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

Seeking VP, Anything

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:00 AM

In the job search, you must be precise and concrete about your value and career goals, and shape an elevator pitch that reflects them. 

"Oh, I'm looking for anything," you might tell well-meaning friends who ask. 

It's a problem. 

Because in today's economy, no employer is looking for a "VP, Anything", or a "Director of Whatever Needs to Be Done." They're looking for an experienced professional who can solve specific problems. 

When you're thinking about moving jobs, you need to have a brief, pithy assertion of who you are and what you're qualified to do. It's important that you be able to explain to an old colleague, or a new connection, in 30 seconds or less, what it is that you're looking for. 

That's called an "elevator pitch" - a concise statement of your abilities and goals that can be shared in the time it takes an elevator to go to the top floor.

Topics: Personal Branding, Marc's Newsletter

4 important personality traits of U.S. presidents

Posted by Hope Restle

03:11 PM

Reflect on the skills of some of our greatest presidents and how they can be applied to your job search. [TWEET]

Whether you think they’ve succeeded or failed, each U.S. president was elected for a reason. Each man proved to the American people that he was right for the job, and tried to continually showcase his best traits. In the wake of Presidents' Day, we examined which traits can be used to advance your career. Here are four of the professional traits everyone should take away from our presidents. 

Topics: Personal Branding, Motivation and Inspiration

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

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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

10 ways to boost your professional brand

Posted by Amanda Augustine

09:36 PM

Build a strong professional image in and out of the workplace to advance your career.

If you want to get ahead at the office, you need to establish a professional brand on and offline that emphasizes your strengths and supports your job goals. 

Here are ten ways to boost your professional image in and out of the workplace to help you achieve your long-term career goals. [TWEET]

 

Topics: Ask Amanda, Personal Branding

Your profile picture is bringing down your job search

Posted by Amanda Augustine

05:11 PM

Your head shot should add value to your profile. Fix these common mistakes to get it on the right track.

In today’s marketplace, it’s not enough to have a well-written resume and a list of great referrals; it’s essential for every job seeker to develop and actively monitor their online professional brand.

While a photo on your resume is still considered taboo, recruiters have come to expect a picture to accompany your online professional profiles. In fact, your LinkedIn profile is 40 percent more likely to get clicked on if it contains an image. Here at TheLadders, we also encourage our members to upload a profile picture.

However, not just any image will do. Choose your picture strategically so that it enhances, rather than damages, your professional brand. [TWEET]

To help, I’ve created a list of nine profile picture pitfalls to avoid.

 

Topics: Ask Amanda, Personal Branding

Your personal branding checklist

Posted by Amanda Augustine

05:35 AM

How to run an effective personal branding campaign.

Personal_Brand_FlagAs professionals, we use many symbols to express our professional identity, better known as our personal brand. The most successful professionals carefully manage their brand across many different channels throughout their careers.

Whether you’re new to the workforce or a seasoned professional, take time to monitor and manage your personal brand to increase your career success. Here’s a check list to help you accomplish just that.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Personal Branding

Seeking VP, Anything

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:00 AM

In the job search, you must be precise and concrete about your value and career goals, and shape an elevator pitch that reflects them. 

"Oh, I'm looking for anything," you might tell well-meaning friends who ask.

It's a problem.

Because in today's economy, no employer is looking for a "VP, Anything", or a “Director of Whatever Needs to Be Done."  They're looking for an experienced professional who can solve specific problems.

When you're thinking about moving jobs, you need to have a brief, pithy assertion of who you are and what you're qualified to do.  It's important that you be able to explain to an old colleague, or a new connection, in 30 seconds or less, what it is that you're looking for.

Topics: Personal Branding, Marc's Newsletter

How to tap into the hidden job market

Posted by Amanda Augustine

09:55 PM

You could be missing out on 50 percent of recruiters’ job opportunities.

Skippy_Big_Magnifying_GlassIf you’ve heard me talk about harnessing the ‘power of three,’ then you already know how important is it to use multiple methods when searching for job leads. Not only will this strategy help you find more opportunities, but you’ll also uncover the “hidden” opportunities that aren’t published online. In fact, TheLadders found that recruiters only post half of their jobs. The rest of their positions are filled through searches.

Translation? If your online career profiles aren’t complete, you’re missing opportunities. Here are four quick ways to make sure you’re tapping into the hidden job market on TheLadders.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Personal Branding

Social media boot camp: Job search edition

Posted by Amanda Augustine

10:30 AM

Leverage social media to advance your career and kick your job search up a notch. [TWEET]

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Jobvite’s most recent social recruiting survey found that 94 percent of recruiters use or plan to use social media in their recruitment efforts and 93 percent will look at a candidate’s social media presence.

Translation: All professionals should incorporate social media into their job-search and career advancement strategy. Here are a few of my favorite articles that explain how to effectively use the most popular social networks to both protect and promote your online brand.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Personal Branding, Social Media