10 ways to boost your professional brand

Posted by Amanda Augustine

September 23, 2014 @ 09:36 PM

Build a strong professional image in and out of the workplace to advance your career.

If you want to get ahead at the office, you need to establish a professional brand on and offline that emphasizes your strengths and supports your job goals. 

Here are ten ways to boost your professional image in and out of the workplace to help you achieve your long-term career goals. [TWEET]

 

Topics: Personal Branding, Professional Development

Lessons learned from my last 1,200 job rejections

Posted by Guest Contributor

September 22, 2014 @ 10:22 AM

By Scott Ginsberg

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I believe in building a brand from the inside out. Creating a high enough volume of daily output that the market targets you. Allowing new opportunities to find you through the attraction of working, not the agony of waiting.

That’s how I’ve successfully run my business for the past fifteen years.

But as an experiment, as a way of testing my own system, I recently spent a summer doing the exact opposite. Filling out job applications, responding to proposals, going on interviews, meeting with recruiters, submitting my portfolio for freelance gigs and seeking out new work opportunities.

By the end of the summer, I had been rejected over twelve hundred times.

Twelve hundred times.

And despite my best efforts, not a single one of those opportunities came to fruition. But as disappointing as the process was, I learned key lessons about career management. Next time you get rejected from a job application, remember these tenants:

Topics: Job Search, Job Application & Follow Up

Please review the other candidates for this job first

Posted by Marc Cenedella

September 22, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Use your job competition to your advantage with this eye-opening feature from TheLadders.

Would you like to see the name, title, compensation, work history and educational background of each person applying to the same jobs you're applying to here at TheLadders?

Well, I can't show you name, and sometimes I need to truncate the title in order preserve anonymity, but our popular feature "Scout" shows you the compensation, skills, title, work and educational background as well as overall years of experience for each applicant to the jobs posted directly here on TheLadders.

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

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