6 simple ways to stand out at your next business meeting

Posted by Amanda Augustine

09:30 AM

Make your mark during your next business meeting by employing these key tips. [TWEET] 

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Meetings have a bad rap in today’s workplace. Do a quick poll around the office and you’re sure to find that most of your colleagues would gladly wipe a few meetings off their calendar, if given the choice. However, when meetings are run properly, they can become meaningful, engaging and relevant activities in the workplace.

Instead of dreading your next business meeting, consider how you could use it as an opportunity to advance your career. Whether you recently entered the workforce, just started a new position or would like to take the next step in your career, your performance in meetings can help you make your mark at a company and boost your success.

Topics: Ask Amanda, New to the Workforce, Professional Development, Workplace

Should I take the water? 5 tips for interviewing with confidence

Posted by Guest Contributor

05:00 PM

With more and more qualified candidates entering the job market, self-assurance may be the key to impressing your next employer. [TWEET]

By Jeff Michaels

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Did you know that what you say before and after an interview can be just as important as the interview itself? It’s true. These days, the talent pool is filled with virtually endless qualified candidates. Often, a hiring decision will come down to the gray areas that don't fit onto a resume, such as how personable a candidate is, how they dress, or if they seem like they would fit into the existing corporate culture.

While judging a candidate solely on whether they accept a glass of water or cup of coffee prior to the interview may seem extreme, realize that hiring managers likely have already seen ten other equally-qualified individuals, and are waiting for a clear sign that YOU are the right person for the job. Give them that sign.

Topics: Interview

A look behind the scenes at TheLadders

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:00 AM

Each year, I take you "behind the scenes" at TheLadders headquarters here in Manhattan so that you can have a peek at the people working hard to help you find your next job. 

Topics: #TheLaddersLife, Marc's Newsletter

16 things you should remove from your resume

Posted by Amanda Augustine

10:47 AM

Quit distracting recruiters with these unnecessary items today. [TWEET]

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An eye-tracking study by TheLadders found that the average recruiter spends only six seconds reviewing a resume before deciding if it’s worth a closer inspection. When you only have six seconds to make the right impression, you have to make every word on your resume count.

Below I’ve compiled a list of 16 items you can remove from your resume right away that will help your job application avoid the hiring manager’s trash pile.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Resume

4 quick tips for impressing senior management during job interviews

Posted by Guest Contributor

09:00 AM

A meeting with a big-time company executive can be daunting. Use these tips to keep your cool. [TWEET]

By Ken Sundheim

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Everyone seeks more influence at work.  They want to become leaders – to do something great with the career they are given, and be well-liked by those around them. 

However, prior to securing an executive-level position, it’s imperative that you learn how to interview with senior management – it’s a different game than when you were in the lower ranks.  Below, you’ll find four strategies for interviewing with C-level personnel in an effective, calm manner that instills confidence and increases likability.  

Topics: Interview

How to network without feeling like you're doing it

Posted by Marc Cenedella

09:00 AM

Here's an easy way to turn dreaded employment networking into deadly effective bonding: 

When you're networking, ask for a reference, not a job. 

Whether you're doing catch-up drinks or grabbing lunch to reconnect, your primary need is to get an ally, not a tally of job listings. Recruiting a helping hand to your search is your goal. 

So don't ask your college friend if she knows of any jobs for people like you. How would she? 

And don't ask your boss from two jobs ago if she has the names of any people who are currently looking to hire somebody like you. It puts her on the spot. Uncomfortably. 

No, instead, ask for a reference. Mention that you're going to be moving on, or you're already looking, or that you're actively out on the street. Let them know the type of positions you are and are not suited for, and what you're hoping to achieve in your next opportunity. 

Topics: Networking, Marc's Newsletter

Take control of your career today. Here's how.

Posted by Amanda Augustine

10:00 AM

The most successful professionals are the ones who take charge of their careers. Take the first steps toward owning your career path today. [TWEET]  

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A recent study by Software Advice, a company that evaluates talent management software, found that organizations with clear succession plans see a marked improvement in employee engagement. In other words, companies who invest in their people and support their professional development are able to retain their employees longer and keep them engaged and motivated. No brainer, right?

In a perfect world, every company would offer programs that support a roadmap for every single employee to manage their professional development and career trajectory. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world. If you don’t work for one of these great companies, don't despair. There are moves you can make to take charge of your career path.

Topics: Ask Amanda, New to the Workforce, Professional Development

My single best job interview tip

Posted by Marc Cenedella

09:30 AM

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: 

"How do I help you get a gold star on your review next year?" 

This bit of advice has helped more people in more interviews than any other bit of advice I've shared in the last decade that I've been writing to you. 

Topics: Interview, Marc's Newsletter

How to prepare for a Skype job interview

Posted by Guest Contributor

09:00 AM

By Ran Nir

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There are no rules in today’s job search, which means you have to be prepared for any situation. Many employers today are performing their first-round interviews through a video-conferencing tool rather than conducting a phone or in-person interview.  If you have been invited to attend a virtual job interview, chances are good that you will be using the free cross-platform software, Skype. If you’re in this situation, be sure to review these virtual interview tips specifically tailored for Skype.

Topics: Interview

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]

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you may have noticed a pattern in my updates. Every day, at approximately 11 a.m. EST, I share a small tidbit of career advice with my followers. These can range from building your professional network to preparing for your annual review.

Below are some of the most popular career tips I’ve shared over the past few months.

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Here’s a great tip to help you work smarter. I originally came across this suggestion in an article by Fast Company.  The idea is pretty simple: Instead of putting off that important – or possibly least desirable – task until later in the day, start your morning off by doing it first. This small act will set the right tone for your day and improve your overall productivity. For more productivity tips, check out Brian Tracy’s book, “Eat That Frog!

Topics: Ask Amanda, Professional Development, Management