6 tips for giving feedback in the workplace

Posted by Amanda Augustine

02:52 PM

Apply these best practices to deliver effective feedback that gets results. [TWEET]

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Constructive feedback is one of the greatest gifts managers can provide to employees. When delivered properly, the right feedback can reinforce positive behavior and correct any negative performances.

Many managers are reluctant to provide negative feedback, however. Don't fall into this trap! Use the six tips below to give feedback that will help your employees develop and improve your team's overall performance. 

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A great manager once told me you can tell people anything, as long as your feedback comes from a place of caring. It has to be clear from the start that you’re providing this feedback to help the other person – not to hurt or embarrass them.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Professional Development, Workplace, Management

5 reasons your career has stalled

Posted by Amanda Augustine

02:30 PM

Reassess your career path to jumpstart its advancement. [TWEET]

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A career can be quite a roller coaster ride. At times you’re flying forward with tons of momentum, and then there are periods of time when you seem stuck on a plateau with nowhere to go.

If your career path has seen very little movement up the corporate ladder in recent years, it’s time to reassess your situation.

Here are five reasons why your career has hit a stalemate – and what you can do to get things moving in the right direction again.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Professional Development, Workplace

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

Take charge of your career today

Posted by Amanda Augustine

02:00 AM

Join me and iVillage to take charge of your career in a 30-day challenge. [TWEET]

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Here at TheLadders, we like a good challenge. In the office, we’re always pushing ourselves to work harder so we can find the right person for the right job. Off the job, many of us train and compete together in co-ed sports leagues and triathlon competitions.  

Topics: Ask Amanda, Goal Setting, Professional Development, Workplace

Build Relationships Early for Job Success

Posted by Guest Contributor

11:30 AM

Job No. 1 at your new workplace: Identify the ''go-to'' people in your new company, and listen to their guidance.

By Debra Donston-Miller

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After the very big job of finding a new job is complete, it's time to relax, right? Wrong. Your first 90 days in a new position are critical, especially when it comes to relationship building. What you do or overlook during this time can color your entire tenure with a company — or even cut it short, if missteps during this period are big enough.

After you have waded through all the forms and orientation materials, you'll likely want to roll up your sleeves and jump immediately into your work. While the sentiment is admirable (especially if the managers you interviewed with wanted someone who could "hit the ground running"), you'll be doing yourself and your new employer a disservice if you start making moves at the expense of establishing effective relationships. Experts told TheLadders that early work to establish relationships will pay off handsomely down the line.

Topics: New to the Workforce, Professional Development

5 Ways to Make Your Point Faster and Better

Posted by Guest Contributor

03:00 PM

Your story is better than your resume. Use these five points to make your point faster and tell your story better.

By Scott Ginsberg

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Looking for a job is nothing but making a point…
   A point about your value.
   A point about your accomplishments.
   A point about your contribution to an organization.

Whether you’re networking, interviewing or chatting on the phone, consider these five tactics to make your point faster and better:

Topics: Personal Branding, Professional Development

The One Skill You Need to Reach the C-Suite

Posted by Guest Contributor

09:05 AM

There are only a limited number of corner offices; how can you demonstrate you’re the person to occupy one?

By Kevin Fogarty

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In corporate America, what does it take to move from the senior ranks to the top of the org chart?

There are many bright, ambitious people in the workforce, but simple mathematics dictates that only a few will ever reach the C-suite. What's the key skill you need to master if your career goals are focused at that level?

The secret, experts told TheLadders, is to extend the skills you've honed as a functional specialist into a position of general leadership across disciplines.

Even for the best senior specialist, landing a job as a general manager with full profit-and-loss responsibility for a discrete business, or even a top functional job in the C-suite, is a hard sell; it requires that you demonstrate skills that may have been only peripheral to your success up to that point, according to Michael Watkins, a former Harvard Business School professor and expert on corporate leadership who runs Genesis Advisers LLC, a consultancy that advises companies and executives on how to develop and switch to new top executives.

Topics: Salary, Professional Development, Workplace, Management

360-Degree Performance Reviews: Do It Yourself

Posted by Guest Contributor

01:00 PM

Don’t wait for corporate to make you do it. Ask the people who work for you to give you their honest opinions. Believe it or not, this often results in the best referrals.

By Rob Sullivan

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It’s the time of year when companies review performance. Whose evaluation matters to you and your career?

Start talking about performance reviews or references, and people immediately start thinking about their supervisors.

That’s only part of the picture, however. When it comes to career development, the opinions of people higher than you on the corporate ladder are important, but they rarely tell the whole story.

If you truly want to give yourself — and your current or potential employer — an accurate picture of who you are and how you can contribute to the team, a 360-degree performance review that takes into account feedback from peers, employees and customers is one of the most important investments you can make.

Topics: Professional Development

Five Steps to Volunteer Your Way to a Job

Posted by Guest Contributor

04:13 PM

If you’re not sure where to start, follow this guide to landing a volunteer position as a part of your job-search strategy.

By Debra Donston-Miller

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Industry experts and job hunters who have successfully parlayed volunteerism into paying jobs provided the following advice.

"Use your network to find open volunteer positions. That will get you into an organization faster."

- Jane, a job hunter who turned a volunteer job with the MSPCA into a paying job with a Web site focused on animal welfare

"Determine whether the volunteer opportunity matches your “availability horizon," both so you can achieve success and so you don't leave the non profit in the lurch."

- Robert J. Rosenthal, Volunteer Match director of communications

Topics: Networking, Professional Development