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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Innovate or Die: How we Tackle Innovation at TheLadders

Posted by Alexandre Douzet

November 13, 2014 @ 10:43 AM

“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. 

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

Posted by Alexandre Douzet

September 23, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

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.

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Topics: #TheLaddersLife

Finding strength on the other side of burnout

Posted by Alexandre Douzet

June 27, 2014 @ 10:45 AM

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.

Topics: #TheLaddersLife, Career Advice

What happens to a dream deferred?

Posted by Alexandre Douzet

December 10, 2013 @ 02:26 PM

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

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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 @ 02:24 PM

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

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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 @ 07:12 PM

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.

Topics: #TheLaddersLife

You have only 72 hours to land your dream job!

Posted by Alexandre Douzet

June 10, 2013 @ 04:38 PM

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 09, 2013 @ 05:56 PM

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.

Topics: #TheLaddersLife

A look back at NYU…towards the future

Posted by Alexandre Douzet

March 06, 2013 @ 12:12 PM

Hot on the heels of attending TED2013 in Long Beach, CA, I flew back last weekend to deliver a “Founder Talk” at the 2nd Annual NYU Entrepreneurs Festival, a two-day event to promote and support entrepreneurship across the University. As a proud NYU alumnus, I was invited to be a keynote speaker to share my stories of success, along with the challenges overcome along the way, with the rest of the NYU community.

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Additional presenters included founders such as Dan Porter of OMGPOP and Paul Berry of RebelMouse, as well as Rachel Sterne Haot, Chief Digital Officer to Mayor Bloomberg’s administration and the City of New York. She spoke about various initiatives underway in New York to cultivate local technology talent for the city’s innovative community. Fellow NYU alumnus Jack Dorsey, founder & CEO of Square and creator of Twitter, made his way back to New York University for a fireside chat with Fred Wilson, co-founder of Union Square Ventures.

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3 business lessons learned at TED2013

Posted by Alexandre Douzet

March 05, 2013 @ 10:26 AM

Alex shares his favorite TED Talks from TED2013.

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