Helping Professional Women Define Career Strategies

Posted by Bill Beard

May 23, 2012

Recently, when I was asked to speak at Women’s Career Strategy Conference, I was very excited for the opportunity. After all, I've worked at TheLadders for eight years, and I've spent the last two primarily on our Signature program, which helps job seekers land a job in six months.

The Women’s Career Strategy Conference, presented by, was designed for professional women considering a career change, a new job hunt, or simply looking to advance within their current organizations. Approximately 75 top-notch career thought-leaders and candidates gathered in Stamford, CT yesterday to discuss everything and anything related to career development, from managing your professional image to using social media for career success.

I was given the opportunity to speak on a panel entitled, “Why You Didn’t Get the Job”, where I talked about getting your application past the various gatekeepers (both human and technology-driven) in an organization and some of the major Dos and Don’ts of resumes. I also spoke about the eye-tracking study TheLadders conducted, which revealed that the average recruiter spends 6 seconds screening a resume before deciding if the candidate is a fit or not for the position.

Right before lunch (I had to captivate a hungry crowd!) I gave a presentation about the Signature program and touched upon a few of the topics our Career Advisors cover with their clients: taking inventory of your strengths and passions to develop a concrete set of job goals; assessing each job posting to determine if the application is worth your time; and growing a strong, balanced network to mine for unpublished job leads.

It was a great day! I met a number of very talented, dedicated professional women and got to compare notes with my peers on the latest job hunting tools and strategies. And rest assured, we will incorporate any new tidbits into our program to keep it relevant to our clients!  Thanks again to for putting together such a valuable conference.

Amanda Augustine is the Job Search Expert atTheLadders. Always on the go at work and away, Amanda trains and competes in races and triathlons in her spare time.

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