Three steps to writing your professional WILL

Posted by Amanda Augustine

December 30, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

Create a career “I WILL” list so your dreams will never die.

WILL_bucketlist_notepadFact: I am a huge fan of the television series NCIS. In a recent episode, one of the characters unearthed an “I WILL” list she wrote when she was a young child. It contained the kinds of dreams you’d expect a young girl to have: “I WILL be a ballerina, ride a horse, live in a castle, have a boy and a girl…”

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

5 reasons to be thankful for your thankless job

Posted by Amanda Augustine

November 26, 2013 @ 04:33 PM

That job you despise may be a blessing in disguise.

If you’re having trouble finding the silver lining in your work these days, now’s the perfect time to look a little closer. Whether your job is plagued by boring tasks, low pay, long hours or a tyrant of a boss, there is always a reason to be thankful for your role. Below are five reasons to be grateful this season.

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

Emerging jobs you need to know about

Posted by Amanda Augustine

November 19, 2013 @ 09:30 AM

A closer look at some of today’s fastest growing (and highest paying!) job titles.

Recent_Grad_Social_Media_02A data study by TheLadders found that the fastest-growing professional jobs in recent years are more likely to contain the word “analyst” or “developer” in their job title, rather than the previously popular “manager.” For those of you working within the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, this shift toward skills-related positions rather than management will come as no surprise. Today’s technology-driven society offers professionals the ability to earn a big pay check without having to take the management track.

If you do not work in one of the STEM industries or you’re new to the workforce, most of the professional jobs listed in the data study may sound quite foreign. It is, however, important to understand these positions, as you will likely work in some capacity with these individuals in these roles. Below is a basic explanation of these emerging technology positions and why they’re considered vital to many businesses today.

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

How to discover a new career path

Posted by Amanda Augustine

October 08, 2013 @ 07:30 AM

Become an explorer to reevaluate your job goals and create a new career map.

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A while back when I was asked to provide advice to recent college graduates, I recommended that they become explorers in the workforce.  However, exploration shouldn’t be restricted to the entry-level professional. In fact, I think it’s healthy to reevaluate your career goals every few years. What you desired in your twenties may not hold true a decade or two later.

With Columbus Day just around the corner, there’s no better time to talk about career exploration. Maybe you will also start down one path just to land on another far greater career, finding your own “America.”

Here are five ways to help you explore new career paths and identify your dream job. 

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Goals, New to the Workforce, Career Transition

Working your wardrobe for career success

Posted by Amanda Augustine

September 03, 2013 @ 07:35 AM

Update your professional attire to make the right impression and advance your career.

Skipper_Chalkboard_Purse_ShoppingWith New York’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week only a few days away, it’s a great time to talk about your personal brand and more specifically, how your appearance affects your career.

Experts agree that your appearance plays a role in your professional advancement. Your clothing, grooming, hygiene and hairstyle all affect your personal brand. This becomes even more important when you’re looking for a job or vying for a promotion. Remember, you only get one chance to make a first impression, whether that’s with a potential employer or a prospective client. Invest in a professional wardrobe to update your look and advance your career.

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

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.

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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.

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If 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