Marc Cenedella

Marc Cenedella is the Chairman of TheLadders, the premier mobile and online job-matching service for career-driven professionals, which has transformed the way job candidates and employers connect online.
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Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:22 PM

A "behind the scenes" look at the people who make up the Ladders team.

Each year I take you "behind the scenes" to show you the people and faces behind Ladders...


Tatyana's in our Software Engineering group...

Topics: #TheLaddersLife, Marc's Newsletter

I Hadn't Realized I Was Doing It Wrong Until They Told Me

Posted by Marc Cenedella

10:54 PM

When you're networking, ask for a reference, not a job.  


Here's an easy way to turn dreaded employment networking into deadly effective bonding: 

When you're networking, ask for a reference, not a job.

Whether you're doing catch-up drinks or grabbing lunch to reconnect, your primary need is to get an ally, not a tally of job listings. Recruiting a helping hand to your search is your goal.

Topics: Networking, Marc's Newsletter

Seeking VP, Anything

Posted by Marc Cenedella

09:04 PM

If you don't already have a solid elevator pitch, you're doing yourself a disservice. [TWEET]


"Oh, I'm looking for anything," you might tell well-meaning friends who ask. 

It's a problem.

Because in today's economy, no employer is looking for a "VP, Anything", or a "Director of Whatever Needs to Be Done." They're looking for an experienced professional who can solve specific problems.

When you're thinking about moving jobs, you need to have a brief, pithy assertion of who you are and what you're qualified to do. It's important that you be able to explain to an old colleague, or a new connection, in 30 seconds or less, what it is that you're looking for.

That's called an "elevator pitch" — a concise statement of your abilities and goals that can be shared in the time it takes an elevator to go to the top floor.

Topics: Personal Branding, Marc's Newsletter

It’s Not About Me, It’s About You… The 21 Questions You Need To Ask In A Job Interview

Posted by Marc Cenedella

10:59 AM

Use these 21 questions to thoroughly impress your next interviewer. [TWEET]


It's time for my twice-a-year update of the best questions for you to ask in an interview. 

I've put this list together because so often we can forget what an interview's all about. It sure feels like it's about you, but it's really not. 

An interview is actually about how you can help your future boss and future employer succeed. It's about finding out what their requirements and hopes are and matching up your background and experience with what they need. 

Overlooking these basic facts about the interview is easy. There's so much else going on in your work, your life, and in your job search, that you can forget to look at the interview from the interviewer's point of view. And that's a shame, because you need the interviewer to walk away from the interview thoroughly impressed. 

Topics: Interview, Marc's Newsletter

My Single Best Tip

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:00 AM

This bit of advice has helped more people in more interviews than any other bit of advice we've shared. [TWEET]


In the decade I've been writing this newsletter, the single best tip I've given, that has come back to me over, and over, and over again, is this: 

When it gets to that part of the interview with your future boss where they ask, "well, do you have any questions for me?", say yes, and ask: 

Topics: Marc's Newsletter, Job Search Process

A Free, Modern, Beautiful Way to Write Your Resume Well

Posted by Marc Cenedella

10:38 AM


We launched the world's best resume writer this morning. Based on our decade-plus of experience helping America's top professionals, we've put all of our best thinking into Resume Builder, available here at 

Since Ladders launched in 2003, we've assessed millions of resumes, filmed HR people scanning your resumes, and even hand-written tens of thousands of resumes for members like you. 

We made Resume Builder in order to capture all of that knowledge in a wonderfully easy and effective product: 

Topics: Marc's Newsletter, Resume

100,000 employers looking to hire... you?

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:00 AM


We've crossed 100,000s HR people and recruiters hiring on Ladders, and it's a reason to celebrate. 

Why? Because having tens of thousands of HR professionals using Ladders means it's ever more likely that you'll connect with the right opportunities for your future. 

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

The 8-Minute Resume

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:00 AM

You're eight minutes away from a better resume.


Last week I mentioned our powerful, free Resume Reviewer, which does a terrific job at helping you understand what's wrong and what's right with your resume. 

We'll be announcing tools to help you write your whole resume soon, but in the meantime, I'd like to share with you this simple 8-minute guide. It'll take you 8 minutes to read, probably an hour or two to do, and provide months of benefit in reducing your resume anxiety. 

Topics: Marc's Newsletter, Resume

Get Our Free Resume Review in 35 Seconds or Less

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:00 AM


Our very popular Resume Reviewer launched three months ago. Tens of thousands have used it. On average, 87% say it's useful. 

And 86% said they'd recommend it to their friends. 

If you'd like to get your resume reviewed in 35 seconds or less, for free, visit our Resume Reviewer here.

Topics: Marc's Newsletter, Resume

These Companies Are Hiring, Can You Help?

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:00 AM


We're starting 2016 with more employers than ever before using the system here at Ladders, and that's great news for you. 

In just the past three years, we've tripled the number of HR people, recruiters, and hiring managers using Ladders each month to find their next great hire. 

And that means we've got lots of employers with a need to fill their 2016 jobs today. 

Topics: Marc's Newsletter