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Why Social Media Does Not Work as Well as Job Boards

Posted by Paige Tintle

03:12 PM

When LinkedIn made a push a few months ago to take over the job boards and the recruitment industry, as the CEO of an executive search firm, I confess I was intimidated. However, while at first it seemed to many people that social media was the new online job board; the shine wore off quicker than some of us had feared.  

Not everybody on social media is looking for a job, but everybody is "looking for a job."  While nearly every LinkedIn profile suggests that the individual is open to career change, very few of the people behind those profiles are serious about it.  Therefore, for any hiring manager or recruiter, it takes a significant amount of time to simply find someone who is serious about moving jobs rather than just willing to speak about the position to gain further information.  

Many of these individuals don't seem to have resumes put together either, therefore to present them to clients means either giving a "snapshot" of the individual or waiting weeks for the potential candidate to finish the resume (if they do).  The job boards have resumes there and available, which (most of the time) translates to the job seeker being interested in making a move.

Topics: Social Media

The Top 5 Unusual Ways to Land an Interview

Posted by Paige Tintle

08:29 AM

Tired of sending out resumes and never hearing back? Maybe it's time to try a new approach.

Check out these five unusual methods to landing an interview:

Start an online campaign
Remember Matthew Epstein, the man behind the “Google, please hire me” online campaign? His premise was simple: create buzz and draw attention to himself. This buzz and attention would then lead mega-giant Google to notice his efforts, therefore resulting in a job interview.

Though Epstein didn’t end up at Google, he had the right idea. When you draw attention to your accomplishments in an unusual way, you stand out. One way to capture this type of attention and highlight why you deserve a job interview is through an online campaign.

You can do a number of things to create an online campaign. Like Epstein, you can develop a website that houses your accomplishments, recommendations, and plans for the future. You can also use the power of social media and your network to do the talking for you. Whatever method you chose, ensure your “it” factor is highlighted, such as awards you’ve won or a stacked resume. You’ll be memorable in the eyes of the organization when you do so.

Privacy: Why It Should Factor Into Your Job Search

Posted by Paige Tintle

11:00 AM

Exposure is key when looking for your next position, but is there such a thing as too much exposure? When it comes to your privacy, there certainly is.


In such a competitive job market, concerns about privacy generally fall to the bottom of the list for most job seekers. During the search, you’re too busy looking anywhere and everywhere for a position to even consider that our information might be used against us.

Your privacy is at stake during your search for a new position. Although we’ve be conditioned to carefully distribute our information online, job seekers tend to throw caution to the wind when it comes to employment applications and resume postings. The fact of the matter is that your job search often depends on the distribution of relatively private information to a variety of different sources.

Identity theft, fraud, and job scams are very real and dangerous possibilities that many job seekers fall prey to. When utilizing the Internet for your job search -- which is more common than not nowadays -- it’s important to understand what kind of schemes are lurking out there. And while most feel that they are immune to scams, all kinds of job seekers are still being taken advantage of.

Season's Greetings from all of us at TheLadders!

Posted by Paige Tintle

02:45 PM

Happy Holidays

Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday.

4 Things You Need to Go from Marketing Director to Marketing Executive

Posted by Paige Tintle

01:41 PM

If you’re a Director of Marketing (or in a similar mid-level marketing role) the chances are that you’re looking for a way to take the next step in your career and move up to a marketing leadership position--such as Vice President of Marketing or Chief Marketing Officer.

While hard work and experience will go a long way toward helping you advance in your career, and are necessary ingredients, you’ll likely have to build upon your current skill set and expand your professional network before you’ll be considered a marketing executive position.

I recently spoke with two of my venture capitalist connections that are well-versed in building marketing teams, and are often asked to help hire the right marketing executive to lead their portfolio companies. I’d like to highlight four key traits that any marketing executive needs. While this isn’t an exhaustive list of what you need, these are amongst the most important attributes.

Find a Job You Love

Posted by Paige Tintle

12:33 PM


We’ve all had dreams of growing up and becoming a fireman, a ballet dancer, a fairy princess or superhero. And while those dreams usually give way to more practical job decisions there is something to be said for aspiring to be a rock star or a professional wrestler. Choosing a job that interests you can be the difference between a job and a career according to Regina Van Burkleo, HR and recruiting expert and’s job interview skills examiner.

Pick Your Passion

describe the imageBe creative. What do you love to do? Do you have a hobby or a passion that you’d be thrilled to do full-time? Take a pass at making that your career.

But be careful. There are pitfalls.

“As much as you might really enjoy learning different ways to filet salmon, for example, it might be difficult to monetize that expertise into a business, even on the Internet,” write Jeff and Rich Sloan, brothers and creators of Startup Nation.

Your Online Job Search & Personal Brand

Posted by Paige Tintle

12:31 PM

The last time you searched for a job you looked in the classified ads with a red pen. You sent out paper resumes in the mail and all correspondence was conducted over the phone or in-person. You worked your way up from entry level to executive with hard work, perseverance and gained experience. Does this sound like you?

In the job market today senior-level executives, who’ve been with a company for 20 years, find themselves searching for a job in a different world than before.

describe the imageOne of the caveats of online job searching is that sometimes you can’t control what the rest of the world sees about you.

The same way you’ll be researching potential companies online – they will surely do the same. Knowing what your online identity and
personal brand
reads like is very important to your job search, according to Kirsten Dixson and William Arruda in their article “What’s Your GQ? Build Your Google Quotient.”

What Does it Mean When Management Starts Neglecting Employees?

Posted by Paige Tintle

12:26 PM

Coming to work on a Monday morning to find upper management tight-lipped is an uneasy feeling. Some say it could be a sign of impending layoffs or bad things to come but should you start packing up, or speak up?

Decoding the Silence

First you’ll have to play detective and try and figure out what it means if management starts to neglect employees.

There are a number of possible scenarios and they don’t all mean that you are being laid off. It could be your boss who is leaving.  It could a coworker. It could be nobody at all. Executives get a case of the Mondays every once in a while too. Even if this is the case, there are steps to take according to the Career Doctor Randall S. Hansen, founder of Quintessential Careers.  Hansen believes any lull in the conversation could be bad for the employee.

The limbo of underemployment

Posted by Paige Tintle

12:11 PM

Underemployed 199x300To some it means working a part-time job when they’d prefer to be full-time or being an “involuntary part-time worker.” Taking a job where you are overqualified and underpaid is also considered underemployed – although sometimes a necessary step.

In the current economic state job seekers might feel that being underemployed and underutilized is an I’ll-deal-with-it-because-I-need-a-job situation.

Topics: Salary

Get Your Resume Noticed. The Right Way.

Posted by Paige Tintle

12:04 PM


At TheLadders we have a name for the “sent resume got no response” dilemma. We call it the resume black hole: When a job seeker sends his resume to job listings and recruiters … and never hears back. Ever. It tops the list of frustrations for most job seekers.

Why does this happen? And how can you avoid getting sucked into the resume black hole?

Consider what these companies are up against, says New York Times reporter Phyllis Korkki.

“The Internet has made it absurdly easy to apply for jobs. This means that unqualified people are clogging the system with their wing-and-a-prayer applications,” Korkki writes in her article “Where, Oh Where, Has My Application Gone?”