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How much are you willing to pay for employee satisfaction? [Infographic]

Posted by Dave Dorman

March 11, 2013

Recruiters, take note: TheLadders data found that salary does have an impact on job satisfaction, but only up until a certain point. 

We recently analyzed job satisfaction across the US based on a variety of factors: location, salary level, and job function. The infographic at the bottom of this post displays our key findings.

One key takeaway for recruiters: salary has a big impact on job satisfaction, but only up until a certain point.  According to our research:

Professionals making or “about to make” $100k proved to be the happiest, meaning there is a psychological factor in starting to make six figures even though the difference between $90k and $100k is nominal in your take-home pay.

Additionally, the trend data shows quickly diminishing returns on incremental salary as employees near the $200k mark. Across all industries, professionals reported being less happy the more money they made after $170,000 per year. Think about that: on average, professionals making $240,000 a year reported being slightly unhappier than those making $40,000.

Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing

Half the truth is often a whole lie

Posted by Dave Dorman

February 14, 2013

The worst lies we've heard during the recruitment and interview process.

We all remember the tale we learned in elementary school about the honesty of George Washington:


“I cannot tell a lie. It was I who chopped down the cherry tree.”

With Presidents' Day weekend right around the corner, I've been thinking about honesty in the recruitment space. I then came across this statistic from Patryk and Kasia Wezowski, founders of the Center for Body Language:

69 percent of candidates admitted to not being honest in their job applications.

Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing

Season's Greetings from all of us at TheLadders!

Posted by Dave Dorman

December 21, 2012

Happy Holidays from TheLadders

Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday.

Top 12 RecruitBlog Posts from 2012

Posted by Dave Dorman

December 21, 2012

We've had a tremendous year here at TheLadders between launching our completely free recruitment product and growing to over 29,000 recruiters (an update from a previous post).

In addition, we've launched the RecruitBlog which has resonated very well with our recruiter base.  In case you missed missed any of our top articles this year, we've compiled a list of the best-of-the-best:

From College To CEO, Interviews Mean Less Than You Think

Posted by Dave Dorman

September 24, 2012

Recruiters, InterviewsIf you're going to work in recruiting, it seems pretty obvious that you'll need to have a good sense of people. It seems an obvious statement, but it's worth pointing out how the nature of the industry encourages recruiters to rely on their gut instincts and snap judgments.

While the name of the game might change once you're running high-level executive searches, people work their way through piles of resumes by not wasting time on the ones that don't match what they're looking for.

The problem is that this same pressure leads a lot of recruiters to rely on one of the standards of the industry, the face-to-face interview, maybe more than they should.

Unemployment data offer hints of next job report

Posted by Dave Dorman

August 24, 2012

Recruiter, UnemploymentFor the past few months the U.S. had seen a steady string of modestly supportive economic reports. But Bloomberg reports that, for the past two weeks now, the country has seen a rise in the number of applications for unemployment benefits.

Recruiting Tactic: Selling Your Company Culture

Posted by Dave Dorman

August 23, 2012

Recruiter, CultureIt's been well established in recent years that company culture can be a major boon to recruiting efforts given the right circumstances. Stories about the eccentric and light-hearted atmosphere of tech startups like Google helped draw in some of the talented young prospects who were disillusioned with the restrictive culture of Corporate America.

At the same time, corporate culture can be a challenge for recruiters, especially without some serious support from upper management. In particular, it can be difficult balancing the idea of using culture as a recruiting tool against finding candidates who specifically fit within a company's ethos.

4 articles you should be sharing with your candidate pool

Posted by Dave Dorman

August 15, 2012

Job AdviceWe've found that our recruiter base is not only interested in content that helps them hone their craft as a recruiter, but are also interested jobseeker content / information that allows you to:

  1. Arm and differentiate yourself with interesting insight to discuss with jobseekers

  2. Send information along to passive candidates, therefore marketing yourself with a "soft touch"

  3. Maintain a good dialogue with your candidates in-process

Attracting talent even during hiring lulls

Posted by Dave Dorman

August 9, 2012

resume search, candidate searchUnlike roulette, a sound investment is not made on a whim in the hopes of getting lucky. Rather, it requires substantial preparation and research, beginning with identifying your ultimate goal and culminating with the execution of a thorough plan of attack.

Perhaps now more than ever, companies across the country are fully realizing how hiring is a long-term human capital investment. One bad decision can set you back months, while finding that "purple squirrel" can help take your business to the next level.

Due to the significant risks and rewards a hire can offer, organizations need to ensure they are not leaving any stones unturned, even when they are not actively hiring. In a recent Fast Company column, Jim Newman, executive vice president of operations for the e-commerce and digital marketing company Acquity, writes that the recruiting work you put in even when your company is not actively hiring can make all the difference.

Private Employment Sees Surprising Rise, Despite Some Questions

Posted by Dave Dorman

August 3, 2012

While the U.S. is still taking some halting steps along the road to recovery, the employment picture continues to look strong for the private sector. While President Barack Obama took some flak for saying the economy was "doing fine," the latest report from Automatic Data Processing seems to back up his assessment that the private sector is seeing strong growth.

The ADP National Employment Report for July found that the private sector added a total of 163,000 jobs from June to July, well above most economists expectations. MarketWatch reports that most projections ranged around 120,000 jobs added, which would have been a major drop-off from the month before.

ADP did report a slight downward correction for June's numbers which fell to 172,000 from 176,000, but the trend of job gains still seems quite strong.