Leonardo da Vinci's Resume

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:00 AM

Before he was famous, before he painted the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper, before he invented the helicopter, before he drew the most famous image of man, before he was all of these things, Leonardo da Vinci was an armorer, a weapons guy, a maker of things that go "boom."

And, like you, he had to put together a resume to get his next gig. So in 1482, at the age of 30, he wrote out a letter and a list of his capabilities and sent it off to Ludovico il Moro, Duke of Milan.

So to celebrate Leonardo's birthday this Wednesday, April 15th, I'd like to share his wonderful resume with you. You can click on the link below to see the full-size version.

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

Simple Microsoft Word tricks to improve your resume

Posted by Guest Contributor

09:00 AM

Start your job search on the right foot with a clean, easy-to-read resume. Here’s how to make it. [TWEET]

By Asante Jarvis

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Everyone knows that a strong resume can propel you ahead of the competition. However, even if you have the proper qualifications, arranging your information in a neat, organized format is still important. The clearer and more concise your resume, the better. Optimizing your resume to ensure cohesiveness is a necessary step if you want employers to actually read it and consider you for the position.

Topics: Resume

How to write the perfect resume to make a career change

Posted by Amanda Augustine

08:32 AM

Considering a career change? Here's how to rewrite your resume to make the switch. [TWEET]

Writing a resume can be an intimidating undertaking, and this is especially true if you’re planning to change careers or industries. If you’re interested in making a career transition, a resume revamp is imperative. 

I shared with Business Insider’s Jacquelyn V. Smith a sample resume and my top tips for someone making a career change. Here are the main takeaways:

Topics: Ask Amanda, Resume, Changing Careers

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