The Ladders Review

The Ladders' excellent job matching technology conveniently delivers highly relevant jobs, but it's hard to identify the value of paying for a job search tool that is free elsewhere.

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The Good

Excellent job matching feature

The Ladders is designed to have relevant jobs find you instead of the other way around. Most other job search sites do a good job of helping you search for jobs, but The Ladders’ matching algorithm delivers highly relevant jobs based on your profile even before you do a keyword search. These jobs are then displayed by industry, experience level, and salary information if available. Having a great job find you is a welcome perk in an otherwise stressful job search process.

Easy-to-navigate site and user interface

The Ladders beats out other major sites like Monster and Careerbuilder by maintaining a well-designed and intuitive website. Three main tabs dominate the screen with little clutter. This setup enables you to move along the site’s main functions to easily find the information you are looking for. Browse your matches, run keyword searches, or track the jobs you’re interested in without getting lost among banner ads and pop-up offers.

Simple tracking function

Part of the simple navigation is The Ladders’ job tracking tool, which lets you track any job you’ve saved, liked, or applied for. Return to this tab later to find any updates on the jobs or check to see if you’ve already applied.

The Bad

Payment required to apply

While browsing is free to anyone with an account, you must pay a monthly subscription fee in order to apply for any job on The Ladders. It costs $25 for one month, and there are three other packages based on 3-, 6-, and 12-month subscriptions. The marketing language for The Ladders does a subpar job of explaining the value the site brings for the price. The Ladders used to be the place for $100k+ jobs but, since they made the strategic move to include jobs down to $40k+, The Ladders no longer exclusively deals in high-paying jobs; so, it’s hard to understand the price point. Other paid services like Beyond.com are free but have clear premium services where they justify the extra paid component.

The Details

Specific Site Information

  • Job Site Type: Job Search Engine, Career Website
  • Year founded: 2003

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