Navigating the resume application minefield

Posted by Amanda Augustine

August 13, 2013 @ 02:08 PM

resume-dudeCraft a resume that clears the gatekeepers and lands in the hiring manager’s hands.

TheLadders conducted a study finding that the average recruiter spends six seconds reviewing a resume before deciding if it’s worth a closer inspection. Translation: you have six seconds to make the right impression!

The recruiter isn’t the only gatekeeper you need to worry about. Before your resume reaches a human being, it will typically get screened by a piece of software known as an Applicant Tracking System (ATS).

Here are 5 resume tips to help you get past these initial application gatekeepers.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Application & Follow Up, Resume & Cover Letters

3 ways to conquer the summer job search

Posted by Amanda Augustine

July 12, 2013 @ 08:04 AM

Learn how to stand out amongst your competition and still enjoy your summer.

Summer Skippy Girl v2

I stopped by PIX-11 this past Wednesday to chat with Frances Rivera about job seeking in the summer. 

Let’s face it: rising temperatures usually make job-search activity cool off. It’s tough to keep your head in the game when your job search is competing against beach trips and block parties for calendar space.

However, if you can breeze past these distractions, the summer can be a great time to kick your job search up a notch…when everyone else is still sleeping or sunbathing!

Here are three tips to help you stay ahead of the competition and still enjoy your summer.

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

Job-search resources for the recent grad

Posted by Amanda Augustine

July 01, 2013 @ 08:55 AM

Explore these online assets to uncover additional job opportunities.

onlineIf you’ve been following me on Twitter or Facebook, or reading my weekly column, you’ve heard me talk about the concept of ‘harnessing the power of three.’ Basically this means that you should use multiple methods to uncover job leads – both hidden and published – in the marketplace.

I encourage seasoned professionals to do three things: search for and apply to online listings, leverage their social and professional networks, and actively reach out to recruiters. If you’re a recent graduate, you don’t need to create a recruiter outreach strategy. Instead, your time is best spent with a two-prong strategy that consists of pursing online job postings and cultivating a professional network that will help you throughout your entire career.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Search, New to the Workforce, Job Application & Follow Up

Your job search just got easier

Posted by Sarah Woodard

June 25, 2013 @ 09:30 PM

Simplify your job-search with the new app from TheLadders.

Topics: Job Search, Job Application & Follow Up

Job application checklist for the recent grad

Posted by Amanda Augustine

June 18, 2013 @ 08:49 AM

Follow these best practices to ensure your job application bypasses the job-search black hole.

TheLadders Scout Job ApplicationsNow that you’ve clarified your job goals, crafted the perfect resume and cleaned up your online presence, let’s talk about submitting effective job applications. 

There’s nothing worse than submitting an application and never hearing back. Below are ten tips to help you avoid that job-search black hole.

Make Sure You’re a Match

Read the responsibilities and requirements sections of the job description carefully – what skill sets, education level and years of experience do they require? While the employer likely doesn’t expect you to have every single desired skill, they will expect you to meet all the core “must-have” requirements. Only apply to jobs where you possess these must-haves.

Topics: Ask Amanda, New to the Workforce, Job Application & Follow Up

Improve your job application ROI

Posted by Amanda Augustine

May 15, 2013 @ 04:00 AM

Before you hit the “apply” button, make sure the application is worth your time.

TheLadders Sheds Light on the Black Hole

As a career coach I often talk to job seekers who are frustrated over the lack of response from employers. This phenomenon is commonly referred to as the “Black Hole,” and leaves most job seekers discouraged with no updates on their application’s status and no feedback to help improve their future applications.

While you can’t control the recruiter’s actions, there are things you can do to combat the Black Hole and improve your application’s return-on-investment.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Application & Follow Up, Resume & Cover Letters

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

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

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 today 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

5 ways you’re sabotaging your job search

Posted by Amanda Augustine

January 30, 2013 @ 02:00 AM

If you’re not getting results, reevaluate your job-search strategy and make changes.

Skippy_Clock_TimeEvery February 2nd, the town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania celebrates the holiday with early-morning festivities to watch their beloved groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, emerge from his burrow. Legend has it that if Phil sees his shadow, he has predicted six more weeks of winter. However, the phrase “Groundhog Day” has come to mean much more. For many, it’s a time of self-reflection.

For instance, take the movie Groundhog Day. Bill Murray plays an arrogant TV reporter who is forced to cover the annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawny, only to find himself trapped in a time loop, repeating the same day over and over again. It’s not until Murray’s character starts evaluating his life and reexamining his priorities that he can finally move forward to a new day.

How many of you have felt like Bill Murray’s character? You wake up, search for jobs and apply, reach out to recruiters and hear nothing. Then you wake up and do the same thing all over again with the same results. I hear this from job seekers all the time. “I’m doing everything I’m supposed to and getting nowhere – what should I do?” 

Below are five questions to ask yourself the next time your job search stalls.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Job Search, Personal Branding, Job Application & Follow Up, Resume & Cover Letters