Get a smarter phone

Posted by Amanda Augustine

December 12, 2012 @ 02:00 AM

Consider upgrading your mobile device to a smart phone to demonstrate your tech savvy and continue the job search on the go. Week 3 of New Year, New You.

Mobile_PhoneThe past two weeks we’ve worked on upgrading your look and re-engineering your resume to get past the digital gatekeepers.  This week I want to focus on a tool you might not have considered as part of your job-search arsenal until now: your mobile device.

With all the advances in technology, we now have the ability to work remotely from almost anywhere in the world. That also means we’re expected to be more responsive when someone reaches out to us on the phone, via email... even through a message on a social media site like LinkedIn or Facebook. Owning a phone that allows you to not only communicate via email, but also utilize websites and apps with ease should be a part of every job seeker’s strategy. Below are five reasons why you should consider upgrading your phone to upgrade your search.

Topics: Job Search, Working with Recruiters

In the job search & over 50: Part II of III

Posted by Amanda Augustine

October 04, 2012 @ 08:30 AM

The second article in a three-part series on conducting a job search later in life.

20130619_AskAmanda_Job_Application_Checklist_v2After you’ve determined the right job goals for your search and developed a resume to support them, it’s time to begin your job-search campaign. Below are tips on how to advertise your brand on and offline, as well as pursue opportunities through multiple channels.


In Jobvite's 2012 Social Recruiting Survey of 800+ HR professionals and recruiters in the US, it was found that 92 percent of employers and recruiters use social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for recruiting. The survey reported that 73 percent of companies found a new hire through social media (the largest percentage – 89 percent – came through LinkedIn). This means the job seeker never even submitted an application – the employer or recruiter found them because of their online presence. In addition, 86 percent of recruiters admitted to reviewing candidates’ social network profiles – whether or not the candidates gave them that information.

Bottom line? If you’re not utilizing these channels to brand yourself and pursue opportunities, you’re missing out on a number of job leads that may not be published anywhere else. Building a strong online brand that supports your job goals, aligns with your resume and highlights your accomplishments and areas of expertise is imperative in today’s job market.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Personal Branding, Working with Recruiters, Job Application & Follow Up

How to harness the power of 3: techniques to find job opportunities

Posted by Amanda Augustine

September 26, 2012 @ 02:03 AM

Harness the 'power of three' by using multiple job-search methods to find the most job leads.


QI'm not having much luck with the on-line application process. What else can I do to get my resume reviewed by employers? - Eunice J., Babylon, NY

A: A while ago when I wrote the post about searching for a job while employed, I mentioned that you should use multiple methods in searching for opportunities. This means: (1) applying to (and properly following up on) online job listings, (2) networking with your social and professional contacts, and (3) engaging with recruiters. By incorporating all three methods into your search strategy, you will maximize the number of leads – published and unpublished – you can pursue.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Job Search, Working with Recruiters, Job Application & Follow Up

What's taking recruiters so long?

Posted by Amanda Augustine

August 07, 2012 @ 11:17 PM

Q: When submitting a resume and applying for a job, why does it take so long before you hear any status or update? - Bev L.

TheLadders_Skippy_TimeA: Bev, quick question – for the recruiters who typically take a long time to get back, is it to tell you bad news? In that case, you’re actually lucky they’re responding at all!

Typically, recruiters will be responsive when they want to move forward with your candidacy. However, if you’re not the right fit for the job to which you applied, or they don’t have an open job posting right now for which you’re perfect, you probably won’t hear from them.

Fair or not, in the recruiting world, you are not the customer. The company filling the role – the person who pays their paychecks – is. And, as a result, that’s the person for whom they will be responsive. So, for one, don’t take it personally – it has nothing to do with you, in particular. That’s just how it works.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Working with Recruiters, Job Application & Follow Up

How to recruit recruiters

Posted by Amanda Augustine

July 31, 2012 @ 11:18 PM

Q: I would like to have recruiters help me get a job. How do I go about getting that assistance? The current way is obviously not working very well. Thank you. -Randy B., Marshalltown, IA 


A: Remember, in the recruiting world, you are not the customer – the corporate client is. Recruiters typically won’t reach out to you unless they have the right position for you, right now.

That said, utilizing recruiters should be part of every job seeker’s strategy (along with job applications and networking). Read on for my top three tips for working well with recruiters.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Working with Recruiters