Resume advice for the recent grad

Posted by Amanda Augustine

08:05 AM

Craft a strong resume that says you’re ready for the workforce.

Here are seven tips to help you send the right message to prospective employers with your resume.

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Ditch the objective statement

We’ve all seen an objective statement that goes something like this: “Looking for an entry-level position that will help me gain skills and allow me to contribute to an organization.” This tells the reader nothing about the person’s goals or relevant skill-set. Instead of your run-of-the-mill objective statement, use the space to give the reader your elevator pitch. In three to five sentences, explain what you’re best at, most interested in, and how you can provide value to a prospective employer. We call this your professional summary. 

Topics: Ask Amanda, Resume, New to the Workforce

Improve your job application ROI

Posted by Amanda Augustine

04:00 AM

Before you hit the “apply” button, make sure the application is worth your time.

TheLadders Sheds Light on the Black Hole

As a career coach I often talk to job seekers who are frustrated over the lack of response from employers. This phenomenon is commonly referred to as the “Black Hole,” and leaves most job seekers discouraged with no updates on their application’s status and no feedback to help improve their future applications.

While you can’t control the recruiter’s actions, there are things you can do to combat the Black Hole and improve your application’s return-on-investment.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Application, Resume

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

Video chat recap: Mobilizing your resume

Posted by Amanda Augustine

02:42 PM

The most popular questions asked during our live video chat about mobilizing your resume.

A big thank you to everyone who attended our first-ever interactive video chat on Mobilizing Your Resume. I had a great time and I hope you did too!  Click on the following links to view this Spreecast and to obtain a copy of a presentation I gave on the topic at TheLadders’ Job Central event. Below are some of the questions I fielded and links to more information on the topics. Enjoy!

   

Topics: Ask Amanda, Resume

TheLadders Presents: Live Video Chat with Amanda Augustine

Posted by Amanda Augustine

02:00 AM

Join me March 8 at 1 p.m. (EST) for a free online discussion about mobilizing your resume.   

As the Job Search Expert for TheLadders, I get to help people find the right job each and every day. As you know, I’m pretty active on social media, sharing relevant articles and providing practical tips to move your search or career forward.  

However, my favorite part of the job is when I get the chance to present to professionals and answer their questions live. That’s why I’m so excited about our latest initiative!  

Spreecast RSVPJoin me this Friday, March 8, at 1:00 p.m. (EST) for an online video chat about mobilizing your resume. I will provide tips on crafting a resume that not only supports your job goals, but is engineered to make it past the electronic gatekeepers. And the best part? You can ask me your questions and get an answer immediately!  

Topics: Ask Amanda, Resume

Lying in your job search: Where's the line?

Posted by Amanda Augustine

02:00 AM

Take a page from our founding fathers with an honest approach to your job search. [TWEET]

Many know the story of George Washington cutting down the cherry tree (“I cannot tell a lie…”) and admire “Honest Abe” Lincoln for his integrity  as a lawyer, leader of the Union, and great emancipator of slavery, but how do these virtues fit into today’s workplace? 

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With a tight economy and many people out of work, it’s tempting to tell a few white lies to get ahead. In fact, a research study found that 53 percent of people lie on their resumes or job applications.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Personal Branding, Resume

5 ways you’re sabotaging your job search

Posted by Amanda Augustine

02:00 AM

If you’re not getting results, reevaluate your job-search strategy and make changes. [TWEET]

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Every February 2nd, the town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania celebrates the holiday with early-morning festivities to watch their beloved groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, emerge from his burrow. Legend has it that if Phil sees his shadow, he has predicted six more weeks of winter. However, the phrase “Groundhog Day” has come to mean much more. For many, it’s a time of self-reflection.

For instance, take the movie Groundhog Day. Bill Murray plays an arrogant TV reporter who is forced to cover the annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawny, only to find himself trapped in a time loop, repeating the same day over and over again. It’s not until Murray’s character starts evaluating his life and reexamining his priorities that he can finally move forward to a new day.

How many of you have felt like Bill Murray’s character? You wake up, search for jobs and apply, reach out to recruiters and hear nothing. Then you wake up and do the same thing all over again with the same results. I hear this from job seekers all the time. “I’m doing everything I’m supposed to and getting nowhere – what should I do?” 

Below are five questions to ask yourself the next time your job search stalls.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Personal Branding, Job Application, Resume

Are your looks hurting or helping your job search?

Posted by Amanda Augustine

02:00 AM

Will my photo give me an advantage in the job search or hurt my chances of landing the right job?

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I admit, I don’t know much about beauty pageants. I’ve seen the movie Miss Congeniality and I’ve been forced to watch an episode of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, but I don’t know if I’ve ever sat down and watched the Miss America competition in its entirety on television. However, I was pleased to hear that fellow New Yorker Mallory Hytes Hagan took the crown last Sunday.

As I watched the news coverage the next morning and saw the winner and runners up taking the stage, it got me thinking about beauty – or more specifically, one’s appearance – and how that plays a role in the job search and our careers.

While it’s not fair, experts agree that a person’s appearance can affect the outcome of one’s job search and potential for advancement in the workplace. Your personal grooming, professional wardrobe – even your haircut – play a role in your personal brand.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Personal Branding, Resume

Mobilize your professional resume

Posted by Amanda Augustine

02:00 AM

Invest in a professional resume that will make it past any gatekeeper and outsmart applicant tracking software.

Resume Dude

This week I want you to focus on one of the core marketing materials you’ll use during the job search – your resume. 

When was the last time you printed out a job application and mailed it to an employer? While it’s not unheard of, it’s certainly not the norm these days. And chances are, you surf the web rather than open a newspaper when you want to find job listings. 

Since job boards emerged in the late 90s, the way we search for and apply to jobs has radically changed. With just a few key strokes you have access to thousands of job posts from all over the world. Unfortunately, this also means you’re competing within a much larger, less-qualified pool of candidates. Your resume needs to not only speak to the recruiter and hiring manager; it must first make it past an electronic gatekeeper known as an applicant tracking system (ATS).

Below are five tips to help you craft a professional resume that will make it through the gatekeepers – human and otherwise – and impress the hiring manager.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Personal Branding, Resume

Returning to work? How to handle the employment gap

Posted by Amanda Augustine

02:00 AM

Utilize your volunteer experience to boost your resume and expand your network during the job search.

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Q: I haven't worked outside the home except to volunteer for many years and can't even get an interview.  I know I can do the job but how do you get that across?  – Doreen M.

A: It can be so frustrating when you know you have value to add to a company but can’t get your foot in the door. Your story is very common with full-time parents who left the corporate world to raise their families and now want (or need) to reenter the workforce, and with those who were laid off and were forced to take on a string of lower-paying jobs to pay the bills. In these situations, I recommend doing two things:

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Resume