How Much Is Your Resume Worth?

Posted by Geoffrey Bourne

11:33 AM

A well organized, easy to read, and error free resume is your gateway into getting the interview. [TWEET]

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Have you ever considered how much your resume is worth?  Put an actual dollar value on it?  I sometimes ask people seeking resume help how much they think their two-page resume is worth (hopefully their resume is only two pages and not the 10+ I’ve seen).  I get answers from five cents to “a lot,” but the right answer is: it depends on how much I make.  If I earn $100,000 every year for the next ten years, these two pages are worth $1,000,000 dollars to me.  Think about that for a second.  The resume I thought of as a burden to create and update, which I worked on while watching The Big Bang Theory or Game of Thrones, is possibly worth $1mm or more to me.  What other documents have you recently created worth $1mm+ to you?

Topics: Interview, Resume

Is Pursuing Your Dream Career Worth It?

Posted by Michelle Hawley

03:28 PM

How to decide whether you should quit your day job to follow your dreams. [TWEET]

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The short answer is that only you can make such a decision.  You must look at your current career, your financial status, and much more, to decide if this is something you can and should do.  There will be many reasons why you should quit your current job immediately to follow your dream path—such as gaining satisfaction, becoming happier, reducing stress.  But there will also be many reasons for why you shouldn’t pursue your dream job—not enough pay, no available insurance, will have to relocate.  For either decision that you make, sacrifices will have to be made.  You have to decide if those sacrifices will be worth it, in the long run, compared to what you will gain. 

Topics: Changing Careers

It’s Not About Me, It’s About You… The 21 Questions You Need To Ask In A Job Interview

Posted by Marc Cenedella

10:59 AM

Use these 21 questions to thoroughly impress your next interviewer. [TWEET]

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

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

What To Do When Your Career Isn't Panning Out

Posted by Michelle Hawley

05:39 PM

Create a plan of action for when your current career just isn’t cutting it. [TWEET]

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You’ve chosen your career path.  You’ve been networking, attending interviews, and may have even landed a position.  You can have a career in your industry and still believe that it isn’t working for you.  There are a variety of reasons to decide that your career path isn’t working out.  The very first thing you need to decide is why it isn’t working.  From there you can decide on the best course of action, whether that be to stick to the path you are currently on or to try to switch to another career.

Topics: Changing Careers

My Single Best Tip

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:00 AM

This bit of advice has helped more people in more interviews than any other bit of advice we've shared. [TWEET]

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In the decade I've been writing this newsletter, the single best tip I've given, that has come back to me over, and over, and over again, is this: 

When it gets to that part of the interview with your future boss where they ask, "well, do you have any questions for me?", say yes, and ask: 

Topics: Marc's Newsletter, Job Search Process

8 Things On Your Resume That Annoy Hiring Managers

Posted by Michelle Hawley

03:48 PM

Avoid these resume techniques and phrases that annoy hiring managers.  [TWEET]

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When it comes to writing your resume there is a plethora of advice that is readily available for you to use at any time.  When it comes down to the actual writing, however, you decide what does and does not go on your resume.  This is where the mistakes can come in.  While it can be hard to look inside the mind of a hiring manager to know exactly what he wants, there are still steps you can take to avoid causing irritation or anger with your resume. 

Topics: Resume

How Body Language Can Help You Ace An Interview

Posted by Michelle Hawley

02:23 PM

Don’t rely on words alone—let body language help you get that job.  [TWEET]

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Our body language is something we, typically, don’t actively think about.  However, it is something that our minds automatically pick up on, whether we realize it or not.  Body language is a good way to tell if someone is scared, nervous, excited, happy, etc.  These are all things that can affect you during an important interview.  Your body language can easily tell the hiring manager that you’re not comfortable, leading them to possibly believe you wouldn’t be comfortable with the job or the company.  You want to take control of your body language, and make conscious efforts to make yourself appear calm, cool, and collected.

Topics: Interview

A Free, Modern, Beautiful Way to Write Your Resume Well

Posted by Marc Cenedella

10:38 AM

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We launched the world's best resume writer this morning. Based on our decade-plus of experience helping America's top professionals, we've put all of our best thinking into Resume Builder, available here at www.theladders.com/resume-builder. 

Since Ladders launched in 2003, we've assessed millions of resumes, filmed HR people scanning your resumes, and even hand-written tens of thousands of resumes for members like you. 

We made Resume Builder in order to capture all of that knowledge in a wonderfully easy and effective product: 

Topics: Marc's Newsletter, Resume

Making That Great First Impression

Posted by Michelle Hawley

03:01 PM

The first step to nailing an interview is making a great first impression.  [TWEET]

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When you go to an interview, your first impression will have a lasting impact on whether you get the job or not.  In many cases, your candidacy is decided long before the interview ends.  That is why first impressions are incredibly important.  You want to come off as confident, knowledgeable, polite, and eager.  But you don’t want to seem cocky, over-eager or nervous.  It can be hard to make sure that your first impression is not only a lasting one, but a good one.  This is why it’s always a good idea to study and prepare before the interview.

Topics: Interview

Tips For Redoing Your Resume When Switching Career Paths

Posted by Michelle Hawley

02:59 PM

Fine tune your resume for the job you want, not the job you have.  [TWEET]

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Making a complete career change is very difficult—perhaps, that’s the reason many choose to stick to what they know, instead of finding a career that is more fulfilling or financially stable.  While it has its challenges, it is not impossible to switch careers.  There are several reasons you might be considering changing careers after already establishing yourself in one industry.  Perhaps your dream career was always in another field, and you finally decided to pursue it.  Or your current industry is waning, and you want to find an income that is more reliable and stable.  Maybe you simply decided that you don’t like your job and want to see what other options are out there.  Whatever you chose to do, you will most likely need to revamp your resume.  This can be hard when all of your previous experience is focused on another, different field.  But once again, it is not impossible. 

Topics: Changing Careers