Why your job search isn’t successful

Posted by Amanda Augustine

10:00 AM

We’ve isolated five common job-search problems and are giving you the solutions.

Defeated_Sad_Face-RightAre you stuck in a job-search rut? You might be making one of these classic mistakes. Read on to learn some of the most common job-search errors, and what you can do to get your job hunt back on track.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interview, Resume

Job-search strategies for handling an employment gap

Posted by Amanda Augustine

08:00 AM

Overcome a resume gap when you’re back in the job hunt with these five tips.

Skipper_ResumeIn today’s tough economy, many professionals find themselves with substantial gaps in their work experience. Whether you were laid off, took some time to care for a family member or battled a serious illness, it can be challenging to explain these gaps in your resume. Here are five tips to help you handle the employment gap during your job search.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Resume

Start bragging to advance your career

Posted by Amanda Augustine

03:50 PM

Chronicle your professional accomplishments to manage your career. [TWEET]


Whether you’re updating your resume, preparing for salary negotiations, or are in need of a pick-me-up after a bad day at work, a brag sheet is a useful document to own.

In its simplest form, a brag sheet is a place where you record all your professional accomplishments and contributions. Some people store this information in a Word document, while others prefer a mobile format such as Evernote. Whatever format you choose, here are five tips to help you build a powerful brag sheet that can help you advance your career.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Salary, Resume, Changing Careers

Navigating the Resume Application Minefield

Posted by Amanda Augustine

02:08 PM

Craft a resume that clears the gatekeepers and lands in the hiring manager’s hands.


TheLadders conducted a study finding that the average recruiter spends six seconds reviewing a resume before deciding if it’s worth a closer inspection. Translation: you have six seconds to make the right impression!

The recruiter isn’t the only gatekeeper you need to worry about. Before your resume reaches a human being, it will typically get screened by a piece of software known as an Applicant Tracking System (ATS).

Here are 5 resume tips to help you get past these initial application gatekeepers.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Application, Resume

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.


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]


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? 


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