Network your way through the holidays

Posted by Amanda Augustine

November 18, 2014 @ 10:42 AM

Whether you’re a social butterfly or a self-proclaimed wallflower, make networking a priority this holiday season.

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Experts agree that networking has become an essential skill for today’s career-driven professional. In fact, networking is the number one way to land a job and advance your career. [TWEET]

Not only are you ten times more likely to land the job when your job application is accompanied by a referral, but by getting an inside look at the company culture from your connection, you’re more likely to fit in with the organization, thrive in its environment and stay with the company longer than the average candidate blindly applying online.

As the holidays approach and your calendar fills with cocktail parties and family get-togethers, remember to make networking a priority this season. To get you started, I’ve collected some of my favorite networking tips of all time.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking

Tips for creating an excellent resume for your first job

Posted by Amanda Augustine

November 10, 2014 @ 11:54 AM

A successful career starts with a great resume. Here’s how to sell yourself with very little experience.

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In today’s job market, the internship has become the new entry-level position. If you want to build a successful career, it starts with a series of internships, co-ops and fellowships throughout your college career. But to land these coveted opportunities, you must first write a winning resume. [TWEET]

I recently shared with Business Insider’s Jacquelyn V. Smith a sample resume and my top tips for job seekers with no experience. Here are the top takeaways:

Topics: Ask Amanda, Resume & Cover Letters, New to the Workforce

5 things successful people do each morning

Posted by Amanda Augustine

November 03, 2014 @ 01:05 PM

Set yourself up for success each day by adopting these highly effective habits.

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According to Inc. Magazine, morning people have been found to be more proactive and more productive. But what exactly do they do to set themselves up for success?

Here are five habits successful people have developed to start their days on the right note. [TWEET]

Topics: Ask Amanda, Career Advice

5 reasons why you didn’t land an interview

Posted by Amanda Augustine

October 27, 2014 @ 12:20 PM

Applied for a job and haven’t heard back? Here’s why recruiters aren’t responding to your applications.

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You find the perfect job online and submit your application, already fantasizing about your new position. Then the waiting game begins. You wait, patiently at first, and then the panic sets in.

Should I follow up? What should I say? Did I do something wrong?

Why isn’t anyone calling me?!

After what feels like forever, you check back on the job posting, only to realize the position’s been filled. 

This phenomenon is commonly referred to as the “Black Hole,” and leaves most job seekers discouraged and unsure how to improve their future applications. If you’ve found yourself in this position, wondering what went wrong, consider the following reasons why you didn’t hear back. [TWEET]

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interviewing, Job Application & Follow Up

How to answer, “What’s your greatest weakness?” during a job interview

Posted by Amanda Augustine

October 20, 2014 @ 01:07 PM

This dreaded, seemingly trick question will no longer be difficult to answer in job interviews.

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Most job candidates are familiar with the “What’s your biggest weakness?” interview question, but few feel equipped to answer the it with confidence.

The next time you’re asked the stress-inducing question in an interview, use these tips to provide a powerful response. [TWEET]

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interviewing, New to the Workforce

Should you apply to this job?

Posted by Amanda Augustine

October 14, 2014 @ 10:19 AM

Ask yourself these questions before you submit your next job application.

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Let’s face it – applying to jobs can be a tedious and time-consuming process, especially when each application is properly tailored. Before you submit your resume for another job, make sure it’s worth your time.

Review the job description carefully and ask yourself the following questions before you invest in your next job application. [TWEET]

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Application & Follow Up

What job seekers need to know about the future of recruiting

Posted by Amanda Augustine

October 07, 2014 @ 08:46 AM

Get the inside scoop on how recruiters do their job.

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Last Wednesday I had the honor of emceeing TheLadders Second Annual JobMobile Summit, a national conference for recruiters and employers. At the event, we discussed innovative ways recruiters can use technology, their employment brand, and their candidate application and interview processes to find candidates like you. What does this mean for you? I just got the inside scoop on how recruiters do their jobs, and you can use this information to connect with them more easily.[TWEET]

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Search

9 questions to ask during an informational interview (and 1 to avoid)

Posted by Amanda Augustine

September 30, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Arrive at your next informational interview prepared to gain valuable insights for your next career move.

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It’s nearly impossible to discuss job-search tactics without mentioning the value of networking. Smart job seekers not only invest in developing their professional networks; they also tap into these connections for introductions, job leads and other valuable insights. However, one networking technique is often overlooked by even the savviest of job seekers: informational interviewing. [TWEET]

The concept of the informational interview (also known as an informational conversation) was first introduced by Richard N. Bolles, author of the popular job-search book, What Color is Your Parachute? Bolles believes that job seekers should speak with professionals in their field of interest to gather more information before choosing a particular career path.

I couldn’t agree more.

Whether you’re new to the workforce or you’re considering changing careers, informational interviews are a great way explore various career options and clarify your job goals.  Furthermore, they can be an effective way to gather insight into a particular company when you’re preparing for an interview.

Below are nine questions you can ask during your next informational interview – and one to avoid – to make the most of this valuable opportunity.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Job Goals, New to the Workforce, Career Transition

6 signs your job is at risk

Posted by Amanda Augustine

September 16, 2014 @ 12:01 PM

Don’t wait for the ax to fall. Learn how to read the signs that your job's on the line.

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Even the best employees worry about their job security from time to time. In fact, a recent Gallup poll found that only 58 percent of U.S. full- and part-time workers are completely satisfied with their job security. Sadly, this represents the highest level recorded since the Great Recession (2009 – 2013) when about 50 percent felt secure in their jobs. While feelings of job security may be on the rise, it’s clear that many professionals across the U.S. are still kept up at night worrying about their jobs.

If your gut is telling you something is off at the office, don’t ignore it. Look for the following signs to determine if your job may be in danger.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Search, Professional Development

Email secrets of successful professionals

Posted by Amanda Augustine

September 09, 2014 @ 09:12 PM

Never have an email go unanswered again. Get your emails read with these simple rules.

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It’s a constant battle to keep up with the deluge of emails inundating my inbox on a regular basis. Between my online publications, social media alerts, and the god-forsaken spam email, it’s a wonder I’m ever able to find and respond to the emails that matter most.

Sound familiar?

I’m not surprised. According to Outlook, 144.8 billion – that’s billion with a b – are sent every day worldwide. Sadly, a report by McKinsey Global Institute and International Data Corp found that workers only consider a mere 14 percent of the emails in their inbox to be important. [TWEET]

Topics: Ask Amanda, Professional Development, New to the Workforce