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Posted by TheLadders

January 1, 2014


Please read these Terms (the “Terms”) before using, or submitting content in any form or medium for publication on TheLadders’ blog.  These terms are intended to govern the submission of content to our blog and shall be in addition to, but shall not supersede, any terms of use governing the product or services offered by TheLadders.com, Inc. (“TheLadders”) through its website or mobile applications.

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.

Topics: #TheLaddersLife

Our new and improved mobile app for iOS7

Posted by TheLadders

December 9, 2013

TheLadders iPhone app for job seekers, Job Search by TheLadders, is new and improved! TheLadders_2.0

We’ve updated our mobile app, Job Search by TheLadders, for iPhone users. Those of you on iOS 7 will be greeted with a sleek, redesigned experience. Both iOS 6 and iOS 7 users will benefit from performance optimizations and bug fixes. 

Topics: TheLadders Dev

NYC tech: Small companies, giant opportunities

Posted by Shankar Mishra

December 4, 2013

TheLadders study reveals smaller companies have driven 90 percent of the growth in NYC technology jobs.

The U.S. job market has changed dramatically over the past five years. As reported by dozens of media outlets and experts (and recently validated on our blog), the value of STEM skills among job seekers is on the rise. As we dig beyond the national averages and focus on the local job market in New York City, some interesting observations start to emerge.

At first glance, it’s clear that the technology sector in NYC has exhibited stronger-than-average growth over the last five years. There are currently five times as many technology jobs available in NYC than there were in October 2008, while the growth of tech jobs nationwide has only doubled since then. Furthermore, displaying a consistent annual growth pattern, technology jobs in NYC have consistently outpaced the national growth rate each year since 2009.


Topics: TheLadders Insights

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

Topics: TheLadders Insights

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).

Topics: TheLadders Insights

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.

Topics: #TheLaddersLife

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.

Topics: TheLadders Insights

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.

Topics: #TheLaddersLife, TheLadders Dev

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.

Topics: #TheLaddersLife, TheLadders Dev