Why your job search isn’t successful

Posted by Amanda Augustine

December 10, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

We’ve isolated five common job-search problems and are giving you the solutions.

Defeated_Sad_Face-RightAre you stuck in a job-search rut? You might be making one of these classic mistakes. Read on to learn some of the most common job-search errors, and what you can do to get your job hunt back on track before the New Year.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interviewing, Job Search, Resume & Cover Letters

The holiday networking survival guide

Posted by Amanda Augustine

December 03, 2013 @ 02:28 PM

Make the most of this festive season by networking your way through the holidays.

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'Tis the season for holiday parties, open houses, family get-togethers…and networking!

Whether you love it or loathe it, networking has become a key component in every professional’s career development and job-search strategy. It can help you establish your personal brand, uncover new job leads, and gain valuable insight into a prospective employer.

The holidays are an especially great time to put your networking skills to work. Below are some of my favorite articles that cover all aspects of networking, from developing your elevator pitch to incorporating networking into your everyday life.

Happy holiday networking!

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking

Give back to get ahead in your job search

Posted by Amanda Augustine

December 02, 2013 @ 09:30 AM

Learn how volunteering and other charitable works can benefit your job search.

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December 3rd marks the second annual Giving Tuesday, a movement created to “celebrate and encourage charitable activities that support non-profit organizations.” Giving back is not only a great thing to do for your community; it can also be beneficial to your job search. Here are five reasons why giving back to the community will give your job search some extra oomph this season.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Job Search

5 reasons to be thankful for your thankless job

Posted by Amanda Augustine

November 26, 2013 @ 04:33 PM

That job you despise may be a blessing in disguise.

If you’re having trouble finding the silver lining in your work these days, now’s the perfect time to look a little closer. Whether your job is plagued by boring tasks, low pay, long hours or a tyrant of a boss, there is always a reason to be thankful for your role. Below are five reasons to be grateful this season.

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

Emerging jobs you need to know about

Posted by Amanda Augustine

November 19, 2013 @ 09:30 AM

A closer look at some of today’s fastest growing (and highest paying!) job titles.

Recent_Grad_Social_Media_02A data study by TheLadders found that the fastest-growing professional jobs in recent years are more likely to contain the word “analyst” or “developer” in their job title, rather than the previously popular “manager.” For those of you working within the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, this shift toward skills-related positions rather than management will come as no surprise. Today’s technology-driven society offers professionals the ability to earn a big pay check without having to take the management track.

If you do not work in one of the STEM industries or you’re new to the workforce, most of the professional jobs listed in the data study may sound quite foreign. It is, however, important to understand these positions, as you will likely work in some capacity with these individuals in these roles. Below is a basic explanation of these emerging technology positions and why they’re considered vital to many businesses today.

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

Helping our heroes find work

Posted by Amanda Augustine

November 11, 2013 @ 09:30 AM

Here are some of the many corporations helping military veterans transition back to civilian jobs.

When_the_Troops_Come_Home_to_StayFinding a new job is rarely considered easy or fun. Add in a career change and the process seems even more overwhelming. This is how many veterans feel when they return home and start looking for civilian work. If you are  transitioning from a military career to one in the private sector (or know someone who is), check out these organizations that are making a difference and helping U.S. military veterans find the right job.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Search

How to interview like a politician

Posted by Amanda Augustine

November 05, 2013 @ 09:00 AM

Take a cue from the political pros to nail your next job interview. 

PoliticianElection Day is here! Today in the United States, folks will cast ballots for the general election of their public officials. No doubt your television has been bombarded with guest appearances, live debates, and commercials showcasing your local candidates for weeks.

When you think about it, running for office is similar to conducting a job search. Just as a politician must convince his or her constituents of his qualifications for office, as a job seeker you must convince the hiring manager that you’re the right person for the job. Take a cue from the political pros to nail your next job interview with these three tips.  

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interviewing

The 4 things successful job seekers do with Daylight Saving time

Posted by Amanda Augustine

October 29, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

Use Daylight Saving Time to benefit your job search. 

TheLadders_TimeHave you ever found yourself wishing there were more hours in the day?

Well, you’re in luck! At 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 3, we say good-bye to Daylight Saving Time in most of the United States and set our clocks back one hour. Instead of getting a little extra sleep this weekend, get up and invest that extra hour into your job search.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Search

Safeguarding your personal brand for the job search

Posted by Amanda Augustine

October 24, 2013 @ 02:01 PM

Learn how to protect the privacy of your personal, social accounts.

TheLadders_Online_Brand_ProtectionJust when you thought your online brand was safe!

Facebook recently announced it removed a privacy feature allowing users to control whether their name populated in search results. While Facebook says the change will only affect a small percentage of its 1 billion global users, it could mean new risks for the personal brands of millions. In the wake of this change, reflect on the state of your social accounts and safeguard your professional brand.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Personal Branding

Job seekers: How to pitch your skills to make a career change

Posted by Amanda Augustine

October 22, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

Find new career opportunities by searching outside your current field.

career_transitionWhen it comes to the job search, not all fields are created equally. In a recent study, TheLadders found that, depending on the city, one job seeker’s desert can be another’s oasis. For example, healthcare workers in Boston currently enjoy a favorable job market, whereas those in real estate in the same city are more likely to struggle during the job hunt. For those in the desert, a career transition may be in order so your skills can be put to use in a more favorable field. While many people have considered or even yearned to change fields, this is easier said than done.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Job Search