How networking groups can help you in your job search

Posted by Guest Contributor

04:20 PM

If a few new friends could help you land a job, what's stopping you from joining a networking group? Utilize these simple tips for efficient, effective networking at events. [TWEET]

By Steven Zarch

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When it comes to securing your next job title, you cannot rely completely on your education, experience and skill set to win over the hiring manager and land you the position. There is often too much competition. 

To overcome this challenge, I always encourage job seekers to join networking groups and professional associations to align with industry leaders and hiring managers. Whether you are searching for your next job in the finance world, or something in the operations space, what sets many professional job seekers apart from the rest is corporate relationships and industry involvement – all possible to gain through valuable networking.

Topics: Networking

Is your web browser compromising your security?

Posted by Ilyssa Goldfarb

09:00 AM

Why me?! And other things we shout when we’re prompted to update our browsers.

We’ve all been there: You’ve just sat down at your computer, ready to surf the web to your heart’s content, when suddenly your eyes are assaulted by that nagging little box telling you a new version of your browser is available to download. “Not this again!” you cry in anguish, shaking your fist toward the sky.

Topics: Job Search Process

Seeking VP, Anything

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:00 AM

In the job search, you must be precise and concrete about your value and career goals, and shape an elevator pitch that reflects them. 

"Oh, I'm looking for anything," you might tell well-meaning friends who ask. 

It's a problem. 

Because in today's economy, no employer is looking for a "VP, Anything", or a "Director of Whatever Needs to Be Done." They're looking for an experienced professional who can solve specific problems. 

When you're thinking about moving jobs, you need to have a brief, pithy assertion of who you are and what you're qualified to do. It's important that you be able to explain to an old colleague, or a new connection, in 30 seconds or less, what it is that you're looking for. 

That's called an "elevator pitch" - a concise statement of your abilities and goals that can be shared in the time it takes an elevator to go to the top floor.

Topics: Personal Branding, Marc's Newsletter

How the digital skills gap is hurting your job hunt

Posted by Guest Contributor

11:00 AM

The only way to stay competitive in today's job market is to constantly be learning. Here's why - and how to get ahead. [TWEET]

By Jeff Fernandez

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What can damage the candidacy of an otherwise worthy applicant in today’s job market? A lack of solid digital skills.

Unfortunately, this lack of digital skills is the reality for an overwhelming majority of today’s workers. According to a poll by Harris Interactive, only one in 10 professionals consider themselves ‘very proficient’ with the digital tools they use every day. In many cases, the laborer is not fully to blame. Employee training has been lacking for decades, to the point where even President Obama has acknowledged its urgency, setting aside $600 million to offer more apprenticeships and technological training for future workers.

Topics: Professional Development

Where can you earn the most?

Posted by Hope Restle

12:50 PM

Where can you earn the most? See the best and worst cities for your career with TheLadders' new interactive Salary vs. Demand map. [TWEET

Where can you earn the most?

Location, location, location. When it comes to your job search, location really is everything; your success in the workforce can even be dependent on it. TheLadders discovered that approximately 35 percent of job seekers actually want a change of scenery - do they know something the rest of us don't? Could relocation be the best option for your career? Or maybe it's time to pivot to go in a direction more suited to your particular job market.

Assuming it's beneficial, how do you predict your next career move in today's volatile market? 

Topics: Salary, Relocation, Changing Careers

The ultimate job interview checklist

Posted by Amanda Augustine

12:32 PM

You’ll never be unprepared for an interview with this complete checklist. [TWEET]

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If you’ve been reading my articles on TheLadders Career Chronicles, you know that I like to break down the job-search process into three phases: Prep, search and close. When you think about it, the interview process also has three important stages. How you prepare and what you do afterwards is just as important as what happens when you’re sitting in the interview room pitching your skills.

Below I’ve created a comprehensive checklist to walk you through the interview process so you’re ready to impress a prospective employer and land the job.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interview

The layman's digital media glossary

Posted by Guest Contributor

08:30 AM

Whether you’re considering a digital media-heavy career or just want to brush up on the latest lingo, this digital media glossary is worth a look. [TWEET]

By Jessica Reuben

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Digital media. You’ve heard about it, you’ve talked about it, you may even work in it. But what is “it,” and what are all of those confusing buzzwords that people throw around when discussing digital media. Without further ado, I present:

The (un)Official Digital Media Glossary of Terms: An Abridged Layman’s Term Guide to Some of the Most Frequently Used Digital Media Buzzwords. 

Topics: Professional Development

How to negotiate a raise or a promotion at your first job

Posted by Guest Contributor

12:00 PM

Negotiating your first salary can be a scary process. Use these tips to enter into negotiations fully prepared and ready to get the compensation you deserve. [TWEET]

By Christopher Austin

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Negotiation is a delicate give-and-take process. To master the fascinating art of negotiation, job seekers must first understand that they may have to give something up to get something better in return. Easier said than done, you’re probably thinking. New grads in particular make the mistake of assuming their lack of experience can’t bring them more money. Of course, they’re wrong! No matter where you are in your career, here are some simple tips new grads – or anyone – can use to negotiate a raise or promotion.

Topics: Salary, New to the Workforce

Myths of the job hunt exposed

Posted by Guest Contributor

02:00 PM

Do companies only hire overqualified candidates? Are cover letters really that important? Separate the facts from the fiction with these clarifications. [TWEET]

By Tina Jindal

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Every individual has a job-hunting strategy that they are proud of, along with a list of things a job seeker must never do. Some of it is good advice, and some of it is downright blasphemous. While certain myths of the trade are harmless, others are disastrous to the success of a job seeker. So how do you know which advice to disregard and which to embrace? Let’s expose 10 of the most common myths of the job hunt and offer some useful advice in its place.

Topics: Job Search Process

Hired: 100 success stories from TheLadders

Posted by Marc Cenedella

10:00 AM

Thousands of your fellow subscribers have found new jobs in March on TheLadders! 

They say "in like a lamb, out like a lion" about the month of March, Readers, and this March of 2015 has been a lion! 

Once again, we've had more activity from employers and recruiters on TheLadders this quarter than ever before. 

Why? Because TheLadders professionals are interested in a new job, and behave respectfully. While the typical job posting on LinkedIn or Monster gets hundreds (thousands!) of unqualified applications, the typical job at TheLadders gets just 14 applicants that are targeted, relevant, and interesting to the HR person or recruiter.

Topics: Marc's Newsletter, Motivation and Inspiration