With the announcement of the The Ladders new Signature program that guarantees you will land a job within six months or your money back, I’m disheartened at how todays market is so against the American worker. $2495 smack-a-roos for job coaching, a resume overhaul and job leads.
I know job coaches have existed for ages. Resume service agencies have been raging since the dot com boom, but really? Companies pay search firms for talent. Now the talent has to pay a mint to find the job also?
I do understand nothing comes for free in this world. A Ladders month-to-month subscription runs $15 bucks a month for candidates and at 2.6 million subscribers that makes Marc a very wealthy fellow, along with the fees charged to companies to post positions and search the subscriber database.
But if The Ladders was the answer then wouldn’t his subscriber numbers be lower? If 2.6 million people are still looking then what says twenty-five hundred dollars will bring me any closer to the right job? And with the market the way it is and the flakiness of many companies, unless you have a written 1-year contract and a buyout clause to cover a company breaking it, you can easily find yourself unemployed within 3-6 months after starting a new gig. For reasons that include budget cutbacks, they just didn’t like you, etc… We’ve all seen fellow colleagues or been victim to coming on board only to find yourself pushed/bullied out within months due to internal politics or a toxic work environment.
Call me paranoid or a pessimist but for that kind of money I will continue to try the old school way of finding a job through networking, back door tactics, LinkedIn and good old luck. For that amount of cash I’ve got several bills screaming my name.