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Posted by Marc Cenedella

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January 20, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Would you like to see the name, title, compensation, work history and educational background of each person applying to the same jobs you're applying to here at TheLadders?
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Well, I can't show you name, and sometimes I need to truncate the title in order preserve anonymity, but our popular feature "Scout" shows you the compensation, skills, title, work and educational background as well as overall years of experience for each applicant to the jobs posted directly here on TheLadders.

For obvious reasons, we can't show you personally identifiable information like current employer.

But for understanding how realistic your prospects are in 2014, and how stiff the competition is, there's no better insight on the web. (Or mobile).

For example, here's a closeup of the two parts of an applicant for a Director of Strategic Planning job:

Vice President of Marketing

This person's current title is Vice President of Marketing, their compensation is around $160K, and they have over 15 years experience.

How you compare

The other half of the graphic shows you the salaries, years of experience, and education level of all the applicants to the job, and where "you" place. (When you log-in to your account the "you" arrows will accurately reflect the information you've given us, so you can compare easily.)

Here's an applicant for a VP Technology job, with a degree from Cal and over 15 years experience:

VP of Technology

Or a candidate for a Regional Vice President, Sales job:

Regional Vice President of Sales

Or a Director, Human Resources position:

VP / Director of HR

This information is helpful to you, because it allows you to understand the type of experience and background that others are bringing to their applications for the job, and the landscape of available options as the employer or recruiter may see it.

From this, you're better able to determine when you'd be a top prospect for a position, or, alternatively, when you're kidding yourself about your suitability for a job. When every other applicant is much more experienced or a higher pay-grade than you, it's best for you to save your clicks for another day.

And that lets you spend your time more wisely.

It also looks great on the iPhone and Android, so you can make the most of your airport downtime:

TheLadders on mobile devices


Make sure you get all the advantages you need to get to the finish line in the job search by using "Scout" in this (remarkably cold so far) New Year!

Marc_Cenedella_TheLadders_Founder__Exec_Chairman_HI-RES1Marc Cenedella is the Chairman of TheLadders, the premier online job-matching service for career-driven professionals, which has transformed the way job candidates and employers connect online. Follow Marc on Twitter here @cenedella.

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