Sarah Landrum

Sarah Landrum

Sarah Landrum is the founder of Punched Clocks, a leading career advice blog. Her career development advice has been featured on Forbes, Levo, The Muse, Business Insider and other top publications. She had the honor of participating in Mashable’s #BizChats with the biggest names in the career world and was honored to have been listed as one of the top career websites and career experts to follow. Subscribe to the Punched Clocks newsletter for more career advice from Sarah.

Articles by Sarah Landrum


How to successfully negotiate by using silence

Those awkward silences you fear may help you navigate a negotiation with success. Here are five tips on using silence to negotiate.

How To

What to do if you’re going to miss a deadline

Don’t panic at the impending deadline. You’ve got this with class and professionalism — and yes, you’ll keep your job. Here’s what you do.


How to improve your networking skills at big events

You might be new to the practice, or you might be an experienced networker. Either way, there’s always room for improvement — here are six ways to hone the skill and shine at your next networking event.

Job search

How to turn negative qualities into positives during an interview

With the right response, you can reframe negative qualities into positives and show that you’re willing to improve yourself in order to succeed.

Office Life

How to become the go-to employee for your boss

Soon, you’ll be assets to one another — and there’s no better boss-employee relationship than one that’s mutually beneficial.


6 enticing and scientifically-backed memory recall tactics you haven’t tried

While you may see a few improvements in your memory, most of what you’ve tried didn’t stick in the long run. Here are six ways you haven’t tried yet.

Personal Finance

How to get the raise you deserve when you work from home

To advance yourself and your income, you need to help close the gap. Elevate your professional self and get the raise you deserve as a remote worker.

Job Search

What to do when your top choice hasn’t called with a decision

Follow through with these five tips for when your top choice hasn’t called with an offer. The right offer will come and it will be worth the wait

Job Search

How to keep your sanity in the job search game

Flip the script. You haven’t found the right fit yet, but don’t give up. Here are a few additional ways to keep your mind sane and your spirits up while between jobs.


6 reasons that continuing education is a no-brainer

As soon as you graduate from high school or Uni, you undoubtedly feel accomplished. But you might also feel as though you’re finished with the educational system in general — you’ve got your diploma, and you’re ready to get to work. Here are six reasons you should keep going to class.


How being a perfectionist really is your biggest weakness

If we dig a little deeper, it becomes clear perfectionism is a weakness if you’re truly obsessed with every detail of everything you do. So, let’s dig in — here are four ways perfectionism works against you in the office, and one big way to make it work for you.


How to become your boss’s right hand man and get all the best opportunities

To open the doors of opportunity, you must show you’re a valuable team player but also that you take initiative — with the approval of your boss on bigger goals, of course. Get all the best opportunities and become your boss’s right hand by following these tips.

The Whole Human

6 victim mentalities to fight during your job search

You need to recast yourself as the hero of your career journey, while remaining honest with yourself, and lead your job search in a positive and proactive direction. Realize that you can take charge of your career journey, rather than playing into these six victim mentalities.


39 questions to make small talk with anyone

Forego the traditional weather-related questions and delve deeper to find your commonalities and their quirks. These little things are what makes the difference between acquaintances and friends, and you can uncover them with even the littlest bit of conversational finesse.


What to do when people keep getting your name wrong

Is your life one constant blooper reel of people constantly misspelling and misspeaking your name? It’s one thing when someone on the street gets it wrong in passing — you probably won’t see them again. It’s another when professionals you regularly deal with get it completely wrong all the time.


Use your music playlists to actually get MORE work done

While silence works for some people, there are certain situations where music will help a person’s productivity. Here are a few examples of how and when you can use music to increase your production.


5 productivity tips for continuing your education while working

The e-learning industry is estimated to be worth $331 billion as of 2025, so a bigger question is — how do you, the employee, balance it all if you plan to continue your education while working? Here are a few tips on staying productive.

Equal Pay Day

5 ways for women to help women rise up on Equal Pay Day

Nearly 20 years into the new millennium, women still aren’t getting paid equally. Women are held back by doubt, antiquated notions, and stereotypes — and sometimes each other. This Equal Pay Day, help another woman rise in the workplace.


6 work opportunities that can surprisingly hurt your career

Maintaining a forward path is easier if you’re able to recognize opportunities that, despite some advantages, are ultimately a step backward in your career.


How to rebound after not landing a big promotion

Here's how to cultivate positive meaning after being passed over for a promotion and rebound more brilliantly than ever before.


8 signs you’re killing it even if the boss isn’t telling you

Don’t worry. You’re not a failure. You haven’t lost your touch. If you’re looking for a sign that you're killing it, even if your boss isn't telling you, here are eight of them.


How to handle a rude interviewer

How do you handle a rude interviewer, and is it worth it to stay or time to leave?