Amanda Augustine

Amanda Augustine is the Job Search Expert for TheLadders. She joined the company in 2004 as one of its original 20 employees, and is based in the New York headquarters. In addition to being a brand ambassador and spokesperson, she also pens a weekly career advice column, Ask Amanda, which is shared with more than 6 million job seekers every Wednesday.
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Recent Posts

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

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

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

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

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

6 tips for job hunting while you’re still employed

Posted by Amanda Augustine

August 11, 2014 @ 08:48 AM

Incorporate these tips into your job search and your employer will be none the wiser.

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As anyone who’s looked for a new job can attest, the job search is a job in itself. In fact, experts recommend that employed job seekers spend at least 15 hours a week on their job search (for the unemployed, it’s 30+!). Employed job seekers have the challenge of juggling a full-time job and a time-consuming search without causing any waves at work. If it’s time to leave your current job and find your next opportunity, use these tips to successfully conduct your job hunt on the sly. 

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Search

The numbers that matter in your job search

Posted by Amanda Augustine

August 05, 2014 @ 09:56 PM

A by-the-numbers look at how you should be job searching.

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You don’t need me to tell you that there’s a lot of job advice available on the web these days. A few clicks of the mouse, and you’re sure to find thousands of articles on every single job-search topic, from writing your resume to negotiating your salary. With so much information available at your fingertips, it can be difficult to know what to pay attention to. Below I’ve gathered some of the most solid job-hunt statistics around to help you develop an effective strategy for your search.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Search

The one thing successful professionals to do to get ahead

Posted by Amanda Augustine

July 29, 2014 @ 10:50 PM

Why you need to make networking a priority – even when you’re employed.

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Networking isn’t just for job seekers. In fact, the most successful professionals are often superb networkers. With that said, it can be difficult to make networking a priority when you’re happily employed and other, more pressing activities are competing for calendar space. If your business cards have begun to gather dust, it’s time to brush them off and get back into your networking groove. Need more incentive? Here are four reasons professionals at the pinnacle of their careers continuously network (and why you should, too!).   

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Professional Development

Want a new job this fall? Start your job search now.

Posted by Amanda Augustine

July 22, 2014 @ 05:45 PM

Get a leg up on your job competition by starting your job search now.

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Pool parties. Beach days. Barbeques.

With so many wonderful distractions during the summer, it’s no wonder that many professionals postpone their job-search plans until the fall. It can be challenging to concentrate on your next career move when resumes and cover letters are competing with baseball games and vacation plans for calendar space. However, the summer is the perfect time to focus on the activities that will lay the foundation for a successful search.

Follow these four steps this coming month to get a jump on your job hunt – and the competition – before fall arrives.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Search

Quick tips for job interview emergencies

Posted by Amanda Augustine

July 15, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Prepare for the worst to ensure the best during your next interview.

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You’re lost -- and the interview is in 20 minutes!

The best option is to avoid this completely. Try a dry run by commuting to the office location at the same time of day your interview is scheduled so you are familiar with the route and can properly budget your travel time. If you still manage to get lost, pull out your smart device and use apps like Google Maps or HopStop to estimate how long it will take you to get to the office. If you’re sure to be late, give your main point of contact a heads-up as soon as possible. 

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interviewing