Evolution of jobs highlights appetite for advanced skills

Posted by Shankar Mishra

November 8, 2013

TheLadders study on job evolution reveals STEM is in; middle-management is phasing out.

Since the start of the recession in 2007-08, the rate of job growth has been a hot topic, specifically focusing on the sheer volume of jobs created and the quality of jobs available in the U.S. We have all heard about a possible decline in the manufacturing industry and the desire for lawmakers to push for deeper educational qualifications and broader skills in the area of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). At TheLadders, we have been observing the evolution of professional jobs, not only from a volume perspective, but also qualitatively, based on industry, skills, etc. In the last five years alone, based on the words and phrases that people are using to search for jobs, and the kinds of jobs employers are posting, some interesting trends are emerging.

TheLadders Evolution of Jobs

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Improving unemployment by leveraging “adjacencies”

Posted by Shankar Mishra

October 2, 2013

TheLadders urges unemployed to seek greener pastures.

“Unemployment rate goes down to 7.3%” – as I’m listening to the news on my commute to work, my mind wanders a bit about what a slow progress this has been, from 10% unemployment rate to the current 7.3%. 

There are still about 9 million unemployed people in the U.S. and at the same time, 3.8 million jobs are still open. 

US Unemployment Rate TheLadders GraphWe hear discussions in the media about skills mismatch, but is this disparity all due to skills? Geographical location must play a role, since the variation of unemployment rates across geography is very high – unemployment varies from 3% (Bismarck, ND) to 30% (Yuma, AZ).

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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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What’s your college degree really worth?

Posted by Shankar Mishra

August 29, 2013

TheLadders reveals a new study that answers the age-old question, “Is a college degree worth the cost?”

Really? Summer is almost over? For a lot of us, that means it’s either back-to-school, or back to thinking about going back-to-school. Every September, students head back into the classroom, while some graduates contemplate higher education. But, what’s the right move for you? Is your degree doing you any good? How much money would you make (or lose) by heading back to the books? To answer these questions, we turned to our database of more than 6 million job seekers.

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Hacker School says goodbye to 137 Varick Street

Posted by Guest Contributor

August 23, 2013

Hacker School says goodbye to TheLadders headquarters. 

By Nicholas Bergson-Shilcock


Hacker School began life in a small classroom donated by NYU. In the two years since our first batch, it’s grown from six students to 70, and we’ve been housed in everything from a windowless room in Chelsea to a fancy office building on East 9th Street. We’ve even run it in DUMBO lofts and a mezzanine scheduled to be demolished. Hacker School has always been defined by the people and ideas that animate it, and not where it’s located.

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Immersing TheLadders in mobile technology, one device at a time

Posted by Kyri Sarantakos

August 15, 2013

Back in June, with the company’s 10-year anniversary on the horizon, CEO and Co-founder Alex Douzet and I reflected on how far we’ve come. Marc Cenedella started the company as a small, weekly email personally sent to a few subscribers. Ten years and many-million lines of code later, we’re distributing job matches and the most relevant job information to more than 6 million job seekers online, via email, on our mobile-optimized website and through our mobile app.


This conversation led us to a realization: we just released our native iOS app and saw that many of our employees did not have iPhones to use it. We, as a mobile-first job-matching and information service, need to be immersed in the technology that we’re expected to create, update, sell, promote, and troubleshoot with job seekers. It’s not just the product team who needs to understand the mobile platform and its unique nuances – it’s all of us. Our customer support team needs to translate the benefits and troubleshoot with our customer base; the PR team needs to communicate the app’s differentiation to the media; the B2B sales team needs to understand and communicate how the app improves the employer experience.

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Employee Spotlight: John Dombek

Posted by Mike Deissig

August 12, 2013

TheLadders welcome its newest member to the team, John Dombek!

jdombek-130x130A company is only as good as the employees who build it, and TheLadders is no exception. We're proud to have an extrordinary pool of talent in our New York office, and we’d love for you to get to know some of our awesome teammates who make TheLadders the leading job-matching service for career-driven professionals. Here's a quick Q&A with John Dombek.

Hi John! How long have you been with TheLadders?

I’ve been with TheLadders for about four months.

What is your official job title and what are your responsibilities?

My job title at TheLadders is Data Analyst. Up to this point, my primary responsibilities have been providing analytic support to our Consumer and Enterprise Marketing teams.

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TheLadders: Conquering goals, one triathlon at a time

Posted by Sarah Woodard

July 17, 2013

TheLadders team swims, bikes and runs together during the 2013 Aquaphor New York City Triathlon. 


TheLadders is proud of its corporate culture, and rightfully so – the atmosphere is fun, creative, and high-energy, and employees are constantly offered perks ranging from catered lunches and happy hours, to myriad company events and sports teams. A dynamic start-up atmosphere is fantastic, but I consider the best aspect of TheLadders’ culture to be leadership’s support of goals and growth.

This support comes in many forms. Professional development is encouraged with relevant courses reimbursed and regular promotions from within, as well as personal and community development. TheLadders helped me with one of my personal goals recently, as well as a charitable group’s goals, through its support of a triathlon team that races in the Aquaphor New York City Triathlon each year. This year the race took place on Sunday, July 14, and among the athletes who braved the 1,500m Hudson River swim, 40k bike ride up the West Side Highway and 10k run in Central Park were 10 current and former employees of TheLadders.

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Part 3: What “Lean UX” looks like - a story of product development

Posted by Michelle Zassenhaus

July 11, 2013

The third part in a multi-part series about the "Lean UX" approach to product development at TheLadders.

We created the app because it was clear our customers needed an on-the-go solution for their job search. What was unclear was exactly how we could best deliver value to them. We had some hypotheses about that and did some quick tests – both on the jobseeker and the recruiter sides. These tests provided essential direction and built empathy around the specific beliefs, goals and challenges of the users our product was serving. But how to move forward?

Start with scenarios

Armed with a better understanding of users’ needs, it was time to take a stab at what the product would look like. This moment can be paralyzing, but I like to conquer it by designing scenarios. This means imagining what each screen would look like during a single complete session in which a typical job seeker uses the app. This approach helps you understand how each part of the system needs to be threaded together to create a simple experience from the user’s point of view.  Once the broad strokes are established, I can circle back and consider the implications this has for the overall system, and what special conditions and states need to be considered.

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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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