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

Every time you look in mirror, this surprising thing happens

Posted by Marc Cenedella

July 28, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Let's face it, the professional job search is a heck of lot longer, more tedious, and more frustrating than any of us can bear.

Between ducking out for lunch-time interviews and cranking through networking calls, your job search is hectic enough to get you frazzled, hassled, and more than just a bit "down in the dumps."

Banging out another four phone calls after an exhausting day in the office -- while it could be just the jackpot you've been waiting for -- is still awfully tough to get excited about.

And the negative thoughts or bad mood that a rough day can generate have a way of creeping into your voice. You might not even realize it, but you may come across sounding tired or crabby or exhausted, and that undercuts the whole purpose of making the calls to begin with.

So here's my bit of job hunting success advice to make your calls sound great:

Topics: Job Search, Marc's Newsletter

Want a new job this fall? Start your job search now.

Posted by Amanda Augustine

July 22, 2014 @ 05:45 PM

Get a leg up on your job competition by starting your job search now.

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Pool parties. Beach days. Barbeques.

With so many wonderful distractions during the summer, it’s no wonder that many professionals postpone their job-search plans until the fall. It can be challenging to concentrate on your next career move when resumes and cover letters are competing with baseball games and vacation plans for calendar space. However, the summer is the perfect time to focus on the activities that will lay the foundation for a successful search.

Follow these four steps this coming month to get a jump on your job hunt – and the competition – before fall arrives.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Search

Age discrimination is mindset discrimination

Posted by Marc Cenedella

July 21, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

One of the things I was most surprised by when I got into the jobs business over a decade ago was the prevalence and practice of age discrimination in hiring right here in the USA.

Oh, sure... we're not like some overseas markets where job ads explicitly demand youth, or a particular gender, or beauty(!), in the applicant, but there it is...

The blank look on your interviewer's face when you talk about growing up in the 60s or 70s. The skepticism with which your Snap-twit-facebook-whats-gram-app skills are regarded.  The cultural references that pass silently like two Teslas in the night... 

Well, at least the younger generation seems to get your reference to "Gunga-galunga" and giggle.

Most of the time.

All of it adds up to a pernicious undercutting of your ability to get hired and get ahead.  We have to admit the ugly truth that age discrimination exists -- there's no doubt about it.

Topics: Job Search, Marc Cenedella

The 3-stage approach to the job hunt

Posted by Amanda Augustine

July 08, 2014 @ 04:43 PM

Simplify your job search by dividing it into manageable phases.

Over the weekend, an estimated 2.5 million spectators lined the route of the 2014 Tour de France to cheer on the cyclists as they completed the first stage of this famous competition. The 101st Tour de France is composed of 21 different stages, covering a total distance of 3,664 kilometers over the course of 23 days. The athletes will be taken through all sorts of terrains, from relatively easy, flat stages, to hill and mountain stages in high altitude.

If you’re currently searching for a new position, you can probably relate to the cyclists competing in ‘Le Tour.’ As a job seeker, you will also be taken on a journey that is sure to produce some highs and lows along the way. To help you navigate this process smoothly, I’d like to show you how I break down the job search into three main phases: (1) Prepare, (2) Search, and (3) Close.

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

We can be heroes

Posted by Marc Cenedella

June 30, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Make a difference in your own life this Fourth of July.

It's the week of the 4th of July, and every year I like to share these words from a great American with you:

"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat."

That's Teddy Roosevelt speaking at the Sorbonne in 1910, but he could have just as easily been speaking to you.

Topics: Job Search, Marc's Newsletter

Hey, that's me!

Posted by Marc Cenedella

June 02, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

TheLadders lets you know when recruiters are searching for candidates like you so you can put your hat in the ring.

How do recruiters and employers find you? Half the time they're searching, half the time they're posting jobs, and half the time they're buried under too many bad resumes for the positions that they have open. 

We've added "Inside Leads" to make it easier for you to stand out. 

When a recruiter or HR manager searches on TheLadders for a particular role -- a Director of Marketing, or a Lead Developer, or a Sales VP -- and our system detects that this is a role they're recruiting for, we'll share that information with you. 

Topics: Job Search, Working with Recruiters, Marc's Newsletter

Which skills do employers value most from military veterans?

Posted by Amanda Augustine

May 20, 2014 @ 05:43 PM

Make the military-to-civilian career transition easier by highlighting these sought-after strengths.

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Our nation’s veterans continue to find the job search more challenging than their civilian counterparts, according to the most recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While the employment rate for this group has shown improvement, the job hunt remains a difficult process.

“The problem is often not a lack of skills and qualifications,” noted Robert Dagnall, expert resume writer for military-to-civilian transitions. “It’s how to translate military experience into terms employers can recognize and value.”

I spoke with a number of career professionals who specialize in military-to-civilian transitions to find out which skills are most transferrable to, and sought-after by, employers in the private sector.

Topics: Job Search, Resume & Cover Letters

Lose the 'frump factor,' win the job

Posted by Guest Contributor

May 19, 2014 @ 08:44 AM

The right look can increase your confidence, show your personal style and make a lasting first impression.

By Joyann King

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In a perfect world, we would all be judged on our inner beauty and the most qualified candidate would always get the gig. Unfortunately style, charisma, connections and the proverbial cool factor all play an influential role when considering job candidates. If you haven’t thought about your look since the ‘80s (or even within several years), chances are your go-to-interview look could use an update. You don’t want to dress too young for your age, but who doesn’t want to appear 10 years younger?

It’s true you spend hours revamping your resume, researching the company and practicing your selling points, but if your outward appearance does not reflect your energy and enthusiasm about the position, chances are someone else’s will. The right outfit can increase your confidence and make a lasting first impression.

The word “fashion” can be intimidating, but what you are really trying to do is update your personal style, not look like a runway model. If you like classic cuts and play-it-safe solids, then stick to what you are comfortable with; just focus on finding a modern cut and a flawless fit. Have a penchant for flair? Try wearing interesting shapes and statement accessories.

Topics: Interviewing, Job Search

Bad news, you just got one year's severance

Posted by Marc Cenedella

May 19, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Approach your job search like a full-time job - not an extended vacation. 

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Sometimes bad news comes in the prettiest packages.  One of the commonest I see in the careers business is the generous severance payout. What seems like a gift from the highest graces too often turns out to be bad tidings in disguise.

The "severance vacation" -- that fools' gold of "time off" that turns a few well-deserved weeks into several empty seasons -- has led too many professionals, executives, and high-performers to mistakenly act against their own best interests.

Topics: Job Search, Marc's Newsletter