The Holiday Networking Survival Guide

Posted by Amanda Augustine

02:28 PM

Make the most of this festive season by networking your way through the holidays.

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'Tis the season for holiday parties, open houses, family get-togethers…and networking!

Whether you love it or loathe it, networking has become a key component in every professional’s career development and job-search strategy. It can help you establish your personal brand, uncover new job leads, and gain valuable insight into a prospective employer.

The holidays are an especially great time to put your networking skills to work. Below are some of my favorite articles that cover all aspects of networking, from developing your elevator pitch to incorporating networking into your everyday life.

Happy holiday networking!

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking

Give Back to Get Ahead in Your Job Search

Posted by Amanda Augustine

09:30 AM

Volunteering and other charitable works can benefit your job search. [TWEET]

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Giving Tuesday is a movement created to “celebrate and encourage charitable activities that support non-profit organizations.” Giving back is not only a great thing to do for your community; it can also be beneficial to your job search. [TWEET]

Here are five reasons why giving back to the community will give your job search some extra oomph this season.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking

Job Seekers: How to Pitch Your Skills to Make a Career Change

Posted by Amanda Augustine

07:00 AM

Find new career opportunities by searching outside your current field. [TWEET]

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When it comes to the job search, not all fields are created equally. In a recent study, Ladderss 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 Leverage Your Smartphone for the Job Search

Posted by Amanda Augustine

08:00 AM

Get ‘smart’ about your job search to turn your downtime into valuable job-search time.

Have you noticed how just about everything in our world has gone mobile? You can deposit your checks without going to the bank, chat face-to-face with loved ones far away, and read books and magazines on-the-go without harming a single tree. Even the most brick-and-mortar businesses have developed mobile websites (and perhaps an app or two) to compete in today’s market.

As job seekers, it’s important to embrace the mobile job search or get lost among the competition. Here are five tips to make the most of your smartphone for the job search.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Job Application

7 Apps to Increase Career and Job-Search Success

Posted by Amanda Augustine

02:18 PM

Leverage these seven apps to advance your career. [TWEET]

In today’s digital society, there’s an app to help you manage practically every aspect of your life, from your finances to your weight. Your professional life is no different. Whether you want to work more efficiently with a virtual team or job hunt on-the-go, there’s an app for that. Below are some of my favorite mobile apps that will help you be a more successful job seeker and productive, career-driven professional.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Professional Development, Social Media

Job-Search Fumbles That Will Cost You the Game

Posted by Amanda Augustine

08:57 PM

Don’t get penalized for these errors this job-hunt season.

Football_SkippyEvery Fall across the United States, avid sports fans organize their tailgate parties and incessantly check their Fantasy Football teams. Collegiate and professional athletes alike give it their all on the field, hoping to avoid a spotlight on ESPN SportsCenter’s Not Top 10. Playing football at this level requires hard work and dedication. Make one mistake and you could cost your team the game.

The same can be said about the job hunt. Don’t let a little mistake cost you a job offer. Learn from the football pros and avoid these job-search follies.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking

5 Tips for Networking Success

Posted by Amanda Augustine

03:15 PM

Start networking today to take your job search to the next level.

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If you’re looking for a job, you’re bound to find many articles encouraging you to network, and with good reason. It’s widely acknowledged that networking can help you uncover job leads that may not be published anywhere else and will give you a leg up on the competition. In fact, studies have found you are ten times more likely to land an interview when your job application is accompanied by an employee referral. 

But before you can reap these benefits, you first need to learn the art of networking. Below are five tips to help you build your professional network. 

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, New to the Workforce

3 Ways to Nurture Your Professional Network

Posted by Amanda Augustine

02:00 AM

Advance your career by tapping your resource pool. 

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It’s true, “April showers bring May flowers.” However, any good gardener knows it takes more than rain water to grow a successful garden, and the same can be said about your professional network. If you want to build strong relationships, you need to patiently nurture those individual connections to yield career success.

Today, I want to show you three unusual ways you can use this list to nurture your network – and move your career in the right direction.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Professional Development

Networking Anytime, Anywhere

Posted by Amanda Augustine

02:00 AM

Incorporate networking into your regular routine to boost your career. [TWEET]

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Experts agree that networking is an important aspect of every professional’s career advancement, whether they’re looking for that next promotion or wanting to make a transition. In fact, studies show that you are 10 times more likely to land a role when your application is accompanied by an employee referral. But referrals don’t just fall in your lap; you have to get out there and build your network.

Between juggling your responsibilities in the office and at home, and trying to fit in a little “me” time, you may feel like there isn’t any room left to focus on networking. Nothing could be farther from the truth! From your next kickboxing class to your child’s soccer game, there are a number of networking opportunities already penciled into your calendar. Here are four ways to incorporate networking into your already-busy life. [TWEET]

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking

3 Ways to Spring Clean Your Job Search

Posted by Amanda Augustine

02:00 AM

Give your job search a good scrubbing this spring. [TWEET]

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Can you believe that spring is here? Many of us use this season as an excuse to clean out our closets and give our homes a good scrubbing from top to bottom. It’s also the perfect time to take a look at our job-search tactics and give them a thorough cleaning.

If you’ve been reading my column for a while, you should be familiar with a concept of “harnessing the power of three.” As a job seeker, there are three main ways to pursue job leads – both hidden and published. I recommend applying and following up to online listings; utilizing your network of personal and professional contacts; and engaging with recruiters.

By sprucing up your job-search strategy, you can increase the number of relevant job leads in your pipeline. Use the following tips to get your job search in tip-top shape and help you harness even more job leads this season.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Personal Branding, Resume