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.


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 It’s widely acknowledged that networking can help you uncover job leads that may not be published anywhere else and will give you a leg up on the competition.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


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]


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