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

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

Interview questions you should never answer

Posted by Amanda Augustine

September 18, 2013 @ 03:19 PM

Know your rights so you’re never caught off-guard during an interview.
Question_MarkThere are certain questions that are off-limits during an interview. However, it’s not uncommon for an inexperienced interviewer to sneak in a question or two that are considered inappropriate or in some cases, against the law. As a job seeker, it’s important to not only prepare for the questions recruiters should ask you, but to also be ready to dodge questions that do not warrant an answer.
How old are you?
You don’t have to answer any questions about your age other than stating that you’re over the age of 18. You are also not required to submit a photo ID (which has your date of birth on it) during the interview process. If asked, you can simply tell the interviewer that you’re concerned about identity theft and would prefer not to hand it over until it’s determined whether you’ll be joining their team.  Be conscious of how you answer the question “Are you at least 18 years of age?”  If you make a joke about your age, you are drawing negative attention to it.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interviewing

Interview advice for new college grads

Posted by Amanda Augustine

July 15, 2013 @ 04:13 PM

Look polished and professional during the interview process with these five tips.

Interview_DeskI’ve written a number of job-search articles over the past few weeks specifically for our workforce newcomers. Each week we’ve tackled a step in the job-search process, from writing your resume to cleaning up your social media habits and applying to jobs.

From here, I want to delve into the world of interviewing. There’s so much to cover on this topic that I’ll be writing a few articles over the next several weeks offering both overarching advice and practical tips you can use right away. This installation covers five simple ways you can shine during the interview process.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interviewing, New to the Workforce

Overcoming the age issue in your job search

Posted by Sarah Woodard

July 09, 2013 @ 01:00 PM

The five articles Baby Boomers need to read to perform an age-appropriate job search.

Desk_Interview_Age_DiscriminationA job search in your 50s or 60s might not sound ideal, but the reality is that many people will find themselves in this situation as the retirement age continues to rise. Gallup's 2013 Economy and Personal Finance survey found that the retirement age is currently 61 – up four years since 1991 – and more than half of today’s workers aged 58-64 expect to retire after the age of 65.

Job searching is rarely an easy or exciting event, and its difficulty is exacerbated with age. While age discrimination in the work place is technically illegal, the practice is by no means extinct. Job seekers need to be aware that job-search advice is not “one size fits all,” and older individuals need to tailor their resumes, interviews and general attitudes accordingly to avoid being passed over for younger candidates.

Topics: Interviewing, Job Search

4 interview stigmas unveiled (and how to solve them)!

Posted by TheLadders Contributor

May 21, 2013 @ 08:40 AM

Learn what you can do to avoid four interview blunders that could cost you the job.


Ever hugged an employer during a job interview? What about calling your wife and asking what you’re having for dinner? How about being asked to be paid under the table?

If you think these are fabricated examples of how some candidates act in job interviews, you’re wrong! According to a recent survey, many job seekers make interview blunders that could cost them the job. Though some are not as extreme as the above examples, there are others that can cause red flags.

Let’s explore some of the more common interview stigmas, and what candidates can do to solve them beforehand.

Topics: Interviewing, Job Search

Don't let a subway ride derail your job search

Posted by Amanda Augustine

April 29, 2013 @ 11:34 AM

Just because Wi-Fi is available, doesn’t mean you should be. 

TheLadders weighs in on subway wi-fi and the job search

As reported by TechCrunch last week, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) “switched on wireless connectivity in 30 underground subway stations around Manhattan.” What’s more, over the next four years, cell phone service and free Wi-Fi will expand to all of the MTA’s 277 subway stations.

For many New Yorkers, this is great news. Professionals can be more productive during their commute, which may translate to shorter work hours in the office, or at home during family time. Job seekers can also reap the benefits of having phone and Internet access while in transit by taking advantage of the uninterrupted search time for job sourcing, networking and applying.

However, just because Wi-Fi is available, doesn’t mean you should be. Typically, the best policy is to never speak to a recruiter or participate in an interview while commuting.

Between interrupted service, booming MTA announcements, and crowds of strangers filing in and out at various stations, there’s no way to guarantee a professional and confidential conversation. Remember, you only get one chance to make a first impression. Don’t let a subway ride derail a potentially valuable connection.  Before you accept a call in transit, ask yourself the following questions.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interviewing, Job Search

Make timing count in the job search

Posted by Amanda Augustine

April 17, 2013 @ 02:00 AM

In the job search, timing can mean everything.

Timing CountsEarlier this week, droves of U.S. taxpayers headed to their local H&R Block® office or logged on to TurboTax to file their federal tax returns or request an extension before the April 15th deadline.

As I watched a number of my colleagues scramble to send their returns in on time, I started thinking about timing as it relates to the job search. Wouldn’t it be nice if the job search had such clear deadlines? “Call the recruiter back no later than 3:00 p.m. today,” or “follow up on last week’s application by noon tomorrow.” Everything is easier when there’s a set schedule to follow.

I often receive questions from job seekers about when they should follow up on a job application or an interview, so I think today is a good day to talk about timing. Here are a few guidelines to help you follow up on job leads at the right time.

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

10 interviewing tips that lead to high job offers

Posted by TheLadders Contributor

April 15, 2013 @ 10:30 AM

The best interviewees use these mental tips to garner job offers

Interview_DeskGo into every interview with the end-goal of receiving a job offer.  Make it your decision as to whether you want to work for the company rather than letting the company determine whether you are a fit.  

While interviewing is not always easy, there are certain tricks which can be implemented to increase one's odds of getting the offer and making the hiring manager confident that you are the right applicant.  Here are 10 ways to do so: 

Topics: Interviewing

5 ways to look foolish in an interview

Posted by Amanda Augustine

April 01, 2013 @ 12:51 PM

Don’t let the joke be on you – properly prepare for each interview so you don’t look like a fool.

Speak_No_Evil_Mouth_CoveredHappy April Fools’ Day everyone! While April 1 is not considered a national holiday, it is widely recognized and celebrated as a day when people play practical jokes and hoaxes on each other.

While it may be fun to be a prankster, you’ll find that many people do not enjoy being the butt of someone else’s jokes – especially in the workplace. This is especially true during the job search. The last thing you want to do is look foolish in front of an important networking contact or potential employer. Avoid these five mistakes that will leave you looking foolish in an interview.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interviewing