Take the week off with Bing & Bowie

Posted by Marc Cenedella

December 22, 2014 @ 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

December 15, 2014 @ 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

December 08, 2014 @ 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

December 01, 2014 @ 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

November 24, 2014 @ 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

Proud of this turkey?

Posted by Marc Cenedella

November 17, 2014 @ 09:32 AM

Don't just find a job for you - find a job that is best suited for today's marketplace.

This Thanksgiving season all-around car guy Bob Lutz talks straight about the turkey that was the Pontiac Aztek

  "One guy I informally interviewed about how the Aztek happened was one of the top guys on the project. And this guy, he looks at me and he says, "I'm proud of it.

Proud of the Aztek? 

"Yup. That was the best program we ever did at GM. We made all our internal goals, we made the timing, and I'm really proud of the part I played in it." 

He had tears in his eyes. It was almost tragic. Everybody wanted to will this thing to succeed, and it didn't work. 

All the emotional commitment and pride in the program was that it achieved all its internal objectives. And it was probably one of the great defeats in his life, or in his career."

It can happen. 

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

Why we let employers hire you without a fee

Posted by Marc Cenedella

November 10, 2014 @ 08:56 AM

Why do the top hiring professionals in the country -- like those listed below -- choose to work with TheLadders? That's easy: 

1. It's free. It's always free to post your jobs and search the resume database here at TheLadders. 

2. We're a membership-based community. And that means we're much better behaved than the average internet hangout. No spam invitations or weird requests to get in the way of their hiring you. 

3. It's divided by pay-grade. Applicants can't apply to jobs inappropriately, so there's no big pile of spam applications for hiring managers or recruiters to go through. In fact, the typical job at TheLadders gets just fourteen well-focused applicants. 

And that's why the best corporate recruitment professionals and executive recruiters in the country use TheLadders for their hiring needs. 

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

Employers hiring in November 2014

Posted by Marc Cenedella

November 03, 2014 @ 10:37 AM

These recruiters are hiring in New York right now. Are you, or is someone you know, right for their jobs?

We have over eighty thousand employers looking for new employees on TheLadders, and we could use your help. 

If you, or your friends or colleagues, could fit the bill for one of the below-listed jobs, please let us know by clicking through and applying.

Topics: 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

October 27, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Ace your next interview by asking the hiring manager these thoughtful questions.

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. [TWEET

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

Would you mind replying to this employer about a job?

Posted by Marc Cenedella

October 20, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Whenever a recruiter posts a job with us, we want to connect our members as quickly as possible. So we look through our whole directory of members, including you, to find those best fit for the job. 

And then we send that job, real-time, via an e-mail hiring alert, to a select group of professionals like you. 

How select? 

Well, on average, about 125 of you, which results in 3 to 4 applications for each job. 

We'll send the job to fewer or more professionals depending on what the computer tells us, but the goal is to get about 3 to 4 of you who might not have seen the job, and might potentially be the right fit, to apply. That's our target based on our conversations with recruiters about what makes the most sense for them. 

Win-win. 

Topics: Marc's Newsletter