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

Resume, meet Technology: Making your resume format machine-friendly

Posted by TheLadders Contributor

April 03, 2014 @ 08:00 PM

How to format a resume so that the software recruiters use to store resumes doesn’t garble your document – and your chances.

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You’ve probably heard this advice for making your resume stand out: Sprinkle in plenty of juicy keywords so recruiters will pluck your document out of the pile.

But these days, the first review of your resume is more likely to be a software program, known as an applicant tracking system (ATS), than a human being interested in the quality of your paper stock and the power of your prose. While those qualities will be important in subsequent rounds, your first challenge will be to win over a very sophisticated machine that plays by its own complex rules.

In these competitive times, is a grab-bag of keywords really enough to ensure your resume rises out of that mysterious electronic swamp? If not, what else do you need to know about the processes that happen inside these ATSes — systems that are, in fact, fueled by sophisticated data-warehousing technologies — to stand the best chance of getting your resume in front of human eyeballs?

Topics: Resume & Cover Letters

How to target top employers in your job search

Posted by Amanda Augustine

April 01, 2014 @ 02:03 PM

Land a job with the right employer by building a strong target company list.

Target_Company_List_iPadEven when you start your job search with a very strong “in” at an organization, landing a new job will likely require you to pursue multiple job opportunities at the same time. In fact, I recommend that job seekers continue pursuing new job leads even as they’re entering the final interview round of another opportunity. To help you streamline this process and ensure you land a job with the right company, I encourage you to develop a target company list based upon your job goals.

Below are tips on how to research and vet prospective employers as you build a strong target company list.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Search, Job Goals

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.

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

Are you answering these job interview questions wrong?

Posted by Amanda Augustine

March 25, 2014 @ 07:20 PM

Learn the right way to answer these difficult – and essential – job interview questions. 

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The very first thing to do after a company or recruiter has contacted you to schedule an interview: Congratulate yourself!

In a field crowded with highly qualified candidates, it’s no small compliment to learn you’ve set yourself apart from hundreds of candidates. Your resume, online and offline brand, and all the networking efforts you’ve made have stood out to this employer, and that’s cause for pride.

Now, get ready for your close-up. Interviews can be multi-part affairs and take place in a variety of settings, but the intent is the same: to gauge how you measure up in real time and assess if you can put your mouth where your personal brand is. That means preparation is key. Be prepared to answer these common interview questions so you’ll respond with confidence when it matters most. 

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interviewing

New feature: Removing the anxiety from your next job application

Posted by Tim Reynolds

March 25, 2014 @ 12:45 PM

TheLadders’ new feature provides insight into where your application stands with recruiters.

Maybe you’re on the hunt for a new job. Maybe you aren’t actively looking for something new, but you happen to open an email with that one job opening you couldn’t possibly resist looking into further.

You click the link logging into TheLadders and breeze through the application process. Success! Your finely tuned resume and cover letter have been sent to the gatekeeper of your dream job.

Now what? You wait…

Topics: TheLadders Announcements, Product Releases

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:

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

Optimize your job search for the new age in recruiting

Posted by Amanda Augustine

March 18, 2014 @ 05:20 PM

Prepare yourself to connect with recruiters while they’re on the go.

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At TheLadders, we’re committed to matching the right person with the right job -- online and on the go. As our CEO Alex Douzet mentioned in a recent interview with Mashable, our vision is to provide a network for career and candidate exploration and interaction that’s 100% mobile. That’s why we’ve created apps like Job Search by TheLadders for busy professionals like you.

We also encourage the talent acquisition communities to mobilize their recruitment strategies to better suit your needs as a job seeker. This can be anything from building a mobile-responsive site so you can research a company during your commute, to using FaceTime and other video-conferencing tools to perform virtual interviews when you’re unable to travel to the employer’s location.

Excitingly, we just launched a new app, “TheLadders Recruiter,” for our more than 67,000 employers and recruiters so they can find and connect with you while on the go. Here are five ways you can make it easier for them to find and hire you.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Working with Recruiters

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

Simple ways to boost productivity during business trips

Posted by Amanda Augustine

March 11, 2014 @ 01:46 PM

How to ensure your next work trip doesn’t get in the way of your work.

Social_Media_Skippy_SmartphoneTraveling for work can be fun, but it can also be challenging – particularly when it comes to staying productive as your routine is thrown off. Remember, your deadlines don’t disappear when you hit the road.

I’ve been thinking about this topic ever since we kicked off the 2014 JobMobile event series with TheLadders. When you’re traveling frequently for business, it’s imperative to plan ahead. Here are four tips to help you stay productive when you’re out of your usual element.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Professional Development