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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Give thanks after each job interview with these tips

Posted by Amanda Augustine

November 25, 2014 @ 05:23 PM

Use these tips to send an interview thank-you note that’s sure to move your candidacy forward.

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The holiday season is the perfect time to acknowledge the blessings in our lives and give thanks for the loved ones and opportunities we’ve been given throughout the year. However, Thanksgiving isn’t the only time of year we should pause to give thanks. This is especially true if you’re currently searching for a job. A survey by TheLadders found that saying thank you isn’t just a polite gesture – it’s an integral part of the interview process.

I’ve rounded up some of my favorite articles to help you create the perfect thank-you letter. [TWEET]

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interviewing

How to find the right mentor to advance your career

Posted by Amanda Augustine

November 25, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

The right mentor can take your career to new heights. Here’s how to find the right one for you.

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The right mentor can be a powerful tool in your career arsenal, whether you’re new to the working world or already well-established in your industry. In fact, Sheila Wellington, former president of Catalyst Foundation and author of Be Your Own Mentor, believes it’s one of the main reasons why men tend to rise higher than women in the workplace – men are more likely to have mentors throughout their careers than women. [TWEET]

Mentors can propel your career in innumerable ways. They can help shape your professional skills, teach you the ins and outs of your industry, help you navigate corporate politics, overcome adversity, and introduce you to the right people and resources to advance your career. Check out these five different types of mentorship below to find out how you can reap the benefits of professional guidance throughout your entire career.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Professional Development

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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