It’s time for your mid-year career checkup

Posted by Amanda Augustine

June 17, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Keep your career on the right track with this evaluation.

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When was the last time you sat down and thought seriously about your career?

It’s not uncommon to get so caught up in your day-to-day work that you lose sight of your long-term career goals. Or perhaps your fast-paced career that has you traveling all the time has lost its appeal and it’s time to reassess your goals. Use the list below to give your career a mid-year check-up and make sure you’re on track.

Revisit your goals

What you desired at the beginning of your career – or perhaps only a year ago – may no longer hold true today. As our lives change, so do our career plans. Dedicate some time this week to reevaluate what leadership expert Jim Collins calls your Big Hairy Audacious Goals, or BHAGs.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Professional Development

Are you becoming obsolete at work?

Posted by Amanda Augustine

June 03, 2014 @ 10:07 AM

Stay competitive in the workplace with this top advice.

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You’re well-established in your career and you have the track record to prove it. You’re comfortable at your current role and management seems content with your work. All is right with the world.

But as Millennials flood the job market, you get a little anxious. What if your experience is not enough? While this concern is reasonable, take heart. A survey by Adecco found that hiring managers are three times more likely to hire experienced workers than their Gen Y counterparts.

That said, it’s in every professional’s best interest to take steps to remain relevant and competitive in the workforce. Below are some tips to help you accomplish just that.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Professional Development

Work-life balance lessons from Arianna Huffington

Posted by Guest Contributor

May 12, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Reformed workaholic Arianna Huffington shares her secrets of success without stress.

By Robin Madell

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If you spend most of your time feeling like you’ve got too much to do, you might feel better when you look at what’s on Arianna Huffington’s plate.

As head of one of the world’s most influential news and information brands, The Huffington Post, the sheer amount of data that this mother of two is responsible for overseeing can make your head spin. Despite these intense professional and personal responsibilities, Huffington has found a way to stay centered in the midst of competing demands that could easily feel chaotic.

I had a chance to interview Huffington to ask her how she does it—and how others can follow her example to achieve a better work-life balance of their own.

Topics: Professional Development, Career Advice

Quitting time: 5 signs it's time to leave your job

Posted by Amanda Augustine

April 07, 2014 @ 02:53 PM

Before you resign, make sure you're leaving for the right reasons.

Skippy_Peace_GoodbyeQuitting is never easy. And while the unemployment rate is holding steady, the thought of quitting can be frightening with many still facing a tough job market out there. There will always be high and low points in your job, but how do you know when the bad aspects outweigh the good?

Here are some signs that will help you decide when it’s time to look elsewhere for work.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Search, Professional Development

Simple ways to boost productivity during business trips

Posted by Amanda Augustine

March 11, 2014 @ 01:46 PM

How to ensure your next work trip doesn’t get in the way of your work.

Social_Media_Skippy_SmartphoneTraveling for work can be fun, but it can also be challenging – particularly when it comes to staying productive as your routine is thrown off. Remember, your deadlines don’t disappear when you hit the road.

I’ve been thinking about this topic ever since we kicked off the 2014 JobMobile event series with TheLadders. When you’re traveling frequently for business, it’s imperative to plan ahead. Here are four tips to help you stay productive when you’re out of your usual element.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Professional Development

Recommit to your career resolution: Here’s how

Posted by Amanda Augustine

February 06, 2014 @ 05:53 PM

Learn how to stick to your New Year’s resolution to change your career this year.

Goals_iPadCan you believe it’s already February? It seems like only last week we were sending out season’s greetings and declaring our New Year's resolutions.

If you’re like many people out there, you may have already lost sight of the goals you set at the beginning of January. If your career resolutions have been usurped by work deadlines and children’s play dates, it’s time to recommit to your goals. Use these tips to get your job search back on track.

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

25 things every young professional should know by age 25

Posted by TheLadders Contributor

January 30, 2014 @ 05:05 PM

Danny Rubin shares his favorite leadership skills and practical tips all 20-somethings should know to succeed in the workplace.

Interview_SkippyLast year, Kirk McDonald wrote a popular op-ed in The Wall Street Journal called “Sorry, College Grads, I Probably Won’t Hire You.” McDonald, the president of a tech company in Manhattan, believes most young adults don’t have the one skill that’s in high demand: computer programming.

McDonald’s argument got me thinking. What else should 20-somethings know once they are out in the real world? The result is a comprehensive list of leadership skills and practical tips all Millennials should know. Below are five of my favorite items from this list.

Topics: Job Search, Professional Development, New to the Workforce

Social media boot camp: Job search edition

Posted by Amanda Augustine

January 20, 2014 @ 10:30 AM

Leverage social media to advance your career and kick your job search up a notch.

Social_Media_Skippy_SmartphoneJobvite’s most recent social recruiting survey found that 94 percent of recruiters use or plan to use social media in their recruitment efforts and 93 percent will look at a candidate’s social media presence.

Translation: All professionals should incorporate social media into their job-search and career advancement strategy. Here are a few of my favorite articles that explain how to effectively use the most popular social networks to both protect and promote your online brand.

Get back to social media basics

If you still think a tweet only comes from a bird, then this article is a must-read. Click on the following link to get a basic understanding of the ‘Big Four’ social networks: Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Search, Personal Branding, Professional Development

Make your work-life balance a priority in 2014

Posted by Amanda Augustine

January 07, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

Put these tips to practice to get more done, be happier at work, and spend more time with loved ones.

Work_Life_BalanceIf achieving “greater work-life balance” is one of your resolutions for the New Year, you’re not alone. A 2013 iVillage survey found that of 1,500 women polled online, 89 percent defined career success as the “flexibility to balance life and work.” Here are six practical tips to help you improve your work-life balance in the New Year.

Clean out your inbox before work.

The more productive you are at work, the easier it will be to leave the office at a decent hour and enjoy some quality time with your friends and family. Use your smartphone to eliminate spam and organize your inbox of work emails before you get to the office. Whether you do this while waiting in line for your morning coffee or sitting on the train, you can clear out a lot of unnecessary emails and start setting your game plan for the day before you sit down at your desk.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Professional Development

Attention all new small business owners: It’s time to rip off the band-aid

Posted by TheLadders Contributor

January 02, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

Five steps to ensure the financial stability you need to start your own business. 

Ripping_Off_BandaidIt’s 6 A.M. Your alarm goes off; you’re about to begin your 9-to-5 day. But, unlike most of your co-workers, you also have a 5-to-9 day on top of that. You are an entrepreneur. You decided to start your own business, but are leery of quitting your day job. You have bills to pay. You’re unsure how successful you will be on your own. Too many worries to take the plunge. But plunge you must in order to give it your all and make a success of your own business.

Have no fear, there are a few precautionary measures you can take to ensure financial stability. This will give you the push you need to just rip off that protective covering and quit your job. If you write out a plan and follow it to the letter, you should be fine.

Topics: Professional Development, Entrepreneur