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Career Advice

From Marc Cenedella
Marc Cenedella

The world's leading venture capitalist of today shared the career advice below almost a decade ago. While the advice is targeted at the young, I think the experienced ought to pay heed.

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Why We Reject Under $100k Jobs - July 10, 2006

Good Monday morning,

Folks, we're focused just on $100k+ jobs here at TheLadders.com, that is, jobs that pay $100,000 per year or more (including salary and bonus, but not counting benefits like health insurance, stock options, etc.)

We reject all jobs that don't pay over $100k to save you time, hassle, and aggravation in your high-end job hunt, because...

To have a community, you need a wall.

And our community here at TheLadders.com is the nation's largest club of $100k+ professionals. To make TheLadders.com your place, we needed to make sure it wasn't everybody's place.

Because when you try to be everything to everybody, you end up being nothing at all.

So our wall is a $100k+ wall.

We only let in true, bona-fide $100k+ jobs.

We only admit recruiters and hiring managers that look for professionals at this level.

And we only sign up job-seekers that are $100k+ professionals on our site.

That way, we can focus our advice, articles, resume critiques, and job opportunities on you, the nation's leading professionals.

What's a $100k+ job?

We do the work for you:

  • We call the recruiters and HR departments
  • We collect jobs submitted to our $100k+ jobs hotline
  • We scour the internet for $100k+ opportunities

And in this process, we review tens of thousands of jobs each week. But we reject any job that isn't $100k+.

And that takes a bit of work on our part.

We have to be very vigilant against the jobs that are close to $100k, but aren't quite there. We have to be on guard against the multi-level marketing schemes and scams. We must be on the lookout for any job that doesn't meet our exacting standards.

So we have a team of human editors, expertly trained in the $100k+ job hunt. And at least two of them have to review every single job before it's allowed on to our site and in to your Inbox.

That way, you can focus your job hunt efforts on just those jobs that appeal to you. And you can forget about the hassle of hunting and pecking all over the internet.

What's a $100k+ recruiter?

We've signed up more than 18,000 recruiters to post their $100k+ jobs on TheLadders.com.

We review, by hand, every single one of these recruiters before we allow them access to our database, where your Bio is made available to them.

We have the largest database of $100k+ professionals in the nation. With over 850,000 subscribers, TheLadders.com has become the place for high-end recruiters and hiring managers to find their next employee. (Do you have your Bio completed so they can find you? If not, please complete your Bio now.)

What's more, because it is always free for recruiters and hiring managers to hire from TheLadders.com, that means you'll never miss out on a job because the company's advertising budget got in the way. I think it would be a dreadful crime for one of our subscribers to miss out on their next great job because the HR department didn't have the advertising budget.

What's $100k+ advice?

We've brought you the highest quality advice and intelligence on "how to" best manage your $100k+ career.

You know, I ran the Content & Community groups when I was an SVP at HotJobs.com, so I know there are a lot of great resources for low-end jobs out there.

But when I started TheLadders.com, I surveyed the landscape and discovered that accurate, timeless, quality advice for the special needs of the nation's leaders was missing.

That's why we ask experts in the resume-writing, recruiting, and career-coaching businesses to provide their decades of wisdom in guest articles each week. All targeted to the $100k+ professional.

And now, with our exclusive partnership with The Wall Street Journal, we bring you the best of their career advice too.

A better way to $100,000+ per year

Folks, I started TheLadders.com 3 years ago with the belief that there had to be a better way.

A better way for the leaders of the nation to find their next great role in life.

A better way for $100k+ professionals to get connected with the recruiters, hiring managers, and executive search professionals looking to hire them.

A better way for the top 10% of the country's managers, workers, and professionals to manage their job hunt, their career and their access to information on both.

Last Saturday, TheLadders.com celebrated its third anniversary, and it's pretty clear that we have found a better way. But we'll never stop striving to make it always just a little bit better. (And, as always, let me know how we're doing!)

From the bottom of my $100k+-job-loving soul to the tips of my fingers on this laptop right now, Readers, I truly thank you for our journey together.

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