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.

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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...


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:

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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.

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One resume to rule them all

Posted by Marc Cenedella

March 10, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

If I ripped off the top third of your resume and handed it to a complete stranger...

...would they be able to tell me what you wanted to do with the rest of your life?


If the answer is no, then you should consider updating your resume strategy.

You see, the top 1/3 of your resume should be a professional summary that expresses quickly and succinctly what you're looking to do next by showcasing the abilities that will get you there.

HR professionals, hiring managers, executive recruiters: they're all pressed for time these days and they can't try to guess what you're looking for.

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My single best tip

Posted by Marc Cenedella

March 03, 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:

Cenedella_Marc_2When 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?"

This bit of advice has helped more people in more interviews than any other bit of advice I've shared in the last decade that I've been writing to you.


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"Facebook turned me down..." and you'll never believe what happened next...

Posted by Marc Cenedella

February 24, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

This man got his lucky break after rejection, and you can too.

We've all been there -- the job rejection that really stung, as with this tweet from Brian Acton in August of 2009...

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The best employers and recruiters in the country for you

Posted by Marc Cenedella

February 18, 2014 @ 11:35 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 Winter 2014:

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Android or iPhone? Which lands you a job faster?

Posted by Marc Cenedella

February 10, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Whether you're on Android or the iPhone, we've got the mobile app for you.

We took the obvious and put it on your smartphone:

Google Play App Store

We push jobs to your phone based on your personal profile.

This is really convenient when you're just trying to kill five minutes productively at the airport, your kid's soccer match, or while waiting between meetings.

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Employers hiring in February 2014

Posted by Marc Cenedella

February 03, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

We have over sixty 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. Even with the distraction of the Olympics, we expect February to be a month of strong demand for new employees, so these employers will appreciate your help!

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Here’s what’s wrong with your resume

Posted by Marc Cenedella

January 27, 2014 @ 08:00 AM


If you're like most people, you have a resume that includes something like this:

- Hired as Director, Tri-State Area
- Responsible for a budget of $1.2 million
- Managed staff of 5 in our downtown office

Your details may be grander, or your career may be at an earlier stage, but lots and lots of people have this style of information presentation on their resume. 

Can you spot the error?

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