Finding job opportunities for students with art degrees

Posted by Guest Contributor

09:00 AM

Unwritten rules every art major should keep in mind during the job search.

By Lesley Vos

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College life is awesome! Interesting classes, exciting assignments, Greek life, new friends – this is the best time of your life. But a moment comes when you have to start searching for a job, and will learn how difficult it can be. However, by being prepared, a successful job search can be yours. [TWEET]

Topics: New to the Workforce

7 ways to reduce your job-search stress during the holidays

Posted by Amanda Augustine

08:12 AM

Don't let holiday stress slow down your job search. Try these stress-busters today. [TWEET]

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The job-search process can be incredibly stressful. Throw in a hectic holiday season with its shopping trips, family dinners and endless to-do lists, and it’s enough to send anyone over edge. Luckily, there are a number of low-cost ways to reduce your stress levels while maintaining a productive job search.Take a quick break from your work and give these solutions a try.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Stress and the Job Search

3 surefire ways to land your dream job

Posted by Guest Contributor

03:27 PM

Stand out from the crowd with these top job-search tactics. 

By Ron Stewart 

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We all know that the first step to landing your dream job is perfecting your resume. But even then, it’s difficult to stand out from the crowd. The job market is competitive and a strong resume won’t always be enough. You need innovative tactics to make potential employers take notice. [TWEET]

Don't ignore the December recruiter

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:07 AM

We hear the same complaint every year: 

"I can't get candidates on the phone. I can't get candidates in for interviews. I can't even get a response." 

We hear it from Fortune 1000 recruiters, HR departments, executive search firms and agencies. We even hear it from our own recruiters at TheLadders! 

And I suppose it's a very good explanation that, of course, at the end of the year, with all the holiday parties, end-of-the-year budgeting exercises, and vacation planning going on, professionals can find themselves with too much to do and not enough time on their hands to be responsive to the companies looking to hire them. 

But my advice is... 

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

The New Year promotion plan

Posted by Guest Contributor

09:00 AM

Earn your next promotion in the New Year with these five simple steps.

By Frances Cole Jones

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There's a crispness in the air and we’ve all got that back-to-business, “wow, I’d forgotten about this sweater!” vibe that keeps our energy and career motivation high. [TWEET]

Unfortunately, as the days get shorter and holiday madness sets in, it’s all too easy for this bright-eyed and bushy-tailed attitude to fade away.  But there’s one sure-fire way to keep yourself on-track and focused in your career over the holidays: Begin to plan today for a promotion in the New Year.  Below are five items to check off your list to keep you on the New-Year promotion tract:

Topics: Salary, Goal Setting, Professional Development

5 tricks for running effective meetings

Posted by Amanda Augustine

09:30 AM

Make each minute count during your next business meeting by applying these simple rules.

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We’ve all heard the adage, “time is money.” In today’s workplace, every minute counts. Unfortunately for many professionals, too many of those minutes are spent sitting in long, drawn-out meetings where little is accomplished. In fact, in its annual Wasting Time at Work Survey,” Salary.com reported that 26 percent of respondents said the biggest overall time-wasting activity was having too many meetings and conference calls.

Yet Patrick Lencioni, author of the best-seller “Death by Meeting,” believes that meetings aren’t inherently bad. Lencioni argues that when meetings are given the proper context and purpose, they can become meaningful, engaging and relevant activities in the workplace. [TWEET]

Below are a few tips to turn your most painful meetings into productive gatherings.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Workplace, Management

So if not me, who did get the job?

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:02 AM

When two candidates are equally experienced, equally credentialed, and equally capable, who gets the job? 

Well, when two companies have similar products, with similar ratings, and similar prices, which do you pick? 

If you think about it, you might say: "the one that wants my business more." The saleswoman made an extra effort, or the people at the store went out of their way to be kind, or it's as simple as they just smiled back and said "we'd like your business." 

It's no surprise: we prefer to buy from companies that make us feel like we're a welcome part of their community. 

And who gets the job if the applicants are equals? 

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

Give thanks after each job interview with these tips

Posted by Amanda Augustine

05:23 PM

Use these tips to send an interview thank-you note that’s sure to move your candidacy forward.

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The holiday season is the perfect time to acknowledge the blessings in our lives and give thanks for the loved ones and opportunities we’ve been given throughout the year. However, Thanksgiving isn’t the only time of year we should pause to give thanks. This is especially true if you’re currently searching for a job. A survey by TheLadders found that saying thank you isn’t just a polite gesture – it’s an integral part of the interview process.

I’ve rounded up some of my favorite articles to help you create the perfect thank-you letter. [TWEET]

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interview

How to find the right mentor to advance your career

Posted by Amanda Augustine

12:00 PM

The right mentor can take your career to new heights. Here’s how to find the right one for you.

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The right mentor can be a powerful tool in your career arsenal, whether you’re new to the working world or already well-established in your industry. In fact, Sheila Wellington, former president of Catalyst Foundation and author of Be Your Own Mentor, believes it’s one of the main reasons why men tend to rise higher than women in the workplace – men are more likely to have mentors throughout their careers than women. [TWEET]

Mentors can propel your career in innumerable ways. They can help shape your professional skills, teach you the ins and outs of your industry, help you navigate corporate politics, overcome adversity, and introduce you to the right people and resources to advance your career. Check out these five different types of mentorship below to find out how you can reap the benefits of professional guidance throughout your entire career.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Professional Development

Thanks for the raise!

Posted by Marc Cenedella

10:08 AM

Whether you're searching for a job or seeking a promotion or raise, you have lots of questions about how much you can get paid in exchange for your daily grind... 

Could I earn more somewhere else? What's the competition like for my role? Do I have the right skills to move up in my career? 

This Thanksgiving, you'll give thanks for a new feature we're unveiling here at TheLadders. We've combined market research and 10 years of data from our six million+ members to bring you salary and job demand data for jobs like yours. Just visit our comprehensive job market guides here to help empower and improve your career. 

Here's a sample screen: 
And here's what you'll find when you visit our job market guides

Topics: Marc's Newsletter