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. Her job-search tips and career advice have been featured in various media, including Business Insider, Fast Company, Forbes, FOXBusiness.com, Huffington Post, MarketWatch, MSN and TODAY with Kathie Lee & Hoda. Amanda is a highly sought-after speaker and a member of various professional associations, including the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW), Step Up Women’s Network (SUWN), National Career Development Association (NCDA), and the Career Thought Leaders Consortium (CTL). Amanda holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Marist College and is a Certified Professional Career Coach (CPCC) and a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW).
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Recent Posts

Safeguarding your personal brand for the job search

Posted by Amanda Augustine

October 24, 2013 @ 02:01 PM

Learn how to protect the privacy of your personal, social accounts.

TheLadders_Online_Brand_ProtectionJust when you thought your online brand was safe!

Facebook recently announced it removed a privacy feature allowing users to control whether their name populated in search results. While Facebook says the change will only affect a small percentage of its 1 billion global users, it could mean new risks for the personal brands of millions. In the wake of this change, reflect on the state of your social accounts and safeguard your professional brand.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Personal Branding

Job seekers: How to pitch your skills to make a career change

Posted by Amanda Augustine

October 22, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

Find new career opportunities by searching outside your current field.

career_transitionWhen it comes to the job search, not all fields are created equally. In a recent study, TheLadders found that, depending on the city, one job seeker’s desert can be another’s oasis. For example, healthcare workers in Boston currently enjoy a favorable job market, whereas those in real estate in the same city are more likely to struggle during the job hunt. For those in the desert, a career transition may be in order so your skills can be put to use in a more favorable field. While many people have considered or even yearned to change fields, this is easier said than done.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Job Search

How to get in good with your boss

Posted by Amanda Augustine

October 15, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

Improve your relationship with your manager and watch your career take flight.

Interview_SkippyA great boss can make a world of difference in your career. Play your cards right, and your manager becomes not only a supervisor, but someone who will advocate on your behalf for professional development opportunities, promotions and raises. But how do you get to this point with your manager?

In honor of Boss’s Day on October 16th, here are five ways you can start earning brownie points with your boss – and boost your professional brand at the same time.

Identify your boss’s priorities

It’s no wonder that my colleague and TheLadders Founder Marc Cenedella often advises job seekers to ask the hiring manager during an interview, “How do you (Mr. or Ms. Future Boss) get a gold star at the end of the year? How can I best help you do that?” A sure way to win your manager’s praise is to help him earn recognition and thanks from his manager. If you’re uncertain of your boss’s priorities, ask for clarity during your next one-on-one meeting.

 

Topics: Ask Amanda, Professional Development

How to discover a new career path

Posted by Amanda Augustine

October 08, 2013 @ 07:30 AM

Become an explorer to reevaluate your job goals and create a new career map.

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A while back when I was asked to provide advice to recent college graduates, I recommended that they become explorers in the workforce.  However, exploration shouldn’t be restricted to the entry-level professional. In fact, I think it’s healthy to reevaluate your career goals every few years. What you desired in your twenties may not hold true a decade or two later. With Columbus Day just around the corner, there’s no better time to talk about career exploration. Maybe you will also start down one path just to land on another far greater career, finding your own “America.”

Here are five ways to explore new paths:

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Search, New to the Workforce, Job Goals

Job-search strategies for handling an employment gap

Posted by Amanda Augustine

October 01, 2013 @ 08:00 AM

Overcome a resume gap when you’re back in the job hunt with these five tips.

Skipper_ResumeIn today’s tough economy, many professionals find themselves with substantial gaps in their work experience. Whether you were laid off, took some time to care for a family member or battled a serious illness, it can be challenging to explain these gaps in your resume. Here are five tips to help you handle the employment gap during your job search.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Resume & Cover Letters

How to leverage your smartphone for the job search

Posted by Amanda Augustine

September 24, 2013 @ 08:00 AM

Get ‘smart’ about your job search to turn your downtime into valuable job-search time.

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Have you noticed how just about everything in our world has gone mobile? You can deposit your checks without going to the bank, chat face-to-face with loved ones far away, and read books and magazines on-the-go without harming a single tree. Even the most brick-and-mortar businesses have developed mobile websites (and perhaps an app or two) to compete in today’s market.

Similarly, the recruiting process is becoming more mobile. In fact, today marks the beginning of a two-day JobMobile Summit TheLadders is hosting for employers and recruiters to discuss this very topic. 

As job seekers, it’s important to embrace the mobile job search or get lost among the competition. Here are five tips to make the most of your smartphone for the job search.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Job Search

Interview questions you should never answer

Posted by Amanda Augustine

September 18, 2013 @ 03:19 PM

Know your rights so you’re never caught off-guard during an interview.
 
Question_MarkThere are certain questions that are off-limits during an interview. However, it’s not uncommon for an inexperienced interviewer to sneak in a question or two that are considered inappropriate or in some cases, against the law. As a job seeker, it’s important to not only prepare for the questions recruiters should ask you, but to also be ready to dodge questions that do not warrant an answer.
 
How old are you?
 
You don’t have to answer any questions about your age other than stating that you’re over the age of 18. You are also not required to submit a photo ID (which has your date of birth on it) during the interview process. If asked, you can simply tell the interviewer that you’re concerned about identity theft and would prefer not to hand it over until it’s determined whether you’ll be joining their team.  Be conscious of how you answer the question “Are you at least 18 years of age?”  If you make a joke about your age, you are drawing negative attention to it.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interviewing

7 apps to increase career and job-search success

Posted by Amanda Augustine

September 17, 2013 @ 02:18 PM

Leverage these seven apps to advance your career.

Mobile_PhoneIn today’s digital society, there’s an app to help you manage practically every aspect of your life, from your finances to your weight. Your professional life is no different. Whether you want to work more efficiently with a virtual team or job hunt on-the-go, there’s an app for that. Below are some of my favorite mobile apps that will help you be a more successful job seeker and productive, career-driven professional.

HopStop

Nothing’s worse than arriving late to an important meeting or interview. If you’re navigating a new city or trying to get across town during rush hour, arm yourself with HopStop.  This free app provides travelers with door-to-door transit, walking, biking and taxi directions in more than 300 cities worldwide. Additionally, it will help you find the nearest subway

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Job Search, Professional Development

C-Suite talk with M.M. LAFLEUR’s Sarah LaFleur

Posted by Amanda Augustine

September 12, 2013 @ 12:15 PM

Sarah LaFleur, Founder and CEO of M.M. LAFLEUR, talks to TheLadders about dressing for success and her mission to rid the world of the pantsuit and replace it with beautiful attire for purposeful women.

SarahLaFleur_M.M._LAFLEURSarah, what is M.M. LAFLEUR’s mission? Why did you decide to start your own business?

The mission of our company is simple: to create beautiful clothing for the purposeful woman.

Originally we had said “professional woman” instead of “purposeful woman,” but I quickly realized that the former felt too narrow in scope for the women we are dressing.  Let me explain: growing up I watched my mother, who was a PR executive at a luxury fashion brand, get ready for work every morning.  Her sense of style is and has been the inspiration behind this company.  She always managed to look sexy and professional, stylish and effortless.  She wasn’t just a “professional woman,” she was that and much more: a professional and a mother, a friend and a wife.  You get the idea. 

I think that’s the way most women live these days.  I’m so inspired by our customers, who we call our “Ampersand Women,” because they embrace the “and” lifestyle and lead very fulfilling, even passionate, lives.  Our aim is to create clothes that fit the Ampersand lifestyle.

I think the fashion industry today doesn’t cater to the Ampersand Woman.  Mass-market brands are redundant and uninspiring, and so many luxury brands don’t even pretend to care about or understand this customer.  That’s why I wanted to create a brand that did.

Topics: Professional Development, C-Suite Talk

Job-search fumbles that will cost you the game

Posted by Amanda Augustine

September 10, 2013 @ 08:57 PM

Don’t get penalized for these errors this job-hunt season.

Football_SkippyFall is here and football season is upon us! Across the United States, avid sports fans are organizing their tailgate parties and incessantly checking their Fantasy Football teams. Collegiate and professional athletes alike are giving it their all on the field, hoping to avoid a spotlight on ESPN SportsCenter’s Not Top 10. Playing football at this level requires hard work and dedication. Make one mistake and you could cost your team the game.

The same can be said about the job hunt. Don’t let a little mistake cost you a job offer. Learn from the football pros and avoid these job-search follies.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Job Search