Here’s what a mid-level professional’s resume should look like

Posted by Amanda Augustine

December 16, 2014 @ 06:21 PM

Great experience doesn’t automatically equate to an impressive resume. Learn how to craft a resume that stands out from the crowd. [TWEET]

As your career evolves, so too should the format of your professional resume. If you’re a few years beyond the entry-level position, it’s time to revamp your personal marketing materials to reflect this status. I recently shared with Business Insider’s Jacquelyn V. Smith a sample resume and my top tips for the mid-level professional. Here are the main takeaways:

Topics: Ask Amanda, Resume

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

Posted by Amanda Augustine

December 09, 2014 @ 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

5 tricks for running effective meetings

Posted by Amanda Augustine

December 02, 2014 @ 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

Give thanks after each job interview with these tips

Posted by Amanda Augustine

November 25, 2014 @ 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

November 25, 2014 @ 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

Network your way through the holidays

Posted by Amanda Augustine

November 18, 2014 @ 10:42 AM

Whether you’re a social butterfly or a self-proclaimed wallflower, make networking a priority this holiday season.

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Experts agree that networking has become an essential skill for today’s career-driven professional. In fact, networking is the number one way to land a job and advance your career. [TWEET]

Not only are you ten times more likely to land the job when your job application is accompanied by a referral, but by getting an inside look at the company culture from your connection, you’re more likely to fit in with the organization, thrive in its environment and stay with the company longer than the average candidate blindly applying online.

As the holidays approach and your calendar fills with cocktail parties and family get-togethers, remember to make networking a priority this season. To get you started, I’ve collected some of my favorite networking tips of all time.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking

Tips for creating an excellent resume for your first job

Posted by Amanda Augustine

November 10, 2014 @ 11:54 AM

A successful career starts with a great resume. Here’s how to sell yourself with very little experience.

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In today’s job market, the internship has become the new entry-level position. If you want to build a successful career, it starts with a series of internships, co-ops and fellowships throughout your college career. But to land these coveted opportunities, you must first write a winning resume. [TWEET]

I recently shared with Business Insider’s Jacquelyn V. Smith a sample resume and my top tips for job seekers with no experience. Here are the top takeaways:

Topics: Ask Amanda, Resume, New to the Workforce

5 things successful people do each morning

Posted by Amanda Augustine

November 03, 2014 @ 01:05 PM

Set yourself up for success each day by adopting these highly effective habits.

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According to Inc. Magazine, morning people have been found to be more proactive and more productive. But what exactly do they do to set themselves up for success?

Here are five habits successful people have developed to start their days on the right note. [TWEET]

Topics: Ask Amanda, Motivation and Inspiration, Management

5 reasons why you didn’t land an interview

Posted by Amanda Augustine

October 27, 2014 @ 12:20 PM

Applied for a job and haven’t heard back? Here’s why recruiters aren’t responding to your applications.

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You find the perfect job online and submit your application, already fantasizing about your new position. Then the waiting game begins. You wait, patiently at first, and then the panic sets in.

Should I follow up? What should I say? Did I do something wrong?

Why isn’t anyone calling me?!

After what feels like forever, you check back on the job posting, only to realize the position’s been filled. 

This phenomenon is commonly referred to as the “Black Hole,” and leaves most job seekers discouraged and unsure how to improve their future applications. If you’ve found yourself in this position, wondering what went wrong, consider the following reasons why you didn’t hear back. [TWEET]

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interview, Job Application

How to answer, “What’s your greatest weakness?” during a job interview

Posted by Amanda Augustine

October 20, 2014 @ 01:07 PM

This dreaded, seemingly trick question will no longer be difficult to answer in job interviews.

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Most job candidates are familiar with the “What’s your biggest weakness?” interview question, but few feel equipped to answer the it with confidence.

The next time you’re asked the stress-inducing question in an interview, use these tips to provide a powerful response. [TWEET]

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interview, New to the Workforce