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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A look behind the scenes at TheLadders

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:00 AM

Each year, I take you "behind the scenes" at TheLadders headquarters here in Manhattan so that you can have a peek at the people working hard to help you find your next job. 

Topics: #TheLaddersLife, Marc's Newsletter

How to network without feeling like you're doing it

Posted by Marc Cenedella

09:00 AM

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. 

So don't ask your college friend if she knows of any jobs for people like you. How would she? 

And don't ask your boss from two jobs ago if she has the names of any people who are currently looking to hire somebody like you. It puts her on the spot. Uncomfortably. 

No, instead, ask for a reference. Mention that you're going to be moving on, or you're already looking, or that you're actively out on the street. Let them know the type of positions you are and are not suited for, and what you're hoping to achieve in your next opportunity. 

Topics: Networking, Marc's Newsletter

My single best job interview tip

Posted by Marc Cenedella

09:30 AM

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: 

"How do I help you get a gold star on your review next year?" 

This bit of advice has helped more people in more interviews than any other bit of advice I've shared in the last decade that I've been writing to you. 

Topics: Interview, Marc's Newsletter

What doesn't feel like work?

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:30 AM

Discover which job is right for you by leaning on your strengths.

Paul Graham is one of the smartest, most successful people in Silicon Valley, and recently wrote a post on "What Doesn't Seem Like Work?

  "If something that seems like work to other people doesn't seem like work to you, that's something you're well suited for. For example, a lot of programmers I know, including me, actually like debugging. It's not something people tend to volunteer... But you may have to like debugging to like programming, considering the degree to which programming consists of it. 
The stranger your tastes seem to other people, the stronger evidence they probably are of what you should do. When I was in college I used to write papers for my friends. It was quite interesting to write a paper for a class I wasn't taking. Plus they were always so relieved. 

It seemed curious that the same task could be painful to one person and pleasant to another, but I didn't realize at the time what this imbalance implied, because I wasn't looking for it. I didn't realize how hard it can be to decide what you should work on, and that you sometimes have to figure it out from subtle clues, like a detective solving a case in a mystery novel. So I bet it would help a lot of people to ask themselves about this explicitly. What seems like work to other people that doesn't seem like work to you?" 

Topics: Marc's Newsletter, Motivation and Inspiration

The Top Recruitment Professionals in America: Q4, 2014

Posted by Marc Cenedella

09:30 AM

On this cold Presidents' Day, a warm note of congratulations to the best recruiters in the country from TheLadders!  Each quarter, we put together the list of the best employers and recruiters in the nation. They represent the savviest, most supportive and most successful hiring professionals in the USA, and we are pleased to have them be part of the extended TheLadders family.

With great pleasure, acclaim, and gratitude, may I present our this selection from our most recent "Top Recruitment Professionals in America" list, for Winter 2015:

Topics: Working with Recruiters, Marc's Newsletter

The new way to get noticed by recruiters

Posted by Marc Cenedella

09:00 AM

How do recruiters and employers find you?  Half the time they're searching, half the time they're posting jobs, and half the time they're buried under too many bad resumes for the positions that they have open.

We've added "Inside Leads" to make it easier for you to stand out.

When a recruiter or HR manager searches on TheLadders for a particular role -- a Director of Marketing, or a Lead Developer, or a Sales VP -- and our system detects that this is a role they're recruiting for, we'll share that information with you.

You'll see "Inside Lead" on the job search results page like this: 


Topics: Working with Recruiters, Marc's Newsletter, Job Search Process

90,000 employers are looking for you (or someone you know)

Posted by Marc Cenedella

10:00 AM

We have over ninety thousand employers looking for new employees on TheLadders, and we could use your help. 

If you, or your friends or colleagues, could fit the bill for one of the below-listed jobs, please let us know by clicking through and applying. Or ask your friend to! 

2015 feels like a brand new economy, and there are more opportunities than ever before... 

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

It's not you, it's your resume.

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:00 AM

If you're like most people, you have a resume that includes something like this:
Hired as Director, Tri-State Area
Responsible for a budget of $1.2 million
Managed staff of 5 in our downtown office


Your details may be grander, or your career may be at an earlier stage, but lots and lots of people have this style of information presentation on their resume. 

Can you spot the error? 

These resume bullet points simply describe what you did. They don't tell your future boss how good you are at doing the job. 

It's obvious... If you've got a job... and you work in an office... in the year 2015... 

Three things happened:
- You were hired for that job
- You had some monetary resources to manage
- You had people working for or with you

Seriously, you haven't told the employer or your future boss anything with those three bullet points. 

So here are two simple tips. 

Topics: Marc's Newsletter, Job Application, Resume

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

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