5 reasons why you didn’t land an interview

Posted by Amanda Augustine

October 27, 2014 @ 12:20 PM

Applied for a job and haven’t heard back? Here’s why recruiters aren’t responding to your applications.

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You find the perfect job online and submit your application, already fantasizing about your new position. Then the waiting game begins. You wait, patiently at first, and then the panic sets in.

Should I follow up? What should I say? Did I do something wrong?

Why isn’t anyone calling me?!

After what feels like forever, you check back on the job posting, only to realize the position’s been filled. 

This phenomenon is commonly referred to as the “Black Hole,” and leaves most job seekers discouraged and unsure how to improve their future applications. If you’ve found yourself in this position, wondering what went wrong, consider the following reasons why you didn’t hear back. [TWEET]

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interview, Job Application

Should you apply to this job?

Posted by Amanda Augustine

October 14, 2014 @ 10:19 AM

Ask yourself these questions before you submit your next job application.

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Let’s face it – applying to jobs can be a tedious and time-consuming process, especially when each application is properly tailored. Before you submit your resume for another job, make sure it’s worth your time.

Review the job description carefully and ask yourself the following questions before you invest in your next job application. [TWEET]

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Application

Lessons learned from my last 1,200 job rejections

Posted by Guest Contributor

September 22, 2014 @ 10:22 AM

By Scott Ginsberg

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I believe in building a brand from the inside out. Creating a high enough volume of daily output that the market targets you. Allowing new opportunities to find you through the attraction of working, not the agony of waiting.

That’s how I’ve successfully run my business for the past fifteen years.

But as an experiment, as a way of testing my own system, I recently spent a summer doing the exact opposite. Filling out job applications, responding to proposals, going on interviews, meeting with recruiters, submitting my portfolio for freelance gigs and seeking out new work opportunities.

By the end of the summer, I had been rejected over twelve hundred times.

Twelve hundred times.

And despite my best efforts, not a single one of those opportunities came to fruition. But as disappointing as the process was, I learned key lessons about career management. Next time you get rejected from a job application, remember these tenants:

Topics: Job Application

How to write a great cover letter

Posted by Guest Contributor

August 11, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

Skip the “Dear Sir or Madam” and zero in on exactly how you’re going to solve whatever problems the hiring company has.

By Lisa Vaas

Do hiring professionals even read cover letters for senior candidates anymore? Some say yes; some say no, they don’t bother unless the resume in question has grabbed their attention.

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The simple answer is that you should assume your resume will merit a look at your cover letter; always include one (either as a separate document or an e-mail that acts as one); and make it exceptional, so you stand out from the crowd. TheLadders talked to hiring and career management professionals to find out exactly how a good cover letter is laid out and what it contains.

Dear who?

The salutation is your first chance to make contact with a hiring professional, but it’s one spot where laziness often wins out over due diligence. We’re talking about the “Dear Sir or Madam” approach. What this generic salutation says isn’t positive: Namely, that the author couldn’t be bothered to find out the hiring manager’s name.

Topics: Job Application, Cover Letter

Don’t overlook these job-search necessities

Posted by Guest Contributor

May 28, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

How setting specific goals and reading job descriptions can save you hardship in your career search.

By Ken Sundheim 

Can you think of people in your personal life who seem to be their own worst enemies? You know the ones -- you may even be one. They're the folks who have grand plans that never seem to come through… and for whom failure feels like a mystery or bad luck. But looking in from the outside, you have a pretty clear view that it's actually due to their own personal failings and lack of knowledge on what needed to be done.

When it comes to finding a job, plenty of people carry over that same unproductive tendency. When job searches simply don't gain steam, most recruiters can tell you that it often boils down to one thing: the bad habit of never setting a firm, specific job goal. 

Topics: Job Application, Goal Setting

Please review the other applicants for this job first.

Posted by Marc Cenedella

May 12, 2014 @ 06:00 AM

Want to see who else applied to that open position? TheLadders will show you.

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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 in 2014, and how stiff the competition is, there's no better insight on the web, or your phone.

Topics: Marc's Newsletter, Job Application

When Bono, Warhol & famous people were rejected, too

Posted by Marc Cenedella

April 28, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

The accumulation of rejection letters, voicemails, emails, and, yes, unfortunately, text messages, is a good sign for any job search.  You need to go through a lot of maybes and uh-unhs before you find the right YES!

So you can imagine that famous people who were once not famous got a lot of rejection letters on their way up.

For example, here's Bono being turned down by RSO:

Topics: Marc's Newsletter, Job Application

New feature: Removing the anxiety from your next job application

Posted by Tim Reynolds

March 25, 2014 @ 12:45 PM

TheLadders’ new feature provides insight into where your application stands with recruiters.

Maybe you’re on the hunt for a new job. Maybe you aren’t actively looking for something new, but you happen to open an email with that one job opening you couldn’t possibly resist looking into further.

You click the link logging into TheLadders and breeze through the application process. Success! Your finely tuned resume and cover letter have been sent to the gatekeeper of your dream job.

Now what? You wait…

Topics: Job Application

Navigating the resume application minefield

Posted by Amanda Augustine

August 13, 2013 @ 02:08 PM

resume-dudeCraft a resume that clears the gatekeepers and lands in the hiring manager’s hands.

TheLadders conducted a study finding that the average recruiter spends six seconds reviewing a resume before deciding if it’s worth a closer inspection. Translation: you have six seconds to make the right impression!

The recruiter isn’t the only gatekeeper you need to worry about. Before your resume reaches a human being, it will typically get screened by a piece of software known as an Applicant Tracking System (ATS).

Here are 5 resume tips to help you get past these initial application gatekeepers.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Application, Resume

3 ways to conquer the summer job search

Posted by Amanda Augustine

July 12, 2013 @ 08:04 AM

Learn how to stand out amongst your competition and still enjoy your summer.

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Let’s face it: rising temperatures usually make job-search activity cool off. It’s tough to keep your head in the game when your job search is competing against beach trips and block parties for calendar space.

However, if you can breeze past these distractions, the summer can be a great time to kick your job search up a notch…when everyone else is still sleeping or sunbathing!

Here are three tips to help you stay ahead of the competition and still enjoy your summer.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Application