Can you afford to relocate?

Posted by TheLadders Contributor

April 22, 2014 @ 01:00 PM

Cost of living is key to consider when you are contemplating making a move.

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Once you get an offer in another city, you’ll probably do everything you can to see if the new job is in your kind of town. If it is, don’t say ‘yes’ right away — make sure the salary is enough to pay for your lifestyle in that particular place.

Your desired location might have all the amenities you can ever want close by, but that won’t mean anything if you couldn’t afford them. The trick is to get as much local pricing information as possible — everything from gas prices and rent to what it would cost to buy a cup of coffee and a movie ticket, said recent Chicago transplant Jacob Young, an SEO specialist and online reputation manager for Young Social Media. “Being that specific is really good because you can say, ‘Oh, when I go to the grocery store, I’ll know how much it’ll cost,’ ” he said.

Commodities don’t cost the same in Wichita as they do in San Francisco, and the things you regularly buy can add up quickly if you don’t account for them before you decide to relocate. “I have three things: grocery store, gas station and bistro — those are the three places I’m going to go to,” Young said.

Topics: Job Search, Relocation

Is relocation right for you?

Posted by TheLadders Contributor

April 21, 2014 @ 09:59 AM

Use local resources to help you decide whether a long-distance move will fit your lifestyle.

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So you’ve had it with the big city and you’re ready for the country life. Or maybe working in Middle America has run its course and you want to try living on one of the coasts for a while. People decide to relocate for a variety of reasons, and work is usually right at the top of that list. But before you pack your bags and forward your mail, there are some things to consider.

Many people get an idea in their head about a place that doesn’t reflect what life in that place is really like, says Jacob Young, an SEO specialist and online reputation manager for Young Social Media. Just because you once had a great vacation in southern California and fell in love with the San Diego Zoo doesn’t mean that everyone else at the zoo wasn’t miserable from battling the traffic.

Topics: Job Search, Relocation

Seeking VP, Anything

Posted by Marc Cenedella

April 21, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

In the job search, you must be precise and concrete about your value and career goals, and shape an elevator pitch that reflects them. 

"Oh, I'm looking for anything," you might tell well-meaning friends who ask.

It's a problem.

Because in today's economy, no employer is looking for a "VP, Anything", or a “Director of Whatever Needs to Be Done."  They're looking for an experienced professional who can solve specific problems.

When you're thinking about moving jobs, you need to have a brief, pithy assertion of who you are and what you're qualified to do.  It's important that you be able to explain to an old colleague, or a new connection, in 30 seconds or less, what it is that you're looking for.

Topics: Job Search, Personal Branding, Marc's Newsletter

Quitting time: 5 signs it's time to leave your job

Posted by Amanda Augustine

April 07, 2014 @ 02:53 PM

Before you resign, make sure you're leaving for the right reasons.

Skippy_Peace_GoodbyeQuitting is never easy. And while the unemployment rate is holding steady, the thought of quitting can be frightening with many still facing a tough job market out there. There will always be high and low points in your job, but how do you know when the bad aspects outweigh the good?

Here are some signs that will help you decide when it’s time to look elsewhere for work.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Search, Professional Development

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

How to tap into the hidden job market

Posted by Amanda Augustine

March 04, 2014 @ 09:55 PM

You could be missing out on 50 percent of recruiters’ job opportunities.

Skippy_Big_Magnifying_GlassIf you’ve heard me talk about harnessing the ‘power of three,’ then you already know how important is it to use multiple methods when searching for job leads. Not only will this strategy help you find more opportunities, but you’ll also uncover the “hidden” opportunities that aren’t published online. In fact, TheLadders found that recruiters only post half of their jobs. The rest of their positions are filled through searches.

Translation? If your online career profiles aren’t complete, you’re missing opportunities. Here are four quick ways to make sure you’re tapping into the hidden job market on TheLadders.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Search, Personal Branding

5 ways to keep the job-search blues at bay

Posted by Amanda Augustine

February 18, 2014 @ 02:42 PM

Don’t let the long, cold days slow your job search. Use these tips to stay focused this season.

Defeated_Sad_Face-RightAre the wintertime blues getting you down? You’re not alone.

According to Dr. Norman E. Rosenthal, MD, a clinical professor of psychiatry for Georgetown University Medical School and a medical director at the Capital Clinical Research Associates, six percent of U.S. adults suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of seasonal depression that saps your energy during the fall and winter months. An additional 14 percent are affected by a lesser form of these seasonal mood changes.

Even if you aren’t diagnosed with these conditions, it’s easy to feel a little unmotivated on cold, dark, wintery days. Don’t let these winter blues sabotage your career or job search. Here are five ways to stay motivated this season.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Search

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

Tips for a prosperous new career in the Chinese New Year

Posted by Amanda Augustine

February 04, 2014 @ 10:32 AM

Embrace the Year of the Horse to conduct a successful job search.

Gong xi fa cai! (Happy New Year!) January 31st marked the beginning of a new year on the Chinese calendar, the Year of the Horse. All around the world people celebrated the Chinese New Year by gathering with friends and family to exchange messages of good fortune such as happiness and prosperity, and set off fireworks to banish evil spirits. 

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If your career New Year's resolutions have not yielded success just yet, consider the Chinese New Year a new beginning for your job-search efforts. Use these tips to embrace the Year of the Horse and move your job hunt in the right direction.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Job Search

25 things every young professional should know by age 25

Posted by TheLadders Contributor

January 30, 2014 @ 05:05 PM

Danny Rubin shares his favorite leadership skills and practical tips all 20-somethings should know to succeed in the workplace.

Interview_SkippyLast year, Kirk McDonald wrote a popular op-ed in The Wall Street Journal called “Sorry, College Grads, I Probably Won’t Hire You.” McDonald, the president of a tech company in Manhattan, believes most young adults don’t have the one skill that’s in high demand: computer programming.

McDonald’s argument got me thinking. What else should 20-somethings know once they are out in the real world? The result is a comprehensive list of leadership skills and practical tips all Millennials should know. Below are five of my favorite items from this list.

Topics: Job Search, Professional Development, New to the Workforce