How to answer, “What’s your greatest weakness?” during a job interview

Posted by Amanda Augustine

October 20, 2014 @ 01:07 PM

This dreaded, seemingly trick question will no longer be difficult to answer in job interviews.

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Most job candidates are familiar with the “What’s your biggest weakness?” interview question, but few feel equipped to answer the it with confidence.

The next time you’re asked the stress-inducing question in an interview, use these tips to provide a powerful response. [TWEET]

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interviewing, New to the Workforce

Would you mind replying to this employer about a job?

Posted by Marc Cenedella

October 20, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Whenever a recruiter posts a job with us, we want to connect our members as quickly as possible. So we look through our whole directory of members, including you, to find those best fit for the job. 

And then we send that job, real-time, via an e-mail hiring alert, to a select group of professionals like you. 

How select? 

Well, on average, about 125 of you, which results in 3 to 4 applications for each job. 

We'll send the job to fewer or more professionals depending on what the computer tells us, but the goal is to get about 3 to 4 of you who might not have seen the job, and might potentially be the right fit, to apply. That's our target based on our conversations with recruiters about what makes the most sense for them. 

Win-win. 

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

Should you apply to this job?

Posted by Amanda Augustine

October 14, 2014 @ 10:19 AM

Ask yourself these questions before you submit your next job application.

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Let’s face it – applying to jobs can be a tedious and time-consuming process, especially when each application is properly tailored. Before you submit your resume for another job, make sure it’s worth your time.

Review the job description carefully and ask yourself the following questions before you invest in your next job application. [TWEET]

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Application & Follow Up

How to win in 3 easy dreams or less

Posted by Marc Cenedella

October 13, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Improve your career with inspiring tales from Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP.

I've shared a stage with Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP, in the past, and to that old showbiz saying about never sharing a stage with children or animals if you want to get noticed, let me add Bill. There's probably a picture of him on Wikipedia under 'charismatic', and he's just a wonderful guy to hear speak... from the audience... not if you're up next.

So when I heard he was writing a book with my good friend Joanne Gordon, whose previous hits have included writing with the CEO of Starbucks and sharing the stories of 100 successful women in business, I was pretty excited.

Well, the book is coming out tomorrow and I managed to persuade Joanne & Bill & their publishers Simon & Schuster to share, exclusively with TheLadders audience, these three excerpts. 

5 simple strategies for making your mark at your next networking event

Posted by Guest Contributor

October 07, 2014 @ 05:11 PM

Let your true self shine at networking events and walk away with genuine connections.

By Scott Ginsberg

JMSUmmThousands of people.

Hundreds of vendors.

Only two bathrooms. 

How are you supposed to make your mark at your next networking event?

Simple. Spend some of the time making a name for yourself, and spend some of the time helping other people make a name for themselves. [TWEET]

Consider these strategies to stand up, stick out and steal the day:

Topics: Networking

What job seekers need to know about the future of recruiting

Posted by Amanda Augustine

October 07, 2014 @ 08:46 AM

Get the inside scoop on how recruiters do their job.

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Last Wednesday I had the honor of emceeing TheLadders Second Annual JobMobile Summit, a national conference for recruiters and employers. At the event, we discussed innovative ways recruiters can use technology, their employment brand, and their candidate application and interview processes to find candidates like you. What does this mean for you? I just got the inside scoop on how recruiters do their jobs, and you can use this information to connect with them more easily.[TWEET]

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Search

The 8-minute resume

Posted by Marc Cenedella

October 06, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

I always recommend you get your resume professionally written, but for those of you who have a "do-it-yourself" mentality, I've put together this simple 8-minute guide. It'll take you 8 minutes to read, probably an hour or two to do, and provide months of benefit in reducing your resume anxiety. 

My recommendations below are for a professional with 10 to 25 years experience. For those with fewer than 10 years, you're likely better off with a 1-page resume, for those with more than 25 years and at very senior levels, three may sometimes be appropriate. But seriously, if that's you, you shouldn't be relying on your own typing skills to market yourself. 

As with any "do-it-yourself" project, the key to success is to not get in over your head. So the instructions below are a simplified version of my best advice, tailored to be achievable by you on your own. Again, I must recommend that it's much better for you to get a professional to do this for you, but if you're set on "do it yourself", here goes!.... 

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

The top interviewing tricks of successful job seekers

Posted by Guest Contributor

September 30, 2014 @ 06:25 PM

Set yourself apart from the competition with these top job-interview tips.

By Ken Sundheim

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In a decade of recruiting for countless sales and marketing jobs spanning numerous industries and locations, there is a reliable stable of tricks I've seen job seekers use to put themselves ahead of the crowd in any interviewing situation. 

Below are the top three tactics I’ve seen that will take your interviewing to the next level, bringing you more and better employment offers.

Topics: Interviewing

9 questions to ask during an informational interview (and 1 to avoid)

Posted by Amanda Augustine

September 30, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Arrive at your next informational interview prepared to gain valuable insights for your next career move.

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It’s nearly impossible to discuss job-search tactics without mentioning the value of networking. Smart job seekers not only invest in developing their professional networks; they also tap into these connections for introductions, job leads and other valuable insights. However, one networking technique is often overlooked by even the savviest of job seekers: informational interviewing. [TWEET]

The concept of the informational interview (also known as an informational conversation) was first introduced by Richard N. Bolles, author of the popular job-search book, What Color is Your Parachute? Bolles believes that job seekers should speak with professionals in their field of interest to gather more information before choosing a particular career path.

I couldn’t agree more.

Whether you’re new to the workforce or you’re considering changing careers, informational interviews are a great way explore various career options and clarify your job goals.  Furthermore, they can be an effective way to gather insight into a particular company when you’re preparing for an interview.

Below are nine questions you can ask during your next informational interview – and one to avoid – to make the most of this valuable opportunity.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Job Goals, New to the Workforce, Career Transition

My single best tip

Posted by Marc Cenedella

September 29, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

In the decade I've been writing this newsletter, the single best tip I've given, that has come back to me over, and over, and over again, is this:

When it gets to that part of the interview with your future boss where they ask, "well, do you have any questions for me?", say yes, and ask:

"How do I help you get a gold star on your review next year?"

Topics: Marc's Newsletter