Are you becoming obsolete at work?

Posted by Amanda Augustine

10:07 AM

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

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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

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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

Confident_Skippy_FaceLeft“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

How to impress your boss and advance your career

Posted by Amanda Augustine

07:00 AM

Improve your relationship with your manager and watch your career take flight. [TWEET]

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A great boss can make a world of difference in your career. Play your cards right, and your manager becomes not only a supervisor, but someone who will advocate on your behalf for professional development opportunities, promotions and raises. But how do you get to this point with your manager?

Here are five ways you can start earning brownie points with your boss – and boost your professional brand at the same time. [TWEET]

Topics: Ask Amanda, Professional Development, Workplace, Management

7 apps to increase career and job-search success

Posted by Amanda Augustine

02:18 PM

Leverage these seven apps to advance your career. [TWEET]

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In today’s digital society, there’s an app to help you manage practically every aspect of your life, from your finances to your weight. Your professional life is no different. Whether you want to work more efficiently with a virtual team or job hunt on-the-go, there’s an app for that. Below are some of my favorite mobile apps that will help you be a more successful job seeker and productive, career-driven professional.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Professional Development, Social Media

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