When a One-Armed Man Knocked Out a Kickboxer

Posted by Marc Cenedella

01:26 PM

The story of Baxter Humby will inspire you to realize that you can never say "never" again.

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Speaking of excuses, there are a lot of reasons why you might not want to be a kickboxer. 

You could be timid, you could not enjoy fighting, you might prefer kung fu, and so on.

But let's take one really obvious reason why you can't be a good kickboxer:

You only have one arm.

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

I Just Wanted to Say How Much I Appreciate the Work You're Doing

Posted by Marc Cenedella

01:43 PM

Sharing your gratitude for the people around you is a great way to help yourself, your career, your community, and your state of mind.

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At the end of this newsletter, I'm going to ask you to send a quick 3-sentence thank you to somebody, right now, to share how much you appreciate something they did, or achieved, or toiled over.

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

Even a Genius Has to Sell Himself...The Resume of Leonardo da Vinci

Posted by Marc Cenedella

12:59 PM

Use Leonardo da Vinci's resume as inspiration to create a strong one of your own.

Before he was famous, before he painted the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper, before he invented the helicopter, before he drew the most famous image of man, before he was all of these things, Leonardo da Vinci was an armorer, a weapons guy, a maker of things that go "boom". 

And, like you, he had to put together a resume to get his next gig. So in 1482, at the age of 30, he wrote out a letter and a list of his capabilities and sent it off to Ludovico il Moro, Duke of Milan.

So to celebrate Leonardo's birthday this Friday, April 15th, I'd like to share his wonderful resume with you. 

 


The translation of this letter is quite remarkable:

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

The Best Employers And Recruiters In The Country For You

Posted by Marc Cenedella

12:30 PM

Our list of the savviest, most supportive and successful hiring professionals in the USA for Spring 2016.

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To start April, we'd like to congratulate the best HR people and recruiters in the country! Each quarter, Ladders puts together the list of the best employers and executive recruiters in the nation. The people listed below 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 Ladders family.

With great pleasure, acclaim, and gratitude, may I present our "Top Recruitment Professionals in America" for Spring 2016:

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

Hired!

Posted by Marc Cenedella

02:36 PM

View the 100 top positions landed by your fellow Ladders subscribers in the past few months.

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Thousands of your Ladders members found new jobs in March!

For the sixth year in a row since the recession, activity is way up on Ladders. HR people and recruiters were 60% more active this year compared to last year.

Why? Because Ladders members are professionals interested in a new job, and behave, well, like professionals.

While the typical job on LinkedIn or Monster gets hundreds (thousands!) of unqualified applications, the typical job at Ladders gets just 23 members applying. And they tend to be more 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

A Favor to Ask

Posted by Marc Cenedella

04:58 PM

A small request to help make our jobs more meaningful, and to make us even more motivated.

Very sorry to bother you to request a favor, but I was wondering if you wouldn't mind sending us a photo of yourself. 


You see, we have a hundred very dedicated employees here at Ladders, Inc. who work tirelessly, around the clock, to make this system work and help you find your next great role in life more quickly. It's people like those in the photo below.

And the thing about working at an internet company is, we don't get to see our customers every day. And we'd like to! It means an awful lot to our people to see your faces and read your stories - it makes our job that much more meaningful and our sense of urgency, well... that much more urgent.

Dedicated to your success!

Topics: #TheLaddersLife, Marc's Newsletter

Photos of Us

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:22 PM

A "behind the scenes" look at the people who make up the Ladders team.

Each year I take you "behind the scenes" to show you the people and faces behind Ladders...

 

Tatyana's in our Software Engineering group...

Topics: #TheLaddersLife, Marc's Newsletter

I Hadn't Realized I Was Doing It Wrong Until They Told Me

Posted by Marc Cenedella

10:54 PM

When you're networking, ask for a reference, not a job.  

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Here's an easy way to turn dreaded employment networking into deadly effective bonding: 


When you're networking, ask for a reference, not a job.

Whether you're doing catch-up drinks or grabbing lunch to reconnect, your primary need is to get an ally, not a tally of job listings. Recruiting a helping hand to your search is your goal.

Topics: Networking, Marc's Newsletter

Seeking VP, Anything

Posted by Marc Cenedella

09:04 PM

If you don't already have a solid elevator pitch, you're doing yourself a disservice. [TWEET]

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"Oh, I'm looking for anything," you might tell well-meaning friends who ask. 


It's a problem.

Because in today's economy, no employer is looking for a "VP, Anything", or a "Director of Whatever Needs to Be Done." They're looking for an experienced professional who can solve specific problems.

When you're thinking about moving jobs, you need to have a brief, pithy assertion of who you are and what you're qualified to do. It's important that you be able to explain to an old colleague, or a new connection, in 30 seconds or less, what it is that you're looking for.

That's called an "elevator pitch" — a concise statement of your abilities and goals that can be shared in the time it takes an elevator to go to the top floor.

Topics: Personal Branding, Marc's Newsletter

It’s Not About Me, It’s About You… The 21 Questions You Need To Ask In A Job Interview

Posted by Marc Cenedella

10:59 AM

Use these 21 questions to thoroughly impress your next interviewer. [TWEET]

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

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. 

Topics: Interview, Marc's Newsletter