Employee Spotlight: Software Engineer John Connolly

Posted by Mike Deissig

May 02, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

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

Security remains tight at TheLadders despite Heartbleed bug

Posted by TheLadders

April 11, 2014 @ 01:11 PM


Chances are good that you’ve heard about the “Heartbleed bug” by now. It is a vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library, which compromised the security of private information across the internet (such as users’ names and passwords). You can learn more about the bug on the Heartbleed website.

We want to let you know that your account on TheLadders remains totally secure. At TheLadders, we value your privacy and took this threat seriously. After being alerted to the potential threat, our security team launched a thorough investigation of our systems and servers. Your information and TheLadders’ website remains uncompromised and secure. We will continue to monitor this and all threats in the future, as protecting your privacy is our first priority.

Topics: TheLadders Announcements

Tracking the mobile job-search evolution with TheLadders

Posted by Shankar Mishra

April 04, 2014 @ 05:25 PM

TheLadders examines the mobile job-search evolution through new data insights.

Not too long ago, the job search required a newspaper and a few cups of coffee, while poring over the tiny ads in the classified pages. The job search is now online (thanks to the advent of the internet), leading to easier job discovery and longer job descriptions. At TheLadders, we have leveraged job seekers’ preferences, along with sophisticated mathematical algorithms to simplify the job-search process. While the need for an intelligent and superior job discovery process still exists, we’ve taken steps to address the issue; shifting the underlying platform requirements from a desktop to mobile devices. 

Mobile application usage is consistently growing, increasing more than 115 percent in 2013 (according to Flurry Analytics). In fact, Americans now access the Internet more through mobile devices and tablets than PCs. This platform shift motivated TheLadders to define the evolution of the job search within the mobile space. We launched “Job Search by TheLadders” in 2013 and introduced the idea of job discovery led by job preference, rather than keyword searches. TheLadders’ new method of matching jobs to candidates continuously surfaces relevant jobs within the mobile app, eliminating any lag time between a job being posted and the right job seekers viewing it. Further, the job application process has been simplified, enabling candidates to express intent to employers through a single “Like” action rather than submitting a formal application.

Topics: TheLadders Insights

Quitting your job? There's an app for that

Posted by TheLadders

January 07, 2014 @ 06:36 PM

Adding a splash of humor to the otherwise serious job search, we decided to team up with the creators of BreakupText to bring disgruntled employees the Quit Your Job app. With just a few taps, the iPhone app generates personalized, and quite colorful, resignation messages.

Now, it should be noted that, while the end recipient of the message is entirely up to the user, we don't actually recommend terminating employment via text message - the app is intended for entertainment purposes only.  

Quit_Your_JobUpon launching the app, the user is prompted to “Begin the End” by choosing options for why s/he is quitting, what s/he plans to do next, and who s/he wants to send the text message to. An elaborate text message is then sent to the intended recipient, and the user is brought to a screen that enables social sharing via Twitter and Facebook.

For those who prefer to secure a new job before leaving their current gig, TheLadders has the most intuitive job-matching app in market, which is now available for Android users. Leveraging matching, learning, and proprietary algorithms, TheLadders’ technology reduces friction and facilitates the industry’s quickest turnaround times in the job-search process. The iPhone version of the app, which launched six months ago, has been downloaded more than 500,000 times.

To learn more about TheLadders Android app, click here





Topics: TheLadders Dev

Terms of Use for TheLadders’ blogs

Posted by TheLadders

January 01, 2014 @ 09:00 AM


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 @ 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.


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 09, 2013 @ 09:00 AM

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 04, 2013 @ 04:58 PM

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 08, 2013 @ 08:00 AM

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 02, 2013 @ 06:19 PM

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