Age discrimination is mindset discrimination

Posted by Marc Cenedella

July 21, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

One of the things I was most surprised by when I got into the jobs business over a decade ago was the prevalence and practice of age discrimination in hiring right here in the USA.

Oh, sure... we're not like some overseas markets where job ads explicitly demand youth, or a particular gender, or beauty(!), in the applicant, but there it is...

The blank look on your interviewer's face when you talk about growing up in the 60s or 70s. The skepticism with which your Snap-twit-facebook-whats-gram-app skills are regarded.  The cultural references that pass silently like two Teslas in the night... 

Well, at least the younger generation seems to get your reference to "Gunga-galunga" and giggle.

Most of the time.

All of it adds up to a pernicious undercutting of your ability to get hired and get ahead.  We have to admit the ugly truth that age discrimination exists -- there's no doubt about it.

Topics: Job Search, Marc's Newsletter

Photos (and now videos!) of us

Posted by Marc Cenedella

July 07, 2014 @ 07:28 AM

Each year, I take you "behind the scenes" at TheLadders headquarters here in Manhattan so that you can have a peek at the people who are on your side in the job search.  

This year we're going to try something new... Videos! So let's get going!

                               
            TheLadders Soho Office        
Our building in the famous SoHo District of Manhattan.


         

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

We can be heroes

Posted by Marc Cenedella

June 30, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Make a difference in your own life this Fourth of July.

It's the week of the 4th of July, and every year I like to share these words from a great American with you:

"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat."

That's Teddy Roosevelt speaking at the Sorbonne in 1910, but he could have just as easily been speaking to you.

Topics: Job Search, Marc's Newsletter

Three ways you're sabotaging yourself

Posted by Marc Cenedella

June 23, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

While you're reviewing the thousands of job openings and employers on TheLadders this week, here are three ways you just might be sabotaging your own job search (without realizing it!):

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

Hired!

Posted by Marc Cenedella

June 16, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Employers love hiring candidates from TheLadders – here’s why.

Thousands of your fellow subscribers have found their new jobs this quarter on TheLadders!

As has been true for the past few years, we're continuing to see a steady increase in activity from employers and recruiters on TheLadders.

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

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

Posted by Marc Cenedella

June 09, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Ask these questions in your next job interview and watch the hiring manager's face light up.

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.

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.

Topics: Interviewing, Marc's Newsletter

Hey, that's me!

Posted by Marc Cenedella

June 02, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

TheLadders lets you know when recruiters are searching for candidates like you so you can put your hat in the ring.

How do recruiters and employers find you? Half the time they're searching, half the time they're posting jobs, and half the time they're buried under too many bad resumes for the positions that they have open. 

We've added "Inside Leads" to make it easier for you to stand out. 

When a recruiter or HR manager searches on TheLadders for a particular role -- a Director of Marketing, or a Lead Developer, or a Sales VP -- and our system detects that this is a role they're recruiting for, we'll share that information with you. 

Topics: Job Search, Working with Recruiters, Marc's Newsletter

TheLadders' top recruitment professionals in America

Posted by Marc Cenedella

May 26, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

TheLadders honors our most active hiring professionals in this quarter's Top Recruiters list.

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 Spring 2014:

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

Bad news, you just got one year's severance

Posted by Marc Cenedella

May 19, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Approach your job search like a full-time job - not an extended vacation. 

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Sometimes bad news comes in the prettiest packages.  One of the commonest I see in the careers business is the generous severance payout. What seems like a gift from the highest graces too often turns out to be bad tidings in disguise.

The "severance vacation" -- that fools' gold of "time off" that turns a few well-deserved weeks into several empty seasons -- has led too many professionals, executives, and high-performers to mistakenly act against their own best interests.

Topics: Job Search, Marc's Newsletter

Please review the other applicants for this job first.

Posted by Marc Cenedella

May 12, 2014 @ 06:00 AM

Want to see who else applied to that open position? TheLadders will show you.

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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 to 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 your phone.

Topics: Job Search, Marc's Newsletter, Job Application & Follow Up