Don’t overlook these job-search necessities

Posted by Guest Contributor

May 28, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

How setting specific goals and reading job descriptions can save you hardship in your career search.

By Ken Sundheim 

Can you think of people in your personal life who seem to be their own worst enemies? You know the ones -- you may even be one. They're the folks who have grand plans that never seem to come through… and for whom failure feels like a mystery or bad luck. But looking in from the outside, you have a pretty clear view that it's actually due to their own personal failings and lack of knowledge on what needed to be done.

When it comes to finding a job, plenty of people carry over that same unproductive tendency. When job searches simply don't gain steam, most recruiters can tell you that it often boils down to one thing: the bad habit of never setting a firm, specific job goal. 

Topics: Job Application & Follow Up, Job Goals

9 signs you didn’t land the job

Posted by Amanda Augustine

May 27, 2014 @ 12:18 PM

How to know when you won’t be getting a call-back after the job interview.

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You spent hours crafting your cover letter and tweaking your resume for the job application. You pass the phone screen with flying colors and are invited to interview in-person with the team. You practice your elevator pitch, don your best interview outfit, and head out to the meeting. Then you leave the interview feeling … confused.

Did it go well? If you’re unsure where you stand after the interview is over, consider these telltale signs that you didn’t land the job.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interviewing

TheLadders' top recruitment professionals in America

Posted by Marc Cenedella

May 26, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

TheLadders honors our most active hiring professionals in this quarter's Top Recruiters list.

Each quarter, our CEO Alex Douzet publishes our list of the best employers and recruiters in the country.  These represent the savviest, most supportive and most successful hiring professionals in the USA, and we are pleased to have them be part of the extended TheLadders family.

With great pleasure, acclaim, and gratitude, may I present this selection from our most recent "Top Recruitment Professionals in America" list, for Spring 2014:

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

Which skills do employers value most from military veterans?

Posted by Amanda Augustine

May 20, 2014 @ 05:43 PM

Make the military-to-civilian career transition easier by highlighting these sought-after strengths.

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Our nation’s veterans continue to find the job search more challenging than their civilian counterparts, according to the most recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While the employment rate for this group has shown improvement, the job hunt remains a difficult process.

“The problem is often not a lack of skills and qualifications,” noted Robert Dagnall, expert resume writer for military-to-civilian transitions. “It’s how to translate military experience into terms employers can recognize and value.”

I spoke with a number of career professionals who specialize in military-to-civilian transitions to find out which skills are most transferrable to, and sought-after by, employers in the private sector.

Topics: Job Search, Resume & Cover Letters

Lose the 'frump factor,' win the job

Posted by Guest Contributor

May 19, 2014 @ 08:44 AM

The right look can increase your confidence, show your personal style and make a lasting first impression.

By Joyann King

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In a perfect world, we would all be judged on our inner beauty and the most qualified candidate would always get the gig. Unfortunately style, charisma, connections and the proverbial cool factor all play an influential role when considering job candidates. If you haven’t thought about your look since the ‘80s (or even within several years), chances are your go-to-interview look could use an update. You don’t want to dress too young for your age, but who doesn’t want to appear 10 years younger?

It’s true you spend hours revamping your resume, researching the company and practicing your selling points, but if your outward appearance does not reflect your energy and enthusiasm about the position, chances are someone else’s will. The right outfit can increase your confidence and make a lasting first impression.

The word “fashion” can be intimidating, but what you are really trying to do is update your personal style, not look like a runway model. If you like classic cuts and play-it-safe solids, then stick to what you are comfortable with; just focus on finding a modern cut and a flawless fit. Have a penchant for flair? Try wearing interesting shapes and statement accessories.

Topics: Interviewing, Job Search

Bad news, you just got one year's severance

Posted by Marc Cenedella

May 19, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Approach your job search like a full-time job - not an extended vacation. 

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Sometimes bad news comes in the prettiest packages.  One of the commonest I see in the careers business is the generous severance payout. What seems like a gift from the highest graces too often turns out to be bad tidings in disguise.

The "severance vacation" -- that fools' gold of "time off" that turns a few well-deserved weeks into several empty seasons -- has led too many professionals, executives, and high-performers to mistakenly act against their own best interests.

Topics: Job Search, Marc's Newsletter

Professional job-search tips every recent college grad should know

Posted by Amanda Augustine

May 13, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Everything college graduates need to know about entering the “real world.”

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Graduation season is upon us! Approximately 1.6 million U.S. college students are expected to graduate this month and enter the “real world.” According to AfterCollege, Inc., only 17 percent of graduating seniors reported having a job lined up as of April.

If you find yourself among the 83 percent still looking for a job, it’s time to get serious about your search. Use the tips below and the accompanying articles to kick your job hunt into high gear.

Become a professional explorer.

Not sure what you want to be when you grow up? Never fear!  This is the perfect time to explore various career paths. Consider your first few positions to be part of this discovery process. Use these roles to learn about different industries and decide which type of work you like most. Remember, even the worst job has a silver lining.

Topics: Ask Amanda, New to the Workforce

Work-life balance lessons from Arianna Huffington

Posted by Guest Contributor

May 12, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Reformed workaholic Arianna Huffington shares her secrets of success without stress.

By Robin Madell

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If you spend most of your time feeling like you’ve got too much to do, you might feel better when you look at what’s on Arianna Huffington’s plate.

As head of one of the world’s most influential news and information brands, The Huffington Post, the sheer amount of data that this mother of two is responsible for overseeing can make your head spin. Despite these intense professional and personal responsibilities, Huffington has found a way to stay centered in the midst of competing demands that could easily feel chaotic.

I had a chance to interview Huffington to ask her how she does it—and how others can follow her example to achieve a better work-life balance of their own.

Topics: Professional Development, Career Advice

Please review the other applicants for this job first.

Posted by Marc Cenedella

May 12, 2014 @ 06:00 AM

Want to see who else applied to that open position? TheLadders will show you.

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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 to 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.

For obvious reasons, we can't show you personally identifiable information like current employer. 

But for understanding how realistic your prospects are in 2014, and how stiff the competition is, there's no better insight on the web, or your phone.

Topics: Job Search, Marc's Newsletter, Job Application & Follow Up

How full-time parents can reclaim a full-time job

Posted by Guest Contributor

May 08, 2014 @ 07:30 AM

You don't have to be paid for your efforts to list them as work experience on your resume.

By Lisa Vaas

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Sonja Frye’s kids were getting older, and she decided she wanted to return to the workforce. The problem was, she didn’t have a resume. She hadn’t worked in years, she told her resume writer, Mandy Minor. What experience could she even put on a resume?

Frye had plenty of work experience, said Minor, co-founder and president of J Allan Writing and Design Studios, who helped Frye write a new resume. She just called it by a different name.

Minor interviewed Frye for several hours and mined a treasure trove of work experience related to her field that would impress any employer. Most of it was related to her position as a council representative to the advisory council of an 800-student elementary school in Florida. There she managed a $419,000 budget overseen by two leadership groups; it represented 100 stakeholders and drafted a 25-page report on the organization’s future direction.

Topics: Job Search, Resume & Cover Letters