Start Bragging to Advance Your Career

Posted by Amanda Augustine

03:50 PM

Chronicle your professional accomplishments to manage your career.


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

The 10 commandments of salary negotiation

Posted by Sarah Woodard

12:26 PM

Live by these laws of salary negotiation to increase your career earnings. [TWEET]


You’ve created an inspiring resume, used every job-search tactic in the book and aced your second and third interviews.  By the time an offer is finally presented, chances are good that you’re worn out, and hungry to accept what's on the table and begin your new role.

But not so fast!

This is a crucial point in the interview process, when it’s appropriate – and expected – to negotiate your salary. According to, about 80 percent of organizations expect negotiations and leave themselves some wiggle room when presenting a salary offer.

By not properly negotiating your salary, you could be missing out on tens of thousands of dollars over the course of your career.

For that reason, salary expert Jack Chapman created the article series, “The 10 Commandments of Salary Negotiation.” Living by these rules during negotiations is sure to land you the salary you deserve.

Topics: Salary

Video Chat: Negotiating Your Worth

Posted by Amanda Augustine

02:57 PM

A follow-up on some of the most popular questions asked during TheLadders spreecast on negotiation.

A big thank you to everyone who attended our interactive video chat on Negotiating Your Worth. I had a great time and I hope you did too!  Click on the following links to view the entire spreecast and to obtain a copy of a presentation I created on the topic for TheLadders’ Job Central event. Below are some of the questions I fielded and links to more information on the topics.

As always, you can learn more about the job search and find out about our upcoming spreecasts by following me at @JobSearchAmanda on Twitter and liking my Facebook page. Now on to the questions!

TheLadders job search expert Amanda Augustine

Topics: Ask Amanda, Salary

Negotiate With Confidence

Posted by Amanda Augustine

02:00 AM

Don’t just know your worth, know how to sell it. [TWEET]


iVillage Chief Correspondent Kelly Wallace and I spoke with Kathie Lee and Hoda on the TODAY show about a survey iVillage released on women in the workplace. According to the survey, only 35 percent of the 1,500 women polled online have ever asked for a raise, and less than 20 percent have ever asked for a promotion.

The fact of the matter is, if you don’t ask for what you want, you won’t get it – you have to negotiate. We see this all the time in the workplace. Men expect the raise and ask for it; women keep their nose to the grindstone, hoping their hard work will be recognized and, hopefully, rewarded.

TheLadders & iVillage believe in negotiating your worth

By not negotiating, you are setting yourself up to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars over the lifetime of your career. To Sheryl Sandberg’s point, we have to “lean in” if we want more. Here are a several ways you can set yourself up for successful negotiations.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Salary

Why didn't I get the job?

Posted by Guest Contributor

11:40 AM

Ten popular reasons that prevent job applicants from receiving offers.

By Ken Sundheim

While there are hundreds of reasons why job interviews don't go as well as they could, some are more common than others. Though, contrary to popular belief, not all outcomes are the interviewer’s fault, nor are the outcomes always in the interviewer’s control. Here are ten popular reasons that prevent job applicants from receiving offers:

1. The interviewee has not done his or her research on the company

When the interviewee has not done his or her research on the company they are interviewing with, there is virtually no chance they will get the offer. Despite how much the company likes them as a person or how fitting their past experience is, showing a lack of knowledge regarding the company you’re interviewing with results in instant rejection.  

2. There is a disconnect in personalities between the interviewer and interviewee

It’s not uncommon for the personalities of the interviewer and interviewee to clash. While the most successful people learn how to get along with others, sometimes it simply doesn't work out.  

Topics: Interview, Salary

How to Respond to the Question, “What Are Your Salary Requirements?”

Posted by Amanda Augustine

09:58 PM

Research the going rate for your target job now so you're prepared to answer salary requirement questions during the interview. [TWEET]

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interview, Salary

6 Steps to Negotiating Compensation

Posted by Nicholas Ugbode

02:09 PM

Use this 6 step guide to negotiate a compensation package after receiving an offer.

By Nicholas Ugbode


After a long interview process and the uncertainty of whether or not you nailed the final round, nothing feels better than getting that offer letter. But wait, what happens if they come back to you with an offer $5K lower than expected, or a job title not in-line with your discussions? This is where you can employ some of the best-practices below to ensure that you come away with the healthiest compensation package possible.

As a rule, keep in mind that negotiations are not always a negative conversation to have; they are oftentimes expected. You are never in a more powerful position as a prospective employee as when the offer letter is received! Employment and salary negotiation should be a win/win situation, not necessarily a competition. Maintain a positive, realistic and confident attitude in all conversations about your employment package and you will ultimately be able to get your points across more effectively.

Topics: Salary

The limbo of underemployment

Posted by Paige Tintle

12:11 PM

Underemployed 199x300To some it means working a part-time job when they’d prefer to be full-time or being an “involuntary part-time worker.” Taking a job where you are overqualified and underpaid is also considered underemployed – although sometimes a necessary step.

In the current economic state job seekers might feel that being underemployed and underutilized is an I’ll-deal-with-it-because-I-need-a-job situation.

Topics: Salary

Salary Negotiation Tips: Monetizing Without ''Dollar-izing''

Posted by Guest Contributor

02:27 PM

How to talk money at an interview with a nonprofit.

By Jack Chapman

artSalaryEditor's note: Salary expert Jack Chapman and TheLadders want to help you negotiate the best deal you can. You can e-mail us your salary negotiation questions or situations or use #salaryQ to submit them via Twitter. Due to the volume of inquiries, we may not be able to respond to all questions submitted.

Q: I am currently the vice-president of a non-profit earning $62K a year plus good benefits. I am also a candidate for two similar positions with two other not-for-profits. Both probably pay between $100K & $150K. How should I discuss my previous salary, which I have successfully avoided thus far (but it is public record, so only a matter of time). What strategy do I need to get up at the high end of the range? I fear being possibly perceived as a less experienced candidate.

Topics: Salary

Salary Negotiation Tips: Disclosure Sabotage

Posted by Guest Contributor

04:10 PM

Did I ruin my chances by disclosing my past salary?

By Jack Chapman

artSalaryEditor's note: Salary expert Jack Chapman and TheLadders want to help you negotiate the best deal you can. You can e-mail us your salary negotiation questions or situations or use #salaryQ to submit them via Twitter. Due to the volume of inquiries, we may not be able to respond to all questions submitted.

Q: Did I sabotage my chances for the position because I disclosed my past salary (or salary range) and it was too high?

Topics: Salary