Sometimes you want to be selective, and sometimes you want to saturate the market. Others, including Susan P. Joyce, an online job-search expert, urge job seekers to be more selective. Burdan believes distributing your resume is a numbers game : The more people who see your resume, the better your chances of connecting with the right opportunity. If you decide to hit all the major job sites and display your resume to as many recruiters as possible, you can save time by hiring somebody to do it for you.
To that end, Google offers this list of resume- and portfolio-distribution services. Such services might be tailored to particular industries; for example, there are resume-distribution services for the medical-device industry, as well as a service for distributing resumes to pharmaceutical, medical and biotech sales recruiters. Alternatively, some of these services, such as Resume Rabbit , feature one-stop resume posting to up to 89 major career Web sites and job banks.
Joyce is the editor, publisher and Webmaster of Job-Hunt , a widely recognized employment portal. There are services that will distribute your resume for you, but that can be counterproductive, she said. A job seeker who inundates in boxes and job sites may also be diluting his brand, Joyce said. I've shared it with other resume writers who find it comprehensive and a fair approach to critique resumes.
I'd like The Ladders to use it so that this atrocity can finally stop. Through my CareerCatapult. Does anyone think that either of these two things might help The Ladders, and more importantly their clients AND the resume writers whose excellent resumes they tear apart??? Would love to hear! Beware if you sign up with Ladders. They will continue to charge your credit card even after you've asked them to cancel your account. I've reached the conclusion they run a scam-type operation that are probably making a ton of money by taking advantage of people this way.
I guess my next step is the Federal Trade Commission. Maybe I'm the only one with a halfway decent experience with the Ladders. I did use their resume writing service prior to leaving my current position last summer. I could have written my own resume but didn't have the time. I also wanted to see what a "professional" could do. I didn't use their final product as is, but I didn't expect to. I just polished up the rest so it would make sense to my target audience and to ensure that it was absolutely accurate.
While I was a member of the Ladders I actively sent my resume to recruiters and applied to a position. I did have one really great contact with a recruiter where it came down to me and another finalist. I don't recall getting contacted by any of the jobs I sent my resume to, but I didn't use the service for too long since I found my perfect job on LinkedIn after being in the market for only a couple of months.
I had signed up for a year and once I stopped interacting with the Ladders, nothing came of it. It's not really a service that is designed for passive job seekers. That's probably my one disappointment. It's good to keep opportunities open if you know what I mean. Finally, what I liked best was that I didn't have to wade through all the inappropriate for me positions that you get when you sign up for some of the major job boards.
My weekly Ladders alerts only included positions in marketing and at roughly my level of experience. All in all, I'd give it a 7 out of All the best! Count me among the dissatisfied. TheLadders advertised two jobs in my city, neither of which paid anywhere near the promised six-figure salary. I will now set out to tell the world how arrogant and ineffective these people are.
I saw a job posting that looked interesting but, of course, you can't actually view it unless you subscribe. Instead of subscribing, I checked that company's website. Lo and behold, they didn't have the job listed. At best, the ladders is not up to date, is unreliable and is likely useless. At worst, it's a complete scam. I also got hit with the auto-renewal policy. Since I initially signed up for 3 months I assumed one month wasn't a fair analysis of their services , they renewed for the same period!
I didn't realize it until my credit card statement arrived. No email was sent to warn me. They are unwilling to charge me only for one additional month but just said they would cancel when my subscription ran out in Oct.! What a scam, taking advantage of out of work people with this autorenewal policy! If the service is so good, they shouldn't have to worry if they sent an email to inform you of the upcoming renewal.
Wow, Susan, I'm sorry to hear that. The site and the people you speak with say they represent Google, but they actually do not. The sad part is they're still in business and still advertising! I know this is off-topic, but I just wanted to put a word out there to the general public to be aware of what you sign up for and ALWAYS immediately check your monthly account statements.
The one that hit me today did not say anything about canceling within 7 days whereas I still haven't received my so-called product BTW and charging me monthly. Since it sounded like it was from Google which we all know is reputable, I didn't even think to read the Terms and Conditions.
When I asked if they worked for Google, they hung up on me after telling me I am foolish to use my credit card online. But I've learned a hard lesson. They have the coolest monster commercial. That speaks volumes. I have been with them through thick and thin about 5 years , confident they'll get me that job, so I can start working again! However, I have to disagree with regard to the quality of their resumes. They currently provide their writers some of the best training in the industry.
In order to write for TheLadders one must successfully complete the rigorous training provided by renowned industry expert "Wendy Enelow". They have also very recently begun certfying their writers through The Resume Writing Academy. A Wise Recruiter once told me: "If they want you to pay money upfront to find you a job - they are going to rip you off! You pay them, they give you nothing but a bill for the next payment, and a solicitation to upgrade your account to the next higher costing level.
A fool is born every minute - and someone to take advantage of those fools is born every day. I heard about The Ladders when it first started several years ago. I checked it out and couldn't believe they wannted to charge you to use their service! I have had 5 K jobs in the last 20 years and have never paid a headhunter a job site. I have paid a professional resume writer, which was an excellent investment. Many of the jobs on The Ladders are Scam too. I was convinced when I first ran into these guys that the only people that will use this service is a sucker who doesn't know any better.
I "took advantage" of the free resume critique from The Ladders. I've sent out this same resume to 3 prospective employers, which has landed me 2 interviews so far with both those opportunities still progressing through the process.
Good comparison of reasonably priced services at cutting-edge. I used cutting-edge, him an he was pretty good. Actually I goy mad because he really pushed me for info but now I see he was right. Oprah is his reference! I sent my old resume to the theladders 6 months ago. It was old style, bullet points, etc. I then showed it to a lady who works in my school's MBA office top 15 school, I'm an alum. She said it was one of the worst resumes she had ever seen!
After, I tweaked it a little. Just curious, I submitted it to theladders 6 months later and told them I wrote it :. I was shocked, to say the least, especially since I've read all kinds of stuff bashing them and their resume service on forums, etc. Crazy world we live in, huh. What does this mean? Yes, they are a business and want your money. But chances are, your resume sucks.
Have someone look at it who knows about such things and will give you an honest opinion. Don't trap yourself in a bubble that you know everything. I'm an awesome sales executive, but I knew I was weak in this area. Know when to admit you need help and get it, from someone if not from theladders.
Who has a sample of a resume that ladders said was awesome? I'd love to see something like this. My experience with Ladders has been very positive. I am getting a lot of great references for positions and HR Managers of companies are contacting me directly with positions.
This is by far the best service, no "anonymous" views and very applicable search results. I know how to write a resume and Ladders did a free review and offered improvements which I made, I did not pay for resume writing. Ladders is by far the best job search engine for me, and I have tried them all LinkedIn, Monster, Indeed, and several others, here's why: 1.
NO "anonymous" views, I see who made a view when it was made 2. HR Managers of hiring companies contact me directly with positions 3. Relevant opportunities show up on my dashboard every day. The site tracks all applied for positions I am a premium member of linkedin and I am now finding that I am using the Ladders exclusively.
I had an interview yesterday and several real opportunities through direct contacts with prospective employers. This is the best no-nonsense site around. I did not use their paid for service for resume writing, but I did use their free feedback and took the advice which was a significant improvement and enough to get the phone ringing. Post a Comment. As part of my research on how resumes are processed online, I joined The Ladders as if I were a job seeker.
My experience joining The Ladders entailed filling out an online form to create my Ladders Bio, which included my resume. Following is an account of my experience. After entering my name and email address into the required fields, I was asked to choose to either: 1. Create a bio by filling in a lengthy online form that involves choosing information from pull-down menus and typing or copying and pasting information into windows.
I created my bio both ways, for the sake of comparison. Option 1: Upload My Resume When I used option 1, I easily uploaded the MS Word version of my resume, but I was not given the opportunity to see the results of my upload until later in the process.
The next step took me to an online form to create my bio. Later I was asked for salary information another piece of info I'm hesitant to give an employer too early in the game but the question did not require an answer, so I left that field blank. On the screen was my information, taken from the fields I had entered manually and from the resume I had uploaded. In the largest window on the screen, appeared the body of my resume.
It had been dumped into the field as one paragraph in Plain Text, which I could then reformat, using the space bar and the menu functions for bullets, indents, bold, and italics.