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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

Start bragging to advance your career

Posted by Amanda Augustine

03:50 PM

Chronicle your professional accomplishments to manage your career.

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Whether you’re updating your resume, preparing for salary negotiations, or are in need of a pick-me-up after a bad day at work, a brag sheet is a useful document to own.

In its simplest form, a brag sheet is a place where you record all your professional accomplishments and contributions. Some people store this information in a Word document, while others prefer a mobile format such as Evernote. Whatever format you choose, here are five tips to help you build a powerful brag sheet that can help you advance your career.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Salary, Resume, Changing Careers

The 10 commandments of salary negotiation

Posted by Sarah Woodard

12:26 PM

Live by these laws of salary negotiation to increase your career earnings. [TWEET]

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You’ve created an inspiring resume, used every job-search tactic in the book and aced your second and third interviews.  By the time an offer is finally presented, chances are good that you’re worn out, and hungry to accept what's on the table and begin your new role.

But not so fast!

This is a crucial point in the interview process, when it’s appropriate – and expected – to negotiate your salary. According to Salary.com, about 80 percent of organizations expect negotiations and leave themselves some wiggle room when presenting a salary offer.

By not properly negotiating your salary, you could be missing out on tens of thousands of dollars over the course of your career.

For that reason, salary expert Jack Chapman created the article series, “The 10 Commandments of Salary Negotiation.” Living by these rules during negotiations is sure to land you the salary you deserve.

Topics: Salary

Video chat: Negotiating your worth

Posted by Amanda Augustine

02:57 PM

A follow-up on some of the most popular questions asked during TheLadders spreecast on negotiation.

A big thank you to everyone who attended our interactive video chat on Negotiating Your Worth. I had a great time and I hope you did too!  Click on the following links to view the entire spreecast and to obtain a copy of a presentation I created on the topic for TheLadders’ Job Central event. Below are some of the questions I fielded and links to more information on the topics.

As always, you can learn more about the job search and find out about our upcoming spreecasts by following me at @JobSearchAmanda on Twitter and liking my Facebook page. Now on to the questions!

TheLadders job search expert Amanda Augustine

Topics: Ask Amanda, Salary

Negotiate with confidence

Posted by Amanda Augustine

02:00 AM

Don’t just know your worth, know how to sell it.

TheLadders & iVillage believe in negotiating your worth

In April, iVillage Chief Correspondent Kelly Wallace and I spoke with Kathie Lee and Hoda on the TODAY show about a survey iVillage released on women in the workplace. According to the survey, only 35 percent of the 1,500 women polled online have ever asked for a raise, and less than 20 percent have ever asked for a promotion.

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I couldn’t imagine a better time to bring this topic up. The fact of the matter is, if you don’t ask for what you want, you won’t get it – you have to negotiate. We see this all the time in the workplace. Men expect the raise and ask for it; women keep their nose to the grindstone, hoping their hard work will be recognized and, hopefully, rewarded.

By not negotiating, you are setting yourself up to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars over the lifetime of your career. To Sheryl Sandberg’s point, we have to “lean in” if we want more. Here are a several ways you can set yourself up for successful negotiations.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Salary