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

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, New to the Workforce, Professional Development, Job Goals

Unplug & recharge: Vacation tips for the technology addict

Posted by Amanda Augustine

December 17, 2013 @ 10:20 AM

Unwind during your time off with a tech detox.

Skippy_Vacation_SunglassesHello, my name is Amanda and I suffer from SSA: Smartphone Separation Anxiety.

Okay, maybe I made that term up. But even when the Blackberry first came out, people referred to them as “crackberries” because they were so addictive. As the technology has evolved, the addictive nature of these devices increased as well. Now instead of just a smartphone, we also have feather-light laptops and tablets vying for our attention when we’re away from our desks.

If you’re like me and suffer from SSA, then you know how difficult it can be to put your devices down when you’re away from the office. In fact, a survey by CareerBuilder found that 30 percent of workers planned to contact the office while on vacation. Here are three tips to help you unplug from your electronics, enjoy your time off and truly relax.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Professional Development

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, New to the Workforce, Professional Development

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, New to the Workforce, Professional Development

Stay competitive: 6 things every professional should do

Posted by Guest Contributor

November 18, 2013 @ 01:00 PM

Learn how the truly successful professionals move forward and stay ahead in their careers.

By Skiddy Von Stade

Confident_Skippy_FaceLeft“Success is dependent on effort.” [tweet thisThis simple, yet refined quote by the Greek poet Sophocles is a career motto every professional should live by. Moving forward and staying ahead in your career truly comes down to the effort and time you put into it -- not just being in the right place at the right time.

If positioning yourself for success isn’t on the top of your to-do list, you’re likely to experience a few career-slowing repercussions. These could include fewer future job opportunities, limitations from moving up the corporate ladder, and even a narrower skill set.

Topics: Professional Development

How to get in good with your boss

Posted by Amanda Augustine

October 15, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

Improve your relationship with your manager and watch your career take flight.

Interview_SkippyA great boss can make a world of difference in your career. Play your cards right, and your manager becomes not only a supervisor, but someone who will advocate on your behalf for professional development opportunities, promotions and raises. But how do you get to this point with your manager?

In honor of Boss’s Day on October 16th, here are five ways you can start earning brownie points with your boss – and boost your professional brand at the same time.

Identify your boss’s priorities

It’s no wonder that my colleague and TheLadders Founder Marc Cenedella often advises job seekers to ask the hiring manager during an interview, “How do you (Mr. or Ms. Future Boss) get a gold star at the end of the year? How can I best help you do that?” A sure way to win your manager’s praise is to help him earn recognition and thanks from his manager. If you’re uncertain of your boss’s priorities, ask for clarity during your next one-on-one meeting.

 

Topics: Ask Amanda, Professional Development

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

C-Suite talk with M.M. LAFLEUR’s Sarah LaFleur

Posted by Amanda Augustine

September 12, 2013 @ 12:15 PM

Sarah LaFleur, Founder and CEO of M.M. LAFLEUR, talks to TheLadders about dressing for success and her mission to rid the world of the pantsuit and replace it with beautiful attire for purposeful women.

SarahLaFleur_M.M._LAFLEURSarah, what is M.M. LAFLEUR’s mission? Why did you decide to start your own business?

The mission of our company is simple: to create beautiful clothing for the purposeful woman.

Originally we had said “professional woman” instead of “purposeful woman,” but I quickly realized that the former felt too narrow in scope for the women we are dressing.  Let me explain: growing up I watched my mother, who was a PR executive at a luxury fashion brand, get ready for work every morning.  Her sense of style is and has been the inspiration behind this company.  She always managed to look sexy and professional, stylish and effortless.  She wasn’t just a “professional woman,” she was that and much more: a professional and a mother, a friend and a wife.  You get the idea. 

I think that’s the way most women live these days.  I’m so inspired by our customers, who we call our “Ampersand Women,” because they embrace the “and” lifestyle and lead very fulfilling, even passionate, lives.  Our aim is to create clothes that fit the Ampersand lifestyle.

I think the fashion industry today doesn’t cater to the Ampersand Woman.  Mass-market brands are redundant and uninspiring, and so many luxury brands don’t even pretend to care about or understand this customer.  That’s why I wanted to create a brand that did.

Topics: Professional Development, C-Suite Talk