Where can you earn the most?

Posted by Hope Restle

12:50 PM

Where can you earn the most? See the best and worst cities for your career with TheLadders' new interactive Salary vs. Demand map. [TWEET

Where can you earn the most?

Location, location, location. When it comes to your job search, location really is everything; your success in the workforce can even be dependent on it. TheLadders discovered that approximately 35 percent of job seekers actually want a change of scenery - do they know something the rest of us don't? Could relocation be the best option for your career? Or maybe it's time to pivot to go in a direction more suited to your particular job market.

Assuming it's beneficial, how do you predict your next career move in today's volatile market? 

Topics: Salary, Relocation, Changing Careers

How to negotiate a raise or a promotion at your first job

Posted by Guest Contributor

12:00 PM

Negotiating your first salary can be a scary process. Use these tips to enter into negotiations fully prepared and ready to get the compensation you deserve. [TWEET]

By Christopher Austin


Negotiation is a delicate give-and-take process. To master the fascinating art of negotiation, job seekers must first understand that they may have to give something up to get something better in return. Easier said than done, you’re probably thinking. New grads in particular make the mistake of assuming their lack of experience can’t bring them more money. Of course, they’re wrong! No matter where you are in your career, here are some simple tips new grads – or anyone – can use to negotiate a raise or promotion.

Topics: Salary, New to the Workforce

How to earn six figures without an M.D. or Doctorate

Posted by Jade Clark

01:08 PM

Let's face it, graduate school isn't for everyone. But it's not the only way to make big bucks! TheLadders' salary analysis of 1.9 million U.S. professionals shows the top 10 highest-paying career paths for associate or bachelor’s degree graduates. 


Earning a college degree has become a critical gateway to obtaining a secure, high-paying career. In fact, the value of a college degree has never been higher. So, if college is a must, what is the highest yield you can get from the minimum college investment?

Topics: Salary, Changing Careers

4 ways to make more money in the nonprofit sector

Posted by Guest Contributor

04:31 PM

You may work at a not-for-profit, but you don’t do it for free. Learn how to increase your earnings. [TWEET]

By Dennis Sawyers, SPHR


The nonprofit sector gives professionals the opportunity to grow professionally while pursuing a desire to make a meaningful social impact. Though many go into the sector to give back, it is only natural for motivated employees to want to increase their earning potential as they mature in their careers. [TWEET]

The nonprofit sector is changing, and many organizations are beginning to think more like businesses. This is a good thing for the career-driven professionals who work at nonprofit organizations. Talented individuals and high-performers have more opportunities to earn great salaries in the sector than ever before. However, you must be strategic if you want to truly maximize your earning potential in the nonprofit world. You must prove your worth, know how to ask for what you deserve, and be willing to continually improve your skills and contributions to your organization.

Topics: Salary

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

Are you getting paid what you deserve?

Posted by Guest Contributor

12:05 PM

Take these four steps to figure out what you’re really worth.

By Michelle Kruse


We all have those moments in our career when we wonder if we’re getting paid what we deserve. We might even worry that we’re being taken advantage of. There are simple steps you can take to find out what people in similar positions are making, but it’s a bit more difficult to accurately determine your individual worth. [TWEET]

It’s never easy to look at your own work with an objective eye, but if you can step back and see yourself as others do, you’ll never have to wait on supervisors to give the official word about how you’re doing. By being proactive and carefully critiquing yourself on a regular basis, you’ll be better prepared to ask for a raise when you deserve it — and to improve your performance when you don’t.

Topics: Salary

Build a better career with big data – here’s how

Posted by Amanda Augustine

12:00 PM

Big data is changing everything. From how we do our jobs to who we date, the numbers are now dictating what to do – and we’re better for it. In business, organizations are using big data to do everything from identify customer pain points to predict when employees will quit their jobs.

But does big data affect the average professional? The answer is yes – and more than you’d think. In fact, here at TheLadders, we believe the most successful professionals are those who arm themselves with data. [TWEET] So we harnessed our 10+ years of career data to develop an exciting new tool to make you a better job seeker now, and a more informed, successful professional throughout the course of your career.


Topics: Ask Amanda, Salary, Professional Development

The New Year promotion plan

Posted by Guest Contributor

09:00 AM

Earn your next promotion in the New Year with these five simple steps.

By Frances Cole Jones


There's a crispness in the air and we’ve all got that back-to-business, “wow, I’d forgotten about this sweater!” vibe that keeps our energy and career motivation high. [TWEET]

Unfortunately, as the days get shorter and holiday madness sets in, it’s all too easy for this bright-eyed and bushy-tailed attitude to fade away.  But there’s one sure-fire way to keep yourself on-track and focused in your career over the holidays: Begin to plan today for a promotion in the New Year.  Below are five items to check off your list to keep you on the New-Year promotion tract:

Topics: Salary, Goal Setting, Professional Development

Negotiating salary from the employer’s point of view

Posted by Guest Contributor

09:30 AM

By Ken Sundheim


After recruiting all levels of job seekers for the past decade, I’ve come to understand that many people lack a true understanding of how to negotiate salary.

The most common mistake we have seen is that interviewees do not know how to accurately gauge if a company is likely to be amenable to accepting a counter offer.

Prior to asking for more money, it’s important to see the hiring process from the point of view of the employer.  The first step in that process is to define what situations will make a hiring company more or less likely to negotiate your salary.  

For that reason, our executive sales recruiters have mapped out a few variables that will determine if you can successfully ask for higher pay and, if so how much can you realistically ask for.  

Topics: Salary

Gracefully decline a job offer

Posted by TheLadders

08:00 AM

Keep it professional and there's nothing to be squeamish about when you turn down one job offer for another. Use this advice to explain your regrets.

By Andrew Klappholz


It sounds too good to be true. One highly touted job seeker was hit with a perfect financial services storm: job offers from Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase and Blackrock — all at the same time.

This was the situation facing one client of career coach Connie Thanasoulis-Cerrachio, a partner at SixFigureStart and former head of staffing for Merrill Lynch Asset Management.

Is it an embarrassment of riches to be presented with such wonderful opportunities in the wake of a global financial crisis? Sure, but this job seeker also had a difficult task on her hands. She had to turn down two of these three giants and do so in a way that protected her relationships and reputation at each.

In an era where very few can afford to burn any bridges, she handled the matter gracefully and honestly.

Topics: Salary, Working with Recruiters