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 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.
For example, here's a closeup of the two parts of an applicant for a Director of Strategic Planning job:
This person's current title is Vice President of Marketing, their compensation is around $160K, and they have over 15 years experience.
The other half of the graphic shows you the salaries, years of experience, and education level of all the applicants to the job, and where "you" place. (When you log-in to your account the "you" arrows will accurately reflect the information you've given us, so you can compare easily.)
Here's an applicant for a VP Technology job, with a degree from Cal and over 15 years experience:
Or a candidate for a Regional Vice President, Sales job:
Or a Director, Human Resources position:
This information is helpful to you, because it allows you to understand the type of experience and background that others are bringing to their applications for the job, and the landscape of available options as the employer or recruiter may see it.
From this, you're better able to determine when you'd be a top prospect for a position, or, alternatively, when you're kidding yourself about your suitability for a job. When every other applicant is much more experienced or a higher pay-grade than you, it's best for you to save your clicks for another day.
And that lets you spend your time more wisely.
It also looks great on mobile, so you can make the most of your airport downtime:
"Scout" has been one of our most popular and successful features this year, so December is a good time for you to familiarize yourself with it, as you get ready for the New Year.
Have a great week in the search, Readers.
Marc Cenedella is the Chairman of TheLadders, the premier online job-matching service for career-driven professionals, which has transformed the way job candidates and employers connect online. Follow Marc on Twitter here @cenedella.