Introducing the “Less Than Free” Business Model

Posted by Patty Youngclaus

September 28, 2012

Last Friday, as I read The Wall Street Journal article, “Apple Makes a Wrong Turn as Users Blast Map Switch,” I could not help asking myself: Is this really a major strategic error by the world’s most valuable company or is it simply an execution blunder in a highly visible case of a prisoner’s dilemma?

To answer the question, I went back and read a post from Bill Gurley, one of technology’s top dealmakers, to better understand why Apple introduced its own turn-by-turn navigation app. Then I read this paragraph:

“Here was the big punch line – because Google will give you ad splits on search if you use that version! That’s right; Google will pay you to use their mobile OS. I like to call this the ‘less than free’ business model. This is a remarkable card to play. Because of its dominance in search, Google has ad rates that blow away the competition. To compete at an equally ‘less than free’ price point, Symbian or Windows Mobile would need to subsidize.”

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Transitioning your way to a new career

Posted by Amanda Augustine

August 22, 2012

Not too long ago, I had the pleasure of being introduced to Dr. Debra Condren, the radio host of “Ambition is Not a Dirty Word” on WebTalk Radio.

In addition to her show, Dr. Condren is a business psychologist who specializes in assessment-based executive coaching, talent and leadership development, and career advising. She is the also author of “Ambition is Not a Dirty Word: A Woman's Guide to Earning Her Worth & Achieving Her Dreams,” and is the founder of Manhattan Business Coaching LLC. And you thought you were busy, huh?

Dr. Condren invited me on her show to discuss making a career transition – what you need to do to prepare for this type of job search, and what you can expect along the way. We had a really great conversation that covered the job-search gamut, from identifying goals, to formatting cover letters, to keeping upbeat when things aren’t going your way.

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In Good Company

Posted by Patty Youngclaus

August 14, 2012

You may be familiar with the proverb, “Man is known by the company he keeps.” This week, we at TheLadders couldn’t be more proud agreeing with this statement.

In the current Bloomberg Businessweek, TheLadders’ CEO and Founder Marc Cenedella, is featured alongside the likes of Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett, DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Starwood Hotels CEO Fritsvan Paasschen, in “The Interview Issue.” In a thought-provoking piece titled, “Big Questions, Brief Replies,” 17 prestigious CEOs, professors and investors were asked to provide 10-word responses to some of the most probing questions across their business.

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Turning up the heat on your summer job search [Infographic]

Posted by TheLadders

August 13, 2012

Every day, I provide advice to job seekers on ways to improve their job search. Some clients are looking to get promoted at their current companies, whereas others want to change employers and will accept a lateral move in the same industry. That said, many are seeking something completely different. Apart from the advice and resources I offer, I motivate job seekers to step out of their comfort zones to look for possible job opportunities.

Looking at the results from our summer job-search survey, which are illustrated in our awesome infographic below, I cringe at the discovery that only 31% of respondents say that they network more during the summer. Summertime activities present a unique opportunity to network with loads of new people. Whether at the beach or at a baseball game, you should make it a point to strike up a conversation with someone you don’t already know. People are generally more relaxed during the summer, making it easier to grow your professional network while celebrating your social life.

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Networking for a Cause

Posted by Christina Kane

August 10, 2012

Yes, networking for a cause.

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Bringing Job Search Advice to the Masses

Posted by Patty Youngclaus

July 13, 2012

For the past eight years, it has been my passion to educate professionals on the job search process. It may sound cliché, but I truly enjoy teaching people the “tricks of the trade” to land them the job they want.

I’ve done everything from one-on-one career coaching, to hosting networking mixers with job seekers and recruiters, to giving presentations and speaking on panels to groups of professionals looking to make a career change.

So, when CBS New York asked to me to provide job-seeking advice for the "lazy days of summer," I was absolutely thrilled about the opportunity to share my insights with such a large audience!

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Agile Structures, Collaborative Teams

Posted by Patty Youngclaus

June 27, 2012

On Monday, June 25th, Ben Grohe, Ben Burton and myself, representing product management, engineering and design at TheLadders, respectively, spoke at a local meet-up of the Agile Experience Design group here in New York City, hosted by Pivotal Labs. It was an exciting event, with about 100 people coming out to represent the NYC tech scene.

We were invited to speak about how our teams collaborate, and what processes and tactics we use to conceive, design, build, release, and measure products for our customers. In order to discuss this, we had to first take a step back and address the unique organizational structure and processes here at TheLadders.

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Change is Just Beyond the Peaks of Hire Mountain: Reporting Live from SHRM 2012

Posted by Patty Youngclaus

June 26, 2012

Once you've finished touring the margarita-infused peaks of TheLadders Hire Mountain booth, it's off to one of the many other sessions and panels being offered at the SHRM 2012 Annual Conference. For an hour-and-a-half, you can sit and listen to a presentation on any number of HR-related topics, all of which offer great advice and insights, and all of which end with you letting out a long sigh. However, this sigh isn’t one of relief; it's a physically expressive response to having just added another item to your already overwhelming HR to-do list.

Learning how to do more with less has become the norm in the days following the economic downturn. This, in combination with the demands of today’s increasingly competitive business world, has made effective change management critical for all HR professionals. In fact, it's a requirement for any senior HR leader who wants to have a seat at the executive table. It should lend some perspective and ease your stress knowing that having to plan for constant change is universal and normal. If not, you can always head back to TheLadders #HireMt booth and have a few margaritas.

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Climb the Mountain to Success at SHRM 2012

Posted by Patty Youngclaus

June 22, 2012

As a job-matching company, we know the importance of relationship-building and professional networking. That’s why we jumped at the opportunity to participate in the SHRM 2012 Annual Conference & Exposition, hosted by the Society for Human Resource Management. The conference, now in its 64th year, draws more than 13,000 human resource professionals from businesses spanning all industries and sizes. This year, it’s in Atlanta, GA, and runs from June 24 – 26.

As this conference is for HR professionals, we thought it would be interesting to reach into our Candidate Insights and see what HR professionals themselves are looking for when it comes to their own job preferences. You may be surprised by the results.

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Honoring military professionals [Infographic]

Posted by TheLadders

June 20, 2012

When I was approached to write about the results of our latest survey on military professionals, I was a bit reluctant. After being reassured that I wasn’t expected to produce Pulitzer Prize-winning material, I said, “Why not?” As a former Marine who’s had to go job hunting since leaving the military, I’ve experienced firsthand some of the things we surveyed.

When I saw the results, I had mixed reactions. For example, I wasn’t surprised that one of the most important things to veterans looking for a job in the civilian world was workplace camaraderie.  Most people in corporate America won’t easily understand the bond military personnel share with each other. Our relationship with the people we work with is what makes what would otherwise be an unbearable situation, like being deployed to a highly volatile area, tolerable.

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