Lessons learned from my last 1,200 job rejections

Posted by Guest Contributor

September 22, 2014 @ 10:22 AM

By Scott Ginsberg

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I believe in building a brand from the inside out. Creating a high enough volume of daily output that the market targets you. Allowing new opportunities to find you through the attraction of working, not the agony of waiting.

That’s how I’ve successfully run my business for the past fifteen years.

But as an experiment, as a way of testing my own system, I recently spent a summer doing the exact opposite. Filling out job applications, responding to proposals, going on interviews, meeting with recruiters, submitting my portfolio for freelance gigs and seeking out new work opportunities.

By the end of the summer, I had been rejected over twelve hundred times.

Twelve hundred times.

And despite my best efforts, not a single one of those opportunities came to fruition. But as disappointing as the process was, I learned key lessons about career management. Next time you get rejected from a job application, remember these tenants:

Topics: Job Search, Job Application & Follow Up

6 signs your job is at risk

Posted by Amanda Augustine

September 16, 2014 @ 12:01 PM

Don’t wait for the ax to fall. Learn how to read the signs that your job's on the line.

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Even the best employees worry about their job security from time to time. In fact, a recent Gallup poll found that only 58 percent of U.S. full- and part-time workers are completely satisfied with their job security. Sadly, this represents the highest level recorded since the Great Recession (2009 – 2013) when about 50 percent felt secure in their jobs. While feelings of job security may be on the rise, it’s clear that many professionals across the U.S. are still kept up at night worrying about their jobs.

If your gut is telling you something is off at the office, don’t ignore it. Look for the following signs to determine if your job may be in danger.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Search, Professional Development

6 tips for getting your job search started

Posted by Guest Contributor

September 15, 2014 @ 09:05 AM

By Robert Jones of Money Crashers

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Whether you're looking for your first job, or you've been in the game for a while and are considering a change in careers, you may have better opportunities now than in the recent past. According to Gallup, the National Jobs Creation Index recently reached its highest point in the last six years. Instead of just basking in the good news and hoping the market does the work for you, adopt a proactive attitude in order to beat the competition. To help get on the company dime faster, check out these six job-search tips.

Topics: Job Search, New to the Workforce

How to discuss job changes with your children

Posted by Amanda Augustine

August 19, 2014 @ 05:38 PM

Your job search will affect your entire family. Here’s how to talk to them about it.

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I’ll never forget the day my father told me he lost his job. I was nine years old, and he was taking me around the neighborhood to sell Girl Scout cookies. He told me that he left his company and was looking for a new position.

At the time I remember feeling scared because I knew my dad was the sole provider for our family. But I was more worried about how this news might affect the family vacation plans and weekly trips to McDonalds. I wasn’t thinking about the stress my father must have been under, or how difficult it was to come home and explain to his wife and children that he’d just lost his job.

Whether you’ve been fired from a job or left voluntarily, the prospect of starting a job hunt can be incredibly stressful, and this is especially true when you have a family to support.  Here are three tips to help you discuss your job search with your family.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Search

6 tips for job hunting while you’re still employed

Posted by Amanda Augustine

August 11, 2014 @ 08:48 AM

Incorporate these tips into your job search and your employer will be none the wiser.

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As anyone who’s looked for a new job can attest, the job search is a job in itself. In fact, experts recommend that employed job seekers spend at least 15 hours a week on their job search (for the unemployed, it’s 30+!). Employed job seekers have the challenge of juggling a full-time job and a time-consuming search without causing any waves at work. If it’s time to leave your current job and find your next opportunity, use these tips to successfully conduct your job hunt on the sly. 

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Search

Putting the “hunt” in job hunt with decent tools for the job

Posted by Marc Cenedella

August 11, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Like any hunt, your job hunt needs good tools for a good outcome.  

And if you find yourself feeling like you're wandering aimlessly across a bleak and vast horizon of endless tundra... then, yep, you're in the middle of a modern job hunt, and you don't have the right tools. It can feel hopeless.

We'd like to help.  

So we've built something special for you.

Our new feature -- the Track page -- helps you land your next job by keeping you informed of everything going on in your job search.

Importantly, this means keeping you informed not just about what you've done, but what the recruiter has done with your resume. 

Topics: Job Search, Marc's Newsletter

The numbers that matter in your job search

Posted by Amanda Augustine

August 05, 2014 @ 09:56 PM

A by-the-numbers look at how you should be job searching.

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You don’t need me to tell you that there’s a lot of job advice available on the web these days. A few clicks of the mouse, and you’re sure to find thousands of articles on every single job-search topic, from writing your resume to negotiating your salary. With so much information available at your fingertips, it can be difficult to know what to pay attention to. Below I’ve gathered some of the most solid job-hunt statistics around to help you develop an effective strategy for your search.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Search

Want to land your dream job fast? Think like a business owner.

Posted by Guest Contributor

August 05, 2014 @ 07:00 PM

Impress your interviewer by getting to the heart of the business' needs.

By Natalie Ackerman

As a Career Coach, I’ve helped tons of people navigate through job search and they all have one goal in common:  Get the perfect job as quickly and painlessly as possible.

Dream_Job_ExitOne way to do this is to own your job search and accomplishments fully, and to understand how you impact a company and its bottom line. In other words, think of yourself and your job search as a business owner might. Thinking like a business owner can significantly accelerate your success no matter if you’re unemployed, misemployed or looking to make a move into a better opportunity.

So, how can you think like a business owner even if you’re not one and don’t ever plan to be? 

Topics: Interviewing, Job Search

Employers hiring in August

Posted by Marc Cenedella

August 04, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

We have almost eighty thousand employers looking for new employees on TheLadders, and we could use your help. 

If you, or your friends or colleagues, could fit the bill for one of the below-listed jobs, please let us know by clicking through and applying.

Topics: Job Search, Marc's Newsletter

How to send a resume by e-mail

Posted by Guest Contributor

July 28, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

Sending your resume by e-mail may sound like the simplest part of the job search, but beware.

By Lisa Vaas

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It sounds simple: You learn about a job opening and prepare electronic copies of your resume and cover letter to make your case for an interview.

Not so fast, though: Clicking the "Send" button is may send your document straight to a spam folder for unwanted e-mail. Here's how to increase the odds your resume will be read by a recruiter or hiring manager.

Topics: Job Search, Job Application & Follow Up, Resume & Cover Letters