Alexandre Douzet

Alex Douzet is the CEO and Co-founder of TheLadders, the premier mobile career network. He is responsible for company strategy, global business operations, and product development. He co-founded the organization in 2003 with Marc Cenedella and Andrew Koch, and grew the member base to more than 6 million since inception. Under his leadership, the “mobile-first” company has seized the mobile disruption with its job seeker app that eliminates the need for keyword searches and, instead delivers tailored job matches based upon members’ profiles, expertise, and desired career moves.
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What is next: Taking ourselves to new heights

Posted by Alexandre Douzet

December 1, 2014

Alex_Triathlon_BlogHere at TheLadders, we have embraced the Seattle Seahawks’ moto, “What is Next?” It’s also been a driving factor in my personal life outside of the business, and I’ve noticed the two seep into each other, leading me to be more competitive and driven toward the future in general. Allow me to explain. 

As a CEO, I am measured by cold, hard numbers at the end of each quarter and year, and these results don’t lie. I pulled this into my personal life via triathlon training, holding my triathlon and endurance race performances to the same results-driven standard. I just completed my last triathlon of the year three weeks ago; so how did I do in the 2014 triathlon season? 

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Unlocking limitlessness through limitation

Posted by Alexandre Douzet

November 25, 2014

Embrace your limitations and watch yourself become unstoppable. 

I am inspired daily by Phil Hansen, a TED Talk speaker and artist whom I greatly admire. In art school, Phil, who spoke at TheLadders Job Mobile Summit, developed an unruly tremor in his hand that kept him from creating the pointillist drawings he loved. Hansen was devastated, floating without a sense of purpose. Until a neurologist made a simple suggestion: Embrace this limitation ... and transcend it.

Embracing this limitation is what made him powerful, and enabled Phil to create masterpieces. This personifies what a designer I recently met taught me about the art world versus the business world: An artist creates without any boundaries and restrictions. A designer needs limitations and constraints to be able to create.

Embracing constraint goes further than artists and designers. It can be the fire burning inside a business that leads it to greatness. 

Innovate or Die: How we Tackle Innovation at TheLadders

Posted by Alexandre Douzet

November 13, 2014

“What’s next?” This is the question that plagues me, and I know it plagues the minds of everyone at TheLadders. Even when there’s success, we cannot dwell in it – we have to move on to the future.

We have seen time and again that companies must innovate, or they risk dying. One of the main challenges I’ve found at TheLadders is that you can’t build a successful product simply by gathering your customers’ requirements and desires. In a consumer-driven environment, it’s not unusual for your audience to not know the answers. Many consumers do not know what they truly want until it’s given to them. At TheLadders, it’s extremely important for us to think beyond what our customers are used to experiencing if we want to give them better products than they can imagine asking for. 

Topics: #TheLaddersLife

No pain, no gain: Embracing the unnatural to excel as CEO

Posted by Alexandre Douzet

September 23, 2014

As CEO, I’m constantly pushing myself. To grow as a person. To grow the business. To help others grow and expect more from them in return, and to let them know how they’re doing and what’s expected of them. We experience growing pains as a result, and it feels unnatural.

A lot of what I do as CEO is unnatural. We aren’t born inherently knowing how to be the chief decision maker at a company, or how to empower others to help us reach new heights in business. Running a company even makes the IRONMAN triathlons I race in feel natural. Allow me to explain.

Last week, I had the opportunity to compete in Mont Tremblant, Quebec at the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship. It is the second time that I qualified for this event, and you can read about my experience in last year’s blog post.

I reflected on how IRONMAN races help me become a better leader and CEO, and told the story of how the lack of a goal and internal and external pressures led me to deliver a poor performance at the world championship.


Topics: #TheLaddersLife

Finding strength on the other side of burnout

Posted by Alexandre Douzet

June 27, 2014

The pain is temporary: My second trip to Mont-Tremblant

This past weekend, I represented TheLadders at the IRONMAN 70.3 Executive Challenge in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec. It was my first time back on the IRONMAN circuit after IRONMAN Cozumel back in December. The race taught me a surprising lesson in the power of patience and self-care that we can all take with us, from the IRONMAN course to the job search or our careers.

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What happens to a dream deferred?

Posted by Alexandre Douzet

December 10, 2013

What will you do when things don’t go your way? TheLadders CEO Alex Douzet shares his journey to completing his second Ironman competition.


Twelve months ago, I decided to challenge myself to a second Ironman competition.  The road to an Ironman is long and demanding.  In order to commit to a rigorous training schedule of 12+ hours a week for 26 weeks, I needed a new source of inspiration. Around the time that I decided to sign up for Ironman Cozumel, New York City was recovering from Hurricane Sandy.  Neighborhoods including Breezy Point and the Rockaways were some of the most impacted and devastated areas of NYC. Hospitals surrounding the Rockaways closed, leaving entire communities without any real healthcare options. 

To raise awareness and funds to help the Rockaways, we entered a partnership with Doctors of the Word USA, a relief group that provides emergency and long-term medical care to vulnerable populations. Through the partnership, we created TheLadders’ Team Doctors of the World USA and committed to competing in the New York City Triathlon and the Ironman Cozumel.

In September, fellow Ironman and motivational speaker Matt Long gave the keynote speech at our Job Mobile Summit. His main message was that dreams need to become goals, and in order for us to achieve our goals, we need to come up with a plan, commit to that plan, and make the necessary sacrifices to execute that plan.  Click on the following link to watch Matt's video at TEDx.

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Alex competes in the world championship!

Posted by Alexandre Douzet

September 17, 2013

TheLadders CEO Alex Douzet's participation in the Ironman 70.3 World Championship. 


On Sunday, September 9, 2013, I had the unique opportunity to compete in Las Vegas at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship, a qualification-only event. More than 60,000 athletes around the world compete each year for a coveted slot at the World Championship. I was fortunate enough to qualify last June at the Ironman 70.3 in Mont-Tremblant, Canada, under the Ironman Executive challenge.

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Eat my dust!

Posted by Alexandre Douzet

June 26, 2013

Wow, what a week we just had at TheLadders!

Our native iOS mobile app went live on the App Store last week and was featured exclusively in TechCrunch on June 18th.

In just one week, the app has been downloaded more than 100,000 times, rising to the top ranks on the App Store and claiming the number-one spot in the “Free “and “Business” categories and joining the “Top 50 Apps” overall. It is a great achievement and testament to the hard work we put into developing our iOS app. Although dozens of career apps exist, none of them were built with the on-the-go job seeker in mind. We have designed a clean, intuitive interface to streamline the job-matching experience. As a result, our team was not surprised by the app’s first-week performance.

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You have only 72 hours to land your dream job!

Posted by Alexandre Douzet

June 10, 2013

Since moving back to a free model for employers last October, we have made it easier for them to post jobs on TheLadders, yielding a 116% year-over-year increase in Q1 2013. One of the features we offer is the ability to rate the applicants either a “Fit” or a “No Fit,” which improves the matching experience on both sides.

In assessing this selection process, my team and I reviewed more than 100 jobs from this year’s first quarter and analyzed the 4,242 applications received for those positions. Typically, our jobs receive an average of 14 applications but for the purpose of our study, we selected jobs that received at least 15. We needed a large sample size to better understand and identify differences in behavior, and to ensure that the results were statistically significant. So, what did we learn?

    • 17% of the applications received a “thumbs-up” rating, meaning they were a fit for the job
    • 39% received a “thumbs-down” rating and, therefore, were not a fit for the job
    • 44% of the applications were not rated at all

Topics: TheLadders Insights

TheLadders Q1 Metrics: Taking 2013 by storm

Posted by Alexandre Douzet

April 9, 2013

TheLadders is the leading job-matching service for professionals. As a privately owned company, we do not disclose our financials. However, because we are constantly asked about our growth and performance by our outside stakeholders, we have decided to share with the outside world – for the first time -- selected company metrics on a quarterly basis.

First Quarter 2013 Highlights:

    • Jobs Posted by an Employer: In the first quarter of 2013, we have seen the number of jobs posted by employers on our site increase 116% year-over-year and 21% quarter-over-quarter. Jobs postings soared in Q4 2012 with our move to a free search and post model.

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