Tips from a recruiter: How to stand out at your next career fair

Posted by Mike Deissig

April 15, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

Make a splash at your next career fair with advice from TheLadders’ recruiter.

TheLadders_Job_FairIt’s easy to feel like a small fish in a big pond when you’re at a career fair. With hundreds of candidates all vying for the attention of the same recruiters and employers, you feel like you don’t stand out. 

And I’m going to let you in on a secret: You probably don’t. As a recruiter, I can easily talk to more than one hundred different job seekers at a career event. At the end of the day, the names, faces, and occupations all blur together. The most important thing you can do at a career fair is take steps to distinguish yourself from the crowd.

After years of recruiting quality hires from these events, I’m giving you the top ways to distinguish yourself from the other candidates. They’re surprisingly simple.

Topics: Networking, New to the Workforce, Working with Recruiters

When I asked her for a reference, her reaction blew me away

Posted by Marc Cenedella

March 17, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Here's an easy way to turn dreaded employment networking into deadly effective bonding:

When you're networking, ask for a reference, not a job.

Cenedella_Marc_2Whether you're doing catch-up drinks or grabbing lunch to reconnect, your primary need is to get an ally, not a tally of job listings. Recruiting a helping hand to your search is your goal.

So don't ask your college friend if she knows of any jobs for people like you. How would she?

And don't ask your boss from two jobs ago if she has the names of any people who are currently looking to hire somebody like you. It puts her on the spot. Uncomfortably.

Topics: Networking, Marc's Newsletter

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

Boost your job search with season’s greetings

Posted by Amanda Augustine

December 23, 2013 @ 10:03 AM

How the right mix of season’s greetings and (humble) self-promotion will help you land new job leads.

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The holidays are a great time to reconnect with your network. Whether it’s via email, an e-card or a traditional card, use your holiday greetings to benefit your job-search efforts. Here are five items to include in your holiday messages to keep your job search moving forward during the holiday season. 

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Job Search

The holiday networking survival guide

Posted by Amanda Augustine

December 03, 2013 @ 02:28 PM

Make the most of this festive season by networking your way through the holidays.

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'Tis the season for holiday parties, open houses, family get-togethers…and networking!

Whether you love it or loathe it, networking has become a key component in every professional’s career development and job-search strategy. It can help you establish your personal brand, uncover new job leads, and gain valuable insight into a prospective employer.

The holidays are an especially great time to put your networking skills to work. Below are some of my favorite articles that cover all aspects of networking, from developing your elevator pitch to incorporating networking into your everyday life.

Happy holiday networking!

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking

Give back to get ahead in your job search

Posted by Amanda Augustine

December 02, 2013 @ 09:30 AM

Learn how volunteering and other charitable works can benefit your job search.

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December 3rd marks the second annual Giving Tuesday, a movement created to “celebrate and encourage charitable activities that support non-profit organizations.” Giving back is not only a great thing to do for your community; it can also be beneficial to your job search. Here are five reasons why giving back to the community will give your job search some extra oomph this season.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Job Search

Job seekers: How to pitch your skills to make a career change

Posted by Amanda Augustine

October 22, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

Find new career opportunities by searching outside your current field.

career_transitionWhen it comes to the job search, not all fields are created equally. In a recent study, TheLadders found that, depending on the city, one job seeker’s desert can be another’s oasis. For example, healthcare workers in Boston currently enjoy a favorable job market, whereas those in real estate in the same city are more likely to struggle during the job hunt. For those in the desert, a career transition may be in order so your skills can be put to use in a more favorable field. While many people have considered or even yearned to change fields, this is easier said than done.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Job Search

How to leverage your smartphone for the job search

Posted by Amanda Augustine

September 24, 2013 @ 08:00 AM

Get ‘smart’ about your job search to turn your downtime into valuable job-search time.

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Have you noticed how just about everything in our world has gone mobile? You can deposit your checks without going to the bank, chat face-to-face with loved ones far away, and read books and magazines on-the-go without harming a single tree. Even the most brick-and-mortar businesses have developed mobile websites (and perhaps an app or two) to compete in today’s market.

Similarly, the recruiting process is becoming more mobile. In fact, today marks the beginning of a two-day JobMobile Summit TheLadders is hosting for employers and recruiters to discuss this very topic. 

As job seekers, it’s important to embrace the mobile job search or get lost among the competition. Here are five tips to make the most of your smartphone for the job search.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Job Search

7 apps to increase career and job-search success

Posted by Amanda Augustine

September 17, 2013 @ 02:18 PM

Leverage these seven apps to advance your career.

Mobile_PhoneIn today’s digital society, there’s an app to help you manage practically every aspect of your life, from your finances to your weight. Your professional life is no different. Whether you want to work more efficiently with a virtual team or job hunt on-the-go, there’s an app for that. Below are some of my favorite mobile apps that will help you be a more successful job seeker and productive, career-driven professional.

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Nothing’s worse than arriving late to an important meeting or interview. If you’re navigating a new city or trying to get across town during rush hour, arm yourself with HopStop.  This free app provides travelers with door-to-door transit, walking, biking and taxi directions in more than 300 cities worldwide. Additionally, it will help you find the nearest subway

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

Job-search fumbles that will cost you the game

Posted by Amanda Augustine

September 10, 2013 @ 08:57 PM

Don’t get penalized for these errors this job-hunt season.

Football_SkippyFall is here and football season is upon us! Across the United States, avid sports fans are organizing their tailgate parties and incessantly checking their Fantasy Football teams. Collegiate and professional athletes alike are giving it their all on the field, hoping to avoid a spotlight on ESPN SportsCenter’s Not Top 10. Playing football at this level requires hard work and dedication. Make one mistake and you could cost your team the game.

The same can be said about the job hunt. Don’t let a little mistake cost you a job offer. Learn from the football pros and avoid these job-search follies.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Job Search