3 unexpected ways to get ahead at work

Posted by Amanda Augustine

08:05 AM

Want to impress your boss and advance your career? Try these unusual tactics. [TWEET]

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

6 lessons to learn from negative feedback on your blog

Posted by Hope Restle

12:00 PM

Don't let a couple of negative comments bring you down. Use these tips to deal with the internet trolls. [TWEET]

A little blood, sweat, and tears go into each article you write - whether it's for your job, as a guest contributor, or for a personal blog. So it's easy to take it personally when these pieces you worked so hard on get overrun with comments by people critiquing your two cents, the way you delivered it, and even who you are as a person. 

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At first, the influx of criticism may make you feel helpless, but don’t be discouraged — any feedback, even hateful comments, is a sign that your article intrigued readers and perhaps even ruffled a few feathers, which is every writer’s goal. So the next time this happens to you, take a deep breath, and remember these six tips to help you cope with criticism on your beloved blog.

Topics: Personal Branding, New to the Workforce

How to negotiate a raise or a promotion at your first job

Posted by Guest Contributor

12:00 PM

Negotiating your first salary can be a scary process. Use these tips to enter into negotiations fully prepared and ready to get the compensation you deserve. [TWEET]

By Christopher Austin

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Negotiation is a delicate give-and-take process. To master the fascinating art of negotiation, job seekers must first understand that they may have to give something up to get something better in return. Easier said than done, you’re probably thinking. New grads in particular make the mistake of assuming their lack of experience can’t bring them more money. Of course, they’re wrong! No matter where you are in your career, here are some simple tips new grads – or anyone – can use to negotiate a raise or promotion.

Topics: Salary, New to the Workforce

6 simple ways to stand out at your next business meeting

Posted by Amanda Augustine

09:30 AM

Make your mark during your next business meeting by employing these key tips. [TWEET] 

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Meetings have a bad rap in today’s workplace. Do a quick poll around the office and you’re sure to find that most of your colleagues would gladly wipe a few meetings off their calendar, if given the choice. However, when meetings are run properly, they can become meaningful, engaging and relevant activities in the workplace.

Instead of dreading your next business meeting, consider how you could use it as an opportunity to advance your career. Whether you recently entered the workforce, just started a new position or would like to take the next step in your career, your performance in meetings can help you make your mark at a company and boost your success.

Topics: Ask Amanda, New to the Workforce, Professional Development, Workplace

Take control of your career today. Here's how.

Posted by Amanda Augustine

10:00 AM

The most successful professionals are the ones who take charge of their careers. Take the first steps toward owning your career path today. [TWEET]  

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A recent study by Software Advice, a company that evaluates talent management software, found that organizations with clear succession plans see a marked improvement in employee engagement. In other words, companies who invest in their people and support their professional development are able to retain their employees longer and keep them engaged and motivated. No brainer, right?

In a perfect world, every company would offer programs that support a roadmap for every single employee to manage their professional development and career trajectory. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world. If you don’t work for one of these great companies, don't despair. There are moves you can make to take charge of your career path.

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

4 #NYFW trends you can wear at the workplace

Posted by Hope Restle

04:21 PM

Runway models shouldn't have all the fun! Translate these fashion week looks into workplace-appropriate attire. [TWEET]

Last week, the top fashion brands in the world descended on New York City for New York Fashion Week 2015. And it looks like the latest and greatest in fashion have equipped us with vibrant, eye-catching trends that steer away from the tired, cold-weather boots-and-a-cardigan uniform. Ready for a fashion rewind? 

These whimsical themes and menswear-inspired silhouettes can be easily integrated into work-appropriate attire for any industry. Whether you're a trend-conscious worker at a fashion publication or a no-nonsense financial executive, read on for ways to boost your work wardrobe and impress co-workers with your ability to interpret the latest runway trends.

Topics: New to the Workforce, Workplace

6 things not to say in a job interview

Posted by Amanda Augustine

12:55 PM

You'd be surprised how many people think these are fine responses. [TWEET]

Believe it or not, most interviewers aren't trying to trick you. They want you to do well in the interview, and be the candidate of their dreams. As the interviewee, however, it's easy to overthink - or underthink - a question and respond in a way that raises a red flag. Our job-search experts at TheLadders have gathered 6 of the top flag-raising phrases candidates say in interviews, and we're telling you what you're really saying to the interviewer.

 

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interview, New to the Workforce

How to lose a job offer in 10 minutes

Posted by Hope Restle

04:56 PM

First impressions don't have to be the worst impressions. Here's what could go wrong - and how to avoid it in your next interview. [TWEET]

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You've worked hard for this interview. You read up on how to craft the perfect resume, and slaved over a custom cover letter. You have all the necessary experience, skills and education for the job, and now it's time to meet your potential employer and prove what you're made of in person. But beware: a small interview faux pas can deter even the most understanding employer. Read on for examples of basic interviewing follies, and how you can avoid them.

Topics: Interview, New to the Workforce

What skills matter? 2015’s top 5 tech careers - what you need to know

Posted by Amanda Augustine

12:08 PM

TheLadders’ data-backed report on this year’s top trending tech skills and job markets. [TWEET]

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We don’t need to tell you the tech industry is hot. It’s among the decade's fastest-growing job markets, making it difficult to keep up with - even when you’re working in the industry. Whether you’re an industry insider or considering a career change to this sector, it’s important to understand how the technology job market is evolving, and which skills are most in-demand so you can stay ahead of the competition and advance your career.

To figure this out, we turned to TheLadders’ newly launched Job Market Guide, which uses real-time data from our community of over 7 million employers and professionals across the nation. Our data science team then specifically analyzed current job openings and trending technical skills within the tech industry to determine which professionals are most in-demand by employers. Here’s what they found:

2015 Top Trending Careers in Tech:

  1. Senior Software Engineer
  2. Java Developer
  3. Product Manager
  4. Web Developer
  5. .NET Developer

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

Break into one of today’s most popular professions: Data analytics

Posted by Guest Contributor

01:14 PM

How to make a career change into the world of big data, business intelligence and analytics.

By Piyanka Jain

Dreaming of a career in data analytics? Or are you already in the role but looking to progress? Your goal isn’t out of reach if you arm yourself with knowledge and focus on your strengths and interests. The following steps and explanations can help. [TWEET]

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Topics: New to the Workforce, Changing Careers