Best-selling insider advice on resumes, interviews and job search

Good Monday morning, 

“Active interviewing is lifestyle insurance for you and your family.”

“Count the number of numbers on your resume. Now double it.”

“Never use ‘managed’, ‘responsible for’ or ‘hired to’ on  your resume.”

Easy, effective, actionable advice like this has made my best-selling guides Ladders 2019 Resume Guide and Ladders 2019 Interviews Guide each hit #1 on the Careers best-seller list on Amazon for the second year in a row.


Based on 15+ years experience, I updated these guides to provide easy-to-follow, invaluable-to-know advice that you can read in about 90 minutes.  Based on our reviews of millions of resumes and feedback from millions of users here at Ladders, these guides provide easy and effective advice for fast-rising and mid-career professionals in our $100K+ community.


In Ladders 2019 Resume Guide, you’ll learn:

  • The 25 specific verbs to power your bullet points.  No more thesaurus, no more guessing.
  • Precisely how long your resume should be at 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, or 30 years of experience.
  • Which email provider to use so you stand out… for the right reasons.
  • How to pack your professional summary with desired job titles, accomplishments and skills to attract attention from your future boss.
  • A correct definition of what a resume is — and isn’t — to keep your efforts focused on doing things that matter.
  • Specific examples of how to organize and craft your resume.


And in Ladders 2019 Interviews Guide, I share the 49 questions interviewers may ask, along with suggested answers, such as:

  • “Are your peers political?  How have you managed office politics?”
  • “Are you a hands-off or hands-on manager?  How effective are your methods for delegating, following up, and assessing performance on assignments made to your team? “
  • “How have you helped set realistic deadlines?  How do you manage unrealistic deadlines imposed on you?”
  • “Describe for me a policy you don’t agree with at your current role.  How did you ensure compliance?”

I also share 25 questions you can ask your interviews about the company and the role, such as:

  • “What’s one thing that’s key to this company’s success that somebody from outside the company wouldn’t know about?”
  • “What does success for this group / team / company look like in one year?  In five years?”
  • “What are your group’s best and worst working relationships with other groups in the company?  What are the pain points you have to deal with day-to-day?”

In addition, I cover:

  • How to structure your interview around their three key needs for the role.
  • Why are employers hiring in 2019?
  • What is behavioral interviewing and why is it becoming the standard interview format for corporate employers?

These two books will give you great results in about 90 minutes — your time is valuable so I’ve only made room for the most important stuff. 

You can buy Ladders 2019 Interviews Guide and Ladders 2019 Resume Guide here on Amazon, in paperback, audiobook or Kindle format!