It's not you, it's your resume.

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:00 AM

If you're like most people, you have a resume that includes something like this:
Hired as Director, Tri-State Area
Responsible for a budget of $1.2 million
Managed staff of 5 in our downtown office


Your details may be grander, or your career may be at an earlier stage, but lots and lots of people have this style of information presentation on their resume. 

Can you spot the error? 

These resume bullet points simply describe what you did. They don't tell your future boss how good you are at doing the job. 

It's obvious... If you've got a job... and you work in an office... in the year 2015... 

Three things happened:
- You were hired for that job
- You had some monetary resources to manage
- You had people working for or with you

Seriously, you haven't told the employer or your future boss anything with those three bullet points. 

So here are two simple tips. 

Topics: Marc's Newsletter, Job Application, Resume

Please review the other applicants for this job first.

Posted by Marc Cenedella

10:00 AM

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, and how stiff the competition is, there's no better insight on the web. (Or mobile.) 

For example, here's a closeup of the two parts of an applicant for a Director of Strategic Planning job: 
Vice President of Marketing

Topics: Interview, Salary, Marc's Newsletter, Job Application, Job Search Process

These companies are hiring. Can you help?

Posted by Marc Cenedella

09:00 AM

We're starting 2015 with more employers on TheLadders system than ever before. 

Compared to a year ago, we're seeing:
 
  • 50% more jobs posted by recruiters and employers. For the 5th year in a row here at TheLadders, jobs posted increased by more than 50% compared to a year ago!
 
  • 50% more recruiter activity -- log-ins, searches for star candidates like you, etc. Employers are even more active on TheLadders today than they were a year ago.
 
  • They're spending more time on our site -- not only are there more of them, but they are happier and more engaged with TheLadders system than ever before!
All of that means that we've got lots of employers with a need to fill their 2015 jobs right now. Today. Pronto. 

And I mean quick. 

The reason, of course, has only a little bit to do with us, Readers, and everything to do with you, our fantastic members. 

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

Hired! Success stories from TheLadders

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:00 AM

Thousands of your fellow subscribers have found their new jobs this past year on TheLadders! 

Employer activity on TheLadders grew 50% in the past year, and more recruiters are using TheLadders than ever before... 

Why? Because TheLadders professionals are interested in a new job, and behave respectfully. While the typical job posting on LinkedIn or Monster gets hundreds (thousands!) of unqualified applications, the typical job at TheLadders gets just 14 applicants that are targeted, relevant, and interesting to the HR person or recruiter.

So while we don't have the space to share them all, here are a hundred of the top positions landed by your fellow subscribers through TheLadders.com in the past months: 

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

Your promotion and pay raise this year

Posted by Marc Cenedella

09:00 AM

These are the last days of the year, and a good time to make your New Year better-paying. 

Let me know about your promotion at work this year, or your pay raise / new target compensation, and we'll make sure that the jobs we send you in 2015match your ambitions. 

Topics: Marc's Newsletter, Job Search Process

Take the week off with Bing & Bowie

Posted by Marc Cenedella

09:00 AM

Happy Holidays!

Take this week off from the job search. 

While I'll encourage you to make the most of August, get the jump on the other guy in December, and use the summer slowdown to your advantage, there are times when even fervent job geeks like me will advise you to take a load off and skip the job hunt. 

This week is one of them. 

Topics: Marc's Newsletter, Job Search Process

I can't believe you wrote that in an email

Posted by Marc Cenedella

09:00 AM

A note from the editor:

Please be aware that this is a blog post and newsletter.

If you have received it in your email, it is either because you subscribe to this blog feed, or because you subscribe to Marc's newsletters. It is not directed at any individual in particular. 

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Don't put anything in writing that you wouldn't want to see on the front page of the New York Times.

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"I can't believe you wrote that in an email." [TWEET]

It's bad enough when your friend or colleague tells you that. 

But what happens when your email is tweeted, passed around online, and ridiculed by some of the nastier people you've never met? 

Topics: Marc's Newsletter, Social Media, Workplace

Don't ignore the December recruiter

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:07 AM

We hear the same complaint every year: 

"I can't get candidates on the phone. I can't get candidates in for interviews. I can't even get a response." 

We hear it from Fortune 1000 recruiters, HR departments, executive search firms and agencies. We even hear it from our own recruiters at TheLadders! 

And I suppose it's a very good explanation that, of course, at the end of the year, with all the holiday parties, end-of-the-year budgeting exercises, and vacation planning going on, professionals can find themselves with too much to do and not enough time on their hands to be responsive to the companies looking to hire them. 

But my advice is... 

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

So if not me, who did get the job?

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:02 AM

When two candidates are equally experienced, equally credentialed, and equally capable, who gets the job? 

Well, when two companies have similar products, with similar ratings, and similar prices, which do you pick? 

If you think about it, you might say: "the one that wants my business more." The saleswoman made an extra effort, or the people at the store went out of their way to be kind, or it's as simple as they just smiled back and said "we'd like your business." 

It's no surprise: we prefer to buy from companies that make us feel like we're a welcome part of their community. 

And who gets the job if the applicants are equals? 

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

Thanks for the raise!

Posted by Marc Cenedella

10:08 AM

Whether you're searching for a job or seeking a promotion or raise, you have lots of questions about how much you can get paid in exchange for your daily grind... 

Could I earn more somewhere else? What's the competition like for my role? Do I have the right skills to move up in my career? 

This Thanksgiving, you'll give thanks for a new feature we're unveiling here at TheLadders. We've combined market research and 10 years of data from our six million+ members to bring you salary and job demand data for jobs like yours. Just visit our comprehensive job market guides here to help empower and improve your career. 

Here's a sample screen: 
And here's what you'll find when you visit our job market guides

Topics: Marc's Newsletter