Here's what to do on these lazy August days

Posted by Marc Cenedella

August 25, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

With 80,000 recruiters now using TheLadders for hiring, it's always a good time to share even more about your success in the workplace. 

If you haven't updated in the last 6 months, update your career accomplishments and resume with us now. 

You see, recruiters and employers love what we share with them about your background, but they'd always like to know a little bit more. 

It's a lazy August Monday. Take this opportunity to give yourself a little career insurance and update your resume and work history with us now. It's super easy and you'll be glad you did this for yourself. 

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

Negotiating salary from the employer’s point of view

Posted by Guest Contributor

August 21, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

By Ken Sundheim

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After recruiting all levels of job seekers for the past decade, I’ve come to understand that many people lack a true understanding of how to negotiate salary.

The most common mistake we have seen is that interviewees do not know how to accurately gauge if a company is likely to be amenable to accepting a counter offer.

Prior to asking for more money, it’s important to see the hiring process from the point of view of the employer.  The first step in that process is to define what situations will make a hiring company more or less likely to negotiate your salary.  

For that reason, our executive sales recruiters have mapped out a few variables that will determine if you can successfully ask for higher pay and, if so how much can you realistically ask for.  

Topics: Salary & Negotiation

What’s "good behavior" in a behavioral job interview?

Posted by Guest Contributor

August 20, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

Learn how to prepare your responses to behavioral questions during an interview.

By Michelle Kruse

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Most people know how important it is to be on their best behavior during job interviews. but a behavioral interview isn't just about a polished appearance and firm handshake. Often conducted as a follow-up to a traditional interview, a behavioral interview allows recruiters to assess your past performances and general demeanor as an indicator of your potential for success.

In most behavioral interviews, you'll be expected to answer questions about specific events, projects and experiences throughout your career. By digging deeper into how you've handled challenging situations, interviewers can better determine whether or not you have similar values and approach problems in a similar way.

Having your past performances put under a microscope can be one of the most nerve-wracking parts of the job search process, but it's more important than ever to display a calm and confident attitude at this point in time. After all, your behavior represents your ability to perform under pressure. Here are some tips for successfully sailing through a behavioral interview.

Topics: Interviewing

How to discuss job changes with your children

Posted by Amanda Augustine

August 19, 2014 @ 05:38 PM

Your job search will affect your entire family. Here’s how to talk to them about it.

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I’ll never forget the day my father told me he lost his job. I was nine years old, and he was taking me around the neighborhood to sell Girl Scout cookies. He told me that he left his company and was looking for a new position.

At the time I remember feeling scared because I knew my dad was the sole provider for our family. But I was more worried about how this news might affect the family vacation plans and weekly trips to McDonalds. I wasn’t thinking about the stress my father must have been under, or how difficult it was to come home and explain to his wife and children that he’d just lost his job.

Whether you’ve been fired from a job or left voluntarily, the prospect of starting a job hunt can be incredibly stressful, and this is especially true when you have a family to support.  Here are three tips to help you discuss your job search with your family.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Search

The 24-step modern resume

Posted by Guest Contributor

August 18, 2014 @ 10:07 AM

Resume Checklist: Follow these best practices to ensure your resume gets through the spam filter, applicant tracking system, and to the recruiters and hiring managers.

By Lisa Vaas

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What’s the difference between a computerized ATS (Applicant Tracking System) and a black hole?

Not much, if you don’t know which aspects of your resume give you a good ranking vs. what makes these software programs choke.

The people who work with these tools say it best: “[They’re] a wonderful tool (if utilized correctly) for recruiters and hiring managers; however, they can be a black hole for the applicant if their resume is not accurately targeted to the open position with appropriate keywords and/or highlighted experience,” according to Laurie M. Winslow, principal at Talent Innovations Group Inc. Winslow has worked with a slew of vendors’ ATSes over her 20-plus years in human resources, as an executive search consultant, an in-house corporate recruiter and as a career coach and professional resume writer.

Topics: Resume & Cover Letters

Top Recruiters on TheLadders

Posted by Marc Cenedella

August 18, 2014 @ 08:00 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 Summer 2014:

Topics: Working with Recruiters, Marc's Newsletter

Prep your 30-, 60-, 90-day business plan for the job interview

Posted by Guest Contributor

August 14, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Want to land a sales job and start on the right foot? Be ready to explain how you’ll move the numbers in the first months.

By Andrew Klappholz

businessplan_157If you work in sales at the manager level or above, you should be prepared to hear the question from a hiring manager on a job interview; he wants to know what your 30-, 60- and 90-day plans are to build a new sales territory, halt a customer exodus or improve revenue. Be ready to deliver your plan and back it with data, said Kathleen Steffey, CEO and founder of Naviga Services, a Tampa, Fla., recruiting and staffing agency that specializes in marketing and sales roles.

“We highly recommend it for candidates, especially in the final stages of the interview,” she said. “It shows them, ‘I’ve thought about this.’ ” In any field where revenue is at stake, if the hiring team sees someone who’s prepared and appears ready to enhance revenue right away, they’ll be more likely to offer that person the job.

Topics: Interviewing

How to write a great cover letter

Posted by Guest Contributor

August 11, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

Skip the “Dear Sir or Madam” and zero in on exactly how you’re going to solve whatever problems the hiring company has.

By Lisa Vaas

Do hiring professionals even read cover letters for senior candidates anymore? Some say yes; some say no, they don’t bother unless the resume in question has grabbed their attention.

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The simple answer is that you should assume your resume will merit a look at your cover letter; always include one (either as a separate document or an e-mail that acts as one); and make it exceptional, so you stand out from the crowd. TheLadders talked to hiring and career management professionals to find out exactly how a good cover letter is laid out and what it contains.

Dear who?

The salutation is your first chance to make contact with a hiring professional, but it’s one spot where laziness often wins out over due diligence. We’re talking about the “Dear Sir or Madam” approach. What this generic salutation says isn’t positive: Namely, that the author couldn’t be bothered to find out the hiring manager’s name.

Topics: Resume & Cover Letters

6 tips for job hunting while you’re still employed

Posted by Amanda Augustine

August 11, 2014 @ 08:48 AM

Incorporate these tips into your job search and your employer will be none the wiser.

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As anyone who’s looked for a new job can attest, the job search is a job in itself. In fact, experts recommend that employed job seekers spend at least 15 hours a week on their job search (for the unemployed, it’s 30+!). Employed job seekers have the challenge of juggling a full-time job and a time-consuming search without causing any waves at work. If it’s time to leave your current job and find your next opportunity, use these tips to successfully conduct your job hunt on the sly. 

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Search

Putting the “hunt” in job hunt with decent tools for the job

Posted by Marc Cenedella

August 11, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Like any hunt, your job hunt needs good tools for a good outcome.  

And if you find yourself feeling like you're wandering aimlessly across a bleak and vast horizon of endless tundra... then, yep, you're in the middle of a modern job hunt, and you don't have the right tools. It can feel hopeless.

We'd like to help.  

So we've built something special for you.

Our new feature -- the Track page -- helps you land your next job by keeping you informed of everything going on in your job search.

Importantly, this means keeping you informed not just about what you've done, but what the recruiter has done with your resume. 

Topics: Job Search, Marc's Newsletter