How to target top employers in your job search

Posted by Amanda Augustine

April 01, 2014 @ 02:03 PM

Land a job with the right employer by building a strong target company list.

Target_Company_List_iPadEven when you start your job search with a very strong “in” at an organization, landing a new job will likely require you to pursue multiple job opportunities at the same time. In fact, I recommend that job seekers continue pursuing new job leads even as they’re entering the final interview round of another opportunity. To help you streamline this process and ensure you land a job with the right company, I encourage you to develop a target company list based upon your job goals.

Below are tips on how to research and vet prospective employers as you build a strong target company list.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Search, Job Goals

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

Three steps to writing your professional WILL

Posted by Amanda Augustine

December 30, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

Create a career “I WILL” list so your dreams will never die.

WILL_bucketlist_notepadFact: I am a huge fan of the television series NCIS. In a recent episode, one of the characters unearthed an “I WILL” list she wrote when she was a young child. It contained the kinds of dreams you’d expect a young girl to have: “I WILL be a ballerina, ride a horse, live in a castle, have a boy and a girl…”

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

How to discover a new career path

Posted by Amanda Augustine

October 08, 2013 @ 07:30 AM

Become an explorer to reevaluate your job goals and create a new career map.

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A while back when I was asked to provide advice to recent college graduates, I recommended that they become explorers in the workforce.  However, exploration shouldn’t be restricted to the entry-level professional. In fact, I think it’s healthy to reevaluate your career goals every few years. What you desired in your twenties may not hold true a decade or two later. With Columbus Day just around the corner, there’s no better time to talk about career exploration. Maybe you will also start down one path just to land on another far greater career, finding your own “America.”

Here are five ways to explore new paths:

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Search, New to the Workforce, Job Goals

4 job goals that are destined to fail

Posted by Amanda Augustine

August 05, 2013 @ 01:49 PM

Reevaluate your job goals to set yourself up for success.

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Goal-setting is an essential component to long-term success, whether you want to improve your public speaking skills, ask for a raise or promotion at work, or find a new job. However, many people struggle to set the right objectives and see them through to the end. If you find yourself struggling to achieve your job goal, the goal may need to be reevaluated. Here are four types of goals the will work against your job search – and what you can do to get back on track.

The ambiguous goal
 
A clear set of job goals is the foundation of a solid job-search strategy. All your job-search efforts – from how you position your resume and online presence to how you find job leads – will depend on the goals you choose.  Simply stating “I want a new job” is too vague. Evaluate your work history to identify the underlying skills, core values and working environment that are best for you. The more targeted your goals, the easier it will be to develop the right plan.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Search, Job Goals

Are your career blinders on?

Posted by Amanda Augustine

May 01, 2013 @ 02:00 AM

Learn when to wear your blinders to benefit your career.

TheLadders talks about when to put on career blindersThis coming weekend, all eyes will turn to Louisville, Kentucky for the 139th renewal of “The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports,” the Kentucky Derby. Nearly twenty Thoroughbreds will race down one-and–a-quarter miles of track, each vying for a piece of the $2.18 million purse and a shot at becoming the next Triple Crown winner. As you can imagine, many measures are taken to prepare each horse for its top performance.  

Oftentimes, this preparation entails fitting race horses with blinders that stop horses from seeing to the rear and, in some instances, to the side. It’s believed that blinders prevent the horses from becoming distracted and help them stay focused on the race.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Professional Development, Job Goals

How to find a career you love

Posted by Amanda Augustine

April 29, 2013 @ 02:00 AM

My interview with Successfully Unemployed’s Alan Sherwood about career transitions.

Alan SherwoodRecently I had the pleasure of chatting with Alan G. Sherwood, MBA, host of the radio talk show, Successfully Unemployed, on Toginet radio.

In addition to his radio show, Alan owns and operates two small successful businesses: a consulting firm that specializes in capital and endowment campaigns, planned giving programs, executive search and career coaching; and a real estate investing and property management firm. He is the author of the book, “Successfully Unemployed,” that teaches the suddenly unemployed how to turn what appears to be a tragedy into a personal and professional triumph.

During the radio show we covered a wide range of topics, from job goals to career transition to turning your passion into a profitable business. Click on the following link to download the podcast. Below are some of the questions I fielded and links to more information on the topics. Enjoy!

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Goals

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

A second chance: Your [Chinese] New Year’s resolution

Posted by Amanda Augustine

February 10, 2013 @ 02:00 AM

Recommit to your New Year’s resolution to change your career this year.

Yesterday marked the year 4711 on the Chinese calendar, the year of the snake. Over one-sixth of the world’s population celebrated the Chinese New Year by gathering with friends and family to exchange gifts, play games and set off fireworks to banish the evil spirits. In the days leading up to the big event, many cleaned their homes from top to bottom in hopes of sweeping out bad luck and clearing the way for good fortune.

If you feel like your career New Year’s resolution has been plagued with bad luck, consider the Chinese New Year your chance to drive away negative vibes and start fresh. Haven’t stuck to your resolution? Now’s your opportunity to recommit to your goals. Use these three tips to embrace the year of the snake and land that new job sooner.

Chinese New Year

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Job Search, Job Goals

New Year, new career: Make your resolution a reality

Posted by Amanda Augustine

January 01, 2013 @ 02:00 AM

Take these first steps to jump start your career.

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Happy New Year, everyone! If you’ve been reading my column over the past five weeks, you know I’ve been counting down to the New Year with tips to get your job-search strategy in place.

Whether you’ve currently unemployed or you’re considering a career change, the New Year is a chance for a fresh start. Now’s the time to take a hard look at your career and decide where you want to go next.

If you ran into a roadblock that affected your career last year, remember the lessons learned and give yourself permission to move on. Still bitter about the lay-offs or being passed over for that promotion? Let go of the anger and reinvest that energy into achieving your goals next year. Here’s how you can start making your New Year’s resolution a reality.

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