Every Time You Look in the Mirror, This Surprising Thing Happens

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:00 AM

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Let's face it, the professional job search is a heck of a lot longer, more tedious, and more frustrating than any of us can bear. 

Between ducking out for lunch-time interviews and cranking through networking calls, your job search is hectic enough to get you frazzled, hassled, and more than just a bit "down in the dumps."

Banging out another four phone calls after an exhausting day in the office -- while it could be just the jackpot you've been waiting for -- is still awfully tough to get excited about.

And the negative thoughts or bad mood that a rough day can generate have a way of creeping into your voice. You might not even realize it, but you may come across sounding tired or crabby or exhausted, and that undercuts the whole purpose of making the calls to begin with. 

So here's my bit of job hunting success advice to make your calls sound great: 

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Age Discrimination Is Mindset Discrimination

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:00 AM

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One of the things I was most surprised by when I got into the jobs business over a decade ago was the prevalence and practice of age discrimination in hiring right here in the USA. 

Oh, sure... we're not like some overseas markets where job ads explicitly demand youth, or a particular gender, or beauty(!), in the applicant, but there it is... 

The blank look on your interviewer's face when you talk about growing up in the 60s or 70s. The skepticism with which your Snap-twit-facebook-whats-gram-app skills are regarded. The cultural references that pass silently like two Teslas in the night... 

Well, at least the younger generation seems to get your reference to "Gunga-galunga" and giggle. 

Most of the time. 

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I Had A Bad Day

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:00 AM

It all went so wrong, so very, very wrong - right from the start. 

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You left your notepad with your hand-written questions at home; your CEO pulled you into a last-second meeting that made you a half-hour late to the interview; and you finished it off by saying "I think my background and experience make me uniquely suited to making a big contribution here at Avis," which was a good point, except you were interviewing at Hertz. 

Whew. 

You had a bad day in the job hunt. A really bad one. You feel embarrassed, and you're starting to wonder if anybody is ever going to be foolish enough to hire you.

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I Wasn’t Ignoring You, I Was Bored

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:00 AM

After a long weekend, a short bit of advice on email I picked up on Twitter this Spring:

 

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Knocking Down a King on 4th of July

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:00 AM

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With the 4th of July coming up Saturday, it's a good time to reconsider this advice from a great American: 

It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.

That was Theodore Roosevelt speaking at the Sorbonne in 1910 and I run this quote every Independence Day because, well, it's awesome & it's fierce. 

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It's not about me, it's about you... the 21 questions you need to ask in a job interview

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:00 AM

It's time for my twice-a-year update of the best questions for you to ask in an interview. 

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I've put this list together because so often we can forget what an interview's all about. It sure feels like it's about you, but it's really not. 

An interview is actually about how you can help your future boss and future employer succeed. It's about finding out what their requirements and hopes are and matching up your background and experience with what they need. 

Overlooking these basic facts about the interview is easy. There's so much else going on in your work, your life, and in your job search, that you can forget to look at the interview from the interviewer's point of view. And that's a shame, because you need the interviewer to walk away from the interview thoroughly impressed. 

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If I knew then...

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:00 AM

This has been floating around for a bit, but I must've missed it: 

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"As the 50th reunion of Harvard Business School's Class of 1963 approached, we asked the class members if they had any advice to pass along to younger generations." 

And what follows is not just good advice about jobs, careers, or getting ahead, but also the most important stuff -- your life, your family, your loves. 

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Hired!

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:00 AM

Thousands of your fellow subscribers found new jobs in May on TheLadders! 

We have more activity from employers and recruiters on TheLadders this year 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:

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See what employee paychecks look like at thousands of top companies

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:00 AM

Some people start their job search by looking for their next employer first. They'll create a list of companies they're most interested in and then research and explore opportunities within that universe. Sometimes, you just wanna work at Facebook, or the NBA, or Disney, or...

So we've added "Companies" to help you understand more about paychecks at your favorite companies. We're providing you with company data on jobs, salaries, and a bunch of social information. Probably the coolest thing about it is that with over 10 years of historical data from your fellow subscribers, we've got a pretty good idea about what you can expect various positions to pay. 

You can find "Companies" along the top bar of the website: 

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The best employers and recruiters in the country for you

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:00 AM

Each quarter, we publish our list of the best employers and recruiters in the country. These represent the savviest, most supportive and most successful hiring professionals in the USA, and we are pleased to have them be part of the extended TheLadders family.

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