Marc Cenedella

Marc Cenedella is the Chairman of TheLadders, the premier mobile and online job-matching service for career-driven professionals, which has transformed the way job candidates and employers connect online.
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Seeking VP, Anything

Posted by Marc Cenedella

April 21, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

In the job search, you must be precise and concrete about your value and career goals, and shape an elevator pitch that reflects them. 

"Oh, I'm looking for anything," you might tell well-meaning friends who ask.

It's a problem.

Because in today's economy, no employer is looking for a "VP, Anything", or a “Director of Whatever Needs to Be Done."  They're looking for an experienced professional who can solve specific problems.

When you're thinking about moving jobs, you need to have a brief, pithy assertion of who you are and what you're qualified to do.  It's important that you be able to explain to an old colleague, or a new connection, in 30 seconds or less, what it is that you're looking for.

Topics: Job Search, Personal Branding, Marc's Newsletter

Leonardo da Vinci's resume

Posted by Marc Cenedella

April 14, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Before he was famous, before he painted the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper, before he invented the helicopter, before he drew the most famous image of man, before he was all of these things, Leonardo da Vinci was an armorer, a weapons guy, a maker of things that go "boom".

And, like you, he had to put together a resume to get his next gig. So in 1482, at the age of 30, he wrote out a letter and a list of his capabilities and sent it off to Ludovico il Moro, Duke of Milan.

So to celebrate Leonardo's birthday tomorrow on April 15th, I'd like to share his wonderful resume with you. You can click on the link below to see the full-size version.

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❶ Train our robot + ❷ It'll fetch jobs = ❸ Less work for you

Posted by Marc Cenedella

April 07, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Remember watching the Jetsons and thinking how robots were going to make your future cool?

Yeah, so did we.  

Use our easy robots to do your work in the job search and you'll find out when Spacely Space Sprockets, Cogswell Cosmic Cogs or over 60,000 real employers on TheLadders are hiring:

1) Train our robot on what you want in a job here: your job preferences.

2) It'll fetch jobs based on your preferences and send them to you. (If you want even more control you can also create your own, very specific, keywords searches and save them here on the jobs page).

3) Seriously, if you want a lot less work and stress in your job search, we've made these robots for you.  Take advantage of them, they won't mind!

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

Hired!

Posted by Marc Cenedella

March 31, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Thousands of your fellow subscribers have found their new jobs in March on TheLadders!

We've had more activity from employers and recruiters on TheLadders this quarter than ever before.

Why? Because TheLadders professionals are interested in a new job, and behave respectfully.  While the typical job posting on LinkedIn or Monster gets hundreds (thousands!) of unqualified applications, the typical job at TheLadders gets just 21 applicants that are targeted, relevant, and interesting to the HR person or recruiter.

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The top 5 regrets of the dying

Posted by Marc Cenedella

March 24, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Written several years ago, the simple article "Top Five Regrets Of The Dying" recounts the lessons learned by a hospice worker in Australia from her departing patients...

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Bronnie Ware writes: "For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives.

People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality. I learned never to underestimate someone's capacity for growth. Some changes were phenomenal. Each experienced a variety of emotions, as expected, denial, fear, anger, remorse, more denial and eventually acceptance. Every single patient found their peace before they departed though, every one of them.

When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again. Here are the most common five:

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When I asked her for a reference, her reaction blew me away

Posted by Marc Cenedella

March 17, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Here's an easy way to turn dreaded employment networking into deadly effective bonding:

When you're networking, ask for a reference, not a job.

Cenedella_Marc_2Whether you're doing catch-up drinks or grabbing lunch to reconnect, your primary need is to get an ally, not a tally of job listings. Recruiting a helping hand to your search is your goal.

So don't ask your college friend if she knows of any jobs for people like you. How would she?

And don't ask your boss from two jobs ago if she has the names of any people who are currently looking to hire somebody like you. It puts her on the spot. Uncomfortably.

Topics: Networking, Marc's Newsletter

One resume to rule them all

Posted by Marc Cenedella

March 10, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

If I ripped off the top third of your resume and handed it to a complete stranger...

...would they be able to tell me what you wanted to do with the rest of your life?

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If the answer is no, then you should consider updating your resume strategy.

You see, the top 1/3 of your resume should be a professional summary that expresses quickly and succinctly what you're looking to do next by showcasing the abilities that will get you there.

HR professionals, hiring managers, executive recruiters: they're all pressed for time these days and they can't try to guess what you're looking for.

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My single best tip

Posted by Marc Cenedella

March 03, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

In the decade I've been writing this newsletter, the single best tip I've given, that has come back to me over, and over, and over again, is this:

Cenedella_Marc_2When it gets to that part of the interview with your future boss where they ask, "well, do you have any questions for me?", say yes, and ask:

"How do I help you get a gold star on your review next year?"

This bit of advice has helped more people in more interviews than any other bit of advice I've shared in the last decade that I've been writing to you.

Why?

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

"Facebook turned me down..." and you'll never believe what happened next...

Posted by Marc Cenedella

February 24, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

This man got his lucky break after rejection, and you can too.

We've all been there -- the job rejection that really stung, as with this tweet from Brian Acton in August of 2009...



Topics: Marc's Newsletter

The best employers and recruiters in the country for you

Posted by Marc Cenedella

February 18, 2014 @ 11:35 AM

Each quarter, our CEO Alex Douzet publishes our list of the best employers and recruiters in the country. These represent the savviest, most supportive and most successful hiring professionals in the USA, and we are pleased to have them be part of the extended TheLadders family.

With great pleasure, acclaim, and gratitude, may I present this selection from our most recent "Top Recruitment Professionals in America" list, for Winter 2014:

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