Employee Spotlight: PR Manager Maria Sekar

Posted by Mike Deissig

May 9, 2014

Meet Maria Sekar, PR Manager at TheLadders.

Maria Sekar, PR Manager for TheLadders

At TheLadders, we know a company is only as good as the employees who build it, and we're proud to have a remarkable amount of talent in our SoHo office. We’d love for you to get to know some of the extraordinary team members who make TheLadders the premier mobile career network committed to finding the right person for the right job. So sit back, relax, and enjoy a few minutes with one of our own.

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Employee Spotlight: Software Engineer John Connolly

Posted by Mike Deissig

May 2, 2014

Meet John Connolly, Software Engineer at TheLadders

JohnConnollyAt TheLadders, we know a company is only as good as the employees who build it, and we're proud to have a remarkable amount of talent in our SoHo office. We’d love for you to get to know some of the extraordinary team members who make TheLadders the premier mobile career network committed to finding the right person for the right job. So sit back, relax, and enjoy a few minutes with one of our own.

Topics: #TheLaddersLife

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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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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