Your profile picture is bringing down your job search

Posted by Amanda Augustine

September 02, 2014 @ 05:11 PM

Your head shot should add value to your profile. Fix these common mistakes to get it on the right track.

In today’s marketplace, it’s not enough to have a well-written resume and a list of great referrals; it’s essential for every job seeker to develop and actively monitor their online professional brand.

While a photo on your resume is still considered taboo, recruiters have come to expect a picture to accompany your online professional profiles. In fact, your LinkedIn profile is 40 percent more likely to get clicked on if it contains an image. Here at TheLadders, we also encourage our members to upload a profile picture.

However, not just any image will do. Choose your picture strategically so that it enhances, rather than damages, your professional brand. [TWEET]

To help, I’ve created a list of nine profile picture pitfalls to avoid.

 

Topics: Ask Amanda, Personal Branding

The difference between book smarts and experience on Labor Day

Posted by Marc Cenedella

September 01, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Don’t recite the stats. Wow your interviewer by drawing upon the lessons learned on the job.

Cartoonist Hugh MacLeod nailed it with this cartoon:

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There is a world of difference in the workplace between knowing facts, and knowing how those facts fit together. Even more important is knowing what to do about it. 

Hugh's cartoon is a good reminder of your goal in the interview process

You see, anybody with book smarts can come into an interview and repeat the information they've found online about the company, the industry, and the job. 

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

This simple tool will boost your professional network

Posted by Amanda Augustine

August 25, 2014 @ 02:00 PM

Jump-start your fall job search with a fresh way to network.

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As much as I hate to admit, fall is just around the corner. If you took some time off from your job search this summer, it’s time to gear up for a productive September!

The easiest way to get back in your job-hunting groove is to give your network some much-needed attention. When leveraged properly, your network can help you establish your personal brand, uncover new job leads, and gain valuable insight into a prospective employer.

Recently, TheLadders revealed a list of its most influential recruiters for the previous quarter. This list should be one of the many tools in your job-search arsenal. Below are three ways you can use it to nurture your network and propel your job search forward.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Working with Recruiters

Here's what to do on these lazy August days

Posted by Marc Cenedella

August 25, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

With 80,000 recruiters now using TheLadders for hiring, it's always a good time to share even more about your success in the workplace. 

If you haven't updated in the last 6 months, update your career accomplishments and resume with us now. 

You see, recruiters and employers love what we share with them about your background, but they'd always like to know a little bit more. 

It's a lazy August Monday. Take this opportunity to give yourself a little career insurance and update your resume and work history with us now. It's super easy and you'll be glad you did this for yourself. 

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

Negotiating salary from the employer’s point of view

Posted by Guest Contributor

August 21, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

By Ken Sundheim

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After recruiting all levels of job seekers for the past decade, I’ve come to understand that many people lack a true understanding of how to negotiate salary.

The most common mistake we have seen is that interviewees do not know how to accurately gauge if a company is likely to be amenable to accepting a counter offer.

Prior to asking for more money, it’s important to see the hiring process from the point of view of the employer.  The first step in that process is to define what situations will make a hiring company more or less likely to negotiate your salary.  

For that reason, our executive sales recruiters have mapped out a few variables that will determine if you can successfully ask for higher pay and, if so how much can you realistically ask for.  

Topics: Salary & Negotiation

What’s "good behavior" in a behavioral job interview?

Posted by Guest Contributor

August 20, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

Learn how to prepare your responses to behavioral questions during an interview.

By Michelle Kruse

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Most people know how important it is to be on their best behavior during job interviews. but a behavioral interview isn't just about a polished appearance and firm handshake. Often conducted as a follow-up to a traditional interview, a behavioral interview allows recruiters to assess your past performances and general demeanor as an indicator of your potential for success.

In most behavioral interviews, you'll be expected to answer questions about specific events, projects and experiences throughout your career. By digging deeper into how you've handled challenging situations, interviewers can better determine whether or not you have similar values and approach problems in a similar way.

Having your past performances put under a microscope can be one of the most nerve-wracking parts of the job search process, but it's more important than ever to display a calm and confident attitude at this point in time. After all, your behavior represents your ability to perform under pressure. Here are some tips for successfully sailing through a behavioral interview.

Topics: Interviewing

How to discuss job changes with your children

Posted by Amanda Augustine

August 19, 2014 @ 05:38 PM

Your job search will affect your entire family. Here’s how to talk to them about it.

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I’ll never forget the day my father told me he lost his job. I was nine years old, and he was taking me around the neighborhood to sell Girl Scout cookies. He told me that he left his company and was looking for a new position.

At the time I remember feeling scared because I knew my dad was the sole provider for our family. But I was more worried about how this news might affect the family vacation plans and weekly trips to McDonalds. I wasn’t thinking about the stress my father must have been under, or how difficult it was to come home and explain to his wife and children that he’d just lost his job.

Whether you’ve been fired from a job or left voluntarily, the prospect of starting a job hunt can be incredibly stressful, and this is especially true when you have a family to support.  Here are three tips to help you discuss your job search with your family.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Search

The 24-step modern resume

Posted by Guest Contributor

August 18, 2014 @ 10:07 AM

Resume Checklist: Follow these best practices to ensure your resume gets through the spam filter, applicant tracking system, and to the recruiters and hiring managers.

By Lisa Vaas

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What’s the difference between a computerized ATS (Applicant Tracking System) and a black hole?

Not much, if you don’t know which aspects of your resume give you a good ranking vs. what makes these software programs choke.

The people who work with these tools say it best: “[They’re] a wonderful tool (if utilized correctly) for recruiters and hiring managers; however, they can be a black hole for the applicant if their resume is not accurately targeted to the open position with appropriate keywords and/or highlighted experience,” according to Laurie M. Winslow, principal at Talent Innovations Group Inc. Winslow has worked with a slew of vendors’ ATSes over her 20-plus years in human resources, as an executive search consultant, an in-house corporate recruiter and as a career coach and professional resume writer.

Topics: Resume & Cover Letters

Top Recruiters on TheLadders

Posted by Marc Cenedella

August 18, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Each quarter, our CEO Alex Douzet publishes our list of the best employers and recruiters in the country. These represent the savviest, most supportive and most successful hiring professionals in the USA, and we are pleased to have them be part of the extended TheLadders family.

With great pleasure, acclaim, and gratitude, may I present this selection from our most recent "Top Recruitment Professionals in America" list, for Summer 2014:

Topics: Working with Recruiters, Marc's Newsletter

Prep your 30-, 60-, 90-day business plan for the job interview

Posted by Guest Contributor

August 14, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Want to land a sales job and start on the right foot? Be ready to explain how you’ll move the numbers in the first months.

By Andrew Klappholz

businessplan_157If you work in sales at the manager level or above, you should be prepared to hear the question from a hiring manager on a job interview; he wants to know what your 30-, 60- and 90-day plans are to build a new sales territory, halt a customer exodus or improve revenue. Be ready to deliver your plan and back it with data, said Kathleen Steffey, CEO and founder of Naviga Services, a Tampa, Fla., recruiting and staffing agency that specializes in marketing and sales roles.

“We highly recommend it for candidates, especially in the final stages of the interview,” she said. “It shows them, ‘I’ve thought about this.’ ” In any field where revenue is at stake, if the hiring team sees someone who’s prepared and appears ready to enhance revenue right away, they’ll be more likely to offer that person the job.

Topics: Interviewing