Find your perfect (job) match this Valentine's Day

Posted by Ilyssa Goldfarb

02:00 PM

Looking for that once-in-a-lifetime career you'll love? TheLadders helps you find it.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, many of us are in the midst of firming up reservations for a candlelit dinner, or tweaking our online profiles in the hopes of finding the ideal match, or just trying to choose between two flavors of ice cream to devour (tip: both).

We can’t guarantee that Cupid’s arrow will strike in time for the weekend, but making these quick & easy updates to your Job Preferences may just help TheLadders match you with the type of job you can take home to Mom!

6 things not to say in a job interview

Posted by Amanda Augustine

12:55 PM

You'd be surprised how many people think these are fine responses. [TWEET]

Believe it or not, most interviewers aren't trying to trick you. They want you to do well in the interview, and be the candidate of their dreams. As the interviewee, however, it's easy to overthink - or underthink - a question and respond in a way that raises a red flag. Our job-search experts at TheLadders have gathered 6 of the top flag-raising phrases candidates say in interviews, and we're telling you what you're really saying to the interviewer.

 

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interview, New to the Workforce

What to wear to a job interview

Posted by Amanda Augustine

12:00 PM

When it comes to interview attire, there’s no “one size fits all.” Ask yourself these questions when choosing an outfit. [TWEETClothes_Closet_Interview_Wear

Traditionally, “proper” interview attire translated into strict business wear such as a suit and tie for men and a skirt suit with those dreaded pantyhose for women. However, times have changed.  In many industries, these formal dress codes have given way to less conservative clothing that matches an organization’s relaxed work environment and fun-loving company culture. But how do you know what’s appropriate for your interview?

I’ve compiled a list of four questions to ask yourself the next time you’re figuring out what to wear for an interview.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interview

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

Are you the reason you're not finding jobs?

Posted by Shawn Hampton

11:00 AM

3 ways you're sabotaging your own job search. [TWEET]

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You’ve got your resume together, your cover letter polished, references locked and loaded. You’ve been scouring the job boards for hours, days, weeks, maybe even months – and still haven’t found the right fit. If this is your reality, perhaps it’s time to consider it might be you. Here are three common mistakes that could be the reason the perfect job has yet to come your way.

Topics: Job Application, Job Search Process

Dealing with rejection during the job search

Posted by Amanda Augustine

09:33 AM

Use these tips to get past rejection and land an even better job. [TWEET]

Last month, music journalist Amanda Mester received a job rejection letter from digital media company Thrillist. Rather than letting it slide off her back, this spirited applicant sent a response, pointing out the letter writer’s poor grammar, and then posted her response on Twitter.

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Some will tout Amanda’s response as awesome. Even I chuckled when I read Amanda’s email and marveled at her chutzpah. Seriously, what’s more insulting than receiving a job rejection letter riddled with errors for a writing job, no less? Come on.

But Amanda took it a step further and decided to share her response on Twitter. While publicly shaming the organization that rejected you is tempting, it’s not going to help you land a job. In fact, it’s more likely to hurt your professional brand than advance your career. Here are five things you can do to deal with job rejection in a healthy and productive way.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interview

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

4 ways to make more money in the nonprofit sector

Posted by Guest Contributor

04:31 PM

You may work at a not-for-profit, but you don’t do it for free. Learn how to increase your earnings. [TWEET]

By Dennis Sawyers, SPHR

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The nonprofit sector gives professionals the opportunity to grow professionally while pursuing a desire to make a meaningful social impact. Though many go into the sector to give back, it is only natural for motivated employees to want to increase their earning potential as they mature in their careers. [TWEET]

The nonprofit sector is changing, and many organizations are beginning to think more like businesses. This is a good thing for the career-driven professionals who work at nonprofit organizations. Talented individuals and high-performers have more opportunities to earn great salaries in the sector than ever before. However, you must be strategic if you want to truly maximize your earning potential in the nonprofit world. You must prove your worth, know how to ask for what you deserve, and be willing to continually improve your skills and contributions to your organization.

Topics: Salary

How to lose a job offer in 10 minutes

Posted by Hope Restle

04:56 PM

First impressions don't have to be the worst impressions. Here's what could go wrong - and how to avoid it in your next interview. [TWEET]

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You've worked hard for this interview. You read up on how to craft the perfect resume, and slaved over a custom cover letter. You have all the necessary experience, skills and education for the job, and now it's time to meet your potential employer and prove what you're made of in person. But beware: a small interview faux pas can deter even the most understanding employer. Read on for examples of basic interviewing follies, and how you can avoid them.

Topics: Interview, New to the Workforce

What skills matter? 2015’s top 5 tech careers - what you need to know

Posted by Amanda Augustine

12:08 PM

TheLadders’ data-backed report on this year’s top trending tech skills and job markets. [TWEET]

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We don’t need to tell you the tech industry is hot. It’s among the decade's fastest-growing job markets, making it difficult to keep up with - even when you’re working in the industry. Whether you’re an industry insider or considering a career change to this sector, it’s important to understand how the technology job market is evolving, and which skills are most in-demand so you can stay ahead of the competition and advance your career.

To figure this out, we turned to TheLadders’ newly launched Job Market Guide, which uses real-time data from our community of over 7 million employers and professionals across the nation. Our data science team then specifically analyzed current job openings and trending technical skills within the tech industry to determine which professionals are most in-demand by employers. Here’s what they found:

2015 Top Trending Careers in Tech:

  1. Senior Software Engineer
  2. Java Developer
  3. Product Manager
  4. Web Developer
  5. .NET Developer

Topics: Ask Amanda, New to the Workforce, Changing Careers