Network your way through the holidays

Posted by Amanda Augustine

November 18, 2014 @ 10:42 AM

Whether you’re a social butterfly or a self-proclaimed wallflower, make networking a priority this holiday season.

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Experts agree that networking has become an essential skill for today’s career-driven professional. In fact, networking is the number one way to land a job and advance your career. [TWEET]

Not only are you ten times more likely to land the job when your job application is accompanied by a referral, but by getting an inside look at the company culture from your connection, you’re more likely to fit in with the organization, thrive in its environment and stay with the company longer than the average candidate blindly applying online.

As the holidays approach and your calendar fills with cocktail parties and family get-togethers, remember to make networking a priority this season. To get you started, I’ve collected some of my favorite networking tips of all time.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking

3 ways to master the art of persuasion

Posted by Guest Contributor

November 17, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

Learn how to persuade coworkers to your way of thinking.

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Little is accomplished alone. To achieve complex goals, we often must rely upon the hard work and cooperation from those around us.  

Therefore, our ability to be persuasive will either further our capacity to lead a successful, lucrative career, or it will greatly hinder our odds of achieving our full potential.  

By learning how to get others to say “yes,”we can flourish in nearly any capacity of our professional lives. 

Below, you’ll find three crucial tips that will aid you in your quest to win others over and get behind your way of thinking.  

Topics: Professional Development

Proud of this turkey?

Posted by Marc Cenedella

November 17, 2014 @ 09:32 AM

Don't just find a job for you - find a job that is best suited for today's marketplace.

This Thanksgiving season all-around car guy Bob Lutz talks straight about the turkey that was the Pontiac Aztek

  "One guy I informally interviewed about how the Aztek happened was one of the top guys on the project. And this guy, he looks at me and he says, "I'm proud of it.

Proud of the Aztek? 

"Yup. That was the best program we ever did at GM. We made all our internal goals, we made the timing, and I'm really proud of the part I played in it." 

He had tears in his eyes. It was almost tragic. Everybody wanted to will this thing to succeed, and it didn't work. 

All the emotional commitment and pride in the program was that it achieved all its internal objectives. And it was probably one of the great defeats in his life, or in his career."

It can happen. 

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

5 tips to nail a video job interview

Posted by Guest Contributor

November 14, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Video job interviews are becoming more popularimplement these tips to better prepare yourself for the inevitable in your next job search! [TWEET]

By Itrat Batool

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Haven’t had an interview in a few years? Chances are your next one will be carried out via video conference. According to recent studies, around 60 percent of employers have made the switch to video interviews as either a primary or exclusive method for vetting candidates.

Which begs the obvious question: How should you prepare for an job-interview experience you’ve never encountered before? Are video interviews comparable to face-to-face meetings, or are they a different affair altogether?

The answer lies somewhere down the middle, as there are both similarities and differences – all of which should be taken into account. So rather than searching high and low through the web’s very best job seeker resource sites, bear the following tips in mind and you’ll be well on your way to a successful video interview.

Topics: Interviewing

Tips for creating an excellent resume for your first job

Posted by Amanda Augustine

November 10, 2014 @ 11:54 AM

A successful career starts with a great resume. Here’s how to sell yourself with very little experience.

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In today’s job market, the internship has become the new entry-level position. If you want to build a successful career, it starts with a series of internships, co-ops and fellowships throughout your college career. But to land these coveted opportunities, you must first write a winning resume. [TWEET]

I recently shared with Business Insider’s Jacquelyn V. Smith a sample resume and my top tips for job seekers with no experience. Here are the top takeaways:

Topics: Ask Amanda, Resume & Cover Letters, New to the Workforce

Why we let employers hire you without a fee

Posted by Marc Cenedella

November 10, 2014 @ 08:56 AM

Why do the top hiring professionals in the country -- like those listed below -- choose to work with TheLadders? That's easy: 

1. It's free. It's always free to post your jobs and search the resume database here at TheLadders. 

2. We're a membership-based community. And that means we're much better behaved than the average internet hangout. No spam invitations or weird requests to get in the way of their hiring you. 

3. It's divided by pay-grade. Applicants can't apply to jobs inappropriately, so there's no big pile of spam applications for hiring managers or recruiters to go through. In fact, the typical job at TheLadders gets just fourteen well-focused applicants. 

And that's why the best corporate recruitment professionals and executive recruiters in the country use TheLadders for their hiring needs. 

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

5 things successful people do each morning

Posted by Amanda Augustine

November 03, 2014 @ 01:05 PM

Set yourself up for success each day by adopting these highly effective habits.

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According to Inc. Magazine, morning people have been found to be more proactive and more productive. But what exactly do they do to set themselves up for success?

Here are five habits successful people have developed to start their days on the right note. [TWEET]

Topics: Ask Amanda, Career Advice

Employers hiring in November 2014

Posted by Marc Cenedella

November 03, 2014 @ 10:37 AM

These recruiters are hiring in New York right now. Are you, or is someone you know, right for their jobs?

We have over eighty thousand employers looking for new employees on TheLadders, and we could use your help. 

If you, or your friends or colleagues, could fit the bill for one of the below-listed jobs, please let us know by clicking through and applying.

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

5 reasons why you didn’t land an interview

Posted by Amanda Augustine

October 27, 2014 @ 12:20 PM

Applied for a job and haven’t heard back? Here’s why recruiters aren’t responding to your applications.

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You find the perfect job online and submit your application, already fantasizing about your new position. Then the waiting game begins. You wait, patiently at first, and then the panic sets in.

Should I follow up? What should I say? Did I do something wrong?

Why isn’t anyone calling me?!

After what feels like forever, you check back on the job posting, only to realize the position’s been filled. 

This phenomenon is commonly referred to as the “Black Hole,” and leaves most job seekers discouraged and unsure how to improve their future applications. If you’ve found yourself in this position, wondering what went wrong, consider the following reasons why you didn’t hear back. [TWEET]

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interviewing, Job Application & Follow Up

It's not about me, it's about you... the 21 questions you need to ask in a job interview

Posted by Marc Cenedella

October 27, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Ace your next interview by asking the hiring manager these thoughtful questions.

It's time for my twice-a-year update of the best questions for you to ask in an interview. 

I've put this list together because so often we can forget what an interview's all about. It sure feels like it's about you, but it's really not. [TWEET

An interview is actually about how you can help your future boss and future employer succeed. It's about finding out what their requirements and hopes are and matching up your background and experience with what they need.

Overlooking these basic facts about the interview is easy. There's so much else going on in your work, your life, and in your job search, that you can forget to look at the interview from the interviewer's point of view. And that's a shame, because you need the interviewer to walk away from the interview thoroughly impressed. 

Topics: Interviewing, Marc's Newsletter