Quit your job with class

Posted by Amanda Augustine

10:00 AM

Use these tips to resign from your position without tarnishing your brand.

iQuit_first_screenDo you dream of quitting your job? While it can be tempting to craft a witty resignation text with an app like TheLadders’ new iPhone app, Quit Your Job, you don’t want to damage relationships that could lead to recommendations, references, or even job leads later in your career.

With this in mind, I’ve compiled three tips to help you submit your two weeks’ notice while preserving your personal brand at the company.

1. Don’t burn bridges.

Whether your experience at the company has been a dream or a personal nightmare, don’t burn bridges. It’s a small world, and you never know when your paths may cross with this organization and its employees again. During your final days in the office, act the part of the model employee. If you’ve given your notice, do what you can to ease the transition for those you’re leaving behind. This may include writing out processes you’ve developed or creating guidelines for your colleagues who will be covering your responsibilities until a replacement can be hired.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Personal Branding, Resignation

3 things you must do now to land a job in 2014

Posted by TheLadders Contributor

11:57 AM

Jump-start your New Year’s career resolution with these three steps.

Skippy_NewYear_SignThe New Year is traditionally a time to reflect on last year’s accomplishments and personal growth. But more importantly, it is a great time to make plans and goals to enhance your life in the future.  If your goal includes moving up in your career, here are three of the first steps you need to take to get noticed by potential employers and help you get a fresh professional start in 2014.

Topics: Personal Branding

Safeguarding your personal brand for the job search

Posted by Amanda Augustine

02:01 PM

Learn how to protect the privacy of your personal, social accounts. [TWEET]

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Just when you thought your online brand was safe!

Facebook recently announced it removed a privacy feature allowing users to control whether their name populated in search results. While Facebook says the change will only affect a small percentage of its 1 billion global users, it could mean new risks for the personal brands of millions. In the wake of this change, reflect on the state of your social accounts and safeguard your professional brand.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Personal Branding, Social Media

Strengthen your search with social media

Posted by Amanda Augustine

09:27 PM

Take a page from your kids' playbook and leverage social media for your job search. [TWEET]

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Father's Day is just around the corner. It’s a time to honor the father figures in your life and thank them for their support and guidance over the years. It’s also a popular time to share fatherly advice and life lessons.

There’s much you can learn from your parents; however, don’t overlook the lessons your children can provide, especially when it comes to the job search. In today’s digital society, if you’re not incorporating social media into your job-search strategy, you could unknowingly hurt your chances of landing that dream job.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Personal Branding, Social Media

Social media dos and don'ts every college grad should know

Posted by Amanda Augustine

07:15 AM

Don't let your social media habits derail your job search. [TWEET]

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In last week’s article I offered tips to improve your resume. This week the focus is on cleaning up your online presence and building the right professional brand.  When I coach seasoned professionals, I often have to encourage them to explore the world of social media and build a professional online presence. However, if you’re a recent college graduate, it’s pretty safe to assume you’ve had a social media presence since you entered high school, if not earlier.

This works in your favor because you’re already familiar with social media and should feel comfortable incorporating it into your job-search strategy. However, this comfort also comes at a price. Chances are you’ve built up a long, online history that’s publicly visible and not necessarily appropriate for the professional world.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Personal Branding, New to the Workforce, Social Media

What’s in a name?

Posted by Amanda Augustine

02:00 AM

Keep your professional name consistent across all business channels.

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With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, TheLadders conducted a study that will give soon-to-be moms and dads something to think about when naming their children.The study showed that on average, the shorter your first name, the more you will earn. In fact, every letter added to your first name accounted for a $3,600 drop in annual salary. There’s no rule of thumb about using your nickname versus your proper name, but if the results of this study are any indication, ‘Roberts’ may want to consider going by ‘Bob’ or ‘Rob’ professionally.

However you choose to represent your name, make it consistent across every business channel, including your professional online profiles, resume, business cards, and email signature. Here are three tips to polish your professional brand across every channel.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Personal Branding

Video chat recap: Spring clean your job search

Posted by Amanda Augustine

03:10 PM

A follow-up on some of the most popular questions asked during our spreecast on cleaning up your job search.

Thanks to everyone who tuned in to the spreecast on spring cleaning your job search. Click on the following link to view this spreecast and check out the hashtag #AmandaLIVE on Twitter for additional tips.

Before I dig into some of the topics we discussed, I’d like to share a few stats on a job seeker’s online presence.  According to a Jobvite social recruiting survey: 

  • 86% of recruiters admit to reviewing candidates’ social network profiles, whether or not the candidate provided that information
  • 70% turned down a candidate based on something they saw on their social media profiles
  • 85% said a positive social media presence has influenced the hiring decision

Topics: Ask Amanda, Personal Branding, Social Media

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]

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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.

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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

Sweat the details of your job search

Posted by Amanda Augustine

02:00 AM

When your job application is competing with many others, it’s the little details that count. [TWEET]

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Did you know that March 4th is National Grammar Day? The holiday was established in 2008 by Martha Brockenbrough, founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar (SPOGG) and author of Things That Make Us [Sic], to remind people to ‘speak well, write well, and help others do the same.”

In today’s saturated job market, it’s in your best interest to treat every day like grammar day. When your application is competing with hundreds of others, the smallest error can be used to eliminate you from the pile.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interview, Personal Branding, Job Application, New to the Workforce