Work-from-home tips that will actually make you more productive

Posted by Guest Contributor

September 19, 2014 @ 08:39 AM

Get more done at home and watch your work prosper with this advice.

By Peter Schiller

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Working from home is becoming increasingly common—the number of those who worked at least one day a week from home increased from 7 percent in 1997 to 9.5 percent in 2010 (the most recent year for which figures are available). Whether you are a full-time staffer who works from the comfort of your couch occasionally, or a freelancer with a home office that’s always open, these five tips will help you make those offsite days the most productive they can be. Read on for some helpful hints that may surprise you, even if you’ve been doing this “homework” thing for ages.

Topics: Professional Development

6 signs your job is at risk

Posted by Amanda Augustine

September 16, 2014 @ 12:01 PM

Don’t wait for the ax to fall. Learn how to read the signs that your job's on the line.

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Even the best employees worry about their job security from time to time. In fact, a recent Gallup poll found that only 58 percent of U.S. full- and part-time workers are completely satisfied with their job security. Sadly, this represents the highest level recorded since the Great Recession (2009 – 2013) when about 50 percent felt secure in their jobs. While feelings of job security may be on the rise, it’s clear that many professionals across the U.S. are still kept up at night worrying about their jobs.

If your gut is telling you something is off at the office, don’t ignore it. Look for the following signs to determine if your job may be in danger.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Search, Professional Development

6 tips for getting your job search started

Posted by Guest Contributor

September 15, 2014 @ 09:05 AM

By Robert Jones of Money Crashers

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Whether you're looking for your first job, or you've been in the game for a while and are considering a change in careers, you may have better opportunities now than in the recent past. According to Gallup, the National Jobs Creation Index recently reached its highest point in the last six years. Instead of just basking in the good news and hoping the market does the work for you, adopt a proactive attitude in order to beat the competition. To help get on the company dime faster, check out these six job-search tips.

Topics: Job Search, New to the Workforce

These companies are hiring, can you help?

Posted by Marc Cenedella

September 15, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

It's my birthday today, but the gifts are for you! Today we have more jobs, more recruiters, and more hiring activity on TheLadders than ever before. 

So take a look this partial list of top employers on TheLadders and select your own best present to yourself... a job you can truly love for years to come: 

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

Email secrets of successful professionals

Posted by Amanda Augustine

September 09, 2014 @ 09:12 PM

Never have an email go unanswered again. Get your emails read with these simple rules.

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It’s a constant battle to keep up with the deluge of emails inundating my inbox on a regular basis. Between my online publications, social media alerts, and the god-forsaken spam email, it’s a wonder I’m ever able to find and respond to the emails that matter most.

Sound familiar?

I’m not surprised. According to Outlook, 144.8 billion – that’s billion with a b – are sent every day worldwide. Sadly, a report by McKinsey Global Institute and International Data Corp found that workers only consider a mere 14 percent of the emails in their inbox to be important. [TWEET]

Topics: Ask Amanda, Professional Development, New to the Workforce

Hired!

Posted by Marc Cenedella

September 08, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Thousands of your fellow subscribers have found their new jobs this summer on TheLadders!

So while we don't have the space to share them all, here are a hundred of the top positions landed by your fellow subscribers through TheLadders.com this summer:

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

Could your writing get you fired?

Posted by Guest Contributor

September 05, 2014 @ 12:02 PM

6 reasons your boss won’t tolerate bad writing skills.

By Steve Aedy

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If you want to land and keep a job in today’s market, communication is the name of the game. From your first job interview to your daily business interactions, your job performance will rely on what you say and how you say it. And, as organizations become more connected with their clients and peers through the Internet, excellent written communication will become one of the most important job skills you learn.

But why is writing so important to keeping your hard-won job? Here are just a few of the reasons why your boss won’t tolerate poor writing skills.

Topics: Professional Development

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