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. Learn more at
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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]


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]

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. [TWEET


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.


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]


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

How to handle winter weather disruptions to your job search

Posted by Amanda Augustine

09:09 AM

Is your job search being impacted by winter storm Juno? Learn how to weather the storm.

Whether you're in the northeast or traveling to or from the area for a job interview, chances are your plans are about to change. Here are three tips for how to handle the winter storm's disruptions without disrupting your job search. [TWEET]


IMAGE: The Weather Channel

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interview

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.

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.


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]


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