Skip Nav


Sorry, you’re not allowed to access this page.

❶It gets you in the door. In the World Privacy Forum year-long Job Search Study, research showed that the best job offers usually came within the first month of the resume being posted.


Report Abuse


Have no intention of paying for anything from them. Not worth the money -Customer service is nonexistent. I have to disagree with all the nay sayers. I have received reach outs from corporate head hunters one last week to be exact as well as contract head hunters, I have received job interviews both local and travel paid and multiple job offers over the years.

So, a scam it is not. For anyone complaining about posting of the same job title with the exact same description for multiple cities, blame the poster of the job, not The Ladders. If anyone is fishing, its the organization doing the posting.

If you believe your resume is great, stay with it. So let me get this straight, the two champions of THE LADDERS service on this blog actually took time out of their outrageously busy executve days to search out and log onto a complaint board, hunt out complaints about the service and then defend it? We we gullable enough to believe the false cliams once "Mr. Shame on you for even furthering your deceit. This is not an easy time to get a job. A friend of mine had suggested the ladders.

I was on it for a few months I was starting to get depressed. I took advantage of their free resume critique, thinking why the hell not. Well, their response nearly made me fall out of my chair. They make you feel like your resume is the worst thing that you have ever written in your life.

That said - it gave me a huge wake up call at the time and I went and bought a lot of books on job hunting. I realized, I was being lazy - just uploading resumes, and waiting for the phone to ring. Different days - you have to work a lot harder, and I realized my resume did need some work. Well, after I gave myself a good kick, I changed my resume tailoring it to each job , and carefully worded my cover letters, among lots of other things. Well, I started getting responses, and what I like about The Ladders is it seems to have many more recruiter-posted jobs then other websites - and a recruiter contact in my opinion is great.

Anyway, after that I am on my second interview with a job that I will most likely get the offer, and I have two other interviews next week. Sometimes you have to ask yourself if you can be doing better, not just assign blame. Sure, they could do things better, and I never had credit card issues, but it is certainly possible for it to work to someones advantage. You send a resume to The Ladders for their free critique. Then you get back a letter telling you what all the problems with your resume is, and for a fee they will get you a new one.

Remember, we are usually talking about resumes for executives. The biggest red flag is that the critiques are form letters! They will even critique their own, The Ladders generated, resumes! In other words, it seems they hardly even look at the resume… they just get you back a scary letter saying how bad your resume sucks, and that they can make it shine like new. Here is the form letter we got after sending in 6 different resumes for the free critique. Michael, My name is Michael, I am an Executive Resume Analyst and have reviewed over 20, resumes throughout my career.

Because many candidates have difficulty viewing their resume objectively as a marketing tool, it is my job to evaluate how well your document distinguishes you from your competition. Before I begin the critique, I would like to warn you about my style because my comments can seem frank. But the reality is that the job market is very competitive now, so I find it beneficial to help you develop your resume by being direct.

In the analysis below, I have outlined the weaknesses I currently see in your resume, which include the lack of focus with regards to accomplishments and missing introduction, but these are not all.

You are completely missing the most important part of a resume: The summary statement is the most-read section of an entire resume; it is your ticket to the interview. A requirement for any top-tier professional resume is a "Core Competencies" section. This section both provides a quick and comprehensive look at your strengths from the beginning of the resume and acts as a keyword-rich area that enables your resume to be quickly found by HR technology on the internet.

Michael, this introductory section is increasingly important to employers as the job market becomes more competitive, and they have to read through more and more resumes each day. Where are all of your powerful, hard-hitting job descriptions?

Your job descriptions are much too generic and unexciting to support your extensive and impressive background as a high-caliber Marketing Manager or Director. Employers want detail, and need to clearly see how you are better than the other candidates with similar experience.

One of the main issues right now is that from the way the resume is worded, you seem to be more of a "doer" than an "achiever". To be effective and create excitement, it needs to be results-based: Employers are looking for results.

They want to know you have solved problems similar to theirs and that you achieved the results for which they are looking. What are the results? What are the tangible outcomes? This is the focus that your resume lacks. You need to paint a vivid and informative picture that successfully captures the full scope of your achievements and value in an effective and logical manner. Believe me, your competition is not hiding their lights under baskets, so neither should you.

Because you are targeting Manager or Director level positions, where you need to be focused on strategic thinking along with many other different constituents, your accomplishments need to put more emphasis on specific, measurable highlights that reflect your ability to produce great results regardless of external factors.

Employers look for potential in the quantitative evidence you show of your success. You need to make sure you get that type of information in the resume in a highlighted way and a way that is going to convey the extent of your caliber to someone that does not know you.

Overall, the content of your resume is too bland. It does not generate interest or show how you are any different than the other candidates against whom you are competing. Employers need to see clearly how you are better than the other candidates with similar experience. The employer will only call the candidates who have the best qualifications that are presented in the most convincing way on their resume.

Step up the language by using stronger action verbs to create excitement and keep your reader engaged! Most of your sentences use what I call "procedural structure. Not only do these introduce a task rather than a result or success, but they make your job descriptions sound more like obligations rather than opportunities. Instead, the summary is read and then the rest of the document is scanned quickly with job titles, bullet statements, and other highlighted material being read first.

The primary interests of hiring managers come in the following order: I highly recommend a more professional design to provide a more executive impression. A lot can be done with the formatting and design to improve first visual impressions while still maintaining a conservative appearance.

Your resume simply does not fully reflect your professional caliber, and you are not making the first impression count. You are clearly a strong candidate, but that is simply not enough to get an interview! Frankly, your resume positions you for a lower-level job and salary than you desire-or deserve. The Ladders is one of the longest running online ripp offs on the Web. Everytime I found a postion I wanted to apply to, the system told me it required a premium subscription not my basic subscriptions so I signed up for the premium subscription and immediately the system says the position is no longer available.

Okay so now I have the premium subscription and literally every postion is closed, no longer available etc. Throughout my entire membership with the Ladders, I received a number of calls from Headhunters, recruiters for horrible positions.

I finally cancelled my membership and had similiar issues as the other posters, my credit card still charged. Finally I cancelled the card and they were no longer able to charge me. My job posting on the ladders expired after 30 days. I recently did a search for the postings after 90 days, to make sure they were all deleted because e I filled the position. It is companies like this which give the internet such a horrible reputation. Its a legal Scam and I honestly hope people do their reseach and come here before paying their hard earned money.

However I caution any candidate looking for a position to be very very careful about signing up for a subscription. This is just pure greed. Yes the Ladders has a number of employees which make commissions from the sale of additional subscriptions and other fees that are paid. I understand they have to make a living as well, but how do they sleep at night knowing they are asking people out of work and struggling to make ends meet pay hefty fees to find a job.

I equate them to the snake oil and insurance sales people, let me throw some of the mortgage brokers in this group. Compare this group to attoneys and the above group will eat lawyers alive. The online job boards are really designed for recruiters not the candidates or the employers so please keep this in mind before you pay any subscription fees to view jobs. Then you get back a letter telling you what all the problems with your resume is, and for a fee they will get you a new one.

Remember, we are usually talking about resumes for executives. They will even critique their own, The Ladders generated, resumes! In other words, it seems they hardly even look at the resume… they just get you back a scary letter saying how bad your resume sucks, and that they can make it shine like new. All of the links below come from those search results. Susan Ireland is a professional resume writer who wrote a nice post about how she set up her The Ladders account , to help you know what to expect.

A person on epinions writes: The Ladders has a resume review service for free, so I sent it along thinking they would recommend tweaks here and there…. I received back a letter stating things wrong with my resume that I did not have in there. They even referenced companies I have had no association.

The letter with my own font formatting , in response to a resume that was professionally written:. Thank you for your resume submission! My name is xxxxx and I will be providing your resume critique. In this email I will outline my thoughts, provide a price quote to you, explain the process, and give you instructions at the end of my review to get started.

If you decide to proceed, you will be working directly with one of our top writers versed in your industry and level. Our methodology is simple: Please note that I am NOT critiquing your background, experience, or potential for success. Your resume needs to be assertive in showing prospective employers how you would be of value to them, because no matter how good you are at your job, the resume is what really lands the interview.

The five main aspects within a distinguished summary indicates: This strategy separates the duties from the results and really highlights your key accomplishments, making them easy to find when the resume is quickly scanned.

The language could be MUCH stronger. In the active voice, the subject acts. In the passive voice, the subject is acted upon.

The active voice is more natural, direct, vigorous and emphatic — traits you want your resume to have in tone. The vast majority of resumes are handled now by resume databases whether online or Human Resource Information Systems within companies.

One of them is a preference for sans serif font styles. Change the font to something that is sans serif and avoid the default Times New Roman or other serif fonts. Jamie, your resume is your self marketing tool. It gets you in the door. It must be strong on ALL levels in order to achieve the best results. You are in need of a self-marketing brochure — one that shows your high caliber. Why does that employer want to interview YOU? You need to be MUCH more active in pulling out your forte — things that will show potential employers what they get for their investment your compensation.

What can you bring to the table that your competition cannot? What sets you apart? Need your resume reviewed? Get the review from a professional resume writer, not a salesperson who uses a form letter.

Main Topics

Privacy Policy

A free Resume reviewer from Ladders provides resume templates, samples, and tips to help you create a beautiful, professional resume in minutes. Free Resume Templates Resume Review Job.

Privacy FAQs

Can you provide examples for me to review? Good resume writers should understand how and where to insert keywords in a resume, Robinson said. They should also show a good grasp of how.

About Our Ads

I engaged Resume Writing Service to rewrite my resume and help restart my career. The woman who was assigned to my rewrite, Stephanie, seemed capable. All interactions with her, however, were via "canned" form letters and personal communication did not seem possible. The resume that came back, although the 1/5(44). Reviews «Jennifer Anthony’s Blog says: July 8, at am Unfortunately it appears that many have been scammed by the resume writing service. After hearing all of these stories I will cancel my subscription and alert my credit card company not to process their charge. See Jason Alba’s insightful Jibber Jobber.

Cookie Info

Best Resume Services think that this is quite impressive and adds a plus to their review. have both free and paid features. You can upload your resume, create email alerts and even get a comprehensive advice absolutely for free! The Resume Review wants you to get everything you can out of your career. Our Certified Resume Writers are experts in their field, and create each resume to ensure we do the best job possible to help you market your greatest asset - you!