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.

Follow these three steps when making a career change.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Career Transition

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.

HopStop

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

5 tips for networking success

Posted by Amanda Augustine

July 09, 2013 @ 03:15 PM

Start networking today to take your job search to the next level.

TheLadders Networking Advice for Job SearchIf you’re looking for a job, you’re bound to find many articles encouraging you to network, and with good reason. It’s widely acknowledged that networking can help you uncover job leads that may not be published anywhere else and will give you a leg up on the competition. In fact, studies have found you are ten times more likely to land an interview when your job application is accompanied by an employee referral. 

But before you can reap these benefits, you first need to learn the art of networking. Below are five tips to help you build your professional network. 

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, New to the Workforce

3 ways to nurture your professional network

Posted by Amanda Augustine

May 14, 2013 @ 02:00 AM

Advance your career by tapping your resource pool. 

Use TheLadders Top Recruiter List to Nurture Your Network

It’s true, “April showers bring May flowers.” However, any good gardener knows it takes more than rain water to grow a successful garden, and the same can be said about your professional network. If you want to build strong relationships, you need to patiently nurture those individual connections to yield career success.

Recently, my CEO, Alex Douzet, announced TheLadders’ quarterly list of top recruiting professionals in the United States. Today, I want to show you three unusual ways you can use this list to nurture your network – and move your career in the right direction.

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

Networking anytime, anywhere

Posted by Amanda Augustine

April 24, 2013 @ 02:00 AM

Incorporate networking into your regular routine to boost your career.

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Experts agree that networking is an important aspect of every professional’s career advancement, whether they’re looking for that next promotion or wanting to make a transition. In fact, studies show that you are 10 times more likely to land a role when your application is accompanied by an employee referral. But referrals don’t just fall in your lap; you have to get out there and build your network.

Between juggling your responsibilities in the office and at home, and trying to fit in a little “me” time, you may feel like there isn’t any room left to focus on networking. Nothing could be farther from the truth! From your next kickboxing class to your child’s soccer game, there are a number of networking opportunities already penciled into your calendar. Here are four ways to incorporate networking into your already-busy life.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking

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

Pitch like a pro

Posted by Amanda Augustine

March 13, 2013 @ 02:00 AM

Take a cue from the pitching professionals to launch your elevator pitch to the next level.

Elevator Pitch Like a Pro

We are in the middle of Major League Baseball’s spring training. In Florida, new players are trying out for roster and position spots, while existing players are getting in some practice time before the true competition begins.

While I admittedly don’t know a lot about baseball, I am blessed with a family full of men who take this American tradition rather seriously and keep me in the loop. When I think about spring training and baseball season, I immediately recognize its similarities with the job search. There’s a lot of competition, and many talented professionals vying for the same role. It takes a lot of determination, planning and hard work to be a success.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Personal Branding

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