The one thing successful professionals to do to get ahead

Posted by Amanda Augustine

July 29, 2014 @ 10:50 PM

Why you need to make networking a priority – even when you’re employed.

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Networking isn’t just for job seekers. In fact, the most successful professionals are often superb networkers. With that said, it can be difficult to make networking a priority when you’re happily employed and other, more pressing activities are competing for calendar space. If your business cards have begun to gather dust, it’s time to brush them off and get back into your networking groove. Need more incentive? Here are four reasons professionals at the pinnacle of their careers continuously network (and why you should, too!).   

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Professional Development

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

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

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

7 ways to stay energized during the dog days of summer

Posted by Amanda Augustine

July 01, 2014 @ 10:22 PM

Don’t let summer’s lazy days take their toll on your productivity.

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Whether you’re currently employed or searching for a new opportunity, it can be difficult to stay productive during the summertime. Between the energy-draining, hot, humid weather and the influx of social events, it’s no wonder we have trouble staying on task.

Here are some ways you can increase productivity and boost energy levels so the lazy days of summer don’t take their toll.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Professional Development

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

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

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

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

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