Monday, November 21, 2011

4 Tips for Optimizing Your Resume with Social Media
Gerrit Hall is the CEO and co-founder of RezScore, a free web application that reads, analyzes and grades resumes instantly. Gerrit has successfully combined his passion for computer science and the careers space by helping job seekers write the best resume possible. You can connect with Gerrit a…

Thursday, November 10, 2011
The Ladders is an online service that connects career-driven professionals with the jobs and employers that are right for them.

The Ladders is an online service that connects career-driven professionals with the jobs and employers that are right for them.

Friday, October 21, 2011
This Job searching with social media infographic was shared by TheLadders on Twitter and originally posted by Alltop.
The Ladders is an online service that connects career-driven professionals with the jobs and employers that are right for them.

This Job searching with social media infographic was shared by TheLadders on Twitter and originally posted by Alltop.

The Ladders is an online service that connects career-driven professionals with the jobs and employers that are right for them.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
For more comics from TheLadders visit Facebook. 

For more comics from TheLadders visit Facebook. 

Monday, October 10, 2011

Take The Job That Pays Less

Marc Cendella, CEO and founder of TheLadders video of his talk at The Economist Ideas conference.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Marc Cenedella, CEO, Shares His Experience with NY Entrepreneurs Business Network.  To find more information about The Ladders check out their Blog. 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Ladders was previously mentioned in an article posted by Marc Cenedella.

So, if you’re wondering “should I work at TheLadders”, here’s what you should ask yourself:

Do I want the customers and my colleagues to just leave me alone so I can develop in peace and quiet and not be bothered with all those distractions?  If the answer is “yes”, you won’t be happy here, and we don’t have a home for you.  (But it takes different strokes to make the world go ’round, you can find plenty of jobs for all types of people on

Do I want to meet real live customers, listen to their problems, and invent cutting-edge stuff that nobody has ever even dreamed of before and roll it out to the 4.5 mm high-end professionals that use TheLadders for making their careers better?

In that case, you belong here, and ought to apply on our careers page.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

TheLadders Signature Program

TheLadders is an online service that connects career-driven professionals with the jobs and employers that are right for them.

The Ladders introduced Signature, a six-month program that is proven to help professionals find the next step in their career. Selected participants who actively engage in all components of the Signature program are guaranteed a job offer or their money back.

Monday, October 3, 2011

We publicly launched Signature at the end of June when the nice folks over at CNBC invited me to the floor of the New York Stock Exchange to announce our new service.

Signature is our 1-on-1 job search program that pairs with you a Career Advisor here at
TheLadders to make your job search easier, less stressful, shorter in length and with a better outcome for you and your family.

What’s the deal?

The program is $2,495 and six months long. We speak with you on the phone weekly or bi-weekly, and have a professional resume writer re-write your resume in line with your goals.

Then, when you follow the program, make your calls and take our advice, we guarantee that you’ll get an offer in your range. Or your money back.

Now, it’s only 3 months since we launched Signature on CNBC, but we’ve already had early successes!

Since that June day…

…Signature customers have started new jobs, that they landed through the program, at companies like Georgia Pacific, Sony, Deloitte and Citgo…

…Signature customers have accepted jobs with titles like Engagement Manager; VP of HR; Senior Director, IT; Sales Representative; CTO; and Senior Analyst…

…They’ve landed their jobs all the way across the nation: from Falls Church to San Diego, from Atlanta to San Antonio…

…And we’ve helped customers earn what they’re worth, with pay packages ranging from $111K + bonus to $165K + bonus to over $200K in total comp! In one case, we even helped a Signature customer turn her present situation at ~$90K into a new job at over $125K. That’s a pretty special situation, but she was pretty special, and she deserved it!

When you sign up on our Signature site, we’ll give you a call to see if Signature is right for you. It’s important for us to chat up front about realistic job goals within your pay range and industry/function expertise.

Speaking of having a chat, I spoke with our own Amanda Augustine, Program Manager for Signature, on the first 100 days of the program…

MC: What should people know about Signature and the job search?

AA: “There’s isn’t some magic bullet or quick-fix to finding a job. You’re going to have to dedicate time and energy if you want to land the right job. Job seekers need to be prepared to make that commitment, and understand that it’s probably going to take longer than the last time they seriously searched, even if you are a great candidate. The market’s saturated, you know!

A lot of job seekers out there don’t realize that until they’re deep into the search, so the reality is that it could take you more than 6 months to find a job. With Signature we’re helping clients cut that time down as much as possible by keeping them focused.

On average our clients find jobs a little over 4 months, and we’ve already seen some early successes since the June launch.”

MC: So what should I tell people?

AA: “I think it’s great for you to tell people about Signature, but you also need to be realistic. It’s a jungle out there, and it’s going to take them several months to find a job.

And also that they shouldn’t be applying to jobs that they have no business applying to. You’re not going to get a response to things that don’t deserve a response! We can’t change that.”

MC: What do people like least about the program?

AA: “Most people want to skip the prep work and start applying right away. And some want to be super-involved in their resume-writing process and don’t trust the experts.

In both those cases, they’re missing out on the most important step — figuring out the job goals.

Everything in your job search stems from those goals. If you don’t take the time to take inventory of your skill set and know what you’re great at, and be able to write it out, you won’t be successful in your job search because you won’t be focused.

That’s because those goals become your job search criteria: what types of companies, what types of roles, what types of industries, do you really want to (and should) apply to?

Can you really move, can your family really up and leave, or is it just you that wants to up and leave?

If you truly want to change industries, are you willing to take a pay cut to do that, if necessary? Are you financially able to take a pay cut?

You can’t write your resume until you figure all that out. You need to pick a target and then write a resume that works for it.”

MC: What do people like most about the program?

AA: “The one-on-one career coaching. People really like having their own personal sounding board and partner-in-crime who devises a game plan that makes sense for the job seeker.

They like having someone to serve as the voice of reason, and provide reality checks along the way to not only educate them but also keep them on track. And their advisors help them through the entire process, all the way through the salary negotiations. People really like that.

I’ve noticed that many times the clients stop referring to how
'The Ladders' or ‘Signature’ helped them, and instead refer to their personal Career Advisor — ‘John helped me get that signing bonus’ or ‘Moira changed my entire job-search strategy’ — they develop a personal relationship during the program. You can’t beat that!”

MC: Who’s the program wrong for?

AA: “The cowboy that wants to be a chef.”

MC: Really? Is that a saying we have around here?

AA: “Yeah, the cowboy that wants to be a chef, that’s what we call it. It’s somebody who wants to make a huge move that’s completely unrealistic given the economic environment.

In 2006 you could be a software designer who wanted to become a financial analyst. Today, in a saturated job market, they’re looking for somebody who meets the exact job requirements, not just skill set but career history and education.”

MC: Who’s the program right for?

AA: “People who are looking for the next step in their careers and don’t know where to begin, or already have a good start on the search but need someone to stay on top of them and keep them focused. We can help with both of these.

We’re currently sticking to
TheLadders roots and only working with $100K+ job switches at the moment.”

MC: Any final thoughts?

AA: “This program works if you’re truly ready to start the search and put in the time. You have to be prepared to do your part — it’s a partnership, you know — and listen to your advisor’s, well, advice.

If you’re open to feedback and willing to try things our way, we can help make you successful. Trust me — we’ve been working very hard at this for a long time and we know what we’re doing. We’re here to help you get that right job offer — after all, that’s our job!”


Well, there you go. If you’d like to see Amanda at work “behind the scenes”, check out the videos on my blog.

And to find out more about Signature program, check out our detailed Signature site here.

Have a great week!

I’ll be rooting for you,

Marc Cenedella, CEO & Founder