- Resources and learning materials
- Special features
- Customer support
- Only high-paying jobs are posted
- Top trending jobs nationwide
- Where top jobs are located
- Top jobs by major
- Career search tools
Ladders makes over 1 million hires each year out of the 3 million jobs posted each year. There are over 5 million professionals seeking jobs from the 100,000 employers on the site.
Resources and Learning Materials
Ladders features a salary search tool that lets users check job titles in any city to see how much they can expect to be paid there, as well as where the markets are the strongest for each job title. Updated ranking lists and maps show the demand for various jobs throughout the U.S. All information is based on current job listings and salary data from Ladders members.
CEO and founder Marc Cenedella has written much of the content on the company blog, which seems to be almost exclusively for job seekers. Ladders also runs a blog specifically for developers and programmers called Ladders Engineering: Making Engineering Awesome. The most compelling topics found amongst the main blog's learning materials are about personal branding, negotiation, goal setting, and changing careers. There is also a fair amount of "motivation and inspiration" in the form of memes. Though memes may not impart the nitty-gritty practical knowledge evident in the rest of the blog, they provide an easy way to quickly share concepts that resonate with goal-oriented professionals.
Ladders' Scout feature is a competitive analysis tool that compares the potential applicant's credentials with those of any current applicants to a particular position. For example, if most applicants to a certain job posting have a bachelor's degree and the potential applicant has a master's degree, Scout highlights the difference so the applicant knows to emphasize that strength. On the contrary, if someone has several years less experience than the majority of current applicants, the user is alerted to that so he or she can move on to a different job posting where the experience level is in their favor. This tool is active any time at least one person has applied to a position on Ladders.
Free account members can upload their resumes, get feedback and tips, get job alerts, and apply for positions emailed directly to them from recruiters. But in order to apply for a posted position they have not been contacted about, they need to upgrade to a premium membership. The job seeker's premium membership includes these features:
- Inside leads: Alerts about roles recruiters are actively trying to fill but have not yet posted publicly
- Company search: Get the scoop on companies' pertinent stats, recent news, and paycheck information
- Email updates: Any time an application is sent, the applicant gets an email update five days later for recruiter activity updates on the position
Ladders was founded in 2003 with the aim of helping job seekers fill jobs that pay over $100,000. The company opened its services to professionals of all salary brackets in 2011.
Company representatives are available to chat live during business hours, Monday-Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM EST. Customer support is also responsive to emails and Facebook messages.
Only High-Paying Jobs are Posted
Of course "high-paying" can be a relative term, but rest assured, when you go to TheLadders, you won't find entry-level or junior-level jobs. TheLadders only post jobs that pay on the higher end of the scale. If these are the figures you are worth or expect to earn, don't worry: TheLadders won't waste your time with salaries too low for your needs. Cut through unnecessary job posts and go straight to the jobs and salaries you are looking for. Originally, the company posted only $100,000 jobs. It has since expanded to include others, but they are still jobs that have higher pay scales.
Top Trending Jobs Nationwide
TheLadders displays popular jobs from industries across the U.S. that are particularly popular and jobs in which employers are heavily hiring. The site will even show you the exact number of jobs that are available in the U.S. in a given category.
Where Top Jobs are Located
Want to know where high demand is congruent with high pay? TheLadders will show you what U.S. cities have the biggest need for higher-paying jobs. This allows you to see if your city has high or low demand, perhaps helping you make the decision whether to relocate.
Top Jobs by Major
On the site, you can click on your college major, and you'll soon see what jobs within that major pay the most and how many jobs are available in that category.
Career Search Tools
Making an appointment with a career counselor is nice, but if time is of the essence and you simply want some useful advice and tips delivered to the comfort of you own home, simply visit TheLadders.com where you can see myriad tools and resources to help in your search. Here, you can read articles and blogs to help you improve your cover letter and resume, to help you learn how to network and interview more effectively. Whether it's been awhile since you've hunted for a job or whether you've been down this road many times before, these tools will be valuable.