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]


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]


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]


Topics: New to the Workforce, Changing Careers

What career are you meant for? Take the quiz!

Posted by Guest Contributor

10:46 AM


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

Are you a job hopper? Here's how to be good at it.

Posted by Guest Contributor

09:00 AM

Changing jobs can improve your career. Here’s how to do it right.

By Michelle Kruse


Most employers strongly value loyalty in their workers, but that trait doesn't always pay off for the employees themselves. Staying with one company for an extended period of time might keep the boss smiling, but it could result in various kinds of stagnation for the employee. Besides the potential for professional boredom, there's also the danger of missing out on growth — both in terms of salary and responsibility — that could come from moving on. [TWEET]

Whether you're a seasoned job-hopper or you're simply thinking about becoming more mobile in your career, there are a few important things to keep in mind so you don't come off as unreliable to potential employers. Keep these things in mind to make job-hopping work for you.

Topics: Personal Branding, New to the Workforce, Changing Careers

Finding job opportunities for students with art degrees

Posted by Guest Contributor

09:00 AM

Unwritten rules every art major should keep in mind during the job search.

By Lesley Vos


College life is awesome! Interesting classes, exciting assignments, Greek life, new friends – this is the best time of your life. But a moment comes when you have to start searching for a job, and will learn how difficult it can be. However, by being prepared, a successful job search can be yours. [TWEET]

Topics: New to the Workforce

Tips for creating an excellent resume to land an internship

Posted by Amanda Augustine

11:54 AM

A successful career starts with a great resume. Here’s how to sell yourself with very little experience.

In today’s job market, the internship has become the new entry-level position. If you want to build a successful career, it starts with a series of internships, co-ops and fellowships throughout your college career. But to land these coveted opportunities, you must first write a winning resume. [TWEET]

I shared with Business Insider’s Jacquelyn V. Smith a sample resume and my top tips for job seekers with no experience. Here are the top takeaways:


Topics: Ask Amanda, Resume, New to the Workforce

How to Answer, “What’s Your Greatest Weakness?” During a Job Interview

Posted by Amanda Augustine

01:07 PM

This dreaded, seemingly trick question will no longer be difficult to answer in job interviews.


Most job candidates are familiar with the “What’s your biggest weakness?” interview question, but few feel equipped to answer it with confidence.

The next time you’re asked the stress-inducing question in an interview, use these tips to provide a powerful response. [TWEET]

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interview, New to the Workforce

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

6 tips for getting your job search started

Posted by Guest Contributor

09:05 AM

By Robert Jones of Money Crashers


Whether you're looking for your first job, or you've been in the game for a while and are considering a change in careers, you may have better opportunities now than in the recent past. According to Gallup, the National Jobs Creation Index recently reached its highest point in the last six years. Instead of just basking in the good news and hoping the market does the work for you, adopt a proactive attitude in order to beat the competition. To help get on the company dime faster, check out these six job-search tips.

Topics: New to the Workforce