Reference Checking and the Search for Red Flags

Posted by Guest Contributor

September 10, 2015

The recruiting process is loaded with red flags, and hiring managers have to be diligent in finding them.

By Victoria Betancourt

It’s a classic tale for hiring managers: manager meets candidate; manager likes candidate; candidate likes job; candidate is not everything he or she seems – everybody’s time is wasted.

The recruiting process is loaded with red flags, and hiring managers have to be diligent in finding them. A candidate’s flaws – whether it’s inexperience, a deficiency in their skill set or questionable integrity – usually do not appear on the resume and they might not even be uncovered during the interview process. Often, the reference checks are the last line of defense in vetting the right man or woman for the job.

Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing, HR & Benefits

Why You Need a Consultant… Not a Guru, Rock Star, or Wizard

Posted by Guest Contributor

July 9, 2015

Want people to work for you? Be frank, not funny. [TWEET]  

By Paul Brenton


The first part of a job posting most applicants see isn’t the salary, the company or even the location. It’s the title.

Recruiters know this, yet too many HR professionals make the mistake of trying to spice up their ads with over-the-top titles to make their posts stand out. PHP Rockstar, Enterprise Sales Superhero, Awesome Administrative Assistant and Beverage Sales Wizard are all actual job titles I found with a quick Google search.

Sure these embellished titles grab our attention, but do they do so for the wrong reasons? Here’s why your company may want to stop posting your roles under fancy names to attract candidates:

Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing

Post When You Want, How You Want

Posted by JP Park

June 19, 2015

It's never been easier to post a job on TheLadders. [TWEET]

If the recruiting world ever had a currency, that currency would be jobs. The average recruiter works on 5-15 jobs at any given time. That’s a lot of time spent on writing job requirements, posting jobs, sourcing candidates, reviewing applicants and scheduling interviews. It never feels like there’s enough time in the day. At TheLadders, we want to make things time-efficient so you can focus your attention on the people who matter--the candidates. We’re excited to introduce our redesigned posting experience.


Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing, Product Releases

Is your web browser compromising your security?

Posted by Ilyssa Goldfarb

April 6, 2015

Why me?! And other things we shout when we’re prompted to update our browsers.

We’ve all been there: You’ve just sat down at your computer, ready to surf the web to your heart’s content, when suddenly your eyes are assaulted by that nagging little box telling you a new version of your browser is available to download. “Not this again!” you cry in anguish, shaking your fist toward the sky.

Who has time for this? You’ve got emails to check, hiring managers to connect with, candidates to find, and golden retrievers’ adorable first romps in the snow to watch. How long will this update take to complete? What if you don’t like the new features?  And you just know you’ll have to re-start your whole browser, possibly even your computer, when it’s finished. 

How very tempting it is to click "Skip this update" or "Remind me later," or even “Don’t show this message again” and be rid of that rectangular nuisance for good, free at last to peruse the web as Al Gore intended it…

However, I’m here to explain why you should just bite the bullet and update your web browser to the newest version as soon as possible. Crazy, I know. But please try to suspend your disbelief long enough to read these four reasons why we at TheLadders highly recommend updating your browser:

Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing

TheLadders' Top 200 Recruiters: Q4 2014

Posted by Joe Amodei

February 15, 2015

TheLadders reveals its most influential recruiters of Q4 2014.


2015 is the Year of the Recruiter at TheLadders. As TheLadders’ Community Manager, I’ve spent the majority of the New Year learning as much about our recruiter community as possible. I had the opportunity to engage with many of you firsthand and ask questions about your process as talent acquisition professionals. I found that your feedback, strategies and goals vary by region. With this in mind, we’ve reinvented our Top Recruiter list for the fourth quarter of 2014.

Topics: TheLadders Insights, Recruiting & Sourcing

Hot jobs: The top 5 trending tech careers you’re hiring for now

Posted by Amanda Augustine

January 30, 2015

TheLadders dissects this year’s top tech skills and job markets with a data-backed report. 

We don’t need to tell you the tech industry is hot. It’s among the decade's fastest-growing job markets, making it difficult to keep up with - even when you’re working in the industry. Whether you’re an industry insider or considering a career change to start recruiting in this sector, it’s important to understand how the technology job market is evolving, and which skills are most in-demand so you can stay ahead of the competition and recruit the best talent.

To figure this out, we turned to TheLadders’ newly launched Job Market Guide, which uses real-time data from our community of nearly 8 million employers and professionals across the nation. Our data science team then specifically analyzed current job openings and trending technical skills within the tech industry to determine which professionals are most in-demand by employers. Here’s what they found:

Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing, TheLadders Announcements

Should you rehire a boomerang candidate?

Posted by Guest Contributor

January 12, 2015

Handle the boomerang interviewing process with care, and you could add real value to your organization. [TWEET]

By Abby Perkins


Boomerang job candidates, who leave an organization and return again at some point later on, are relatively new. However, they’re steadily growing as a workplace phenomenon. While previous generations were less likely to do this, today’s workers aren’t afraid to go back to companies they previously worked for.

Why would an employee return to an organization that he or she chose to leave? Maybe he left to gain experience in a different field, or she wanted to try living in a different part of the country. Maybe the salary or benefits weren’t right at the time, but have since changed.

Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing

Understanding the workplace values of Millennials

Posted by Guest Contributor

December 17, 2014

Maximize your Millennials’ potential by learning how to engage them. [TWEET]

By Mitch Lee


Millennials are taking over the workforce, and are projected to become 60 percent of it by 2024. Because of this truth, it’s essential that supervisors and HR managers learn to understand this generation. Some seasoned professionals consider Millennials to be infuriatingly self-assured and lazy, wanting to move up the corporate ladder without putting in the effort.

However, this generalization couldn’t be further from the truth. Millennials are willing to work hard, but they just have a different way of doing things, and reason for doing things, that should be understood by management.

Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing, HR & Benefits

The mobilization of the job market: What you need to know

Posted by Guest Contributor

November 12, 2014

JobMobile Atlanta panelist Donna Carroll discusses how the workforce of 2020 will impact the job market. 

By Donna Carroll


The workplace is in a state of change and flux due to many external and colliding factors. Company downsizing, reorganization, right-sizing and talent top-grading are buzz words that we are all too familiar with in our day-to-day lives. These organizational restructuring scenarios are prevalent today and there is every indication that they will continue to move and change at an ever faster rate in the years to come.

Additional factors such as retiring Baby Boomers, shifts from a service to technology-based workforce, and emerging trends such as work when and where you want, virtual workforces, and an anticipated shift of a larger concentration of variable workers all will have their effect. One thing that will remain constant is the need to have work completed when you need it, by quality talent, with domain or subject matter expertise.

Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing, Social & Mobile Trends

Get qualified candidates even faster in TheLadders Recruiter app

Posted by Juan Lopez

November 5, 2014

The latest update in TheLadders' Recruiter app allows you to find candidates by entering skills and keywords, instantly - all on your phone.

The fall is a big time for us at TheLadders, and for you recruiters as well. Your recruiting efforts have probably been kicked into high gear after a relatively slow summer. Plus, professionals are back from their summer vacations and are gearing up for serious job searching. Here at TheLadders, we’re excited to help you with your fall hiring with an improvement to one of our favorite tools. We asked ourselves, how can we make finding relevant candidates and reviewing applicants on the go even faster and more efficient?

Topics: Recruiting & Sourcing, Social & Mobile Trends