Thanks for the raise!

Posted by Marc Cenedella

November 24, 2014 @ 10:08 AM

Whether you're searching for a job or seeking a promotion or raise, you have lots of questions about how much you can get paid in exchange for your daily grind... 

Could I earn more somewhere else? What's the competition like for my role? Do I have the right skills to move up in my career? 

This Thanksgiving, you'll give thanks for a new feature we're unveiling here at TheLadders. We've combined market research and 10 years of data from our six million+ members to bring you salary and job demand data for jobs like yours. Just visit our comprehensive job market guides here to help empower and improve your career. 

Here's a sample screen: 
And here's what you'll find when you visit our job market guides

Annual compensation
Shows the average annual compensation and income distribution for a particular title in a specific location.
- Compare locations to see which city is likely to yield a high income for that title
- If you're considering a move into a certain career, you can gain a better understanding of what compensation will be like

Competition 
Shows what the level of competition is like based on how many job seekers there are per open job in the city for that title.
- Helps decide when to move on to a new job - if competition is high, it may be worth waiting until it's average or low
- Gives you an understanding of how likely it is that you will land the job you want
- You can determine how hard you'll have to work for the job (although you should be pulling out all the stops anyways!)

Desired skills 
Shows the 10 skills recruiters mention most in job postings for the title in question.
- Gauge your level of candidacy for this title based on how many of the top skills you possess
- Uncover which skills you should acquire to propel your career
- Play to your strengths in interviews by highlighting the skills you possess that are most desired by recruiters (insert these into your online profile, resume, and cover letter as well!

Ladders Rank 
Ladders Rank is a grading system that calculates the optimal cities for this job title. We take into account annual compensation, volume of jobs, and job competition. Shows the top 3 cities for this job title, and where the city you searched for falls on the list.
- Gives you an understanding of how feasible it is for you to land a good job in your city with a good salary
- If you're open to relocation, it helps you gauge which cities will be best for your discipline


So I hope you'll enjoy these job market guides -- after turkey and football of course -- during this Thanksgiving week, Readers, and that they'll lead you to a better compensated 2015! There's nothing we like to hear more than 'Thanks for the raise!'

 Cenedella_Marc_1Marc 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. Follow Marc on Twitter at @Cenedella.

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Proud of this turkey?

Posted by Marc Cenedella

November 17, 2014 @ 09:32 AM

Don't just find a job for you - find a job that is best suited for today's marketplace.

This Thanksgiving season all-around car guy Bob Lutz talks straight about the turkey that was the Pontiac Aztek

  "One guy I informally interviewed about how the Aztek happened was one of the top guys on the project. And this guy, he looks at me and he says, "I'm proud of it.

Proud of the Aztek? 

"Yup. That was the best program we ever did at GM. We made all our internal goals, we made the timing, and I'm really proud of the part I played in it." 

He had tears in his eyes. It was almost tragic. Everybody wanted to will this thing to succeed, and it didn't work. 

All the emotional commitment and pride in the program was that it achieved all its internal objectives. And it was probably one of the great defeats in his life, or in his career."

It can happen. 

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Why we let employers hire you without a fee

Posted by Marc Cenedella

November 10, 2014 @ 08:56 AM

Why do the top hiring professionals in the country -- like those listed below -- choose to work with TheLadders? That's easy: 

1. It's free. It's always free to post your jobs and search the resume database here at TheLadders. 

2. We're a membership-based community. And that means we're much better behaved than the average internet hangout. No spam invitations or weird requests to get in the way of their hiring you. 

3. It's divided by pay-grade. Applicants can't apply to jobs inappropriately, so there's no big pile of spam applications for hiring managers or recruiters to go through. In fact, the typical job at TheLadders gets just fourteen well-focused applicants. 

And that's why the best corporate recruitment professionals and executive recruiters in the country use TheLadders for their hiring needs. 

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Employers hiring in November 2014

Posted by Marc Cenedella

November 03, 2014 @ 10:37 AM

These recruiters are hiring in New York right now. Are you, or is someone you know, right for their jobs?

We have over eighty thousand employers looking for new employees on TheLadders, and we could use your help. 

If you, or your friends or colleagues, could fit the bill for one of the below-listed jobs, please let us know by clicking through and applying.

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It's not about me, it's about you... the 21 questions you need to ask in a job interview

Posted by Marc Cenedella

October 27, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Ace your next interview by asking the hiring manager these thoughtful questions.

It's time for my twice-a-year update of the best questions for you to ask in an interview. 

I've put this list together because so often we can forget what an interview's all about. It sure feels like it's about you, but it's really not. [TWEET

An interview is actually about how you can help your future boss and future employer succeed. It's about finding out what their requirements and hopes are and matching up your background and experience with what they need.

Overlooking these basic facts about the interview is easy. There's so much else going on in your work, your life, and in your job search, that you can forget to look at the interview from the interviewer's point of view. And that's a shame, because you need the interviewer to walk away from the interview thoroughly impressed. 

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Would you mind replying to this employer about a job?

Posted by Marc Cenedella

October 20, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Whenever a recruiter posts a job with us, we want to connect our members as quickly as possible. So we look through our whole directory of members, including you, to find those best fit for the job. 

And then we send that job, real-time, via an e-mail hiring alert, to a select group of professionals like you. 

How select? 

Well, on average, about 125 of you, which results in 3 to 4 applications for each job. 

We'll send the job to fewer or more professionals depending on what the computer tells us, but the goal is to get about 3 to 4 of you who might not have seen the job, and might potentially be the right fit, to apply. That's our target based on our conversations with recruiters about what makes the most sense for them. 

Win-win. 

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The 8-minute resume

Posted by Marc Cenedella

October 06, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

I always recommend you get your resume professionally written, but for those of you who have a "do-it-yourself" mentality, I've put together this simple 8-minute guide. It'll take you 8 minutes to read, probably an hour or two to do, and provide months of benefit in reducing your resume anxiety. 

My recommendations below are for a professional with 10 to 25 years experience. For those with fewer than 10 years, you're likely better off with a 1-page resume, for those with more than 25 years and at very senior levels, three may sometimes be appropriate. But seriously, if that's you, you shouldn't be relying on your own typing skills to market yourself. 

As with any "do-it-yourself" project, the key to success is to not get in over your head. So the instructions below are a simplified version of my best advice, tailored to be achievable by you on your own. Again, I must recommend that it's much better for you to get a professional to do this for you, but if you're set on "do it yourself", here goes!.... 

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My single best tip

Posted by Marc Cenedella

September 29, 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:

When 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?"

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Please review the other candidates for this job first

Posted by Marc Cenedella

September 22, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Use your job competition to your advantage with this eye-opening feature from TheLadders.

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?

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.

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These companies are hiring, can you help?

Posted by Marc Cenedella

September 15, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

It's my birthday today, but the gifts are for you! Today we have more jobs, more recruiters, and more hiring activity on TheLadders than ever before. 

So take a look this partial list of top employers on TheLadders and select your own best present to yourself... a job you can truly love for years to come: 

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