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

Video chat recap: Spring clean your job search

Posted by Amanda Augustine

March 22, 2013 @ 03:10 PM

A follow-up on some of the most popular questions asked during Thursday's spreecast on cleaning up your job search.

Thanks to everyone who tuned in to yesterday’s spreecast on Spring Cleaning Your Job Search. Click on the following link to view this Spreecast and check out the hashtag #AmandaLIVE on Twitter for additional tips.

Before I dig into some of the topics we discussed yesterday, I’d like to share a few stats on a job seeker’s online presence.  According to a Jobvite social recruiting survey: 

    • 86% of recruiters admit to reviewing candidates’ social network profiles, whether or not the candidate provided that information

    • 70% turned down a candidate based on something they saw on their social media profiles

    • 85% said a positive social media presence has influenced the hiring decision

Topics: Ask Amanda, Personal Branding

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

Sweat the details of your job search

Posted by Amanda Augustine

March 04, 2013 @ 02:00 AM

When your job application is competing with many others, it’s the little things that count.

Grammar Day

Did you know that March 4th is National Grammar Day? The holiday was established in 2008 by Martha Brockenbrough, founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar (SPOGG) and author of Things That Make Us [Sic], to remind people to ‘speak well, write well, and help others do the same.”

In today’s saturated job market, it’s in your best interest to treat every day like grammar day. When your application is competing with hundreds of others, the smallest error can be used to eliminate you from the pile.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interviewing, Job Search, Personal Branding, Job Application & Follow Up

Self-presentation and your career

Posted by TheLadders

February 21, 2013 @ 09:24 AM

Believe it or not, the way you present yourself could be costing you a great career. Many job seekers--and even those already employed--are ruining their chances at acquiring a new position by way of their self-presentation both on and offline.

Hyper self-awareness isn’t an easily adapted trait, but it’s highly necessary when it comes to seeking new employment, maintaining your current position, and the future of your career. The current state of the job market has created a highly competitive environment for job seekers and those individuals hoping for career advancement.

Self-Presentation and Career Success

Now, more than ever, self-presentation and overall brand image are being elevated to a new height--allowing them to either make or break your future career. Job seekers and workers alike owe themselves deeper evaluation and assessment in terms of how others view them.

Influencing the perception of your image is essentially managing how others come to understand and view you. This is a crucial factor during the job search. For many individuals who aren’t actively seeking a new position, self-presentation is still key piece of the career success puzzle. Carefully assessing and managing how others come to know and view you could mean the difference between a promotion or a layoff.  

Topics: Personal Branding

5 ways you’re sabotaging your job search

Posted by Amanda Augustine

January 30, 2013 @ 02:00 AM

If you’re not getting results, reevaluate your job-search strategy and make changes.

Skippy_Clock_TimeEvery February 2nd, the town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania celebrates the holiday with early-morning festivities to watch their beloved groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, emerge from his burrow. Legend has it that if Phil sees his shadow, he has predicted six more weeks of winter. However, the phrase “Groundhog Day” has come to mean much more. For many, it’s a time of self-reflection.

For instance, take the movie Groundhog Day. Bill Murray plays an arrogant TV reporter who is forced to cover the annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawny, only to find himself trapped in a time loop, repeating the same day over and over again. It’s not until Murray’s character starts evaluating his life and reexamining his priorities that he can finally move forward to a new day.

How many of you have felt like Bill Murray’s character? You wake up, search for jobs and apply, reach out to recruiters and hear nothing. Then you wake up and do the same thing all over again with the same results. I hear this from job seekers all the time. “I’m doing everything I’m supposed to and getting nowhere – what should I do?” 

Below are five questions to ask yourself the next time your job search stalls.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Job Search, Personal Branding, Job Application & Follow Up, Resume & Cover Letters

Are your looks hurting or helping your job search?

Posted by Amanda Augustine

January 17, 2013 @ 02:00 AM

Will my photo give me an advantage in the job search or hurt my chances of landing the right job?

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I admit, I don’t know much about beauty pageants. I’ve seen the movie Miss Congeniality and I’ve been forced to watch an episode of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, but I don’t know if I’ve ever sat down and watched the Miss America competition in its entirety on television. However, I was pleased to hear that fellow New Yorker Mallory Hytes Hagan took the crown last Sunday.

As I watched the news coverage the next morning and saw the winner and runners up taking the stage, it got me thinking about beauty – or more specifically, one’s appearance – and how that plays a role in the job search and our careers.

While it’s not fair, experts agree that a person’s appearance can affect the outcome of one’s job search and potential for advancement in the workplace. Your personal grooming, professional wardrobe – even your haircut – play a role in your personal brand.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Personal Branding, Resume & Cover Letters

Get back to social media basics

Posted by Amanda Augustine

December 26, 2012 @ 02:00 AM

Incorporate social media into your job-search strategy to find the right job, faster. Week 5 of New Year, New You.

Social_Media_OnlineI want to thank all of you who’ve tuned in each week as we’ve counted down to a New Year, New You. Hopefully these assignments have helped you refresh your job-search strategy with the digital recruiter in mind. 

In the past four weeks we’ve worked to update your image, craft a professional resume, manage your search on the go, and overhaul your online brand. This fifth and final assignment is designed to help you take your job search to the next level. This week, we’re getting back to social media basics.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Job Search, Personal Branding

Damage control for your holiday mishap

Posted by Amanda Augustine

December 21, 2012 @ 02:00 AM

How to repair your reputation after a holiday party blunder. 

Party Mishap

Alright, so you didn’t read my last article – you had a few too many vodka and tonics and things got a little out of hand at your company’s holiday party.

Whether you mouthed off to your manager, got caught up in an inappropriate conversation, or became a little too friendly with one of your coworkers, it’s important to address the situation as soon as possible and do a little damage control. While 1-800-Flowers can help you put together an “I’m sorry I threw up on you at the holiday party” flower arrangement, it’s going to take more than that to reverse the damage done to your reputation. 

Take the following steps to start repairing your personal brand when you wake up the next morning with a little dread and a killer
headache.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Personal Branding, Professional Development

Overhaul your online brand

Posted by Amanda Augustine

December 19, 2012 @ 02:00 AM

Google yourself regularly and edit your online presence to support your job-search efforts.

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Whether you know it or not, every one of you has an online brand. A Jobvite social recruiting survey found that 85 percent of HR professionals and recruiters said that a positive online presence has influenced a hiring decision. On the flip side, 70 percent have turned down a candidate based on something they found about them online. If you’re not managing your online brand, you could unknowingly hurt your chances of landing that dream job. Take these five steps to overhaul your online brand.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Personal Branding, Professional Development