Bad news, you just got one year's severance

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:00 AM

Sometimes bad news comes in the prettiest packages. One of the commonest I see in the careers business is the generous severance payout. What seems like a gift from the highest graces too often turns out to be bad tidings in disguise.

The "severance vacation" — that fools' gold of "time off" that turns a few well-deserved weeks into several empty seasons — has led too many professionals, executives, and high-performers to mistakenly act against their own best interests.

How can it be that something as seemingly non-controversial as a full year's "money for nothing" can end up hurting you?

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

Please review the other applicants for this job first.

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:00 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 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.

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

Employers hiring in May 2015

Posted by Marc Cenedella

12:25 PM

We have over ninety 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. Or ask your friend to!

It's been a terrifically busy Spring for hiring, and the Summer ahead looks like it will continue the trend...

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

I just wanted to say how much I appreciate the work you're doing

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:00 AM

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

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 appreciated something they did, or achieved, or toiled over.

It's just a simple thing:

"Jerry - just wanted to let you know that I've been through the terrific work you've been doing on Terrapin Station. I'm glad we didn't listen when the other side said it was time for the train to "put its brakes on" -- everything has turned out wonderfully . I'm looking forward to working with you next month on the Northbound Train account."

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

Three ways you’re sabotaging yourself

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:00 AM

While you're reviewing the thousands of job openings and employers on TheLadders this week, here are three ways you just might be sabotaging your own job search (without realizing it)! 

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

Leonardo da Vinci's Resume

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:00 AM

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 Wednesday, April 15th, I'd like to share his wonderful resume with you. You can click on the link below to see the full-size version.

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

Seeking VP, Anything

Posted by Marc Cenedella

08:00 AM

In the job search, you must be precise and concrete about your value and career goals, and shape an elevator pitch that reflects them. 

"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

Hired: 100 success stories from TheLadders

Posted by Marc Cenedella

10:00 AM

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

They say "in like a lamb, out like a lion" about the month of March, Readers, and this March of 2015 has been a lion! 

Once again, we've had more activity from employers and recruiters on TheLadders this quarter 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.

Topics: Marc's Newsletter, Motivation and Inspiration

A favor to ask

Posted by Marc Cenedella

10:00 AM

Last week, I took you on a tour of TheLadders headquarters in New York City. Despite a first-day-of-Spring snowstorm here in Manhattan, our hearts were warmed by your many kind comments! 

So, each year after taking you on a little photographic tour, I ask a favor in return: 

Would you mind sending us a photo of yourself for our walls here at TheLadders headquarters? 

You see, we work all day on the internet, which means we don't get to see you, our customers, in person. And what with the long hours, heartfelt dedication and total commitment to seeing you land your next gig, it makes an enormous difference to us when we can put a face with the, ummm, email address. 

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

How to network without feeling like you're doing it

Posted by Marc Cenedella

09:00 AM

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. 

So don't ask your college friend if she knows of any jobs for people like you. How would she? 

And don't ask your boss from two jobs ago if she has the names of any people who are currently looking to hire somebody like you. It puts her on the spot. Uncomfortably. 

No, instead, ask for a reference. Mention that you're going to be moving on, or you're already looking, or that you're actively out on the street. Let them know the type of positions you are and are not suited for, and what you're hoping to achieve in your next opportunity. 

Topics: Networking, Marc's Newsletter