What career are you meant for? Take the quiz!

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10:46 AM


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

New Year’s resolutions super successful people make

Posted by Amanda Augustine

05:21 PM

Ditch the tired resolutions and make one that will improve your career. [TWEET]


If you’re like most people, now’s the time you reflect on the past year and figure out what you’d like to improve in the New Year.  If you’re tired of the usual annual promises, take a page from the people who know how to get to the top. Here are six resolutions highly successful people have made that will propel your career forward in 2015. [TWEET]

Topics: Ask Amanda, Goal Setting

The New Year promotion plan

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09:00 AM

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

By Frances Cole Jones


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

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

Posted by Amanda Augustine

08:30 AM

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


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

Don’t overlook these job-search necessities

Posted by Guest Contributor

08:30 AM

How setting specific goals and reading job descriptions can save you hardship in your career search.

By Ken Sundheim 


Can you think of people in your personal life who seem to be their own worst enemies? You know the ones -- you may even be one. They're the folks who have grand plans that never seem to come through… and for whom failure feels like a mystery or bad luck. But looking in from the outside, you have a pretty clear view that it's actually due to their own personal failings and lack of knowledge on what needed to be done.

When it comes to finding a job, plenty of people carry over that same unproductive tendency. When job searches simply don't gain steam, most recruiters can tell you that it often boils down to one thing: the bad habit of never setting a firm, specific job goal. 

Topics: Job Application, Goal Setting

How to target top employers in your job search

Posted by Amanda Augustine

02:03 PM

Land a job with the right employer by building a strong target company list.

Even when you start your job search with a very strong “in” at an organization, landing a new job will likely require you to pursue multiple job opportunities at the same time. In fact, I recommend that job seekers continue pursuing new job leads even as they’re entering the final interview round of another opportunity. To help you streamline this process and ensure you land a job with the right company, I encourage you to develop a target company list based upon your job goals.

Below are tips on how to research and vet prospective employers as you build a strong target company list.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Goal Setting

Recommit to your career resolution: Here’s how

Posted by Amanda Augustine

05:53 PM

Learn how to stick to your New Year’s resolution to change your career this year.


If you’re like many people out there, you may have already lost sight of the New Year's resolutions you declared at the beginning of January. If your career resolutions have been usurped by work deadlines and children’s play dates, it’s time to recommit to your goals. Use these tips to get your job search back on track.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Goal Setting, Motivation and Inspiration

Three steps to writing your professional WILL

Posted by Amanda Augustine

10:00 AM

Create a career “I WILL” list so your dreams will never die. [TWEET]

WILL_bucketlist_notepadFact: I am a huge fan of the television series NCIS. In a recent episode, one of the characters unearthed an “I WILL” list she wrote when she was a young child. It contained the kinds of dreams you’d expect a young girl to have: “I WILL be a ballerina, ride a horse, live in a castle, have a boy and a girl…”

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

Emerging jobs you need to know about

Posted by Amanda Augustine

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

How to discover a new career path

Posted by Amanda Augustine

07:30 AM

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


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.

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

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