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

"Facebook turned me down..." and you'll never believe what happened next...

Posted by Marc Cenedella

February 24, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

This man got his lucky break after rejection, and you can too.

We've all been there -- the job rejection that really stung, as with this tweet from Brian Acton in August of 2009...



Topics: Marc's Newsletter

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

The best employers and recruiters in the country for you

Posted by Marc Cenedella

February 18, 2014 @ 11:35 AM

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 Winter 2014:

Topics: Marc's Newsletter, TheLadders Announcements

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

Android or iPhone? Which lands you a job faster?

Posted by Marc Cenedella

February 10, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Whether you're on Android or the iPhone, we've got the mobile app for you.

We took the obvious and put it on your smartphone:

Google Play App Store


We push jobs to your phone based on your personal profile.

This is really convenient when you're just trying to kill five minutes productively at the airport, your kid's soccer match, or while waiting between meetings.

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

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