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With over 6 million members, TheLadders is the premier mobile career network, committed to finding the right person for the right job since 2003. The only company with a free, mobile-to-mobile career community, TheLadders expanded its services in fall 2011 from job-matching for high-earning professionals to all career-driven professionals. In doing so, more than 65,000 employers and recruiters that use TheLadders to source qualified candidates now have access to professionals at all levels.
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Gracefully decline a job offer

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08:00 AM

Keep it professional and there's nothing to be squeamish about when you turn down one job offer for another. Use this advice to explain your regrets.

By Andrew Klappholz

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It sounds too good to be true. One highly touted job seeker was hit with a perfect financial services storm: job offers from Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase and Blackrock — all at the same time.

This was the situation facing one client of career coach Connie Thanasoulis-Cerrachio, a partner at SixFigureStart and former head of staffing for Merrill Lynch Asset Management.

Is it an embarrassment of riches to be presented with such wonderful opportunities in the wake of a global financial crisis? Sure, but this job seeker also had a difficult task on her hands. She had to turn down two of these three giants and do so in a way that protected her relationships and reputation at each.

In an era where very few can afford to burn any bridges, she handled the matter gracefully and honestly.

Topics: Salary, Working with Recruiters

Introducing "Job Search by TheLadders" for Android

Posted by TheLadders

04:37 PM

Android lovers, rejoice! "Job Search by TheLadders" is now available! 

Our mission at TheLadders is to develop technology that matches the right person with the right job, regardless of the device or platform being used.  With one in three job searches being conducted on a mobile device, we are investing heavily in the mobile job search. Six months ago, we launched our native iPhone app for job seekers, which reduces friction and facilitates the industry’s quickest turnaround times in the job-search process.

Today, we’re not only proud to announce that our iPhone app has been downloaded more than 500K times, but that an equally awesome experience is now available to Android users. We worked incredibly hard to create an app that is Android-specific and will feel at home on your device. See for yourself – it’s available in Google Play now.

Hot Hiring Trends of 2013 [Infographic]

Posted by TheLadders

12:00 PM

And what it means for your 2014 job search

It’s been a monumental year for TheLadders, with more employers and job seekers using the site than ever before. We have been publishing the emerging trends we’ve seen throughout the year as we mine our database of 6 million+ members. The information published supports job seekers and recruiters alike in our pursuit of finding the right candidate for right job.

Read on and take a look at our infographic to learn what these trends were in 2013 and how they can affect your job-search strategy. Stay tuned in 2014 for more data-driven stories that will impact hiring and the way top talent finds jobs.

3 Ways to Capitalize on the March Jobs Report

Posted by TheLadders

04:24 PM

Although the past few months have been great for job creation, the March Jobs Report didn’t tell the same story. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. added 88,000 jobs in March (although the unemployment rate did drop to 7.6 percent). Compared to last month, U.S. employers added 236,000 jobs, which is up from 119,000 in January.

One of the big reasons the actual unemployment rate dropped, and the number alone doesn’t reflect this, is a result of the number of people who simply stopped looking--they are not counted as “unemployed.” As more people stop looking, that will undoubtedly lower the unemployment number--but there’s still more work to be done until we’re in the clear.

So, what can the latest job reports teach you if you are looking for something new? Here are few ways job seekers can capitalize on the these reports:

Self-presentation and your career

Posted by TheLadders

09:24 AM

Believe it or not, the way you present yourself could be costing you a great career. Many job seekers--and even those already employed--are ruining their chances at acquiring a new position by way of their self-presentation both on and offline.

Hyper self-awareness isn’t an easily adapted trait, but it’s highly necessary when it comes to seeking new employment, maintaining your current position, and the future of your career. The current state of the job market has created a highly competitive environment for job seekers and those individuals hoping for career advancement.

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Now, more than ever, self-presentation and overall brand image are being elevated to a new height--allowing them to either make or break your future career. Job seekers and workers alike owe themselves deeper evaluation and assessment in terms of how others view them.

Influencing the perception of your image is essentially managing how others come to understand and view you. This is a crucial factor during the job search. For many individuals who aren’t actively seeking a new position, self-presentation is still key piece of the career success puzzle. Carefully assessing and managing how others come to know and view you could mean the difference between a promotion or a layoff.  

Topics: Personal Branding

What to wear to an interview when the weather turns nasty

Posted by TheLadders

10:57 AM

Don't let the weather ruin your job interview - follow these fashion tips. [TWEET]

While many North Easterners were braving out the winter weather tucked away safely inside, some job seekers might not have been so lucky. Unfortunately, the job search doesn’t always come to a halt when bad weather strikes and trudging out into the elements becomes inevitable. Since looking your best is a crucial element to any successful interview, be sure to follow these simple fashion tips so the weather will not put a damper on your big day.

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Topics: Interview

All Aboard: The Importance of Career Advice and Personal Image

Posted by TheLadders

10:48 AM

Professional ImageI am so glad my schedule opened up so that I could accept the invitation to speak at Job Central, Presented by TheLadders, in the fabulous Grand Central Terminal in NYC.

Grand Central and the surrounding streets were filled with job seekers looking for advice, connections and of course, jobs. There were plenty of recruiters there as well, hoping to find the right candidates for their organizations.

I enjoyed listening to another presenter, and author, Dr. Woody who offered career advice for today's challenging economy and job market. He encouraged the audience to network more and  not be afraid of going up to someone you don't know and striking up a conversation that could very possibly lead to a job, referral or more business.

Getting Your Resume Into the Right Hands

Posted by TheLadders

04:35 PM

Combine new-age research with old-fashioned correspondence to increase your chances for success in the job search.

By Andrew Klappholz

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The job search is an ever-changing landscape that seems to get more crowded and more complex by the day.

It often seems that when you submit your resume online, it just goes into what experts call the “recruiting black hole” and is never heard from again.

That could be because it’s been relegated to the bottom of a resume pile that is over 1,000 pages deep. More likely, it’s some kind of a digital version of that, one where resumes that are customized to trick a computer are assigned a higher priority while your resume sinks to the bottom of the list.

There are ways to even the odds in the digital job search by strategically using the right keywords and following a couple dozen other rules on how to send a resume by e-mail, but once you click “send” there’s got to be something you can do other than just pray that it gets to an actual human being.

Topics: Resume

Get read: How cover letters market your resume

Posted by TheLadders

10:57 AM

There’s no denying that a powerful, customized cover letter is a key piece of any job search. It’s often how a potential employer decides whether or not to read your resume. So how do they work?coverletters resized 600

Know your audience and find a balance.

Think of it like this: the cover letter is the advertisement for your resume. It needs to be short, effective, and memorable. You make an almost immediate decision on whether or not you're interested in a product or service when viewing its ad. Similarly, a recruiter or employer will make a quick decision about reading your resume while viewing your cover letter.

A strong cover letter will have all of the attributes of a great advertisement.  It should be as tailored as possible to its intended audience. If it’s too long, it’s an immediate turn off to a busy recruiter. If it’s too short, it may undersell you. A hastily written cover letter or one full of errors will give the impression that you’re not taking your readers’ time seriously.

Topics: Cover Letter

Seize the summer: Job-search tips from TheLadders

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01:21 PM

Seize the summer job search with our Job Search Expert's tips. 

By Ryan Galloway

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The myth that hiring slows down in the summer is just that: a myth. It’s impossible to know where that old line comes from, but buying into it can be incredibly damaging to your job search. While hiring within certain industries and fields can vary seasonally, simply writing off three months of the year will put your job search way behind those of your savvier peers. In fact, summer may be the best time to look since so many otherwise-active jobseekers are the taking the season off.

This doesn’t mean that your summer has to be spent indoors, finessing resumes and scanning job boards. There are plenty of ways to balance an engaged job search with the summer lounging you deserve. Amanda Augustine, TheLadders’ resident job search expert, has discussed this very topic on CBS New York. Her top five tips for seizing the summertime job search are: