Every time you look in mirror, this surprising thing happens

Posted by Marc Cenedella

July 28, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Let's face it, the professional job search is a heck of lot longer, more tedious, and more frustrating than any of us can bear.

Between ducking out for lunch-time interviews and cranking through networking calls, your job search is hectic enough to get you frazzled, hassled, and more than just a bit "down in the dumps."

Banging out another four phone calls after an exhausting day in the office -- while it could be just the jackpot you've been waiting for -- is still awfully tough to get excited about.

And the negative thoughts or bad mood that a rough day can generate have a way of creeping into your voice. You might not even realize it, but you may come across sounding tired or crabby or exhausted, and that undercuts the whole purpose of making the calls to begin with.

So here's my bit of job hunting success advice to make your calls sound great:

Topics: Job Search, Marc's Newsletter

Want a new job this fall? Start your job search now.

Posted by Amanda Augustine

July 22, 2014 @ 05:45 PM

Get a leg up on your job competition by starting your job search now.

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Pool parties. Beach days. Barbeques.

With so many wonderful distractions during the summer, it’s no wonder that many professionals postpone their job-search plans until the fall. It can be challenging to concentrate on your next career move when resumes and cover letters are competing with baseball games and vacation plans for calendar space. However, the summer is the perfect time to focus on the activities that will lay the foundation for a successful search.

Follow these four steps this coming month to get a jump on your job hunt – and the competition – before fall arrives.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Search

10 good ways to 'Tell me about yourself'

Posted by Guest Contributor

July 22, 2014 @ 01:50 PM

'If Hollywood made a movie about my life, it would be called...' and nine more memorable answers to this dreaded job interview question.

By Scott Ginsberg

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You know it’s coming.

It’s the most feared question during any job interview: Do you think I would look good in a cowboy hat?

Just kidding. The real question is: Can you tell me about yourself?

Blecch. What a boring, vague, open-ended question. Who likes answering that?

I know. I’m with you. But unfortunately, hiring managers and recruiters ask the question. Even if you’re not interviewing and you’re out networking in the community — you need to be ready to hear it and answer it. At all times.

Topics: Interviewing, Networking

Age discrimination is mindset discrimination

Posted by Marc Cenedella

July 21, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

One of the things I was most surprised by when I got into the jobs business over a decade ago was the prevalence and practice of age discrimination in hiring right here in the USA.

Oh, sure... we're not like some overseas markets where job ads explicitly demand youth, or a particular gender, or beauty(!), in the applicant, but there it is...

The blank look on your interviewer's face when you talk about growing up in the 60s or 70s. The skepticism with which your Snap-twit-facebook-whats-gram-app skills are regarded.  The cultural references that pass silently like two Teslas in the night... 

Well, at least the younger generation seems to get your reference to "Gunga-galunga" and giggle.

Most of the time.

All of it adds up to a pernicious undercutting of your ability to get hired and get ahead.  We have to admit the ugly truth that age discrimination exists -- there's no doubt about it.

Topics: Job Search, Marc's Newsletter

Five qualities that all great leaders share

Posted by Guest Contributor

July 15, 2014 @ 01:27 PM

Leaders come in all shapes and sizes, but they all have a few common denominators. 

By Ken Sundheim 

The most effective leaders are the individuals who can transform a good firm into a great company.  They are the people who continually push their subordinates to become better, more engaged employees and allow them to adapt to changes in the corporate landscape.  

Instead of suppressing new ideas and ignoring innovation, they encourage creative thinking, open collaboration and individual growth.  They reward the employees who deserve recognition instead of promoting the “yes men” who simply agree with them.

Regardless of industry or company size, studies have shown that the best bosses share common traits that lead to consistent success. Below, you’ll find five of these qualities.

 

Topics: Professional Development

Quick tips for job interview emergencies

Posted by Amanda Augustine

July 15, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Prepare for the worst to ensure the best during your next interview.

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You’re lost -- and the interview is in 20 minutes!

The best option is to avoid this completely. Try a dry run by commuting to the office location at the same time of day your interview is scheduled so you are familiar with the route and can properly budget your travel time. If you still manage to get lost, pull out your smart device and use apps like Google Maps or HopStop to estimate how long it will take you to get to the office. If you’re sure to be late, give your main point of contact a heads-up as soon as possible. 

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interviewing

A favor to ask

Posted by Marc Cenedella

July 14, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Last week, I took you on a tour of TheLadders' headquarters in New York City.  

So each year, after taking you on a little tour of our office, I ask a favor in return:

Would you mind sending us a video -- a Vine or an Instagram -- for our wall displays here at TheLadders headquarters?

You see, we work all day on the internet, which means we don't get to see you, our customers, in person every day.  And with the long hours, heartfelt dedication and total commitment to seeing you land your next gig, it makes an enormous difference to us when we can put a face, and a smile, with the name.

So I'd like to ask you to do me the favor of sending along a short video, or Vine, or Instagram video of yourself to videos@theladders.com

Topics: #TheLaddersLife

Mind your manners: Interview etiquette for a mealtime meeting

Posted by Guest Contributor

July 08, 2014 @ 06:04 PM

Ace any interview in a restaurant setting by practicing proper decorum.

By Frances Cole Jones

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These days, job interviews can take any form. Don’t be surprised if your next interview lands you in the hot seat across from your interviewer with two plates of food between you. Generally the final round in a series of hurdles you’ve had to clear, these business lunches or dinners are less about assessing your business acumen – this has been solid enough to get you to the final round – than about seeing how you are able to interact with others in collegial and social situations. In short, this is where the smallest of small details are what separate those who receive a job offer from those who get a phone call saying, “I’m so sorry to have to tell you this – it was a really tough decision – but we’ve decided to go with someone else.”

Topics: Interviewing

The 3-stage approach to the job hunt

Posted by Amanda Augustine

July 08, 2014 @ 04:43 PM

Simplify your job search by dividing it into manageable phases.

Over the weekend, an estimated 2.5 million spectators lined the route of the 2014 Tour de France to cheer on the cyclists as they completed the first stage of this famous competition. The 101st Tour de France is composed of 21 different stages, covering a total distance of 3,664 kilometers over the course of 23 days. The athletes will be taken through all sorts of terrains, from relatively easy, flat stages, to hill and mountain stages in high altitude.

If you’re currently searching for a new position, you can probably relate to the cyclists competing in ‘Le Tour.’ As a job seeker, you will also be taken on a journey that is sure to produce some highs and lows along the way. To help you navigate this process smoothly, I’d like to show you how I break down the job search into three main phases: (1) Prepare, (2) Search, and (3) Close.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Search, New to the Workforce

Photos (and now videos!) of us

Posted by Marc Cenedella

July 07, 2014 @ 07:28 AM

Each year, I take you "behind the scenes" at TheLadders headquarters here in Manhattan so that you can have a peek at the people who are on your side in the job search.  

This year we're going to try something new... Videos! So let's get going!

                               
            TheLadders Soho Office        
Our building in the famous SoHo District of Manhattan.


         

Topics: Marc's Newsletter