Are you answering these job interview questions wrong?

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

New feature: Removing the anxiety from your next job application

Posted by Tim Reynolds

March 25, 2014 @ 12:45 PM

TheLadders’ new feature provides insight into where your application stands with recruiters.

Maybe you’re on the hunt for a new job. Maybe you aren’t actively looking for something new, but you happen to open an email with that one job opening you couldn’t possibly resist looking into further.

You click the link logging into TheLadders and breeze through the application process. Success! Your finely tuned resume and cover letter have been sent to the gatekeeper of your dream job.

Now what? You wait…

Topics: TheLadders Announcements, Product Releases

The top 5 regrets of the dying

Posted by Marc Cenedella

March 24, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Written several years ago, the simple article "Top Five Regrets Of The Dying" recounts the lessons learned by a hospice worker in Australia from her departing patients...

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Bronnie Ware writes: "For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives.

People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality. I learned never to underestimate someone's capacity for growth. Some changes were phenomenal. Each experienced a variety of emotions, as expected, denial, fear, anger, remorse, more denial and eventually acceptance. Every single patient found their peace before they departed though, every one of them.

When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again. Here are the most common five:

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

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

When I asked her for a reference, her reaction blew me away

Posted by Marc Cenedella

March 17, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Here's an easy way to turn dreaded employment networking into deadly effective bonding:

When you're networking, ask for a reference, not a job.

Cenedella_Marc_2Whether you're doing catch-up drinks or grabbing lunch to reconnect, your primary need is to get an ally, not a tally of job listings. Recruiting a helping hand to your search is your goal.

So don't ask your college friend if she knows of any jobs for people like you. How would she?

And don't ask your boss from two jobs ago if she has the names of any people who are currently looking to hire somebody like you. It puts her on the spot. Uncomfortably.

Topics: Networking, Marc's Newsletter

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

One resume to rule them all

Posted by Marc Cenedella

March 10, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

If I ripped off the top third of your resume and handed it to a complete stranger...

...would they be able to tell me what you wanted to do with the rest of your life?

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If the answer is no, then you should consider updating your resume strategy.

You see, the top 1/3 of your resume should be a professional summary that expresses quickly and succinctly what you're looking to do next by showcasing the abilities that will get you there.

HR professionals, hiring managers, executive recruiters: they're all pressed for time these days and they can't try to guess what you're looking for.

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

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

My single best tip

Posted by Marc Cenedella

March 03, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

In the decade I've been writing this newsletter, the single best tip I've given, that has come back to me over, and over, and over again, is this:

Cenedella_Marc_2When it gets to that part of the interview with your future boss where they ask, "well, do you have any questions for me?", say yes, and ask:

"How do I help you get a gold star on your review next year?"

This bit of advice has helped more people in more interviews than any other bit of advice I've shared in the last decade that I've been writing to you.

Why?

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

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