Build a better career with big data – here’s how

Posted by Amanda Augustine

12:00 PM

Big data is changing everything. From how we do our jobs to who we date, the numbers are now dictating what to do – and we’re better for it. In business, organizations are using big data to do everything from identify customer pain points to predict when employees will quit their jobs.

But does big data affect the average professional? The answer is yes – and more than you’d think. In fact, here at TheLadders, we believe the most successful professionals are those who arm themselves with data. [TWEET] So we harnessed our 10+ years of career data to develop an exciting new tool to make you a better job seeker now, and a more informed, successful professional throughout the course of your career.

Job_Market_Guide_02

Topics: Ask Amanda, Salary, Professional Development

Ace your next performance review with these top tips

Posted by Amanda Augustine

02:27 PM

Go into your next performance evaluation prepared to wow. [TWEET]

negotiate_salary_interview_workplace-1

Performance evaluations can be a nerve-racking experience, especially if you’re unsure how you fared over the past year. However, when done right, your review can be a valuable tool for receiving constructive feedback and taking your career to the next level. [TWEET]

As a career-driven professional, it’s up to you to make the most of this evaluation. Here are some tips to help you optimize your review and get you on the right foot.

Familiarize yourself with the process.

Check with your boss or human resources to find out if anything’s changed about the process since last year. If you’re new to the company, look on Glassdoor and speak to your HR department and colleagues to learn how the company conducts their evaluations and what is expected of you.

Perform a self-assessment.

Set aside time to honestly evaluate your performance for the past year. Which goals did you meet, exceed or fall a little short on? Even the top performers have room for improvement. What areas would you like to improve in the coming year?

Topics: Ask Amanda, Professional Development, Workplace

The New Year promotion plan

Posted by Guest Contributor

09:00 AM

Earn your next promotion in the New Year with these five simple steps.

By Frances Cole Jones

Dollar_Search

There's a crispness in the air and we’ve all got that back-to-business, “wow, I’d forgotten about this sweater!” vibe that keeps our energy and career motivation high. [TWEET]

Unfortunately, as the days get shorter and holiday madness sets in, it’s all too easy for this bright-eyed and bushy-tailed attitude to fade away.  But there’s one sure-fire way to keep yourself on-track and focused in your career over the holidays: Begin to plan today for a promotion in the New Year.  Below are five items to check off your list to keep you on the New-Year promotion tract:

Topics: Salary, Goal Setting, Professional Development

How to find the right mentor to advance your career

Posted by Amanda Augustine

12:00 PM

The right mentor can take your career to new heights. Here’s how to find the right one for you.

How_to_find_the_right_mentor_to_advance

The right mentor can be a powerful tool in your career arsenal, whether you’re new to the working world or already well-established in your industry. In fact, Sheila Wellington, former president of Catalyst Foundation and author of Be Your Own Mentor, believes it’s one of the main reasons why men tend to rise higher than women in the workplace – men are more likely to have mentors throughout their careers than women. [TWEET]

Mentors can propel your career in innumerable ways. They can help shape your professional skills, teach you the ins and outs of your industry, help you navigate corporate politics, overcome adversity, and introduce you to the right people and resources to advance your career. Check out these five different types of mentorship below to find out how you can reap the benefits of professional guidance throughout your entire career.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Professional Development

The one thing successful professionals do to get ahead

Posted by Amanda Augustine

10:50 PM

Why you need to make networking a priority – even when you’re employed. [TWEET]

handshake

Networking isn’t just for job seekers. In fact, the most successful professionals are often superb networkers. With that said, it can be difficult to make networking a priority when you’re happily employed and other, more pressing activities are competing for calendar space. If your business cards have begun to gather dust, it’s time to brush them off and get back into your networking groove.

Need more incentive? Here are four reasons professionals at the pinnacle of their careers continuously network (and why you should, too!).   

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Professional Development

Give your career a mid-year check-up

Posted by Amanda Augustine

09:00 AM

Keep your career on the right track with this mid-year evaluation. [TWEET]

check-up-doctor-medical-563427_1280

When was the last time you sat down and thought seriously about your career?

It’s not uncommon to get so caught up in your day-to-day work that you lose sight of your long-term career goals. Or perhaps your fast-paced career that has you traveling all the time has lost its appeal and it’s time to reassess your goals. Use the list below to give your career a mid-year check-up and make sure you’re on track.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Professional Development

Are you becoming obsolete at work?

Posted by Amanda Augustine

10:07 AM

Stay competitive in the workplace with this top advice. [TWEET]

Old_PCs

You’re well-established in your career and you have the track record to prove it. You’re comfortable at your current role and management seems content with your work. All is right with the world.

But as Millennials flood the job market, you get a little anxious. What if your experience is not enough? While this concern is reasonable, take heart. A survey by Adecco found that hiring managers are three times more likely to hire experienced workers than their Gen Y counterparts.

That said, it’s in every professional’s best interest to take steps to remain relevant and competitive in the workforce. Below are some tips to help you accomplish just that. [TWEET]

Topics: Ask Amanda, Age and Your Job Search, Professional Development, Workplace

25 things every young professional should know by age 25

Posted by TheLadders Contributor

05:05 PM

Leadership skills and practical tips all 20-somethings should know to succeed in the workplace. [TWEET]

By Danny Rubin, NewsToLiveBy

Millennials_Workplace

Last year, Kirk McDonald wrote a popular op-ed in The Wall Street Journal called “Sorry, College Grads, I Probably Won’t Hire You.” McDonald, the president of a tech company in Manhattan, believes most young adults don’t have the one skill that’s in high demand: computer programming.

McDonald’s argument got me thinking. What else should 20-somethings know once they are out in the real world? The result is a comprehensive list of leadership skills and practical tips all Millennials should know. Below are five of my favorite items from this list.

Topics: New to the Workforce, Professional Development

Three steps to writing your professional WILL

Posted by Amanda Augustine

10:00 AM

Create a career “I WILL” list so your dreams will never die. [TWEET]

WILL_bucketlist_notepadFact: I am a huge fan of the television series NCIS. In a recent episode, one of the characters unearthed an “I WILL” list she wrote when she was a young child. It contained the kinds of dreams you’d expect a young girl to have: “I WILL be a ballerina, ride a horse, live in a castle, have a boy and a girl…”

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

Stay competitive: 6 things every professional should do

Posted by Guest Contributor

01:00 PM

Learn how the truly successful professionals move forward and stay ahead in their careers.

By Skiddy Von Stade

Stay_competitive__6_things_every_professional

“Success is dependent on effort.” [tweet thisThis simple, yet refined quote by the Greek poet Sophocles is a career motto every professional should live by. Moving forward and staying ahead in your career truly comes down to the effort and time you put into it -- not just being in the right place at the right time.

If positioning yourself for success isn’t on the top of your to-do list, you’re likely to experience a few career-slowing repercussions. These could include fewer future job opportunities, limitations from moving up the corporate ladder, and even a narrower skill set.

Topics: Professional Development