine

October 14, 2014 @ 10:19 AM

Ask yourself these questions before you submit your next job application.

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Let’s face it – applying to jobs can be a tedious and time-consuming process, especially when each application is properly tailored. Before you submit your resume for another job, make sure it’s worth your time.

Review the job description carefully and ask yourself the following questions before you invest in your next job application. [TWEET]

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Application

What job seekers need to know about the future of recruiting

Posted by Amanda Augustine

October 07, 2014 @ 08:46 AM

Get the inside scoop on how recruiters do their job.

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Last Wednesday I had the honor of emceeing TheLadders Second Annual JobMobile Summit, a national conference for recruiters and employers. At the event, we discussed innovative ways recruiters can use technology, their employment brand, and their candidate application and interview processes to find candidates like you. What does this mean for you? I just got the inside scoop on how recruiters do their jobs, and you can use this information to connect with them more easily.[TWEET]

Topics: Ask Amanda

9 questions to ask during an informational interview (and 1 to avoid)

Posted by Amanda Augustine

September 30, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Arrive at your next informational interview prepared to gain valuable insights for your next career move.

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It’s nearly impossible to discuss job-search tactics without mentioning the value of networking. Smart job seekers not only invest in developing their professional networks; they also tap into these connections for introductions, job leads and other valuable insights. However, one networking technique is often overlooked by even the savviest of job seekers: informational interviewing. [TWEET]

The concept of the informational interview (also known as an informational conversation) was first introduced by Richard N. Bolles, author of the popular job-search book, What Color is Your Parachute? Bolles believes that job seekers should speak with professionals in their field of interest to gather more information before choosing a particular career path.

I couldn’t agree more.

Whether you’re new to the workforce or you’re considering changing careers, informational interviews are a great way explore various career options and clarify your job goals.  Furthermore, they can be an effective way to gather insight into a particular company when you’re preparing for an interview.

Below are nine questions you can ask during your next informational interview – and one to avoid – to make the most of this valuable opportunity.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Goal Setting, New to the Workforce, Changing Careers

10 ways to boost your professional brand

Posted by Amanda Augustine

September 23, 2014 @ 09:36 PM

Build a strong professional image in and out of the workplace to advance your career.

If you want to get ahead at the office, you need to establish a professional brand on and offline that emphasizes your strengths and supports your job goals. 

Here are ten ways to boost your professional image in and out of the workplace to help you achieve your long-term career goals. [TWEET]

 

Topics: Ask Amanda, Personal Branding

6 signs your job is at risk

Posted by Amanda Augustine

September 16, 2014 @ 12:01 PM

Don’t wait for the ax to fall. Learn how to read the signs that your job's on the line.

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Even the best employees worry about their job security from time to time. In fact, a recent Gallup poll found that only 58 percent of U.S. full- and part-time workers are completely satisfied with their job security. Sadly, this represents the highest level recorded since the Great Recession (2009 – 2013) when about 50 percent felt secure in their jobs. While feelings of job security may be on the rise, it’s clear that many professionals across the U.S. are still kept up at night worrying about their jobs.

If your gut is telling you something is off at the office, don’t ignore it. Look for the following signs to determine if your job may be in danger.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Changing Careers, Resignation

Email secrets of successful professionals

Posted by Amanda Augustine

September 09, 2014 @ 09:12 PM

Never have an email go unanswered again. Get your emails read with these simple rules.

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It’s a constant battle to keep up with the deluge of emails inundating my inbox on a regular basis. Between my online publications, social media alerts, and the god-forsaken spam email, it’s a wonder I’m ever able to find and respond to the emails that matter most.

Sound familiar?

I’m not surprised. According to Outlook, 144.8 billion – that’s billion with a b – are sent every day worldwide. Sadly, a report by McKinsey Global Institute and International Data Corp found that workers only consider a mere 14 percent of the emails in their inbox to be important. [TWEET]

Topics: Ask Amanda, New to the Workforce, Workplace

Your profile picture is bringing down your job search

Posted by Amanda Augustine

September 02, 2014 @ 05:11 PM

Your head shot should add value to your profile. Fix these common mistakes to get it on the right track.

In today’s marketplace, it’s not enough to have a well-written resume and a list of great referrals; it’s essential for every job seeker to develop and actively monitor their online professional brand.

While a photo on your resume is still considered taboo, recruiters have come to expect a picture to accompany your online professional profiles. In fact, your LinkedIn profile is 40 percent more likely to get clicked on if it contains an image. Here at TheLadders, we also encourage our members to upload a profile picture.

However, not just any image will do. Choose your picture strategically so that it enhances, rather than damages, your professional brand. [TWEET]

To help, I’ve created a list of nine profile picture pitfalls to avoid.

 

Topics: Ask Amanda, Personal Branding

This simple tool will boost your professional network

Posted by Amanda Augustine

August 25, 2014 @ 02:00 PM

Jump-start your fall job search with a fresh way to network.

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As much as I hate to admit, fall is just around the corner. If you took some time off from your job search this summer, it’s time to gear up for a productive September!

The easiest way to get back in your job-hunting groove is to give your network some much-needed attention. When leveraged properly, your network can help you establish your personal brand, uncover new job leads, and gain valuable insight into a prospective employer.

Recently, TheLadders revealed a list of its most influential recruiters for the previous quarter. This list should be one of the many tools in your job-search arsenal. Below are three ways you can use it to nurture your network and propel your job search forward.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Working with Recruiters

How to discuss job changes with your children

Posted by Amanda Augustine

August 19, 2014 @ 05:38 PM

Your job search will affect your entire family. Here’s how to talk to them about it.

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I’ll never forget the day my father told me he lost his job. I was nine years old, and he was taking me around the neighborhood to sell Girl Scout cookies. He told me that he left his company and was looking for a new position.

At the time I remember feeling scared because I knew my dad was the sole provider for our family. But I was more worried about how this news might affect the family vacation plans and weekly trips to McDonalds. I wasn’t thinking about the stress my father must have been under, or how difficult it was to come home and explain to his wife and children that he’d just lost his job.

Whether you’ve been fired from a job or left voluntarily, the prospect of starting a job hunt can be incredibly stressful, and this is especially true when you have a family to support.  Here are three tips to help you discuss your job search with your family.

Topics: Ask Amanda

6 tips for job hunting while you’re still employed

Posted by Amanda Augustine

August 11, 2014 @ 08:48 AM

Incorporate these tips into your job search and your employer will be none the wiser.

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As anyone who’s looked for a new job can attest, the job search is a job in itself. In fact, experts recommend that employed job seekers spend at least 15 hours a week on their job search (for the unemployed, it’s 30+!). Employed job seekers have the challenge of juggling a full-time job and a time-consuming search without causing any waves at work. If it’s time to leave your current job and find your next opportunity, use these tips to successfully conduct your job hunt on the sly. 

Topics: Ask Amanda