Simple ways to boost productivity during business trips

Posted by Amanda Augustine

March 11, 2014 @ 01:46 PM

How to ensure your next work trip doesn’t get in the way of your work.

Social_Media_Skippy_SmartphoneTraveling for work can be fun, but it can also be challenging – particularly when it comes to staying productive as your routine is thrown off. Remember, your deadlines don’t disappear when you hit the road.

I’ve been thinking about this topic ever since we kicked off the 2014 JobMobile event series with TheLadders. When you’re traveling frequently for business, it’s imperative to plan ahead. Here are four tips to help you stay productive when you’re out of your usual element.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Professional Development

How to tap into the hidden job market

Posted by Amanda Augustine

March 04, 2014 @ 09:55 PM

You could be missing out on 50 percent of recruiters’ job opportunities.

Skippy_Big_Magnifying_GlassIf you’ve heard me talk about harnessing the ‘power of three,’ then you already know how important is it to use multiple methods when searching for job leads. Not only will this strategy help you find more opportunities, but you’ll also uncover the “hidden” opportunities that aren’t published online. In fact, TheLadders found that recruiters only post half of their jobs. The rest of their positions are filled through searches.

Translation? If your online career profiles aren’t complete, you’re missing opportunities. Here are four quick ways to make sure you’re tapping into the hidden job market on TheLadders.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Search, Personal Branding

7 mistakes that make your professional resume – and you – look old

Posted by Amanda Augustine

February 25, 2014 @ 06:35 PM

Are your job applications saying the wrong thing about you?

resume_dont-resized-600Resumes, like many other marketing materials, have an expiration date. As technology changes and the job-search process becomes more mobile, it’s important to reevaluate and edit your resume periodically. Your resume is a reflection of you – and you don’t want recruiters thinking you’re outdated because your document is. Here’s how to know if your resume needs an update.

It’s become too long

An eye-tracking study by TheLadders found that the average recruiter spends only six seconds reviewing a resume before deciding if it’s worth a closer inspection. Maximize your exposure by limiting your resume to one page if you’re new to the workforce or two pages if you’re a seasoned professional. Remember, your resume should always highlight the skills, experience, and accomplishments that are most relevant to your job goals.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Resume & Cover Letters

5 ways to keep the job-search blues at bay

Posted by Amanda Augustine

February 18, 2014 @ 02:42 PM

Don’t let the long, cold days slow your job search. Use these tips to stay focused this season.

Defeated_Sad_Face-RightAre the wintertime blues getting you down? You’re not alone.

According to Dr. Norman E. Rosenthal, MD, a clinical professor of psychiatry for Georgetown University Medical School and a medical director at the Capital Clinical Research Associates, six percent of U.S. adults suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of seasonal depression that saps your energy during the fall and winter months. An additional 14 percent are affected by a lesser form of these seasonal mood changes.

Even if you aren’t diagnosed with these conditions, it’s easy to feel a little unmotivated on cold, dark, wintery days. Don’t let these winter blues sabotage your career or job search. Here are five ways to stay motivated this season.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Search

Recommit to your career resolution: Here’s how

Posted by Amanda Augustine

February 06, 2014 @ 05:53 PM

Learn how to stick to your New Year’s resolution to change your career this year.

Goals_iPadCan you believe it’s already February? It seems like only last week we were sending out season’s greetings and declaring our New Year's resolutions.

If you’re like many people out there, you may have already lost sight of the goals you set at the beginning of January. If your career resolutions have been usurped by work deadlines and children’s play dates, it’s time to recommit to your goals. Use these tips to get your job search back on track.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Search, Professional Development, Job Goals

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