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Industry Job search engine
Founded New York (July 1, 2003)
Founder Marc Cenedella, CEO
Headquarters New York, New York, United States

TheLadders is a United States-based company providing an online job search service. It launched listing only vetted job offers with annual salaries of $100,000 or more. On 19 September, 2011 they removed the $100k minimum salary requirement, opening the site to job seekers who didn't meet the previous experience/value qualification.[1] Unlike other employment sites that charge companies to post entries, TheLadders charges both job seekers and employers for their listings, and states that they confirm the authenticity and quality of each listing on the site.


TheLadders was founded in July 2003, to fill a perceived void in the executive online job seeking market.[2]

TheLadders seeks to make its listings more useful to employers seeking executive personnel by utilizing a reverse business model that caters to the high-end job seeker.

Operations and business model[edit]

TheLadders is headquartered in New York,[3] Job seekers pay a subscription fee in order to access postings in their field.[4]

When TheLadders first launched, employers were able to post openings at no charge. However, as the company evolved, TheLadders moved toward a subscription service for both employers and executive recruiters.[4]


  1. ^ Zappe, John. "TheLadders Ends Its $100k-only Niche". September 19, 2011. Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Heires, Katherine (December 1, 2005). "Where Job Seekers Pay to Play". CNN. Archived from the original on February 23, 2011. Retrieved May 25, 2010. 
  3. ^ "People and Accounts of Note". The New York Times. March 1, 2010. Archived from the original on February 23, 2011. Retrieved February 23, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Caplan, Jeremy (December 11, 2008). "The Six-Figure-Job Hunt". Time. Archived from the original on February 23, 2011. Retrieved May 25, 2010. 

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