4 ways to waste your internship

Posted by Amanda Augustine

July 29, 2013 @ 02:45 PM

Avoid these mistakes to make the most of your internship.


Internships are an essential part of every student’s college career. They can clarify job goals, build resume experience and grow a network of professional contacts – all of which will help you land full-time work after graduation.

However, landing the internship is only half the battle. How you approach the opportunity and perform your tasks will determine your success. Avoid these four mistakes to get the most out of your internship this summer.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Professional Development, New to the Workforce

Interview advice for new college grads

Posted by Amanda Augustine

July 15, 2013 @ 04:13 PM

Look polished and professional during the interview process with these five tips.

Interview_DeskI’ve written a number of job-search articles over the past few weeks specifically for our workforce newcomers. Each week we’ve tackled a step in the job-search process, from writing your resume to cleaning up your social media habits and applying to jobs.

From here, I want to delve into the world of interviewing. There’s so much to cover on this topic that I’ll be writing a few articles over the next several weeks offering both overarching advice and practical tips you can use right away. This installation covers five simple ways you can shine during the interview process.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interviewing, New to the Workforce

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 It’s widely acknowledged that networking can help you uncover job leads that may not be published anywhere else and will give you a leg up on the competition.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

Job-search resources for the recent grad

Posted by Amanda Augustine

July 01, 2013 @ 08:55 AM

Explore these online assets to uncover additional job opportunities.

onlineIf you’ve been following me on Twitter or Facebook, or reading my weekly column, you’ve heard me talk about the concept of ‘harnessing the power of three.’ Basically this means that you should use multiple methods to uncover job leads – both hidden and published – in the marketplace.

I encourage seasoned professionals to do three things: search for and apply to online listings, leverage their social and professional networks, and actively reach out to recruiters. If you’re a recent graduate, you don’t need to create a recruiter outreach strategy. Instead, your time is best spent with a two-prong strategy that consists of pursing online job postings and cultivating a professional network that will help you throughout your entire career.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Search, Job Application & Follow Up, New to the Workforce

Job application checklist for the recent grad

Posted by Amanda Augustine

June 18, 2013 @ 08:49 AM

Follow these best practices to ensure your job application bypasses the job-search black hole.

TheLadders Scout Job ApplicationsNow that you’ve clarified your job goals, crafted the perfect resume and cleaned up your online presence, let’s talk about submitting effective job applications. 

There’s nothing worse than submitting an application and never hearing back. Below are ten tips to help you avoid that job-search black hole.

Make Sure You’re a Match

Read the responsibilities and requirements sections of the job description carefully – what skill sets, education level and years of experience do they require? While the employer likely doesn’t expect you to have every single desired skill, they will expect you to meet all the core “must-have” requirements. Only apply to jobs where you possess these must-haves.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Application & Follow Up, New to the Workforce

Social media dos & don’ts for the recent grad

Posted by Amanda Augustine

June 11, 2013 @ 07:15 AM

Don't let your social media habits derail your job search.

TheLadders Social Media Advice for Recent Grads

In last week’s article I offered tips to improve your resume. This week the focus is on cleaning up your online presence and building the right professional brand.  When I coach seasoned professionals, I often have to encourage them to explore the world of social media and build a professional online presence. However, if you’re a recent college graduate, it’s pretty safe to assume you’ve had a social media presence since you entered high school, if not earlier.

This works in your favor because you’re already familiar with social media and should feel comfortable incorporating it into your job-search strategy. However, this comfort also comes at a price. Chances are you’ve built up a long, online history that’s publicly visible and not necessarily appropriate for the professional world.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Personal Branding, New to the Workforce

Resume advice for the recent grad

Posted by Amanda Augustine

June 03, 2013 @ 08:05 AM

Craft a strong resume that says you’re ready for the workforce.

Here are seven tips to help you send the right message to prospective employers with your resume.


Ditch the objective statement

We’ve all seen an objective statement that goes something like this: “Looking for an entry-level position that will help me gain skills and allow me to contribute to an organization.” This tells the reader nothing about the person’s goals or relevant skill-set. Instead of your run-of-the-mill objective statement, use the space to give the reader your elevator pitch. In three to five sentences, explain what you’re best at, most interested in, and how you can provide value to a prospective employer. We call this your professional summary. 

Topics: Ask Amanda, Resume & Cover Letters, New to the Workforce

Career advice for recent college graduates: Become an explorer

Posted by Amanda Augustine

May 30, 2013 @ 02:05 PM

Congratulations graduates! Now, it’s on to the next chapter of your lives. 

artJobSearchIt’s a time for new beginnings, mixed with feelings of excitement and anxiety.  Some of you may have secured jobs already or are embarking on graduate studies.  Others are still searching for the right opportunity.  In either case, there’s a lot of uncertainty that comes after graduation.

I can guarantee that the moment after the diplomas are distributed and your family finishes snapping dozens of photos of you in your cap and gown, they’ll start asking about your plans for the future.  “What will you do next?”  “Where will you live?”  “Have you found a job yet?”

As sure as I sit here writing this post, some of your relatives are already passive-aggressive – or perhaps quite aggressively – asking about your future plans.  It’s understandable.  They want to make sure you have a plan, that you’ll eventually move out of your parents’ house and find financial independence.  They want you to succeed.

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

Job-search tips for the recent college graduate

Posted by Amanda Augustine

December 14, 2012 @ 02:00 AM

Job Search Tips for GradsWhether you graduated this semester or have been looking for job since May, incorporate these five tips into your job-search strategy so you’ll be on the right track before the New Year.

Perfect your personal brand

Invest in a professional resume that’s designed to highlight your relevant skills and make it past the electronic gatekeepers.  Clean up your online presence by increasing the security settings on any profile dedicated for personal use, and updating or building out your professional profiles to align with your resume.

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

How to find your career path

Posted by Amanda Augustine

October 09, 2012 @ 11:37 PM

Whether you're new to the workforce or a seasoned professionals, use these exercises to clarify your job goals.


Q: I graduated college with a degree in finance in 2001.  After graduation I started a construction company which I am currently still running. I am looking for a career change and don't know which direction to go in. – Dan K. from Michigan

A: Happy (Belated) Columbus Day, everyone!

When Christopher Columbus arrived in North America, he didn’t know where he was. In fact, he thought he was in a completely different part of the world.

This is not unlike our search for the right career. Many people talk about ending up in a line of work that “found” them – they fell into their career paths. They may not have sought the opportunity out, but it ultimately led them down a career path they now love. Take Steve Jobs, for example. His passion may have become technology, but if you look at his college years, this was not necessarily a path he chose for himself early on.

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