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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Are you answering these job interview questions incorrectly?

Posted by Amanda Augustine

March 25, 2014 @ 07:20 PM

Learn the right way to answer these difficult – and essential – job interview questions. 

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The very first thing to do after a company or recruiter has contacted you to schedule an interview: Congratulate yourself!

In a field crowded with highly qualified candidates, it’s no small compliment to learn you’ve set yourself apart from hundreds of candidates. Your resume, online and offline brand, and all the networking efforts you’ve made have stood out to this employer, and that’s cause for pride.

Now, get ready for your close-up. Interviews can be multi-part affairs and take place in a variety of settings, but the intent is the same: to gauge how you measure up in real time and assess if you can put your mouth where your personal brand is. That means preparation is key. Be prepared to answer these common interview questions so you’ll respond with confidence when it matters most. 

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interviewing

Optimize your job search for the new age in recruiting

Posted by Amanda Augustine

March 18, 2014 @ 05:20 PM

Prepare yourself to connect with recruiters while they’re on the go.

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At TheLadders, we’re committed to matching the right person with the right job -- online and on the go. As our CEO Alex Douzet mentioned in a recent interview with Mashable, our vision is to provide a network for career and candidate exploration and interaction that’s 100% mobile. That’s why we’ve created apps like Job Search by TheLadders for busy professionals like you.

We also encourage the talent acquisition communities to mobilize their recruitment strategies to better suit your needs as a job seeker. This can be anything from building a mobile-responsive site so you can research a company during your commute, to using FaceTime and other video-conferencing tools to perform virtual interviews when you’re unable to travel to the employer’s location.

Excitingly, we just launched a new app, “TheLadders Recruiter,” for our more than 67,000 employers and recruiters so they can find and connect with you while on the go. Here are five ways you can make it easier for them to find and hire you.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Working with Recruiters

Simple ways to boost productivity during business trips

Posted by Amanda Augustine

March 11, 2014 @ 01:46 PM

How to ensure your next work trip doesn’t get in the way of your work.

Social_Media_Skippy_SmartphoneTraveling for work can be fun, but it can also be challenging – particularly when it comes to staying productive as your routine is thrown off. Remember, your deadlines don’t disappear when you hit the road.

I’ve been thinking about this topic ever since we kicked off the 2014 JobMobile event series with TheLadders. When you’re traveling frequently for business, it’s imperative to plan ahead. Here are four tips to help you stay productive when you’re out of your usual element.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Professional Development

How to tap into the hidden job market

Posted by Amanda Augustine

March 04, 2014 @ 09:55 PM

You could be missing out on 50 percent of recruiters’ job opportunities.

Skippy_Big_Magnifying_GlassIf you’ve heard me talk about harnessing the ‘power of three,’ then you already know how important is it to use multiple methods when searching for job leads. Not only will this strategy help you find more opportunities, but you’ll also uncover the “hidden” opportunities that aren’t published online. In fact, TheLadders found that recruiters only post half of their jobs. The rest of their positions are filled through searches.

Translation? If your online career profiles aren’t complete, you’re missing opportunities. Here are four quick ways to make sure you’re tapping into the hidden job market on TheLadders.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Search, Personal Branding

7 mistakes that make your professional resume – and you – look old

Posted by Amanda Augustine

February 25, 2014 @ 06:35 PM

Are your job applications saying the wrong thing about you?

resume_dont-resized-600Resumes, like many other marketing materials, have an expiration date. As technology changes and the job-search process becomes more mobile, it’s important to reevaluate and edit your resume periodically. Your resume is a reflection of you – and you don’t want recruiters thinking you’re outdated because your document is. Here’s how to know if your resume needs an update.

It’s become too long

An eye-tracking study by TheLadders found that the average recruiter spends only six seconds reviewing a resume before deciding if it’s worth a closer inspection. Maximize your exposure by limiting your resume to one page if you’re new to the workforce or two pages if you’re a seasoned professional. Remember, your resume should always highlight the skills, experience, and accomplishments that are most relevant to your job goals.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Resume & Cover Letters

5 ways to keep the job-search blues at bay

Posted by Amanda Augustine

February 18, 2014 @ 02:42 PM

Don’t let the long, cold days slow your job search. Use these tips to stay focused this season.

Defeated_Sad_Face-RightAre the wintertime blues getting you down? You’re not alone.

According to Dr. Norman E. Rosenthal, MD, a clinical professor of psychiatry for Georgetown University Medical School and a medical director at the Capital Clinical Research Associates, six percent of U.S. adults suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of seasonal depression that saps your energy during the fall and winter months. An additional 14 percent are affected by a lesser form of these seasonal mood changes.

Even if you aren’t diagnosed with these conditions, it’s easy to feel a little unmotivated on cold, dark, wintery days. Don’t let these winter blues sabotage your career or job search. Here are five ways to stay motivated this season.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Search

C-Suite talk with Gurjot Sidhu

Posted by Amanda Augustine

February 10, 2014 @ 12:36 PM

Gurjot New York's CEO and Creative Director talks to TheLadders about her line of luxury women’s business wear and her passion to see women excel in the workplace.

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What prompted you to start Gurjot New York?

Our mission is to advance women in the workplace by dressing them impeccably.  Back in 2009 when I was thinking about starting a business, the idea of creating the power suit for women really stuck with me.  I’d had a great career in management consulting and always struggled with finding the right suit fit and look.  Also, I had sewn my whole life, so I felt it would be amazing to raise my personal interest in sewing to a professional level and really have an impact on the lives of women professionals. I went to FIT for a year to learn the industry and make contacts, and in July of 2010 I launched my Custom Collection, followed by a ready-to-wear collection.

One of your goals is to help professional women succeed and excel in the workplace. How does clothing play a role in this success?

Clothing plays two roles in the corporate world: It affects how people think of you, and it impacts how you feel about yourself.  We try to have maximum impact on both fronts for our clients.  In terms of impressions, we want others to look at our clients and think, "wow, she has it together."  For our client, we know when her clothes are made from luxurious materials and fit her perfectly, she is going to feel like a million bucks.  And when you feel that way, you can accomplish anything.

Topics: Entrepreneur, C-Suite Talk

Recommit to your career resolution: Here’s how

Posted by Amanda Augustine

February 06, 2014 @ 05:53 PM

Learn how to stick to your New Year’s resolution to change your career this year.

Goals_iPadCan you believe it’s already February? It seems like only last week we were sending out season’s greetings and declaring our New Year's resolutions.

If you’re like many people out there, you may have already lost sight of the goals you set at the beginning of January. If your career resolutions have been usurped by work deadlines and children’s play dates, it’s time to recommit to your goals. Use these tips to get your job search back on track.

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

Tips for a prosperous new career in the Chinese New Year

Posted by Amanda Augustine

February 04, 2014 @ 10:32 AM

Embrace the Year of the Horse to conduct a successful job search.

Gong xi fa cai! (Happy New Year!) January 31st marked the beginning of a new year on the Chinese calendar, the Year of the Horse. All around the world people celebrated the Chinese New Year by gathering with friends and family to exchange messages of good fortune such as happiness and prosperity, and set off fireworks to banish evil spirits. 

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If your career New Year's resolutions have not yielded success just yet, consider the Chinese New Year a new beginning for your job-search efforts. Use these tips to embrace the Year of the Horse and move your job hunt in the right direction.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Job Search

How to handle weather disruptions in your job search

Posted by Amanda Augustine

January 21, 2014 @ 03:15 PM

Use these tips to ‘weather the storm’ when one literally blows through your job search.

650x366_01210812_hd25If you live in the mid-Atlantic region or are traveling to or from the area for a job interview, chances are good that the latest snowstorm is impacting your plans. Use the tips below to handle the inclement weather’s disruptions without missing a beat in your job search.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interviewing, Job Search