5 tips for networking success

Posted by Amanda Augustine

03:15 PM

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


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 It’s widely acknowledged that networking can help you uncover job leads that may not be published anywhere else and will give you a leg up on the competition.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. 

Use TheLadders Top Recruiter List to Nurture Your Network

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.

Recently, my CEO, Alex Douzet, announced TheLadders’ quarterly list of top recruiting professionals in the United States. 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.

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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. 


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

Pitch like a pro: Tips to perfect your elevator pitch

Posted by Amanda Augustine

02:00 AM

Take a cue from the pitching professionals to launch your elevator pitch to the next level.

In the midst of Major League Baseball’s spring training, new players try out for roster and position spots, while existing players get in some practice time before the true competition begins.


While I admittedly don’t know a lot about baseball, I am blessed with a family full of men who take this American tradition rather seriously and keep me in the loop. When I think about spring training and baseball season, I immediately recognize its similarities with the job search. There’s a lot of competition, and many talented professionals vying for the same role. It takes a lot of determination, planning and hard work to be a success.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Personal Branding

A second chance: Your [Chinese] New Year’s resolution

Posted by Amanda Augustine

02:00 AM

Recommit to your New Year’s resolution to change your career this year.

Yesterday marked the year 4711 on the Chinese calendar, the year of the snake. Over one-sixth of the world’s population celebrated the Chinese New Year by gathering with friends and family to exchange gifts, play games and set off fireworks to banish the evil spirits. In the days leading up to the big event, many cleaned their homes from top to bottom in hopes of sweeping out bad luck and clearing the way for good fortune.

If you feel like your career New Year’s resolution has been plagued with bad luck, consider the Chinese New Year your chance to drive away negative vibes and start fresh. Haven’t stuck to your resolution? Now’s your opportunity to recommit to your goals. Use these three tips to embrace the year of the snake and land that new job sooner.

Chinese New Year

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Goal Setting

5 ways you’re sabotaging your job search

Posted by Amanda Augustine

02:00 AM

If you’re not getting results, reevaluate your job-search strategy and make changes. [TWEET]


Every February 2nd, the town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania celebrates the holiday with early-morning festivities to watch their beloved groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, emerge from his burrow. Legend has it that if Phil sees his shadow, he has predicted six more weeks of winter. However, the phrase “Groundhog Day” has come to mean much more. For many, it’s a time of self-reflection.

For instance, take the movie Groundhog Day. Bill Murray plays an arrogant TV reporter who is forced to cover the annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawny, only to find himself trapped in a time loop, repeating the same day over and over again. It’s not until Murray’s character starts evaluating his life and reexamining his priorities that he can finally move forward to a new day.

How many of you have felt like Bill Murray’s character? You wake up, search for jobs and apply, reach out to recruiters and hear nothing. Then you wake up and do the same thing all over again with the same results. I hear this from job seekers all the time. “I’m doing everything I’m supposed to and getting nowhere – what should I do?” 

Below are five questions to ask yourself the next time your job search stalls.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Personal Branding, Job Application, Resume

Work your next networking event

Posted by Amanda Augustine

02:00 AM

Build a strategy to maximize the benefits of every networking opportunity.

Name-2Throughout my time at TheLadders, I’ve written many articles and given presentations explaining the importance of networking to boost your career and job-search efforts.  Whether you love it or hate it, networking has become an integral part of the job-search process.

What I’ve realized is that, while many people are jumping on the networking bandwagon, few actually approach networking – or more specifically, networking events – with a strategy that is sure to move the needle towards their goals.  Merely showing up to an event won’t guarantee results, and how you prepare for and follow up after an event is just as important as what you do when you’re there.

Below are five tips to help you make the most of each networking event you attend.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking

Get back to social media basics

Posted by Amanda Augustine

02:00 AM

Incorporate social media into your job-search strategy to find the right job, faster. Week 5 of New Year, New You.

Social_Media_OnlineI want to thank all of you who’ve tuned in each week as we’ve counted down to a New Year, New You. Hopefully these assignments have helped you refresh your job-search strategy with the digital recruiter in mind. 

In the past four weeks we’ve worked to update your image, craft a professional resume, manage your search on the go, and overhaul your online brand. This fifth and final assignment is designed to help you take your job search to the next level. This week, we’re getting back to social media basics.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Personal Branding, Social Media

4 ways to protect your personal brand from holiday mishaps

Posted by Amanda Augustine

02:00 AM

Plan ahead to save face during corporate events. [TWEET]

Holiday Parties

There are tons of articles out there warning you to be on your best behavior during holiday events, but still, many find themselves the butt of their colleagues’ jokes the next day. I don’t know what it is about holiday parties, but many think it gives them a license to abandon all the rules and let loose, regardless of the consequences.

I’ve seen my share of poor holiday performances over the years and have learned a lesson or two along the way. The bottom line: there’s never a good reason to behave badly at a corporate event – during the holidays or otherwise. Not only are you damaging your personal brand, but you could be sabotaging your potential advancement at the organization.

Even if you are counting down the days till bonuses are delivered so you can quit, don’t burn any bridges that could lead to recommendations, references, or even job leads later in your career. No one wants to stick their neck out for the guy who ends up in a sit-down with HR the morning after a holiday party. Here are four tips to help you avoid mishaps at the company party:

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Personal Branding, Workplace