Tips for a prosperous new career in the Chinese New Year

Posted by Amanda Augustine

February 04, 2014 @ 10:32 AM

Embrace the Year of the Horse to conduct a successful job search.

Gong xi fa cai! (Happy New Year!) January 31st marked the beginning of a new year on the Chinese calendar, the Year of the Horse. All around the world people celebrated the Chinese New Year by gathering with friends and family to exchange messages of good fortune such as happiness and prosperity, and set off fireworks to banish evil spirits. 

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If your career New Year's resolutions have not yielded success just yet, consider the Chinese New Year a new beginning for your job-search efforts. Use these tips to embrace the Year of the Horse and move your job hunt in the right direction.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Job Search

How to handle weather disruptions in your job search

Posted by Amanda Augustine

January 21, 2014 @ 03:15 PM

Use these tips to ‘weather the storm’ when one literally blows through your job search.

650x366_01210812_hd25If you live in the mid-Atlantic region or are traveling to or from the area for a job interview, chances are good that the latest snowstorm is impacting your plans. Use the tips below to handle the inclement weather’s disruptions without missing a beat in your job search.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interviewing, Job Search

You probably haven’t prepared for this type of interview

Posted by Amanda Augustine

January 21, 2014 @ 02:25 PM

Apply these tips to perfect your scheduled – or unexpected – phone and video interviews.

Virtual_Interview_SkippyYou’ve prepared all week for that interview tomorrow, but Mother Nature may have other plans. Would you know what to do if the hiring manager changes your appointment to a virtual interview due to a snowstorm or flash flood? Whether inclement weather is wreaking havoc on your interview appointments or you want to relocate for work, it’s important to master the art of the virtual interview. Here are three tips to help you ace your next phone or video job interview.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interviewing

Social media boot camp: Job search edition

Posted by Amanda Augustine

January 20, 2014 @ 10:30 AM

Leverage social media to advance your career and kick your job search up a notch.

Social_Media_Skippy_SmartphoneJobvite’s most recent social recruiting survey found that 94 percent of recruiters use or plan to use social media in their recruitment efforts and 93 percent will look at a candidate’s social media presence.

Translation: All professionals should incorporate social media into their job-search and career advancement strategy. Here are a few of my favorite articles that explain how to effectively use the most popular social networks to both protect and promote your online brand.

Get back to social media basics

If you still think a tweet only comes from a bird, then this article is a must-read. Click on the following link to get a basic understanding of the ‘Big Four’ social networks: Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Search, Personal Branding, Professional Development

Quit your job with class

Posted by Amanda Augustine

January 14, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

Use these tips to resign from your position without tarnishing your brand.

iQuit_first_screenDo you dream of quitting your job? While it can be tempting to craft a witty resignation text with an app like TheLadders’ new iPhone app, Quit Your Job, you don’t want to damage relationships that could lead to recommendations, references, or even job leads later in your career.

With this in mind, I’ve compiled three tips to help you submit your two weeks’ notice while preserving your personal brand at the company.

1. Don’t burn bridges.

Whether your experience at the company has been a dream or a personal nightmare, don’t burn bridges. It’s a small world, and you never know when your paths may cross with this organization and its employees again. During your final days in the office, act the part of the model employee. If you’ve given your notice, do what you can to ease the transition for those you’re leaving behind. This may include writing out processes you’ve developed or creating guidelines for your colleagues who will be covering your responsibilities until a replacement can be hired.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Search, Personal Branding

Make your work-life balance a priority in 2014

Posted by Amanda Augustine

January 07, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

Put these tips to practice to get more done, be happier at work, and spend more time with loved ones.

Work_Life_BalanceIf achieving “greater work-life balance” is one of your resolutions for the New Year, you’re not alone. A 2013 iVillage survey found that of 1,500 women polled online, 89 percent defined career success as the “flexibility to balance life and work.” Here are six practical tips to help you improve your work-life balance in the New Year.

Clean out your inbox before work.

The more productive you are at work, the easier it will be to leave the office at a decent hour and enjoy some quality time with your friends and family. Use your smartphone to eliminate spam and organize your inbox of work emails before you get to the office. Whether you do this while waiting in line for your morning coffee or sitting on the train, you can clear out a lot of unnecessary emails and start setting your game plan for the day before you sit down at your desk.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Professional Development

Three steps to writing your professional WILL

Posted by Amanda Augustine

December 30, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

Create a career “I WILL” list so your dreams will never die.

WILL_bucketlist_notepadFact: I am a huge fan of the television series NCIS. In a recent episode, one of the characters unearthed an “I WILL” list she wrote when she was a young child. It contained the kinds of dreams you’d expect a young girl to have: “I WILL be a ballerina, ride a horse, live in a castle, have a boy and a girl…”

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

Boost your job search with season’s greetings

Posted by Amanda Augustine

December 23, 2013 @ 10:03 AM

How the right mix of season’s greetings and (humble) self-promotion will help you land new job leads.

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The holidays are a great time to reconnect with your network. Whether it’s via email, an e-card or a traditional card, use your holiday greetings to benefit your job-search efforts. Here are five items to include in your holiday messages to keep your job search moving forward during the holiday season. 

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Job Search

Unplug & recharge: Vacation tips for the technology addict

Posted by Amanda Augustine

December 17, 2013 @ 10:20 AM

Unwind during your time off with a tech detox.

Skippy_Vacation_SunglassesHello, my name is Amanda and I suffer from SSA: Smartphone Separation Anxiety.

Okay, maybe I made that term up. But even when the Blackberry first came out, people referred to them as “crackberries” because they were so addictive. As the technology has evolved, the addictive nature of these devices increased as well. Now instead of just a smartphone, we also have feather-light laptops and tablets vying for our attention when we’re away from our desks.

If you’re like me and suffer from SSA, then you know how difficult it can be to put your devices down when you’re away from the office. In fact, a survey by CareerBuilder found that 30 percent of workers planned to contact the office while on vacation. Here are three tips to help you unplug from your electronics, enjoy your time off and truly relax.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Professional Development

Our best advice for advancing your career during the holidays

Posted by Amanda Augustine

December 12, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

Don’t neglect your career this holiday season!

Holiday_Skippy_WreathWhether you’re searching for a job or looking to advance your career, the holidays offer plenty of opportunities – if you know where to look. Below are some of my favorite tips for making the most of the holiday season, from managing your brand to uncovering new job leads.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Search