Are you a job hopper? Here's how to be good at it.

Posted by Guest Contributor

December 18, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

By Michelle Kruse

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Most employers strongly value loyalty in their workers, but that trait doesn't always pay off for the employees themselves. Staying with one company for an extended period of time might keep the boss smiling, but it could result in various kinds of stagnation for the employee. Besides the potential for professional boredom, there's also the danger of missing out on growth — both in terms of salary and responsibility — that could come from moving on. [TWEET]

Whether you're a seasoned job-hopper or you're simply thinking about becoming more mobile in your career, there are a few important things to keep in mind so you don't come off as unreliable to potential employers. Keep these things in mind to make job-hopping work for you.

Topics: Personal Branding, New to the Workforce, Changing Careers

9 questions to ask during an informational interview (and 1 to avoid)

Posted by Amanda Augustine

September 30, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Arrive at your next informational interview prepared to gain valuable insights for your next career move.

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It’s nearly impossible to discuss job-search tactics without mentioning the value of networking. Smart job seekers not only invest in developing their professional networks; they also tap into these connections for introductions, job leads and other valuable insights. However, one networking technique is often overlooked by even the savviest of job seekers: informational interviewing. [TWEET]

The concept of the informational interview (also known as an informational conversation) was first introduced by Richard N. Bolles, author of the popular job-search book, What Color is Your Parachute? Bolles believes that job seekers should speak with professionals in their field of interest to gather more information before choosing a particular career path.

I couldn’t agree more.

Whether you’re new to the workforce or you’re considering changing careers, informational interviews are a great way explore various career options and clarify your job goals.  Furthermore, they can be an effective way to gather insight into a particular company when you’re preparing for an interview.

Below are nine questions you can ask during your next informational interview – and one to avoid – to make the most of this valuable opportunity.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Goal Setting, New to the Workforce, Changing Careers

6 signs your job is at risk

Posted by Amanda Augustine

September 16, 2014 @ 12:01 PM

Don’t wait for the ax to fall. Learn how to read the signs that your job's on the line.

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Even the best employees worry about their job security from time to time. In fact, a recent Gallup poll found that only 58 percent of U.S. full- and part-time workers are completely satisfied with their job security. Sadly, this represents the highest level recorded since the Great Recession (2009 – 2013) when about 50 percent felt secure in their jobs. While feelings of job security may be on the rise, it’s clear that many professionals across the U.S. are still kept up at night worrying about their jobs.

If your gut is telling you something is off at the office, don’t ignore it. Look for the following signs to determine if your job may be in danger.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Changing Careers, Resignation

Which skills do employers value most from military veterans?

Posted by Amanda Augustine

May 20, 2014 @ 05:43 PM

Make the military-to-civilian career transition easier by highlighting these sought-after strengths.

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Our nation’s veterans continue to find the job search more challenging than their civilian counterparts, according to the most recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While the employment rate for this group has shown improvement, the job hunt remains a difficult process.

“The problem is often not a lack of skills and qualifications,” noted Robert Dagnall, expert resume writer for military-to-civilian transitions. “It’s how to translate military experience into terms employers can recognize and value.”

I spoke with a number of career professionals who specialize in military-to-civilian transitions to find out which skills are most transferrable to, and sought-after by, employers in the private sector. [TWEET]

Topics: Ask Amanda, Resume, Changing Careers

Emerging jobs you need to know about

Posted by Amanda Augustine

November 19, 2013 @ 09:30 AM

A closer look at some of today’s fastest growing (and highest paying!) job titles.

Recent_Grad_Social_Media_02A data study by TheLadders found that the fastest-growing professional jobs in recent years are more likely to contain the word “analyst” or “developer” in their job title, rather than the previously popular “manager.” For those of you working within the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, this shift toward skills-related positions rather than management will come as no surprise. Today’s technology-driven society offers professionals the ability to earn a big pay check without having to take the management track.

If you do not work in one of the STEM industries or you’re new to the workforce, most of the professional jobs listed in the data study may sound quite foreign. It is, however, important to understand these positions, as you will likely work in some capacity with these individuals in these roles. Below is a basic explanation of these emerging technology positions and why they’re considered vital to many businesses today.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Goal Setting, New to the Workforce, Changing Careers

Job seekers: How to pitch your skills to make a career change

Posted by Amanda Augustine

October 22, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

Find new career opportunities by searching outside your current field.

career_transitionWhen it comes to the job search, not all fields are created equally. In a recent study, TheLadders found that, depending on the city, one job seeker’s desert can be another’s oasis. For example, healthcare workers in Boston currently enjoy a favorable job market, whereas those in real estate in the same city are more likely to struggle during the job hunt.

For those in the desert, a career transition may be in order so your skills can be put to use in a more favorable field. While many people have considered or even yearned to change fields, this is easier said than done.

Follow these three steps when making a career change.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Changing Careers

How to discover a new career path

Posted by Amanda Augustine

October 08, 2013 @ 07:30 AM

Become an explorer to reevaluate your job goals and create a new career map.

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A while back when I was asked to provide advice to recent college graduates, I recommended that they become explorers in the workforce.  However, exploration shouldn’t be restricted to the entry-level professional. In fact, I think it’s healthy to reevaluate your career goals every few years. What you desired in your twenties may not hold true a decade or two later.

With Columbus Day just around the corner, there’s no better time to talk about career exploration. Maybe you will also start down one path just to land on another far greater career, finding your own “America.”

Here are five ways to help you explore new career paths and identify your dream job. 

Topics: Ask Amanda, Goal Setting, New to the Workforce, Changing Careers

Start bragging to advance your career

Posted by Amanda Augustine

August 20, 2013 @ 03:50 PM

Chronicle your professional accomplishments to manage your career.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Salary, Resume, Changing Careers

How to find a career you love

Posted by Amanda Augustine

April 29, 2013 @ 02:00 AM

My interview with Successfully Unemployed’s Alan Sherwood about career transitions.

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Recently I had the pleasure of chatting with Alan G. Sherwood, MBA, host of the radio talk show, Successfully Unemployed, on Toginet radio.

In addition to his radio show, Alan owns and operates two small successful businesses: a consulting firm that specializes in capital and endowment campaigns, planned giving programs, executive search and career coaching; and a real estate investing and property management firm. He is the author of the book, “Successfully Unemployed,” that teaches the suddenly unemployed how to turn what appears to be a tragedy into a personal and professional triumph.

During the radio show we covered a wide range of topics, from job goals to career transition to turning your passion into a profitable business. Click on the following link to download the podcast. Below are some of the questions I fielded and links to more information on the topics. Enjoy!

Topics: Ask Amanda, Goal Setting, Changing Careers

7 tips for starting a second career

Posted by Amanda Augustine

September 19, 2012 @ 12:09 AM

What you need to know about pursuing an encore career later in life. 

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I am 65 and nowhere near ready to retire (physically and emotionally) but I need to find more meaningful work than I'm doing now. What's the best way to overcome the age issue when approaching potential employers? – J.F. of Annapolis, MD

Answer: 

I can’t tell you how many people I’ve spoken to recently who are looking for new opportunities later in life!

Do me a favor and Google the following term today: “encore career

An “encore career,” also called “recareering,” is defined as an employment transition made during the latter part of one’s career, typically to the social sector or a public-interest field, such as education, the environment, health care, government, social services or nonprofits.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Changing Careers, Age and Your Job Search