We can be heroes

Posted by Marc Cenedella

June 30, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Make a difference in your own life this Fourth of July.

It's the week of the 4th of July, and every year I like to share these words from a great American with you:

"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat."

That's Teddy Roosevelt speaking at the Sorbonne in 1910, but he could have just as easily been speaking to you.

Topics: Job Search, Marc's Newsletter

Interview due diligence: What to ask the hiring manager

Posted by Amanda Augustine

June 24, 2014 @ 03:11 PM

How to properly assess a potential opportunity during the interview process.

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Interviews can be nerve-racking affairs. It’s easy to get so caught up in crafting the perfect responses to your interviewer’s questions that you forget to ask questions of your own.

Remember, an interview is a two-way street. As a candidate, you’re not there to simply answer the hiring manager’s inquiries. It’s important to take a consultative approach and ask questions that help you understand how the company operates, whether the position is a good fit for you and your goals, and if the organization is stable. 

This is even more important if you’re job hunting while employed. No matter how miserable your current position may be, focus on finding the right opportunity rather than simply escaping your current situation.

Here are some questions you can ask to get a deeper understanding of an organization and position yourself as the right candidate for the job.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interviewing

Three ways you're sabotaging yourself

Posted by Marc Cenedella

June 23, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

While you're reviewing the thousands of job openings and employers on TheLadders this week, here are three ways you just might be sabotaging your own job search (without realizing it!):

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

It’s time for your mid-year career checkup

Posted by Amanda Augustine

June 17, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Keep your career on the right track with this evaluation.

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When was the last time you sat down and thought seriously about your career?

It’s not uncommon to get so caught up in your day-to-day work that you lose sight of your long-term career goals. Or perhaps your fast-paced career that has you traveling all the time has lost its appeal and it’s time to reassess your goals. Use the list below to give your career a mid-year check-up and make sure you’re on track.

Revisit your goals

What you desired at the beginning of your career – or perhaps only a year ago – may no longer hold true today. As our lives change, so do our career plans. Dedicate some time this week to reevaluate what leadership expert Jim Collins calls your Big Hairy Audacious Goals, or BHAGs.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Professional Development

Hired!

Posted by Marc Cenedella

June 16, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Employers love hiring candidates from TheLadders – here’s why.

Thousands of your fellow subscribers have found their new jobs this quarter on TheLadders!

As has been true for the past few years, we're continuing to see a steady increase in activity from employers and recruiters on TheLadders.

Why? Because TheLadders professionals are interested in a new job, and behave respectfully. While the typical job posting on LinkedIn or Monster gets hundreds (thousands!) of unqualified applications, the typical job at TheLadders gets just 21 applicants that are targeted, relevant, and interesting to the HR person or recruiter.

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

4 things every college graduate must do

Posted by Guest Contributor

June 13, 2014 @ 01:00 PM

By Daniel Burrus

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Graduation is the prime time to think about your future—about the things you want to accomplish and the kind of person you want to become. After reflecting back to when I was 22, here are a few things I have learned over the years that would have helped me then, and might help you now.

Think big

As you make your future plans, many people will tell you to “think big.” Well, I want to tell you that however “big” you’re thinking right now, it’s probably too small. There’s always a bigger big. Success can be defined in many ways, and I’m not telling you how to define it. I’m simply saying to take your definition of success and raise the bar on it. Ask yourself, “What is even bigger than what I’m thinking, because that’s what I really want to do?” If you can’t imagine it, you will never achieve it.

Topics: New to the Workforce

Your personal branding checklist

Posted by Amanda Augustine

June 11, 2014 @ 05:35 AM

How to run an effective personal branding campaign.

This coming Saturday is a lesser-known holiday in the United States: Flag Day. The holiday commemorates the adoption of the American flag to represent our nation. Like me, many of you probably haven’t thought about our “Flag Birthday” since elementary school. 

Personal_Brand_FlagBut as a professional (and personal branding specialist), it’s interesting to revisit the holiday and its meaning.

When you think about it, the American flag – or any national flag, for that matter – serves a symbol. It’s one of the many components that make up a country’s identity. As professionals, we also use many symbols to express our professional identity, better known as our personal brand. The most successful professionals carefully manage their brand across many different channels throughout their careers.

Whether you’re new to the workforce or a seasoned professional, take time to monitor and manage your personal brand to increase your career success. Here’s a check list to help you accomplish just that.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Personal Branding

It's not about me, it's about you... the 21 questions you need to ask in a job interview

Posted by Marc Cenedella

June 09, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Ask these questions in your next job interview and watch the hiring manager's face light up.

It's time for my twice-a-year update of the best questions for you to ask in an interview.

I've put this list together because so often we can forget what an interview's all about.  It sure feels like it's about you, but it's really not.

An interview is actually about how you can help your future boss and future employer succeed.  It's about finding out what their requirements and hopes are and matching up your background and experience with what they need.

Topics: Interviewing, Marc's Newsletter

Are you becoming obsolete at work?

Posted by Amanda Augustine

June 03, 2014 @ 10:07 AM

Stay competitive in the workplace with this top advice.

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You’re well-established in your career and you have the track record to prove it. You’re comfortable at your current role and management seems content with your work. All is right with the world.

But as Millennials flood the job market, you get a little anxious. What if your experience is not enough? While this concern is reasonable, take heart. A survey by Adecco found that hiring managers are three times more likely to hire experienced workers than their Gen Y counterparts.

That said, it’s in every professional’s best interest to take steps to remain relevant and competitive in the workforce. Below are some tips to help you accomplish just that.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Professional Development

Hey, that's me!

Posted by Marc Cenedella

June 02, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

TheLadders lets you know when recruiters are searching for candidates like you so you can put your hat in the ring.

How do recruiters and employers find you? Half the time they're searching, half the time they're posting jobs, and half the time they're buried under too many bad resumes for the positions that they have open. 

We've added "Inside Leads" to make it easier for you to stand out. 

When a recruiter or HR manager searches on TheLadders for a particular role -- a Director of Marketing, or a Lead Developer, or a Sales VP -- and our system detects that this is a role they're recruiting for, we'll share that information with you. 

Topics: Job Search, Working with Recruiters, Marc's Newsletter