Don't let five simple words ruin your interview

Posted by Amanda Augustine

11:26 AM

The Twitterverse made it, but we’re here to save it. How to avoid saying those #FiveWordsToRuinAJobInterview [TWEET]

You’ve been there before. Maybe you asked what it’s like to work at PepsiCo… to the hiring manager at Coca Cola. Or you panicked when the recruiter inquired about your salary requirements and you asked what they made instead. It’s easy to find your foot in your mouth during an interview.

However, I hope you’ve never felt tempted to blurt out any of the phrases shared on Twitter this past weekend with the hashtag #FiveWordsToRuinAJobInterview, like this:

Dont_Google_Me_Twitter

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interview

Please review the other applicants for this job first.

Posted by Marc Cenedella

10:00 AM

Would you like to see the name, title, compensation, work history and educational background of each person applying to the same jobs you're applying to here at TheLadders? 

Well, I can't show you name, and sometimes I need to truncate the title in order to preserve anonymity, but our popular feature "Scout" shows you the compensation, skills, title, work and educational background as well as overall years of experience for each applicant to the jobs posted directly here on TheLadders. 

For obvious reasons, we can't show you personally identifiable information like current employer. 

But for understanding how realistic your prospects are, and how stiff the competition is, there's no better insight on the web. (Or mobile.) 

For example, here's a closeup of the two parts of an applicant for a Director of Strategic Planning job: 
Vice President of Marketing

Topics: Interview, Salary, Marc's Newsletter, Job Application, Job Search Process

Are you getting paid what you deserve?

Posted by Guest Contributor

12:05 PM

Take these four steps to figure out what you’re really worth.

By Michelle Kruse

Counting_Coins_Money_Paid_Salary

We all have those moments in our career when we wonder if we’re getting paid what we deserve. We might even worry that we’re being taken advantage of. There are simple steps you can take to find out what people in similar positions are making, but it’s a bit more difficult to accurately determine your individual worth. [TWEET]

It’s never easy to look at your own work with an objective eye, but if you can step back and see yourself as others do, you’ll never have to wait on supervisors to give the official word about how you’re doing. By being proactive and carefully critiquing yourself on a regular basis, you’ll be better prepared to ask for a raise when you deserve it — and to improve your performance when you don’t.

Topics: Salary

Build a better career with big data – here’s how

Posted by Amanda Augustine

12:00 PM

Big data is changing everything. From how we do our jobs to who we date, the numbers are now dictating what to do – and we’re better for it. In business, organizations are using big data to do everything from identify customer pain points to predict when employees will quit their jobs.

But does big data affect the average professional? The answer is yes – and more than you’d think. In fact, here at TheLadders, we believe the most successful professionals are those who arm themselves with data. [TWEET] So we harnessed our 10+ years of career data to develop an exciting new tool to make you a better job seeker now, and a more informed, successful professional throughout the course of your career.

Job_Market_Guide_02

Topics: Ask Amanda, Salary, Professional Development

What career are you meant for? Take the quiz!

Posted by Guest Contributor

10:46 AM

 

Topics: Goal Setting, New to the Workforce, Changing Careers

These companies are hiring. Can you help?

Posted by Marc Cenedella

09:00 AM

We're starting 2015 with more employers on TheLadders system than ever before. 

Compared to a year ago, we're seeing:
 
  • 50% more jobs posted by recruiters and employers. For the 5th year in a row here at TheLadders, jobs posted increased by more than 50% compared to a year ago!
 
  • 50% more recruiter activity -- log-ins, searches for star candidates like you, etc. Employers are even more active on TheLadders today than they were a year ago.
 
  • They're spending more time on our site -- not only are there more of them, but they are happier and more engaged with TheLadders system than ever before!
All of that means that we've got lots of employers with a need to fill their 2015 jobs right now. Today. Pronto. 

And I mean quick. 

The reason, of course, has only a little bit to do with us, Readers, and everything to do with you, our fantastic members. 

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

Your phone might be the key to finding your dream job

Posted by Guest Contributor

09:45 PM

Your phone might be the key to finding your dream job. [TWEET]

By Michele P. Dambach

Ladders-app

Your smartphone can do it all. 

From making phone calls and checking emails to recording videos and reading the news, there are endless uses for your phone. And just when you thought your smartphone could do it all, there’s actually another practical use for your smartphone: Finding a job. 

According to MedReps’ 2014 Mobile and Social Medical Sales Job Search report, 90 percent of medical sales professionals use their mobile devices as an essential tool in their job search. Not only are they using their smartphones to network with recruiters, but they’re also using them to search and apply for jobs. 

Topics: Job Search Process

New Year’s resolutions super successful people make

Posted by Amanda Augustine

05:21 PM

Ditch the tired resolutions and make one that will improve your career. [TWEET]

Fireworks

If you’re like most people, now’s the time you reflect on the past year and figure out what you’d like to improve in the New Year.  If you’re tired of the usual annual promises, take a page from the people who know how to get to the top. Here are six resolutions highly successful people have made that will propel your career forward in 2015. [TWEET]

Topics: Ask Amanda, Goal Setting

Hired! Success stories from TheLadders

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:00 AM

Thousands of your fellow subscribers have found their new jobs this past year on TheLadders! 

Employer activity on TheLadders grew 50% in the past year, and more recruiters are using TheLadders than ever before... 

Why? Because TheLadders professionals are interested in a new job, and behave respectfully. While the typical job posting on LinkedIn or Monster gets hundreds (thousands!) of unqualified applications, the typical job at TheLadders gets just 14 applicants that are targeted, relevant, and interesting to the HR person or recruiter.

So while we don't have the space to share them all, here are a hundred of the top positions landed by your fellow subscribers through TheLadders.com in the past months: 

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

10 steps to a better career: Our top articles of 2014

Posted by Amanda Augustine

02:46 PM

Jump-start your career in 2015 by checking out our most popular articles of the year. [TWEET]

Most_Popular_Articles

Whether your New Year’s resolution is to improve your career or change jobs altogether, these tips are sure to help. Below, in no particular order, are our top ten most-read articles of 2014. And they’re chock-full of job-search and career advice.

Topics: Ask Amanda