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

Stop the madness with the right job-search strategy

Posted by Amanda Augustine

March 27, 2013 @ 02:00 AM

Carefully prepare your job-search strategy and you’ll be one step closer to success. 

Stop the MadnessA survey conducted by TheLadders found that nearly 70% of its members considered their job search to be “top priority” right now. However, after carefully reviewing the survey responses, it became clear that not everyone is as prepared for the search as they need to be in today’s marketplace.

This got me thinking. For the last week or so, our office has seen a flurry of emails going back and forth about March Madness. Folks are standing around the water cooler (literally) discussing their picks for the NCAA basketball tournaments. In fact, I found dozens of articles online that explain different strategies for building a winning March Madness Bracket.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interviewing, Networking, Job Search, Working with Recruiters, Job Application & Follow Up, Job Goals

Why didn't I get the job?

Posted by Guest Contributor

March 26, 2013 @ 11:40 AM

Ten popular reasons that prevent job applicants from receiving offers.

By Ken Sundheim


While there are hundreds of reasons why job interviews don't go as well as they could, some are more common than others. Though, contrary to popular belief, not all outcomes are the interviewer’s fault, nor are the outcomes always in the interviewer’s control. Here are ten popular reasons that prevent job applicants from receiving offers:

1. The interviewee has not done his or her research on the company

When the interviewee has not done his or her research on the company they are interviewing with, there is virtually no chance they will get the offer. Despite how much the company likes them as a person or how fitting their past experience is, showing a lack of knowledge regarding the company you’re interviewing with results in instant rejection.  

2. There is a disconnect in personalities between the interviewer and interviewee

It’s not uncommon for the personalities of the interviewer and interviewee to clash. While the most successful people learn how to get along with others, sometimes it simply doesn't work out.  

Topics: Interviewing, Job Search, Salary & Negotiation

Sweat the details of your job search

Posted by Amanda Augustine

March 04, 2013 @ 02:00 AM

When your job application is competing with many others, it’s the little things that count.

Grammar Day

Did you know that March 4th is National Grammar Day? The holiday was established in 2008 by Martha Brockenbrough, founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar (SPOGG) and author of Things That Make Us [Sic], to remind people to ‘speak well, write well, and help others do the same.”

In today’s saturated job market, it’s in your best interest to treat every day like grammar day. When your application is competing with hundreds of others, the smallest error can be used to eliminate you from the pile.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interviewing, Job Search, Personal Branding, Job Application & Follow Up

3 ways to kiss a job offer goodbye

Posted by Amanda Augustine

February 27, 2013 @ 02:00 AM

Don’t let a bad reference destroy your chances of landing the perfect job.

losing_jobPicture this: You submit your application for a job and actually get a call back. You prepare for the interview and ace not one, but two rounds! The employer tells you that you’re one of the final candidates, and then asks for your references. You scribble down some names and phone numbers on the sheet, already mentally preparing for salary negotiations. And then you never hear back.

That’s what happened to John Harrison* when he interviewed for a position at news station W-CTS* in 2012. One of John’s references, news anchor Nancy Kay*, is a friend of mine. She saw my article on choosing your references and called me with this story. According to Nancy, this is how the reference call went: 

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interviewing

Find your perfect match

Posted by Amanda Augustine

February 13, 2013 @ 02:00 AM

If you’re looking for a job match ‘made in heaven,’ first investigate company culture.


Happy Valentine's Day! All over the world, couples will express their affection in the form of cards and gifts, while many singletons will set out in search of that special someone. In dating and in the job search, it’s all about finding that perfect match. You’re looking for a partner who not only shares your values, but also brings out the best in you.  

It should be no surprise then, that cultural fit is a key factor in successful candidate placement. Recruiters often refer to an ‘80/20 rule’ of talent acquisition, meaning that only a fifth of their time is dedicated to evaluating a candidate’s skills, while the majority is spent determining if the candidate is the right fit for the team.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interviewing, Job Search

Job search fashion tips for bad weather

Posted by TheLadders

February 11, 2013 @ 10:57 AM

Don't let the weather ruin your interview - follow these fashion tips.

UmbrellaWhile many North Easterners were braving out the winter weather tucked away safely inside, some job seekers might not have been so lucky. Unfortunately, the job search doesn’t always come to a halt when bad weather strikes and trudging out into the elements becomes inevitable. Since looking your best is a crucial element to any successful interview, be sure to follow these simple fashion tips so the weather will not put a damper on your big day.

Preparation is key!

As with most aspects of the job search, preparation is essential when is come to an interview and this means checking the weather prior to selecting your interview outfit. Being unprepared and dressing inappropriately for the weather could lead to an untidy look. Once you know the weather, it is easy to plan you outfit and accessories.

Topics: Interviewing, Job Search